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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.
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.
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.
Latest twist on the annuity hits the market
Natixis launching 'retirement spending account' through advisers; other companies expected to follow with me-too products.
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.
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.
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.
Transamerica offers legacy variable annuity clients a buyout
This offer affects more than 30 types of variable annuity contracts issued by the insurer
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.
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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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
'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.
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.
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