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SEC draws ire with indexed annuity misstep

August 16, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission caused concern among the financial advice and insurance communities this week when it published an inaccurate investor bulletin about indexed annuities. The communiqué, issued Tuesday by the SEC's Office...

Insurers pivot amid declining interest rates

August 15, 2019

Interest rates have done an about-face, and insurers are feeling the pinch. Just less than a year ago, insurance companies, financial advisers and their clients were celebrating the return of higher interest rates. More money flowed into insurers'...

Fee-based annuities still require caution, despite IRS olive branch

August 14, 2019

Financial advisers who use fee-based annuities are likely celebrating after the Internal Revenue Service extended an olive branch last week, ruling favorably on how advisers can charge for annuity advice. But registered investment advisers should...

New York best interest rule for annuity, life insurance sales upheld by state court

August 5, 2019

The New York State Supreme court upheld a state regulation imposing a tougher standard on agents and brokers selling annuity and life insurance policies, on the eve of the rule taking effect. Acting Supreme Court justice Henry F. Zwack said...

Adviser compensation is the challenge with fee-based annuities

July 15, 2019

Fee-based annuities are becoming more popular, but there's a thorny issue that could limit their uptake and negatively affect clients: the question of how an adviser is paid to help manage the annuity. Fee-based annuities are products meant...

Judge rejects Ohio National motion to throw out case involving variable annuity commissions

July 1, 2019

A broker of LPL Financial Inc. has won an important round of legal sparring with Ohio National Life Insurance Co., with a judge ruling that the broker's class-action lawsuit over variable annuity trail commissions should move forward. U.S. magistrate...

Lessons for those 'graduating' to retirement

June 13, 2019

To those newly retired, I offer my congratulations. Those of us who provide financial guidance to this growing segment of consumers know that this is a critical time and a major transition in the lives of people who have worked hard throughout...

Some insurance agents breaking law with 401(k) rollovers

May 30, 2019

Rolling money out of a 401(k) plan to fund an insurance product, like an annuity or life insurance policy, can be a difficult, tense decision for retirees. After all, seniors are earmarking a large chunk of their nest egg. These rollovers are...

Variable annuities lose more ground to fixed annuities

May 21, 2019

Variable annuity sales continued their downward spiral last quarter on the back of volatile equity markets, losing yet more ground to fixed annuities. VA sales of $22.8 billion in the first quarter were down 7% from the year prior, according...

Edward Jones doesn't sell indexed annuities, bucking broker-dealer trend

May 6, 2019

Edward Jones has taken a contrarian stance on indexed annuities, declining to allow its brokers to sell the annuity products even though its peers are doing so and the products are increasingly popular industrywide. The St. Louis-based brokerage,...

Elderly investors win $3.2 million Finra arbitration award against AXA Advisors

May 1, 2019

An elderly couple in upstate New York won a $3.2 million Finra arbitration award against AXA Advisors in a case involving unsuitable variable annuity and life insurance sales. James and Sandra Fitzpatrick alleged that their then-AXA representative,...

Variable annuity sales up big among independent broker-dealers

April 19, 2019

Independent broker-dealers saw big growth in their sales of variable annuities last year, even as other distribution channels such as the wirehouses and other large national brokerage houses saw sales stay flat or decline. The boost appears...

Indexed annuity sales projected to grow nearly 40% by 2023

April 5, 2019

Indexed annuities, fresh off a record sales year, are poised for substantial growth over the next four years, according to projections from Limra, an insurance industry group that expects the stock market to remain volatile and interest rates...

Jackson National loses top annuity sales spot to AIG

March 26, 2019

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. ceded its six-year reign atop the annuity sales leaderboard to American International Group Inc. last year, as AIG rode a wave of strong fixed and indexed annuity sales to overtake the former No. 1. AIG sold...

Finra disciplinary actions packed $107,000 average punch in 2018

March 4, 2019

Although it brought 638 disciplinary actions last year compared with 1,007 in 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.'s fines bit deeper, averaging $107,000 per case, up from $65,000 the year before, according to analysis of Finra's...

Insurers create pain points for advisers and clients

February 21, 2019

The insurance industry hasn't done itself any favors when it comes to earning the trust of financial advisers and their clients. Insurers have repeatedly frustrated these stakeholders by making business decisions that are seemingly contrary...

Fixed annuity sales smash previous record

February 20, 2019

Annual sales of fixed annuities broke a record in 2018, as investors retreated from a volatile stock market and were lured by the larger payouts created by rising interest rates. Fixed annuity sales hit $132 billion last year, a 25% jump from...

Ohio National extends variable annuity buyout offer

February 20, 2019

Ohio National Life Insurance Co. is extending by about a month a buyout offer it made on some of its variable annuity products. The insurer last year gave owners of ONcore variable annuities with a guaranteed minimum income benefit rider the...

Cetera, other broker-dealers refuse to sign Ohio National contracts

February 15, 2019

A handful of broker-dealers, including Cetera Financial Group and NEXT Financial Group, have rebuffed Ohio National Financial Services Inc. by refusing to sign new agreements with the insurer, the latest twist in an ongoing dispute over variable...

LPL reacts to Ohio National 'violation of trust' by renegotiating VA contracts

January 24, 2019

LPL Financial, the country's largest independent broker-dealer, has renegotiated its contracts with all of its variable annuity partners in the wake of Ohio National Financial Services Inc.'s surprise announcement that it would no longer pay...

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