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Jackson National to offer DoubleLine smart beta fund in VAs
Smart-beta strategies got their latest seal of approval in the form of a $100 million mandate from variable annuity giant Jackson National, which has added the DoubleLine Shiller Enhanced CAPE Fund to its menu of VA investment options.
IBDs, wirehouses drive second-largest sales quarter for fixed indexed annuities
Variable annuities may have won the day in quarterly sales, but broker-dealers are stepping up their distribution of fixed indexed products, which hedge against rising interest rates.
Fidelity throws its weight behind longevity annuities
The Boston retirement-services giant is giving its clients a new option for planning for the costs and risk of living longer by making deferred-income annuities available for retirement plans. (See also the Top 10 annuity sellers in the second quarter.)
How to not get gobbled up when the next bear market arrives
Breakfast with Benjamin: Avoid these investing missteps when the next bear rumbles through the market.
MetLife launches first longevity annuity for individual clients' retirement accounts
Latest product comes as qualified longevity annuity contracts look for a place in retirement accounts.
Raymond James bolsters indexed annuities and life wholesaling with acquisition
Deal with insurance marketer Producers Choice is expected to give the broker-dealer greater control over the way annuities are wholesaled to its advisers.
Broker-dealers face administrative hurdles in rollout of QLAC annuity
Confusion remains over who ensures the contract purchase meets Treasury's guidelines.
Time may have come to eliminate sales incentives in the annuities business
As the financial services industry moves toward a fiduciary standard, prizes for top insurance sellers smack of conflict.
Dividend stocks might be a better than annuities for income investors
Breakfast with Benjamin: Could dividend stocks actually be a better deal than an annuity for income investors?
New York Life raises the living benefit stakes — on a fixed annuity
Can the new product compete against its variable and indexed annuity cousins?
Getting smarter investors to move beyond an “offense-only” approach
Most respondents in new survey say they have a financial plan, on the right track but their confidence may be misplaced.
Raft of new annuity products has broker-dealers scrambling to train reps
As new annuities gain in popularity, broker-dealers are getting reps up to speed on using them as part of a comprehensive retirement income plan.
Deferred-income annuities grab spotlight from traditional variable annuities
Run-up of DIAs in recent years points to a new retirement income stream for clients. (Plus: Our full special report on annuity strategies)
MetLife gets back in the variable-annuity-with-living-benefits game
Longtime variable annuity player MetLife Inc. is stepping off the sidelines and getting back into the game as it launches a new living benefit rider. The New York-based insurer will release a new guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit rider, called FlexChoice, for sale on Saturday, Feb. 14. MetLife
The battle for your clients' retirement dollars
Breakfast with Benjamin:Annuity sellers fighting for IRAs. Plus: What's good for consumer isn't for business; another perspective on how much size matters; adviser tech world rocked; and how to join the 1%