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  • AM Best Places Credit Ratings of Delaware Life Insurance Company of New York Under Review With Negative Implications

    {November 22nd, 2022} by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) of Delaware Life Insurance Company of New York (DLNY) (New York, NY). DLNY is being placed under review with negative implications following its announced sale to Nassau Financial Group, […]

    AM Best Comments on Credit Ratings of Nassau Financial Group, L.P.’s Insurance Subsidiaries Following Announcement of Delaware Life Insurance Company of New York Acquisition

    {November 22nd, 2022} by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has commented that the Credit Ratings (ratings) of The Nassau Companies of New York, Inc. and its insurance subsidiaries, Nassau Life Insurance Company (New York, NY), Nassau Life and Annuity Company (Hartford, CT) and Nassau Life Insurance Company of Kansas (Overland Park, KS) (collectively referred to as the Nassau Insurance Group [Nassau]), […]

    Fidelity National Financial Announces “When-Issued” Trading Of Subsidiary F&G Annuities & Life, Inc. In Connection With Planned Partial Spin-Off

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Fidelity National Financial, Inc.; F&G Annuities & Life, Inc.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) (“FNF” or the “Company”), a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries and a leading provider of insurance solutions serving retail annuity and life customers and institutional clients through FNF’s wholly-owned subsidiary, F&G Annuities & Life, Inc. […]

    Nassau Financial Group to Acquire Delaware Life Insurance Company of New York

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Nassau

    Transaction adds scale as Nassau expands its New York insurance business Nassau Financial Group, L.P. (“Nassau”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for its subsidiary, Nassau Life Insurance Company (“NNY”), to acquire Delaware Life Insurance Company of New York (“DLNY”) from Delaware Life Insurance Company (“Delaware Life”). NNY and DLNY are […]

    NC judge puts Greg Lindberg insurance companies into liquidation

    {November 22nd, 2022} by John Hilton

    A North Carolina Superior Court judge placed two financially impaired insurance companies once led by disgraced billionaire Greg Lindberg into liquidation Monday.   The Wake County Superior Court order places Colorado Bankers Life Insurance Co. and Bankers Life Insurance Co. into liquidation. In issuing the order, Judge Graham Shirley granted a Nov. 1 request made […]

    Assured Allies Launches NeverStop, Creating a New Era of Successful Aging for the Growing, Wellness-Motivated 55+ Market

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Assured Allies

    BOSTON and TEL AVIV, November 15, 2022 – Assured Allies, creators of the first successful aging platform through evidence-based interventions, today announced the launch of NeverStop, a science-backed wellness program designed to create the next generation of long-term care (LTC) insurance that delivers benefits to individuals, their families and insurance carriers.  The innovative wellness program uses data and […]

    12 Best & Worst Broker-Dealers: Q3 Earnings, 2022

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Janet Levaux

    This quarter, only three of the 12 broker-dealers tracked each quarter by ThinkAdvisor reported positive year-over year growth in their profits and earnings per share — down from four BDs in the second quarter of 2022. In the third quarter, the S&P 500 declined 5.3 versus a drop of 16.1% in the second quarter of 2022. […]

    S&P Expects More Big Life Insurer ‘Assumption Unlocking’ Charges

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Allison Bell

    More life insurers could soon announce the kinds of big, “non-cash” charges that Lincoln Financial and Prudential Financial put in their earnings for the third quarter, an S&P Global Ratings analyst said today. Carmi Margalit, the life insurance sector lead at S&P Global, predicted that the charges will make earnings reports based on publicly traded […]

    5 Top Life and Annuity Q3 Strength Indicators

    {November 22nd, 2022} by ThinkAdvisor

    Sometimes, helpful economic conditions make most big, publicly traded life and annuity issuers move in sync. After those quarters, most or all issuers report higher net income on higher revenue. In the third quarter of this year, which ended Sept. 30, different strategies produced noticeably different results. Click HERE to read the full story and view […]

    Prudential launches ‘Now What?’ campaign, defying industry norms using moments of hope instead of fear

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Prudential Financial, Inc.

    NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) is launching Now What? — a new advertising campaign with a unique twist that distinguishes the brand from competitors by encouraging consumers to use uplifting moments to secure their financial future. Now What? advances Prudential’s purpose to make lives better, particularly as pandemic recovery continues and economic uncertainty remains. Now […]

    DPL partners with Corebridge Financial to bring advisory annuity solutions to the RIA community

    {November 22nd, 2022} by DPL Financial Partners

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DPL Financial Partners, the leading insurance platform for registered investment advisors (RIAs), today announced the addition of Corebridge Financial to its carrier lineup with two commission-free Corebridge annuity products geared to fee-only advisors. Corebridge, formerly AIG Life & Retirement, is one of the largest providers of retirement solutions and insurance products in the […]

    New York Life Declares Largest Dividend in Company History With $2.0 Billion Total Payout Expected In 2023

    {November 22nd, 2022} by New York Life

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New York Life, America’s largest1 mutual life insurer, today announced that the company has declared a record dividend payout of $2.0 billion expected to be paid to eligible participating policy owners in 2023. Declaring a dividend for the 169th consecutive year underscores the company’s commitment to financial strength, mutuality, and delivering ongoing value to policy owners. […]

    Corebridge Financial Introduces Dimensional Index Designed Exclusively for The Power Series of Index Annuities

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Corebridge Financial, Inc

    HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Corebridge Financial today announced the introduction of the Dimensional US Foundations Index, an index created by Dimensional Fund Advisors for use exclusively in The Power Series of Index Annuities®, Corebridge’s family of fixed index annuities. Dimensional Fund Advisors, a leading global asset management firm, applies a scientific rigor to investment solutions by drawing upon […]

    AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Securian Financial Group and Its Subsidiaries

    {November 22nd, 2022} by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa” (Superior) of Minnesota Life Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Securian Life Insurance Company, together referred to as Securian Financial Insurance Group (Securian). AM Best also has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) […]

    Life insurance sales continue to backslide from pandemic highs, study finds

    {November 22nd, 2022} by John Hilton

    DALLAS – Life insurance sales trends are cooling off from the COVID-19 pandemic sales bump. The question for the industry is how to stop the slide. “When you start looking at ’22 results, all have that gain that we saw in ’21 has been given back,” said David Levenson, president and CEO, LIMRA, LOMA and […]

    The Case for Annuities in Today’s Market

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Robert Heubscher

    Financial Professionals and their clients need to manage pressures they have not seen for 20 years: market volatility, inflation, rising interest rates and potentially higher taxes. With fixed income potentially not holding up as a low-risk part of the portfolio, it may be time to look at other strategies to help clients protect their portfolios. […]

    Introducing Protected Lifetime Income Benefits (PLIBs): Part 1

    {November 22nd, 2022} by David Blanchett

    Despite more than a half century of research detailing the potential value of guaranteed lifetime income products for retirees, sales of annuities, especially traditional products such as single premium immediate annuities (SPIAs), remain low. There are theories to explain why this “annuity puzzle” persists, but one notable barrier to annuitization is the irrevocable transfer of […]

    DOL needs to get moving on its fiduciary rule, analyst says

    {November 22nd, 2022} by John Hilton

    The Department of Labor better not wait too long to publish its redefinition of “fiduciary,” a leading expert on retirement plan rulemaking said today. The DOL’s spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda confirmed that it will rewrite the definition of fiduciary. Ever since, the Employee Benefits Security Administration has likely been working on the rule update. Click […]

    Magic Johnson’s Firm Powers New Long-Term Care Effort

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Earvin “Magic” Johnson — an NBA Hall of Fame basketball legend — is helping an aging tech firm enter the long-term care benefits market. EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, a life insurer controlled by Johnson’s Magic Johnson Enterprises, teamed up with Assured Allies this week to introduce the Bridge annuity contract. Click HERE to read the […]

    Life Insurers Should Get Used to an Inflationary World: Fitch Economist

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Brian Coulton has looked at the economic weather for Fitch Ratings insurance analysts, and he sees interest rates staying high throughout 2023. The Chicago-based firm’s chief economist gave his forecast today, at a Fitch insurance conference in New York. Click HERE to read the full story via ThinkAdvisor

    Commonwealth Now Aiming for $1T in Assets

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Jeff Berman

    Commonwealth Financial Network has set a strategic goal of reaching $1 trillion in assets under management, the firm announced Thursday, noting that was one of three new major business growth initiatives disclosed to advisors at its annual National Conference earlier this month. The target is an aggressive one given that the RIA/broker-dealer said its more […]

    Fidelity National Financial to Acquire TitlePoint from Black Knight

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Fidelity National Financial, Inc.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) (“FNF”), a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries and a leading provider of insurance solutions serving retail annuity and life customers and institutional clients through FNF’s wholly-owned subsidiary, F&G Annuities & Life, Inc. (“F&G”), today announced […]

    Fidelity National Financial Announces F&G Annuities & Life, Inc. Form 10 Registration Statement Declared Effective

    {November 22nd, 2022} by Fidelity National Financial, Inc.; F&G Annuities & Life, Inc.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) (“FNF” or the “Company”), a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries and a leading provider of insurance solutions serving retail annuity and life customers and institutional clients through FNF’s wholly-owned subsidiary, F&G Annuities & Life, Inc. […]

    The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company Announces Record Dividend Payout

    {November 22nd, 2022} by The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company

    HORSHAM, Pa., Nov. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company (Penn Mutual), a Fortune 1000 company, is pleased to announce that the company has maintained its dividend scale for 2023 and the Board of Trustees has approved a record $163 million payout to eligible policyholders in 2023. Dividends are a key measure of a mutual company’s […]

    8 New Stats on How Retirement Savers Have Fared in Rocky Markets

    {November 21st, 2022} by John Manganaro

    New data published Thursday by Fidelity Investments shows ongoing market swings and concerns about inflation continue to cause financial stress among retirement savers. According to Fidelity, the percentage of individuals with negative feelings about their finances (32%) is now greater than those who have positive feelings (30%). This is a stark contrast to just a year ago, when the […]

    U.S. Annuity Sales Could Reach All-Time High: Cerulli

    {November 21st, 2022} by Michael S. Fischer

    Annuity sales have been on a tear this year, largely because of the Federal Reserve interest rate hikes, which have allowed insurers to raise crediting rates on their fixed and indexed annuities, according to a new report from Cerulli Associates. The rate environment, coupled with difficult market and economic conditions, has led many advisors and […]

    Indexed Universal Life Insurance (IUL) Adapts to Inflation and High Interest Rates

    {November 21st, 2022} by Shoreview LLC

    Wink’s Note: I get annoyed when salespeople take out press releases on indexed annuities and indexed life, promoting them in this manner. It leads one to believe that these products are investments; which they are not. They are insurance products. Plus something else about this rubs me the wrong way…I just can’t put my finger […]

    TAMPs and fee-based annuities headline first day of RIA Summit 2022

    {November 21st, 2022} by Ryan W. Neal

    Outsourced investment management and fee-based annuities were the topics dominating the first day of InvestmentNews’ RIA Summit 2022, which kicked off Monday in Boston. Click HERE to read the full story via InvestmentNews

    Can ‘pure-play’ wealth manager Avantax compete with the giants?

    {November 21st, 2022} by Tobias Salinger

    Blucora’s move to spin off its online tax software arm in order to become a “pure-play” wealth management firm sets it on a collision course with the giants dominating the industry. The Dallas-based company will adopt the name of its wealth management arm, Avantax, after the close of its deal to sell TaxAct to a […]

    NAIFA’S O’GARA TELLS THE SBA IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ADVISORS TO REMAIN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

    {November 21st, 2022} by NAIFA

    Josh O’Gara, CLU, ChFC, CFP, loyal member since 2011, spoke on behalf of NAIFA during a virtual roundtable discussion on Department of Labor’s proposed rule on Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The event was held by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy to gather input from people and businesses […]

    Life Insurance Purchased on Perceived Value, Not Cost, J.D. Power Finds

    {November 20th, 2022} by J. D. Power

    TROY, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–That adage about a life insurance policy being sold and not bought needs to be updated for the post-pandemic era. In fact, customers are initiating the purchase of life insurance, but the key criteria for choosing which one to buy often involves much more than cost. According to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. […]

    McQueen Kalligan Insurance Services Joins AmeriLife & AIMCOR Group As First Affiliate Under New Joint Venture

    {November 15th, 2022} by AIMCOR Consolidated LLC (“ICON”)

    PAOLI, Penn. and CLEARWATER, Fla. | November 10, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time AIMCOR Consolidated LLC (“ICON”), a joint venture between AIMCOR Group, LLC (“AIMCOR”) and AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), announced today that it has acquired brokerage general agency McQueen Kalligan Insurance Services, Inc. Per the agreement, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We’re very excited to officially join ICON […]

    Annuity Issuer F&G Set to Go Public Dec. 1

    {November 15th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    A midsize annuity issuer — F&G Annuities & Life — could get its own listing on the New York Stock exchange Dec. 1. Fidelity National Financial, the publicly traded, Jacksonville, Florida-based title insurer that now owns F&G, announced Thursday that it will give F&G a separate identity by distributing 15% of F&G’s stock to investors […]

    North American Launches Income Pay Pro Fixed Index Annuity

    {November 15th, 2022} by North American Company for Life and Health Insurance

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — With many people concerned about planning for income in retirement, North American Company for Life and Health Insurance® has introduced a new fixed index annuity (FIA) designed to deliver a guaranteed lifetime income stream. The Income Pay ProSM is a modified single premium FIA with an embedded guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit […]

    Symetra Introduces Protector IUL

    {November 15th, 2022} by Symetra

    BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Symetra Life Insurance Company today announced the introduction of a new version of its protection-focused indexed universal life insurance (IUL) product — Symetra Protector IUL. The flexible-premium adjustable life insurance policy with a lapse protection benefit and seven index-linked interest options provides guaranteed death benefit protection and the added potential for policy cash value […]

    Prudential Financial Launches FlexGuard Life, a Next-Generation Life Insurance Product That Goes Beyond Death Benefits

    {November 15th, 2022} by Prudential

    NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Prudential Financial, Inc., has launched Prudential FlexGuard® Life, an innovative Indexed Variable Universal Life product that offers a flexible combination of protection, growth, and access to meet consumers’ changing life insurance needs. Inspired by the groundbreaking success of Prudential’s signature FlexGuard Indexed Variable Annuity products, which have reached over $10 billion in total sales, […]

    AEL Board Approves Additional $400 Million Share Buyback Authorization With Continued Execution Of AEL 2.0 Strategy

    {November 15th, 2022} by American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL) announced today that its Board of Directors has put in place an additional $400 million common stock buyback authorization consistent with the continued execution of AEL 2.0 strategy first outlined in October 2020. In addition to the remaining share repurchase authorization, this brings […]

    Allianz Lifetime Income+ Annuity now available in plans nationwide

    {November 15th, 2022} by Allianz Life

    MINNEAPOLIS – Nov. 1, 2022 – Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) announced today that its latest guaranteed income product, Allianz Lifetime Income+ Annuity with the Lifetime Income Benefit, is now available in defined contribution plans nationwide. Lifetime Income+ puts Allianz Life’s depth of retirement income experience to work in a solution tailored […]

    American Equity FIA sales drop; reinsurer investor drops out

    {November 15th, 2022} by Steven A. Morelli

    American Equity Investment’s CEO said the company chose “pricing discipline” rather than chase market share in explaining the carrier’s drop in fixed index annuity sales in what was a hot quarter for the products. “We chose pricing discipline over chasing the market as interest rates fluctuated,” said Anant Bhalla during the company’s third quarter earnings […]

    Jackson National overcomes annuity sales decline in strong third quarter

    {November 15th, 2022} by John Hilton

    Jackson National overcame declining annuity sales to finish the third quarter with strong revenue growth that won over Wall Street. Jackson reported net income of $1.5 billion, compared to net income of $206 million for the third quarter 2021. The net income gains “primarily reflects improved net hedge results, mainly due to a benefit from […]

    Now is a ‘perfect time’ for preretirees to consider FIAs, expert says

    {November 15th, 2022} by Susan Rupe

    The current market environment “could not be a more perfect time” for those who are in the “retirement red zone” to add a fixed indexed annuity to their portfolio. That was the word from Igor Zamkovsky, head of indexed annuities and insurance with Blackrock’s Retirement Insurance Group. Zamkovsky made the case for adding FIAs in […]

    Advocates Take Aim at Advisor Annuity Skepticism

    {November 15th, 2022} by John Manganaro

    Back in June 2018, a group of more than two dozen financial services companies came together to form the Alliance for Lifetime Income, with the objective of educating Americans about the importance of protected lifetime income solutions. Since that time, the group has generated substantial online content, tools, thought leadership and even new terminology to […]

    Brighthouse May Use More Capital to Fuel Annuity Sales Growth

    {November 15th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Brighthouse Financial might focus more on using life insurance company cash to fuel annuity sales growth for the rest of the year and less on buying back shares of common stock from shareholders. Company executives talked about what they see as new opportunities to use cash during a conference call they held to go over […]

    Beware of Backtested RILA Performance

    {November 15th, 2022} by David Blanchett

    Registered Index-Linked Annuities (RILAs) — also commonly referred to as index variable annuities, structured annuities, or buffered annuities — are an increasingly popular product. RILAs can be viewed as an evolution of fixed indexed annuities (FIAs), to some extent. FIAs tend to be relatively one-dimensional, where the annuitant can’t lose money (i.e., the initial premium) […]

    The Top 15 RIA Firms in America: Forbes, 2022

    {November 15th, 2022} by Michael S. Fischer

    RIA firms are one of the fastest-growing segments in the wealth management industry because they are committed to working in their clients’ best interest. This is especially important in fraught periods like the current one when indexes are sagging, inflation stands at 8%, with few signs of receding, and a recession looms on the horizon. […]

    Brighthouse ratchets up annuity sales amid tough economic quarter

    {November 15th, 2022} by John Hilton

    Brighthouse Financial enjoyed a very successful third quarter saleswise – a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing quarter – with annuity sales up 58% quarter-over-quarter and 50% sequentially, driven by fixed-deferred annuities. Those results were enough to prompt a skeptical Evercore analyst to question whether the insurer offered up “a blue-light special” to move product. […]

    Corebridge to Wall Street: We’re Built for Volatility

    {November 15th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Kevin Hogan, the CEO of Corebridge Financial — AIG’s newly separated life and annuity business — scoffed Wednesday that the kind of market volatility occurring so far this year would do much to Corebridge. The recent rapid increase in interest rates has hurt some kinds of investment holdings and other values and sales at Corebridge, […]

    Variable Annuities: What’s In and What’s Out

    {November 15th, 2022} by Jim Wagner

    Variable annuity issuers are always pushing to find better ways to help more people achieve a sense of protection and security. Because there are many retirement solutions available, it’s important to be open, proactively learn, decipher trends and solve problems to meet customers’ specific needs when planning for their desired security and financial freedom.  Click […]

    SEC Fines S&P Global Ratings $2.5M Over Conflicts of Interest

    {November 15th, 2022} by Melanie Waddell

    The Securities and Exchange Commission late Monday charged S&P Global Ratings with violating conflict of interest rules designed to prevent sales and marketing considerations from influencing credit ratings. S&P agreed to pay a $2.5 million penalty to settle the charges. Click HERE to read the full story via ThinkAdvisor

    Annuity Supply Is Holding Up Well: Eric Thomes

    {November 15th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Eric Thomes is one of the people in charge of helping Americans prepare for the future. Thomes is the chief distribution officer at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America and CEO of its Allianz Life Financial Services affiliate. He leads sales and distribution for all kinds of Allianz Life products, through all kinds of […]

    3 guaranteed-income strategies for an uncertain economy

    {November 15th, 2022} by Gregg Greenberg

    All due respect to founding father Benjamin Franklin and his Almanack-writing alter ego “Poor Richard,” but there are some certainties in this world other than “death and taxes.” Click HERE to read the full story via InvestmentNews    

    Jamie Hopkins: Why Debt Is ‘Powerful,’ Annuities Are ‘Underutilized’ and the 4% Rule Is Just a ‘Finding’

    {November 15th, 2022} by Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Here’s a crisp and clear message to financial advisors from Jamie Hopkins, managing partner of wealth solutions at Carson Group: “If you don’t really care about what you’re doing, you’re in the wrong business,” he tells ThinkAdvisor in an interview. “Define your ‘Why.’ Your ‘Why’ should make you cry.” In his newest book, “Find Your […]

    The Milner Agency Joins Integrity to Utilize End-to-End Insurtech Resources and Serve More Americans

    {November 15th, 2022} by Integrity Marketing Group

    DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2022 /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 entered into an agreement to acquire The Milner Agency, a brokerage general agency (BGA) located in Athens, Georgia. As part of the acquisition, The Milner Agency’s Chairman […]

    National Western Life Group, Inc. Announces 2022 Third Quarter Earnings

    {November 15th, 2022} by National Western Life Group, Inc.

    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ross R. Moody, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of National Western Life Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NWLI), announced today third quarter 2022 consolidated net earnings of $21.8 million, or $6.15 per diluted Class A common share, compared with consolidated net earnings of $39.8 million, or $11.27 per diluted Class A common share, for the third […]

    Athene BCA 2.0 Honored for Best FIA at 2022 SRP Americas Conference

    {November 15th, 2022} by Annexus

    Industry-leading Indices in Athene® BCA® 2.0 Result in Best FIA Award SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Annexus, a leading retirement product design company, announced that Athene BCA 2.0, one of its flagship fixed indexed annuities, won the “FIA of the Year” award at the 2022 SRP Americas Conference in Chicago, September 15. The Athene BCA 2.0 fixed indexed annuity (FIA) […]

    Midwest Holding Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

    {November 15th, 2022} by Midwest Holding Inc

    LINCOLN, Neb., Nov.14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Midwest Holding Inc. (“Midwest”) (NASDAQ: MDWT), today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2022. Third Quarter 2022 Highlights: GAAP net income was $7.4 million compared to a $(3.1) million GAAP net loss incurred in the third quarter of 2021.   GAAP earnings were $1.96 per share (diluted) versus the $(0.82) per-share loss in Q3 2021. GAAP total revenue was $19.0 […]

    Simplicity Group Expands Proprietary IUL Sales Platform Offering in Partnership with Ensight™

    {November 15th, 2022} by Simplicity Group

    New Interactive Sales Capabilities Utilizing Tax-Free Retirement Concepts Shortens the Sales Cycle and Simplifies IUL Planning Discussions SUMMIT, N.J., Nov. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Simplicity Group (“Simplicity”) today announced the launch of an expanded Indexed Universal Life (“IUL”) digital sales platform, developed in partnership with Ensight™.  Simplicity’s enhanced planning platform represents a new standard for digital […]

    Ameriprise Financial Introduces Certified Military Financial Advisor Certification™ to Help More Military Members and Their Families Reach Financial Goals

    {November 15th, 2022} by Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

    MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) today announced that it has partnered with Dalton Education to create a first-to-market Certified Military Financial Advisor™(CMFA) certification. The certification is earned through an intensive mix of training and learning development modules typically completed over the course of 40-50 hours that provides a deep understanding of the unique life circumstances […]

    Americans Adjust Debt Management and Investment Strategies as Inflation Continues to Pose Challenges

    {November 15th, 2022} by New York Life

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As inflation continues to pose challenges for American adults’ financial strategies, New York Life’s latest Wealth Watch survey has found that people are coping by adjusting debt management and investment strategies, although the financial guidance informing these strategy adjustments varies by generational cohort. The latest survey revealed that more than half of adults […]

    Symetra and Nassau Re/Imagine Launch New ‘Working Forward’ Podcast Series

    {November 15th, 2022} by Symetra, Nassau Re/Imagine

    BELLEVUE, Wash., & HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Symetra Life Insurance Company and insurtech incubator Nassau Re/Imagine are collaborating on a new podcast series that explores the leading trends and innovations happening in the workplace benefits space. Launching today, the “Working Forward” series examines the future of work, with topics ranging from the accelerating emergence of data and […]

    AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company’s U.S. Subsidiaries: Standard Insurance Group and Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, Limited

    {November 15th, 2022} 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 Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a+” (Excellent) of Standard Insurance Company (Portland, OR) and its affiliate, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York (White Plains, NY), together referred to as Standard Insurance Group (The Standard). Additionally, AM […]

    AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Standard Life and Casualty Insurance Company; Affirms Most Credit Ratings of Members of Manhattan Insurance Group

    {November 15th, 2022} by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to B++ (Good) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “bbb” (Good) from “bbb-” (Good) of Standard Life and Casualty Insurance Company (Standard Life and Casualty) (Salt Lake City, UT). In addition, AM Best has revised the outlook of these […]

    Jackson Announces Third Quarter 2022 Results

    {November 15th, 2022} by Jackson Financial Inc.

    LANSING, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jackson Financial Inc. (NYSE: JXN) (Jackson®) today announced financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2022. Key Highlights Net income of $1,479 million, or $16.83 per diluted share, including the impact of non-economic hedging results under GAAP accounting Adjusted operating earnings1 of $373 million, or $4.24 per diluted share Total annuity account […]

    AM Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of Lincoln National Corporation and its Subsidiaries

    {November 15th, 2022} by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to A (Excellent) from A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) to “a+” (Excellent) from “aa-” (Superior) of The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Lincoln Life & Annuity Company of New York (Syracuse, NY). These companies are […]

    Corebridge Financial Announces Third Quarter 2022 Results

    {November 14th, 2022} by Corebridge

    HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Corebridge Financial, Inc. (NYSE: CRBG) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022. The results are the first quarterly earnings reported by the Company following the completion of its initial public offering during the third quarter of 2022 in which American International Group, Inc. (“AIG”) sold approximately 12.4% of Corebridge’s […]

    American Equity Announces Strategic Partnership With 26North

    {November 14th, 2022} by American Equity

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (American Equity) (NYSE: AEL), a leading issuer of fixed index annuities (FIAs), announced that it is entering into a long-term partnership with 26North Partners LP (26North), a multi-asset platform founded and led by Josh Harris, in which American Equity has made a strategic investment. Anant […]

    Here Are the Finalists for Excell Women in Wealth Management Awards

    {November 14th, 2022} by Jeff Berman

    Carson Group, Fidelity Institutional, Mariner Wealth Advisors and Financial Independence Group have announced the finalists for the first Excell Represent Women in Wealth Management Awards. The awards celebrate the women (and men) who make a difference in financial advice, the representation of women in the field, and in their communities. Click HERE to read the full story via […]

    AmeriLife To Acquire TruChoice Financial Group from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

    {November 8th, 2022} by AmeriLife

    CLEARWATER, Fla. and MINNEAPOLIS | November 07, 2022 03:30 PM Eastern Standard Time  AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions, anAdd Newnounced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire TruChoice Financial Group (“TruChoice”) and its affiliate Inforce Solutions, LLC (“Inforce”), from Allianz Life Insurance […]

    Penn Mutual introduces new Survivorship Indexed Universal Life

    {November 8th, 2022} by The Penn Mutual LIfe Insurance Company

    HORSHAM, Pa., Nov. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company (Penn Mutual), a Fortune 1000 company, announces the introduction of Survivorship Indexed Universal Life (SIUL), a permanent life insurance product for two people in one policy. The product provides protection and cash value accumulation potential backed by more than 175 years of financial strength. […]

    Pacific Life’s Collaboration with Bank of America Introduces a New Lock‐In Feature

    {November 8th, 2022} by Pacific Life

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Nov. 1, 2022 — To help address market volatility, Pacific Life recently announced that it has enhanced its Pacific Index Dimensions® fixed indexed annuity. The product now includes five new crediting options linked to the BofA Iris U.S. Sectors Index, two of which can be used with the Index Lock‐In Feature that gives clients […]

    Ohio National Announces Structure and Leadership Changes

    {November 8th, 2022} by Ohio National Financial Services

      Ohio National Financial Services, Inc. to be renamed Constellation Insurance, Inc. Anurag Chandra to be appointed as President and CEO, replacing Barbara Turner who is stepping down following the successful transaction and integration with Constellation Ohio National Financial Services, Inc. (“Ohio National” or “the Company”) today announced that the Company is implementing certain structural […]

    Talcott Financial Group Closes $7 Billion Block Reinsurance Transaction with Guardian

    {November 8th, 2022} by Talcott Financial Group

    HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Talcott Financial Group (“Talcott”), an international life insurance group and the insurance industry’s trusted partner for comprehensive risk solutions, has completed its previously announced reinsurance transaction between its subsidiary, Talcott Resolution Life Insurance Company (“Talcott Resolution”), and The Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company, Inc. (“GIAC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Guardian Life […]

    Finseca continues collaboration with NAIC’s efforts to increase diversity in marketing, distribution, and access to life insurance products to better promote Financial Security for All

    {November 8th, 2022} by Finseca

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Finseca CEO, Marc Cadin and four members of the financial security profession led a panel discussion with the NAIC Special (EX) Committee about their efforts to increase diversity and address unnecessary burdens placed on the professionals dedicated to providing financial security for millions of Americans. The panel discussion added to the existing […]

    Graying Brokerage Industry Prompts Need for Succession Plans: FINRA

    {November 8th, 2022} by Melanie Waddell

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is encouraging registered representatives to have a succession plan in place to plan for unexpected life events and as more and more brokers are nearing retirement. Brokerage industry demographics indicate that an increasing number of reps are at or approaching traditional retirement age, FINRA states in a just-released Regulatory Notice. […]

    Athene Helped Stabilize U.K. Government Bond Market: Apollo Executives

    {November 8th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Capital from Athene Holding helped Apollo Global Management stabilize the United Kingdom’s government bond market in October, company executives told securities analysts Wednesday. Scott Kleinman, the New York-based investment company’s co-president, said Apollo spent $1.1 billion to buy about one-third of the assets pension funds and other institutional investors sold last month to come up […]

    Global Atlantic Annuity Holders Are Keeping Their Contracts: KKR

    {November 8th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    A top KKR & Co. executive said the company is happy with the performance of its Global Atlantic life insurance and annuity unit. Robert Lewin, the New York-based private equity firm’s chief financial officer, told securities analysts Tuesday that he sees no signs of credit problems affecting the bonds in Global Atlantic’s investment portfolio, and […]

    Older-Age Life Insurance Application Flow Rises

    {November 8th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Overall U.S. individual life insurance activity fell in October, but the number of applications coming from people ages 61 and older increased, according to MIB Group. The Braintree, Massachusetts-based life insurance underwriting organization says overall application flow was 5.2% lower last month than in October 2021. Click HERE to read the full story via ThinkAdvisor

    5 Cash-Flow Challenges That Might Catch Life Insurers Off Guard

    {November 8th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Some life insurers may not understand what rising interest rates and increased market volatility will do to their investment cash flow, an insurance investment expert said last week. Edward Toy, an insurance company financial examiner, said those life insurers have focused mainly on long-term asset adequacy without thinking enough about how much money might be going into […]

    Hot Annuities Face SEC Form Reviewers

    {November 8th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    A Securities and Exchange Commission form reviewer said Thursday that he wants to make sure life insurers give investors a clear picture of how their registered index-linked annuity contracts will work. Michael Kosoff, an attorney on the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, talked about how that goal affects RILA filing approvals at […]

    Lincoln Financial Aims to Rebuild Capital by Changing Sales Mix

    {November 8th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Lincoln Financial is counting on agents, advisors and other distributors to help it recover from a $2.6 billion third-quarter net loss, by increasing sales of products that can generate the most profits per dollar of capital. Ellen Cooper, the Radnor, Pennsylvania-based company’s CEO, told securities analysts Thursday that the company plans to increase capital levels by cutting costs […]

    Simplicity Welcomes Daly Brokerage as Kelly Daly and Lori Caiaze Join as New Partners

    {November 8th, 2022} by Simplicity Group

    SUMMIT, N.J., Nov. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Simplicity Group (“Simplicity”) today announced the acquisition of Connecticut-based Daly Brokerage, which was founded in 1997 by Kelly Daly. Over the last 25 years, Daly Brokerage has established itself as a leading, full-service wholesaling firm dedicated to providing superior service and products in the areas of life, annuity, and long-term care. Together […]

    Buckle Up! We Are Going To Create An Indexed Annuity!

    {November 8th, 2022} by Charlie Gipple

    Get out your financial calculators, spectacles, and your pocket protectors because we are going to have some fun with this column. We are going to create a product. Of course I am being somewhat facetious because there’s much more that goes into “creating a product” than just the numbers, such as: Non-forfeiture requirements, state filing, […]

    Simplicity Welcomes Marketing Financial to the Group as Alan Lockhart Joins as Partner

    {November 8th, 2022} by Simplicity Group

    SUMMIT, N.J., Nov. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Simplicity Group (“Simplicity”) today announced its 46th acquisition: Springfield, Missouri-based, Marketing Financial. The company, led by Alan Lockhart who becomes a Simplicity Group partner following this transaction, is a full-service wholesaling firm focused on supporting advisors within banks, credit unions and broker-dealers with life insurance, annuities, executive benefits, disability, and long-term care insurance products.  […]

    Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Announces Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend

    {November 8th, 2022} by Fidelity National Financial, Inc.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared an increase in the Company’s quarterly cash dividend, to $0.45 per share, from the previous quarterly cash dividend of $0.44 per share. The dividend will be payable December 30, 2022, to stockholders of record as of December 16, 2022.  About Fidelity National Financial, Inc. […]

    AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Aegon N.V.’s U.S. Subsidiaries

    {November 8th, 2022} by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a+” (Excellent) of the U.S. life/health (L/H) subsidiaries of Aegon N.V. (Netherlands) [NYSE: AEG]. Aegon’s U.S. L/H companies are Transamerica Life Insurance Company and Transamerica Financial Life Insurance Company and referred to collectively as Aegon USA […]

    Horace Mann reports third-quarter 2022 net income of 33 cents per share and core earnings* of 57 cents

    {November 8th, 2022} by Horace Mann

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE:HMN) today reported financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2022: ($ in millions, except per share amounts)   Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,     2022   2021   % Change   2022   2021   % Change Total revenues […]

    AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and Its Subsidiaries

    {November 8th, 2022} by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa-” (Superior) of RiverSource Life Insurance Company (Minneapolis, MN) and its wholly owned subsidiary, RiverSource Life Insurance Co. of New York (Albany, NY). These companies represent the key life/health (L/H) insurance subsidiaries of […]

    MassMutual Consumer Spending & Saving Index: Inflation and Recession Fears Have Americans Looking for Change

    {November 8th, 2022} by MassMutual

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Americans are heading into this holiday season increasingly stressed and less optimistic about the economy, according to the latest Consumer Spending & Saving Index from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). The financial impacts of inflation and the increasing concern about a recession are continuing to put pressure on Americans’ financing, impacting their optimism and […]

    Equitable Holdings Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

    {November 8th, 2022} by Equitable Holdings, Inc

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Equitable Holdings, Inc. (“Equitable Holdings”, “Holdings”, or the “Company”) (NYSE: EQH) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022. “In the tough economic environment, we delivered solid results reporting third quarter Non-GAAP operating earnings of $1.28 per share which, after adjusting for a favorable assumption update in the quarter, […]

    Lincoln Financial Group Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

    {November 8th, 2022} by Lincoln Financial Group

    RADNOR, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) today reported a net loss for the third quarter of 2022 of $(2.6) billion, or $(15.17) per diluted share available to common stockholders, compared to net income in the third quarter of 2021 of $318 million, or $1.68 per diluted share available to common stockholders. Third quarter adjusted […]

    American Financial Group, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results and Declares Special Dividend

    {November 8th, 2022} by American Financial Group

    CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: AFG) today reported 2022 third quarter net earnings of $165 million ($1.93 per share) compared to $219 million ($2.56 per share) in the 2021 third quarter. Net earnings for the 2022 third quarter included after-tax non-core realized losses on securities of $28 million ($0.32 per share loss). By comparison, […]

    Ignite by Jackson Helps Young Professionals Explore Careers in Financial Services

    {November 8th, 2022} by Jackson National Life Insurance Company

    LANSING, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson®), the main operating subsidiary of Jackson Financial Inc. (NYSE: JXN), has developed a premier career exploration program — Ignite by Jackson — to help young professionals learn about opportunities within the financial services industry. Ignite offers hands-on experience across multiple financial disciplines, including banking, insurance and asset management, as well as information […]

    Jackson Hosts Legal and Compliance Summit to Increase Access to Annuities

    {November 8th, 2022} by Jackson National Life Insurance Company

    LANSING, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®), the main operating subsidiary of Jackson Financial Inc. (NYSE: JXN), held its Legal and Compliance Executive Council on October 27-28, 2022 in Washington, D.C. The goal of the meeting was to promote partnership, collaboration and transparency between distribution, legal and compliance leaders at Jackson and counterparts at more than […]

    American Equity Reports Strong Earnings Driven by Continued Execution of AEL 2.0 Strategy with Private Asset Allocation Growing to 18.4%

    {November 8th, 2022} by American Equity Investment Life Holding Company

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL), a leading issuer of fixed index annuities (FIAs) today reported on its third quarter 2022 results. These results include improved yields in the investment portfolio through continued ramping of our investment portfolio toward target allocation to privately sourced assets, and continued share repurchase […]

    Brighthouse Financial Announces Third Quarter 2022 Results

    {November 8th, 2022} by Brighthouse Financial, Inc

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (“Brighthouse Financial” or the “company”) (Nasdaq: BHF) announced today its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022. Third Quarter 2022 Results The company reported a net loss available to shareholders of $702 million in the third quarter of 2022, or $9.82 per diluted share, compared with net […]

    Federal Reserve Hikes by 0.75 Point, Signals Slower Increases but Ultimately Higher Rates

    {November 8th, 2022} by Nick Timiraos

    WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve lifted interest rates by another 0.75 percentage point to combat inflation and signaled plans to keep raising them, possibly in smaller increments but to higher levels than previously anticipated. The increase approved Wednesday, the Fed’s fourth consecutive 0.75-point rate rise, lifts the central bank’s benchmark federal-funds to a range between 3.75% and 4%. After […]

    Despite slammed quarter, Prudential sees brighter future with annuities

    {November 8th, 2022} by Steven A. Morelli

    Prudential Financial was slammed by losses in the third quarter, but showed growth in fixed annuities and plans to add to its growing stable of indexed variable annuities. “Building upon FlexGuard’s tremendous success, we plan to introduce FlexGuard Life, an indexed variable universal life product, later this month,” said CEO Charles Lowrey in the company’s […]

    Equitable rides index-linked annuity sales success to strong 3Q

    {November 8th, 2022} by John Hilton

    When Equitable came out with the first registered indexed-linked annuity in 2011, the industry gave it the skeptical side eye, an executive recalled. “Everyone looked at us like we had three eyes and two heads or something,” said Robin Raju, chief financial officer. “No one was interested in the product in 2011 and now everyone […]

    Retirement planning: How to manage longevity risk and inflation in a volatile market

    {November 8th, 2022} by InvestmentNews Create

    Financial professionals and their clients have recently been reminded that planning for retirement income means preparing for potential surges in inflation and market downturns, not just the risk of living longer. Click HERE to read the full story via InvestmentNews’ sponsored content by Athene

    OK to buy life insurance with intent to resell it, Georgia court rules

    {November 7th, 2022} by Steven A. Morelli

    It is OK to buy life insurance on yourself with the intent to sell to a third party, according to a Georgia Supreme Court ruling in a case emanating from the HIV viatical era. Even though the $500,000 term policy was purchased fraudulently in the 1990s by someone who did not disclose his HIV-positive status […]

    DPL launches referral program to match advisors with annuity-seeking investors

    {November 7th, 2022} by DPL Financial Partners

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DPL CONTACT: Greg Joslyn, The Lowe Group greg.joslyn@lowecom.com (414)-376-7275 DPL launches referral program to match advisors with annuity-seeking investors RIA-focused insurance platform responds to inbound inquiries from individuals about commission-free solutions for income, protection LOUISVILLE, KY, Nov. 3, 2021- DPL Financial Partners (“DPL”), the leading insurance platform for registered investment advisors (“RIAs”), […]

    Mason Insurance Prepares to Serve More Agents and Consumers by Joining with Integrity

    {November 5th, 2022} by Integrity Marketing Group

    DALLAS, Nov. 1, 2022 /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 entered into an agreement to acquire Mason Insurance, an independent agency based out of Colleyville, Texas. As part of the acquisition, Dale Mason, President of Mason Insurance, will become a […]

    Would life insurance be available for a $1.9B Powerball winner?

    {November 5th, 2022} by John Hilton

    Update: Saturday night’s drawing yielded no winners, so the new Powerball jackpot increases to $1.9 billion for Monday night. There might not be enough life insurance available to cover a solo winner of the massive $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. The next drawing is slated for Saturday night, with $745.9 million available to a single winner […]

    CUNA Mutual Group Wins Accolades for Annuities Success

    {November 1st, 2022} by CUNA Mutual Group

    Industry Recognition from WealthManagement.com, ThinkAdvisor Accompany Recognition in Barron’s Best Annuities List for Fourth Successive Year MADISON, Wis., Oct. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CUNA Mutual Group’s dedication to improving retirement products, client service and company culture in the insurance and annuity space has earned them recognition from industry platforms. In 2022, the company received placements on Barron’s Best Annuities for Income and […]

    LIBRA Insurance Partners and Insurance Designers of America Announce Merger

    {October 31st, 2022} by LIBRA Insurance Partners

    Companies unite under the LIBRA brand to become the largest independently owned Life Insurance Marketing Organization (IMO) in America BALTIMORE, Oct. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — LIBRA Insurance Partners and Insurance Designers of America, LLC (IDA) announce the merger of the two organizations, creating the largest independently owned life insurance marketing organization (IMO) in the United States. The combined company […]

    Equitable Enhances Leading Buffered Annuities as Financial Protection Takes Center Stage in Current Market Environment

    {October 31st, 2022} by Equitable

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Equitable, a leading financial services organization and principal franchise of Equitable Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EQH), today announced updates to two of its market-leading registered index linked annuity (RILA) products. These updates are designed to help financial professionals and their clients manage volatile equity markets and generate lifelong income amid rising inflation and interest rates. Equitable’s […]

    Ameriprise Financial Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

    {October 31st, 2022} by Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

    MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP):       Earnings Per Diluted Share   Return on Equity, ex AOCI (1)   Q3 2022     Q3 2022 GAAP $4.86   GAAP 47.1% Adjusted Operating $5.24   Adjusted Operating 45.6% Adjusted Operating Ex. Unlocking (2) $6.43   Adjusted Operating Ex. Unlocking (2) 47.9%           Third […]

    Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company (GILICO) Earns Upgraded AM Best Rating of A- (Excellent)

    {October 31st, 2022} by Guaranty Income Life Insurance

    BATON ROUGE, La.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company (“GILICO”), a life and annuity affiliate of Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. (Kuvare) headquartered in Baton Rouge, earned an AM Best Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent), upgraded from B++ (Good). AM best also noted a stable outlook for the GILICO ratings. Kuvare Chief Executive Officer Dhiren […]

    Alaska Updates Annuity Sales Standards

    {October 31st, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Alaska last week became the 29th state to adopt an annuity sales standard update developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The state’s Division of Insurance will require insurance producers, and insurers selling annuities directly to consumers to act in the best interest of consumers when recommending annuities, as well as verifying that the […]

    Kansas City Life Announces Third Quarter 2022 Results

    {October 31st, 2022} by Kansas City Life Insurance Company

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Kansas City Life Insurance Company recorded net income of $4.3 million or $0.45 per share in the third quarter of 2022 compared to a net loss of $6.0 million or $0.62 per share in the third quarter of 2021.  Net income totaled $1.1 million or $0.12 per share in the first nine months of 2022 compared to a net loss of $2.4 […]

    Young Americans Seen Failing to Match Baby Boomers’ Wealth Gains

    {October 31st, 2022} by Ben Steverman

    An epic four-decade boom in housing and stock prices made Baby Boomers the richest generation in US history. A new study shows just how difficult it will be for younger Americans to copy that success. The wealth boom since 1980 widened the gaps between rich and poor and young and old to record levels, the research finds. Click HERE to […]

    Secure Lifetime Income Through Secure Act 2.0

    {October 31st, 2022} by Tyler Brown

      Even during a contentious election year in Washington, Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least two things: retirement policy and a shared enthusiasm for lengthy acronyms. That’s good news for retirement savers, as both chambers of Congress have been quietly working on a bipartisan package of retirement policy reforms they hope to pass later […]

    13 Scary Retirement Statistics to Read in the Dark

    {October 31st, 2022} by John Manganaro

    Every year, advisory firms, retirement plan providers, asset managers and advocacy organizations publish an extensive amount of research assessing the retirement preparedness of the U.S. population. Some of the positive findings shared by industry analysts include a clear commitment to tax-advantaged retirement savings among workers and a broad-based realization that steady participation in the financial […]

    Ameriprise Continues to Shift Away From Life and Annuity Guarantees

    {October 31st, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Interest rates are rising, but Ameriprise Financial is still working to reduce exposure to life insurance and annuity guarantee risk. Jim Cracchiolo, the CEO of the Minneapolis-based company, said Wednesday that he believes the Federal Reserve Board and other central banks will have to continue to increase interest rates to get inflation under control. Click […]

    Barred Broker Sentenced to 5 Years for Fraud That Shuttered Life Insurance Firm

    {October 31st, 2022} by Jeff Berman

    A barred broker was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud a North Carolina-based life insurance company, according to the Justice Department and court documents. Bradley C. Reifler, 62, of New York caused about $20 million in losses to the company, which led to it being […]

    The Real Value of Annuities for Mass Affluent Retirees

    {October 31st, 2022} by Jason Fichtner and Michael Finke

    Recent research released by Morningstar addresses the potential benefits of annuities in defined contribution (DC) retirement plans. This is a much-needed analysis at an important time when many employers and/or advisors are considering whether to add an annuity to a DC plan. The authors primarily judge the benefit of annuities using a failure rate method, […]

    How carriers can lean on partnerships to innovate with speed

    {October 31st, 2022} by Lena Chukho

    All life insurance carriers are aware of the consumer’s demand for digital-first experiences, but not every carrier has been able to meet that demand. A lengthy and complicated application process with the added friction from a medical exam isn’t ideal for many digitally native consumers, so insurance companies must reassess their use of technology to […]

    Northwestern Mutual Kicks Off 2023 Dividend Announcement Season

    {October 31st, 2022} by Allison Bell

    Northwestern Mutual says it plans to push up total dividend payments to policyholders next year. The Milwaukee-based life insurer expects to increase the dividend total to $6.8 billion in 2023, or 4.6% more than the $6.5 billion dividend payout for 2022. The dividend interest rate used in the dividend calculations will hold steady at 5%, […]

    Northwestern Mutual Study Finds Americans Now Believe They Will Need $1.25 Million for Comfortable Retirement

    {October 31st, 2022} by Northwestern Mutual

    MILWAUKEE, Oct. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The latest findings from Northwestern Mutual’s 2022 Planning & Progress Study reveal that U.S. adults aged 18+ anticipate they will need $1.25 million to retire comfortably, a 20% rise since 2021. At the same time, Americans’ average retirement savings has dropped 11% – from $98,800 last year to $86,869 now – while their expected retirement age has risen – […]

    Northwestern Mutual to Deliver Record-Breaking $6.8 Billion in Dividends to Policyowners

    {October 31st, 2022} by Northwestern Mutual

    Annual life insurance payout is close to triple the size of its nearest competitor MILWAUKEE, Oct. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Northwestern Mutual will once again break its own industry-leading dividend payout record with an expected $6.8 billion to be delivered to its policyowners in 2023. The company has paid a dividend every year for more than 150 years, totaling over $150 billion. […]

    World Financial Group Announces Its Virtually Unstoppable Women’s Online Event 2022

    {October 31st, 2022} by WFG

    JOHNS CREEK, Ga., Oct. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The third annual Virtually Unstoppable Women’s Conference hosted by World Financial Group Insurance Agency, LLC (WFGIA) offers an exciting opportunity for women and men to hear from top professional entrepreneurs about how to expand their leadership skills and financial knowledge. The virtual event is free and offers guidance to others, whether a current […]

    Integrity Further Enhances Agent Development by Acquiring Elevation Sales Coaching

    {October 31st, 2022} by Integrity Marketing Group, LLC

    DALLAS, Oct. 25, 2022 /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 entered into an agreement to acquire Elevation Sales Coaching (“Elevation”), based in Wake Forest, North Carolina. As part of the acquisition, Jordan Smith, President of Elevation Sales Coaching, will […]

    Fidelity National Financial Announces Third Quarter 2022 Earnings Release and Conference Call

    {October 31st, 2022} by Fidelity National Financial, Inc.; FGL Holdings

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) (the “Company”), a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries and a leading provider of insurance solutions serving retail annuity and life customers and institutional clients through FNF’s wholly-owned subsidiary, F&G, will release third quarter 2022 earnings after […]

    Principal Financial Group® Announces Third Quarter 2022 Results

    {October 31st, 2022} by Principal Financial Group

    DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Principal Financial Group® (Nasdaq: PFG) announced results for third quarter 2022. Net income attributable to PFG for third quarter 2022 of $1,385.5 million, including $990.7 million from exited business, compared to $359.9 million for third quarter 2021. Net income per diluted share of $5.50 for third quarter 2022 compared to $1.32 in the prior […]

    Inflation Causing Majority of Americans to Stop or Reduce Retirement Savings

    {October 31st, 2022} by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

    MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The impact of 40-year high inflation is hitting savings accounts as a majority of Americans say they are stopping or reducing retirement savings because of inflation. More than half (54%) of Americans say they have stopped or reduced retirement savings due to inflation, according to the 2022 Q3 Quarterly Market Perceptions Study from Allianz […]

    Aristotle Expands Credit Offerings with Acquisition of Pacific Asset Management from Pacific Life

    {October 31st, 2022} by Aristotle Capital Management, LLC

    LOS ANGELES & NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aristotle Capital Management, LLC (“Aristotle”), an investment management organization that specializes in equity and fixed income portfolio management for institutional and advisory clients worldwide, and Pacific Life Insurance Company (“Pacific Life”), a leading mutual life insurance company, today jointly announced Aristotle’s planned acquisition of Pacific Life’s third-party credit asset […]

    Jackson and Halo Investing Expand Relationship to Increase RIA Access to New Fee-Based Annuity Solutions

    {October 31st, 2022} 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 it has expanded its relationship with Halo Investing (Halo), an award-winning platform for protective investments, to provide registered investment advisors (RIAs) more fee-based options when considering annuities. Jackson began offering RIAs access to fee-based fixed index annuities […]

    ‘Ugly times’ are pushing record annuity sales. Here’s what you need to know before you buy

    {October 31st, 2022} by Greg Iacurci

    Consumers are funneling money into annuities as the stock market tanks and higher interest rates raise payouts for buyers. Annuity sales in the third quarter of 2022 approached $80 billion, just edging out the $79.4 billion record set in Q2, according to estimates published by Limra, an insurance industry trade group. Click HERE to view […]

    ‘Are they all they’re claiming to be?’ What is an IUL, and what do advisers think of them?

    {October 31st, 2022} by Alisa Wolfson

    Wink’s Note: No, no, NO! On indexed life, it is inaccurate to say that a “portion of the funds are invested in a stock market index.” The purchaser is NEVER invested in the stock market index with these products. Later, an advisor is quoted as saying, “Most people try to get the most insurance for […]

    Annuity Products – Negotiating A Surrender

    {October 31st, 2022} by Burt Snover

    There are many opinions among financial industry professionals on why annuity surrender charges exist, how they may be a good thing, and how they may actually enhance product designs. On the flip side, many cynics believe they exist to further gouge a client, or that they represent an additional profit center for the carrier. It […]

    Brad Rhodes: Who gets money from your annuity if you die?

    {October 31st, 2022} by Staff

    Brad Rhodes: Who gets money from your annuity if you die? If you buy an annuity and die, the insurance company keeps your money. We have all seen and heard that broad statement. Is it true? No. Click HERE to read the full story via INN   Wink’s Note: While this is true about deferred […]

    How To Buy An Annuity

    {October 31st, 2022} by John Egan

    Many retirees who would benefit from annuities generally avoid them. That’s a shame because Americans tend to underestimate how long they’ll live, and it means they’re missing out on one of the best reasons to choose annuities: longevity insurance. Click HERE to read the full story via Forbes     Wink’s Note:  really appreciated the […]

    LPL sees demand for yield products amid down market

    {October 31st, 2022} by Bruce Kelly

    LPL Financial Holdings Inc. saw financial advisers and their clients turn to commission-based products that promise yield, including fixed income, annuities and alternative investments, in recent months as equities struggled and anxiety about a U.S. recession permeate the market. Click HERE to read the full story via InvestmentNews     Wink’s note: LPL Financial has been […]

    54% of Consumers Have Cut Retirement Savings Due to Inflation: Allianz Life

    {October 31st, 2022} by Michael S. Fischer

    Inflation in the U.S. is taking a toll on consumers and retirement savers, according to Allianz Life’s third-quarter market perceptions study. Fifty-four percent of study participants reported that they have stopped or reduced retirement savings because of inflation, and 43% said rising costs have forced them to dip into their retirement savings. Click HERE to […]

    Annuities Continue To Soar In 2022

    {October 31st, 2022} by Edward Hayes

    Annuities are continuing their record-breaking year. For the second consecutive quarter, these products saw increased sales in LIMRA’s “U.S. Individual Annuity Sales Survey,” reporting $79.6 billion in sales for the third quarter, which represents a 27% increase over a year ago. Click HERE to read the full story via Financial Advisor   Wink’s Note: I […]

    Apollo Turns to Smaller Firms for Investing Acumen in High-Growth Areas

    {October 31st, 2022} by Chris Cumming

    Apollo Global Management Inc. is taking an unusual approach to harnessing investing talent outside its traditional areas of expertise: backing smaller private-equity firms. Executives of the New York-based alternative-asset giant, which manages about $515 billion, often emphasize the firm’s cost-conscious approach—a principle of avoiding market bubbles or overpaying for investments. Originally known for snapping up […]

    Private Equity’s Pension-Plan Takeovers Face Backlash

    {October 31st, 2022} by Chris Cumming

    Private equity’s aggressive expansion into the insurance industry is facing pushback from some lawmakers and labor unions, who say that buyout firms take too much risk with investments that back workers’ nest eggs. As low interest rates squeezed insurers over the past decade, private-equity managers moved in to acquire struggling businesses on the cheap. Now, […]

    Both Life Insurance and Annuity Customer Satisfaction Decline as Pandemic Fears Wane, J.D. Power Finds

    {October 24th, 2022} by JD Power

    TROY, Mich.: 13 Oct. 2022 — Individual life insurance and annuity products—with the longest term lengths of long-term investment and insurance products—have created a customer engagement problem. According to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Individual Life Insurance StudySM and the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Individual Annuity Study,SM both released today, customer satisfaction with these products starts declining relatively soon […]

    NY Court of Appeals reinstates tough standard for life insurance, annuities

    {October 24th, 2022} by John Hilton

    The New York State Court of Appeals sided with regulators in a Thursday decision to reinstate the toughest state annuity sales standard in the nation. Regulation 187, passed in 2018 by the New York State Department of Financial Services, requires life insurance and annuity producers to base their sales recommendations on the best interest of […]

    Why Are Customers So Unhappy With Life Insurance and Annuities?

    {October 24th, 2022} by Michael S. Fischer

    Customers’ satisfaction starts to decline relatively soon after they buy individual life insurance and annuity products, according to two new studies from J.D. Power. As a result, there is both a low likelihood that customers will consider buying other insurance and financial services products and a general lack of understanding of products these customers already […]

    16 Highest-Paid CEOs in Financial Services

    {October 24th, 2022} by Michael S. Fischer

    The 15th edition of the Equilar 200, which analyzes pay packages awarded to chief executives at U.S. public companies during fiscal year 2021, showed that median total CEO compensation surged to $23.2 million in 2021, a 29.4% increase from the previous year. The Equilar 200 includes the largest pay packages awarded to CEOs from U.S.-based […]

    How DOL’s New Independent Contractor Rule Could Cause Major Headaches for Advisors

    {October 24th, 2022} by Jeff Berman

    The proposed rule the Labor Department released Oct. 11 that would determine worker classification as either an independent contractor or an employee stands to create a major headache for financial advisors, according to David Bellaire, executive vice president and general counsel for the Financial Services Institute, an advocacy group. The new Labor rule would replace […]

    Life insurance lags behind other sectors in adopting behavioral benefits

    {October 24th, 2022} by Doug Bailey

    Behavioral insurance has found a place in health, auto, and home coverage, but U.S. companies have been relatively slow to apply the dynamics to life insurance. This type of insurance underwrites, prices, and pays out according to a customer’s behavior. Auto insurers use telematics or mobile apps that can reward drivers with lower premiums based […]

    Federal Judge OKs $25M Genworth Universal Life Settlement

    {October 24th, 2022} by Allison Bell

    A federal judge in Richmond, Virginia, approved a $25 million universal life insurance class action at a fairness hearing Monday. Genworth Life and Annuity Company agreed to pay the settlement to about 13,400 policyholders affected by a Genworth move to increase the policyholders’ cost-of-insurance rate in 2019. Genworth Life also agreed not to challenge claimants […]

    Top New York court revives protections for buyers of annuities, life insurance

    {October 24th, 2022} by Barbara Grzincic

    (Reuters) – New York’s highest court on Thursday reinstated a 2018 regulation that requires life insurance and annuity producers to base their sales recommendations on the best interest of the consumer, regardless of the adviser’s compensation or other incentives. The New York Court of Appeals – the state’s top court – overturned an intermediate appellate ruling that […]

    Market Conditions Create a Fixed Annuity Buying Opportunity

    {October 24th, 2022} by Scott Stolz

    Fixed annuity sales hit a record $28.7 billion in the second quarter of this year, up 79% over the same quarter of last year, according to LIMRA’s annuity sales estimates. Historically, fixed annuity sales have been highly correlated with 10-year Treasury rates. An accurate prediction of 10-year Treasury rates would lead to an accurate estimate […]

    AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Its Main Rated Subsidiaries

    {October 24th, 2022} by AM Best

    LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa-” (Superior) of the main rated insurance subsidiaries of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (Zurich) (Switzerland). At the same time, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “a” (Excellent) of Zurich (a non-operating holding […]

    AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Farmers New World Life Insurance Company and Farmers Reinsurance Company

    {October 24th, 2022} 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 Farmers New World Life Insurance Company (FNWL) (Bellevue, WA). At the same time, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” (Excellent) of […]

    The Standard to Acquire Securian Financial’s Retirement Plan Recordkeeping Business

    {October 24th, 2022} by Securian Financial and The Standard

    PORTLAND, Ore. & ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Standard Insurance Company (“The Standard”) and Securian Financial Group, Inc. (“Securian Financial”) today announced a definitive agreement under which The Standard will acquire Securian Financial’s retirement recordkeeping business. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close this year. The Standard and Securian Financial are […]

    Pacific Life Enhances Select Indexed Universal Life Insurance Products by Providing Additional Policyowner Flexibility

    {October 24th, 2022} by Pacific Life

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pacific Life has added two new uncapped volatility control indexed accounts to select indexed universal life insurance (IUL) products. These indexed accounts are available on certain new and inforce policies and are tied to the BlackRock Endura® Index,1 which uses volatility controls to determine a daily mix of equities and short-term U.S. Treasuries […]

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