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Have variable annuities sales hit rock bottom?

March 31, 2018

Sales of variable annuities are in the tank. Product sales have slid for the past six consecutive years, and 2017 sales (roughly $96 billion) were the lowest in two decades.​ Will variable annuities recover from the slump, or has their heyday...

Are annuities finally getting some respect?

March 31, 2018

For years, financial advisers have had a love-hate relationship with annuities. The financial products, which offer a guaranteed stream of income, have long been maligned by some financial advisers and the broader public as being costly, confusing...

Here's how the top indexed, variable annuity sellers did last year

March 22, 2018

Indexed annuities' decade-long joy ride came to an end last year. The products saw their first year-over-year sales decline since 2007, dipping 5.4% to $57.6 billion, according to the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute. Eleven of the top 15 insurance...

DOL fiduciary rule: 5th Circuit decision could be big win for indexed annuities

March 21, 2018

Indexed annuities — and the intermediaries that sell them — appear to be the biggest benefactors of an appellate court's decision last week to vacate the Department of Labor fiduciary rule. While observers are divided on the ruling's implications,...

DOL fiduciary rule continues to take toll on annuity sales

February 21, 2018

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule and the interest-rate environment delivered a one-two punch to annuity sales last year, pushing them down for the third consecutive year. Compared with the previous year, overall annuity sales dipped 8%...

Buffer annuities grow in popularity

February 13, 2018

Buffer annuities, also known as structured or variable-indexed annuities, are starting to gain traction. These products, a cross between indexed and variable annuities, have seen sales surge, as several other annuities have seen sales retreat....

Minnesota rep barred for no-show over VA trades ​

February 8, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has barred former Minnesota broker Brett Ashy for failing to take part in an investigation looking into his sales of variable annuities. Mr. Ashy was terminated as a broker in February 2016 by...

Prudential pivots toward indexed annuities

January 29, 2018

Prudential Financial Inc. Monday announced the launch of its first indexed annuity, the latest variable-annuity carrier to pivot toward the increasingly popular annuity. The variable annuity market has had a rough go in recent years, having...

Advisers fear private equity's reach into VAs

December 20, 2017

Editor's note: This story has been updated with information about the sale of Voya Financial's annuity business. Financial advisers have expressed alarm over recent reports of insurers looking to offload large blocks of variable annuities to...

Finra report hints at trouble with L-share variable annuities

December 8, 2017

Variable annuities sold in an L share continue to turn up as products plaguing broker-dealers and their compliance departments. Finra, in a recent report detailing its examination findings, called out "multi-share class and complex products"...

Next Financial whacked (once again) by Finra

December 7, 2017

Next Financial Group Inc. is back in hot water with regulators and agreed on Tuesday to pay a $750,000 fine to Finra as part of settlement for a variety of violations, including the failure to catch a broker's excessive trading and poor supervision...

Have annuity sales bottomed out?

November 29, 2017

Annuity sales have fallen to their lowest point in well over a decade, but industry experts believe a turnaround is at hand. Sales among all annuity products in the third quarter were $46.8 billion, the first time since 2002 that quarterly sales...

Finra fines Horner Townsend & Kent $275,000 over VA sales

November 15, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority censured Horner Townsend & Kent and fined the Horsham, Penn.-based firm $275,000 for failure supervise its brokers' sales of variable annuities. Specifically, Finra said that the firm had not adequately...

Finra fines Ameritas $180,000 over VA sales

November 9, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has censured and fined Ameritas Investment Corp. $180,000 for lapses in the supervision of variable annuity sales. In a letter of acceptance, waiver and consent, Finra said that between September 2013...

DOL fiduciary rule delay boosts prospects for annuity sales

October 12, 2017

A proposed delay to the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is leading to big increases in annuity sales projections next year. The regulation, which raises investment-advice standards in retirement accounts, was expected to put a severe dent...

Finra orders Morgan Stanley to return $200,000 in variable annuity sale

October 11, 2017

In a continuing focus on improper sales of variable annuities, a Finra arbitrator has ordered Morgan Stanley to rescind a client's variable annuity and return her $200,000 investment. While the arbitrator denied the request of client Jacqueline...

Finra cracks down on faulty variable annuity exchanges

October 10, 2017

Finra is continuing its crackdown on variable annuity misconduct this year, following a blistering year of fines related to VA sales in 2016. Two recent enforcement actions from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. demonstrate the...

DOL fiduciary rule has enforcement gaps — and they could widen

September 11, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, as it's currently written, has some enforcement gaps. And they could widen, especially for annuity products, depending on how the Trump administration's review of the rule shakes out. The primary enforcement...

MetLife cutting annuity pay to some of its former advisers

September 5, 2017

MetLife Inc. is cutting compensation on annuities sold by former advisers who moved to other broker-dealers after MetLife sold its Premier Client Group last year to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. And the cut in pay is drastic. According...

DOL fiduciary rule driving fundamental shift in variable annuity market

August 24, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is shaking things up in the variable annuity market. While the regulation has accelerated the downward trend in overall variable annuity sales for the past several quarters, only recently has the rule's...

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