Five Reasons Why Americans Buy Annuities

21 Jun

A smart way to help protect your retirement portfolio is to be diversified. This gives you opportunities in retirement to take income from assets not affected by market fluctuations, protecting your overall retirement investments. And that’s one of the many benefits of diversifying your retirement portfolio with fixed annuity products. More>>

Advisers Plan More Annuity Recommendations Amid the Pandemic

16 Jun

The past year provided some scares for people nearing retirement, and financial advisers are addressing concerns about future income in part with annuities, new data from InvestmentNews Research show.

It’s a product category that registered investment advisers shunned for years, but there are good reasons why they are increasingly receptive to annuities. The insurance products have become much more compatible with RIAs’ compensation models, and they can provide some financial security that their clients are seeking, panelists at the InvestmentNews Annuities in 2021 webcast said. More>>

June is Annuity Awareness Month

9 Jun

Guest contributor: Brendan Connerton, serves as Director, Annuities at Crump Life Insurance Services.

Whether searching for yield for continued growth, locking in market gains, or planning for income in retirement, annuities have clients covered.

June is Annuity awareness month and a perfect time for you to have conversations with your clients around protection and guarantees for both accumulation and income. More>>

16 Commonly Misunderstood Insurance Words

7 Jun

Underwriting, premiums, contestability period—terms like these can make insurance words seem like a foreign language.

Fortunately, a good insurance professional can help you make sense of it all. So can the definitions below. We explained them in recognition of Financial Literacy Month. Read on to understand some commonly misunderstood insurance words. More>>

How Do DOL Rules Impact Insurance Producers?

3 Mar

Guest contributor: H. Lillian Vogl, JD, CFP, serves as director, advanced sales, at Crump Life Insurance Services and serves on the company’s regulatory council.

To the surprise of many, the Department of Labor allowed the previous administration’s final fiduciary advice regulation, officially titled Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2020-02, to go into effect on Feb. 16. The focus of PTE 2020-02 is on broker-dealers and registered investment advisors, but how does this turn of events impact insurance producers? More>>

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Annuities

11 Jun

Annuities are great tools for retirement planning, but they can be complicated, too. And the terminology can be confusing even when the underlying concept is simple. When it comes to this important piece of the retirement-security puzzle, how well do you understand annuities? More>>

Indexed Annuities: What Are They?

15 Oct

An indexed annuity is a fixed annuity that earns interest or provides benefits linked to an external reference or an index. The value of the index might be tied to a stock or other index. One of the most commonly used indices is Standard & Poor’s Composite Stock Price Index (the S&P 500). The value of any index varies from day to day and is not predictable. When you buy an indexed annuity, you own an insurance contract rather than shares of stock or index. More >>