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    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.

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    Wells Fargo pushes insurers to lower commissions on indexed annuities

    Debut of its new offerings follows an industrywide surge in popularity for the products.

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    Jackson National unveils tiered pricing for variable annuities

    Starting next Monday, the firm will apply a five-level pricing scheme for certain contracts.

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    One of industry's last holdouts, NAIFA elects its first female president

    With women representing only 11.5% of advisers, trade group plans to highlight women in industry.

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    What top 401(k) plans do differently

    A new ranking reveals which industries have the best plans — and what features set them apart.

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    Jackson National extends variable annuity lead

    Sales of Elite Access product helps firm stay ahead of Lincoln National, TIAA-CREF and AIG.

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    Zurich restricts contributions to popular variable annuity contract

    Zurich restricts contributions to popular variable annuity contract. Maximum total purchase payments reduced from previous limit of $1 million to just $10,000.

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    This week's top stories for advisers

    As the week comes to a close, it's time to catch up on the advice industry's biggest developments that grabbed readers' attention.

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    Variable annuity scam architect settles with SEC, admits to wrongdoing

    As part of an SEC settlement, ex-broker admitted to running an $80 million scheme that profited from the deaths of terminally ill patients.

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    GAO report calls for more disclosure of managed accounts in 401(k)s

    The Labor Department should require providers to share more on fees, performance and benchmarking, GAO says.

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    Surrender fees haunt legacy 403(b) plans

    As employers move to lower-cost retirement options, some plans charge as much as 8% to switch.

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    Can an adviser affiliated with an insurance company be fee only? Yes.

    State rules on insurance affiliation complicate fee-only status for some CFPs.

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    Advise clients on deferred-income annuities

    Deferred-income annuities can alleviate retirees' fears of running out of money late in life, but they are not for everyone.

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    Structured product annuities pose challenges for regulators

    As Voya plans to be the fifth company offering these newfangled products, regulators still struggle to classify them

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    Annuity industry pushes SEC for summary prospectus rule

    Not on regulator's agenda until March 2015, industry believes sooner action would aid investor understanding.