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Finra targets variable annuities as 'sweet spot' of scrutiny

June 7, 2016

The term “variable annuities” may not appear in this year's list of Finra examination priorities, but that doesn't mean the broker-dealer regulator is taking it easy on the sector. Two Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. enforcement...

Variable annuity sales drop to lowest level in 15 years: LIMRA

May 20, 2016

Sales of variable annuities plunged to their lowest level in 15 years last quarter as the Labor Department's fiduciary rule loomed large and market volatility scared consumers away from equity-based products. Variable annuity sales were $26.6...

The DOL fiduciary rule will forever change financial advice, and the industry has to adapt

May 9, 2016

Americans won hard-fought protections regarding the purity of their retirement advice last month. Now it's up to the nation's financial advisers to decide whether they'll meet the letter — and spirit — of the historic investor protection...

MetLife penalty puts spotlight on bad variable annuity switches

May 8, 2016

No wonder MetLife Inc. wanted to get out of the securities business. Along with the new Department of Labor fiduciary rule making it more difficult and costly to work with clients' retirement accounts, the giant insurer's retail securities house,...

Variable and fixed-indexed annuities feel sting of DOL fiduciary rule

April 6, 2016

Those who thought fixed indexed annuities would be a benefactor of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule may want to think again. The Department of Labor dealt a bit of a surprise blow to fixed indexed annuities in the final iteration of its...

Meet the annuity 'robo' looking to undercut insurance agents

April 1, 2016

Websites like Orbitz, Priceline and Expedia helped do-it-yourself-minded travelers undercut travel agents, putting price and value comparison at the hands of the consumer right in their own home. Sign onto a computer or mobile device, fire up...

Former MetLife, Prudential broker accused of deceptive variable annuity sales practices

March 1, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has accused a former MetLife Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc. broker of harmful and deceptive sales practices relating to variable annuities. Winston Wade Turner, formerly a registered representative...

MassMutual enters long-term distribution deal for MetLife fixed indexed annuities

February 29, 2016

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has entered a long-term distribution deal with MetLife Inc. whereby it will exclusively sell fixed indexed annuities manufactured by MetLife. The deal is part of a broader deal announced Feb. 29 between...

Commonwealth ceases sale of some variable annuities

February 25, 2016

Commonwealth Financial Network is restricting the sale of “L share” variable annuities, due to mounting concern from regulators and the broader insurance market for characteristics associated with these specific types of annuity contracts....

Fixed indexed annuities continue their surge with record sales year

February 23, 2016

Fixed indexed annuities inked their best-ever sales year in 2015, closing the year with a record sales quarter and continuing a steady rise in popularity in the last several years that's occurred as variable annuity sales have floundered. Indexed...

Why indexed annuities eventually could outsell the variable variety

February 21, 2016

Toward the end of January, the Raymond James fixed and indexed annuity team met with one of our insurance partners to discuss possible future product designs and the indexed annuity market overall. I opined at the time that it would not surprise...

DOL fiduciary rule will transform the annuity industry

February 21, 2016

If the Labor Department has its way, say goodbye to the variable annuity industry as we know it. The department's pending fiduciary rule, if finalized in its proposed form, would have profound effects on variable annuities sold in retail retirement...

The largest variable annuity providers

February 19, 2016

VA sales have been in a slump the last several years. In 2014, the last full year for which figures are available, industry sales dropped to $138 billion, an 11.5% decline from 2011. This interactive graphic looks at the top variable annuity...

LPL eyes more fee-based variable annuities as fiduciary rule looms

February 12, 2016

LPL Financial anticipates more variable-annuity distribution on an advisory basis as one potential outcome of the Labor Department's proposed fiduciary rule. The independent broker-dealer has had a fee-based VA platform for several years, but...

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...

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 should pay attention when regulators lay out exam priorities

January 17, 2016

Nobody wants to get caught in the crosshairs of a securities regulator, but by exercising forethought and due diligence, a brokerage or advisory firm should be able to maintain a clean track record — or at least increase their odds of staying...

SEC adds ETFs, variable annuities to exam priorities

January 11, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission will zero in on exchange traded funds and variable annuities in its examinations this year, adding those two categories to the priorities list it announced on Monday. The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections...

Fixed indexed annuities notch record sales quarter

December 15, 2015

Fixed indexed annuities posted their highest quarterly sales on record in the third quarter, building on a recent surge in popularity for the annuity products that's largely due to market volatility and persistently low interest rates. Fixed...

Variable annuity products get more variable

December 14, 2015

Variable annuity providers have been introducing products with a little more variability built in as a move to mitigate risk. Some insurers have built products allowing them to change certain aspects of in-force contracts, by altering payout...

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