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  1. What Advisors Don’t Know About Variable Annuities: Market Conditions and VAs

    In part four of our series, we look at how market conditions affect variable annuities. VAs may appear, on paper, to be a win-win, but the reality is more nuanced.

  2. Finra targets variable annuities as 'sweet spot' of scrutiny

    Following record MetLife fine, regulator says VAs are now at the core of their focus: complex products marketed to seniors.

  3. Fixed indexed annuity sales gaining on VAs : Cerulli

    Fixed indexed annuity sales are steadily gaining on those of variable annuities, thanks in large part to continued low interest rates.

  4. Jackson National to offer DoubleLine smart beta fund in VAs

    Smart-beta strategies got their latest seal of approval in the form of a $100 million mandate from variable annuity giant Jackson National, which has added the DoubleLine Shiller Enhanced CAPE Fund to its menu of VA investment options.

  5. Time for More ETF-Based VAs

    ETFs could help solve the high costs that dog variable annuities.

  6. Warning on VAs to Advisors: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

    Glenn Daily, insurance expert and variable annuity dissenter, says the complexity of these products’ guaranteed benefits is beyond most advisors’ ability to assess.

  7. What Advisors Don’t Know About Variable Annuities: How VAs Fit Into a Client’s Portfolio

    Properly assessing the viability of a variable annuity for a particular client entails considerably more than just adding it alongside a standard model portfolio.

  8. Perez calls out variable annuities in argument for DOL fiduciary rule

    Using an anecdote critical of VAs , Thomas Perez says most people are better served by simple investments.

  9. Jackson National's variable annuity sales suspensions pay off

    Advisers willing to wait to get into the carrier's VAs and if history is any guide, first quarter sales will jump.

  10. Are Variable Annuity Guaranteed Benefits on Their Way Out?

    Clients who purchased VAs with lifetime guarantees need to stay alert: nervous insurance companies issuing these guarantees may soon seek substantial modifications to outstanding contracts.

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