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New Variable Annuities from Principal

In an effort to give clients more flexibility and choices in retirement planning, Principal Financial Group has extended its variable annuity portfolio. According to a recent Business Wire press release, Principal Lifetime Income Solutions II Variable AnnuitySM and Principal Pivot Series Variable AnnuitySM were designed with the changing needs of today’s savers in mind. “We know each saver has unique needs when it comes to making sure their money helps them live their best lives -- that... Read More

New Annuity Options Focus on Income, Growth and Security

There is a big focus on income with some of the newest annuity products introduced this year. In Investment News's "Allianz, Securian Among Insurers Focusing on Income Annuities," Linda Koco explains the current trend. Based on the late summer product introductions, Koco says that retirement income and security are the big focuses for fall.  Accumulation is given a lot of attention as well, but not as much as income. These focuses are being shown in four different ways. Those people who... Read More

Many Reasons for the Increasing Use of Deferred Income Annuities

We've talked before in this blog about the increasing popularity of deferred income annuity products.  Since 2011, their sales have increased from $211 million to around $2.8 billion last year.  The increasing sales of deferred income annuities have come partly from a decrease in variable annuity sales.  Investment News' Darla Mercado discussed the changing retirement income plan landscape in her article "Deferred-income annuities grab spotlight from traditional variable annuities."  DIAs... Read More

VA Living Benefit Riders Are Making A Comeback

A lot of the changes made to variable annuity products in the last year were negative.  But the most recent changes show that the variable annuity market looks to be on an upswing.  One of the most notable changes is that some life insurance companies are bringing back living benefit riders or offering better ones.  In addition to that, we are still seeing more investment focused variable annuities and some companies are still offering exchanges.  In Darla Mercado's Investment News article,... Read More

Indexed Annuities Are King In Des Moines

Do you have any idea where the indexed annuity capital of the world is?  Believe it or not, Des Moines, Iowa, is the modern day indexed annuity capital.  There are many reasons that you can find a large chunk of the insurance industry in Des Moines, and the indexed annuity market is following it's insurance counterparts.  Insurance News Net's Cyril Tuohy discusses why "Des Moines (is) Becoming (the) Indexed Annuities Hub."  While Hartford and London are known for being their own kinds of... Read More

New Deferred Income Annuities From Fidelity

There has been a lot of talk about deferred income annuities and their increasing popularity recently.  To keep up with the trend, Fidelity Investments just introduced two new deferred income annuities to help finance future retirement needs.  The company press release, "Fidelity Investments Adds Two New Deferred Income Annuities from Guardian and Principal," offers some details on the products to be added to those already offered by Fidelity.  The demand for products to carry people through... Read More

Sales of the Best Annuities are Increasing

Financial advisors whose clients hold annuities haven't had to worry about fielding concerned investors' calls in this tumultuous market.  According to The Wall Street Journal article "Annuities Provide Safety, At a Price," author Russell Pearlman says that annuity sales have been increasing due to the difficulty in the financial markets.  Annuity sales went down in 2008, 2009, and 2010; but are expected to increase in 2011.  With the increasing interest in the best annuities on the market,... Read More

Fixed Annuity Sales Results

According to a press release by Beacon Research, fixed annuity sales estimates in the U.S. for the first quarter of this year were $34.9 billion.  The Fixed Annuity Premium Study comprised of data from 53 insurance companies, which account for about 86% of this market.  This sales number was not only the highest since 2003 when the study was first completed, but was also 78% higher than the same quarter last year. The four types of annuities assessed ranked in sales high to low starting... Read More

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