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High fees, low flexibility and 'horrendous' tax treatment make variable annuities less attractive than ever, except to the people who sell them. By Liz Pulliam Weston By all rights, variable annuities should be dead by now. A series of tax cuts seriously eroded this investment's main advantage of tax-deferred gains. Regulators have filed a series of enforcement actions against annuity sellers for unsuitable sales, lack of disclosure and churning. Yet, variable annuities were on pace to post their highest sales ever in 2007, according to industry reports: Sales through the third quarter totaled more than $134 ...
looked at people’s cognitive performance when they were feeling high or low in personal power. Smith, Jostmann, Galinsky, and van Dijk randomly assigned participants to a low-power or high-power group and then tested their executive functions , processes in the brain that guide behavior according to one’s goals and organize and sort information. They found that people in the low-power group were less able to focus on their goals and to plan out strategies to meet them. High-power participants were more efficient and made fewer mistakes, even though motivation and effort were ... Read More
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