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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...

Carrier failures could make B-Ds liable

November 9, 2008

Broker-dealers, registered representatives and advisers could be on the hook if they sell products from major carriers whose risk-based capital is crumbling, plaintiff's attorneys say. Last month, insurance juggernauts Prudential Financial Inc....

Agents: SEC oversight not needed for EIAs

November 9, 2008

Insurance agents are blasting a controversial Securities and Exchange Commission proposal to classify equity index annuities as securities. Under pressure from both the insurance industry and some members of Congress, the SEC last month reopened...

New LTC products are

November 2, 2008

Innovative long term care insurance products are on the horizon as the industry seeks to appeal to more clients. Market participants realize that offering hybrid products and new forms of coverage would help expand the market to people who don't...

SEC to hear more on index annuity regulation

October 13, 2008

The Securities and Exchange Commission has reopened the comment period for its proposed rule on federal regulation of index annuities. The Washington-based regulator made the announcement on Friday, giving the public thirty days from the publication...

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...

Regulators, EIA distributors slug it out over SEC proposal

September 28, 2008

Companies that sell equity index annuities are preparing to take the Securities and Exchange Commission to court if the agency finalizes its proposal to regulate the products as securities. "This is a huge issue for my company and agents that...

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...

In a divorce, insurance issues can be ex-plosive

September 22, 2008

After sexy assets — such as the summer home — are divvied up between divorcing spouses, advisers find that dealing with insurance products is often a complex ordeal. Determining the beneficiaries of an insurance product and taking measures...

Texas pol proposes annuities for public funds

September 15, 2008

Wayne Christian figured the registered representatives of Center, a small town in eastern Texas, could use a business boost. He also thought its pension funds and endowments, which fund scholarships, needed some new investment options. So Mr....

Controversy swirls over index annuity rule

September 11, 2008

The Financial Planning Association and the National Association for Fixed Annuities have leapt into the fray, and made public their opinions about the SEC’s proposed index annuity rule. The opinions were released one day after the Securities...

Insurers target wealthy investors with VA enhancements

September 8, 2008

Declining variable annuity sales will likely lead to enhancements to and new uses for VAs as carriers look for additional ways to appeal to high-net-worth investors. VA sales fell 12% in the second quarter, to $42.2 billion, according to Limra...

More advisers selling insurance products

September 8, 2008

Advisers are selling more insurance, particularly long term care insurance, according to the InvestmentNews 2008 Insurance Product Survey, which polled 445 financial advisers. This year, 45.9% of respondents said they regularly recommended insurance...

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...

Fixed-annuity sales fuel overall growth

September 4, 2008

Overall individual-annuity sales grew 4% during the second quarter, buoyed by a spike in fixed-annuity sales, according to Limra International Inc. U.S. individual-annuity sales grew to $68.4 billion during the second quarter, up from $65.7...

Hybrids will drive retirement income

August 18, 2008

Products that combine equity exposure, income generation and volatility protection may grow more popular among advisers, according to a retirement product executive. "Advisers are looking more at packaged solutions that meet client needs," said...

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...

Settlement reached in ‘living trust mill’ suit

July 21, 2008

American Equity Investment Life Insurance Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, has settled a class action in a Kentucky state court over abusive annuity sales. This $16.4 million settlement will provide relief to as many as 24,000 people who bought the...

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...

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