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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...

It's not a stock … it's not a bond

February 15, 2019

The market and investors always follow external events, and at this point in time we're experiencing a roster of factors that run the gamut. The historic bull run is on a trajectory fueled by corporate tax reform, regulatory changes and trade...

It's about to get easier to do a 1035 exchange with annuities

January 8, 2019

Insurance companies aren't exactly known as pioneering when it comes to digital technology. Most are entrenched in paper-dominated transactions with consumers and their financial advisers. Annuity providers, however, are making a synchronized...

Annuity group says Ohio National poses risk to industry

December 18, 2018

The Insured Retirement Institute, an annuity industry trade group, said recent business decisions Ohio National Financial Services Inc. has made around its variable annuities poses a risk to the broader annuity industry. Ohio National stunned...

Indexed annuity sales will soon eclipse those of variable annuities: Cerulli

December 12, 2018

Indexed annuities are set to overtake variable annuities in sales within the next three years, according to Cerulli Associates, continuing an ascent over the past several years that has steadily eroded variable annuities' market share. Variable...

3 reasons for the annuity sales spike

November 19, 2018

LIMRA reported that total​ annuity sales in the second quarter were $59.5 billion, up nearly 15% from the previous quarter. It's been almost three years since the industry has reported sales at these levels. When LIMRA releases third-quarter...

Ohio National stokes adviser fears over annuity trail compensation

October 23, 2018

It's been a few weeks since Ohio National Financial Services Inc.'s bombshell announcement around annuity trail compensation, and financial advisers are still trying to make sense of its implications for them and the broader industry. One question...

After Ohio National decision, the fine print of annuity trails is now a must-read

October 13, 2018

It's still a fresh sting, hearing that Ohio National Financial Services Inc. plans to terminate servicing agreements and cut off trail commissions to broker-dealers that sell some of its variable annuities. Can they really do this, some B-Ds...

Indexed annuity sales grow among wirehouses, independent broker-dealers

September 20, 2018

Wirehouses and independent broker-dealers have upped their sales of indexed annuities over the past few years, with a greater share of product sales coming through registered representatives at brokerage firms. There are a number of reasons...

Fixed annuities are on a tear

September 14, 2018

Fixed annuities have been on a tear this year, with sales seeing double-digit growth across several product categories amid rising interest rates and easing regulatory pressure. Overall sales of individual fixed annuities were $33.7 billion...

Merrill Lynch takes two avenues with annuity commissions

September 10, 2018

When Merrill Lynch recently decided to reverse its ban on commissions in individual retirement accounts, it did so for all products with one exception: annuities. The policy effectively creates a dual approach for Merrill's 17,000-plus advisers...

Ohio National, a big variable annuity provider, exits the annuity business

September 7, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc., among the top 20 sellers of variable annuities, is quitting the annuity business and is simultaneously laying off 300 employees, signaling the challenges of the variable annuity market in recent years....

Ken Fisher, famous annuity hater, invested in annuity companies

August 31, 2018

Ken Fisher, founder and executive chairman of Fisher Investments, has been an ardent critic of annuities for years. In fact, Mr. Fisher's vitriol toward annuities is probably one of his most identifiable characteristics in the public sphere....

As DOL fiduciary rule dies, variable annuities come alive — sales up for first time since 2014

August 21, 2018

The death of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule is breathing new life into the variable annuity business. Following 17 consecutive quarters of sales declines, dating back to 2014, there was some good news for insurers in the second quarter...

Annuity rule likely won't include a fiduciary standard, NAIC says

July 24, 2018

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners indicated it would not impose a fiduciary standard on insurers and insurance producers as part of its overhaul of annuity sales rules, according to draft language of the group's model regulation...

Retirement planning 10 years after the financial crisis

June 28, 2018

Ten years after the start of the 2008 financial crisis, the retirement income conversation is starkly different than it once was. In fact, everything has changed, from the way advisers and investors look at risk, to the investment vehicles they...

Fixed annuity sales set for massive spike

June 7, 2018

Fixed-rate deferred annuities are poised for a huge jump in sales over the next two years, as rising interest rates and a potentially faltering equity market push consumer money into the products at near-record levels, according to Limra, an...

Insurers are selling off old annuity business — what advisers need to know

May 23, 2018

Insurance companies have been selling old blocks of annuity business at a rapid clip, and it's likely the quick pace of transactions will continue at least through this year and possibly beyond. This could ultimately be bad news for policyholders...

Indexed annuity sales rise in Q1 as DOL fiduciary rule stalls

May 22, 2018

Indexed annuities posted a double-digit increase in sales last quarter as the headwinds posed by the Labor Department's fiduciary rule dissipated. Broader economic developments, such as the market volatility during Q1 and rising interest rates,...

Four challenges in using annuities for retirement planning — and how to overcome them

May 8, 2018

Over the years, I've had countless conversations with advisers about retirement planning and the use of guaranteed income products. While some embrace annuities and their ability to offer consistency in retirement income, others are more dismissive....

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