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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

Longevity Annuities Can Protect Your Future Retired Self

A lot of factors should go into whether or not you buy a longevity annuity to ensure that you never run out of money in retirement.  The first things to consider should be your health and your family history.  If you are healthy in early retirement and many people in your family have lived past age 85, a longevity annuity might be a good purchase to ensure your financial future.  Of course, this certainly doesn't mean that you will live to be 95 or 100, but you will be able to maintain your... 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

Six Recommended Deferred Income Annuities

UPDATED 8/31/2013 Deferred income annuities have been selling in record numbers this year.  Bank Investment Consultant's Margarida Correia tells us why in "Deferred Income Annuities Gain Traction, Following Rebirth."  The products were called advanced life deferred annuities when first introduced, but did not take off in the marketplace.  After a few changes recently, an IRI report predicts that DIAs will be have the fastest growth in sales of any annuity product.  Old products had... Read More

MetLife has Newest Structured Annuity Hybrid

***UPDATE: Are you considering investing in a hybrid annuity? Annuity FYI has done the research for you and selected what we believe are the best hybrid annuities available on the market today. Check out our top hybrid annuity picks, here. *** In her latest article for Investment News, Darla Mercado tells why "Structured products (are) gain(ing) favor."  Using structured products helps insurance companies continue selling annuities while protecting themselves from too much market risk... Read More

Changing Season for Variable Annuities

The annuity market is in a tough spot with variable annuities right now.  They are still good products and offer many investors benefits they can't get anywhere else, but low interest rates have made it hard for insurance companies to keep up the guarantees.  The living benefits have put a strain on insurance companies, so we should all be prepared for upcoming changes.  While they will  make an already complex product even more complex in some cases, changes will help the variable annuity... Read More

Deferred Income Annuity, aka Longevity Insurance

Deferred income annuities, or longevity insurance, are being introduced by more and more mutual insurance companies.  These annuities are becoming increasingly popular due in part to the the low interest rate environment and a volatile stock market.  Investment News' Darla Mercado talks about why mutual funds are selling more deferred income annuities in "Mutual insurers ramp up development of deferred-income annuities."  This so-called longevity insurance basically means that you purchase... Read More

Prudential & AIG Pick Up MetLife's Variable Annuity Business

As MetLife scales back on their variable annuities, other companies are picking up the market share.  According to Bloomberg Business News' "Prudential Joins AIG Taking Annuities Share From MetLife," Zachary Tracer says that Prudential and AIG are the main companies who have capitalized on MetLife's variable annuity changes.  Prudential has sold the most variable annuities this year, according to LIMRA.  Their second quarter sales were $5.35 billion, which was an 18% increase.  Their market... Read More

Variable Annuity Products Will Remain In Demand

Cogent research recently released study results in their Advisor Brandscape 2012 report.  They polled close to 2,000 financial advisors, all of whom maintain assets under management of at least $5 million.  This information comes from Financial Advisor magazine's "Variable Annuity Demand To Stay Strong, Says Survey."  Even though there has been volatility in the variable annuities marketplace, the advisors don't anticipate any drop in demand.  They plan to continue strong sales of variable... Read More

Variable Annuity Changes from MetLife, Prudential, Hartford

Three life insurance companies are changing their variable annuities in the wake of some tumult in the industry.  MetLife, Prudential, and the Hartford are either updating products or scaling down on variable annuity business, according to Darla Mercado of Investment News.  In her article, "VA changes at major insurers are afoot, executives say," Mercado summarized the changes we can soon expect. MetLife's net income increased by $1.07 billion from last year, to $2.26 billion.  Sales of... Read More

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