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Finra's VA suitability rule still sticks in B-Ds' craw

March 1, 2009

Fears of increased paperwork and disclosures related to Finra's variable annuity suitability rule have been realized, with many firms reporting that they are still overburdened by hair-splitting requirements. Last May, the New York- and Washington-based...

Eric R. Dinallo

February 22, 2009

As this year's returning chairman of the NAIC's Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Committee, Eric R. Dinallo's priorities are making sure that consumers are protected while helping carriers steer a course through choppy economic waters. This...

Despite problems, advisers are upbeat about VAs

February 22, 2009

Advisers may complain about variable annuities, but most still endorse the product. According to an InvestmentNews online survey conducted Jan. 29 to Feb. 17, more than 68% of 1,851 advisers polled said they were currently recommending VAs to...

Low rates, market volatility increase VA costs

February 22, 2009

Investors' concerns about negative market returns are likely to create a greater demand for guaranteed products such as variable annuities, but the downturn in the markets has changed the insurers' cost of managing the hedging risk of VAs. To...

Indie B-Ds cast wary eye on insurers

February 22, 2009

Seeking to assess the strength of the insurance carriers they do business with, many smaller independent broker-dealers — flummoxed by the insurers' opaque balance sheets and arcane accounting practices — are relying on a time-tested tool:...

Spendthrift trusts are said to be gaining attention

February 8, 2009

Client interest in establishing spendthrift trusts for beneficiaries is picking up steam, partly due to the fact that wealthy clients are becoming more risk-averse, according to financial advisers. Spendthrift trusts are put in place when the...

NAIC vetoes reserve relief for VA carriers

February 1, 2009

A National Association of Insurance Commissioners executive group last Thursday vetoed a proposal from the insurance industry to loosen required capital and surplus levels. Members of Kansas City, Mo.-based NAIC met via a conference call to...

GE adds fund to Pacific Life’s VA platform

January 22, 2009

GE Asset Management Inc. of Stamford, Conn., today agreed to add the GE Investments Total Return Fund to Pacific Life Insurance Co.’s variable annuity platform. The fund will be part of the Newport Beach, Calif.-based insurer’s VA roster,...

Hedging cushions blow for VAs

December 1, 2008

While variable annuity performance has plunged this fall, the hedging programs designed to protect the products have helped carriers save $40 billion during September and October, according to a study from Milliman Inc. Variable annuity hedging...

Plans' lack of target date savvy presents opportunity

November 30, 2008

Many plan sponsors aren't focused on the investment strategies behind target date funds, creating an opportunity for financial advisers to play a greater role in the retirement-planning process, according to a survey by JPMorgan Asset Management...

MetLife to include ETFs in variable annuities

November 21, 2008

MetLife Inc. of New York said that State Street Global Advisors in Boston will subadvise a pair of exchange-traded-fund-focused asset allocation portfolios for the carrier’s variable annuities. Those portfolios will also be available with the...

Annuities: Good news and bad news

November 9, 2008

Insurance companies and distributors face major changes for risk management and product development as variable annuities and their guarantees pressure insurers' risk-based capital, industry experts said. The bloodletting in the stock market...

Deflation is in the air, Putnam investment chief says

October 12, 2008

Inflation is no longer the nation's chief economic problem; it is deflation, according to Jeffrey L. Knight, deputy head of investments and chief investment officer at Putnam Investments of Boston. "We have to stick with the current evidence...

AIG's cash crisis stokes fear among advisers

September 22, 2008

Financial advisers could soon find themselves paying more for AIG's variable annuities. American International Group Inc.'s cash crisis, which rattled the global financial system last week, will likely lead to the sale of the company's variable...

Insurance distributors are resigned to approval of SEC's proposed rule

September 8, 2008

As the comment period ends this Wednesday on an SEC proposed rule that would regulate certain index annuities as securities, independent distributors are gearing up in anticipation of the rule's enactment. If the rule is approved, the annuities...

Variable's loss is fixed's gain

August 11, 2008

Because of slumping second-quarter sales of variable annuities, industry observers believe fixed annuities could benefit. "In our last set of data, we were seeing an explosion on the fixed side — more than we have ever seen before," said Jeremy...

Finra floats VA marketing reform

July 30, 2008

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has released a rule proposal that would set guidelines on marketing materials for variable insurance products. Regulatory notice 08-39 would set guidelines on illustrations — hypothetical performance...

State insurance regulators are angry about EIA proposal

July 14, 2008

State insurance regulators are displeased with the Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities regulators about a proposal that would regulate equity index annuities as securities rather than as insurance products, and one state...

Agents express concern about higher costs and loss of control over production

July 14, 2008

Insurance agents who work primarily with equity index annuities say the Securities and Exchange Commission's proposal to regulate the products as securities would impose greater costs on their firms and hand over control of their production...

Mutual funds face competition from ETFs, VAs and others

June 30, 2008

The combined total launches last year of exchange traded funds, variable annuities and closed-end funds surpassed open-end mutual fund launches for the first time, according to Boston-based research firm Cerulli Associates Inc. Of the 820 fund...

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