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Annuities experience largest quarterly percentage increase in 11 years

Annuities experience largest quarterly percentage increase in 11 yearsNews from LifeHealthPro: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, click the “Reprints” link at the top of any article. Total annuity sales hit $ 61.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 [...]

Indexed annuities gain popularity while rates remain low

Indexed annuities gain popularity while rates remain lowNews from InvestmentNews: Bernie Gacona, director of annuities at Wells Fargo Advisors. Indexed annuities, long the black sheep of retirement products, are enjoying a wave of popularity among financial advisers grappling with low interest rates. Indexed annuities are a type of fixed annuity that credits clients’ accounts with [...]

Baby boomers shun annuities as sales plunge – The Independent

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The latest in annuities strategies

The latest in annuities strategiesNews from InvestmentNews: Two types of products are getting new attention in this low interest rate environment: indexed and structured product annuities. While indexed annuities may provide a new alternative to bonds in this low interest rate environment, structured product annuities are viewed as a strategy for principal protection. In this [...]

FCA: Providers must ‘take the initiative’ on annuities reform

FCA: Providers must ‘take the initiative’ on annuities reformNews from Money Marketing: Categories:Pensions,Regulation 20 February 2014 | By Tom Selby FCA director of long-term savings and pensions Nick Poyntz-Wright is urging pension providers to “take the initiative” in reforming the annuity market following the regulator’s damning investigation into the sector. The FCA’s annuities thematic review, [...]

How to use annuities as a put option on your retirement

How to use annuities as a put option on your retirementNews from MarketWatch: A put option is a commonly used stock market strategy to protect against the decline of a holding below a specific price. Many savvy investors use this downside protection plan as insurance against unpredictable market volatility or unforeseen economic events. Planning for [...]

Insurance chief: ‘Too many people buy annuities’

Insurance chief: ‘Too many people buy annuities’News from Telegraph.co.uk: In a candid interview with The Telegraph, Otto Thoresen, the chief executive of the insurance trade body, said there were “serious questions” over whether annuities should be so widely sold in future. He said: “The annuity concept has enormous merit but it was designed for an [...]

Prudential Annuities Launches Highest Daily Lifetime Income v3.0

Prudential Annuities Launches Highest Daily Lifetime Income v3.0News from Fort Mills Times: NEWARK, N.J. — Prudential Annuities, the domestic annuity business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), today announced the launch of a new version of its innovative Highest Daily variable annuity optional living benefits, which allow investors to ‘lock in’ the highest daily value of [...]

Watchdog slammed for lack of action over annuities – The Independent

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The secret to selling more annuities

The secret to selling more annuitiesNews from BenefitsPro: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, click the “Reprints” link at the top of any article. You want to know how to sell more annuities? You do it by selling less of [...]