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Brokers becoming a primary distribution focus for life insurers

July 8, 2016

Life insurance and annuity carriers are turning their attention to brokers, primarily those in the independent broker-dealer channel, as the preferred distribution outlet among the universe of financial intermediaries, according to a new Aite...

Advisers to start recommending ABLE plans to clients

June 29, 2016

Financial advisers who specialize in helping families care for children with special needs see the newly available ABLE investment accounts as an important savings vehicle for parents to provide day-to-day and long-term care of a disabled child....

Pacific Life expands reach in term life insurance market through Genworth acquisition

June 27, 2016

Pacific Life Insurance Co. is moving downstream in the term life insurance market to less affluent investors through an acquisition of Genworth Financial Inc.'s technology platform for new term-insurance business. Completion of the deal, announced...

Millennials and life insurance — not their parents' policies

June 22, 2016

Millennials are a unique generation with a new approach to life,which includes the way they secure information, collect insights and make purchasing decisions. This is especially true when it comes to benefits and financial products — particularly...

DOL fiduciary rule can also be applied to insurance

June 12, 2016

What's the best type of life insurance? That question has been been debated for decades. In the 1980s, universal life products were considered the best. In the 1990s, it was variable universal life products, and in the 2000s, it was guaranteed...

Life insurance helps with retirement planning, but beware of the pitfalls

May 29, 2016

Cash-value life insurance could prove to be a valuable asset for clients looking to couple an insurance need with tax and portfolio diversification in retirement. But there are some major caveats involved — namely, product considerations are...

Why advisers need to talk to clients differently about life insurance

May 10, 2016

Life insurance is one of the last asset types to be brought under the wealth management process. For this reason, it is often the most-neglected asset on clients' balance sheets and in their financial and estate plans. As with many other things,...

Transamerica sued for cost increases on universal life insurance contracts

March 23, 2016

Transamerica Life Insurance Co. has been sued for raising the cost of insurance on some universal life insurance contracts, an action plaintiffs allege constitutes a breach of obligations under the policies and has led to damages against contract...

Don't just rely on life insurance illustrations

March 18, 2016

CPAs, tax attorneys and trustees are the gatekeepers for the most-coveted clients and prospects. High-net-worth individuals look to these fiduciaries for advice, even when questions may be outside their specific areas of expertise, because their...

Mutual of Omaha jumps into hot indexed universal life insurance market

March 18, 2016

Mutual of Omaha is expanding its reach in the universal life insurance market with the debut of its first indexed product, coming at a time when such policies are surging in popularity and more insurers are pushing to get in on the action. Indexed...

Voya lowers caps, participation rates on indexed universal life policies

February 17, 2016

Voya Financial is lowering the cap and participation rates on some of its indexed universal life insurance policies because of rising market volatility. Security Life of Denver Insurance Co. and ReliaStar Life Insurance Co. of New York, which...

Elder financial abuse grows more prevalent in annuity, life insurance products

February 11, 2016

Financial fraudsters have been turning their attention more regularly to insurance products as a way to take advantage of the U.S. senior population. Products such as annuities and life insurance have generally been viewed as less frequent targets...

New rules for indexed universal life insurance underscore due diligence concerns

February 3, 2016

New rules that go into effect for indexed universal life insurance products next month demonstrate the need for going beyond illustrations when determining a policy's value for a client. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners adopted...

Solid risk management system should include insurance planning to protect assets

January 24, 2016

As a financial service professional, you take upon yourself the role of helping your clients build their financial futures. Undoubtedly, during your years of training for this demanding profession, you have come across one of the many versions...

Advisers shouldn't sweat MetLife's U.S. retail split

January 13, 2016

Advisers shouldn't make too much of MetLife's plan to divest a portion of its U.S. retail operations, including large blocks of its variable annuity and life insurance business. Clients' in-force insurance policies would remain under the subsidiary...

Insurers and their clients will reap benefits when rate rise picks up steam

December 10, 2015

A move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, which could come as soon as next week, would be a boon for the insurance industry and its customers by way of better benefits offered through annuity and life insurance products. But that...

Universal life cost increases could be 'tip of the iceberg'

December 7, 2015

Some insurers are raising costs on in-force universal life insurance contracts, due largely to persistently low interest rates, which has some industry watchers concerned more firms will follow suit as rates remain depressed. “You're going...

Advisers shy away from LTC insurance dialogue: Study

October 20, 2015

Although it's generally understood that evaluating a client's long-term-care needs is an important part of retirement planning, few advisers are using LTC insurance products with clients or having conversations with them about LTC. A new Lincoln...

The latest data on life insurance companies and long-term-care providers

September 20, 2015

Life insurance companies, ranked by direct premiums Company 2014 direct premiums ($M) Market share Metropolitan $11,261.1 7.66% Northwestern Mutual $9,516.4 6.48% New York Life $8,185.6 5.57% Prudential of America $7,731.1 5.26% Lincoln National...

Allianz refreshes fixed-index universal life insurance lineup

August 4, 2015

A subsidiary of the insurance giant Allianz SE on Tuesday announced changes to its fixed-index universal life insurance lineup, offering a new underlying index and benefits to the product's fast-growing market. Two of the firms' products now...

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