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Jackson National & New York Life Sold the Most Annuities In 2013

The total annuity sales for 2013 were released last month and included some surprises and some results that were expected.  Daniel Williams of LifeHealthPro summarized all of the sales results in the article "Top 20 annuity sales leaders for 2013".  The results are divided into total annuity sales, fixed annuity sales, and variable annuity sales.  Jackson National Life was the top seller in both total annuity sales and variable annuity sales.  They sold $23.2 billion of annuities, $20.9... Read More

Longevity Annuity Recommendations

Longevity annuities come in two different types and help to insure that you will not run out of money in retirement.  They are essentially the opposite of life insurance, which leaves money behind in the case of an early death.  Deferred income annuities and fixed indexed annuities with lifetime income riders are two ways to guarantee a stream of income that you cannot outlive.  Annuity FYI recently put together a list of their recommended longevity annuities.  The difference between a... Read More

3rd Quarter Indexed Annuity Sales Increase 15% from Last Year

NAFA's Annuity Outlook Magazine recently published the article "Indexed Annuity Sales Break Second Consecutive Sales Record" detailing this year's third quarter sales results.  Information was collected by Wink, Inc. and put forth in Wink's Sales & Market Report.  Indexed annuities have continued monumental growth, while other products have suffered.  The information was collected from 42 companies selling indexed annuities, who account for more than 98% of overall indexed annuity... Read More

Aviva USA’s Fixed Annuity Business Sale Finalized

It's been almost a year, but the deal to purchase Aviva USA's annuity business is finally complete.  The Des Moines Register, which has an active interest in this story since the company is located in Iowa, offers up the details in "Apollo completes Aviva USA deal for $2.6 billion."  Victor Epstein writes that the deal ended up costing Apollo Global Management $800,000 more than their original offer of $1.6 billion back in December of last year.  State insurance regulators spent a long time... Read More

Indexed Annuities Are King In Des Moines

Do you have any idea where the indexed annuity capital of the world is?  Believe it or not, Des Moines, Iowa, is the modern day indexed annuity capital.  There are many reasons that you can find a large chunk of the insurance industry in Des Moines, and the indexed annuity market is following it's insurance counterparts.  Insurance News Net's Cyril Tuohy discusses why "Des Moines (is) Becoming (the) Indexed Annuities Hub."  While Hartford and London are known for being their own kinds of... Read More

UPDATE: TargetBenefit Indexed Annuity from Aviva USA

I just updated a blog post from October 2010 about Aviva USA.  Their newest fixed indexed annuity, TargetBenefit, offers consumers more flexibility and much longed for simplicity.  This is the latest in a decade or so of changes made to continue Aviva USA's growth, especially in fixed indexed annuity product sales.  Check out the blog update for the exciting details about TargetBenefit Annuities. Written by Rachel Summit Follow Rachel, aka Finance Mama, on Twitter and... Read More

2013 Trends for Annuities as a Whole

This blog is, in essence, a continuation of yesterday's blog on what to expect in variable annuity trends for 2013.  But this entry deals with the annuity industry as a whole and what we think will be happening next year.  Producer's Web published a Life Health Pro article, "Annuities: 5 things to expect in 2013," where Maria Wood gives us some hints at changes to come.  Some of the changes I talked about that are likely in store for variable annuities will effect all annuities, while others... Read More

Who Is Selling the Most Indexed Annuities?

The second quarter numbers are in and Sheryl J. Moore has compiled a list of the best in the indexed industry.  According to Insurance Networking News' Carrie Burns, the "Top 10 Q2 Indexed Annuity and Life Insurance Carriers" have been released in a new report.  Annuity Specs' 60th "Indexed Sales & Market Report" accounts for the production of 99% of all of these indexed products.  Moore, the author of the report, is the CEO and President of Moore Market Intelligence.  Indexed annuity... Read More

American Equity is 2nd in Fixed Equity Indexed Annuities

American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. CEO Wendy Waugaman was interviewed in the Des Moines Register article "W.D.M. firm's CEO talks of annuities, economic growth."  American Equity has the second highest sales of fixed equity indexed annuities, just above Aviva USA and behind Allianz Life.  The company was started in 1995 and went from selling $150 million of annuities in 1997 to $2 billion in 2001.  Their revenue is now up to $28 billion, largely based on sales of fixed equity... Read More

Fixed Equity Indexed Annuity Sellers in Preferred Group

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America introduced a new preferred distribution program last week that those left out of the program are unhappy with.  According to Darla Mercado of Investment News in the article "Allianz Preferred perks strike nerve with agents," agents and marketing groups who are not included in Allianz Preferred are worried that they will lose clients or agents within their groups.  The program gives extra support to top sellers of Allianz's fixed equity indexed... Read More

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