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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

MetLife cutting annuity pay to some of its former advisers

September 5, 2017

MetLife Inc. is cutting compensation on annuities sold by former advisers who moved to other broker-dealers after MetLife sold its Premier Client Group last year to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. And the cut in pay is drastic. According...

Finra hits Valic Financial Advisors with $1.75M fine for creating compensation conflicts

November 28, 2016

Citing a number of conflicts of interest having to do with the way it compensated brokers selling annuities, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Monday said it had fined Valic Financial Advisors Inc. $1.75 million. “Finra found...

Voya re-entering buffer annuity market as product popularity grows

May 26, 2017

Voya Financial is hoping to capitalize on the recent popularity of buffer annuities by launching a product around the end of this year or early next, after having exited the market less than two years ago, and joining a small group of insurers...

DOL fiduciary rule pushes indexed annuity carriers to develop new products

May 25, 2017

Insurance companies, especially those that are indexed-annuity-centric, have been launching annuity products within the past several months in anticipation of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, which is expected to cause a big disruption...

Indexed, variable annuity sales slump as DOL fiduciary rule looms

May 18, 2017

Annual sales of indexed and variable annuities took another nosedive in the first quarter with the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule set to come into force. Despite a stronger equities market and interest-rate environment, the fiduciary-rule...

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...

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...

Fixed-annuity sales down in 4Q and full-year 2009

February 21, 2010

Fixed-annuity sales slid in the fourth quarter and dropped off slightly for the full year of 2009. All told, fixed-annuity sales last year topped $105 billion, according to data from Beacon Research Publications Inc. and the Insured Retirement...

AIG-free branding helps push Western National past FA rivals

January 19, 2010

Western National Life, an AIG Inc. subsidiary, emerged as the top fixed-annuity seller in the bank channel during the third quarter of 2009, displacing rival New York Life Insurance Co., according to data from Beacon Research Publications Inc....

Third-quarter sales of fixed annuities slipped 21%

November 29, 2009

Sales of fixed annuities fell during the third quarter to $21.9 billion, a 21% decline from a year earlier, according to data from Beacon Research Publications Inc. But for the first three quarters of the year, total sales of fixed annuities...

Fixed annuity sales skyrocket in quarter

December 1, 2008

Fixed annuity sales in the United States hit $27.1 billion in the third quarter, up by 54% from the third quarter of 2007, according to data from Beacon Research of Evanston, Ill. Sales from the third quarter mark a six-year record since the...

Citigroup snaps up Carlton Hill

October 31, 2007

Citigroup Inc. has announced plans to buy Carlton Hill Global Capital LLC, a New York-based fixed-income money manager, according to published reports. Citigroup, the United States’ largest bank, suffered a $5.9 billion write-down in the third...

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...

DOL fiduciary rule: Indexed, variable annuities big winners of a proposed delay

August 10, 2017

Indexed and variable annuities are the biggest winners of the Department of Labor's recently telegraphed fiduciary rule delay. Sales of the products, especially indexed annuities, would arguably have been the most adversely impacted under the...

Second-quarter fixed-annuity sales rose 10% to $27.8 billion, Beacon Research reports

August 31, 2009

Overall sales of fixed annuities hit $27.8 billion during the second quarter, up 10% from a year earlier but down 20% from the first quarter this year, according to data from Beacon Research Publications Inc. Book-value fixed annuities, which...

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