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Transamerica sued for cost increases on universal life insurance contracts

March 23, 2016

Transamerica Life Insurance Co. has been sued for raising the cost of insurance on some universal life insurance contracts, an action plaintiffs allege constitutes a breach of obligations under the policies and has led to damages against contract...

Texas adviser barred for fraudulent sales of life settlements

March 22, 2016

An adviser has been barred by state securities regulators from serving as an investment adviser representative and broker in the state of Texas for fraudulent practices related to the sale of life settlements. James Poe, a Fort Worth-based adviser...

Don't just rely on life insurance illustrations

March 18, 2016

CPAs, tax attorneys and trustees are the gatekeepers for the most-coveted clients and prospects. High-net-worth individuals look to these fiduciaries for advice, even when questions may be outside their specific areas of expertise, because their...

Mutual of Omaha jumps into hot indexed universal life insurance market

March 18, 2016

Mutual of Omaha is expanding its reach in the universal life insurance market with the debut of its first indexed product, coming at a time when such policies are surging in popularity and more insurers are pushing to get in on the action. Indexed...

Voya lowers caps, participation rates on indexed universal life policies

February 17, 2016

Voya Financial is lowering the cap and participation rates on some of its indexed universal life insurance policies because of rising market volatility. Security Life of Denver Insurance Co. and ReliaStar Life Insurance Co. of New York, which...

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...

Legacy planning is not just for the rich and famous

January 28, 2016

Many of us will remember the Barbra Streisand song “The Way We Were” and the verse “Memories light the corners of my mind.” When we think of family and the next generation, we want those memories to be positive and not locked away in...

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 shouldn't sweat MetLife's U.S. retail split

January 13, 2016

Advisers shouldn't make too much of MetLife's plan to divest a portion of its U.S. retail operations, including large blocks of its variable annuity and life insurance business. Clients' in-force insurance policies would remain under the subsidiary...

Insurers and their clients will reap benefits when rate rise picks up steam

December 10, 2015

A move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, which could come as soon as next week, would be a boon for the insurance industry and its customers by way of better benefits offered through annuity and life insurance products. But that...

Universal life cost increases could be 'tip of the iceberg'

December 7, 2015

Some insurers are raising costs on in-force universal life insurance contracts, due largely to persistently low interest rates, which has some industry watchers concerned more firms will follow suit as rates remain depressed. “You're going...

Advisers shy away from LTC insurance dialogue: Study

October 20, 2015

Although it's generally understood that evaluating a client's long-term-care needs is an important part of retirement planning, few advisers are using LTC insurance products with clients or having conversations with them about LTC. A new Lincoln...

The latest data on life insurance companies and long-term-care providers

September 20, 2015

Life insurance companies, ranked by direct premiums Company 2014 direct premiums ($M) Market share Metropolitan $11,261.1 7.66% Northwestern Mutual $9,516.4 6.48% New York Life $8,185.6 5.57% Prudential of America $7,731.1 5.26% Lincoln National...

Allianz refreshes fixed-index universal life insurance lineup

August 4, 2015

A subsidiary of the insurance giant Allianz SE on Tuesday announced changes to its fixed-index universal life insurance lineup, offering a new underlying index and benefits to the product's fast-growing market. Two of the firms' products now...

New life insurance study debunks 'buy term, invest the difference'

July 28, 2015

For decades, the rallying cry of the financial advice industry has been for clients to buy inexpensive term life insurance rather than more expensive whole life insurance and invest the premium savings on their own. The only problem is most...

MetLife files suit to fight 'too big to fail' status

June 17, 2015

MetLife takes big issue with its “Too Big To Fail” status by filing suit against the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Charging FSOC with acting as 'judge, jury and executioner' Looking past the fact the Fed is not expected to announce...

Raymond James bolsters indexed annuities and life wholesaling with acquisition

May 29, 2015

Looking to step up its indexed annuities and life wholesaling game, Raymond James Financial Inc. announced Friday it would acquire The Producers Choice, an insurance marketing organization. The deal is expected to close mid-summer, and Producers...

As indexed universal life sales climb, be sure to mind the risks

April 20, 2015

Indexed universal life insurance has been pretty hot as of late, but how much do you know about how it works and when to use it? Annual indexed universal life insurance premiums hit $1.56 billion at the end of 2014, reflecting a 14% increase...

SEC goes after firm for fraud tied to life settlements

April 8, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a California investment firm with fraud and securities violations surrounding investments tied to life insurance policy death benefits. The SEC alleges Pacific West Capital Group Inc., based...

Northwestern Mutual purchases LearnVest

March 25, 2015

Northwestern Mutual Wednesday announced it will acquire LearnVest, an online advice platform that also provides one-on-one financial counseling through financial advisers. Terms of the deal were not announced. As part of the deal, Northwestern...

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