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When An Annuity Makes Sense

For those approaching retirement, there are few things more unsettling than a volatile stock market. With the recent wild market swings, conversations between investors and advisors often revolve around protection options, reducing risk and establishing a guaranteed source of income. Because many investors experienced double-digit growth in their portfolios in recent years, now might be the best time to discuss and explore annuity products that provide certainty and guarantees. Annuities... Read More

New Fixed Indexed Annuity Promises Principal Protection and Lifetime Income

Earlier this week, DPL Financial Partners, an insurance network for registered investment advisors (RIAs) teamed up with Security Benefit Life Insurance Company to launch a new fixed index annuity. ClearLine is a commission-free fixed index annuity that was created in response to feedback from DPL’s RIA members, according to a recent article from AP News. It offers a simplified product structure and provides a rising income feature that increases income payouts each year. “The launch of... Read More

Protection and Liquidity With New Great American Annuity

For consumers who are looking for greater liquidity while growing their money without concern for market volatility, Great American Life has something to offer. Earlier this week, the Cincinnati based company announced the launch of a new fixed annuity product, the American Freedom ClassicSM 3, according to a recent press release. The new annuity is offering a fixed interest rate guaranteed for the initial three-year term. At the conclusion of the first term, consumers will have the... Read More

Securian Financial Launches New MYGA

A new fixed deferred annuity from Securian Financial has just been launched, designed to give financial professionals a competitive edge in the MYGA market. According to a recent press release, SecureOption® Choice includes product features meant to help clients plan for their financial future, offering guaranteed interest throughout the term of the annuity with no exposure to market risk. Issued by Minnesota Life Insurance Company, SecureOption® Choice features: Competitive rates ... Read More

New Study: Deferred Income Annuities Could Be Key to Retirement Security

A new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute found deferred income annuities (DIAs) held within a 401(k) could be a critical component to a secure retirement. According to a recent ThinkAdvisor article, individuals who purchased a DIA at age 65 with no death benefits improved retirement readiness regardless of the age of death if the purchase reflected retirement account percentages on the lower end of the spectrum. The report, titled “Deferred Income Annuity Purchases:... Read More

Strong Year-End Annuity Sales Suggest Promise in 2019

The final 2018 market data for the U.S. annuity industry was recently released showing record quarterly highs for both fixed index annuity sales and variable annuity assets. According to a recent InsuranceNewsNet article, highlights from the data include: Total Annuity Sales Industry-wide annuity sales in the third quarter of 2018: $54.9 billion 2.0% decrease from sales of $56 billion during the second quarter of 2018 20% higher versus third quarter of 2017 sales of $45.8... Read More

Need Retirement Income Now? Consider an Immediate Annuity

For most retirees, the biggest fear later in life is running out of money. One of the only solutions to this issue is purchasing a life-long stream of income, or annuity product. With an immediate annuity, you pay a lump-sum up front and then begin receiving a regular income stream right away. While these products have traditionally been fairly inflexible, newer options are meeting the needs of more investors. Immediate annuities traditionally paid out fixed amounts with no adjustment for... Read More

DPL Teams with Security Benefit to Offer New MYGA

The insurance network for registered investment advisors, DPL Financial Partners, has just announced an exclusive agreement with Security Benefit Life Insurance Company to offer a four-year version of Security Benefit’s Advanced Choice Fixed Annuity to RIAs across the country. According to a recent press release, Advanced Choice is a multi-year guaranteed rate annuity (MYGA) product, and it will only be offered commission-free through DPL. “With volatility in the market and people... Read More

Many States Look to Add Annuity ‘Best Interest’ Regulations

According to a recent article from InsuranceNewsNet, several states are considering the addition of a “fiduciary duty” on insurance agents in the form of new regulations, and many aren’t too happy about it. Majority of the 14 states talking about regulation are big, heavily populated states where progressives are in key political positions, like California and New Jersey. “There’s a narrative that we have to fix something but there’s no evidence that there’s something that... Read More

Ameritas Launches First Annuity Connected to New S&P Index

A new indexed annuity from Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. was recently launched, tracking four indices including the new uncapped S&P 500 Sector Rotator Daily RC2 5% Index. According to a recent article from InsuranceNewsNet, Ameritas Accumulation 7 Index Annuity (Accumulation 7 IA) was released last month to help consumers meet their asset accumulation goals. “The new S&P 500 index was launched on October 19, 2018 and is designed to measure an uptrend in the sectors that provide... Read More

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