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NAIC vote on travel delayed

September 12, 2005

WASHINGTON - The likely passage of a resolution opposing denial of life insurance coverage on the basis of potential travel to countries on the State Department's warning list was delayed when state insurance regulators had to cancel their fall...

People more likely to get LTC at work

September 12, 2005

NEW YORK - People are much more likely to buy long-term-care insurance if it's offered as an employee group benefit through payroll deduction as opposed to being sold on an individual basis, according to consultants in the field. But agents...

Proposal on IRA conversions of annuities worries insurers

September 5, 2005

CHICAGO - The life insurance industry is among those voicing concern that temporary government regulations to shut down a specific annuity scheme could have far-reaching consequences. The rules, issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury...

Uncertainty for advisers after Hurricane Katrina

September 5, 2005

BOSTON - Thousands of financial advisers along the Gulf Coast are paralyzed by the swath of death and destruction cut by Hurricane Katrina. With no power, and most telephones and cell phones rendered useless by Katrina's unimaginable assault,...

Spitzer: Ax insurance antitrust exemptions

August 29, 2005

WASHINGTON - New York Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer wants the insurance industry's antitrust exemptions repealed, a move the insurance industry says would lead to "chaos." In a comment letter filed in mid-July with the Antitrust Modernization...

Agents and insurers wary of gene-based tests

August 29, 2005

NEW YORK - Comments by the head of a major diagnostic laboratory relating to the potential expansion of genetic testing in life insurance have many in the industry wondering whether it's a good idea. "I think applicants would recoil at such...

Insurers join appeal of ruling questioning life insurance trusts

August 29, 2005

CHICAGO - Insurers are weighing in on a controversial federal court decision calling into question the use of life insurance trusts, saying the court's opinion is "a source of confusion for estate planners, the insurance industry and consumers."...

Detour arrives for key HSA roadblock

August 29, 2005

NEW YORK - Aetna Inc. announced last month that participants in its high-deductible plans linked to health savings accounts will have the option of waiving the deductible for listed preventive medications. The new program, which some industry...

Insurers push annuities in Social Security reform

August 29, 2005

WASHINGTON - The life insurance industry is calling for some form of annuity payments to be required if the government adopts private accounts in Social Security. But the industry has not taken a stand on whether the annuity programs should...

Probe of Canadian hedge fund goes offshore

August 22, 2005

OTTAWA - The seedy saga of Portus Alternative Asset Management Inc. has moved offshore, and the collapsed Toronto hedge fund firm's main rival has been affected by the scandal's wake. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's commercial-crime unit...

Life agent group supports optional federal charter

August 22, 2005

WASHINGTON - A group of life and health insurance agents is trying to counterbalance the hefty weight of property-casualty agents in the battle over optional federal insurance regulation. The Agents for Change, financed by the Financial Services...

Surge expected in life insurer M&As

August 22, 2005

NEW YORK - The quest by life insurers for higher financial ratings and savings in administration costs will likely fuel a new round of consolidation, according to industry analysts. "Many of the lower-rated companies, which are not well positioned...

Conseco road show a bid to win back distributors

August 15, 2005

NEW YORK - Top sales executives of Conseco Insurance Group have embarked on a 30-city road show to win back the hearts and minds of insurance agents and advisers. Many insurance salespeople understandably are wary of the company, which emerged...

VA sales fuel strong 2Q for many life insurers

August 15, 2005

NEW YORK - To an industry in the midst of so much regulatory scrutiny and other troubles, second-quarter financial results for the major life and annuity insurers looked pretty good. But most life insurance company chief financial officers remain...

States probe MetLife over payout practices

August 15, 2005

NEW YORK - MetLife Inc. has received subpoenas from the attorney general of Florida and the insurance commissioner of Oklahoma seeking documents detailing compensation for, respectively, "intermediaries" and "insurance producers." The New York-based...

LTC holders could catch a Medicaid break

August 8, 2005

WASHINGTON - Americans may soon have a new incentive to buy long-term-care insurance. Two bills introduced the day before the August congressional recess would encourage the purchase of LTC insurance by allowing policyholders to bypass rules...

Estate lawyers fear being cut out of will

August 8, 2005

CHICAGO - In the wake of the Terry Schiavo right-to-die case, Congress has been considering ways to promote living wills to the general public. But some estate planning lawyers are concerned that proposed legislation would sideline them in the...

Advice to advisers: Don't give away insurance business

August 8, 2005

NEW YORK - Fee-only financial advisers are leaving money on the table when they refer clients to agents instead of handling the business themselves, says the head of a life insurer specializing in no-load insurance products. No-load products...

Only 20% of pre-retirees understand LTC

August 8, 2005

NEW YORK - Long-term-care costs continue to threaten retirees' assets and lifestyles, yet few retirees understand how LTC insurance works, according to research released last month. A financial adviser specializing in long-term-care insurance...

Experts debate if B of A deal's 1-shot or trend

July 25, 2005

NEW YORK - Experts are debating the repercussions of the settlement between Bank of America Corp. and Massachusetts regulators. The settlement requires the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank to offer refunds to clients age 78 and older who purchased...

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