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

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

Great American Life and Barnabas Capital Team to Offer New Annuity Products

Great American Life has teamed up with Barnabas Capital to offer 2 new variable annuity products. Index Frontier® and Index Summit 6sm variable-indexed annuities were created for investors who are not satisfied with low fixed-income yields and want more protection than that provided by equities. According to a recent Yahoo!Finance article, these products offer competitive earning potential and partial protection from market loss, which makes them attractive in a volatile market.When... Read More

Leading Annuity Provider Updates Products

According to a recent press release, leading financial services company, AXA Equitable Life has just released an enhanced version of Retirement Cornerstone®, its multi-stage variable annuity. Updates to its market-leading structured annuity, Structured Capital Strategies®, were also announced. Both were developed to help clients build wealth and create protected lifetime income, all while mitigating risk and keeping pace with inflation. “With these new enhancements we are providing a... Read More

Jackson National Launches New MYGA

Wink’s Sales and Market Report for the first quarter of 2019 shows that the sales of multi-year guaranteed annuities (MYGAs) have grown almost 80% in the last year, and Jackson National Life Insurance Company is jumping on board. The launch of Jackson RateProtector, a single premium MYGA was announced yesterday, offering consumers the opportunity to protect and grow their assets through guaranteed interest rates that will not fluctuate during a selected time period. The press release also... Read More

1st Quarter Annuity Sales Released

First quarter 2019 annuity sales figures were recently released with fixed and variable annuity sales hitting $57.8 billion combined. According to an InsuranceNewsNet article, this is a 3.6% drop when compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, but still a whopping 17.5% above levels from a year ago.Fixed annuity sales reached $37 billion in the first quarter, only a slight decrease from the fourth-quarter 2018 sales of $37.1 billion. The small drop pales in comparison to the year-to-year... Read More

SEC’s New Best Interest Standard Met With Mixed Reviews

Earlier this week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest: The Broker-Dealer Standard of Conduct (Regulation BI). The SEC started working on the Reg BI project after the U.S. Department of Labor started experiencing difficulties in implementing its own fiduciary rule regulations, according to a recent article from ThinkAdvisor. The new regulation is set to have a compliance date of June 30, 2020.The new standard will require broker-dealers... Read More

Great American Life Launches Unique New Annuity Product

A recent collaboration between Great American Life and Raymond James has produced a new type of variable-indexed annuity. The Index Summit 6℠ is the first of its kind, offering crediting strategies with both upside and downside participation rates. According to a recent InsuranceNewsNet article, the breakthrough product will only be offered through financial institutions, banks and independent broker dealers.Currently, the crediting strategies feature a 50% downside participation rate... Read More

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