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Meals From the Heartland: Annual Hunger Fight

{September 4th, 2015} by Jamie Johnson

Wink Rock Stars volunteered at the 8th Annual Hunger Fight with Meals from the Heartland and helped package 4 MILLION meals in just FOUR DAYS! Every year, the Annual Hunger Fight has a tremendous impact on alleviating local and global hunger. The meals are distributed to food-insecure children and families by partners like Convoy of Hope, DMARC, and […]

NAIC AG49 changes bring consistency to IUL illustrations

{September 4th, 2015} by TOM DORUSKA

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted the life insurance illustration regulation in 1995, which individual states then enacted into law. At the time the regulation was adopted, indexed universal life (IUL) had not yet been introduced to the marketplace. As a result, the current illustration guidelines that apply to the product were not […]



{September 1st, 2015} by Sheryl J. Moore

Indexed Annuity Wink’s Sales & Market Report, 2nd Quarter 2015 shows second quarter 2015 indexed annuity sales were $12,253 million, compared with sales of $12,566 million for the second quarter of 2014. Second quarter indexed annuity sales were up nearly 8% when compared to the previous quarter, and down just over 2% when compared with the […]

Why fixed indexed annuity sales continue to grow


The “Great Recession,” followed by a sustained low-interest rate environment, are just a couple of factors that have contributed to a fairly tumultuous period in the life insurance industry over the past half-decade. One bright spot within the industry, however, has been the continued robust growth of fixed indexed annuity (FIA) sales. First introduced in […]

Life Insurance Awareness Month

{September 1st, 2015} by Life Happens

There’s a growing crisis of underinsurance—too many Americans without adequate life insurance. More than 40% of Americans have no life insurance, according to the 2015 Insurance Barometer Study by Life Happens and LIMRA. That’s why each September Life Happens coordinates Life Insurance Awareness Month. This industry-wide campaign is aimed at educating Americans about the importance […]

National Suicide Prevention Week

{September 1st, 2015} by Bob Gebbia

Dear Friends, We have some real momentum going into National Suicide Prevention Week – September 6-12. We recently partnered with the Anxiety Depression Association of America and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention to conduct a public opinion poll on mental health and suicide prevention, and the results are truly encouraging. Highlights include: Nearly […]

American National Life Insurance Company of New York Introduces Two New Indexed Annuities With Multiple Interest Crediting Strategies — ASIA PLUS 7 and ASIA PLUS 10

{September 1st, 2015} by American National Insurance Company

September 01, 2015 12:17 ET | Source: American National Insurance Company GLENMONT, N.Y., Sept. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — American National Life Insurance Company of New York announces two new indexed annuity products, ASIA PLUS 7 and ASIA PLUS 10, available September 1, 2015. Each innovative annuity product provides up to six potential interest crediting strategies […]

Be careful holding insurance business conversations in public places

{September 1st, 2015} by Rosalie L. Donlon

For all the concern about privacy many people are comfortable conducting conversations about the most personal topics in public. How many times have you overheard a discussion on the subway or in an airport lounge that made you cringe? According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, young adults generally seem more forgiving of […]

Pre-Retirees to Millennials: Start Saving Now

{September 1st, 2015} by New York Life

Begin putting money away while in your twenties… and put it on auto-pilot NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2015 – Pre-retirees report a high level of confidence when their savings are on auto-pilot through automated vehicles including direct deposit into a 401k plan, a mortgage, or permanent life insurance, according to a new survey of pre-retirees […]

Protective Life to Support Life Insurance Awareness Month with Educational Outreach, Twitter Event

{September 1st, 2015} by Business Wire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Protective Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Protective Life Corporation, today announced it is supporting Life Insurance Awareness Month in September with a variety of educational tools delivered through its extended online channels, independent agents, ‘mommy bloggers’ and even social media events. “Research shows that individuals understand the need for life insurance. Yet […]

Buying Life Insurance Is Like Sending A Love Letter

{September 1st, 2015} by Cyril Tuohy

They may not exactly be love letters in the tradition of great writers — or lovers — but it’s the thought that counts. The life insurance industry has designated September as Life Insurance Awareness Month. On the occasion of this special month, which begins Tuesday, we asked agents and financial advisors to weigh in on […]

U.S. Individual Life Insurance Premium Improves 8% in Q2

{September 1st, 2015} by LIMRA

WINDSOR, Conn., Sept. 1, 2015—U.S. individual life insurance new annualized premium increased 8 percent in the second quarter 2015, according to LIMRA’s Second Quarter 2015 Retail Life Insurance Sales Survey. “This was the fourth consecutive quarter of premium growth for individual life insurance. Every major product line except variable life recorded positive growth,” noted Ashley […]

Storytelling: An underutilized selling skill for insurance agents

{September 1st, 2015} by Brent Kelly

Great stories agree with our world view. The best stories don’t teach people anything new. Instead, the best stories agree with what the audience already believes and makes the members of the audience feel smart and secure when reminded how right they were in the first place.” – Seth Godin As an insurance agent, there are […]

Dave Ramsey’s unjust war on whole life insurance

{August 31st, 2015} by Michael Markey

My senior year at Eastern Michigan University, I met with a counselor to make sure everything was in order for me to graduate. Apparently, it was not. I had never taken Math 118: Linear Equations. Click HERE to read article…

A.M. Best Upgrades Ratings of CNO Financial Group, Inc. and Its Life/Health Subsidiaries

{August 31st, 2015} by Best's News Service

Oldwick – A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “a-” from “bbb+” for the life/health subsidiaries of CNO Financial Group, Inc. (CNO Financial) (Carmel, IN) [NYSE: CNO]. Concurrently, A.M. Best also has upgraded the ICR and existing senior issue ratings […]

BestWeek: MetLife Says SIFI Designation a Product of FSOC ‘Imagination’

{August 29th, 2015} by Rick Cornejo, managing editor, BestWeek: rick.cornejo@ambest.com

OLDWICK, N.J. – The Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of MetLife Inc. as a systemically important financial institution is not based on facts, but on the council’s imaginative concepts of how the company could lead the country into another financial meltdown, a MetLife legal filing said, according to the latest edition of BestWeek. The FSOC […]

AIG accuses Coventry First of illegal markups on death bets


(Bloomberg) — Coventry First LLC illegally marked up prices on hundreds of investments that bet on when people would die, an American International Group Inc. unit said at the start of a fraud trial in New York. Lavastone Capital LLC, the AIG subsidiary, claims Coventry ripped it off of more than $150 million by systematically jacking […]

Would Advisors Abandon The Market Over Fiduciary Rules?

{August 28th, 2015} by Cyril Tuohy

Investors should expect to see financial advisors stampede out of the market if fiduciary rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) are adopted. That’s the view from industry lobbyists and executives representing insurance companies, broker/dealers, mutual funds and financial advisors. Not so, insist consumer groups, labor unions, who are among the proponents of […]

How to enhance life insurance portfolio returns

{August 27th, 2015} by Mike Siegel

In today’s low yield environment, an efficient way for life insurers to enhance portfolio returns may be through investing in less liquid assets. Life insurers may be cautious of increasing credit risk as credit assets are expensive and credit underwriting standards are deteriorating. Increasing duration can be challenging when the path of interest rates remains uncertain […]

Annuity Educator Partners with American Equity

{August 27th, 2015} by Admin

Clients will have access to an expanded suite of investment products and services Annuity Educator is pleased to announce that they have recently added American Equity to their long list of preferred partners. As a leading investment life insurance holding company, American Equity specializes in fixed index and fixed-rate annuity products. With this new partnership, Annuity […]

3 ways social media can help the industry’s talent gap

{August 26th, 2015} by Paul Wilson

San Francisco – It’s no secret that the insurance industry is facing an enormous talent gap in the coming years. As more boomers retire every day, the industry will need to fill 70,000 positions per year, yet only 14,000 students each year are currently pursuing risk and insurance degrees. But as Jessica Gaudio of MyPath told attendees Thursday […]

Allianz, Securian Among Insurers Focusing on Income Annuities

{August 26th, 2015} by Linda Koco

There might annuity product designs be heading in the second half of 2015? Based on the August product launches, the focus is on retirement income — and retirement security. Attention to accumulation does show up, but that too is couched in terms of income. Following are a few examples of the different ways this is […]

What Your Financial Adviser Should be Doing for You

{August 26th, 2015} by Chuck Epstein

The age of consumerism has passed over the financial services industry. This means average investors who buy mutual funds, insurance policies, annuities and other types of investments work under the assumption that their financial adviser is working in their best interests. This is a false assumption. As numerous lawsuits and ongoing battles over the role […]

Life Insurance Marketing Tool Launched

{August 26th, 2015} by Christopher Robbins

Life Happens, a non-profit group, is offering advisors a tool that aids in the marketing of life insurance products. The organization, dedicated to educating the public about health and life insurance, has made its Life Happens Pro platform available to advisors. “We’ve built this platform so that they can take advantage of social media,” Matt […]

Study: Life insurance coverage gap hurts women more

{August 26th, 2015} by Warren S. Hersch

Expanding on a growing body of research focusing on women, a new report identifies a gender gap in financial preparedness. The study, unveiled by NerdWallet, reveals that more than 4 in 10 women who own life insurance (43 percent) would be financially impacted by the death of a spouse. The fallout from a spouse’s loss […]

Women may be less prepared for the death of their spouse

{August 26th, 2015} by Quentin Fottrell

When the wage gap collides with the longevity gap Nearly half of women (49%) say their ability to make mortgage payments, save for college tuition and pay bills would be adversely affected by the death of their spouse, compared to just 37% of men, according to a new survey by personal finance site NerdWallet. Women […]

Making Life Insurance Relevant for Today’s Consumers

{August 26th, 2015} by Brooks Tingle

We’ve come a long way from our old vanilla & chocolate world (Whole Life & Term that is) by Brooks Tingle Mr. Tingle is Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategy for John Hancock Insurance. In addition to leading all of John Hancock’s insurance marketing activities, Mt. Tingle is charged with developing and implementing John Hancock’s […]

Coming Soon!

{August 25th, 2015} by Wink RockStars

Serving as the industry’s #1 resource of indexed insurance product sales; Wink’s Sales & Market Report is unique in that it provides sales by product, company, crediting method, index, distribution channel, surrender charge period and more. The newest version of Wink’s Sales & Market Report will be released with the upcoming 2nd Quarter, 2015 results!   […]

Life insurance for business owners: a multipurpose tool

{August 25th, 2015} by David Port

Any advisor who counts a business owner among their clients knows that telltale look, the one that says, “I already have too much on my plate running a company to worry about long-term planning stuff.” All too frequently, the day-to-day concerns of running a company push vital business planning and big-picture strategic decisions to the […]

Brokers International to host annual WOMAN Fall Forum

{August 25th, 2015} by Brokers International

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Contact: Karen Bump WOMAN phone: 866.250.9160 Email: kbump@biltd.com   Brokers International to host annual WOMAN Fall Forum Female financial professionals nationwide are invited to participate in Brokers International’s 2015 Women’s Mentoring Agent Network (WOMAN) Fall Forum. The two-day event to be held September 16 to 18 in Panora, Iowa will […]

The arts mean business in Iowa

{August 24th, 2015} by John Pappajohn

9:29 p.m. CDT August 11, 2015 Ask an outsider what they know about Iowa, and they may say one of three things, CORN … HOGS … and FARMLAND. Yes, Iowa is known for its agricultural bounty. But visit the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago, and you’ll undoubtedly run into “American Gothic,” a painting universally recognized […]

A.M. Best Special Report: Low Interest Rates Continue to Restrain U.S. Life/Annuity Results

{August 24th, 2015} by Business Wire

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. life/health (L/H) industry performed favorably in the first quarter of 2015, with a 54% increase in net income and a 5.8% increase in direct premiums written (DPW), compared with the prior-year period, according to a new A.M. Best special report. However, despite the positive earnings in the first quarter and in recent […]

2015 Advisor of the Year: Eric Scott

{August 24th, 2015} by Daniel Williams

Eric Scott, for lack of a better word, is a storyteller. He weaves pages from history, insights from his 30 years as a retirement expert, even touchstones from his personal life, to better connect with his clients, providing guideposts for their retirement. When Scott’s Dad died earlier this year he spoke about it on his […]

Life/Annuities Losing Wallet Share With 21st-Century Consumers

{August 24th, 2015} by Cyril Tuohy

Sluggish sales trends in the life insurance and annuities sector beg the question: Will life insurance and annuities as we know them be relegated to niche products one day? Are they not already there, so far as consumers are concerned? Nasty, ugly thoughts unwelcome at the tail end of the splendid summer months. Click HERE […]

Iowa Insurance Commissioner: US System Deserves Mutual Recognition From European Regulators

{August 24th, 2015} by Thomas Harman, Washington Bureau manager, BestWeek: Tom.Harman@ambest.com

CHICAGO – Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said the U.S. state-based insurance system deserves mutual recognition from European regulators attempting to create new international regulations. Gerhart spoke with Best’s News Service at the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s Summer National Meeting. The following is an edited transcript of the interview. Q: You’re a member of […]

MetLife: SIFI Designation a Product of FSOC ‘Imagination’

{August 24th, 2015} by Frank Klimko, Washington correspondent, BestWeek: frank.klimko@ambest.com

WASHINGTON – The Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of MetLife Inc. as a systemically important financial institution is not based on facts, but on the council’s imaginative concepts of how the company could lead the country into another financial meltdown, MetLife said. The FSOC critique was contained in a MetLife legal brief filed Aug. 21 […]

MetLife fights risk label by saying it’s not a U.S. finance firm

{August 24th, 2015} by Ian Katz and Andrew harris

(Bloomberg) — MetLife Inc.’s fight to free itself from a costly government label is increasingly focusing on a bold argument: The giant insurer isn’t actually a U.S. financial company.   In court papers filed in Washington on Friday, MetLife said it doesn’t meet the legal definition of a U.S. non-bank financial firm, in part because […]

As the Labor Department moves ever closer to a final fiduciary standard rule, the rhetoric, predictably, has reached fever pitch.

{August 24th, 2015} by N/A

As the Labor Department moves ever closer to a final fiduciary standard rule, the rhetoric, predictably, has reached fever pitch. The department’s recently completed four-day marathon of hearings featured the usual suspects trotting out the usual arguments — and self-funded studies — for or against the rule. Industry representatives insisted that the rule as proposed […]

Top 10 annuity sellers in the second quarter

{August 24th, 2015} by InvestmentNews

Big second quarter U.S. annuity sales totaled $60.2 billion in the second quarter, 3% lower than in the second quarter of 2014 but 10% higher than in the first quarter, according to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute’s second quarter U.S. Individual Annuities Sales Survey. Todd Giesing, senior business analyst, LIMRA Secure Retirement Research, said in a […]

American Equity Marks Major Milestone in Client Appreciation

{August 24th, 2015} by NAFA Staff

American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, a leading issuer of fixed indexed annuities, celebrated its 100th Client Appreciation Event recently in Louisville, Kentucky. American Equity representatives hosted more than 300 policyholders and guests for an informal luncheon. The attendees enjoyed an opportunity to learn more about the industry, their individual annuities and ask Company leaders […]

LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute Reports Total Annuity Sales Reach $60.2 Billion in Second Quarter 2015

{August 24th, 2015} by LIMRA

Annuity Sales Rebound from First Quarter But Fall Below Prior Year Results U.S. annuity sales totaled $60.2 billion in the second quarter 2015, 3 percent lower than sales recorded prior year, according to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute’s second quarter U.S. Individual Annuities Sales Survey. “Second quarter annuity sales results were 10 percent higher than in […]

IUL: A Nontraditional Way to Allocate Retirement Assets

{August 24th, 2015} by N/A

Asset allocation in retirement income planning is perhaps one of the most fundamental concepts to ensuring sufficient retirement income while maximizing the growth potential of a client’s assets. While equities, bonds and cash equivalents are some of the traditional asset classes, or buckets, that advisors seek out in designing any given client’s allocation strategy, a […]

Principal Financial names new CEO

{August 21st, 2015} by Kevin Hardy and Matthew Patane

Larry Zimpleman, who as CEO steered Principal Financial Group through the Great Recession, has stepped aside, passing control to Chief Operations Officer Dan Houston. Zimpleman, Principal’s CEO since 2008, will stay active within the company as the executive chairman of the board of directors, a board-approved move that became effective Tuesday. Zimpleman was responsible for […]

Principal Financial names new president and CEO

{August 21st, 2015} by The Associated Press

   DES MOINES, Iowa —Principal Financial Group announced that Daniel Houston has been named president and chief executive officer. The new position will be effective Aug. 18. “Careful and thoughtful succession planning is an integral part of our business success,” said Larry Zimpleman, chairman of Principal’s Board of Directors. “Dan brings 31 years of experience […]

Marketers Have Lost Control of Insurance Buying Process

{August 21st, 2015} by Andrew G. Simpson

After careers spent crafting and controlling their companies’ messaging to customers, insurance marketing and advertising professionals have lost control. Customers and prospects have taken over. Increasingly, today’s insureds and prospects care more about what other parties have to say than they do about what an insurer or agency has to say about its products and […]

Yet another gender gap: key facts about women in 3 infographics

{August 21st, 2015} by Warren S. Hersch

If you’re a loyal reader of LifeHealthPro, then you’re likely aware of a gender gap — actually, multiple ones — in the market for insurance and financial services. Lest your memory is in need of refreshing, here are some examples from industry surveys we’ve reported on in this space: Click HERE to read

What’s Behind Japanese Life Insurers Acquiring U.S. Companies?

{August 20th, 2015} by InsuranceNewsNet

Recent billion-dollar acquisitions of U.S. life carriers by large Japanese life insurers don’t necessarily mark the beginning of a trend, as very few Japanese insurers are large enough to execute such transactions, an analyst said. With three of the four largest Japanese insurers having announced U.S. acquisitions in the past year, the Japanese giants are […]

Financial Marketers, Millennials And The Opportunities Therein

{August 20th, 2015} by Steve Olenski

Everybody should have health insurance. Life insurance. Auto insurance. Homeowner’s insurance or rental insurance. Bad hair day insurance. A pension plan. Savings bonds. Gold buried in the backyard. Yada, yada and yada. There’s just too many financial products to buy, so why bother with any of them? Eat, drink, and be merry — for tomorrow […]

D.M.-based Symetra Life has new owner

{August 19th, 2015} by Matthew Patane

A Des Moines-area life insurance company that came to Iowa last year has a new owner from Japan. Symetra Financial, a Washington-based company, announced Tuesday that it is now owned by Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. Sumitomo is a life insurance company with headquarters in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The acquisition of Symetra Financial includes Symetra […]

Four More Carriers Sign With DTCC Producer Management Portal

{August 19th, 2015} by Cyril Tuohy

Transamerica, New York Life, Great American and Prudential have signed on to a producer management portal offered by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (DTCC). The automated platform offers insurers a centralized database for the annuities industry to track, share and verify producer training completions. Because annuity agents can be licensed and appointed in many […]

Brokers Call for Implementation of National Licensing Reform Law

{August 19th, 2015} by Andrew G. Simpson

Insurance producers are calling upon the Obama Administration to begin implementation of a licensing reform measure signed into law eight months ago. When President Obama signed the renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) in January, he also signed into law an attached measure to streamline insurance producer licensing known as the National Association […]

Manulife reports 2Q15 core earnings of $902 million, strong top line growth and $883 billion in assets under management and administration

{August 19th, 2015} by PRNewswire

C$ unless otherwise stated TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC SEHK:945 Performance and strategic highlights: Asia Division – Delivered strong double digit growth, versus prior year, in insurance sales and new business value driven by sales in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore; doubled wealth and asset management gross flows compared with prior year levels, reflecting the success of new […]


What Do People Need to Know About Annuities?

{August 18th, 2015} by Sheryl J. Moore

June marked the second annual commencement of National Annuity Awareness Month- a month dedicated to educating consumers about annuities, their benefits, and features.  Since I was out on maternity leave last June, this was my first opportunity to be involved in the festivities. In fact, I was able to obtain the Iowa governor’s Proclamation, identifying the indexed annuity capital of […]


{August 18th, 2015} by Jamie Johnson

Wink loves the latest viral Twitter campaign #ILookLikeAnEngineer!  Facing our own industry stereotypes, we can relate with fellow insurance agents who “do not fit the cookie-cutter mold”.  Calling all Agents! Stand up and join our campaign! Tweet us a photo to redefine who an insurance agent is #ILookLikeAnAgent  Click HERE for further #ILookLikeAnEngineer inspiration  

How 10 life insurers got their start

{August 18th, 2015} by Nichole Morford

Before the tax advantages, before the investment elements, before a single fancy rider had been dreamed up, the need for life insurance was recognized and honored. This is a product that can be traced all the way back to ancient Rome, where military leaders established guilds called “benevolent societies” to cover funeral expenses and living […]

A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Voya Financial, Inc. and Its Subsidiaries

{August 18th, 2015} by Best's News Service

CONTACTS:   Michael Adams Senior Financial Analyst (908) 439-2200, ext. 5133 michael.adams@ambest.comStephen Irwin Vice President (908) 439-2200, ext. 5454 stephen.irwin@ambest.com Christopher Sharkey Manager, Public Relations (908) 439-2200, ext. 5159 christopher.sharkey@ambest.comJim Peavy Assistant Vice President, Public Relations (908) 439-2200, ext. 5644 james.peavy@ambest.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OLDWICK – AUGUST 18, 2015 A.M. Best has affirmed the financial […]

FSI: DOL Fiduciary Rule To Cost IBDs $3.9 Billion

{August 18th, 2015} by Megan Leonhardt

The Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary rule will cost independent broker/dealers nearly $3.9 billion in start-up costs, according to a new study commissioned by the Financial Services Institute. The industry lobby group released the report, conducted by Oxford Economics, on Tuesday. The report found that startup costs per firm range from $1.1 million to $16.3 million, […]

CORRECTING and REPLACING New Study Reveals What Women Breadwinners Want and Need and How They Are “Leaning In” on Financial Decisions

{August 18th, 2015} by Business Wire

Family, friends pressure women to downplay breadwinner status; 28% say parents disapprove Many lack confidence in wealth management skills, give advisors low grades Almost half want more flexibility from employer to juggle personal, work commitments CORRECTION…by Family Wealth Advisors Council August 18, 2015 04:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the paragraph above the […]

Providing much needed life coverage to women

{August 18th, 2015} by Paul Mallett

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand for past 20 years or so, you are aware women are assuming greater financial control within the family. In fact, it’s quite common now for the woman to be the primary breadwinner.Women today are every bit as financially savvy as men, and are often more concerned […]

What We Heard at the DOL Fiduciary Hearing

{August 18th, 2015} by John Hilton

After four days, 75 speakers, and 27 hours of testimony featuring thousands upon thousands of words devoted to the vagaries of financial planning, the Department of Labor closed its public hearing today. The next steps are likely to provide some interesting political theater — more on that in a moment. Officially, the DOL will publish […]

Olympian Embracing New Challenge In Virtual Financial Planning

{August 18th, 2015} by Beaver County Times

Aug. 15– Lauryn Williams is always looking for her next adventure. First, it was track, a first love that took her all the way from high school state championships to the Olympics. When that ended, there was bobsled, an unexpected second love that made her one of six athletes to win a medal in both […]

DBHC Advisory Network Launches Innovative Website for Registered Representatives

{August 18th, 2015} by DressanderBHC

Naperville, IL (DATE) Dressander|BHC, a leading independent financial marketing organization (FMO) based in Naperville, IL, recently launched a new website (www.dbhcadvisory.com) tailored for registered representatives affiliated with its Broker-Dealer Division, DBHC Advisory Network. DBHC Advisory Network brings marketing programs and a powerful array of conservative accumulation and guaranteed income solutions, such as fixed indexed annuities, […]

CFA criticizes 3 industry arguments against proposed DOL fiduciary rule

{August 18th, 2015} by Marlene Y. Satter

The Consumer Federation of America has come out swinging in favor of the Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary rule. In its latest foray, CFA has targeted three separate arguments made by the financial industry against the proposed rules, saying that rule makers can “safely ignore” them “as the last gasp efforts of industry to maintain a […]

Transamerica parent misses profit estimates for Q2 earnings

{August 18th, 2015} by David De Jong, Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) – Shares of Aegon NV, the Dutch owner of U.S. insurer Transamerica Corp., fell the most in almost two years after the company reported second-quarter profit below estimates and lowered its target for a key financial ratio. The company on Thursday said net income stood at 350 million euros ($389 million) in the three months […]

Annuity Sales Rebound In 2Q To Reach $60.2B

{August 18th, 2015} by LIMRA

WINDSOR, Conn. Aug. 18, 2015—U.S. annuity sales totaled $60.2 billion in the second quarter 2015, 3 percent lower than sales recorded prior year, according to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute’s second quarter U.S. Individual Annuities Sales Survey. “Second quarter annuity sales results were 10 percent higher than in the first quarter. Annuity sales were strong–since 2010, […]