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Commission-Based Variable Annuity Can Still Be In Consumers’ Best Interest

After the DOL fiduciary guidelines, some people are under the false impression that all commission-based products are bad for consumers. This simply isn't the case. You have to take into account both the individual product details as well as the length of time that the product is held. In a recent article for Investment News, "Lincoln: Commissions Can Be Best Deal for Consumers," Cyril Tuohy compared how fee-based and commission-based investments effect consumers. Lincoln National looked at... Read More

Many New Players in the Fixed Indexed Annuity Game

Before the final DOL ruling which included indexed annuities in the BICE rule requirements, indexed annuity products were the hottest news in the annuity industry. Sales skyrocketed in 2015 and many companies who weren't big players in the industry before came onto the scene strong. Insurance News Net's Cyril Tuohy wrote about the top selling companies and channels in the article "Crashing The FIA Party: Not Just The Top Companies Driving Growth." It remains to be seen what will happen in the... Read More

MetLife, Jackson National & AIG Lead Second Quarter Annuity Sales

Each quarter when annuity sales results are announced, there are some changes in leadership.  Although the fixed or variable annuity leaders sometimes stay the same for long periods of time, there is often a mix up in total annuity sales leaders.  During the second quarter of 2014, the top annuity seller was a company that actually had a pretty poor first quarter.  Life Health Pro's Emily Holbrook took the sales results from SNL Financial and summarized them for the article "The top 10... Read More

Lincoln National’s Variable Annuity Sales Increase 48%

Lincoln National Corp. has seen strong variable annuity sales this year.  After the first three quarters of the year, they had more than $10 billion in variable annuity sales.  That is the highest volume they have seen in the past six years.  This information comes from Bloomberg's Zachary Tracer in his article, "Lincoln Annuity Sales Top $10 Billion as Insurers Back Away."  It's possible that one of the reasons for Lincoln National's surging variable annuity sales is that some insurance... Read More

Many Companies Made Variable Annuity Changes Recently

Last month brought about a lot of changes to the annuity market, as May often does.  In Darla Mercado's Investment News article, "It must be May in VA-land: Payout cuts, price hikes, new products," she writes about all of the variable annuity changes common to the month of May.  Changes over the past couple of years have been consistent.  Fees are higher, equity market risk is lower, and living benefits are not offered up as they used to be.  Many companies who sell variable annuities have... Read More

Who Is Selling the Most Indexed Annuities?

The second quarter numbers are in and Sheryl J. Moore has compiled a list of the best in the indexed industry.  According to Insurance Networking News' Carrie Burns, the "Top 10 Q2 Indexed Annuity and Life Insurance Carriers" have been released in a new report.  Annuity Specs' 60th "Indexed Sales & Market Report" accounts for the production of 99% of all of these indexed products.  Moore, the author of the report, is the CEO and President of Moore Market Intelligence.  Indexed annuity... Read More

Jackson National Gets Best Variable Annuity Reviews

***UPDATE: For the latest top-rate, low cost variable annuities, click here.*** According to Investment News' Darla Mercado, financial advisors are more loyal to Jackson National Life Insurance Co.'s variable annuity products than to any other company.  In the article, "Advisers most loyal to this VA provider," we learn that Jackson National had the best variable annuity reviews followed by Prudential Financial Inc.  Jackson moved up from second place last year to throw Prudential out of... Read More

The New Fee-Based Variable Annuity

After a period of time where variable annuity products that were fee-based had a bad reputation, some of the biggest annuity companies are revamping the products.  Reuters Linda Stern discusses this new trend in her article "Analysis: New fee-only annuities aim to move upscale."  More advisors are changing to fee-only practices now and insurance companies are making new products to attract them.  Retirement security has become more important than ever before during the past few years causing... Read More

Fixed Indexed Annuities Sold with Health Insurance

A new partnership between Lincoln Financial Group and Humana Inc. will make it easier for consumers to purchase fixed indexed annuities and long term care insurance.  According to Annuity News Journal's article "Humana Inc. Forms Partnership with Lincoln Financial," Henry Steelman writes that more than 2000 agents for Humana will be selling the financial products of Lincoln.  Humana Inc. is a health insurance company out of Kentucky, selling policies to consumers nationwide.  Lincoln... Read More

Variable Annuity Sales Up in 1st Quarter

Variable annuity sales increased from the 1st quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2010, according to Insurance News Net's "US Sales of Variable Annuities See First Year-Over-Year Gain in Two Years."  With $31.4 billion in total sales, variable annuities increased 3% from the same time last year.  The first quarter of 2008 was the last time that there was such an increase in variable annuity sales.  A spokeswoman for the Insured Retirement Institute says that this marks a slow and... Read More

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