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    Wall Street is now fretting over the threat of another recession

    Breakfast with Benjamin: The word 'recession' is being used openly on Wall Street, in case you needed more proof that the U.S. economy is barely moving forward.

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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.

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    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.

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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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    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.

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    Under regulatory pressure, Voya restricts sales of more variable annuities

    Voya Financial Advisors has restricted sales of variable annuities for the second time in two months, as the brokerage firm faces increased pressure from regulators questioning the suitability of the products for retirement savers.

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    Freeing variable annuities from information overload

    Investment product-marketing materials inevitably come with the warning: Read the prospectus carefully before investing. But do investors really read them? Not many. Do those who read them understand them? Hardly. This reality has gotten regulator attention — at least when it comes to mutual funds.

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    Support grows for strengthening variable annuity disclosures

    A so-called summary prospectus would provide information about the risks, costs and benefits of the complicated products in a streamlined manner.

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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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    Perez calls out variable annuities in argument for DOL fiduciary rule

    Using an anecdote critical of VAs, Thomas Perez says most people are better served by simple investments.

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    Voya restricts variable-annuity sales under regulatory pressure

    In response to Finra's warning on suitability, the firm's affiliated brokers will no longer sell certain types of L share annuities, a move that puts the company in line with other B-Ds.

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    Latest twist on the annuity hits the market

    Natixis launching 'retirement spending account' through advisers; other companies expected to follow with me-too products.

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    Nationwide to pay $8M to settle with SEC over variable annuity mail snafu

    Insurer charged after agency found it deliberately delayed receipt of variable annuities and life insurance orders, resulting in a failure to price them in a timely manner.

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    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.

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    Spring variable annuity prospectuses and updates are here

    First quarter regulatory filings suggest that insurers aren't ramping up big new product releases but hybrid annuites appear to be making a comeback, with Voya charging back into the market.