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Employers fear medical-cost sharing might jeopardize employee health

February 14, 2005

NEW YORK - Medical-cost-sharing plans, such as high-deductible group health insurance coupled with health savings accounts, are causing some employers to question whether the cost benefits of the plans may be outweighed by deteriorating employee...

Breaking up may not be so hard to do after all

February 14, 2005

BOSTON - The future of Putnam Investments LLC may be in flux. Now that Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc., Putnam's insurance brokerage parent, has reached an $850 million settlement with New York Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer on charges of bid...

Spitzer comes on strong at Waterhouse conference

February 7, 2005

SAN DIEGO - Eliot L. Spitzer isn't going away, despite a growing chorus of business and government interests that wish he would. The New York attorney general thundered home this message to the hundreds of financial advisers and other attendees...

TIAA-CREF changes concern some advisers

February 7, 2005

NEW YORK - Changes at TIAA-CREF in New York are causing some observers to question the firm's commitment to financial advisers. Chief among those changes is the departure of Michael F. Lane in September. He had been the director of TIAA-CREF's...

Insurers battle over fiduciary, dislosure regs

February 7, 2005

WASHINGTON - Insurance salesmen would legally become fiduciaries, and insurance brokers would have to disclose all quotes they receive, under proposals on which state insurance regulators may act in the next month. The proposals are being fiercely...

Pacific Select takes equity stake in newcomer Advanced Financial

January 31, 2005

NEW YORK - Pacific Select Distributors Inc. this month said it had made an equity investment in a new broker-dealer and registered investment adviser, Advanced Financial Solutions Inc. The deal gives Pacific Select, already a holding company...

Life insurers urged to get aggressive

January 31, 2005

NEW YORK - Life insurance companies need to compete more aggressively for the estimated $90 trillion in global personal financial assets. That is the conclusion of a report released last week by New York-based Mercer Oliver Wyman, a financial...

Some advisers tout unique flat-tax idea

January 31, 2005

WASHINGTON - As President Bush's newly appointed advisory panel on federal tax reform begins to consider how to revamp the tax system, several financial advisers have come to a surprising conclusion about one of the most pressing issues: the...

Nursing home costs up in 2004, survey says

January 31, 2005

NEW YORK - The average annual cost of a private room in a nursing home was $65,200 in 2004 - a 13% increase over the amount in 2003 - according to a survey of 6,000 care providers released this month by Genworth Financial Inc.'s long-term-care-insurance...

OppenheimerFunds to enter retirement income arena

January 31, 2005

CHICAGO - As part of the effort to attract and retain the assets of retiring baby boomers, OppenheimerFunds Inc. is poised to be the latest entrant into the retirement-income-planning arena. "We do anticipate that in late February, we will be...

Morningstar to let VARDS fly solo, for now

January 24, 2005

CHICAGO - Morningstar Inc.'s purchase of the Variable Annuity Research and Data Service earlier this month is likely eventually to spell the end of a familiar industry acronym. "We haven't set any date for this, but we may change the branding...

Health savings accounts slowly make inroads

January 24, 2005

NEW YORK - Health savings accounts are either a solution or an enigma, depending on whether you ask an employer or employee, according to surveys released earlier this month. Employers are exploring HSAs as a way of blunting double-digit increases...

Another index of hedge funds, but this one has a new wrinkle

January 24, 2005

NEW YORK - The first index that tracks hedge funds used by insurers to invest premiums from insurance products targeting wealthy clients will be available in March. The index will give advisers a way to benchmark performance of the funds backing...

Dilemma: To 403(b) or not to 403(b)

January 24, 2005

CHICAGO - For the first time in nearly 40 years, the Internal Revenue Service has proposed major changes to the regulations governing 403(b) plans, and some think they could squeeze independent financial advisers out of the market. "Virtually,...

NASD rule sets VA sales criteria

January 24, 2005

NEW YORK - The sale of variable annuities, long the bread and butter for some financial advisers, could become more difficult under a proposed NASD rule that would prohibit certain sales. NASD of Washington filed the rule proposal with the Securities...

LTC pricing and availability may stabilize in 2005

January 17, 2005

NEW YORK - The long-term-care-insurer shakeout and fine-tuning of the pricing structure are expected to create a more stable market for the coverage in 2005, as well as blunt some of the negative press that has hounded the industry. The carrier...

Cultural divide impedes bank insurance sales

January 17, 2005

NEW YORK - Bank insurance sales are likely to spike significantly if top managers of the banks and insurance companies can resolve their cultural differences - and that's a big "if." "It's as though two individuals from different countries meet...

Vanguard exits term life business

January 10, 2005

NEW YORK - The Vanguard Group Inc. quietly terminated its term life insurance program in November, but don't expect its biggest competitor to follow suit. Fidelity Investments in Boston will continue to offer term life insurance through its...

Value of benefits planning is on the rise, study says

January 10, 2005

NEW YORK - As workers are increasingly expected to assume more of the cost of their health benefits, employers are being pressured to enhance benefits education efforts and be more flexible about plan offerings, according to a study by MetLife...

Optional fed life insurer oversight gets boost

December 20, 2004

WASHINGTON - In its efforts to win the option of being regulated by a federal entity, the life insurance industry may find that it has some allies in the Consumer Federation of America as well as in some Democrats in Congress. And in a demonstration...

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