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Indexed annuities' performance may not be what you expect

February 16, 2018

At first glance, indexed annuities may sound quite similar to index mutual funds. Their names suggest as much. Consumers can buy annuities that are linked to the Standard & Poor's 500 index, like their mutual-fund counterparts. Plus, indexed...

New tax law could increase pension risk transfers

February 14, 2018

Pension risk transfers are poised to pick up this year as employers race to meet a tangential deadline imposed by the new tax law. A pension risk transfer allows employers to offload the risk associated with their defined-benefit plans to an...

Buffer annuities grow in popularity

February 13, 2018

Buffer annuities, also known as structured or variable-indexed annuities, are starting to gain traction. These products, a cross between indexed and variable annuities, have seen sales surge, as several other annuities have seen sales retreat....

Prudential pivots toward indexed annuities

January 29, 2018

Prudential Financial Inc. Monday announced the launch of its first indexed annuity, the latest variable-annuity carrier to pivot toward the increasingly popular annuity. The variable annuity market has had a rough go in recent years, having...

New York lobbies for nationwide 'best-interest' standard for life insurance sales

January 26, 2018

New York State is lobbying for a higher standard of care for life insurance sales across the country, arguing that consumers need stronger protections from conflicted advice and building off a national dialogue set off by the Department of Labor...

How new leadership at DOL could address retirement rules

January 25, 2018

By all accounts, the administration of Donald J. Trump is slashing regulations across government. However, there are some exceptions to the rule, and a less ambitious deregulatory regime seems likely under new leadership at the Department of...

State fiduciary rules may be reckoning for life insurance industry

January 19, 2018

The life insurance industry escaped the jaws of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule only to come face to face with another beast: the states. New York's recent proposal to impose a best-interest standard on life-insurance sales — a higher...

Morgan Stanley and adviser win lawsuit over annuity distribution

January 8, 2018

Morgan Stanley has prevailed in a lawsuit alleging the company and one of its advisers acted negligently when it told clients to take a particular type of annuity distribution, which cost the clients nearly $300,000 in tax liabilities. While...

Advisers fear private equity's reach into VAs

December 20, 2017

Editor's note: This story has been updated with information about the sale of Voya Financial's annuity business. Financial advisers have expressed alarm over recent reports of insurers looking to offload large blocks of variable annuities to...

Complexity of new indexed annuities causing concern

December 14, 2017

The way indexed annuities have evolved has led to concern from some corners of the insurance market, with some critics saying insurers have developed increasingly complex products in hopes of standing out in a competitive market. Indexed annuities...

Finra report hints at trouble with L-share variable annuities

December 8, 2017

Variable annuities sold in an L share continue to turn up as products plaguing broker-dealers and their compliance departments. Finra, in a recent report detailing its examination findings, called out "multi-share class and complex products"...

Next Financial whacked (once again) by Finra

December 7, 2017

Next Financial Group Inc. is back in hot water with regulators and agreed on Tuesday to pay a $750,000 fine to Finra as part of settlement for a variety of violations, including the failure to catch a broker's excessive trading and poor supervision...

States may strengthen rules for selling annuities

November 30, 2017

State insurance commissioners this weekend will consider a draft proposal to strengthen the rules for selling annuities, an effort to put the marketing of the products more in line with the trend toward heightened investment advice standards....

Have annuity sales bottomed out?

November 29, 2017

Annuity sales have fallen to their lowest point in well over a decade, but industry experts believe a turnaround is at hand. Sales among all annuity products in the third quarter were $46.8 billion, the first time since 2002 that quarterly sales...

TIAA subpoenaed over sales practices

November 10, 2017

The New York attorney general has subpoenaed insurance and pension giant TIAA, seeking information on its sales practices in the wake of a recent story in the New York Times. The TIAA practices drawing scrutiny also are the subject of a whistleblower...

Trump administration seeks to give boost to 401(k) annuities

October 31, 2017

The Trump administration wants to give a shot in the arm to annuities in 401(k) plans by encouraging rules to make it more palatable for plan sponsors to offer such products. The Treasury Department issued a report calling for the Labor Department...

DOL fiduciary rule delay boosts prospects for annuity sales

October 12, 2017

A proposed delay to the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is leading to big increases in annuity sales projections next year. The regulation, which raises investment-advice standards in retirement accounts, was expected to put a severe dent...

Finra cracks down on faulty variable annuity exchanges

October 10, 2017

Finra is continuing its crackdown on variable annuity misconduct this year, following a blistering year of fines related to VA sales in 2016. Two recent enforcement actions from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. demonstrate the...

How to pay for long-term care? Several funding options exist

October 9, 2017

Roughly half of Americans turning 65 today will require long-term care. As life expectancy continues to rise and the cost of care creeps up, there's a growing need for financial advisers to be knowledgeable about long-term-care funding mechanisms...

DOL fiduciary rule has enforcement gaps — and they could widen

September 11, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, as it's currently written, has some enforcement gaps. And they could widen, especially for annuity products, depending on how the Trump administration's review of the rule shakes out. The primary enforcement...

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