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Creating time-tested retirement income plans

September 3, 2019

I usually set aside Labor Day for reflection, not just about the official end of summer, but about broader topics that I encounter as a columnist for InvestmentNews. So I was thrilled when two veteran financial advisers I admire — Phil Lubinski...

Variable, indexed annuities may cost more than you think

August 29, 2019

Variable and indexed annuities are lambasted in some circles as being high-cost insurance products, with all-in annual expenses often exceeding 3%-4%. Yet investors may be paying even more for certain contract features than they think. Many...

Annuity yield in short supply as interest rates falter

August 23, 2019

Attractive annuity yields are in increasingly short supply as long-term interest rates have faltered and there is a likelihood of even more downward pressure. Let's look at multiyear guarantee annuities as an example. Some MYGAs, a type of fixed...

Cost to play bigger role in investment recommendations

August 19, 2019

Cost will soon play a more important role in the investment recommendations brokers make to clients. The Securities and Exchange Commission, as part of its recent overhaul of investment-advice standards for brokers and financial advisers, explicitly...

Insurers pivot amid declining interest rates

August 15, 2019

Interest rates have done an about-face, and insurers are feeling the pinch. Just less than a year ago, insurance companies, financial advisers and their clients were celebrating the return of higher interest rates. More money flowed into insurers'...

Fee-based annuities still require caution, despite IRS olive branch

August 14, 2019

Financial advisers who use fee-based annuities are likely celebrating after the Internal Revenue Service extended an olive branch last week, ruling favorably on how advisers can charge for annuity advice. But registered investment advisers should...

The SECURE Act could mean big changes for advisers

August 13, 2019

While it's not surprising that the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is tangled in a political decision-making web, it's reassuring that the conversation about helping Americans save for retirement is still on...

IRS delivers 'game changer' for fee-based annuities

August 9, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a tax ruling that may quickly boost the use of annuities by registered investment advisers with clients, by knocking down what many saw as the primary road block to their uptake. The IRS furnished a private...

Texas 403(b) law causes adviser concern over investor protection

August 8, 2019

A Texas law taking effect next month is causing concern among some retirement plan advisers who are worried that the legislature has weakened investor protection for public schoolteachers in the state. The law — HB 2820, sponsored by Rep....

New York best interest rule for annuity, life insurance sales upheld by state court

August 5, 2019

The New York State Supreme court upheld a state regulation imposing a tougher standard on agents and brokers selling annuity and life insurance policies, on the eve of the rule taking effect. Acting Supreme Court justice Henry F. Zwack said...

Budget agreement leaves SECURE Act by wayside

July 23, 2019

When congressional leaders and President Donald J. Trump reached a budget agreement Monday, they closed it off to additional measures, including a landmark retirement-savings bill that is stalled in the Senate. Backers of the Setting Every Community...

Longevity planning will be a central mission for advisers of the future

July 22, 2019

As people live longer, healthier lives, they will need more help managing their money through retirements — which likely will last longer, too. At a recent roundtable discussion hosted by InvestmentNews on the Future of Financial Advice, many...

Adviser compensation is the challenge with fee-based annuities

July 15, 2019

Fee-based annuities are becoming more popular, but there's a thorny issue that could limit their uptake and negatively affect clients: the question of how an adviser is paid to help manage the annuity. Fee-based annuities are products meant...

Cetera, Allianz and Capital Group partner on retirement income technology

July 10, 2019

Cetera, Allianz and Capital Group are collaborating on a new retirement income tool the companies say will help advisers generate a reliable source of retirement income that lasts the rest of a client's life. The tool, SetIncome, is exclusively...

Judge rejects Ohio National motion to throw out case involving variable annuity commissions

July 1, 2019

A broker of LPL Financial Inc. has won an important round of legal sparring with Ohio National Life Insurance Co., with a judge ruling that the broker's class-action lawsuit over variable annuity trail commissions should move forward. U.S. magistrate...

TIAA exits the life insurance business

June 26, 2019

TIAA, one of the largest U.S. life insurers, is exiting the life insurance business, ceasing the manufacture and distribution of its products by the end of the year. The firm's annuity business will continue and be unaffected by the change,...

Lessons for those 'graduating' to retirement

June 13, 2019

To those newly retired, I offer my congratulations. Those of us who provide financial guidance to this growing segment of consumers know that this is a critical time and a major transition in the lives of people who have worked hard throughout...

Indexed annuity illustrations are hurting consumers: group

June 5, 2019

An investor advocacy group took a shot at indexed-annuity illustrations — the primary sales tool used to sell insurance products — and said that current rules around illustrations are too flimsy, allowing insurers to use them in a way that...

How to battle sequence-of-returns risk

May 25, 2019

There were two recurring themes at the annual InvestmentNews​ Retirement Income Summit in Chicago earlier this month: the economic impact of increased longevity and the need for guaranteed income in retirement. Retirement has traditionally...

House passes SECURE retirement bill with massive bipartisan support

May 23, 2019

The House of Representatives passed a sweeping retirement bill Thursday that makes it easier for small businesses to offer a workplace retirement plan, eases use of annuities in 401(k)s and raises the required minimum distribution age, among...

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