Variable Annuity 2.0

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By Gary Finkelstein | 12 January 2012

Continued economic uncertainty relating to government debt and fears of a double-dip recession have helped feed the continued demand for so-called asset protection products—products which protect the investor against stock market falls or interest rate events.

Last year witnessed the launch of a number of products which provide asset protection. In all cases they provide the policyholder with exposure to managed funds with equity-type investments, as well as guaranteed minimum benefits in case the markets fall. Essentially, most of the upside and with limited downside.

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