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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...

Some insurance agents breaking law with 401(k) rollovers

May 30, 2019

Rolling money out of a 401(k) plan to fund an insurance product, like an annuity or life insurance policy, can be a difficult, tense decision for retirees. After all, seniors are earmarking a large chunk of their nest egg. These rollovers are...

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...

Variable annuities lose more ground to fixed annuities

May 21, 2019

Variable annuity sales continued their downward spiral last quarter on the back of volatile equity markets, losing yet more ground to fixed annuities. VA sales of $22.8 billion in the first quarter were down 7% from the year prior, according...

Edward Jones doesn't sell indexed annuities, bucking broker-dealer trend

May 6, 2019

Edward Jones has taken a contrarian stance on indexed annuities, declining to allow its brokers to sell the annuity products even though its peers are doing so and the products are increasingly popular industrywide. The St. Louis-based brokerage,...

Insurance lobby plans blitz to get retirement bills through Congress quickly

April 24, 2019

Insurance trade associations are set to launch a campaign to gain approval for retirement-savings bills by August to ensure they don't stall again as attention turns to the 2020 election. The American Council of Life Insurers is coordinating...

The drawback of Richard Thaler's 401(k)-Social Security idea? Social Security itself

April 22, 2019

Nobel laureate Richard Thaler's idea to increase retirees' Social Security payments by using a portion of their 401(k) accounts is drawing criticism from some corners of the financial-advice industry, primarily due to the current less-than-stellar...

A new way to look at retirement income planning

April 22, 2019

Retirement income is a major concern among upcoming retirees, with 46% of Americans predicting they won't have enough money once they leave the workforce. Compounding these fears, 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. This translates to the...

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...

Risk-averse investors push advisers to their creative limits

March 6, 2019

One of the biggest challenges financial advisers face when working with clients in or near retirement is convincing them to embrace an appropriate level of investment risk, which is often where psychology must partner with reality. When considering...

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...

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...

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