Life Insurance

Life insurance refers to a specified amount of capital—the death benefit—that is paid to beneficiaries upon the death of the policyholder. There are many different forms of life insurance including term life, whole life and universal life. Term life is arguably the most basic form of life insurance and is intended to provide financial protection through income replacement in the event of the premature death of the policyholder. There are also many different uses of life insurance such as income replacement, estate planning and tax planning.

Understanding the Differences between RIAs and Traditional Brokers

Those interested in understanding the differences between Registered Investment Advisors ("RIA") and traditional stockbrokers should read this Bloomberg article --this is one of the clearest and best articles that I have seen on the topic. Coverage of this issue is typically slanted in favor of the RIA because they are held to a fiduciary standard. The thinking is that the RIA model will be relatively objective and free of conflicts because it is largely fee-based . The Bloomberg article does a...

Annuity Business Drives Earnings Momentum at MetLife and Prudential

Life insurance companies MetLife and Prudential Financial both reported quarterly earnings that exceeded analysts' estimates. MetLife reported record variable annuity sales and a sharp rise in its retirement product fees. Prudential also reported strength in its annuity business. While annuity sales were strong at both companies, higher hedging costs had an adverse impact on the reported earnings of MetLife and Prudential. Source: Reuters Full Story

New Health Care Expense Software is Taking Aim at a Retirement Planning Void

There is a strong case to be made for health care as the linchpin of retirement planning.  Virtually...

5 Reasons to Question the Recent Indexed Annuity Article in Bloomberg

An article on indexed annuities appeared in Bloomberg yesterday (click here to read).

The article is substantive and comes from a credible source.  It is provides a good explanation of why surrender fees need to be a front-and-center consideration for any consumer considering the purchase of an...

New York Life Reports Record Sales of Fixed Immediate Annuities

New York Life Insurance Company reported record sales of fixed immediate annuity products for the third quarter of 2010. The nation's largest mutual life insurer reported $1.3 billion in fixed immediate annuity sales--an increase of 4 percent over the same period last year. According to EVP for Retirement Income Security Chris Blunt: “We’re on pace to achieve a seventh consecutive year of record sales of lifetime income annuities. Americans are more actively taking personal...