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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%
'Longevity' in annuities could be the big 2015 focus
New Treasury Dept. guidance pushes insurers to innovate while indexed annuities expected to continue to shine. Darla Mercado reports.
2014 big for indexed annuities: Broker-dealer execs
The year isn't over yet, but executives at broker-dealers say they've had a major rise in the indexed-annuity business — to the point that it may be cannibalizing sales of variable annuities.At Raymond James Financial Inc., the annualized run rate for variable annuities is about $1.8 billion, a
The new variable and indexed annuity leaders
Indexed annuities continue to be popular, and Jackson National continues to dominate VA sales.
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.
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