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GAO report calls for more disclosure of managed accounts in 401(k)s

July 31, 2014

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is calling on the Labor Department to step up disclosure requirements for managed accounts in 401(k) investment lineups. In a 92-page tome released on Tuesday, the GAO discussed its analysis of eight...

Can an adviser affiliated with an insurance company be fee only? Yes.

July 21, 2014

For nearly two years, the issue of compensation descriptions has roiled the investment-advice business. The topic becomes even trickier when insurance licenses are thrown into the mix. Whether investment advisers like it or not, the Certified...

Treasury OK's putting 401(k) and IRA dollars into longevity annuities

July 1, 2014

Financial advisers welcomed the Treasury Department's announcement that it would ease the process by which retirement plan participants can purchase deferred income annuities. The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday...

AIG promotes Peter Hancock to CEO, replacing Benmosche

June 10, 2014

American International Group Inc. (AIG), the largest commercial insurer in the U.S. and Canada, promoted Peter Hancock to be the next chief executive officer, replacing Robert Benmosche, who repaid a U.S. bailout. Mr. Hancock, 55, who oversaw...

Hartford Financial Services Group names a new CEO

June 9, 2014

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. promoted Christopher Swift to chief executive officer to replace Liam McGee, who is stepping down after a medical procedure related to a brain tumor. Mr. Swift, the 53-year-old chief financial officer who...

Outlook for life insurance positive, depending on rates

June 5, 2014

The longer-term outlook for life insurance companies is a positive one — provided the companies can navigate low interest rates successfully. A poll of attendees at the Standard and Poor's annual insurance conference in New York on Thursday...

Japan's Dai-ichi Life to buy Protective Life for $5.7 billion

June 4, 2014

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. will buy Protective Life Corp. (PL) for about 582.2 billion yen ($5.7 billion) to expand into the faster-growing U.S. market, marking the biggest foreign acquisition by a Japanese life insurer. Dai-ichi, Japan's second-largest...

John Hancock B-D to terminate health and insurance benefits

April 4, 2014

Registered representatives at Signator Investors Inc., John Hancock's broker-dealer, received some dismaying news on Tuesday: The firm will be terminating its health and insurance benefits and will freeze its retirement benefits plan at the...

Account opening is No. 1 tech concern: Survey

April 2, 2014

The challenge of capturing account-opening data has replaced social-media archiving as advisers' primary technology concern, according to a survey conducted by advisory think tank Beacon Strategies. In fact, 96% of the 55 broker-dealers surveyed...

What new scrutiny of life insurance captives means for advisers

January 2, 2014

As regulators scrutinize life insurers' use of “captive” entities — subsidiaries that reinsure blocks of existing business — advisers may need to rethink the way they evaluate the carriers they work with. Life insurance companies set...

Resurgence ahead for life settlements industry?

December 16, 2013

The underfunding crisis that's facing a swath of life insurance policies that were written in the 1980s and 90s could bode well for the life settlements industry — the secondary market for life insurance. Financial advisers, attorneys and...

Advisers pick their poison with UL policies

December 15, 2013

I read the article “Low interest rates threaten universal-life policies” (InvestmentNews, Nov. 18), and I am glad to see that the publication is making financial advisers aware of these issues. I just received an in-force illustration regarding...

Letters to the editor

December 1, 2013

Insurers shouldn't have I was entertained by Mary Beth Franklin's blog “The rise of Social Security zombies” (InvestmentNews, Nov. 11) on the inaccuracy of the Death Master File. I have also been reading articles in other sources, including...

Have the courage to talk about LTC

November 17, 2013

It is the elephant in the room — the discussion no one wants to have. The subject isn't pleasant, and the financial ramifications can be even less so. But as hard as it may be, financial advisers need to have the conversation with clients...

Low interest rates threaten universal life insurance policies

November 13, 2013

Low interest rates are imperiling in-force universal life insurance policies, and consequently pose a potential threat to trusts and estates. Attorneys, accountants and financial advisers are struggling with universal life insurance policies...

Confessions of a financial planner: My estate is not in order

November 8, 2013

Brian and I got married two years ago. At that time I went through all of our finances, combined accounts, changed names, updated beneficiaries, and made a list of items to complete: wills, powers of attorney and additional life insurance for...

Lincoln National: Variable annuity sales are up, and there's still room to grow

October 31, 2013

Some good news for fans of Lincoln National Corp.'s variable annuities: The insurer still wants more of the business — within reason. Variable annuity deposits hit $3.4 billion during the third-quarter at the life insurer, reflecting a 56%...

Under new structure, fewer MetLife advisers pushed to produce more

October 25, 2013

MetLife Inc. is revamping its distribution group, giving its two remaining broker-dealers higher required minimum production levels with the expectations of selling more proprietary products with fewer reps. The insurer is placing MetLife Securities...

Watchdog Belth's Insurance Forum to cease publication

October 10, 2013

Insurance industry gadfly Joseph M. Belth in December will stop publishing The Insurance Forum, a 40-year old newsletter that shook up the world of life insurance. Mr. Belth, who is professor emeritus of insurance in the Kelley School of Business...

Life insurers strike back at regulator's claim on cash reserves

September 17, 2013

Responding to sharp criticism of how they set aside cash reserves, the life insurance industry fired back, calling a New York insurance regulator's claims “inaccurate” and irresponsible.” In a Sept. 11 letter to insurance regulators, Benjamin...

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