New E-Delivery Feature for Fixed & Variable Annuities

According to "John Hancock Annuities Adds E-Delivery Options to Award-Winning Website," John Hancock Annuities' electronic delivery options aim to help advisers more closely monitor their clients' accounts.  The company's website has already won awards for 'Public Home Page Navigation' and 'Client Account Information', among other things.  John Hancock Financial is one of the United States' largest insurers, offering fixed and variable annuities, life insurance, mutual funds, long term care... Read More

Best Annuities Work for CA Woman

The Los Angeles ABC affiliate's Ric Romero just did a piece about why "Annuities are perfect for some investors."  The story describes a California woman whose husband died on Christmas Day, leaving her struggling with the thought of paying the bills without him.  After seeking advice from an investment advisor, she found that the best annuities for her would not only protect the principal money left by her husband, but also give her a lifetime stream of income and avoid the stock market risk... Read More

Annuities Part of Five Step Retirement Plan

Symetra Financial's press release "Five Steps to Retiring On Time" lists annuities as an important tool for retirement success.  A recent survey conducted by Symetra and two partners showed that nearly half of pre-retirees (45 and older) have not determined how much income they will need to take them through the rest of their lives.  Well over half of the pre-retirees didn't think that they would be able to retire at their ideal retirement age.  With this information, Symetra has issued five... Read More

Comparing Fixed Annuity Rates Follows FINRA's Advice for 2010

The FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Foundation has some financial advice for all of us as we move along in a new decade.  FINRA's news release this week was entitled "FINRA Foundation Issues Seeking Solid Financial Footing for the Next Decade: 10 Tips for 2010." This advice released by FINRA's Investor Education Foundation is meant to help people regain financial footing.  The Foundation's recent 'Financial Capability Survey' highlighted the financial mistakes that many... Read More

Annuity Rates Higher for the Poor and Sick

In the Financial Times article "More providers offer post code annuities," Josephine Cumbo describes the process of determining annuity rates based on Canadian post codes.  Insurance providers offer better annuity pricing to those living in less affluent areas going on the assumption that they will live shorter lives.  This also applies to investors that are smokers or have medical conditions hinting at a shorter life expectancy.  Canada Life is one company who has adopted this policy. ... Read More

Fixed Annuities are a Safe Way to Protect Your Money

In "Advice: Protecting your money" from the Cape Fear Business News, James D. Gidley gives wary investors an alternative to using their mattress as a bank.  It is obvious why people are scared of the stock market right now.  If you are looking for extra security for your savings, Gidley suggests fixed annuities, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit.  Each alternative has its own benefits and pitfalls so speaking to an expert is the best way to find the one that works for... Read More

Fixed Annuities Beat Longevity Risk

In the The New York Times, Mark Hulbert's "Beyond the Longevity Tables" speaks about academic researchers recommendation of fixed annuities.  These researchers have long been fans of fixed life annuities which guarantee a specific yearly payout until the investor, or their spouse, passes away.  The article compares a 65-year old woman investing $100,000 in treasury securities for her life expectancy of 20 years.  If she lives longer than that life expectancy, which one in three women do, she... Read More

NAIC Annuity Oversight Plan Forges Ahead

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is still working on a new model act to ensure the suitability of annuities even though some people were questioning the need for such an act.  This information comes from insurancenewsnet's article "Plan for New Annuity Model Continues at NAIC."  The model currently being used is from 2006 and called Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation.  According to Sean Dilweg, the Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner and chairman of the... Read More

Fixed, Indexed, Variable and Immediate

In "The Four Types of Annuities" by Stephen P. Poitevint of The Post-Searchlight, Poitevant explains the four basic types of annuities.  Annuity products in general are increasing in popularity because investors want to make sure that their money lasts as long as they do.Fixed annuities offer a guaranteed principal and interest rate with an up front purchase from an insurance company.  Fixed annuity rates vary but are currently around 4.5%.  Indexed annuities are a type of fixed annuity... Read More

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