1st Quarter Registered Index-Linked Annuity Sales Soar

First quarter annuity sales numbers are in, and registered index-linked annuities (RILA) were the big winners. When compared to the previous year’s results, RILA sales jumped 38%  to $4.9 billion, according to the final numbers released by the Secure Retirement Institute U.S. Individual Annuity Sales Survey.“Current market conditions favor RILA products more than fixed indexed annuities (FIA) as the increase in market volatility will help support crediting rates in RILAs,” said... Read More

Study: Annuity Education Promotes Positivity

A recent study from the Secure Retirement Institute has shown that consumers who are more educated about annuity products seem to have stronger feelings about them. In fact, according to a recent ThinkAdvisor article, the increased knowledge leads to more positive views.Study participants took an annuity knowledge quiz and answered a series of questions about whether they had positive or negative views about annuities. Less than half of the participants with scores of 0 to 3 on a 10-point... Read More

New Variable Annuity from Transamerica

Last week Transamerica, a leading provider of life insurance, retirement and investment solutions, announced the launch of the Transamerica Advisory Annuity, a new low-cost variable annuity. The innovative product offers investors the following benefits, according to a recent article from Herald-Mail Media:Lower cost - average annual fees are more than 70% lower than recent industry averages by Morningstar, Inc. as of December 2018 Choice of death benefits - policy value or return of... Read More

Legacy Launches New Fixed Index Annuity

Legacy Marketing Group has just launched a new fixed index annuity issued by Ameritas Life Insurance Corp, an “A” rated provider. IncomeMark Select was designed to provide performance-driven income and is best paired with the MyGrowth Income Rider Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefit (GLWB). Together the products ease the fears of soon-to-be retirees who are concerned about outliving their money, rising expenses and paying for healthcare.“With the performance-driven MyGrowth Income... Read More

Annuity Advantages

An annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company, whereby you give the insurer your premium dollars, and in return the insurer guarantees you certain benefits. While annuities are not life insurance policies, they are typically issued by life insurance companies and are considered insurance products. All annuities offer tax advantages, but they are all unique depending on the type of annuity product purchased. Here’s a look at 9 distinct advantages available via the plethora... Read More

Annuity Sales Continue to Break Records

The Secure Retirement Institute Fourth Quarter U.S. Annuity Sales Survey was recently released showing the best annuity sales in over a decade. According to a recent InsuranceNewsNet article, annuity sales in 2019 topped $241.7 billion, increasing 3% over 2018. Despite the overall sales being the best since 2008, annuity sales in the fourth-quarter actually dropped 8% when compared with the same time period in 2018.“Fixed annuity sales have driven the overall growth for the annuity... Read More

New Annuity Product Strategy from Ameriprise

As interest rates continue to fall, Ameriprise Financial Inc. is answering with more emphasis on annuity sales without return guarantees. According to a recent article from ThinkAdvisor, executives from Ameriprise, which is based out of Minneapolis, held a conference call with securities analysts yesterday to discuss the annuity product strategy.The Ameriprise chief executive officer, James Cracchiolo, said during the call  that the company’s annuity books of business generate... Read More

AIG Launches New Index for Annuities

Last week, AIG Life & Retirement launched the new AB All Market Index that was developed exclusively for AIG’s Power Select Index Annuities by AllianceBernstein (AB). According to a recent Wealth Advisor article, the multi-asset index will be distributed primarily through Market Synergy Group (MSG). The AB All Market Index is not available for direct investment, similar to other indexes in an index annuity, but the performance directly contributes to the determination of the interest... Read More

Interest Rates and Annuities

Much of the news you hear about in the financial industry revolves around the current interest rate and how it might affect different investment products. You might hear about how one product is a safer bet during periods of low rates, or that you should definitely avoid a certain product until rates improve. But very few articles actually talk about how interest rates affect a product. Financial education is crucial in creating a path towards financial freedom. In order to make the... Read More

Unhappy With Your Annuity? Consider a 1035 Exchange

When you use money from an existing annuity to buy another one,  the process is often referred to as an annuity exchange. While this action is not extremely complicated or rare, just like any aspect of financial planning, there is important information you should be aware of before doing it. Here’s a look at some of the key factors to consider when debating an annuity exchange, according to the financial experts at Forbes. If the funds that you use to purchase the annuity are... Read More

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