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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...

The DOL fiduciary rule could push these firms' variable annuity sales even lower

March 31, 2016

Many of the top variable annuity companies saw sales figures drop off last year, and the pain is only expected to continue, or even accelerate, this year given the Labor Department's looming fiduciary rule, market volatility and cannibalization...

Nationwide, AIG see huge gains in fixed indexed annuity sales; Allianz and Security Benefit flounder

March 24, 2016

Nationwide and American International Group saw sizable gains in fixed indexed annuity sales last year, jumping into the Top 10 sales leaderboard and reaping the benefits of a market appetite for indexed annuities that only seems to be growing....

Rising interest rates pushing annuity product development

March 22, 2016

Insurers are trying to capitalize on an environment of rising interest rates by developing annuities that would benefit investors as rates increase. Security Benefit Life Insurance Co., Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America and New York...

Why fixed indexed annuities are continuing to increase in popularity

March 15, 2016

A lot has changed in recent years in the world of indexed annuities. Much like the evolution of variable annuities in the 1990s, today's indexed annuities offer many more features and benefits than what many advisers may still associate with...

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...

Genworth debuts new annuity for long-term-care coverage

February 22, 2016

Genworth Financial, the largest provider of traditional long-term-care insurance in the U.S., on Monday debuted an annuity product that marks a new way the firm can deliver LTC coverage to consumers. The launch follows Genworth's announcement...

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...

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...

Longevity annuities better deal than bonds, immediate annuities, but lag equities

January 21, 2016

Head-to-head, longevity annuities represent a better deal than bonds and immediate annuities in a retirement portfolio, but still lag equities and the value of deferring Social Security income as long as possible. “Longevity annuities look...

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...

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