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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...

SEC draws ire with indexed annuity misstep

August 16, 2019

This story has been updated with information from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The agency originally did not want to comment on the matter. The Securities and Exchange Commission caused concern among the financial advice and insurance...

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'...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

Ironic twist in the Ohio National annuity saga

January 11, 2019

The months-long feud between Ohio National and financial advisers has taken a strange and ironic twist. The latest perplexity involves a recent notice sent to some annuity clients of Ohio National, which stunned the brokerage industry in September...

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...

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,...

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...

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