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Low interest rates threaten universal life insurance policies

November 13, 2013

Low interest rates are imperiling in-force universal life insurance policies, and consequently pose a potential threat to trusts and estates. Attorneys, accountants and financial advisers are struggling with universal life insurance policies...

Confessions of a financial planner: My estate is not in order

November 8, 2013

Brian and I got married two years ago. At that time I went through all of our finances, combined accounts, changed names, updated beneficiaries, and made a list of items to complete: wills, powers of attorney and additional life insurance for...

Lincoln National: Variable annuity sales are up, and there's still room to grow

October 31, 2013

Some good news for fans of Lincoln National Corp.'s variable annuities: The insurer still wants more of the business — within reason. Variable annuity deposits hit $3.4 billion during the third-quarter at the life insurer, reflecting a 56%...

Under new structure, fewer MetLife advisers pushed to produce more

October 25, 2013

MetLife Inc. is revamping its distribution group, giving its two remaining broker-dealers higher required minimum production levels with the expectations of selling more proprietary products with fewer reps. The insurer is placing MetLife Securities...

Watchdog Belth's Insurance Forum to cease publication

October 10, 2013

Insurance industry gadfly Joseph M. Belth in December will stop publishing The Insurance Forum, a 40-year old newsletter that shook up the world of life insurance. Mr. Belth, who is professor emeritus of insurance in the Kelley School of Business...

Life insurers strike back at regulator's claim on cash reserves

September 17, 2013

Responding to sharp criticism of how they set aside cash reserves, the life insurance industry fired back, calling a New York insurance regulator's claims “inaccurate” and irresponsible.” In a Sept. 11 letter to insurance regulators, Benjamin...

N.Y. insurance chief knocks life insurers for cutting capital reserves

September 16, 2013

New York's chief insurance regulator, Ben Lawsky, criticized life insurers for cutting down the capital cushion they allot for certain insurance products and said companies operating in the state can no longer use a modified model to calculate...

Advisers missing opportunity as Gen Xers short on life insurance

September 12, 2013

Generation X investors are in a prime position to step up their life insurance coverage, but advisers are missing the boat on the opportunity. The 2008 recession left that group — born between 1961 and 1981 — with an median individual life...

Life settlements on regulators' radar as states push their use

June 17, 2013

Life settlements are back on regulators' radar again as state legislators come up with laws that encourage the elderly to sell their life insurance policies as a way to pay for long-term-care needs. Texas Gov. Rick Perry last Friday signed a...

Dynasty branches out to the insurance side

June 3, 2013

Dynasty Financial Partners LLC has launched a new service, Dynasty Insurance Services, to support its network of 18 firms in writing fixed-life-insurance, annuity, disability and long-term-care contracts. With advisers leaving wirehouses and...

As MetLife cuts, adviser ranks are thinning out fast

June 2, 2013

MetLife Inc. is making good on its plans to ratchet down sales of variable annuities and universal life insurance with secondary guarantees in the United States, and dramatically reduce head count in its financial adviser force. Over the past...

MetLife adviser ranks thinning out fast after cuts

May 31, 2013

MetLife Inc. is making good on its plans to ratchet down sales of variable annuities and universal life insurance with secondary guarantees in the U.S. and dramatically reduce head count in its adviser force. Over the past year, the company...

The Takeaway: Gross' Total Return gets totally buzzed

May 31, 2013

Portfolio On the (quick) reversion in S&P vs Treasury yields.  (Abnormal Returns) Pimco Total Return has its worst monthly loss since September 2008.  (The Tell) The Biz Remember when training on Wall Street was about mentorship and not salesmanship?...

CBO report on tax incentives could incentivize tax reform foes

May 30, 2013

A new report by the Congressional Budget Office showing that tax incentives for retirement savings and lower tax rates for investments mostly benefit the wealthy may become fodder for lawmakers in the debate over comprehensive tax reform. “For...

Sizzling first quarter for VA sales at Jackson National

May 7, 2013

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. enjoyed a bump in deposits and sales during the first quarter, thanks to its variable annuity that's free of generous living benefits. The insurer scooped up a total of $6.2 billion in total sales and deposits...

NY Life cuts initial deposit for annuity to attract youth

April 21, 2013

Deferred-income annuities are all the rage among financial advisers and their boomer clients, but will the phenomenon trickle down to younger investors? New York Life Insurance Co. hopes so. The company last Monday said that it will reduce the...

ING U.S. sets stock offering price at $21-$24 a share

April 17, 2013

ING U.S., soon to be known as Voya Financial, has named its price for its upcoming initial public offering: $21 to $24 a share. The insurer filed an updated S-1 form with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday to offer roughly 64 million...

Madison Dearborn to buy NFP for $1.3 billion

April 15, 2013

Private-equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC has agreed to buy National Financial Partners Corp. (NFP) for $1.3 billion, the companies said today. The deal, which includes debt that can be converted into stock, works out to $25.35 a share....

Protective Life spends $1 billion for MONY business

April 12, 2013

In a bid to enhance its earnings, Protective Life Corp. this week reached a deal with Axa Equitable Life Insurance Co. to purchase a closed block of life insurance business. On Wednesday, the carrier agreed to buy Axa's MONY Life Insurance Co....

ING on a voyage to change its name, not its color

April 12, 2013

ING U.S. is changing its name but keeping its signature bright orange hue. The firm's Dutch parent, ING Groep NV, will be spinning off the U.S. unit in an upcoming initial public offering, a move that was set last November. Under the new moniker,...

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