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Life insurers now face a tricky year in D.C.

November 8, 2004

WASHINGTON - For financial planners, last week's national elections are likely to move life insurance and tax issues to the forefront. In fact, next year may be particularly tricky for the life insurance industry - so much so that the industry...

Spitzer insurance probe impact is uncertain

November 8, 2004

WASHINGTON - The Consumer Federation of America, an opponent of federal pre-emption of state insurance regulation, is using New York Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer's latest investigation to bolster the case against federal insurance regulation...

Insurers expected to meet obligations

November 1, 2004

NEW YORK - Financial advisers and insurance consultants don't appear to be worried about the effects of the burgeoning scandal involving the insurers they use for clients' life/health and annuity business, and they are allaying client concerns...

Securities cops using back door

October 25, 2004

WASHINGTON - Some securities regulators in states that don't define annuities as securities are asserting their right to regulate the sale of the product anyway. They are finding creative ways of bringing enforcement cases involving variable...

VA feature permits lock-in of market gains

October 25, 2004

NEW YORK - The Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. of Fort Wayne, Ind., last week introduced a variable annuity feature that allows investors automatically to lock in market gains annually. "Most guaranteed-minimum-withdrawal benefits in today's...

Advisers nix dumping insurance stocks - yet

October 25, 2004

NEW YORK - Most advisers are telling clients - even those who have already suffered losses - to refrain from taking immediate action regarding insurance industry stocks that are being pummeled because of the lawsuit and investigations involving...

Fiduciary center's designation questioned as more brokers get it

October 25, 2004

CHICAGO - Donald Trone, co-founder and director of the Center for Fiduciary Studies in Sewickley, Pa., is roundly praised for his work spreading the gospel of fiduciary practices. But concerns have surfaced that by marketing the center's training...

Private-placement VA targets the wealthy

October 18, 2004

NEW YORK - Advisers can now offer qualified high-net-worth clients a private-placement variable annuity similar to the private-placement life insurance products that allow wealthy individuals to purchase insurance policies that invest in hedge...

Retirees underutilizing your products, insurers told

October 18, 2004

CHICAGO - While the life insurance industry contends that there is a huge need for older Americans to use insurance products to mitigate risk in retirement, the message apparently isn't quite getting across. "Right now, retirees underutilize...

Genworth Financial seeks CEO for its broker-dealer subsidiary

October 11, 2004

NEW YORK - On the heels of the year's largest initial public offering, Genworth Financial Corp. is looking to raise the profile of its broker-dealer, Terra Securities Corp. Genworth Financial, the Richmond, Va.-based insurance business that...

Gadflies blast NASD's regulation of VA industry

October 11, 2004

NEW YORK - Delivering their harsh words at the annual meeting of the National Association of Variable Annuities here last week, two variable annuity experts blasted NASD for over-regulating the industry. "The NASD is a bureaucracy that has gotten...

FPA website educates consumers, advisers about health-care costs

October 4, 2004

CHICAGO - The Financial Planning Association sees a dire need to educate consumers and advisers about health-care costs - and its efforts are just beginning. The Atlanta- and Denver-based association's campaign began late last month with the...

Life, health insurers see their profits soar

October 4, 2004

NEW YORK - Profits of U.S. life and health insurers in the first quarter of 2004 rocketed to $8.7 billion, from $2.8 billion during the comparable period last year - an increase of 212.5%, according to Jupiter, Fla.-based Weiss Ratings Inc....

To fretting plan sponsors:

September 27, 2004

CHICAGO - Small employers who sponsor 401(k) plans are fretting over the hidden costs of their plans and increasingly are calling on consultants to be their fee busters. For some financial advisers, vetting plan fees could become the latest...

Most big brokers find ways to continue extra loss protection

September 27, 2004

WASHINGTON - About a year ago, many insurance carriers stopp-ed selling certain policies that brokerage houses buy to provide extra protection for their customers in case investment firms fail. Insurers such as Travelers Property Casualty Corp....

Investors with catastrophe bonds avoid hurricane loss

September 27, 2004

NEW YORK - Hedge funds and other investors that purchased hurricane catastrophe bonds will probably not have any losses stemming from the recent storms in the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, because the bonds' at-tachment points...

Insurance czars warm to reciprocal state licensing

September 27, 2004

WASHINGTON - While state insurance commissioners have concerns about draft House legislation that would institute reciprocal state licensing for insurance agents and policies, at a Senate Banking Committee hearing last week, they appeared to...

Florida may ride out this storm

September 27, 2004

NEW YORK - Insurance re-forms implemented following 1992's Hurricane Andrew are ex-pected to prevent massive premium increases in Florida despite losses caused by the major hurricanes this season, according to observers familiar with the state's...

State regulation of insurers may change

September 27, 2004

WASHINGTON - State insurance commissioners have adopted a model law that could change the way they regulate market conduct among insurance companies and agents. The Kansas City, Mo.-based National Association of Insurance Commissioners adopted...

Allianz Life accused of cheating customers

September 20, 2004

NEW YORK - A vocal group of New Mexico policyholders, agents and politicians has accused Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America of cheating policyholders out of their "persistency bonuses," overcharging for and drastically cutting interest...

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