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Lack of investment options plague HSAs

December 17, 2018

Health savings accounts are getting more popular and some retirement plan advisers, hoping to capitalize on the trend, are integrating them into a service offering for 401(k) clients. But there are a few stumbling blocks. One big hurdle: a dearth...

Couples should coordinate Social Security, Medicare decisions

December 12, 2018

Young couples who marry, and even older couples tying the knot for the second time, may be prepared to utter the traditional wedding vow of 'til death do us part. But how many of them realize that their entwined lives will dictate key retirement...

Indexed annuity sales will soon eclipse those of variable annuities: Cerulli

December 12, 2018

Indexed annuities are set to overtake variable annuities in sales within the next three years, according to Cerulli Associates, continuing an ascent over the past several years that has steadily eroded variable annuities' market share. Variable...

Financial decisions made by diverse populations more likely to revolve around others

December 11, 2018

Black Americans, Asian Americans and Latino Americans are more likely than the general American population to support their parents and children financially. At the same time, more than half of women are the primary breadwinners in their households....

Questions abound as Ohio National stops commission payments this week

December 11, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc. is ceasing payment of advisers' variable annuity trail commissions Thursday, and advisers are left wondering how they're going to deal with the fallout. The insurer stunned the brokerage and insurance industries...

Finra exams find fault with sales of variable annuities, nontraded REITs and private placements

December 7, 2018

Variable annuities, nontraded REITs and private placements are among the primary areas in which brokerage firms and their representatives have demonstrated lax compliance, according to a new Finra report detailing recent examination findings....

Indexed universal life insurance continues growth streak

December 3, 2018

Indexed universal life insurance sales are up double digits as market conditions drive the product line to its eighth consecutive quarter of growth in premiums, according to insurance industry group Limra. IUL sales rose 10% in the third quarter...

Anger over Ohio National's attack on VA contracts

November 30, 2018

I am angry and appalled by Ohio National Financial Services' announcement that it will terminate the trailing commissions on existing variable annuity contracts with guaranteed income benefits. Talk about changing the rules in the middle of...

Annuity and mutual fund interests at odds over 401(k) disclosures

November 29, 2018

A fight is breaking out over retirement legislation that the U.S. Congress is trying to jam through before year's end, pitting insurance and mutual fund groups, as well as large 401(k) providers, against each other. The rancor concerns just...

Congress tries to jam through retirement legislation by year-end

November 27, 2018

Congress is making one final push to get retirement legislation passed by the end of the year, with provisions promoting more 401(k) plan formation and greater use of annuities hanging in the balance. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways...

Your client has a car, a gun — and Alzheimer's

November 26, 2018

Pretty much every week my wife and I hear from a relative, neighbor or friend about some challenge of getting older. Most issues involve aging parents. The consistent theme is preparation — they weren't prepared for the situation now vexing...

NAIFA files suit against New York for mandating best-interest insurance sales

November 26, 2018

An insurance industry trade association has gone to court to stop a New York regulation requiring insurance agents and brokers to act in the best interests of their clients when selling life insurance and annuity products. The National Association...

Variable annuity sales up 25% from this time a year ago

November 26, 2018

Third quarter sales of variable annuities were up 25% year-over-year to $25 billion, according to a Limra Secure Retirement Institute report. It's the second consecutive quarter of growth after a stretch of sales declines that stretched back...

Independent Perspective: Why Reza Zamani Chose Independence

November 26, 2018

Going independent as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) is a decision requiring considerable thought and planning. In this second of a three-part series, InvestmentNews Content Strategy Studio explores how one advisor — Reza Zamani, Senior...

Countdown to Medicare and Social Security checklist

November 24, 2018

Age 62 Earliest age to apply for reduced Social Security retirement benefits, subject to earnings restrictions if working. Age 64 Research Medicare options. Age 65 Enroll in Medicare. Those who claim Social Security benefits early are automatically...

Medicare enrollment: Prepare or pay the price

November 24, 2018

Who knew that turning 65 would be so​ fraught with confusion and angst? It has less to do with acquiring more gray hair — or losing your hair altogether— and more to do with the nagging feeling that you face a momentous decision with strict...

Advisers must step up guidance on Medicare, as flubs are costly

November 24, 2018

Mounting health-care costs mean medical bills increasingly have the potential to derail clients' carefully plotted plans for retirement. That makes it all the more important they get it right when it comes time to signing up for Medicare, the...

Cetera broker-dealers latest to file legal claim against Ohio National

November 21, 2018

This story has been updated to include additional information not available when originally published. The six broker-dealers in the Cetera Financial Group network have filed arbitration claims against Ohio National Life Insurance Co. and affiliates,...

Finra fines H. Beck $400,000 for unsuitable sale of variable annuities

November 21, 2018

The Financial Industry and Regulatory Authority Inc. fined H. Beck $400,000 Tuesday for failing to mandate and enforce its own written supervisory procedures, resulting in the unsuitable sale of L-share variable annuities tied to long-term riders....

Ohio National lays off chief distribution officer; president retires after three months on the job

November 20, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc. laid off its chief distribution officer, H. Douglas Cooke, at the same time that president and chief operating officer Christopher Carlson has decided to retire, three months after being promoted. The executive...

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