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Four challenges in using annuities for retirement planning — and how to overcome them

May 8, 2018

Over the years, I've had countless conversations with advisers about retirement planning and the use of guaranteed income products. While some embrace annuities and their ability to offer consistency in retirement income, others are more dismissive....

Finra fines Fifth Third Securities $4 million for variable-annuity violations

May 8, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has fined Fifth Third Securities $4 million and ordered it to pay approximately $2 million in restitution to customers for "failing to appropriately consider and accurately describe the costs...

Finra fines Park Avenue Securities $300,000 over variable annuity sales

April 11, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured Park Avenue Securities and fined the firm $300,000 for problems in its supervision of variable annuity sales. In a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent, Finra said that from Jan....

AXA reverses course on variable annuity buyout

April 16, 2018

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. is no longer proceeding with a variable-annuity buyout round that it had planned to do beginning in May. "AXA has decided to not move forward with the buyout program at this time," AXA said in an email it sent...

Indexed annuities likely to rebound after dip in sales last year

April 25, 2018

Sales of indexed annuities look like they are going to bounce back this year after dipping in 2017, a first for the product line in almost a decade. Broker-dealers and market observers indicate that a combination of trends — namely, an increase...

Insurers still grappling with costly variable-annuity promises

April 13, 2018

Insurance companies are still trying to wriggle out of promises made years ago to consumers of their variable-annuity products, as certain contract features have proven too generous in light of market conditions such as persistently low interest...

Finra institutes disciplinary proceedings against broker over alleged improper variable annuity sales

April 3, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has instituted disciplinary proceedings against Frederick David Holloway, the owner of Holloway & Associates Inc., to disgorge alleged ill-gotten gains from recommendations he made to clients...

Have variable annuities sales hit rock bottom?

March 31, 2018

Sales of variable annuities are in the tank. Product sales have slid for the past six consecutive years, and 2017 sales (roughly $96 billion) were the lowest in two decades.​ Will variable annuities recover from the slump, or has their heyday...

Are annuities finally getting some respect?

March 31, 2018

For years, financial advisers have had a love-hate relationship with annuities. The financial products, which offer a guaranteed stream of income, have long been maligned by some financial advisers and the broader public as being costly, confusing...

Here's how the top indexed, variable annuity sellers did last year

March 22, 2018

Indexed annuities' decade-long joy ride came to an end last year. The products saw their first year-over-year sales decline since 2007, dipping 5.4% to $57.6 billion, according to the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute. Eleven of the top 15 insurance...

Finra fines Ameritas $180,000 over VA sales

November 9, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has censured and fined Ameritas Investment Corp. $180,000 for lapses in the supervision of variable annuity sales. In a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent, Finra said that between September 2013...

DOL fiduciary rule: 5th Circuit decision could be big win for indexed annuities

March 21, 2018

Indexed annuities — and the intermediaries that sell them — appear to be the biggest benefactors of an appellate court's decision last week to vacate the Department of Labor fiduciary rule. While observers are divided on the ruling's implications,...

Finra orders Morgan Stanley to return $200,000 in variable annuity sale

October 11, 2017

In a continuing focus on improper sales of variable annuities, a Finra arbitrator has ordered Morgan Stanley to rescind a client's variable annuity and return her $200,000 investment. While the arbitrator denied the request of client Jacqueline...

Buffer annuities grow in popularity

February 13, 2018

Buffer annuities, also known as structured or variable-indexed annuities, are starting to gain traction. These products, a cross between indexed and variable annuities, have seen sales surge, as several other annuities have seen sales retreat....

Department of Labor's fiduciary rule blamed for insurers' massive hit on variable annuity sales

March 28, 2017

The variable annuity industry took a beating in 2016, with several of the top sellers inking losses upwards of 25% on the year and some exceeding 40%. The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, issued in its final form last spring, played a big...

Minnesota rep barred for no-show over VA trades ​

February 8, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred former Minnesota broker Brett Ashy for failing to take part in an investigation looking into his sales of variable annuities. Mr. Ashy was terminated as a broker in February 2016 by...

Finra report hints at trouble with L-share variable annuities

December 8, 2017

Variable annuities sold in an L share continue to turn up as products plaguing broker-dealers and their compliance departments. Finra, in a recent report detailing its examination findings, called out "multi-share class and complex products"...

Next Financial whacked (once again) by Finra

December 7, 2017

Next Financial Group Inc. is back in hot water with regulators and agreed on Tuesday to pay a $750,000 fine to Finra as part of settlement for a variety of violations, including the failure to catch a broker's excessive trading and poor supervision...

Prudential pivots toward indexed annuities

January 29, 2018

Prudential Financial Inc. Monday announced the launch of its first indexed annuity, the latest variable-annuity carrier to pivot toward the increasingly popular annuity. The variable annuity market has had a rough go in recent years, having...

Finra fines Horner Townsend & Kent $275,000 over VA sales

November 15, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority censured Horner Townsend & Kent and fined the Horsham, Penn.-based firm $275,000 for failure supervise its brokers' sales of variable annuities. Specifically, Finra said that the firm had not adequately...

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