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  • Life Insurance Awareness Month #LIAM

    {September 26th, 2023} by Wink's Intel Pros

      September is Life Insurance Awareness Month #LIAM!  Wink supports Life Insurance Awareness and will be joining in this month’s awareness campaign! We will be reprinting our CEO, Sheryl Moore’s most requested life insurance-focused articles all month long; they will be indicated with “reprint” in the title.  You’ll find these timeless articles are still relevant […]

    AuguStar(SM) Life expands distribution and marks entry into the brokerage channel

    {September 26th, 2023} by AuguStar Life

    CINCINNATI, Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — AuguStarSM Life, a Constellation company, announces it has entered the brokerage channel, further expanding its distribution footprint. This strategic move is part of AuguStar Life’s ongoing commitment to offering a wide range of top-tier insurance products to a broad range of financial professionals and their clients. AuguStar Life is building on a […]

    Fluff pieces for warm fuzzies

    {September 26th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Do not be fooled by insurance companies publishing a 1-2 pager about their inforce renewal rates. These are fluff pieces, intended to make you feel warm and fuzzy. If an insurance company TRULY publishes their inforce renewal rates, their history will include pages of interest rates/caps/pars/spreads on it. Know the difference. If the insurance company […]

    Go forth and multiply your giving

    {September 26th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Last week, I spent three hours with my middle son, volunteering for MEALS FROM THE HEARTLAND. Our group of volunteers packaged enough meals to feed 25,000 children for a year! It was competitive. It was fun. It was necessary. Teaching our children to have the heart of a volunteer is so important. Also, my son […]

    AmeriLife Wealth Announces New Distribution Growth and Wealth Transformation Division

    {September 26th, 2023} by AmeriLife Group, LLC

    LEARWATER, Fla. | September 19, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time  AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities, and retirement planning solutions, today announced the formation of Distribution Growth and Wealth Transformation, a newly created division within AmeriLife Wealth designed to support business development and organic growth, and […]

    Loss-Reversal Features Are the Latest ‘Must-Have’ for Buffered Variable Annuities

    {September 26th, 2023} by Cyril Tuohy

    “These dual strategies are providing additional ways for companies to innovate,” said Peter Lamond, variable annuity product director with Wink, which tracks the life and annuity market. The features offer clients not just protection, but some return in addition to protection, he said. For advisors looking to reassure clients, “down-is-up” features are a good selling point as […]

    Upstream Life Inks Annuity Reinsurance Deal with Buyer of Midwest Holding

    {September 26th, 2023} by Warren S. Hersch

    Market research firm Wink also named the insurer as the fastest-growing annuity issuer in the first quarter of 2020. The company’s annuity sales grew more than 130 times to reach $25 million from less than $200,000 in the same period the previous year. Click HERE to read the full story via Lif Annuity Specialist

    U.S attorney alleges obstruction, seeks stiffer sentence for ‘Annuity King’

    {September 26th, 2023} by John Hilton

    Government prosecutors are waging an escalating battle of obstruction charges against Phillip Roy Wasserman as a Florida judge prepares to sentence the former “Annuity King” on fraud charges. U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg filed a presentencing report with the District Court for the Middle District of Florida detailing a lengthy list of obstruction allegations against […]

    Why aren’t more women buying life insurance?

    {September 26th, 2023} by Ayo Mseka

    So what’s preventing more women from buying life insurance? That was the main question and topic for advice during a recent LinkedIn event. Executives from LIMRA and LOMA shared some useful insights into women’s ownership of life insurance and suggested a few steps advisors can take to persuade them to obtain life insurance or to […]

    Colorado Regulators Approve Life Insurance AI Rules

    {September 26th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    The Colorado Division of Insurance has approved a closely watched regulation that could affect how life insurers use outside vendors’ artificial intelligence systems, and any other outside sources of data or analytical technology, in life insurance underwriting. The new regulation prohibits life insurers from using data and tech from outside sources in a way that […]

    5 Trends Defining Success in the Life and Annuity Industries

    {September 26th, 2023} by Christopher Boorman

    The high inflation environment has consumers reevaluating their insurance and investments. As more financial services are transacted online, it gets easier to switch providers. These circumstances pressure the insurance and annuity industry and their advisors to find new opportunities for revenue generation, customer retention and satisfaction. Here’s what insurers you work with must keep in […]

    Goldman Sachs Sees the Birth of New Types of Annuities

    {September 26th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    Goldman Sachs analysts have spotted shadows of new types of annuities, or annuity-like products, spawning. The firm gives a glimpse of the children of today’s annuities in a summary of results from a survey of 138 annuity market players at 30 insurers. Click HERE to read the full story via ThinkAdvisor   Wink’s Moore on the Market: WTH […]

    John Hancock and Talcott Re Face Lawsuits Tied to 2017 Tax Cuts

    {September 26th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    Attorneys with Susman Godfrey have filed two federal lawsuits that could affect what happens to life insurance policy cost-of-insurance charges when tax rules change. In the suits, filed on behalf of policy owners against John Hancock and Talcott Re, the plaintiffs contend that insurers should have used the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 […]

    Life Insurance Awareness Month: Why It Should Be a Year-Round Event

    {September 26th, 2023} by Bob Mittel

    September is traditionally celebrated as Life Insurance Awareness Month, a time when individuals are encouraged to review their life insurance needs and assess their financial protection. While this annual event is essential, maybe it’s time to consider why it should be a year-round initiative focused on enhancing financial wellness and assisting clients in meeting all […]

    For 33rd consecutive year, Northwestern Mutual achieves highest-available financial strength ratings

    {September 26th, 2023} by Northwestern Mutual

    All four major ratings agencies recognize Northwestern Mutual as industry standout  MILWAUKEE, Sept. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — For more than 165 years, Northwestern Mutual’s superior financial strength has meant that policyowners can always count on the company to be there whenever they need. And recently, that proud legacy continued as AM Best, one of the nation’s leading financial […]

    Transamerica to Collaborate with Bestow to Enhance Financial Protection Offerings

    {September 26th, 2023} by Transamerica

    BALTIMORE, Sept. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Transamerica is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with Bestow, a leading technology company in the life insurance industry. Together, Transamerica and Bestow will offer customers an intuitive digital platform with enhanced self-service options for Transamerica’s life insurance products. Transamerica and Bestow have aligned behind the mission to empower people to […]

    Legacy Protectors Life Group Expands Holistic Insurance Offerings by Partnering with Integrity

    {September 26th, 2023} by Legacy Marketing Group

    Joining the Integrity partner platform offers agency of young, dynamic leaders an opportunity to expand through access to exclusive technology and mentorship of industry leaders DALLAS, Sept. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Integrity Marketing Group, LLC (“Integrity”), a leading distributor of life and health insurance, and provider of wealth management and retirement planning solutions, today announced it has partnered […]

    F&G Annuities & Life to Host Investor Day on October 3, 2023

    {September 26th, 2023} by F&G Annuities & Life, Inc.

    DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — F&G Annuities & Life, Inc. (NYSE: FG) (“F&G” or “Company”), a leading provider of insurance solutions serving retail annuity and life customers and institutional clients, today announced that it will host an Investor Day in New York City on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.  The event will feature presentations from F&G’s senior leadership team […]

    58% of Americans say they’d consider post-retirement employment to seek personal fulfillment: new Empower research

    {September 26th, 2023} by Empower

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Sept. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Over half (58%) of Americans (64% of Baby Boomers and Gen Xers) may be in the job market post-retirement, and are open to working indefinitely – but the reasons aren’t purely financial according to new research from Empower, a leader in financial planning, investing, and advice. Would-be working retirees are motivated […]

    Lincoln Financial Group Partners with UNCF to Launch a Scholar Development Program

    {September 26th, 2023} by Lincoln Financial Group

    RADNOR, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lincoln Financial Group’s (NYSE: LNC) Lincoln Financial Foundation and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) have partnered to establish the UNCF Lincoln Financial Scholars Program – a competitive career development program, focused on students studying at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The program was developed as part of Lincoln’s steadfast commitment to diversity, […]

    DPL Financial Partners acquiring AnnuityFix to help breakaway advisors retain annuity assets and better serve clients

    {September 26th, 2023} by DPL Financial Partners

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DPL Financial Partners, the leading commission-free insurance platform for RIAs, today announced that it is acquiring AnnuityFix and its affiliated broker-dealer, Johnstone Brokerage Services. The acquisition enhances DPL’s Breakaway Accelerator program, which allows financial advisors to transition their legacy annuity business to a fee-based business model, enabling many to go completely independent. DPL […]

    Upstream Life Insurance Company Announces $300 Million Transaction with Antarctica Capital

    {September 26th, 2023} by Upstream Life Insurance Company

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Upstream Life Insurance Company (the “Company”) announced that they have entered into an agreement under which the Company may cede up to $300 million of fixed annuity statutory reserves to Antarctica Capital. The reinsured block may consist of certain durations of the Company’s Secure Legacy MYGA statutory reserves over the 2023 and 2024 […]

    AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Kansas City Life Insurance Company and Its Subsidiaries

    {September 26th, 2023} by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” (Excellent) of Kansas City Life Insurance Company (KCL) (Kansas City, MO) [OTCQX: KCLI]. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is negative. Additionally, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of B++ (Good) […]

    Best’s Special Report: First-Half 2023 Net Income in U.S. Life/Annuity Insurance Industry Declines by More Than 39%

    {September 26th, 2023} by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Net income for U.S. life/annuity (L/A) insurance industry decreased by 39.5% in the first half of 2023, dropping to $13.2 billion from $21.9 billion in the same prior-year period, according to a new AM Best report. This financial review is detailed in a new Best’s Special Report, titled, “First Look: Six-Month 2023 U.S. Life/Annuity Financial Results,” and […]

    Reliable and Relevant: Reprint #LIAM

    {September 26th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    I will never forget the day when Grandfather came home with tears in his eyes, talking about his client who had died unexpectedly. You see, this client’s wife had just held my grandfather’s hand for hours, as people came through a funeral home, paying their last respects to her husband. She repeatedly thanked him, looking […]

    DPL Financial Partners acquiring AnnuityFix to help breakaway advisors retain annuity assets and better serve clients

    {September 26th, 2023} by DPL Financial Partners

    Founder Grant Johnstone joins RIA insurance platform as CCO LOUISVILLE, KY, September 20, 2023 – DPL Financial Partners, the leading commission-free insurance platform for RIAs, today announced that it is acquiring AnnuityFix and its affiliated broker-dealer, Johnstone Brokerage Services. The acquisition enhances DPL’s Breakaway Accelerator program, which allows financial advisors to transition their legacy annuity […]

    DROPPING SOME KNOWLEDGE ON UNIVERSAL LIFE PRODUCTS: REPRINT #LIAM

    {September 26th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Recently, one of the largest Field Marketing Organizations (FMOs) in the country asked for Wink’s help with a big premium financing case. While preparing to run illustrations for the study, our team reviewed the list of products that the FMO wanted to include. I was shocked to see that while all of the products were […]

    Faith-Based Advisors Seek Freedom to Be Their Full Selves at Work

    {September 26th, 2023} by Brianna Monsanto

    When Robert Netzly, chief executive officer of Inspire Investing, became interested in biblically responsible investing — a strategy that uses biblical morals and values to guide investment choices — and found that his then broker–dealer lacked products that aligned with this strategy, he felt he had two options: leave the industry or go independent. Click HERE to […]

    IAA Asks the SEC to Redefine ‘Small Advisor

    {September 26th, 2023} by Patrick Donachie

      The Investment Adviser Association wants the SEC to rethink how it classifies small businesses, a longstanding grievance that has gained new resonance in light of “the ongoing burden of regulations piling on top of each other,” according to its chief lawyer. IAA President and CEO Karen Barr sent a rulemaking petition to the commission this week, urging […]

    CFO Daily

    {September 26th, 2023} by Shawn Tully

    Good morning. Fortune senior correspondent Shawn Tully here.  Recently I spent time in the Manhattan offices of Apollo Global Management working on an in-depth look into CEO Marc Rowan’s ideas about where the investment world is heading. Nicknamed inside Apollo as “the professor,” Rowan, who is “slight of build and sporting an open-collared white shirt, describes his […]

    Legacy Marketing Group® Announces Addition of the S&P 500® IQ Index for Use With FIAs

    {September 19th, 2023} by Legacy Marketing Group

    PETALUMA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Legacy Marketing Group today announced the addition of S&P Dow Jones Indices’ S&P 500 IQ Index* for licensed use with fixed indexed annuities (FIAs). This index aims to provide exposure to the S&P 500 while applying an intraday volatility control mechanism. By choosing S&P DJI’s S&P 500 IQ Index for use with FIAs, […]

    Northwestern Mutual doubles down on commitment in the fight against childhood cancer, reignites social media #LemonTopChallenge for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    {September 19th, 2023} by Northwestern Mutual

    MILWAUKEE, Sept. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Every day, more than 1,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with childhood cancer. Today Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial services company, announced it is recommitting its efforts to help fund further research and provide support to patients, survivors and families through additional investments, a social media challenge and local activations in honor of Childhood […]

    Simplicity Continues Impressive Growth with the Acquisition of The Dempsey Companies

    {September 19th, 2023} by Simplicity Group

    SUMMIT, N.J., Sept. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Simplicity Group Holdings, Inc. (“Simplicity”) today announced the acquisition of The Dempsey Companies (“Dempsey”), comprised of insurance and securities businesses that operate under the Dempsey brand. With this transaction, Kay Dempsey becomes a Simplicity Partner. “We are thrilled to welcome Kay Dempsey and her team, who are nationally recognized for their years of service, […]

    Invictus Marketing Solutions Joins Integrity to Offer Industry-Leading Technology Solutions for Agents

    {September 19th, 2023} by Integrity Marketing Group, LLC

    Leading IMO partners with Integrity to create greater efficiencies for agents and utilize full-stack insurtech platform to accelerate growth DALLAS, Sept. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Integrity Marketing Group, LLC (“Integrity”), a leading distributor of life and health insurance, and provider of wealth management and retirement planning solutions, today announced it has partnered with Invictus Marketing Solutions (“Invictus”), a leading independent […]

    Northwestern Mutual Research Shows that Nearly Half of American Millionaires Believe Their Financial Plans Need Improvement, and a Third Think They Could Outlive Their Savings

    {September 19th, 2023} by Northwestern Mutual

    MILWAUKEE, Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Wealthy Americans don’t sit back and assume they have nothing to be concerned about financially, according to the latest findings from Northwestern Mutual’s 2023 Planning & Progress Study. U.S. adults aged 18+ with more than $1 million in investable assets are active, disciplined long-term planners who take very little for granted: nearly half (47%) […]

    Senior Market Sales® Adds EMG Insurance Brokerage to Growing Network of Health and Wealth Companies

    {September 19th, 2023} by Senior Market Sales

    OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Senior Market Sales® (SMS), one of the industry’s premier insurance marketing organizations (IMOs), has acquired EMG Insurance Brokerage, one of the oldest and most well-respected IMOs in the country. SMS President Jim Summers touted the new partnership as a major win for SMS and parent company Alliant Insurance Services as they build a network […]

    Sammons Financial Group Employees Deliver $175,000 to Area Charities

    {September 19th, 2023} by Sammons Financial Group

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. announced the results of its annual Community Outreach Program. The initiative, started in 2018, empowers employees to nominate their favorite local charities each spring. The employees who choose to make nominations are then given the opportunity to educate their coworkers on the mission of the organization and why they […]

    Diverse Investors Warm to Financial Advice

    {September 19th, 2023} by The Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

    MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) 2023 annual consumer survey of Americans’ views on retirement planning found that diverse Americans are re-engaging with professional financial advisors in 2023, rebounding from a drop reported in 2022. Allianz Life found that 36% of Black Americans reported having a professional financial advisor in […]

    FUNDING UNIVERSAL LIFE INSURANCE AT TARGET? YOU’RE MISSING THE POINT: REPRINT #LIAM

    {September 19th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    The following article is a reprint, originally written July 15, 2013 by Sheryl J. Moore: Throughout the past [20] years of working with universal life (UL) products, one comment in particular has been overheard far too often: “…fund this UL at [X percent] over target.” This comment is especially popular in the indexed life market, […]

    Does low knowledge of annuities help explain low adoption among advisors?

    {September 19th, 2023} by David Blanchett

    As advisors’ knowledge about annuities increases, so does their perception of these products. Click HERE to read the full story via InvestmentNews   Wink’s Moore on the Market:  My buddy David Blanchett is dropping some annuity knowledge this morning. Recent research indicates “advisors with low knowledge of annuities don’t think there is interest and therefore demand for […]

    Overall takeaway: buffer strategies offer more risk, but greater potential for returns.

    {September 19th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    My one and only PGIM homey- David Blanchett, is all over my LinkedIn! This time, he is discussing structured annuities (a.k.a. RILAs). Click HERE to read RILAs: Buffers are still much better than floors Now remember- with a structured annuity that has a floor on losses, “the downside is limited to a stated percentage, such as […]

    “Insurancism”

    {September 19th, 2023} by Michelle Richter-GordonMichelle Richter-Gordon

    In the InsuranceNewsNet article below, John Hilton accurately cites me as saying: “We [insurance experts] deserve parity with financial professionals,” MRG said. “We deserve ‘insurance advisement’ as an additional regulatory frame that could be used just as financial professionals may hold both a brokerage [noun-sale] and advisement [verb-sale] affiliation.”  

    We Need Help Growing Life Insurance Distribution: REPRINT #LIAM

    {September 19th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Originally posted February 5, 2011 by Sheryl J. Moore Most of you know that I am passionate about indexed life insurance and indexed annuities. However, I am passionate about insurance products in general. In fact, one of the things that I am MOST passionate about is growing our distribution! Not so long ago, life insurance […]

    Sound Investments: 31 rap/R&B songs about money and wealth

    {September 19th, 2023} by Justin L Mack

    In the immortal words of legendary rapper, actor and Future Proof Festival headliner Method Man, “cash rules everything around me.” To close out the summer with a bang — and plenty of head nods — the staff of Financial Planning has spent some of September crafting our inaugural “Sound Investments” playlist series. Released every Friday of the month, the […]

    Does Life Insurance Cover Suicide?

    {September 19th, 2023} by Barbara Marquand

    Along with the profound and painful questions that follow the loss of a loved one from suicide, there are practical and financial issues to address, too. If the loved one had life insurance, a common question is whether the policy will still cover the death. In general, there is coverage if your loved one: Had […]

    Death Benefit Claim Fail #LIAM Reprint

    {September 19th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

      As the nation’s top expert on life insurance and annuity products, I have spent a great deal of my time over the last couple of decades pouring-over specimen contracts and prospectuses. It’s what I do. It’s why I’m the life of the party.   Given that, I am going to admit to you one […]

    Out of the Darkness

    {September 19th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Yesterday was an emotionally exhausting day. I participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s central Iowa Out of the Darkness walk. This walk is intended to raise money for suicide prevention. I have walked every year since my son killed himself. Usually, I am overcome with sadness because of the loss of my firstborn. Yesterday […]

    Salt Financial and Nasdaq Expand Nasdaq-100 Volatility Control Indexes Suite for Insurance Companies: An Alternative for Fixed Index Annuities

    {September 19th, 2023} by Salt Financial and Nasdaq

    GREENWICH, Conn., Sept. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Salt Financial and Nasdaq, Inc. are proud to announce the launch of the Nasdaq-100 Volatility Control™ Indexes, designed exclusively for insurance companies. This suite expands the existing offering to include additional volatility targets to help solidify its position as a versatile solution for insurance companies looking to offer access to the […]

    Be leery of high illustrated returns.

    {September 19th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Reading a class action lawsuit filing and came across a point that I have made in the past. “If buying options [on indexed insurance products] is so incredibly profitable…then why doesn’t everyone do it and why aren’t life insurers employing this strategy to generate higher returns in their own general accounts?” ***********************Be leery of high […]

    NC regulators release $1.2B from former Lindberg insurers in receivership

    {September 19th, 2023} by John Hilton

    North Carolina regulators are releasing funds to long-suffering policyholders who own life insurance and annuities with insurers formerly controlled by Greg Lindberg. The insurers are now in receivership as regulators and investigators continue to unravel Lindberg’s complex web of companies and investments. Lindberg faces several counts of fraud and attempted bribery of North Carolina Insurance […]

    DOL not done defending existing investment advice rules in court

    {September 19th, 2023} by John Hilton

    Just days after sending its new fiduciary rule out for review, the Department of Labor alerted a Texas judge that it isn’t done defending the legality of existing rules. The DOL filed a brief reiterating its defense of investment advice rules published during the Trump administration. Those rules were sued in Florida and Texas upon taking effect […]

    DOL fiduciary rule likely to tinker with popular exemption, analysts say

    {September 19th, 2023} by John Hilton

    In a world where regulations and rules come and go at a dizzying pace, Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 achieved legendary status in the life insurance and annuity space. Created in 1977 and amended several times over the years, PTE 84-24 allows producers to receive commissions when retirement plans and IRAs purchase insurance and annuity contracts. […]

    John Hancock steps up redefining life insurance with ‘Longevity Symposium’

    {September 19th, 2023} by John Forcucci

    BOSTON – Beginning in 2018, John Hancock turned life insurance on its head by making the act of buying life insurance as much about living a longer and healthier life as about preparing for death. Yesterday, the company, a unit of Toronto-based Manulife, took yet another step on this journey, hosting its first Longevity Symposium in its […]

    LIMRA: Record number of Americans plan to purchase life insurance

    {September 19th, 2023} by John Hilton

    The life insurance story in the United States is some good news offset by a little bit of bad news. First, the bad news: Just 52% of U.S. adults report having life insurance, down from 63% in 2011, LIMRA reported. On the plus side, a record-high number of Americans (39%) say they plan to purchase […]

    Life Happens celebrates 20th Life Insurance Awareness Month with a focus on single parents

    {September 19th, 2023} by Life Happens

    Washington, D.C. — Life Happens, a national nonprofit committed to educating people about the importance of life insurance, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Life Insurance Awareness Month this September. This annual initiative helps people understand the key role life insurance plays in a financially secure future and that it is both affordable and easy […]

    Annuity Constraints Can Be the Client’s Friend

    {September 19th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    Keeping something like the current annuity surrender charge system could work better for many clients than trying to develop new contracts without any restrictions on what clients do with their money. Mike Reidy, head of RIA distribution at Security Benefit, included that suggestion in a recent email interview. One question was about the ultimate outcome […]

    Indexed Life Insurance Sales Climbed 7.6% Since Q2 2022: Wink

    {September 13th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    Some of the same forces that have been increasing indexed annuities in recent years pushed up sales of indexed life insurance in the second quarter, according to new survey data from Wink. Sales of the kinds of U.S. individual non-variable, cash-value life insurance policies that Wink tracks increased 7.6% between the second quarter of 2022 […]

    Life Insurers Ride Brisk Sales in Second Quarter, Wink Says

    {September 13th, 2023} by Warren S. Hersch

    In a press statement, Sheryl Moore, CEO of Wink and Moore Market Intelligence, said that indexed-life sales mirrored the record-setting pace of fixed-indexed annuities. “If sales keep setting records like this, the par whole life carriers will have no choice but to develop their own indexed solution,” she said, referencing insurers of participating whole life products that […]

    Finseca: September is Life Insurance Awareness Month

    {September 13th, 2023} by Finseca

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and the perfect time for you to think about your financial security plan. Life insurance is often overlooked, despite it being a fundamental component of a sound financial strategy. Whether you’re looking to cover your final expenses, pay off debts, provide for your family, or leave […]

    Industry accuses SEC of ‘outright hostile’ regulatory approach to technology

    {September 13th, 2023} by John Hilton

    Industry trade organizations blasted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “continued war on technology” in a comment letter addressing a new SEC rule proposal. Thirteen trade and industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, signed the Monday letter urging the SEC to withdraw its proposed rule, Conflicts of Interest Associated with the Use of Predictive […]

    DOL sends new fiduciary rule to the White House for review

    {September 13th, 2023} by John Hilton

    The Department of Labor sent its long-delayed fiduciary rule rewrite to the White House Office of Management and Budget late Friday. The move signals that the DOL has completed the rule, although its details are still unknown. OMB is charged with reviewing all rules for compliance with administration goals and budgetary priorities.  Click HERE to […]

    iCover Expands Into Annuities, With or Without Agents

    {September 13th, 2023} by Aaron Smith

    For example, PlanEasy announced in July that it launched Annuity Marketplace, an online platform to sell multi-year guaranteed annuities, or MYGAs. But according to Wink CEO Sheryl Moore, direct-to-consumer sales are only a tiny sliver of the annuity market, representing just 0.4% of deferred annuity sales in the fourth quarter of 2022. Click HERE to read the full story via Life […]

    U.S. Life Application Activity Inched Higher in August: MIB

    {September 13th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    U.S. individual life insurance application activity continued to be stronger for younger consumers than for older consumers in August, and the overall level of year-over-year change was an increase of 1.8%, according to MIB Group. MIB is an organization that helps life insurers with the underwriting process. It uses its application processing activity levels to […]

    MassMutual’s Digital Agency Makes Distribution Deals

    {September 13th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    Haven Life is ignoring the recent gloom about insurance technology companies and adding distribution relationships. MassMutual’s New York-based digital life insurance agency announced two new distribution alliances Monday. Click HERE to read the full story via Think Advisor

    10 States Where Annuity Sales Rules Still Look Different

    {September 13th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    Ateam at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners has posted a new map that hints at whether the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will get a new chance to regulate fixed annuities in at least some states. Drafters created the map to show which states have adopted the 2020 update to the NAIC’s Suitability in […]

    TIAA Thought Leader Goes Solo to Help Advisors Use Annuities

    {September 13th, 2023} by John Manganaro

    This week, former TIAA managing director Tamiko Toland took to LinkedIn to announce the launch of a new consulting practice exclusively focused on helping the advisor industry better utilize annuities, both in the institutional retirement plan and retail advice settings. “Whether the focus is product development, concept framing or ‘nerdy marketing,’ please reach out!” Toland […]

    Prudential, Warburg Pincus Team Up to Back New Reinsurer

    {September 13th, 2023} by Allison McNeely

    Prudential Financial Inc. and Warburg Pincus are among investors that contributed a combined $1 billion of equity to create a Bermuda-based reinsurer, Prismic Life Reinsurance Ltd. In its first deal, Prismic is taking on $10 billion of structured settlement annuity contracts from Prudential, freeing up capital for it to write new insurance business. The transaction […]

    Jamie Hopkins to Exit Carson Group

    {September 13th, 2023} by Jeff Berman

    Jamie Hopkins is stepping down as Carson Group managing partner of wealth solutions at the end of September to join a local firm closer to home in October, where he will be able to spend more time with family and less time traveling, he told ThinkAdvisor on Tuesday morning. Hopkins, who declined to name the […]

    THE BASICS ON INDEXED UNIVERSAL LIFE: Reprint for #LIAM

    {September 13th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    February 7, 2011 It has been nearly thirty years since consumers were first offered the benefits of Universal Life (UL) and with UL came flexibility in premium payments, death benefit options, coverage amounts, and all sorts of other things that they never dreamed of. UL was the beginning of a whole new world of product […]

    BUY TERM AND “INVEST” THE REST WITH INDEXED UNIVERSAL LIFE: Reprint #LIAM

    {September 13th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    For as long as I’ve been handling my own finances, I’ve been hearing that people should “buy term and invest the difference.” I have never really taken stock in the concept. I mean, I am a financial services professional that cut her teeth on whole life, but who would adopt this theory centered around buying […]

    Innovative sales strategies: Stories wanted

    {September 13th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    My friend Pam Sheehan is the brilliant individual behind Aspire Magazine. She is searching for submissions for her “Raising the Bar” sales stories. Specifically, she is looking for the innovative sales strategies and processes that are raising the bar in our profession. Sales efforts by advisors in life insurance, LTC, DI, annuities, or senior markets that have made […]

    Symetra Named a Fortune 2023 Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance™

    {September 13th, 2023} by Symetra

      September 11, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Symetra Life Insurance Company announced that Fortune® magazine and Great Place to Work®, the global authority on workplace culture, have recognized Symetra as one of the 2023 Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance™. Symetra was among the top 50 organizations in the best large […]

    Agam Capital Advises PFI in Its Formation and Launch of Prismic Life Reinsurance, Ltd.

    {September 13th, 2023} by Agam Capital Management, LLC

    TEANECK, N.J. & NEWARK, N.J. & HAMILTON, Bermuda–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Agam Capital (“Agam”), an analytics driven platform strategically partnering with insurance companies to explore opportunities to enhance their financial flexibility, is advising Prudential Financial, Inc. (“PFI”), a US-based global financial services leader and premier active global investment manager, in the formation and launch of Prismic Life Reinsurance, […]

    Prudential Financial, Inc. and Warburg Pincus announce launch of Prismic Life Re

    {September 13th, 2023} by Prudential

    NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) (Prudential) and Warburg Pincus today announced the launch of Prismic Life Reinsurance, Ltd. (Prismic), a licensed Class E Bermuda-based life and annuity reinsurance company. Prudential and Warburg Pincus, together with a group of investors, have agreed to make equity investments in Prismic and will oversee its long-term strategy through participation […]

    Lincoln Financial Group shares three actions consumers can take now to prioritize protection during Life Insurance Awareness Month

    {September 13th, 2023} by Lincoln Financial Group

    RADNOR, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consumers report that taking care of their families financially is a top priority, yet 68% are prioritizing other financial goals or investments ahead of life insurance, according to new research from Lincoln Financial Group1 (NYSE: LNC). During Life Insurance Awareness Month throughout September, Lincoln Financial is offering three actions consumers can take now to make life […]

    Delaware Life Accelerator Prime® Variable Annuity Named Barron’s Best Annuities and Due Diligence Works’ #1 Annuity for Income

    {September 13th, 2023} by Group 1001

    WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Delaware Life Accelerator Prime® Variable Annuity (the APVA) has been named Best Annuities: Guaranteed Income with Some Flexibility, Liquidity, and Growth Potential by Barron’s. The list includes “annuities with the most competitive payouts or guarantees, all offered by insurers with top credit ratings.” The article highlights the APVA as a standout. This is […]

    Advisor Focus: Preparation, Not Prediction

    {September 13th, 2023} by Doug Wolff

    Financial advisors and their clients should have a continual focus on portfolio preparation, and not so much on prediction, as we look ahead to 2024 and beyond. Protecting clients’ assets by rethinking 60/40 portfolios and utilizing products that offer risk protection can help weather a variety of potential market outcomes. This is especially important for […]

    UCL Financial Group reaches 100-year milestone

    {September 13th, 2023} by Ameritas

    LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — UCL Financial Group is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, marking a historic achievement for the Memphis-based agency. Throughout its history, the UCL Financial Group has had an impact on its clients’ lives and continues as a business that can be reliable for generations. From working with farmers in the Mississippi Delta during […]

    The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company named to 2023 Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance List

    {September 13th, 2023} by Penn Mutual

    HORSHAM, Pa., Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company (Penn Mutual), a Fortune 1000 company, is proud to be selected by Great Place To Work® and Fortune for the 2023 Fortune Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance™ List. This is Penn Mutual’s first time being named to this prestigious list. Penn Mutual is ranked among the […]

    Simplicity Acquires Breakthrough Insurance Group and Welcomes Tim Kelly as Partner

    {September 13th, 2023} by Simplicity Group

    SUMMIT, N.J., Sept. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Simplicity Group Holdings, Inc. (“Simplicity”) today announced that it has acquired Breakthrough Insurance Group (“BIG”), a New Jersey-based full-service life, annuity, and long-term care insurance general agency. With this deal, Tim Kelly becomes Simplicity’s newest Partner. “Tim has built a strong team who will immediately benefit from access to Simplicity’s array of carriers, […]

    Annuity Riders, Explained

    {September 13th, 2023} by Roger Wohlner

    Annuity riders are add-ons that can be used to enhance and customize the benefits of an annuity contract to better align the contract with your client’s needs. There are a variety of annuity riders available across the insurance industry. However, not all riders are available from every company or for all types of annuity contracts. […]

    Penn Mutual expands offerings with Survivorship Protection Variable Universal Life

    {September 13th, 2023} by Penn Mutual

    HORSHAM, Pa. , Sept. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company (Penn Mutual), a Fortune 1000 company, has announced the addition of Survivorship Protection Variable Universal Life (SPVUL). Issued through Penn Mutual’s wholly-owned subsidiary, The Penn Insurance and Annuity Company, this last-survivor permanent life insurance product provides guaranteed lifetime protection for two people plus the […]

    Delaware Life Accelerator Prime® Variable Annuity Named Barron’s Best Annuities and Due Diligence Works’ #1 Annuity for Income

    {September 13th, 2023} by Group 1001

    WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Delaware Life Accelerator Prime® Variable Annuity (the APVA) has been named Best Annuities: Guaranteed Income with Some Flexibility, Liquidity, and Growth Potential by Barron’s. The list includes “annuities with the most competitive payouts or guarantees, all offered by insurers with top credit ratings.” The article highlights the APVA as a standout. This is […]

    Annuities Have an Awareness Problem: Why That Matters

    {September 13th, 2023} by Jason Fichtner and Jean Statler

    In the 1934 comedy classic It’s a Gift, W.C. Fields’ character encounters an aggressive, slick-talking annuities salesman in an indelible scene that helped shape a negative perception of the product. Despite decades of product innovation and the adoption of industry-wide operating principles benefiting consumers, some would have you believe that selling annuities has changed little […]

    Simplicity Welcomes Susan Cimini as the Group’s Newest Partner with the Acquisition of Hancock Brokerage

    {September 13th, 2023} by Simplicity Group

    SUMMIT, N.J., Sept. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Simplicity Group Holdings, Inc. (“Simplicity”) today announced the acquisition of Hancock Brokerage (“Hancock”). Based in Louisiana and specializing in life insurance and life settlements, Hancock is led by Susan Cimini who becomes a Simplicity Partner following this transaction. “During the process of building a thriving business, Susie has proven herself to be a leader in […]

    Milliman’s 2023 Variable Annuity Industry Experience Studies show policyholder behavior is highly sensitive to interest rates and benefit guarantees

    {September 13th, 2023} by Milliman, Inc.

    SEATTLE, Sept. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, today announced the results of its two 2023 Variable Annuity Industry Experience Studies, which analyze policyholder behavior across 22 companies spanning 15 years. The two studies cover surrender behavior and partial withdrawals, focusing on income utilization for guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit (GLWB) […]

    Senior Market Sales® Adds EMG Insurance Brokerage to Growing Network of Health and Wealth Companies

    {September 13th, 2023} by Senior Market Sales

    OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Senior Market Sales® (SMS), one of the industry’s premier insurance marketing organizations (IMOs), has acquired EMG Insurance Brokerage, one of the oldest and most well-respected IMOs in the country. SMS President Jim Summers touted the new partnership as a major win for SMS and parent company Alliant Insurance Services as they build a network […]

    RILAs: Buffers are Still Much Better than Floors

    {September 13th, 2023} by David Blanchett

    Registered index-linked annuities (RILAs), also called indexed-variable annuities and structured annuities, continue to gather significant assets. I originally released a paper for the Alliance for Lifetime Income, as well as series of articles in Advisor Perspectives (see here, here, here and here), exploring RILAs in April 2021. In one particular article, I noted that buffer RILAs were significantly more efficient than floor RILAs. These […]

    Tess Grace Joins Integrity as President of Integrity Life

    {September 13th, 2023} by Integrity Marketing Group, LLC

    Experienced, top-tier executive will lead Integrity’s efforts to provide innovative life insurance solutions to agents and consumers as part of its holistic life, health and wealth mission DALLAS, Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Integrity Marketing Group, LLC (“Integrity”), a leading distributor of life and health insurance, and provider of wealth management and retirement planning solutions, today […]

    Pros and cons of annuities as havens amid recent market turmoil

    {September 13th, 2023} by Dan Shaw

    Annuities may be enjoying unprecedented popularity in this time of economic uncertainty and rising interest rates. But that doesn’t necessarily mean every advisor should join the crowd and rush to add them to their clients’ portfolios. Click HERE to read the full story via Financial Planning

    Annuities Can Be Tricky for Advisors to Buy and Manage. How Insurers Hope to Change That.

    {September 6th, 2023} by Karen Hube

    Annuity companies have been trying to win over more wealth managers and independent investment advisors for years. They have lowered contract expenses, built new types of annuities to address common retirement planning risks, and created fee-based versions of traditional commissioned annuities. Now, annuities look better than ever after rising interest rates boosted payouts and guarantees. […]

    Indexed life sales up 28%, drives strong Q2 for life insurance, Wink says

    {September 6th, 2023} by Staff Reports

    “Like indexed annuities, indexed life is setting sales records,” said Sheryl J. Moore, CEO of both Moore Market Intelligence and Wink, Inc. “If sales keep setting records like this, the par whole life carriers will have no choice but to develop their own indexed solution.” Click HERE to read the full story via INN  

    A.M. Best, S&P Global Ratings Each Affirm Strong Performance by OneAmerica

    {September 5th, 2023} by OneAmerica

    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — OneAmerica® today announced that A.M. Best and S&P Global Ratings have each separately recognized American United Life Insurance Company® (AUL) and its affiliate The State Life Insurance Company® (State Life), both OneAmerica companies, for their financial strength. A.M. Best affirmed an A+ (Superior) rating, which is the second-highest of 15 rating […]

    Enhancing Executive Retention Strategies Through Indexed Universal Life Insurance

    {September 5th, 2023} by Laurence Williams

    Businesses serve as the lifeblood of our economy, driving innovation and progress. In the intricate landscape of business, cultivating and retaining top-level executives is pivotal for sustained growth and success. As a financial advisor, you’re well aware of the multifaceted challenges businesses face in attracting and keeping valuable talent. In this article we’ll delve into […]

    Broker Words—September 2023

    {September 5th, 2023} by Broker World

    I was saddened, as will be the NAILBA community and many in our industry, to learn recently of the April passing of a vibrant and engaging jewel of the brokerage business, Melinda Meyer. Melinda graduated from Illinois State University with a BS in Special Education and Psychology. She began her career in Florida as a […]

    A Little About “RILAs”

    {September 5th, 2023} by Charlie Gipple

    Much of what I write about is derived from what I hear from the hundreds of agents that work with my company as their IMO. With that, something that has come up a lot in recent months from many of my agents is the topic of RILAs, or Registered Indexed Linked Annuities. The two questions […]

    Whole Life: The Foundation Of A Successful Plan For Retirement And Legacy

    {September 5th, 2023} by Kip Kip Walker

    Most families are concerned about retirement and what they will leave behind for their loved ones when they are gone. Will they have enough income to maintain their standard of living in retirement? Will they have to work into their 70s to afford retirement? Will they ever be able to retire? Will they be able […]

    RILAs: How Do Insurance Companies Do It?

    {September 5th, 2023} by Charlie Gipple

    One of the most popular whitepapers that I have created for financial professionals is titled Indexed Products: How the Watch Is Built. This whitepaper speaks to how insurance companies price fixed indexed products (annuities and life). In this whitepaper, I effectively create an indexed annuity based on today’s interest rates and options prices. Click HERE to […]

    Risk Management & Insurance Major

    {September 5th, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Look at who now offers an insurance and risk management undergrad program! So excited by this, University of Iowa! -sjm   Risk Management & Insurance Major This major begins Fall 2023 Understand risks, reap big rewards To make smart decisions about any project, businesses need to look at what might go wrong and come up with […]

    ‘Annuity King’ sentencing delayed a month to permit character witnesses

    {September 5th, 2023} by John Hilton

    Sentencing for Phillip Roy Wasserman, the self-styled “Annuity King” convicted on fraud charges, was postponed until Oct. 5. Wasserman had been scheduled for sentencing Wednesday, with the government recommending a prison term of 324 to 405 months. Instead, Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell granted Wasserman’s motion for a continuance so that four out-of-town witnesses can testify […]

    Annuities can help manage income risks in retirement

    {September 5th, 2023} by Susan Rupe

    During their years in the workforce, employees spend decades accumulating retirement savings. But when it’s time to retire, the focus switches from accumulating savings to generating retirement income. The challenge is to develop a retirement income strategy that provides a desired lifestyle without concern over running out of money. Click HERE to read the full […]

    12 Cheapest States for Retirees — 2023

    {September 5th, 2023} by Michael S. Fischer

    How much money to save for retirement is a top-of-mind concern for most Americans at a time when inflation and market volatility are impeding their ability to save. In fact, 55% of participants in a Bankrate survey reported that their savings are not where they should be, and 35% acknowledged that they are seriously behind. For these, relocating to […]

    TIAA Hit With Second Class-Action Suit Over MOVEit Hack

    {September 5th, 2023} by Melanie Waddell

    TIAA has been hit with a second lawsuit over a data breach related to the cyberattacking exploiting MOVEit file-transfer software. The first suit was filed on Aug. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of former and current employees of companies that used TIAA to process benefits. Click HERE […]

    Honor a Loved One for Life Insurance Awareness Month

    {September 5th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    Life Happens wants to help people think about death by asking them to honor loved ones who have died. The nonprofit, Washington-based insurance education group has set up a memory wall website to support this year’s Life Insurance Awareness Month campaign, which start[ed September 1st.] Click HERE to read the full story via Think Advisor

    Wink, Inc. Releases Second Quarter, 2023 Life Sales Results

    {September 5th, 2023} by Allison Bell

    Some of the same forces that have been increasing indexed annuities in recent years pushed up sales of indexed life insurance in the second quarter, according to new survey data from Wink. Sales of the kinds of U.S. individual non-variable, cash-value life insurance policies that Wink tracks increased 7.6% between the second quarter of 2022 and […]

    Morningstar Researcher Casts Doubt on Exotic Index Performance

    {September 5th, 2023} by Cyril Tuohy

    At the end of last year, there were 157 different indexes upon which consumers could earn interest on a fixed-indexed annuity, according to Wink’s AnnuitySpecs tool. Click HERE to read the full story via Life Annuity Specialist

    Principal Financial Group Inc. Buys 8,997 Shares of F&G Annuities & Life, Inc. (NYSE:FG)

    {September 5th, 2023} by Defense World

    Principal Financial Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of F&G Annuities & Life, Inc. (NYSE:FG – Free Report) by 4.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 191,251 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 8,997 shares during the […]

    I Give a Damn About Life Insurance – You Should Too! #LIAM Reprint

    {September 2nd, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Starting out in the insurance industry 20 years ago, there was one thing that I learned quickly and that was life insurance was a necessity. Life insurance guards against the risk of dying unexpectedly. And let’s face it – we’re all going to die. For that reason alone, I thought that I should purchase life […]

    The Inconceivable Life Lesson #LIAM Reprint

    {September 2nd, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

    He was not yet four years old when my manager in the home office sat me down and suggested that I purchase life insurance for my oldest child, my only son, AJ. It seemed strange to me to consider his death. Why would I want to purchase life insurance on my child? I would predecease him. This […]

    Special Edition! A note from Wink

    {September 1st, 2023} by Wink's Intel Pros

    We delayed the newsletter this week to coincide with the publishing of Wink’s Sales & Market Report’s life insurance sales report. Check it out HERE! Be sure to read our CEO’s Sheryl Moore’s much-requested compiled information on annuity issuer’s CEO compensation. Click HERE to read! September is Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) and starting with next […]

    SECOND QUARTER 2023 LIFE INSURANCE SALES

    {September 1st, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

      Non-Variable UL Sales for the second quarter of 2023 were $827 million, compared with sales of $790 million for the second quarter of 2022. Second quarter non-variable life sales were up more than 13% when compared to the previous quarter and up nearly 5% as compared to the same period last year. Total 2Q2023 […]

    Wink, Inc. Releases Second Quarter, 2023 Life Sales Results

    {September 1st, 2023} by Wink's Press Release

    — FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION — NEWS RELEASE INDEXED LIFE SALES SET TO BREAK RECORDS IN 2023 Wink, Inc. Releases Second Quarter, 2023 Life Sales Results Des Moines, Iowa. August 31, 2023– Wink, Inc. released the second quarter, 2023 life sales results in its 104th edition of Wink’s Sales & Market Report. Wink’s Sales & Market Report […]

    Allianz, Athene and Corebridge Lead 2Q Fixed-Indexed Annuity Sales

    {September 1st, 2023} by Cyril Tuohy

    Second-quarter sales of fixed-indexed annuities surged 28% from a year ago to $25.1 billion with three familiar carriers at the top of the league table, market researcher Wink reported Thursday. Allianz Life was the top-selling fixed-indexed annuity company followed by Athene and Corebridge Financial, which was spun off from American International Group last September, according to Wink’s Sales & Market Report. Click HERE to […]

    Solving the retirement planning puzzle — With Todd Taylor

    {September 1st, 2023} by Paul Feldman

    Todd Taylor, as head of New York Life’s retail annuities business, has helped shape the business for an industry leader that had more than $22 billion in sales in 2022. He believes being a mutual company has given New York Life an advantage over competitors in riding the recent annuity juggernaut. He has spent about […]

    North American Company Announces New Goldman Sachs Index

    {September 1st, 2023} by North American Company for Life and Health Insurance

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, a member company of Sammons® Financial Group, announced a new crediting index sponsored by Goldman Sachs. The Goldman Sachs Equity TimeX Index (the “Index”) offers exposure to the equity market while providing greater option-cost stability through volatility control and an excess return structure. The Index uses calendar-based […]

    Jackson Refines Perspective Variable Annuity Benefit Suite

    {September 1st, 2023} by Jackson National Life Insurance Company

    LANSING, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®), the main operating subsidiary of Jackson Financial Inc.1 (NYSE: JXN), today announced the launch of Flex Suite, a streamlined and simplified menu of add-on living benefits available within the Perspective family of variable annuity products. Flex Suite includes 14 options of add-on living benefits. Each of these options […]

    Mixed expectations for impending DOL fiduciary rule

    {September 1st, 2023} by John Hilton

    The Department of Labor stayed silent Wednesday on a new fiduciary rule rewrite it promised to unveil by the end of August. Now termed “Conflict of Interest in Investment Advice,” the much-delayed rule proposal remained docked in the “Proposed Rule Stage.” Anticipation remains sky high for financial professionals, not all of whom are opposed to […]

    Life insurance shows potential to solve growing LTC concerns

    {September 1st, 2023} by John Hilton

    Life insurance is a versatile product that Americans use for protection, tax planning, a savings tool and many other important life planning options. Of late, Americans are turning to life insurance to solve long-term care concerns as well. While life insurance-LTC combo products have existed for years, recent activism on LTC issues is pushing these […]

    LIMRA: Young people want life insurance, but aren’t buying it

    {September 1st, 2023} by John Hilton

    The concept of life insurance sells itself and always has. Few Americans argue against the idea of setting aside a few dollars for protection against the financial consequences of an untimely death. Converting that popular concept into a life insurance sale is where the difficulty comes in. It’s a difficulty many producers are currently having […]

    Charting the course of life insurance

    {September 1st, 2023} by John Forcucci

    Rising interest rates have not helped life insurance in the same way they have helped other investment products, according to Wink’s Sheryl Moore “My take is that the life insurance products haven’t been able to take advantage of increased rates as much, just because they primarily use portfolio crediting rather than new money,” Moore explained. […]

    What other reasons do you think have led to the decline in sales of life insurance?

    {September 1st, 2023} by Sheryl J. Moore

     Charting the Course of Life Insurance, John Forcucci‘s Letter From the Editor in InsuranceNewNet Magazine, outlines possible reasons for the decline in life insurance sales. John correctly points to the fact that there is a huge portion of our country that are underserved. He hits the nail on the head that companies are focusing on cash […]

    Lawmakers Tell DOL to ‘Cease’ Work on New Fiduciary Rule

    {September 1st, 2023} by Melanie Waddell

    Top lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee told Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su on Thursday to “cease further action” on a new fiduciary rule. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., ranking member of the HELP Committee, and Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., chairwoman of the Education […]

    12 Fast Facts About Annuity Issuers’ Graders

    {September 1st, 2023} by Allison Bell

    Ateam at the Society of Actuaries has come out with a critical new tool for annuity professionals: a guide to the insurance rating process. Your clients are looking at annuities because they’re hungry for retirement income guarantees. But, as all annuity issuers state near any mention of guarantees, the guarantees depend on the strength of […]

    Finseca Applauds FSP, Life Happens, and NAIFA’s Intent to Merge

    {September 1st, 2023} by Finseca

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 24, 2023) – Today, Finseca issued the following statement of support after The Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP), Life Happens, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) announced their intent to merge. “On behalf of our Board of Directors, team, and the membership at Finseca, I want to offer […]

    Annexus CEO Ron Shurts & Zebra Capital’s Roger Ibbotson Ring the NYSE Closing Bell in Celebration of the 6-Year Anniversary of the NYSE Zebra Edge Index

    {September 1st, 2023} by Annexus

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Annexus CEO and co-founder Ron Shurts and renowned economist Prof. Roger Ibbotson had the honor of ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, Aug. 21, in celebration of six years of the NYSE® Zebra Edge® Index. Annexus, a leading independent developer of financial and insurance products, and Zebra Capital Management, an esteemed […]

    NAIFA to boost training and education through proposed merger

    {September 1st, 2023} by Tobias Salinger

    The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors would reach nearly 20,000 members through a merger with two other organizations that’s up for a vote this fall. NAIFA, an Arlington, Virginia-based networking, certification and advocacy organization for financial advisors, insurance agents and their firms, would absorb two other groups it has already collaborated with over […]

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