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Buffer annuities push variable annuity sales to three-year high in Q3

November 19, 2019

Variable annuity sales hit a three-year high in the third quarter, a notable turnaround from their slump in recent years that largely reflects the growing sales of buffer annuities. Buffer annuities, a subset of variable annuities, are also...

Complaint claims Ohio National poses 'danger' due to its 'illegal' activity

November 18, 2019

An insurance agent filed a complaint Friday with the Ohio Department of Insurance against Ohio National Life Insurance Co., alleging that the insurer's treatment of a customer's insurance premiums broke the law and that three senior executives...

A SECURE Retirement Plan

November 12, 2019

Once again, Americans have an opportunity to make retirement savings history. Enactment of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) provided new protections for retirement savers. The creation of individual retirement accounts (IRAs)...

ETFs - An Important Tool for Wealth Management

November 8, 2019

Since their creation in 1990 in Canada and 1993 in the U.S., exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become widely used to help investors achieve their financial goals. Drawn by low turnover, lower fees, broad diversification and greater tax efficiency,...

State insurance commissioners closing in on stronger standard for annuity sales

November 7, 2019

State insurance regulators are closing in on a final rule to strengthen the investment-advice standard related to annuity sales, but a critic says the standard falls short of the best-interest protection provided in New York. Earlier this week,...

How Brett Shaver Achieved Professional and Personal Independence

November 4, 2019

As a senior research analyst at one of the nation's largest institutional investment firms, Brett Shaver managed fundamental analysis for key sectors within the firm's large-cap equity strategies. He loved the intellectual aspects of his job,...

Elizabeth Warren health care plan sparks outcry over 401(k) tax hike

November 4, 2019

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren would partially fund her Medicare for All health care proposal — a key part of her campaign platform — through 401(k) savers, sparking a backlash from both industry trade groups and financial advisers....

Alternative Investments

November 1, 2019

Alternative investments have long been used by institutional investors as they structure pension funds and endowments to withstand the market's headwinds and to benefit from its tailwinds. However, while the responsibility for investing for...

Adding value during health insurance open enrollment

October 28, 2019

While a lot of people see the annual health insurance open enrollment period as a big headache, Michael Policar sees it as a big opportunity. Mr. Policar, wealth manager at HighTower Advisors Bellevue, has carved out a niche by rolling up his...

Healthy clients will avoid medical costs

October 26, 2019

As a former physician, one of Kenneth Waltzer's first moves when it comes to helping his clients manage and plan for health care expenses is to try and help them stay healthy. [More: Financial advisers shouldn't have to stress over health insurance]...

Prepping clients for retirement health costs

October 26, 2019

When it comes to helping clients save and prepare for health care expenses in retirement, financial advisers typically embrace one of two strategies: Focus on smaller near-term costs and hope for the best, or present clients with the overwhelming...

Security Benefit indexed annuity fraud lawsuit may signal trouble for other insurers

October 25, 2019

A lawsuit that alleges Security Benefit Life Insurance Co. engaged in a fraudulent scheme related to its indexed annuities hints at trouble for other indexed annuity shops at a time when the products are growing more popular. The lawsuit, Howard...

3 advantages of using fixed indexed annuities in retirement

October 23, 2019

Fixed indexed annuities are often pegged as a safer way to invest in the market. As such, many financial advisers spurn the product due to its perceived inefficiencies in growing wealth when compared to straightforward investment strategies....

Why are fixed indexed annuities primed for growth?

October 16, 2019

Fixed indexed annuities, also referred to as equity indexed annuities, have been a hot button issue for decades now. But FIAs have also been widely misunderstood by investors, advisers and regulators, often being confused with variable annuities....

Medicare 2020 open enrollment begins Tuesday

October 15, 2019

Medicare open enrollment for health care coverage in 2020 begins Tuesday, Oct. 15. While most of the 60 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the nation's primary health insurance program for retirees and people with disabilities usually...

Drug costs for some U.S. seniors to rise by hundreds of dollars

October 11, 2019

Senior citizens with high prescription drug costs are facing hundreds of dollars in additional expenses next year, according to a new analysis of Medicare's drug program by a nonprofit research group. Medicare's drug benefit, known as Part D,...

SEC probing compensation, sales practices in 403(b) plans for school districts

October 8, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be launching a broad investigation of compensation and sales practices in defined-contribution plans for school districts, an atypical move that targets a segment of the market frequently lambasted...

How advisers can help pre-retirees

October 7, 2019

Recently, I heard the phrase "inattentive households" — a term clearly coined by economists for economists — at a conference from someone discussing pre-retirees' lack of awareness of the typical income and spending changes that come with...

LPL, Triad brokers lose Ohio National lawsuit over variable annuity commissions

October 4, 2019

Brokers affiliated with LPL Financial and Triad Advisors have lost separate lawsuits against Ohio National Life Insurance Co. that sought to overturn the insurer's decision to stop paying variable annuity commissions. Concurrently, however,...

Prudential reverses variable annuity suspension in New York

October 4, 2019

Prudential Financial Inc. will reintroduce its fee-based variable annuities in New York, following a suspension of its product sales a few months ago in connection with the state's new best-interest rule for annuity and life insurance sales....

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