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DOL fiduciary rule: When advisers actively seek to use BICE

June 14, 2017

To opponents of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, the best-interest contract exemption is something akin to the spawn of Satan. This provision of the rule, which raised investment advice standards in retirement accounts, allows broker-dealers...

Voya re-entering buffer annuity market as product popularity grows

May 26, 2017

Voya Financial is hoping to capitalize on the recent popularity of buffer annuities by launching a product around the end of this year or early next, after having exited the market less than two years ago, and joining a small group of insurers...

DOL fiduciary rule pushes indexed annuity carriers to develop new products

May 25, 2017

Insurance companies, especially those that are indexed-annuity-centric, have been launching annuity products within the past several months in anticipation of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, which is expected to cause a big disruption...

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...

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,...

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...

Indexed annuity sales on pace for record year, as variable annuities take another big hit

November 22, 2016

Fixed indexed annuity sales are on pace for a record year in 2016 as low interest rates and product features drive their popularity among broker-dealers, and despite headwinds from a new Labor Department investment-advice regulation that will...

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...

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...

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...

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