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Secrets Behind Success: How do top firms retain great talent? (Hint: It’s not all about the money)

September 26, 2018

Most leaders at some point have found themselves discussing how to “keep” a certain talented individual from leaving the organization. Such conversations might have been prompted by a reorganization that impacted the person's role or, just...

How advisers can help cancer patients tackle financial distress

September 21, 2018

I'll never forget the shock when my brother-in-law, Billy — an avid athlete and outdoorsman — visited a doctor for his heartburn, only to learn he had stage 4 esophageal cancer. He fought the disease hard, but it claimed him eight months...

Insurance executives push House to add annuity provision to tax reform bill

September 20, 2018

Executives from major insurance firms are pushing House leaders to amend tax-reform legislation to encourage the use of annuities in company retirement plans. In a Wednesday letter to House leaders, the corporate chiefs said that they were disappointed...

Indexed annuity sales grow among wirehouses, independent broker-dealers

September 20, 2018

Wirehouses and independent broker-dealers have upped their sales of indexed annuities over the past few years, with a greater share of product sales coming through registered representatives at brokerage firms. There are a number of reasons...

Fixed annuities are on a tear

September 14, 2018

Fixed annuities have been on a tear this year, with sales seeing double-digit growth across several product categories amid rising interest rates and easing regulatory pressure. Overall sales of individual fixed annuities were $33.7 billion...

States try to beat back rate increases on long-term-care policies

September 13, 2018

States have taken steps to limit the drastic rate increases plaguing the long-term-care insurance market, leading some experts to suggest that these insurance policies are worth a second look for financial advisers and consumers. More than three...

Life insurance is not for saving

September 11, 2018

Stop buying life insurance as a savings strategy. Stop buying it as a tax-deferral vehicle for retirement savings. Stop spending thousands of dollars a month on life insurance premiums, at least until you read the rest of this column. Life insurance...

Merrill Lynch takes two avenues with annuity commissions

September 10, 2018

When Merrill Lynch recently decided to reverse its ban on commissions in individual retirement accounts, it did so for all products with one exception: annuities. The policy effectively creates a dual approach for Merrill's 17,000-plus advisers...

Finra fines Securities America $175,000 for failure to supervise variable annuity sales

September 7, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. fined Securities America $175,000 for failing to properly oversee the sale of a certain type of short-term variable annuity product. According to Finra, Securities America brokers violated or...

Ohio National, a big variable annuity provider, exits the annuity business

September 7, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc., among the top 20 sellers of variable annuities, is quitting the annuity business and is simultaneously laying off 300 employees, signaling the challenges of the variable annuity market in recent years....

Legislation affecting advisers may fall victim to tight Capitol Hill calendar

September 6, 2018

Legislation that would reform how advisers are regulated, increase contribution limits for health savings accounts and strengthen retirement security could fall victim to a tight congressional calendar or partisan divisions this fall. In late...

Structured ETFs offer fresh twist on popular variable annuity strategy

September 6, 2018

There's nothing quite like the month of September to remind investors and financial advisers that the financial markets are fraught with risks, which is the kind of mindset that Innovator Capital Management is banking on with its new suite of...

Ken Fisher, famous annuity hater, invested in annuity companies

August 31, 2018

Ken Fisher, founder and executive chairman of Fisher Investments, has been an ardent critic of annuities for years. In fact, Mr. Fisher's vitriol toward annuities is probably one of his most identifiable characteristics in the public sphere....

New group aims to improve negative view of annuities

August 23, 2018

A new group is trying to reframe how advisers, their clients and the broader public view annuity products. Two dozen insurance companies and mutual fund firms coalesced to form The Alliance for Lifetime Income, seeking to bolster an industry...

Brokers, advisers and insurance agents implicated in alleged $100 million investment fraud

August 23, 2018

Dozens of financial intermediaries — including stockbrokers, financial advisers, financial planners and insurance agents — are being sued for an alleged investment fraud that attorneys claim cost more than 1,000 investors, many of whom were...

Finra arbitrators order Pennsylvania brokerage to pay client $1 million in damages

August 23, 2018

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitrators ordered Pennsylvania-based Trustmont Financial Group Inc. to pay a client more than $1 million in damages. James E. Grimes accused Trustmont, headquartered in Greensburg, Penn., of breaching...

Why your 50-year-old clients may need you the most

August 22, 2018

Clients who are 10 to 15 years away from retirement need you. They're likely getting more concerned about market volatility and its impact on their savings, but at the same time they're more aware than ever that they need their nest egg to grow...

As DOL fiduciary rule dies, variable annuities come alive — sales up for first time since 2014

August 21, 2018

The death of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule is breathing new life into the variable annuity business. Following 17 consecutive quarters of sales declines, dating back to 2014, there was some good news for insurers in the second quarter...

Allianz Life joins Envestnet digital annuities marketplace

August 13, 2018

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America is the second insurance carrier to join the Envestnet Insurance Exchange. Allianz Life announced Monday that it will make its entire portfolio of annuities, including advisory- and commission-based...

Genworth raises long-term-care insurance costs an average 58%

August 9, 2018

Genworth Financial Inc. received approval from state regulators this year to raise costs an average 58% on some long-term-care insurance policies, affecting tens of millions of dollars' worth of annual insurance premiums the company receives...

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