American Equity Updates Fixed Index Annuity Line-up

The AssetShield fixed index annuity, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company’s headlining accumulation product, is about to get a facelift. According to a recent press release, the leading underwriter of fixed index annuities plans to offer more multi-asset index options as well as an option to purchase a higher rate on crediting strategies for additional growth potential. The 5, 7, and 10-year annuity product line aims to give clients a guaranteed income with safe asset growth... Read More

MassMutual Acquires Great American Life

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has doubled down on its retail annuities business with the latest acquisition of a major annuity provider. Last Wednesday, MassMutual announced that they would purchase Cincinnati-based Great American Life Insurance Company for $3.5 billion. Great American, which is owned by American Financial Group, provides fixed and fixed indexed annuities. Over the first three quarters of 2020, the company ranked 13th in fixed annuity sales, at about $2.4... Read More

Hands Down, Select Annuities Today Are Better Than CDs

Most of the time, folks weighing the purchase of an annuity ask all kinds of questions. Which type of annuity is best for me and why? What maturity best fits my needs? If I want to dabble in the stock market, should I go “all in” with a variable annuity or hedge my risk with a fixed indexed annuity?These days, though, the annuity landscape is markedly different. The majority of people shopping for an annuity overwhelming have just one question: How can I get a half-way decent rate of... Read More

New Annuity Product for New Yorkers

AIG Life & Retirement has just launched Power Index Premier NY Index Annuity with Lifetime Income Builder, according to a recent press release. The new annuity product was developed exclusively for the state of New York and is the only index annuity that gives residents of the state the option of a living benefit rider. Guaranteed living benefit (GLB) riders often provide lifetime income that keeps up with the rising costs of retirement. The Lifetime Income Builder GLB rider provides... Read More

Symetra Introduces Two New Indexed Annuities

There are two new single-premium indexed annuity contracts available, both coming from the U.S. arm of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company of Osaka, Symetra. Symetra Stride and Symetra Edge Elite are both filed as non-variable annuities featuring crediting rate options linked to the performance of Putnam Investments’ new Putnam Dynamic Low Volatility Excess Return Index, according to a recent article from ThinkAdvisor.Several annuity issuers have limited their annuity offerings with account... Read More

New Non-Variable Indexed Annuity from Nationwide

Ohio-based insurer, Nationwide, has recently launched a new, non-variable indexed annuity in an effort to give consumers more of what they’re asking for: control. Nationwide’s Defined Protection Annuity (DPA) contract gives clients the ability to decide how much protection the insurer provides against market losses, an occurrence many of us are far too familiar with these days. This type of non-variable indexed annuity comes with a protection promise against any loss of account value... Read More

Product Alert: Harbourview MYGA 3

Act Fast: The Harbourview 3-Year Fixed Annuity is Dropping from 3% to 2.5% on 7/28.If you’re interested in a short-term fixed annuity in these economically trying times - one that probably pays out the most you can get in a world of rock-bottom interest rates - you’re highly unlikely to beat the Harbourview MYGA 3, sponsored by Colorado-based Oceanview Life and Annuity Co. For as little as $10,000, you get a three-year MYGA (multi-year guaranteed annuity) that pays 3% compared to 2.2%... Read More

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

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

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