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Retirement savings bill re-introduced in House with bipartisan backing

February 6, 2019

Legislation that would help small businesses offer retirement plans to their employees and ease the use of annuities in them was re-introduced in the House on Wednesday with bipartisan backing. The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act contains...

Genworth diverts $327 million to shore up long-term-care insurance

February 6, 2019

Genworth Financial Inc., the largest long-term-care insurer by number of policyholders, diverted $327 million before taxes in the fourth quarter in order to shore up the reserves it uses to pay LTC insurance claims. The amount, which came to...

Trump State of the Union: What advisers want to hear

February 5, 2019

Financial advisers want President Donald J. Trump to put aside divisive political rhetoric and give a positive message about the economy and solutions to pressing problems during his address to Congress tonight. In his State of the Union address,...

Planning potholes and banana peels

February 4, 2019

I once worked with a terrific wirehouse adviser based in Southeast Florida who suffered from serial honesty. Even in the heady bull market of the 1990s, he insisted on plotting retirement income strategies according to the 4% rule. This was...

HSAs give asset managers distribution outlet for in-house funds

January 30, 2019

Health savings accounts are getting more popular, and it's no surprise asset managers and retirement plan record keepers are debuting products to jump on the bandwagon. Voya Financial Inc. launched its first HSA platform last week, following...

New York slaps MetLife with $19.75 million in penalties for heel-dragging

January 29, 2019

MetLife Insurance Company will pay a $19.75 million penalty for violating New York insurance law by failing to properly locate and pay benefits to thousands of insureds and beneficiaries in the state. As part of a consent order with the state's...

FSI works to defend association health plans rule against court threat

January 29, 2019

This time, the Financial Services Institute is siding with the Labor Department in a lawsuit. The trade association, which represents independent broker-dealers and financial advisers, last month joined an amicus brief in a suit brought in a...

LPL reacts to Ohio National 'violation of trust' by renegotiating VA contracts

January 24, 2019

LPL Financial, the country's largest independent broker-dealer, has renegotiated its contracts with all of its variable annuity partners in the wake of Ohio National Financial Services Inc.'s surprise announcement that it would no longer pay...

Readers weigh in on annuity buyout offer

January 23, 2019

As a nation, we have become accustomed to divided politics. As a financial planning community, we have our own version of contentious issues, and one of those hot-button issues involves variable annuities. When I asked InvestmentNews readers...

Royal Alliance charged with failure to supervise variable annuity sales

January 22, 2019

Massachusetts securities regulators have charged Royal Alliance Associates with failure to supervise a broker who recommended unsuitable investments to a couple, which ultimately cost the investors nearly $60,000. The broker, Stephen F. Davis...

My Medicare year

January 21, 2019

I turned 64 last December. That means I am eligible to enroll in Medicare at the end of this year. Based on the inquiries I have received from friends and InvestmentNews readers, the Medicare enrollment process is filled with angst. But with...

Being underinvested can be a risky business for preretirees

January 14, 2019

Preretirees who suffered large portfolio losses in the economic collapse of 2008 may feel reluctant, or entirely too scared, to invest in the stock market and take the chance of getting burned again. Some may have experienced the double bubble...

Anatomy of an annuity buyout offer

January 14, 2019

I may be going out on a limb, but after receiving numerous negative comments about my decision to purchase a deferred variable annuity from Ohio National Insurance Co. a decade ago, I am laying out the specifics of the company's recent buyout...

Ironic twist in the Ohio National annuity saga

January 11, 2019

The months-long feud between Ohio National and financial advisers has taken a strange and ironic twist. The latest perplexity involves a recent notice sent to some annuity clients of Ohio National, which stunned the brokerage industry in September...

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...

Another LPL adviser sues Ohio National over variable annuity commissions

January 2, 2019

Another LPL Financial adviser has sued Ohio National Life Insurance Co. and its subsidiaries for ceasing the payment of trail commissions on certain variable annuity policies, joining a chorus of other parties to have filed similar legal claims...

William Galvin hits MetLife with $1 million fine for failing to keep track of pensioners

December 19, 2018

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin on Wednesday hit MetLife Inc. with a $1 million fine and ordered the insurance firm to pay restitution to retirees and beneficiaries who it failed to locate after taking over their retirement...

Retirement savings legislation dies in lame-duck Congress

December 19, 2018

Legislation that would expand the number of company-sponsored retirement plans and increase the use of annuities within them will likely die on Thursday. Proponents of the bill, which was introduced after Thanksgiving, were hoping it would be...

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...

UBS sues Ohio National over lost variable annuity commissions

December 17, 2018

UBS has sued The Ohio National Life Insurance Co. and its subsidiaries for the insurer's new policy of ending adviser trail commissions on some variable annuity products. The wirehouse joins several other broker-dealers fighting the cessation...

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