Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE:GNW) announced today the launch of two new index annuities designed to meet the growing needs of America’s security-conscious consumers. SecureLiving® Index 7 and SecureLiving® Index 10 Plus will be issued by Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company.
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The Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) today unveiled a new initiative that examines the widely varying retirement experience in the United States.
The project, the Changing Face of Retirement in America, is a comprehensive look at modern expectations for retirement and provides regional narratives that show what retirement means for individuals across the country and the economic spectrum, highlighting the impact financial planning can have on retirement.
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Although many Americans think they are financially savvy, new data shows how the group closest to retirement, baby boomers, struggles with retirement fundamentals and is not saving enough for their golden years. New data released by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council shows that many baby boomers aren’t financially prepared for retirement – they have little saved, are consumed about lifetime income options, and don’t know how much money they need to live comfortably.
Many baby boomers are banking on Social Security as a main stream of money for retirement. Yet, more than half of boomers cannot correctly guess the average monthly Social Security payment. In fact, many think the average monthly payment is $500 more than it actually is – a budget miscalculation that will leave them almost a quarter of a million dollars short over a 30-year retirement.
U.S. insurance consumers want their insurers to offer more personalized service and reward customer loyalty, according to Ernst & Young’s Global Consumer Insurance Survey 2012. The survey also finds that consumers of life/annuity and property/casualty policies are willing to buy multiple products from the same carrier if they are tailored to meet their individual needs, and that Millennials believe the strength and health of an insurer’s brand is more important than the price of the insurance product.
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Consumers perceive annuities more positively than financial professionals give them credit for, according to The Future of Retirement Income, a new study released by Genworth.
The study, a culmination of in-depth interviews, focus groups and quantitative surveys with financial professionals, annuity owners and non annuity owners, revealed that 68 percent of non annuity owners have a neutral to positive impression of annuities. For annuity owners, it’s even higher: 91 percent neutral to positive. In addition, the majority of annuity owners are satisfied with access to their account, fees and asset growth.
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