Retirement Planning Tool Shows Indexed Annuities In Action

In light of the impending DOL fiduciary rule requiring more accountability from advisors selling annuity products, a new tool from RetireUp could be very helpful to advisors. Investment News' Alessandra Malito talked about this retirement planning tool in the article "RetireUp drags and drops annuities into retirement income planning." RetireUp provides retirement income planning software to advisors. This new tool helps advisors compare annuity products from different insurance companies and... Read More

Indexed Annuities Poised to Have a Good Year

Last year was a great year for indexed annuities.  If the rest of the year follows the trend set by the first quarter, 2015 will also be a good year for the indexed annuity industry.  LifeHealthPro's Daniel Williams talked about what happened with indexed annuities in the first quarter in the article "Indexed annuity sales off to strong start in 2015."The total fixed indexed annuity sales during the first quarter were more than $1.3 billion.  This was a 5% decline from sales during the... Read More

Allianz Life’s Essential Income 7 Indexed Annuity Included in Wells Fargo’s Platform

Allianz Life is the latest insurer to join Wells Fargo's new indexed annuity platform.  The purpose of this platform is to highlight simpler indexed annuities that have lower commissions.  Darla Mercado of Investment News wrote about this new addition to the platform in the article "Allianz joins Wells Fargo's new indexed annuity platform."  The other insurers already involved in Wells Fargo's platform include AIG, Pacific Life, Symetra, Great American and Nationwide.  A few weeks ago,... Read More

It’s Been A Strong Year for Indexed Annuities

Third quarter indexed annuity sales results have just been released by Wink, Inc.  In a press release for Insurance News Net, the said that "YTD Indexed Annuity Sales (were) Greater Than Any Year But 2013."  Wink's Sales & Market Report represents the sales figures from 47 indexed annuity carriers, or 99.8% of the market.  Indexed annuity sales were $11.4 billion, a 14.28% increase from the third quarter of last year.  This year's third quarter sales were down 8.58% from the second... Read More

Allianz Life Remains Top Seller of Indexed Annuities

Earlier this month I blogged about the incredible fixed annuity sales results in the second quarter.  Those sales were driven by the popularity of fixed indexed annuity products.  In Insurance News Net's article "Indexed Annuity Sales Dominate with Record-Setting Quarter," they focus strictly on what happened with indexed annuities in the second quarter based on Wink, Inc.'s indexed sales results.  Wink's Sales & Market Report collected information from 45 indexed annuity carriers, which... Read More

4 of the Top 5 Fixed Annuity Sellers are Indexed

Last year was the first time ever that all types of fixed annuities had year-over-year annuity sales increases.  Records were shattered all around, which was surprising to some as interest rates remained low.  In the article "Fixed Annuities Continue Strong Sales Pace in 2013, Best Year Since 2009," Beacon Research's Lisa Plotnick summarized the research firm's Fixed Annuity Premium Study.  Income and indexed annuities blew old sales records out of the water with their sales results in... 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

New Annuity Product

As stated in a company press release on Datamonitor via COMTEX, Great American Life Insurance has released a new single premium fixed-indexed annuity product.  GALI is a subsidiary of Great American Financial Resources.  The product is called Safe Return and is meant for people who want to both preserve their wealth and have the possibility of growing it.  The two features that accomplish this and make Safe Return stand out from Great American Life's other product offerings are a bailout cap... Read More

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