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It’s a Good Time to Take Another Look at VAs

Variable annuities are the most popular annuities because they offer by far the best shot at capital appreciation. But it’s a safe bet that they haven’t been popular much of this calendar quarter, VA sales typically track the ups and downs of the stock market, and the stock market got off to an abysmal start in 2016.   Happily, the backdrop has markedly improved. Stocks have rebounded nicely and appear to be stabilizing, and so folks who put plans to buy a VA on the back burner no... Read More

Find the Answers to These 7 Annuity Questions

There are a lot of moving parts involved with annuity products, especially some of the more complex varieties. So inherently, there are also plenty of questions that come along with a potential annuity purchase. This summer, Forbes magazine published an article about the seven questions you should ask before you buy an annuity product. LifeHealthPro took this information from two financial experts and expanded it to include what advisors should use to help explain these seven things to their... Read More

Your Annuity Choice Can Make Or Break Your Future

When used the right way, annuities are a great way to create income and protect your money in retirement.  They can also be complicated products, so it's important to ensure that you are purchasing the best annuity for your personal financial planning.  In the Forbes Magazine article "Annuities: How To Protect Yourself And Get a Good Income," Larry Light summarizes advice from certified financial planner Jeff Rose.  He says that one of the most important things to remember is that annuities... Read More

Know the Details of Your Variable Annuity

In CNBC's article "4 things you really need to know about your variable annuity," Elizabeth MacBride offers important information about variable annuity products.  Sometimes this type of annuity gets a bad rap, but for the right person variable annuities offer great benefits.  The amount of money invested in variable annuities has grown to $1.7 trillion.  Variable annuities are like mutual funds that are issued through an insurance company.  You take advantage of tax-deferral during the... Read More

The SEC Helps Explain Variable Annuities

Variable annuities are a good way to safely secure retirement income while having the potential to receive gains in the stock market.  They can be confusing products though and are not necessarily right for all investors.  Andrew Wang of Runnymede Capital Management recently published an article in the Huffington Post explaining the nuances of variable annuities.  In "10 Things The SEC Wants You to Know about Variable Annuities," Mr. Wang points out that the SEC's Office of Investor... Read More

Annuities are Like Tortoises, Slow and Steady

Annuities are such a great way to guarantee income safely.  While they certainly aren't the fastest growing investments, AAA Arizona financial advisor Mark Boskovich points out that they are slow and steady.  He should know because he hasn't had a client lose money since he started working for AAA nearly two years ago.  He appreciates that annuities are nearly risk-free and says that the slow growth is worth the guaranteed lifetime income.  His annuity information is in an Arizona Daily... Read More

Immediate Annuities Are Simple & Protect Your Future

Articles that ask the expert for their opinion on financial and investment issues can offer a lot of information for other readers as well.  Money's Walter Updegrave lets the reader know "Why an immediate annuity might be right for you."  A 63-year old woman told her 65-year-old husband that they should look into buying an annuity with some of their $600,000 savings.  He disagreed, but asked an expert for their opinion on the issue of annuity products.  Whether or not they decide to... Read More

Athene Acquires Fixed & Indexed Annuity Business

Everyone is talking this week about a big annuity purchase.  Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company of Delaware, a subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd. of Bermuda, purchased Presidential Life Corporation.  According to Marketwatch's "Athene Annuity to buy Presidential Life," the deal is worth $415 million in cash.  Athene hopes to increase their retail sales and their reinsurance with the purchase of Presidential Life.  They sell fixed annuity products as well as life, accident, and... Read More

Ohio National’s Variable Annuity Sales Up 8.5%

Even though the financial markets and economy had a volatile year, Ohio National had a record year for their earnings, capital growth, and sales.  Their industry was quite challenged this past year with low interest rates and volatile equity markets, but they maintained their strong capital position and excellent ratings. With variable annuity sales of $1.6 billion in 2011, Ohio National increased their total by 8.5% over 2010.  Last year they focused on protection and guarantees, and in... Read More

Annuity Ratings Outlook May Be Changed by A.M. Best

Ratings company A.M. Best has shown concern lately over marketplace happenings that may push them to downgrade some ratings.  Due to the government's arguing over the debt crisis and many weak European economies, the U.S. Life/Annuity sector may have its rating downgraded to negative from its current rating of stable.  The Insurance Networking News article "Possible Revision to Rating Outlook for U.S. Life/Annuity Sector" explores the consequences of the ratings.  Life insurance companies'... Read More

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