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    Jackson National extends variable annuity lead

    Sales of Elite Access product helps firm stay ahead of Lincoln National, TIAA-CREF and AIG.

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    Zurich restricts contributions to popular variable annuity contract

    Zurich restricts contributions to popular variable annuity contract. Maximum total purchase payments reduced from previous limit of $1 million to just $10,000.

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    This week's top stories for advisers

    As the week comes to a close, it's time to catch up on the advice industry's biggest developments that grabbed readers' attention.

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    Variable annuity scam architect settles with SEC, admits to wrongdoing

    As part of an SEC settlement, ex-broker admitted to running an $80 million scheme that profited from the deaths of terminally ill patients.

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    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.

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    Surrender fees haunt legacy 403(b) plans

    As employers move to lower-cost retirement options, some plans charge as much as 8% to switch.

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    Can an adviser affiliated with an insurance company be fee only? Yes.

    State rules on insurance affiliation complicate fee-only status for some CFPs.

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    Structured product annuities pose challenges for regulators

    As Voya plans to be the fifth company offering these newfangled products, regulators still struggle to classify them

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    Annuity industry pushes SEC for summary prospectus rule

    Not on regulator's agenda until March 2015, industry believes sooner action would aid investor understanding.

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    Variable annuity sales raising concern: Finra official

    Product remains at top of investor complaint list and the self-regulator wants to ensure investors understand what they're getting into.

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    Life insurers turn focus to uncapped indexed annuities

    Advisers and investors need to be fully aware of contract terms to explain nuances, answer client questions.

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    BlackRock raises equity allocation in target date funds

    Changes to LifePath Index come as other providers also have sought to increase equity allocations after retirement.

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    Hartford Financial Services Group names a new CEO

    Insurer Promotes CFO to replace previous CEO following a medical procedure related to a brain tumor.

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    Guaranteed features propel indexed-annuity sales

    With low interest rates providing few fixed-income investment options, broker-dealers see these as a good choice for clients, with more growth potential than CDs.

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    Life insurers show their hands with new VA filings

    Regulatory filings reveal new living benefits, investment-focused annuities or exchange offers for existing clients.