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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....

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Lower rates take toll on life insurers' investments

September 20, 2004

NEW YORK - Life insurers' gross investment returns have declined over the past five years due to falling interest rates, corporate-bond defaults and rating agency debt downgrades, according to a new study of 391 insurers representing 97% of...

Viaticals shouldn't be overlooked, some say

September 13, 2004

NEW YORK - Scandals involving mutual funds and corporate governance haven't stopped people from investing in - or advisers from recommending - funds and stocks. In light of that, some in the viatical-settlement field are asking why its own bad...

Giving plan sponsors peek at participants' activity

September 13, 2004

CHICAGO - In light of plan sponsors' fiduciary obligation to educate participants, a retirement plan provider in St. Paul, Minn., has come up with a way to target material to a single employee's needs. Securian Retirement Services, a unit of...

Proposed insurance regs seen as boon to agents

September 13, 2004

NEW YORK - A proposal circulating in the House to amend the way insurance is regulated would be the biggest regulatory change the industry has seen in the past 60 years. For agents, advisers, financial planners and others who sell in-surance...

Life insurers become picky about who gets lowest rates

September 13, 2004

Premiums for term life insurance are inexpensive compared to 10 years ago, but insurers have created more hoops for applicants to jump through before getting the lowest rates. Cigar-bar denizens, travelers to India, and scuba divers venturing...

M Financial teams up to create money management platform

September 13, 2004

NEW YORK - One of the fastest-growing independent broker-dealers in the industry is teaming up with a top Wall Street firm to create a proprietary money management platform. In a move that mimics its relationships with top insurance companies,...

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