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    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.

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    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)

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    The leading variable annuities with living benefits

    CarrierBenefit65 Year old with a 10 year waiting period (first withdrawal at age 75)Roll-Up infoStep-up infoApplicable Withdrawal PercentageAnnual Withdrawal AmountCurrent Fee AmountFixed % IncreaseSimple/ CompoundHighest Anniv. Value FrequencyTIAA-CREF Life Insurance CompanyGuaranteed Lifetime ...

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    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

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    '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.

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    SEC Investor Advocate: Budget boost 'insufficient' for full adviser exam coverage

    The budget increase the SEC received from Congress is “insufficient” to significantly boost investment-adviser examinations, according to an SEC official charged with representing retail investors.

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    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

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    Key 401(k) Supreme Court suit will shake up retirement plan advisers

    Expect more due diligence on funds and fees, and expect to do it more frequently.

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    The top variable and indexed annuity issuers and sales leaders

    Indexed annuities continue to be popular, and Jackson National continues to dominate VA sales.

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    The new variable and indexed annuity leaders

    Indexed annuities continue to be popular, and Jackson National continues to dominate VA sales.

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    Jackson National's variable annuity sales suspensions pay off

    Advisers willing to wait to get into the carrier's VAs and if history is any guide, first quarter sales will jump.

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    Life insurers launching new variable annuities despite tepid sales

    A slump in VA purchases clashes with historical notion that product sales mirror the stock market's trajectory. And insurers are launching new products.

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    Now that annuities are OK in retirement plans, what strategy is best?

    Morningstar researcher suggests 30% allocation to annuities – and more equities.

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    The regulatory hits keep coming for LPL Financial

    The rest of this week's must-read stories include Betterment's robo-adviser for humans, big changes afoot in Social Security, and a focus on picking the right alternatives for clients

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    Finra charges SWS with improper supervision of VA transactions

    SWS Financial Services charged with green-lighting variable annuity applications without proper review for suitability.