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Indexed, variable annuity sales slump as DOL fiduciary rule looms

May 18, 2017

Annual sales of indexed and variable annuities took another nosedive in the first quarter with the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule set to come into force. Despite a stronger equities market and interest-rate environment, the fiduciary-rule...

Finra whacks mid-sized NJ broker-dealer with $325,000 fine over variable annuity sales

May 2, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. on Monday said it had fined a New Jersey broker-dealer, Summit Equities Inc., $325,000 for failing to supervise brokers' sales of multi-share class variable annuities to clients. From October...

Finra issues complaint against broker for unsuitable variable annuity sales

April 26, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has issued a disciplinary complaint against former broker Walter Marino for recommending exchanges of non-qualified variable annuities to two customers without having a reasonable basis for recommending...

Finra arbitration panel awards Wilbanks Securities investor $1 million for misleading sales pitch on variable annuity

April 14, 2017

Finra arbitrators awarded an investor more than $1 million for what she alleges was a Wilbank Securities Inc. broker's misleading sales pitch about a variable annuity that over-promised and under-delivered. Grace S. Huitt won a total of $1,073,440...

State insurance commissioners consider strengthening annuity sales rules

April 12, 2017

State insurance regulators are considering strengthening investor protections surrounding sales of annuity products. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners launched an annuity suitability working group April 8 at the organization's...

Help clients boost returns without increasing risk

April 3, 2017

Private placement life insurance and private placement variable annuities have grown in popularity among financial professionals seeking tax-efficient investment vehicles for their affluent clients. These products enable investors to defer or...

Department of Labor's fiduciary rule blamed for insurers' massive hit on variable annuity sales

March 28, 2017

The variable annuity industry took a beating in 2016, with several of the top sellers inking losses upwards of 25% on the year and some exceeding 40%. The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, issued in its final form last spring, played a big...

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...

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...

Nationwide to buy Jefferson National

September 28, 2016

Nationwide has agreed to buy Jefferson National, a distributor of variable annuities for clients of registered investment advisers. The acquisition, which expands Nationwide's ability to sell financial products through Jefferson National's network...

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...

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...

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...

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