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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

Product Review: | Nationwide New Heights 12 Fixed Indexed Annuity

"Most fixed annuities take from the left hand and give with the right hand. Nationwide New Heights gives with both hands, and that is unique."   Saving for retirement is hard enough, but another difficult challenge is making sure the money lasts. This is where annuities enter the picture. Yet not all annuities are equal. Ideally, you want an annuity that couples a competitive, guaranteed income stream with a reasonable shot at growth. Good luck finding one. Fixed indexed... Read More

New and Improved Fixed Indexed Annuities From Athene

One of America’s leading providers of retirement savings products, Athene, has teamed up with Annexus, an independent designer of fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) to launch a new and improved suite of products. The new Athene®BCA® includes new indices designed by two renowned economists: Yale Professor Robert Shiller and Professor Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. According to a recent press release, BCA 2.0 provides a variety of solutions... Read More

New Nationwide Annuity Rider Designed for Growth Potential

Indexed annuity designer Annexus has done it again, this time partnering up with Nationwide to develop a new lifetime withdrawal feature. Consumers now have the option of combining the new feature, the Nationwide High Point 365 Lifetime Income Benefit rider, exclusively with the company’s New Heights indexed annuities. According to a recent article from ThinkAdvisor, the rider “guarantees that the amount used to calculate future income will be at least 110% of the purchase payment plus... Read More

Is an Indexed Annuity Right For You?

Given recent market volatility, it’s no surprise that many investors have lost their appetite for risk, even for those still accumulating assets. Of course, it’s important not to jump ship at the first sign of a market shift, but if your financial plan allows for adjustments, now might be an appropriate time to look into other investment options. Perhaps now is the time to review your risk allocation. One financial expert recently suggested (in an article from The Street) cutting back... Read More

When An Annuity Makes Sense

For those approaching retirement, there are few things more unsettling than a volatile stock market. With the recent wild market swings, conversations between investors and advisors often revolve around protection options, reducing risk and establishing a guaranteed source of income. Because many investors experienced double-digit growth in their portfolios in recent years, now might be the best time to discuss and explore annuity products that provide certainty and guarantees. Annuities... Read More

New Fixed Indexed Annuity Promises Principal Protection and Lifetime Income

Earlier this week, DPL Financial Partners, an insurance network for registered investment advisors (RIAs) teamed up with Security Benefit Life Insurance Company to launch a new fixed index annuity. ClearLine is a commission-free fixed index annuity that was created in response to feedback from DPL’s RIA members, according to a recent article from AP News. It offers a simplified product structure and provides a rising income feature that increases income payouts each year. “The launch of... Read More

Strong Year-End Annuity Sales Suggest Promise in 2019

The final 2018 market data for the U.S. annuity industry was recently released showing record quarterly highs for both fixed index annuity sales and variable annuity assets. According to a recent InsuranceNewsNet article, highlights from the data include: Total Annuity Sales Industry-wide annuity sales in the third quarter of 2018: $54.9 billion 2.0% decrease from sales of $56 billion during the second quarter of 2018 20% higher versus third quarter of 2017 sales of $45.8... Read More

Ameritas Launches First Annuity Connected to New S&P Index

A new indexed annuity from Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. was recently launched, tracking four indices including the new uncapped S&P 500 Sector Rotator Daily RC2 5% Index. According to a recent article from InsuranceNewsNet, Ameritas Accumulation 7 Index Annuity (Accumulation 7 IA) was released last month to help consumers meet their asset accumulation goals. “The new S&P 500 index was launched on October 19, 2018 and is designed to measure an uptrend in the sectors that provide... Read More

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