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    Finra complaint highlights epidemic of abused trust

    All brokers and advisers still are subject to principles of human decency, in addition to compliance rules.

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    Account opening is No. 1 tech concern: Survey

    Beacon finds 'client onboarding' has replaced social-media archiving as brokers' biggest technology challenge.

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    Fixed-annuity sales surged in 2013

    The U.S. annuity industry enjoyed a strong year in 2013, with sales increasing 4.2% over 2012 to $220.9 billion, mostly as a result of growing demand for fixed annuities, according to a report by The Insured Retirement Institute. Sales of fixed annuities in 2013 grew 16.6% to $78.1 billion. This

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    SEC charges pair of brokers, investment advisory firm, others with $80M variable annuity scam

    The SEC charged a pair of brokers, an investment adviser and others in an $80 million variable annuity scam that an SEC official called a "calculated fraud exploiting terminally ill patients."

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    Indexed annuities sales increased by over $5 billion in 2013

    Indexed annuities, a fixed annuity that provides a minimum guaranteed rate of interest combined with an interest rate tied tied to movement of an index, accounted for 46.3% of all fixed annuities sold and 27% of total annuities sold in 2013, according to most recent data from LIMRA. Sales of ...

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    Variable annuities

    33.3% A+ As of Sept 30. *The bulk of TIAA-CREF's VA assets are generated from group annuity sales of retirement plans, rather than retail sales. N/A = not available. Source: Morningstar Inc.

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    Unique challenges in handling existing VAs

    Variable annuities' myriad contract-specific features, benefits and costs can be baffling, particularly for advisers who encounter them infrequently. But because net assets in these vehicles totaled about $1.8 trillion at the end of the third quarter 2013, according to the Insured Retirement ...

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    The latest annuity innovation: Contracts with structured products

    A new annuity product intended to buffer clients' account values against downside losses is starting to gain interest. Will it catch on across the industry? Plus: Our full Annuities Special Report

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    Indexed annuities gain popularity while rates remain low

    Indexed annuities, long the black sheep of retirement products, are enjoying a wave of popularity among financial advisers grappling with low interest rates.

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    The latest in annuities strategies

    A new report offers a look into the popularity behind indexed and structured product annuities

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    BlackRock extends reach into retirement business with new funds, indexes

    Money manager turns focus to retirement income, distribution vs. accumulation.

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    Hartford offers to buy back old fixed annuities; about 90,000 contracts affected

    Insurer, shrinking its annuity business since 2012, plans enhanced surrender offers

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    VA market splits on issue of living benefits

    Details are incomplete, but it is clear that the filing point to the growing bifurcation in the variable annuity pool of offerings: There will continue to be traditional variable annuities with living benefits, but more and more, carriers will be bringing out products that are largely ...

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    The ticking time bomb of forced drawdowns on variable annuities

    Fine print on older contracts leaves elderly clients in position of losing death benefits.

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    New year could bring a boon for annuities

    Higher taxes may drive interest in variable and indexed annuities; potential of rising rates could inspire new products.

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