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DPL Teams with Security Benefit to Offer New MYGA

The insurance network for registered investment advisors, DPL Financial Partners, has just announced an exclusive agreement with Security Benefit Life Insurance Company to offer a four-year version of Security Benefit’s Advanced Choice Fixed Annuity to RIAs across the country. According to a recent press release, Advanced Choice is a multi-year guaranteed rate annuity (MYGA) product, and it will only be offered commission-free through DPL. “With volatility in the market and people... Read More

Wink Inc: MYGA, FIA Annuity Sales Soar

According to a recent survey conducted by Wink Inc., sales of indexed annuities and multi-year guaranteed annuity (MYGA) contracts were solid in the second quarter. On the other hand, figures show that traditional fixed annuity products are on the decline. Wink, a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm, has only released preliminary summary statistics for the U.S. deferred individual annuity market for the latest quarter, according to a recent article from ThinkAdvisor.  But those numbers reveal that... Read More

Tax-Sheltered Annuities 101

Annuity products can be very valuable tools in financing a retirement. While they don’t make sense for everyone, many can benefit from the guaranteed lifetime income payments provided by an annuity. Unfortunately, because some products are rather complex, there are many misconceptions, giving them a bad reputation. One of the best ways to overcome this issue is through financial education. Today, let’s look at one type of annuity, tax-sheltered annuities, and break down the basics (with... Read More

Top FIA Myths and Why They’re Wrong

Did you know that more than 25 million Americans, aged 60 and over, are living at or below 250% of the federal poverty line, making them economically insecure? It’s understandable why so many retirees are fearful of outliving their money. While Social Security helps, it often isn’t enough to support a full retirement, leaving millions of people in our country struggling to build-up retirement savings to survive on. There are few options for generating income in retirement, especially income... Read More

Fixed Annuity With Income Stream Makes for Happy Retirees

Perhaps the biggest financial challenge facing us today is how to turn our retirement savings into income. In "Advisors Challenged To Convert Savings To Retirement Income," Financial Advisor's Juliette Fairley discussed some of the findings from a recent IRI survey. The Insured Retirement Institute found that 80% of retirees who have at least $50,000 saved get income from an annuity or pension. But pensions will be few and far between in the future, so the focus on annuity products for... Read More

Fee-Based Annuity Models Versus Commission-Based

It's no secret that a lot of annuity organizations and experts think that the Department of Labor made a big mistake with their fiduciary rule. Some don't agree that indexed annuities should have been included with variable annuities, while others think that the BICE guidelines will not really be in the best interest of consumers. Kim O'Brien wrote an article about this for Insurance News Net called "The Compensation Conundrum: Why the DOL Got It Wrong." O'Brien's group, Americans for Annuity... Read More

Look at a Fixed Annuity Product to Create Your Own Pension

Americans are searching for a guaranteed stream of income similar to the pension plans that many of their parents and grandparents had. In "The Fixed Annuity: It's Like Buying a Pension," The Motley Fool's Serena Maranjian explains how fixed annuity products can be used to create your own personal pension from your retirement savings. With a fixed annuity, you enter into a contract with an insurance company. In exchange for a lump sum payment, they agree to pay you monthly income for a... Read More

Annuities Create Lifetime Income From Retirement Savings

Running out of money in retirement is one of Americans' biggest concerns. They have good reason for this worry. Only 22% of workers in private companies have a pension from their employer that will pay them monthly income. Most of these pension recipients will get income payments for the rest of their lifetime. As lifetime expectancy approaches record highs, having guaranteed lifetime income is crucial to retirement planning. So what about all of those Americans who don't have a company pension... Read More

Fixed Annuity Sales Were Strong During the First Quarter

LIMRA's Secure Retirement Institute recently released the retail annuity sales numbers from the first quarter of this year. LifeHealthPro's Kristen Beckman summarized the findings in the article "Fixed annuities continue growth trend." Fixed annuity sales were $32.3 billion, an increase of 48% from last year. Each different product in the fixed annuity market saw growth in the double digits. The increase in fixed annuity sales pushed total annuity sales to $58.9 billion, an increase of 9% from... Read More

Tax-Free Distributions With An LTC Annuity

Long term care will be one of the most expensive things that most people pay for in their lifetime. Many people ignore the fact that they may need long term care at some point in their life because it's just not something they want to think about. With the sky high cost of this type of care, long term care insurance can save your future finances from being depleted by paying for this type of care in your old age. If you have ever had a family member or friend who had to pay for long term care,... Read More

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