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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...

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WASHINGTON - New York Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer wants the insurance industry's antitrust exemptions repealed, a move the insurance industry says would lead to "chaos."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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Banks' domination of HSA biz seen likely to continue

July 25, 2005

NEW YORK - Asset management business for health savings accounts will continue to gravitate toward banks rather than other types of asset managers because banks excel at servicing large numbers of relatively small accounts, according to a new...

Closed-end-fund IPOs: Is the door shutting?

July 25, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - The issuance of new closed-end funds has begun to slow amid concerns about slackening performance, market saturation and possible regulatory attention. Over the first six months of the year, brokerage firms raised $14 billion...

Insurers seek patents for their new products

July 18, 2005

NEW YORK - Insurers increasingly are seeking patent protection for their new variable annuity, life insurance, long-term-care and other products to protect innovative features that competitors have been copying, say industry observers. The patents...

Push for federal insurance charter worries states

July 18, 2005

WASHINGTON - State insurance legislators are becoming increasingly concerned that the Senate might soon start looking at legislation that would allow insurers to be regulated by the federal government instead of states. At the summer meeting...

Study questions late-age mortality rates

July 18, 2005

NEW YORK - While noting that the overall mortality rate in this country generally is declining, a recent study has challenged findings from other reports and insurer mortality tables that show that medical advances and better living conditions...

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