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Wells Fargo mulls development of immediate variable annuity

September 27, 2016

Wells Fargo Advisors is considering working in tandem with insurers on development of what it says is a new type of annuity, an immediate variable annuity. With an immediate fixed annuity, a consumer gives a lump sum to an insurance company...

Insurers cite broker-dealer annuity requirements as 'big issue' under DOL fiduciary rule

September 26, 2016

The catering by insurance companies to specific broker-dealer requests on annuity product design has been a major change, and challenge, for the industry as implementation of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule draws closer. Insurers are trying...

Selling annuities under the DOL fiduciary rule is a whole new ballgame

September 21, 2016

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule will fundamentally change the way brokers can select annuities for clients. Brokers are currently able to sell annuities under a suitability standard, but fiduciary experts describe new DOL requirements...

Government Accountability Office pushes DOL to update 401(k) annuity rules

September 12, 2016

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Labor Department update rules around the offering of annuities in 401(k) plans, in hopes of spurring greater uptake of lifetime income options among participants. In a new report, the...

Decision in AXA excessive-fee lawsuit preserves the status quo

August 31, 2016

A judge's recent decision favoring AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. in a lawsuit over excessive mutual fund fees in variable annuities was a win of sorts for insurance companies, in that it upholds a traditional structure of offering investment...

How insurers are losing when it comes to variable annuities

August 30, 2016

Variable annuity sales have been on a steady decline the last several years, with market volatility, growing popularity of indexed annuities and a looming Labor Department regulation being primary contributors. But insurance companies have also...

MetLife VAs flounder as Fidelity halts sales

August 10, 2016

MetLife Inc.'s retail variable annuity sales slumped nearly 40% in the second quarter versus the same time period in 2015, following a decision by Fidelity Investments earlier this year to suspend sales of the insurer's VA products. A drop of...

Four life insurers will pay $3.4M to settle probe over death benefits

August 5, 2016

State insurance regulators have reached settlements with four life insurance companies regarding payment of unclaimed death benefits, terms of which include paying an aggregate $3.4 million. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Securian Financial...

Indexed annuity sales projected to plummet 30% because of DOL fiduciary rule

August 2, 2016

Fixed indexed annuity sales are projected to decline 30% to 35% next year due to a new Labor Department rule raising investment advice in retirement accounts, according to Limra, signaling the disruptive power the regulation will have on insurance...

Prudential fined $950,000 for failures in elderly customer's variable annuity account

July 19, 2016

Finra has fined Prudential Annuities Distributors Inc., a unit of Prudential Financial Inc., $950,000 for supervisory lapses in an elderly customer's variable annuity account in which a rogue broker stole more than $1 million. The Financial...

Insurers developing fee-based fixed-indexed annuities post-DOL fiduciary rule

July 14, 2016

Insurance companies are going full steam ahead developing fee-based fixed-indexed annuities due to greater anticipated demand from distributors for advisory products as a result of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule. Allianz Life Insurance...

Finra bans former Prudential broker for deceptive variable annuity sales

July 11, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has banned a broker from the securities industry for making unsuitable variable annuity recommendations while employed at Prudential Financial Inc. and MetLife Inc. Winston Wade Turner deceived...

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...

Insurance-based broker-dealers plan to use BICE under DOL fiduciary rule

July 7, 2016

Insurance companies with affiliated broker-dealer networks are slowly coming out of their hibernation phase that followed release of the Labor Department's final fiduciary rule in early April, with some announcing plans to comply with portions...

Indexed annuity distributors weigh launching B-Ds due to DOL fiduciary rule

June 23, 2016

Distribution networks representing independent insurance agents are weighing, and in some cases forging ahead with, plans to launch broker-dealers to continue selling fixed-indexed annuities in retirement accounts under the Labor Department's...

Royal Alliance lawyers capitalize on Finra's broken BrokerCheck

June 22, 2016

The wacky world of Wall Street's homegrown justice system was on full display last week when Royal Alliance attorneys fought to scrub the tarnished record of former broker Kathleen Tarr, who is saddled with 44 customer disputes. Have lawyers,...

Two more industry groups file lawsuits against the DOL fiduciary rule

June 9, 2016

The list of lawsuits against the Labor Department got longer Thursday, as two more industry groups joined three others in taking aim at the fiduciary rule in court. The rule requires advisers to retirement accounts to act in the best interests...

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...

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