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Private equity eyes long-term care insurance

November 16, 2018

Private equity investors are eyeing insurers' long-term-care business with increasing fervor, according to insurance executives and analysts, which could present problems for financial advisers whose clients hold affected policies. "A lot of...

Voya to exit individual life insurance business

October 31, 2018

By the end of the year, Voya Financial Inc. will no longer sell individual life insurance in order to focus on higher-growth business lines. Voya, which was spun off from Dutch parent ING Groep in a 2013 initial public offering, decided to exit...

Ohio National stokes adviser fears over annuity trail compensation

October 23, 2018

It's been a few weeks since Ohio National Financial Services Inc.'s bombshell announcement around annuity trail compensation, and financial advisers are still trying to make sense of its implications for them and the broader industry. One question...

Transamerica pays $195 million to settle lawsuit over universal life insurance

October 4, 2018

Transamerica Life Insurance Co. will pay $195 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the company improperly increased the monthly charges on 70,000 universal life insurance policies. According to Harvey Rosenfield, an attorney with...

John Hancock testing wellness programs for long-term-care policyholders

September 28, 2018

John Hancock Life Insurance Co. plans to try out a number of wellness programs on some of its long-term-care insurance policyholders, which experts say would both help clients live longer, healthier lives and possibly provide an economic prop...

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...

Universal life insurance lawsuits underscore product risk

September 19, 2018

Lawsuits filed against insurers in recent years for their practices around universal life insurance policies highlight the risks these products can pose to unwary financial advisers and clients. Transamerica Life Insurance Co., AXA Equitable...

Western & Southern buys Gerber Life Insurance in $1.55 billion deal

September 18, 2018

Western & Southern Financial Group has bought Gerber Life Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Nestlé, in a deal valued at $1.55 billion. Gerber Life, a direct-to-consumer life insurer, has $52 billion of life insurance in force and covers 3.6 million...

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...

DOL fiduciary rule caused $14 billion in stock losses for investment firms: report

September 5, 2018

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule led to "tremendous" losses for brokerage and other investment firms, causing billions of dollars to be shed from their market valuations as investors feared the rule would hurt profitability, according...

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...

Annuity rule likely won't include a fiduciary standard, NAIC says

July 24, 2018

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners indicated it would not impose a fiduciary standard on insurers and insurance producers as part of its overhaul of annuity sales rules, according to draft language of the group's model regulation...

Alphabet soup is hot, and clients will pay more for those letters

July 16, 2018

Say what you will about the expansive alphabet soup of financial-planning credentials and designations, but new research shows consumers are migrating toward those advisers with letters listed after their names. "We found that consumers value...

Why the super wealthy may want to fund life insurance with a loan

June 22, 2018

Wealthy clients looking to use life insurance in their estate plans may find that funding their policies with a loan makes sense, especially as interest rates are still relatively low. The goal is to exploit low interest rates to get a cheap...

SEC charges insurance agent with $1.27 million Ponzi scheme

June 22, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged James Hocker, a Bellefonte, Penn., insurance agent, with engaging in a Ponzi scheme that targeted unsophisticated retail investors. After selling insurance policies, according to the SEC's complaint,...

MetLife, Brighthouse sued for $500 million over missing pensioners

June 20, 2018

MetLife Inc. and Brighthouse Financial Inc. have been sued for failing to pay at least $500 million in retirement benefits over the past 2½ decades to thousands of pension plan participants. In December, MetLife disclosed that it had failed...

Blackstone woos wealthy with tax-free hedge fund

May 29, 2018

Blackstone Group has an enticing pitch for the ultra wealthy: Invest in hedge funds and avoid paying taxes forever. The private-equity firm's Lombard International is leading the charge to promote exclusive insurance vehicles that can contain...

Insurers are selling off old annuity business — what advisers need to know

May 23, 2018

Insurance companies have been selling old blocks of annuity business at a rapid clip, and it's likely the quick pace of transactions will continue at least through this year and possibly beyond. This could ultimately be bad news for policyholders...

Insurers becoming more stringent with long-term-care policies

May 11, 2018

Insurers are getting pickier about who qualifies for a long-term-care insurance policy — good news for the long-term health of an otherwise ailing industry, but potentially bad news for clients who find it harder to qualify for coverage. Companies...

The magic in talking about cost

April 9, 2018

I recognize there can be a natural hesitation in talking about fees and costs in the financial services business. After all, talking about costs puts costs front and center in the mind of a client, which in turn places front and center the risk...

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