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FSI offers long-term disability, life insurance to members
Program guarantees members coverage at a group rate FSI has secured as the plan sponsor.
A user's guide to this week's "Fedspeak"
On this morning's Breakfast with Benjamin menu, a guide to the Fed's upcoming comments, Calpers sends hedge funds out to pasture, getting on the stock-split bandwagon, and more.
Life insurance companies ranked by direct premiums
Company2013 total direct premium2013 market shareMetropolitan$11,503.67.98%Northwestern Mutual$9,436.06.55%Prudential of America$8,341.95.79%New York Life$7,812.15.42%Lincoln National$6,144.54.27%MassMutual Life Insurance$5,077.73.52%John Hancock$4,849.43.37%Aegon U.S. Holding $4,065.22.82%State
Long-term care carriers
CompanyNew 2013 PoliciesNew 2013 Annualized premiums ($M)In-force Policies, 2013In-force Annualized premiums ($M), 2013Bankers Life and Casualty 1, 27,248$12.0 283,996$476.3 Genworth Financial 353,974$133.8 1,209,869$2,508.8 John Hancock Life Insurance 313,305$36.2 604,889$1,394.9 Knights of
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.
BofA settlement comes back to bite homeowners
On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: BofA settlement bites homeowners. Plus: Warren Buffett feels compliance pain; a mortgage shop tries financial advice; fewer stocks participating in the bull market run; and stocks that could benefit from the ALS ice-bucket challenge.
MassMutual raises retirement game with hiring spree
Insurer aims to boost position among retirement plans with around $15 million in assets.
Greenback rallies ahead of the Fed minutes
Breakfast with Benjamin: The dollar rallies ahead of Fed news. Plus: Stocks historically love the Fed's Jackson Hole meeting; Argentina's latest gambit; insurance companies create new asset management opportunities; and regretting not buying Google at the IPO.
Ladenburg Thalmann acquires insurance brokerage
Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. on Friday acquired insurance broker Highland Capital for $42 million.
GAO report calls for more disclosure of managed accounts in 401(k)s
The Labor Department should require providers to share more on fees, performance and benchmarking, GAO says.
Can an adviser affiliated with an insurance company be fee only? Yes.
State rules on insurance affiliation complicate fee-only status for some CFPs.
Florida law allows planners to give insurance advice without insurance company
Helps fee-only planners meet CFP Board definition prohibiting such affiliation with firms that charge commissions
State regulators on high alert for complex investment and insurance sales
Structured products, non-traded REITs and private placements just a few of the products under scrutiny.
Treasury allows longevity annuities in retirement plans
The Treasury Department announces a rule that will allow retirement plan participants access to deferred-income annuities, also known as longevity insurance.
The big benefits decision
Helping clients determine when to begin collecting their hard-earned Social Security benefits is always tricky. Having worked a long career and finally making it to the promised land of retirement age, many people are justifiably eager to take what the government is ready and willing to give them.