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Appeals court upholds DOL fiduciary rule in case involving fixed indexed annuities

March 13, 2018

A federal appeals court upheld the Labor Department's fiduciary rule in a decision issued on Tuesday. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Kansas district court that granted summary judgment to the DOL in a lawsuit filed by...

Pacific Life swims against the tide in the indexed annuity market

March 9, 2018

Pacific Life Insurance Co. is an outlier among the scores of companies selling indexed annuities. Of the roughly 60 companies that manufacture these annuities, Pacific Life is unique in that it guarantees the maximum interest rate on its products...

SEC reaches $3.6 million settlement with Voya over securities lending

March 8, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday announced a $3.6 million settlement with investment adviser subsidiaries of Voya Holdings Inc. for a securities lending practice that harmed mutual fund investors. In its order, the SEC alleged...

These 3 things may be keeping your clients up at night

March 5, 2018

What advisers do best is help their clients with the uncertainties of their financial lives. This year has already brought more unpredictability to the table, and many Americans are wondering if they need to reassess their financial plans. Here...

Pension risk transfers swelled nearly 70% in 2017

March 2, 2018

Employers offloaded pension liabilities at nearly record levels in 2017, a reflection of the fact that pension plans have become more costly to keep on the books, longevity has increased and 401(k) plans have grown more popular. Rising interest...

Massachusetts finds MetLife 'missing' pensioners, Galvin says

March 1, 2018

The Massachusetts securities regulator has found hundreds of retirees in the state who are owed pension payments by MetLife and whom the insurer said it had been unable to locate. MetLife provided the names to Secretary of the Commonwealth William...

Startup offers annuities online on a subscription plan

March 1, 2018

Matt Carey studied Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania, preparing for what he hoped would be a career at the Central Intelligence Agency. Eleven years later, he's pitching annuity contracts. He's actually happy about that. A summer job...

Even the strongest retirement plans can be derailed by health care costs

February 26, 2018

Rising health care costs have long been the bane of working Americans, but most people don't give enough thought to how escalating health care costs in retirement can derail even the most solid financial plan. "While the exact cost varies for...

Bond dilemma requires new thinking

February 22, 2018

The case for bonds in investment portfolios has traditionally been compelling. With higher certainty of returns at lower volatility, they have been the stable cornerstone of portfolios, particularly over the last three decades, as bond prices...

IRI seeks Republican support for bill to expand auto-401(k) plans

February 22, 2018

Congressional efforts to expand workplace saving programs have been missing a key element for a Republican-majority Capitol Hill — backing from the GOP. The Insured Retirement Institute, a trade association representing the annuity industry,...

DOL fiduciary rule continues to take toll on annuity sales

February 21, 2018

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule and the interest-rate environment delivered a one-two punch to annuity sales last year, pushing them down for the third consecutive year. Compared with the previous year, overall annuity sales dipped 8%...

Growth in Health Savings Accounts may have stalled, says EBRI

February 20, 2018

Growth rates in health savings account (HSA)-eligible health plan enrollment have been trending down since 2014, showing very little growth since then, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. EBRI, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research...

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...

Life insurance 'advice' in an era of fake news

February 14, 2018

Fake news is an opinion presented as if it were fact. It's driven by both the high demand for content to fill the 24-hour news cycle on hundreds of cable channels and the supply of content from anyone with an opinion they can present in a blog...

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....

GE's long-term-care insurance woes are symptomatic of ailing industry

February 9, 2018

The long-term-care insurance industry is struggling, and executives and analysts have seized on General Electric Co.'s recent travails to illustrate the point. Nearly a month ago, General Electric Co. disclosed a $6.2 billion charge associated...

Minnesota rep barred for no-show over VA trades ​

February 8, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred former Minnesota broker Brett Ashy for failing to take part in an investigation looking into his sales of variable annuities. Mr. Ashy was terminated as a broker in February 2016 by...

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...

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