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Insurers bend rule on indexed universal life with new policy features

June 27, 2019

Insurers appear to be sidestepping a recent rule meant to tamp down on overly rosy projections of returns in indexed universal life insurance policies via new product features, an alarming trend that may deceive or confuse would-be buyers, advisers...

TIAA exits the life insurance business

June 26, 2019

TIAA, one of the largest U.S. life insurers, is exiting the life insurance business, ceasing the manufacture and distribution of its products by the end of the year. The firm's annuity business will continue and be unaffected by the change,...

Good luck picking the "best" insurance product

October 19, 2017

The question I get asked more than any other is: "Which insurer offers the best products?" However, this question is just as silly as: "Which mutual fund company offers the best mutual funds?" In fact, while there's no general agreement about...

Last-minute tips for Medicare annual enrollment

November 19, 2013

People who want to switch their Medicare coverage for 2014 have just a few weeks left in the annual open-enrollment period, which ends Dec. 7. The choices can be overwhelming, but there are practical steps your clients can take now to make sure...

John Hancock arms reps with succession planning tool

November 12, 2009

The John Hancock Financial Network has released a succession-planning platform for its financial representatives. The company paired up with FP Transitions, a succession-planning-services firm, to launch the new service called Build4Success....

Indexed universal life insurance sales continue hot streak

March 15, 2019

Insurers sold indexed universal life insurance policies at record levels last year as consumers sought a measure of protection from stock market volatility and more insurers offered product. Indexed life insurance sales of $2.1 billion last...

Retirees underutilizing your products, insurers told

October 18, 2004

CHICAGO - While the life insurance industry contends that there is a huge need for older Americans to use insurance products to mitigate risk in retirement, the message apparently isn't quite getting across. "Right now, retirees underutilize...

New retirement income designation attracts thousands of advisers

October 31, 2013

One of the first blogs I ever wrote for InvestmentNews back in early 2012 discussed the need for a retirement income designation. As many of my readers know, I firmly believe that retirement income planning requires different skills and tools...

Changing advisers' long-term-care conversation

April 22, 2012

The following is an edited transcript of a March 20 webcast, “The Coming Crisis in Long-Term Care,” held in New York. InvestmentNews deputy editors Evan Cooper and Frederick P. Gabriel Jr. moderated. InvestmentNews: Harley, tell us about...

Gross back into Treasuries in a big way

August 8, 2011

Bill Gross, who runs the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., boosted holdings of Treasuries in July during the biggest monthly rally in the securities since August 2010 as the U.S. confronted the possibility of...

National Financial Partners to bolster property-casualty arm with acquisition

July 8, 2011

National Financial Partners Corp. is bulking up its presence in the property-casualty space in an effort to bolster revenue. Earlier this week, the firm announced its acquisition of Lapre Scali & Co. Insurance Services LLC, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based...

Notes from NAPFA

May 20, 2011

The 'new normal' and 'living in beta' The attendees at the National Association of Professional Financial Advisors are getting used to living in the “new normal.” The term, popularized by investment guru Bill Gross, founder of Pacific Investment...

Illinois' top insurance cop to run Federal Insurance Office

March 18, 2011

The Treasury Department has chosen Michael T. McRaith, Illinois' chief insurance regulator, as head of the new Federal Insurance Office. The office, which was established in the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, does not have any regulatory...

Top tax rate would go sky-high under new proposal

March 16, 2011

U.S. millionaires would face an annual income tax increase of at least 10 percent under a deficit-reduction measure proposed by Representative Jan Schakowsky. The legislation, introduced today and touted at a press conference by the Illinois...

$$$ to be considered wealthy? Millionaires offer surprising answer

March 14, 2011

How much does it take to feel wealthy these days? For many millionaires, it's about $7.5 million, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments. “Wealth is relative, and to some extent the more you have the more you realize how much more you...

Fears about inflation inflated, Gundlach says

March 14, 2011

Bond investors are siding with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke when he says that crude oil above $100 a barrel and record high food prices may only cause a temporary jump in the inflation rate. Since reaching a 10-month high in December,...

MassMutual to buy First Mercantile

June 2, 2008

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. announced today that it had completed its purchase of First Mercantile Trust Co. from SunTrust Banks Inc. of Atlanta. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., First Mercantile provides retirement plan record keeping...

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...

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...

Finra fines former LPL rep $5,000 over viatical sale

April 5, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has fined Scott Klor, a former registered representative who had been affiliated with LPL Financial, $5,000 and suspended him for 14 months for his involvement in a lie insurance scheme not disclosed...

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