Allianz Life Adds Annuity to Line-up

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America is entering the retirement plan business with a new annuity product intended for employer-sponsored retirement plans. According to a recent FA Magazine article, Allianz Lifetime Income+ Annuity offers guaranteed income meant to supplement Social Security and pension income.“Participants face many risks in retirement, including longevity, inflation, market volatility and the need for growth and flexibility to adapt to changing... Read More

Guaranteed Lifetime Income with New Prudential Annuity

Prudential Financial Inc. recently launched a new indexed variable annuity, FlexGuard® Income, meant to provide customers with investment strategies geared towards growth potential while offering different levels of protection.“Today’s financial challenges require new and different solutions,” stated Dylan Tyson, president of Prudential Annuities, in a recent Business Wire press release. “Investors have individualized goals and comfort levels for risk. They need customizable... Read More

Why Wait? Now is the Best Time to Purchase a Fixed Annuity

The popularity of fixed annuities has grown quite a bit recently, and it isn’t hard to figure out why. Tax deferral and guaranteed rates are just two of the perks offered with these retirement planning tools. However, with interest rates at historic lows, many consumers are wondering if they should wait to purchase in order to lock in a higher rate. According to a recent Kiplinger article, waiting is not recommended and could actually put you behind in your retirement savings. It is... Read More

New Lifetime Income Benefit from AIG

One of the leading providers of annuities, AIG Life & Retirement, recently announced a new protected lifetime income benefit. The new Lifetime Income Choice is available for The Power Series of Index Annuities exclusively through independent marketing organizations (IMOs), according to a BusinessWire press release. The benefit guarantees income growth while offering flexibility, including an option to receive more income earlier in retirement.There will be two options available with the... Read More

New Variable Annuities from Charles Schwab

Charles Schwab recently teamed up with Protective Life Insurance Company to launch two new variable annuity products. The Schwab Genesis Variable Annuity will be offered directly to Schwab clients, while the Schwab Genesis Advisory Variable Annuity will be available through independent RIAs. According to a recent ThinkAdvisor article, both products have base annuity fees of 40% to 75% below the industry average.SGVA boasts a total variable account annual expense of 0.45%, excluding optional... Read More

Top Annuity Picks for the New Year

The end of the calendar year is a time when many of us choose to assess the state of our finances and plan for both long and short-term retirement goals.With this in mind, we are excited to share Annuity FYI's Top Picks for the New Year.  We have selected what we consider to be some of the most competitive products on the market heading into 2021.  We've identified Top Picks in the following categories:  Fixed Indexed Growth, Fixed Indexed Income, Variable Growth, and Variable... Read More

Hands Down, Select Annuities Today Are Better Than CDs

Most of the time, folks weighing the purchase of an annuity ask all kinds of questions. Which type of annuity is best for me and why? What maturity best fits my needs? If I want to dabble in the stock market, should I go “all in” with a variable annuity or hedge my risk with a fixed indexed annuity?These days, though, the annuity landscape is markedly different. The majority of people shopping for an annuity overwhelming have just one question: How can I get a half-way decent rate of... Read More

Annuity Sales Trends

If you watch financial news headlines you may have seen recent stories about a slump in annuity sales. However, the downturn, which many attribute to historic low interest rates, hasn’t affected all annuity products. In fact, products designed to protect against market volatility with an opportunity for slight gains in economic turmoil have favored well, according to a recent Financial Planning article. Compared to last year’s numbers, both fixed-rate deferred annuities, such as... Read More

Prudential to Halt Sales of Variable Annuities with GLWB

Prudential Financial has announced that they will no longer sell variable annuities with guaranteed living benefits in response to the uncertain economic climate and historic low interest rates. This includes the company’s Highest Daily Income and Prudential Defined Income annuity products, according to chairman and CEO Charlie Lowrey. “In terms of changing the focus within the business, we’re on a path to de-risking, and have made major pivots to less interest-rate sensitive and... Read More

Nationwide Announces New Annuity Suite

In response to the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, annuity heavy weight, Nationwide has announced the launch of a new suite of in-plan annuity products and partnerships with industry leaders. The line, which will be implemented from late 2020 through 2021, will include at least five new solutions.“We know this is not a one-size-fits-all problem, and we’re confident that a suite of solutions will give plan sponsors the flexibility to select the option... Read More

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