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  • Wink Posts the Rest of the Annuity Sales Increase Story

    November 22, 2018 by Allison Bell

    Wink Inc. has come out with data relating to an important question: Were U.S. sales of individual, non-variable annuities really 46% higher in the third quarter than in the third quarter of 2017?

    The full results from Wink’s annuity issuer survey suggest that, according to the participants in Wink’s survey, sales really were up 46%, year over year. Sales increased to about $29.6 billion.

    Here’s where the sales came from:

    • Indexed annuities: $17.7 billion.
    • Multi-year guaranteed annuities (MYGAs): $10.8 billion.
    • Traditional fixed annuities: $1 billion.

    Sales of structured annuities, or indexed annuities which are registered as variable annuities, amounted to $3.4 billion.

    Sales of MYGA contracts showed the most rapid growth: They increased 63%, year-over-year.

    The complete report, which is behind a paywall, indicates that every carrier in the top 10 reported a year-over-year increase in non-deferred annuity sales. Nine of the companies increased sales more than 10%, and one increased sales more than 300%.

    Methods

    Wink analysts released preliminary results last week. The preliminary results were based on data from life insurers that account for about 94% of U.S. individual fixed and indexed annuity sales.

    The final results, which also appear to be based on results from issuers that account for about 94% of sales, include responses from 107 issuers.

    Wink reports that the providers account for 100% of structured annuity production, 99% of indexed annuity production, and a large majority of MYGA and traditional fixed annuity production.

    Resources

    More information about Wink life and annuity market survey data, including links to report summaries, is available here.

    Originally Posted at ThinkAdvisor on November 21, 2018 by Allison Bell.

    Categories: Wink's Articles
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