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    MassMutual jumps into a hot investment-only variable annuity market

    Insurance firm is debuting its first IOVA as the products are helping prop up overall VA sales.

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    Finra to seek a 'significant fine' from MetLife over variable annuity sales

    Regulator focuses on potential violations regarding misrepresentations, suitability, and supervision

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    Insurers adding optional death benefits to IOVA contracts

    The optional features allow for more investor choice and seek to capitalize on strong IOVA sales.

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    Sen. Warren blasts annuity sales incentives

    She claims agents are more interested in winning free vacations than finding the best investments for their clients.

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    Advisers shy away from LTC insurance dialogue: Study

    Low comfort level with LTC products makes advisers recoil, but some think that's a weak argument.

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    Allianz, Pimco targeted in class-action 401(k) suit

    Firms are the latest targets in another class-action lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duty due to excessive 401(k) fees.

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    MassMutual teams with Envestnet on defined-contribution managed-account service

    Insurer is trying to capitalize on big growth seen among asset-allocation products in the DC market and betting managed accounts become more widely used.

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    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.)

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    Allianz refreshes fixed-index universal life insurance lineup

    The insurance giant Allianz SE on Tuesday announced changes to its fixed-index universal life insurance lineup, offering a new underlying index and benefits to the product's fast-growing market.Two of the firms' products now will be available with a new benchmark, the Barclays U.S. Dynamic Balance

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    New life insurance study debunks 'buy term, invest the difference'

    Standard advice leaves many Americans underinsured and unprepared for retirement.

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    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.

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    Massachusetts' Galvin to investigate alternative fund sales by advisers

    Sales of 25 top 'liquid alts' mutual funds will come under greater scrutiny from the state regulator.

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    Advisers choosing hedge-style stock-pickers face 'beta' challenge

    Closet indexing, market timing are among the risks in long-short equity: analysts.

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    Willis Group and Towers Watson to merge

    The newly combined advisory and insurance company will be named Willis Towers Watson and have revenue of approximately $8.2 billion.

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    MetLife files suit to fight 'too big to fail' status

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The firm files suit against the Financial Stability Oversight Council, charging them with acting as 'judge, jury and executioner.'