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New rules for annuities and target date funds inspire products race
Firms are at the drawing board designing retirement products, thanks to new guidance issued last week by the Treasury and Labor departments
ETF investors bail on the financial sector
Breakfast with Benjamin:Finance-focused ETFs suffer huge outflows. What gives? Plus: Prudential Financial's spooky reinsurance bet, investing in obesity, private lawyers give corporate inversions a leg up, and location matters less when the house you're selling is haunted.
Two big developments in retirement planning grab advisers' attention
Social Security and annuities make news, LPL's regulatory headaches continue, and the rest of this week's must-read stories for advisers.
Treasury, IRS OK annuities in 401(k) target date funds
Approval of annuities in 401(k) target date funds, including as a default investment, will make lifetime-income features more popular.
The regulatory hits keep coming for LPL Financial
The rest of this week's must-read stories include Betterment's robo-adviser for humans, big changes afoot in Social Security, and a focus on picking the right alternatives for clients
Allianz joins Wells Fargo's new indexed annuity platform
Insurer brings its Essential Income 7 indexed annuity, Essential Income Benefit feature, to the platform.
How will annuity clients react to Pimco news?
Clients invested in variable annuities tied to the subaccount version of the Pimco Total Return Fund may move their funds.
Wintrob to join Oaktree Capital as CEO
Former AIG Life and Retirement executive to oversee nonfinancial operations at alternative investment shop.
Finra charges SWS with improper supervision of VA transactions
SWS Financial Services charged with green-lighting variable annuity applications without proper review for suitability.
Firms challenged to create innovative retirement income products
Successfully addressing the post-accumulation phase and providing simplicity still difficult for the industry.
No big price increases for Lincoln National annuities
Good news is ahead for customers and advisers who use Lincoln National Corp.'s annuities: CEO Dennis Glass doesn't anticipate significant price increases for clients, and some price reductions may be coming up in the next couple of years.Mr. Glass spoke Monday about the state of the life insurance
Pimco fortifies to take on the old boss
Monday Breakfast with Benjamin:Gross, Ivascyn to square off. Plus: The outlook for Pimco outflows is bad and worse, global markets keeping an eye on Hong Kong civil unrest, a warning about fixed indexed annuities, buying ahead of ex-dividend dates, and running the numbers on Roth IRAs
Markets wait on the Fed's next move
Breakfast with Benjamin: Investors are waiting for Janet Yellen and the Fed to pull the trigger on rates. Plus: Buying Alibaba via ETFs; S&P and Nasdaq stocks start to separate; hedge funds ride the wave; and annuity product sales hitting double digits.
Wells Fargo pushes insurers to lower commissions on indexed annuities
Debut of its new offerings follows an industrywide surge in popularity for the products.
Jackson National unveils tiered pricing for variable annuities
Starting next Monday, the firm will apply a five-level pricing scheme for certain contracts.