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    Finra complaint highlights epidemic of abused trust

    All brokers and advisers still are subject to principles of human decency, in addition to compliance rules.

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    Account opening is No. 1 tech concern: Survey

    Beacon finds 'client onboarding' has replaced social-media archiving as brokers' biggest technology challenge.

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    SEC charges pair of brokers, investment advisory firm, others with $80M variable annuity scam

    The SEC charged a pair of brokers, an investment adviser and others in an $80 million variable annuity scam that an SEC official called a "calculated fraud exploiting terminally ill patients."

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    Indexed annuities sales increased by over $5 billion in 2013

    Indexed annuities, a fixed annuity that provides a minimum guaranteed rate of interest combined with an interest rate tied tied to movement of an index, accounted for 46.3% of all fixed annuities sold and 27% of total annuities sold in 2013, according to most recent data from LIMRA. Sales of ...

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    Variable annuities

    33.3% A+ As of Sept 30. *The bulk of TIAA-CREF's VA assets are generated from group annuity sales of retirement plans, rather than retail sales. N/A = not available. Source: Morningstar Inc.

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    Unique challenges in handling existing VAs

    Variable annuities' myriad contract-specific features, benefits and costs can be baffling, particularly for advisers who encounter them infrequently. But because net assets in these vehicles totaled about $1.8 trillion at the end of the third quarter 2013, according to the Insured Retirement ...

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    The latest annuity innovation: Contracts with structured products

    A new annuity product intended to buffer clients' account values against downside losses is starting to gain interest. Will it catch on across the industry? Plus: Our full Annuities Special Report

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    VA market splits on issue of living benefits

    Details are incomplete, but it is clear that the filing point to the growing bifurcation in the variable annuity pool of offerings: There will continue to be traditional variable annuities with living benefits, but more and more, carriers will be bringing out products that are largely ...

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    New year could bring a boon for annuities

    Higher taxes may drive interest in variable and indexed annuities; potential of rising rates could inspire new products.

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    Variable annuity sellers clamp down on payments to existing contracts

    Two of the largest variable annuity sellers sharply pulled back on additional premiums into existing contracts during a busy third quarter for the sellers.

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    Third quarter lifts insurers' VA businesses

    The markets have been kind to investors in variable annuities during the third quarter — which means they've been even more generous to the insurers that have sold the products in the first place.

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    Jackson exempts certain advisers from VA exchange suspension

    Jackson National Life Insurance Co.'s temporary halt on tax-free exchanges of variable annuities is in effect until Dec. 16 — but it turns out not everyone is subject to the suspension.

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    Lincoln National: Variable annuity sales are up, and there's still room to grow

    Lincoln National's variable annuity deposits hit $3.4 billion at the life insurer during the third quarter, reflecting a 56% increase from the year-ago period, but execs want to shift more to contracts without living benefits.

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    Demand forces Jackson National to halt VA exchanges temporarily

    Seven-week block applies only to products with guaranteed living benefits, not fixed and indexed annuities.

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    Gundlach to oversee $450M in annuities push

    Jeffrey Gundlach, manager of the top-performing DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund, is expanding to variable annuities by subadvising a fund modeled after his flagship for Prudential PLC's Jackson National Life Insurance Co.

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