The annuity evolution

Features available on today’s fixed indexed annuities can give consumers the growth and safety they crave while allowing carriers to survive a low interest rate environment. The headline on a recent Bloomberg news story was eye-catching: “Low Rates May Be ‘Devastating’ to Annuities, Group Says.” The article centered on a speech by LIMRA Chief Executive … Continue reading

Annuity suitability law: Coming to your state soon

In 2010, the NAIC enacted the Suitability in Annuity Transaction Model Regulation to promote consumer understanding and help address complexities and improper sales practices in the annuity transaction process. The regulation requires insurers to establish a system to supervise recommendations and to set forth standards and procedures for recommendations to consumers that result in transactions … Continue reading

RMDs: A clear and present danger to a retirement plan

RMDs are dangerous to seniors’ financial health. The solution? A lifetime income annuity. Although they might claim that they are here to help boomers and seniors retire, are you sure that the government’s “retirement plan” is the best option for your clients? At age 70-and-a-half, all seniors have to take RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions) from … Continue reading

Retirement Strategies That Beat Father Time

How deferred income annuities can be a powerful option in creating a successful retirement plan. While most people refer to him as Father  Time, in the financial industry we have a more accurate, yet slightly less friendly, name for him: longevity risk. If longevity risk—the risk of outliving one’s money—was an easy problem to solve, … Continue reading

Addressing Longevity Risk

Know how to best mitigate your clients’ financial risks in living to a ripe old age. My friend, Cavett Robert, founder of the National Speakers Association, took a question from the audience. A young man raised his hand: “Mr. Robert, may I ask, please, how old you are?” Cavett, impeccably dressed with perfectly creased slacks … Continue reading