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    Annuities' use in 401(k) plans gets green light

    Will 2015 finally be the year when plan sponsors welcome these insurance products with open arms?

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    The top variable and indexed annuity issuers and sales leaders

    Indexed annuities continue to be popular, and Jackson National continues to dominate VA sales.

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    Powerful GOP senator to defend retirement tax incentives

    Incoming Senate finance chairman Orrin Hatch says retirement vehicles are the 'greatest wealth creator' for the middle class, and shouldn't be part of tax reform.

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    Jackson National's variable annuity sales suspensions pay off

    Advisers willing to wait to get into the carrier's VAs and if history is any guide, first quarter sales will jump.

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    Broker-dealers sound off as AIG leads off with first annuity for 401(k)s

    Insurance giant AIG tweaks existing deferred-income product to meet Treasury's guidelines. But will it satisfy the market? (Don't miss: Top sellers of individual annuities)

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    Life insurers launching new variable annuities despite tepid sales

    A slump in VA purchases clashes with historical notion that product sales mirror the stock market's trajectory. And insurers are launching new products.

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    Now that annuities are OK in retirement plans, what strategy is best?

    Morningstar researcher suggests 30% allocation to annuities – and more equities.

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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

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    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.

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    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.

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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.