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    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.

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    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

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    Allianz joins Wells Fargo's new indexed annuity platform

    Insurer brings its Essential Income 7 indexed annuity, Essential Income Benefit feature, to the platform.

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    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.

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    Wintrob to join Oaktree Capital as CEO

    Former AIG Life and Retirement executive to oversee nonfinancial operations at alternative investment shop.

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    Finra charges SWS with improper supervision of VA transactions

    SWS Financial Services charged with green-lighting variable annuity applications without proper review for suitability.

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    Firms challenged to create innovative retirement income products

    Successfully addressing the post-accumulation phase and providing simplicity still difficult for the industry.

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    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

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    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

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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.