IRI to seek addition of guaranteed income provisions to retirement bill | Jackson National embraces storytelling to sell annuities, life insurance | Moody's: Reinsurers working to increase sales to annuity issuers
The Insured Retirement Institute will work to have provisions to give Americans greater access to guaranteed lifetime income added to the retirement legislation passed by the House Ways and Means Committee, said Cathy Weatherford, IRI's president and CEO. "We should not miss this opportunity to do more to significantly boost retirement security," she said.
Jackson National, a major provider of annuities and life insurance in the US, is urging financial professionals to make use of storytelling to sell its products. The company is providing several resources to help, including a photo essay aimed at helping consumers make the connection between life planning and financial planning.
Reinsurers are moving beyond their traditional business with providers of life insurance into other areas that include working with annuity issuers, according a report from Moody's Investors Service. Reinsurers are interested in increasing their sales of "longevity risk" contracts that help annuity issuers hedge against the risk that annuity owners live longer than the companies expected, Moody's said.
Western & Southern Financial Group, which sells annuities and other retirement products, in addition to life insurance, will acquire Gerber Life Insurance from Nestle for $1.55 billion in cash. The transaction will allow Western & Southern to sell insurance products under the Gerber Life name.
A subsidiary of Genworth Financial is asking holders of its senior notes for permission to change the terms of the note. The company wants to add Genworth Life Insurance and Annuity Co. to a list of entities for which a regulatory action would not be counted as default event.
Rule changes proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission to its whistleblower program are anti-whistleblower and largely reflect views of the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Whistleblower Center said. The group said in a letter to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton there is "a compelling need for full and complete transparency as to why the [SEC] proposed this rule, and what lobbying efforts were behind the proposals."
The House Financial Services Committee has voted 36-16 to advance a bill that would relax requirements for audits of small broker-dealers. Mandatory use of auditors approved by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board would be waived for brokers that have fewer than 150 registered representatives who don't provide custody services for client funds and that are in good standing with regulators.
Advisors must update financial-planning services to deal with digital assets, such as passwords and online accounts, writes Jeffrey Levine, CEO of BluePrint Wealth Alliance. He suggests that advisors have clients inventory digital assets and that advisors become up to date on rules on digital assets in a client's home state.
The stock market crash of 2008 changed the way people invest, experts say. Investors now put more money into bonds and index funds and less into actively managed funds, while fees on most investments have dropped
The median household income in the US rose 1.8% last year, as more people found jobs and more part-timers moved to full time, the Census Bureau said. However, incomes are barely above where they were in 2007, and they are essentially the same as in 1999 when adjusted for inflation, the Census Bureau said.
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