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Dallas judge in DOL fiduciary rule suit deals yet another blow to indexed annuities

February 10, 2017

The federal judge who this week dealt plaintiffs fighting the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule a stinging defeat also dealt a blow to indexed annuities, a product that has taken quite a beating since the DOL issued its final rule last spring....

Conditions fertile for annuities if industry can connect with investors

February 1, 2017

Most investors want guaranteed, pension-like income yet are reluctant to buy an investment that can provide it: an annuity. That reluctance, the so-called annuity puzzle, may be closer to being resolved as a combination of factors — fewer...

Buffer annuities, an index-variable hybrid, garner mixed reactions

February 1, 2017

While brokerage regulators and some attorneys have seen an uptick in complaints lodged against a type of annuity known as a “buffer annuity,” there's mixed reaction as to the validity of criticism lodged against the products. Buffer annuities,...

Complaints surface at Finra over buffer annuities

January 25, 2017

A new type of variable annuity called a buffer annuity is beginning to gain attention from regulators. It is highly complex and uses structured products — not mutual funds — in the sub account as the underlying investment. The Financial...

DOL fiduciary rule hastening death of L-share variable annuities

January 11, 2017

The specter of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is accelerating the demise of L-share variable annuities. Variable annuities sold in an L-share class had already been reeling prior to the DOL issuing the final version of its conflict-of-interest...

Finra hits Valic Financial Advisors with $1.75M fine for creating compensation conflicts

November 28, 2016

Citing a number of conflicts of interest having to do with the way it compensated brokers selling annuities, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Monday said it had fined Valic Financial Advisors Inc. $1.75 million. “Finra found...

Finra fines eight broker-dealers $6.2 million for selling customers unsuitable variable annuity products

November 2, 2016

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has fined eight firms a total of $6.2 million and ordered five of them them to pay another $6.3 million in restitution for failing to supervise the sales of variable annuities. As part of the...

Attrition fears play into broker-dealers' hesitation to detail new commission schedules under DOL fiduciary rule

September 30, 2016

One main theme emerged amid discussion about the Labor Department's fiduciary rule at the Insured Retirement Institute's annual conference this week: Broker-dealers are either still determining the annuity commissions that would likely satisfy...

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...

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...

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...

Jackson National, Prudential cease sale of some L-share variable annuities

July 28, 2016

Two of the largest variable annuity product manufacturers are ceasing the sale of some L-share VAs, which have attracted the watchful eye of regulators and whose suitability has been further questioned given new Labor Department regulations...

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...

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...

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...

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