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Variable annuity sales up big among independent broker-dealers

April 19, 2019

Independent broker-dealers saw big growth in their sales of variable annuities last year, even as other distribution channels such as the wirehouses and other large national brokerage houses saw sales stay flat or decline. The boost appears...

Indexed annuity sales projected to grow nearly 40% by 2023

April 5, 2019

Indexed annuities, fresh off a record sales year, are poised for substantial growth over the next four years, according to projections from Limra, an insurance industry group that expects the stock market to remain volatile and interest rates...

New annuities starting to address RMDs

April 1, 2019

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America is launching an indexed annuity geared toward clients 70½ and older who don't need the money that the government requires they withdraw each year from retirement accounts in the form of required minimum...

Jackson National loses top annuity sales spot to AIG

March 26, 2019

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. ceded its six-year reign atop the annuity sales leaderboard to American International Group Inc. last year, as AIG rode a wave of strong fixed and indexed annuity sales to overtake the former No. 1. AIG sold...

Ameriprise offloads $1.7 billion in fixed annuities

March 20, 2019

Ameriprise Financial Inc. has offloaded $1.7 billion in fixed-annuity liabilities to Global Atlantic Financial Group, representing roughly 20% of the company's fixed-annuity account balances, the firm announced Tuesday. Commonwealth Annuity...

ACLI comes off bench to support legislation requiring employers offer access to retirement plans

March 12, 2019

The American Council of Life Insurers announced Tuesday it would back legislation to require employers to establish retirement savings plans for their workers. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., previously sponsored bills that would have required companies...

Insurers create pain points for advisers and clients

February 21, 2019

The insurance industry hasn't done itself any favors when it comes to earning the trust of financial advisers and their clients. Insurers have repeatedly frustrated these stakeholders by making business decisions that are seemingly contrary...

Ohio National extends variable annuity buyout offer

February 20, 2019

Ohio National Life Insurance Co. is extending by about a month a buyout offer it made on some of its variable annuity products. The insurer last year gave owners of ONcore variable annuities with a guaranteed minimum income benefit rider the...

Fixed annuity sales smash previous record

February 20, 2019

Annual sales of fixed annuities broke a record in 2018, as investors retreated from a volatile stock market and were lured by the larger payouts created by rising interest rates. Fixed annuity sales hit $132 billion last year, a 25% jump from...

Insurance groups tell NAIC to put 'best interest' back into annuity suitability rule draft

February 19, 2019

Insurance industry trade associations are telling state commissioners to put the words "best interest" back in a proposal to raise the advice standard for annuity sales. In the latest iteration of National Association of Insurance Commissioners'...

It's not a stock … it's not a bond

February 15, 2019

The market and investors always follow external events, and at this point in time we're experiencing a roster of factors that run the gamut. The historic bull run is on a trajectory fueled by corporate tax reform, regulatory changes and trade...

Cetera, other broker-dealers refuse to sign Ohio National contracts

February 15, 2019

A handful of broker-dealers, including Cetera Financial Group and NEXT Financial Group, have rebuffed Ohio National Financial Services Inc. by refusing to sign new agreements with the insurer, the latest twist in an ongoing dispute over variable...

Jackson National looks to expand distribution of fee-only annuities

February 11, 2019

Jackson National Life Insurance Co., the largest annuity seller, is broadening the distribution of its fee-only annuities to try to capitalize on the growing ranks of independent registered investment advisers. The insurer has partnered with...

Annuities group signs up for Rolling Stones tour

February 7, 2019

The Alliance for Lifetime Income, an organization that's trying to improve the public perception of annuity products, will be the sole sponsor of the Rolling Stones' U.S. tour later this year. The national sponsorship consists of "co-branded...

Retirement savings bill re-introduced in House with bipartisan backing

February 6, 2019

Legislation that would help small businesses offer retirement plans to their employees and ease the use of annuities in them was re-introduced in the House on Wednesday with bipartisan backing. The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act contains...

Great-West sells life insurance and annuity business for $1.2 billion

January 24, 2019

Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Co. has agreed to sell the bulk of its individual life insurance and annuity business to Protective Life Insurance Co. for an estimated $1.2 billion, via a reinsurance transaction, according to a company announcement...

LPL reacts to Ohio National 'violation of trust' by renegotiating VA contracts

January 24, 2019

LPL Financial, the country's largest independent broker-dealer, has renegotiated its contracts with all of its variable annuity partners in the wake of Ohio National Financial Services Inc.'s surprise announcement that it would no longer pay...

Readers weigh in on annuity buyout offer

January 23, 2019

As a nation, we have become accustomed to divided politics. As a financial planning community, we have our own version of contentious issues, and one of those hot-button issues involves variable annuities. When I asked InvestmentNews readers...

Being underinvested can be a risky business for preretirees

January 14, 2019

Preretirees who suffered large portfolio losses in the economic collapse of 2008 may feel reluctant, or entirely too scared, to invest in the stock market and take the chance of getting burned again. Some may have experienced the double bubble...

Anatomy of an annuity buyout offer

January 14, 2019

I may be going out on a limb, but after receiving numerous negative comments about my decision to purchase a deferred variable annuity from Ohio National Insurance Co. a decade ago, I am laying out the specifics of the company's recent buyout...

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