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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.

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    Transamerica offers legacy variable annuity clients a buyout

    This offer affects more than 30 types of variable annuity contracts issued by the insurer

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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

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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