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Fixed annuities are on a tear

September 14, 2018

Fixed annuities have been on a tear this year, with sales seeing double-digit growth across several product categories amid rising interest rates and easing regulatory pressure. Overall sales of individual fixed annuities were $33.7 billion...

Merrill Lynch takes two avenues with annuity commissions

September 10, 2018

When Merrill Lynch recently decided to reverse its ban on commissions in individual retirement accounts, it did so for all products with one exception: annuities. The policy effectively creates a dual approach for Merrill's 17,000-plus advisers...

Ohio National, a big variable annuity provider, exits the annuity business

September 7, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc., among the top 20 sellers of variable annuities, is quitting the annuity business and is simultaneously laying off 300 employees, signaling the challenges of the variable annuity market in recent years....

Ken Fisher, famous annuity hater, invested in annuity companies

August 31, 2018

Ken Fisher, founder and executive chairman of Fisher Investments, has been an ardent critic of annuities for years. In fact, Mr. Fisher's vitriol toward annuities is probably one of his most identifiable characteristics in the public sphere....

New group aims to improve negative view of annuities

August 23, 2018

A new group is trying to reframe how advisers, their clients and the broader public view annuity products. Two dozen insurance companies and mutual fund firms coalesced to form The Alliance for Lifetime Income, seeking to bolster an industry...

Finra arbitrators order Pennsylvania brokerage to pay client $1 million in damages

August 23, 2018

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitrators ordered Pennsylvania-based Trustmont Financial Group Inc. to pay a client more than $1 million in damages. James E. Grimes accused Trustmont, headquartered in Greensburg, Penn., of breaching...

Why your 50-year-old clients may need you the most

August 22, 2018

Clients who are 10 to 15 years away from retirement need you. They're likely getting more concerned about market volatility and its impact on their savings, but at the same time they're more aware than ever that they need their nest egg to grow...

As DOL fiduciary rule dies, variable annuities come alive — sales up for first time since 2014

August 21, 2018

The death of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule is breathing new life into the variable annuity business. Following 17 consecutive quarters of sales declines, dating back to 2014, there was some good news for insurers in the second quarter...

Allianz Life joins Envestnet digital annuities marketplace

August 13, 2018

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America is the second insurance carrier to join the Envestnet Insurance Exchange. Allianz Life announced Monday that it will make its entire portfolio of annuities, including advisory- and commission-based...

Finra whacks Advisor Group, NPH with $2.7 million in fines over variable annuity sales

July 25, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured four broker-dealers of Advisor Group and four National Planning B-Ds for poor supervision of variable annuity exchanges, fining them a total of almost $2.7 million. The individual...

Annuity rule likely won't include a fiduciary standard, NAIC says

July 24, 2018

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners indicated it would not impose a fiduciary standard on insurers and insurance producers as part of its overhaul of annuity sales rules, according to draft language of the group's model regulation...

New York issues final best-interest regulation for annuity, life insurance sales

July 18, 2018

New York issued a final regulation Wednesday that would raise the standard of care for sales of life insurance and annuities. The measure would require insurers to establish policies and procedures that ensure agents and brokers put the interests...

The Life Insurance Agent as Financial Planner

July 5, 2018

There are two major trends occurring with the insurance and risk management aspects of financial planning. First, many traditional life insurance agents are becoming financial planners, not just in title but in terms of their products, services,...

Guggenheim accused of using cash from annuity unit to fund CEO's purchase of LA Dodgers

July 2, 2018

Guggenheim Partners is facing a class-action lawsuit claiming it defrauded annuity investors by saddling an insurance affiliate with high-risk assets and diverting cash from its insurance operations in part to pay for CEO Mark Walter's 2012...

Retirement planning 10 years after the financial crisis

June 28, 2018

Ten years after the start of the 2008 financial crisis, the retirement income conversation is starkly different than it once was. In fact, everything has changed, from the way advisers and investors look at risk, to the investment vehicles they...

Galvin charges MetLife with inflating bottom line

June 25, 2018

Continuing to turn the heat on MetLife, Massachusetts securities regulator William F. Galvin has charged the insurer with issuing misleading statements relating to its failure to make pension payments to hundreds of retirees in the state that...

Minnesota charges financial planner with fraud costing investors $200,000

June 21, 2018

A Sauk Rapids, Minn., adviser has been charged with securities fraud, insurance fraud and theft in connection with fraudulent insurance and gold bullion transactions that cost investors more than $200,000. Lisa Marie Schurhammer, a former licensed...

MetLife, Brighthouse sued for $500 million over missing pensioners

June 20, 2018

MetLife Inc. and Brighthouse Financial Inc. have been sued for failing to pay at least $500 million in retirement benefits over the past 2½ decades to thousands of pension plan participants. In December, MetLife disclosed that it had failed...

Guaranteed retirement income campaign launched

June 14, 2018

A national retirement income crisis is brewing, but no one seems to be paying attention. In response, a coalition of 24 major insurers and asset management firms launched a public information campaign Thursday to educate consumers and financial...

Fixed annuity sales set for massive spike

June 7, 2018

Fixed-rate deferred annuities are poised for a huge jump in sales over the next two years, as rising interest rates and a potentially faltering equity market push consumer money into the products at near-record levels, according to Limra, an...

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