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Finra Alleges Annuity Scheme By Two Ex-MetLife Brokers

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Two former brokers for MetLife Securities Inc. allegedly engaged in a seven-year scheme to inflate commissions by having customers switch $21 million in annuities, says Finra in a complaint.

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The Rise Of The Robo Advisors

by Eric Rasmussen

Are online advisory platforms like Bill Harris’ Personal Capital a friend or foe to flesh-and-blood advisors?

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Jefferson National Rolls Out New Offering Aimed At Advisors

by FA Staff

The company has teamed up with State Street to launch a portfolio of income-generating ETFs.

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Fixed Annuities Sales Climbed Last Year While Variables Dipped

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Variable annuity sales dropped 1.5 percent in 2012 from the previous year while sales of fixed annuities headed in the other direction, says the Insured Retirement Institute.

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Variable Annuities Trigger Big Paydays, Red Tape For Brokers

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Variable annuities could spell double trouble for brokers who eye fat commissions but ignore the rules in place for protecting investors.

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Axa Fined $20 Million By N.Y. Regulator For Annuity Changes

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Axa SA’s U.S. unit was fined $20 million by a New York regulator for making changes to a retirement product without fully informing the watchdog.

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Brokers Used Annuities Scam To Profit From Terminally Ill, SEC Says

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The SEC today charged two brokers for an alleged scheme to profit from the deaths of terminally ill patients via the sale of variable annuities.

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Americans Lacking Guaranteed Income Options, Survey Says

by FA Staff

Seventy-two percent of U.S. adults say they either don't have lifetime income options in retirement or are unaware of whether their employer offers them, according to a TIAA-CREF survey.

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Prudential Reveals Dispute Could Impact Variable Annuities

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A regulator told the second-largest U.S. life insurer it may not be holding enough reserves to back some savings products, known as variable annuities.

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Annuity Sales Surge Most Since 2002

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Sales of annuities jumped 17 percent in the fourth quarter as higher bond yields buoyed insurers that offer the savings products.

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