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‘Longevity’ in annuities could be the big 2015 focus

‘Longevity’ in annuities could be the big 2015 focusNews from InvestmentNews: Where the retirement market will go next year is anybody’s guess, but insurance industry experts foresee a ramp-up in product development for certain types of annuities. For broker-dealers, 2014 appears to be the year of the indexed annuity, a fixed income product that credits [...]

Market Report: Barclays warned that the Budget could kill annuities market

Market Report: Barclays warned that the Budget could kill annuities marketNews from The Independent: George Osborne’s decision to scrap compulsory annuities in Wednesday’s Budget has knocked over £4bn off the value of Britain’s life insurers, and analysts at Barclays warned that the move “has the potential to lead to the demise of the UK individual [...]

New year could bring a boon for annuities

New year could bring a boon for annuitiesNews from InvestmentNews: Next year could be a big one for variable and indexed annuities, both in terms of sales and product development, as new tax and interest rate realities sink in. This year set what appeared to be a perfect backdrop for annuity sales and development, with [...]

Private-equity jumping into annuities could be bad news for insurers

Private-equity jumping into annuities could be bad news for insurersNews from InvestmentNews: Private-equity firms’ appetite for annuity business and takeover targets is starting to worry debt analysts. Advertisement Companies like Guggenheim Partners LLC, Athene Holding Ltd. and Harbinger Capital Partners have consumed a veritable buffet of annuity businesses, snapping up bits and pieces as life [...]

Independent study: When fixed-term annuities could benefit clients

Independent study: When fixed-term annuities could benefit clientsNews from Money Marketing: 11 October 2012 9:30 am | By Tom Selby LV= has commissioned an independent study of the fixed-term annuity market, which finds the products’ flexibility means they can be a good option for retirees. In May, Legal & General revealed it warned the FSA [...]

Satisfied buyers could help financial advisors sell deferred annuities

Satisfied buyers could help financial advisors sell deferred annuitiesNews from IFAwebnews.com: Financial service professionals who sell deferred annuities have a new tool to help them sell the financial instruments: satisfied buyers. The majority of buyers are satisfied with their deferred annuities, a new study finds. A LIMRA survey indicates that 75% of variable-annuity buyers, 83% [...]

Annuities: why laziness could cut your pension by 12%

Annuities: why laziness could cut your pension by 12%News from Aol Money: New research has revealed that there can be sharp differences in annuity rates, even among the leading deals. Getting the best possible income in retirement is getting tougher. It’s long been the case that the return you can get from different annuities can [...]

Annuities for 2012 could see even more interest

Annuities for 2012 could see even more interestNews from Annuity News Journal: Annuities are not something that were often talked about in the mainstream media just five years ago. At that point in time, most people were perfectly happy to continue to allow their stock market investments to continue to grow. All of the media [...]

Annuity Calculator: New Rules Could Lead To Better Annuities

Annuity Calculator: New Rules Could Lead To Better AnnuitiesNews from PensionCalculator.org: A new proposed code of conduct will force annuity providers to give more information to consumers leading to them purchasing the best rate annuities. This in turn will mean many receive thousands more a year in retirement income than before. Currently, around two thirds [...]

Could NS&I annuities defuse this time bomb?

Could NS&I annuities defuse this time bomb?News from Telegraph.co.uk: Like Lord Myners, the NAPF said workers with smaller pension pots would suffer the most. Some 80pc of retiring workers with so-called defined contribution company pensions have pots of less than £50,000 – and with auto-enrolment (which will see employees automatically enrolled into a company pension) [...]