Variable Annuities

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Fidelity Adds Sustainable And Muni Mutual Funds

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Fidelity Investments announced the launch of two sustainable index funds and a defined maturity fixed-income product.

DOL Asks About Gutting The BIC, Extending Deadline

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The agency’s request for comment adds more uncertainty to the drawn-out soap opera that is its fiduciary rule.

Jackson National To Replace Pimco Total Return With Doubleline Core

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The largest U.S. provider of variable annuities plans to re-assign management of $3.5 billion to DoubleLine Capital.

DOL Rule Dragging Down Annuity Sales, LIMRA Says

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LIMRA anticipates most annuity sales will continue to drop because of uncertainty about the DOL fiduciary rule.

In Retirement Planning, Old 'Rules' Can Lead To Failure

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Retirement income is a moving target, but many advisors rely too much on strict "rules of thumb" when planning.

Most Annuity Sales Dropped In 2016

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Fixed and fixed-income annuities were the exception, says the Insured Retirement Institute.

Annuity Revenues Tumbled in 2016

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Annuity revenues fell to $253 billion last year.

Looming DOL Rule Makes Americans Wary, Curious About Annuities

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Americans are suspicious of annuities, despite wanting many of the benefits they can offer.

American Funds, Others Sound Alarm Over Hartford VA Fund Changes

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A group of firms are accusing the Hartford of leaving behind its legacy variable annuity customers.

AIG Enters Fee-Only VA Business

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AIG will offer a variable annuity designed for the fee-only advisor segment.

Prudential Takes On Pension Risks; Profit Jumps 22%

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For Prudential Financial Inc., pension plans are a pathway to growth.

DOL Rule Will Create Decline In Annuity Market, LIMRA Says

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The LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute predicts a one-year decline in annuity sales before the market stabilizes.

Finra Targets VA Sales, Again

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Some brokers are inappropriately convincing clients to trade them on a relatively short-term basis.

Valic Pays $1.75M To Settle Finra Conflict Of Interest Charges

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Finra fined Valic for failing to manage conflicts when moving assets from variable annuities to its fee-based advisors.

Fidelity, Vanguard Consider DOL Impact On Variable Annuities

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Fidelity and Vanguard question the long-term impact on their VA platforms.

Finra Fines Firms Over VA Contracts

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Finra fined eight firms $6.2 million for failing to supervise VA sales and ordered five to pay customers more than $6 million.

MetLife Profit Falls 52% On Costs Of Retail Unit’s Spinoff

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The new unit will focus on variable annuities and life insurance sold to individuals.

Despite DOL Rule, Cetera Sticks With Commissions

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Cetera will continue offering commisssion-based products.

Allianz Investment Management Expands Executive Team

by FA Staff

Stephanie Thomes and Johan Grahn join Allianz.

Lawsuits, DOL Rule Blur The Line Between 403(b) And 401(k) Plans

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403(b) plans will be a growing area of the retirement-plan market.

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