Several more states are moving quickly to add a best-interest annuity sales standard to its regulation of insurance products. The latest states to pursue the best-interest model law put forth by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners are Michigan, Arkansas, Maine and Nebraska. In February 2020, the NAIC adopted a model law that articulates a best-interest standard through the following four obligations: care, disclosure, conflict of interest and documentation. With the outbreak of COVID-19, states were slow to adopt the model in the months that followed. The NAIC began lobbying state officials over the summer of 2020 and began work on a series of FAQs to help facilitate adoption. | more
The Brokers Network is proud to announce the addition of Delaware Life to our portfolio of fixed annuity solutions. Contact us for more information on their great multi-year guarantee and fixed indexed annuities with some of the highest trail commissions in the industry.
The Brokers Network recently enhanced their fixed annuity portfolio with the additions of Oceanview Life & Annuity and Oxford Life. Though completely unrelated companies, Oceanview and Oxford Life were both established west of the Mississippi in 1965. Oceanview and Oxford Life have relatively new product portfolios so they are not strained by old blocks of business in this near 0% interest rate environment. We invite you to learn more about these new options and how their guaranteed fixed annuity solutions can help your clients.
Following the close of the June 1, 2020, acquisition by Fidelity National Financial, F&G is pleased to report financial strength ratings upgrades for its primary operating subsidiaries from S&P Global Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings. Already a significant fixed indexed annuity carrier as a top 10 provider (top 3 in the IMO channel), these upgrades for F&G are a testament to the benefit of Fidelity National Financial’s ownership and will help power F&G’s future growth.
The New York State Department of Financial Services Regulation 187 requires producers and insurers to implement a process that ensures they are acting in the consumer’s best interest when recommending life insurance policies issued in New York. This regulation goes into effect on February 1, 2020, and includes many new guidelines and training requirements. If you write life insurance in New York, you must complete all required training prior to soliciting and submitting any new business on or after February 1, 2020. We encourage you to complete your training as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary delays in the processing of your life insurance applications. | FAQ | Training
EquiTrust Life has increased the premium bonus on their MarketPower Bonus Index Annuity to 12.00%. This increase comes with no reduction in commissions, currently as high as 8.50% (varies by age and state). Act now as this special premium bonus increase is subject to end at any time. | more
After all the dust from the last-minute legal wrangling settled, the ruling by the 5th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals vacating the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule (the Rule) finally took effect on May 7th, 2018. The Rule, and all of its associated prohibited transactions, including the Transition Best Interest Contract Exemption, are removed from the list of Federal regulations and no longer apply. | more
Annuities can be tricky assets to pass on because they receive no step-up in cost basis at death. However, Lincoln National’s i4LIFE Indexed Advantage can provide unique legacy planning strategies with the option for beneficiaries to elect first-in, first-out (FIFO) taxation. i4LIFE is an optional feature available for an additional cost exclusively with Lincoln fixed indexed annuities. | more
We are pleased to inform you the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided to vacate the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule. A number of procedural matters must still occur before the decision is final. The Department of Justice has 45 days to request a rehearing by the Fifth Circuit. If a rehearing is not requested or is denied, the Fifth Circuit will issue a mandate in early May making its decision fully effective. The Department of Justice also has 90 days to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. Until this all gets sorted out, please continue to use PTE 84-24 disclosure paperwork for your life and annuity transactions involving qualified money.
Sample PTE 84-24 Disclosure
For the month of March, earn a $500 application bonus for each EquiTrust fixed annuity sale of $50,000 or more of premium. There is no limit to the number of $500 application bonuses you can earn, but bonuses will be limited to one per individual client. Qualifying fixed annuity applications submitted in March of 2018 that are issued with premium by April 30, 2018, are eligible for the $500 application bonus. | more