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Deferred-income annuities grab spotlight from traditional variable annuities

February 22, 2015

The lowly deferred-income annuity is finally getting its moment in the sun, as well as in clients' retirement income plans. Deferred-income annuities started as a variation of the single-premium immediate annuity (SPIA), using a similar concept:...

MetLife gets back in the variable-annuity-with-living-benefits game

February 13, 2015

Longtime variable annuity player MetLife Inc. is stepping off the sidelines and getting back into the game as it launches a new living benefit rider. The New York-based insurer will release a new guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit rider,...

The battle for your clients' retirement dollars

February 3, 2015

The war for your clients' annuity dollars is on. Why annuity sellers are fighting for your IRA The way things are shaping up, what's good for consumers isn't so much for business. Corporate America feels downdraft while recovery lifts households...

'Longevity' in annuities could be the big 2015 focus

December 29, 2014

Where the retirement market will go next year is anybody's guess, but insurance industry experts foresee a ramp-up in product development for certain types of annuities. For broker-dealers, 2014 appears to be the year of the indexed annuity,...

2014 big for indexed annuities: Broker-dealer execs

December 23, 2014

The year isn't over yet, but executives at broker-dealers say they've had a major rise in the indexed-annuity business — to the point that it may be cannibalizing sales of variable annuities. At Raymond James Financial Inc., the annualized...

The new variable and indexed annuity leaders

December 17, 2014

Variable annuities are a staple of broker-dealers' business, offering clients the opportunity to garner market exposure on a tax-deferred basis. In recent years, however, sales of indexed annuities — which credit interest to a client's account...

Wells Fargo pushes insurers to lower commissions on indexed annuities

September 10, 2014

Annuity gatekeepers at broker-dealers are closely watching Wells Fargo Advisors as it presses insurers to lower commissions for the indexed annuities sold by its representatives. Last Monday, Wells Fargo launched an updated annuity platform...

One of industry's last holdouts, NAIFA elects its first female president

September 4, 2014

For the first time since it was founded in the early 1890s, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors will be led by a woman, starting next week. Juli McNeely will be installed as NAIFA president Monday during its annual conference...

Can an adviser affiliated with an insurance company be fee only? Yes.

July 21, 2014

For nearly two years, the issue of compensation descriptions has roiled the investment-advice business. The topic becomes even trickier when insurance licenses are thrown into the mix. Whether investment advisers like it or not, the Certified...

Structured product annuities pose challenges for regulators

July 9, 2014

Structured product annuities are the latest retirement product but they are so new that regulators are struggling to figure out the best way to classify them. These contracts, dubbed hybrid or buffered annuities, use structured products to absorb...

Hartford Financial Services Group names a new CEO

June 9, 2014

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. promoted Christopher Swift to chief executive officer to replace Liam McGee, who is stepping down after a medical procedure related to a brain tumor. Mr. Swift, the 53-year-old chief financial officer who...

Guaranteed features propel indexed-annuity sales

June 6, 2014

Just as living benefits helped drive broker-dealers' variable annuity feeding frenzy years ago, these guaranteed features appear to be propelling firms' sales of indexed annuities. Broker-dealers and wirehouses have taken a particular shine...

Fixed-annuity sales rise even though rates are rock-bottom

May 5, 2014

The traditional fixed annuity — a product that credits a fixed rate of interest over a stated period of time — is heating up at broker-dealers. For example, LPL Financial reaped some $46.7 million for the first quarter in commission revenue...

Fixed annuity sales receiving added scrutiny from Finra

May 2, 2014

With broker-dealers selling a bigger share of indexed annuities, securities regulators are taking a closer look at policies and procedures around clients exchanging or giving up variable annuities in order to put those assets into products such...

Account opening is No. 1 tech concern: Survey

April 2, 2014

The challenge of capturing account-opening data has replaced social-media archiving as advisers' primary technology concern, according to a survey conducted by advisory think tank Beacon Strategies. In fact, 96% of the 55 broker-dealers surveyed...

Indexed annuities gain popularity while rates remain low

February 23, 2014

Indexed annuities, long the black sheep of retirement products, are enjoying a wave of popularity among financial advisers grappling with low interest rates. Indexed annuities are a type of fixed annuity that credits clients' accounts with a...

ING wins fixed-annuity deal as Allstate narrows focus

December 9, 2013

ING U.S. Inc. will begin selling fixed annuities through Allstate Corp. agencies as the largest publicly traded U.S. auto and home insurer ceases to offer its own brand of the retirement products. The deal gives ING U.S. access to one of the...

Fixed-annuity sales driven by frustration with low interest rates, thirst for income

December 6, 2013

Fixed-annuity sales in the third quarter reached their highest level since 2009, topping $22 billion. That number represents a 31% rise from the previous quarter and more than a 35% increase from the same period last year, according a report...

Dynasty branches out to the insurance side

June 3, 2013

Dynasty Financial Partners LLC has launched a new service, Dynasty Insurance Services, to support its network of 18 firms in writing fixed-life-insurance, annuity, disability and long-term-care contracts. With advisers leaving wirehouses and...

Axa latest insurer to yank generous VA options

April 1, 2013

The variable annuity industry continues to shudder as companies become even more cautious in their offerings. Axa Equitable Life Insurance Co. last month notified clients that it will drop 26 investment options from its Accumulator variable...

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