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Why fixed indexed annuities are continuing to increase in popularity

March 15, 2016

A lot has changed in recent years in the world of indexed annuities. Much like the evolution of variable annuities in the 1990s, today's indexed annuities offer many more features and benefits than what many advisers may still associate with...

Former MetLife, Prudential broker accused of deceptive variable annuity sales practices

March 1, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has accused a former MetLife Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc. broker of harmful and deceptive sales practices relating to variable annuities. Winston Wade Turner, formerly a registered representative...

MassMutual enters long-term distribution deal for MetLife fixed indexed annuities

February 29, 2016

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has entered a long-term distribution deal with MetLife Inc. whereby it will exclusively sell fixed indexed annuities manufactured by MetLife. The deal is part of a broader deal announced Feb. 29 between...

Commonwealth ceases sale of some variable annuities

February 25, 2016

Commonwealth Financial Network is restricting the sale of “L share” variable annuities, due to mounting concern from regulators and the broader insurance market for characteristics associated with these specific types of annuity contracts....

Fixed indexed annuities continue their surge with record sales year

February 23, 2016

Fixed indexed annuities inked their best-ever sales year in 2015, closing the year with a record sales quarter and continuing a steady rise in popularity in the last several years that's occurred as variable annuity sales have floundered. Indexed...

Genworth debuts new annuity for long-term-care coverage

February 22, 2016

Genworth Financial, the largest provider of traditional long-term-care insurance in the U.S., on Monday debuted an annuity product that marks a new way the firm can deliver LTC coverage to consumers. The launch follows Genworth's announcement...

Why indexed annuities eventually could outsell the variable variety

February 21, 2016

Toward the end of January, the Raymond James fixed and indexed annuity team met with one of our insurance partners to discuss possible future product designs and the indexed annuity market overall. I opined at the time that it would not surprise...

DOL fiduciary rule will transform the annuity industry

February 21, 2016

If the Labor Department has its way, say goodbye to the variable annuity industry as we know it. The department's pending fiduciary rule, if finalized in its proposed form, would have profound effects on variable annuities sold in retail retirement...

LPL eyes more fee-based variable annuities as fiduciary rule looms

February 12, 2016

LPL Financial anticipates more variable-annuity distribution on an advisory basis as one potential outcome of the Labor Department's proposed fiduciary rule. The independent broker-dealer has had a fee-based VA platform for several years, but...

Elder financial abuse grows more prevalent in annuity, life insurance products

February 11, 2016

Financial fraudsters have been turning their attention more regularly to insurance products as a way to take advantage of the U.S. senior population. Products such as annuities and life insurance have generally been viewed as less frequent targets...

Solid risk management system should include insurance planning to protect assets

January 24, 2016

As a financial service professional, you take upon yourself the role of helping your clients build their financial futures. Undoubtedly, during your years of training for this demanding profession, you have come across one of the many versions...

Longevity annuities better deal than bonds, immediate annuities, but lag equities

January 21, 2016

Head-to-head, longevity annuities represent a better deal than bonds and immediate annuities in a retirement portfolio, but still lag equities and the value of deferring Social Security income as long as possible. “Longevity annuities look...

Advisers should pay attention when regulators lay out exam priorities

January 17, 2016

Nobody wants to get caught in the crosshairs of a securities regulator, but by exercising forethought and due diligence, a brokerage or advisory firm should be able to maintain a clean track record — or at least increase their odds of staying...

Advisers shouldn't sweat MetLife's U.S. retail split

January 13, 2016

Advisers shouldn't make too much of MetLife's plan to divest a portion of its U.S. retail operations, including large blocks of its variable annuity and life insurance business. Clients' in-force insurance policies would remain under the subsidiary...

Fixed indexed annuities notch record sales quarter

December 15, 2015

Fixed indexed annuities posted their highest quarterly sales on record in the third quarter, building on a recent surge in popularity for the annuity products that's largely due to market volatility and persistently low interest rates. Fixed...

Variable annuity products get more variable

December 14, 2015

Variable annuity providers have been introducing products with a little more variability built in as a move to mitigate risk. Some insurers have built products allowing them to change certain aspects of in-force contracts, by altering payout...

Insurers and their clients will reap benefits when rate rise picks up steam

December 10, 2015

A move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, which could come as soon as next week, would be a boon for the insurance industry and its customers by way of better benefits offered through annuity and life insurance products. But that...

How to minimize Medicare surcharges with life insurance and annuities

December 7, 2015

If you've been following the recent news about Medicare you are well aware that folks with retirement incomes above a certain level pay surcharges for their Medicare Part B and D. But did you know that those surcharges, officially known as the...

Insurers slow to introduce QLACs for 401(k) market

December 4, 2015

In the year and a half since the Treasury Department issued guidelines on qualified-longevity-annuity contracts, or QLACs, just over 10 insurers have developed such products. However, aside from one insurer, MetLife Inc., all have launched QLACs...

Fixed-indexed annuities soar in popularity

November 29, 2015

Adviser Jo-Ann Holst's client, a woman in her mid-60s with $440,000 in savings, didn't want to sink her entire retirement nest egg into the stock market. And because she doesn't have a pension, she was looking for a predictable monthly income...

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