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CPA touts 6.6% sustainable retirement withdrawal rate

April 9, 2007

NEW YORK — Financial advisers can safely increase their clients’ retirement income by 50% or more by structuring withdrawals differently, according to a certified public accountant who specializes in retirement income planning. Instead of...

Annuity, fund sales flat at banks, notes study

April 9, 2007

NEW YORK — Fee income from variable and fixed annuities, and mutual funds, sold by banks declined by 0.6% last year to $19.33 billion, from $19.46 billion in 2005, according to a recent study. The report was based on a survey of about 1,000...

VA sales strong in 2006; expected to remain robust

April 9, 2007

NEW YORK — As long as the stock market keeps rising, and baby boomers keep getting older, variable annuity sales should continue to be robust, industry observers say. VA sales were up in the fourth quarter and for 2006, compared with year-earlier...

‘Probe and disturb’ viewed as key to one firm’s tactics

March 26, 2007

NEW YORK — Nobody ever accused companies that push annuities on older Americans of being subtle. “Assume you are selling to: A 12-year-old who is blind yet smart,” is how a training manual for Brokers’ Choice of America, an insurance marketing...

Boomer assets draw Old Mutual to VA market

March 19, 2007

NEW YORK — A life insurer known mainly for its fixed annuities has thrown its hat into the variable annuity ring. Old Mutual Financial Network in Baltimore last month launched a no-frills VA product to which a guaranteed-withdrawal-and-death-...

Class action litigation looms as new hurdle for EIA insurers

February 26, 2007

NEW YORK — Add class action litigation to the regulatory controversies, bad press and other woes plaguing insurers that sell equity index annuities. A magistrate for the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii in Honolulu this month...

Lifetime-guarantee annuities could end up biting insurers

February 26, 2007

CHICAGO — Industry leaders are concerned that insurance companies are taking on too much risk from annuities that offer guaranteed-withdrawal benefits for the life of the client. Financial services leaders worry that if baby boomers live longer...

VA industry unveiling electronic processing

February 12, 2007

NEW YORK — A trade group for the variable annuity industry today announced a technology initiative intended to save time and money for VA distributors through streamlining and standardization. The initiative applies to fixed annuities in addition...

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