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Best interest is in the eye of the beholder in debate over DOL fiduciary rule

Best interest is in the eye of the beholder in debate over DOL fiduciary rule

July 18, 2017 by Mark Schoeff Jr.

The term “best interest” is subjective it seems in the debate over the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule. The phrase is used by both critics and supporters of the measure to describe what they’re trying to do for the average investor.

The latest example of the fluidity of the term was seen in a July 13 hearing of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Investments. Lawmakers on the panel debated draft legislation offered by Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., that would kill the DOL rule and replace it with a regulation written by the Securities and Exchange Commission that would “establish standards of conduct for brokers and dealers that are in the best interest of their retail customers,” according to the preamble of the measure.

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By Allison Bell – ThinkAdvisor – June 2, 2017

Only 4.6% of U.S. households have annuities or trusts, but they had an average of $180,271 in annuity and trust assets each, and the median value of trust and annuity assets was $60,000 nationwide. The Census Bureau published those figures Thursday in the first batch of a major new stream of annuity, trust and cash-value life insurance data, comprised in two new columns added to the Survey of Income and Program Participation net worth table Excel spread sheets. In addition to giving information about annuity and trust assets, the newest net worth tables provide detailed information about many other types of household assets, including home equity, checking accounts, retirement accounts, educational savings accounts and cash-value life insurance.

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Acosta Declines to Extend Delay of DOL Fiduciary Rule

Acosta Declines to Extend Delay of DOL Fiduciary Rule

Acosta Declines to Extend Delay of DOL Fiduciary Rule

Labor Secretary finds no legal basis to delay implementation; rule to become applicable June 9

By Mark Schoeff – InvestmentNews – May 23, 2017

 Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta confirmed Monday night that the agency’s fiduciary rule will become applicable on June 9.

 “We have carefully considered the record in this case, and the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, and have found no principled legal basis to change the June 9 date while we seek public input,” Mr Acosta wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that was posted Monday night. “Respect for the rule of law leads us to the conclusion that this date cannot be postponed.

 His decision is a victory for supporters of the rule, which requires financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients in retirement accounts. The rule’s implementation has been delayed for 60 days — from April 10 until June 9 — while the DOL reassesses the regulation under a directive from President Donald J. Trump that could lead to its modification or repeal.

 The DOL said that two provisions — one expanding the definition of who is a fiduciary and another establishing impartial conduct standards — would become applicable when the delay ends on June 9.

 The agency said that it would continue its review until Jan. 1, the final implementation date for the rule.

 Industry opponents pushed Mr. Acosta to extend the delay, arguing that the whole rule should be put on hold while the agency carries out Mr. Trump’s order. Supporters threatened to sue the agency if it pushed back the rule beyond June 9 in violation of rule making parameters set out in the APA.

 In guidance Monday night, the agency said that it would not enforce the rule during the delay.

 “During the phased implementation period ending on January 1, 2018, the Department will not pursue claims against fiduciaries who are working diligently and in good faith to comply with the fiduciary duty rule and exemptions, or treat those fiduciaries as being in violation of the fiduciary duty rule and exemptions,” the Field Assistance Bulletin states.

 In addition to Mr. Acosta’s oped and bulletin, the agency released on a new set of frequently asked questions related to the transition period from June 9 to January 1, 2018.

http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20170522/FREE/170529979/acosta-declines-to-extend-delay-of-dol-fiduciary-rule

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House committee approves Dodd-Frank replacement bill that includes repeal of DOL fiduciary rule

House committee approves Dodd-Frank replacement bill that includes repeal of DOL fiduciary rule

The Financial CHOICE Act also makes substantial changes affecting many regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission

By Hazel Bradford – InvestmentNews – May 5, 2017

A replacement for much of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed by the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday.

The vote was 34-26 along party lines, and came after three days of considering amendments from Democrats opposing it. The full House could vote later this week.

The Financial CHOICE Act, whose chief sponsor is committee chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, would repeal the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule until 60 days after the Securities and Exchange Commission issues its own standard, which is not underway. The DOL fiduciary rule would have to be “substantially similar” to the SEC’s rule.

The bill also makes substantial changes at many financial regulators, including the SEC and the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which would no longer be able to designate non-bank firms as systemically important and would have to repeal previous designations.

The Volcker Rule, which prevents government-insured banks from engaging in riskier investment activity, also would be repealed.

Other changes at the SEC include more cost-benefit analysis requirements, increased penalties for civil and administrative actions, and creation of an enforcement ombudsman and enforcement advisory committee.

For shareholders, it changes the processes for submitting corporate proposals and voting for corporate board directors, and limits their use of proxy services. Ken Bertsch, Council of Institutional Investors executive director, testified at a committee hearing April 28 that the legislation “threatens fundamental shareholder protections.”

Amy Borrus, CII deputy director, said in an emailed statement that the act “would crush shareholder proposals, which for decades have been an effective channel for investors to communicate their views to boards and management, [and] would condemn the SEC to endless, redundant busywork. That would cripple its ability to deliver on its mission of protecting investors, policing markets and fostering capital formation.”

In a letter Monday to the committee, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the Financial CHOICE Act “is an essential first step toward unlocking our capital markets and facilitating the financing of economic growth and job creation.”

Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich, who chairs the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Investment, said another important reform was requiring an audit of the Federal Reserve, “so policymakers and everyday Americans have a more informed understanding of how the Fed is impacting our economy.”

http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20170504/FREE/170509954/house-committee-approves-dodd-frank-replacement-bill-that-includes

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Industry groups tell Acosta to make extension of DOL fiduciary rule delay his first order of business

Senate approves Trump’s nominee as DOL secretary, 60-38

By Mark Schoeff – InvestmentNews – Paril28, 2017

Industry groups tell Acosta to make extension of DOL fiduciary rule delay his first order of business

Financial industry groups wasted no time telling Alexander Acosta what his first priority should be upon winning confirmation from the Senate as secretary of Labor Thursday night: Extend the delay of the DOL fiduciary rule.

Mr. Acosta takes the helm of the agency as it reviews the regulation under a directive from President Donald J. Trump, who told the DOL to rework its cost-benefit assessment of the regulation and modify or repeal the measure if it denies retirement savers access to advice or increases litigation risk for financial firms. The DOL delayed implementation of the measure from April 10 to June 9, but the industry wants a longer time out.

“We strongly urge Secretary Acosta to take immediate action to further delay implementation of the fiduciary duty rule a minimum of 180 days beyond the current June 9, 2017, applicability date,” Kenneth E. Bentsen Jr., president and CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, said in a statement. “As required by President Trump’s [memo], the DOL needs to prepare an updated economic and legal analysis concerning the likely impact of the fiduciary duty rule. This review will take time, and Secretary Acosta should immediately delay the June 9 implementation date while the required review is ongoing.

The Financial Services Roundtable called for a 180-day delay in a statement following the confirmation vote.

The Financial Services Institute, which represents independent broker-dealers and financial advisers, urged Mr. Acosta to make “the fiduciary issue a top priority.”

Two provisions of the rule — an expansion of the definition of who is a fiduciary to retirement plans and impartial conduct standards — will become applicable on June 9. The DOL has said it will complete the review of the rule between then and Jan. 1, the implementation deadline for the full measure.

Financial industry opponents are upset about that timeline, asserting that the whole rule should be delayed during the review.

Supporters of the regulation — which would require financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients in retirement accounts — say that several court victories for the rule in lawsuits filed by industry opponents demonstrate its integrity. They question the motivation behind Mr. Trump’s directive, which echoes industry arguments against the measure.

The Consumer Federation of America said that the review is politically motivated and signaled it might challenge the Trump administration in court.

“[A]lthough we still hope to be proven wrong, the weight of the evidence leads us to conclude that the department has already predetermined the outcome of this reconsideration and expects to revise or replace the rule, regardless of what the reconsideration indicates about the effectiveness and workability of the rule,” Barbara Roper, CFA director of investor protection, and Micah Hauptman, CFA financial services counsel, wrote in an April 17 comment letter. “If true, that would be a gross abuse of process and would subject the department to claims that it acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner.”

http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20170427/FREE/170429901/industry-groups-tell-acosta-to-make-extension-of-dol-fiduciary-rule

 

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Fiduciary rule delayed by 60 days

Fiduciary rule delayed by 60 days

Fiduciary rule delayed by 60 days

Fiduciary rule delayed by 60 days

By Andrew WelschFinancialPlanning – April 5, 2016

The Department of Labor has delayed the implementation of the fiduciary rule by 60 days, according to filing in the Federal Register. The move comes after Labor Department in February proposed a delay after President Trump ordered a review. During the 15-day comment period on whether to delay implementation, the Labor Department received approximately 193,000 comments, the department says in its 63-page filing. In that deluge, wealth management firms and some advisers pushed for the rule to be postponed lest they have to make changes to client relationships multiple times.

https://www.financial-planning.com/news/fiduciary-rule-delayed-by-60-days-but-still-not-dead

 

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DOL fiduciary delay final rule expected to be released Wednesday

DOL fiduciary delay final rule expected to be released Wednesday

DOL fiduciary delay final rule expected to be released Wednesday

Agency pushes back implementation date just before April 10 deadline

By Mark Schoeff – InvestmentNews – April 4, 2017

It looks as if the implementation delay for the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule will be approved just under the wire.

In a letter filed with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday for a lawsuit against the rule, the Department of Justice indicated that the DOL is pushing for release of the final delay rule on Wednesday. The measure is under review at the Office of Management and Budget.

“The Department [of Labor] has requested that the rule be made publicly available the morning of Wednesday, April 5, and that the rule be published in the Federal Registered no later than April 7,” Michael Shih, a DOJ lawyer, wrote in an April 3 letter to the appeals court clerk, Lyle Cayce

The delay, which would push back the fiduciary-rule implementation date from April 10 to June 9, is expected to go into effect immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.

The DOL is seeking the delay in order to reassess the rule as called for in a Feb. 3 directive from President Donald Trump, who told the agency to modify or repeal the regulation if it was projected to deny investors access to investment advice or cause an increase in litigation for firms.

Those are two of the arguments that the financial-industry plaintiffs have cited in seeking a preliminary injunction against the rule, which opponents say is too complex and costly. Their motion was denied at the district level in Dallas, and they have appealed to the Fifth Circuit. The industry plaintiffs also lost on summary judgment at the district level in Dallas and have appealed that decision.

The DOL opposes a preliminary injunction, saying it is superfluous given the pending review of the fiduciary rule.

“[T]he balance of equities weighs decisively against interrupting the agency’s administrative process to vindicate the preferences of these disappointed litigants,” the DOJ, on behalf of the DOL, wrote in response to the motion for a preliminary injunction. The plaintiffs asked the court to rule on the injunction appeal by Tuesday, April 4.

Proponents of the rule, which would require financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients in retirement accounts, say the measure is needed to protect investors from conflicted advice that leads to the sales of inappropriate, high-fee investments that erode savings.

http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20170404/FREE/170409984/dol-fiduciary-delay-final-rule-expected-to-be-released-wednesday

 

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DOL: We Won’t Enforce Fiduciary Rule While Delay is Undecided

DOL: We Won’t Enforce Fiduciary Rule While Delay is Undecided

By John Hilton – InsuranceNewsNet – March 13, 2017

DOL: We Won’t Enforce Fiduciary Rule While Delay is Undecided

The Department of Labor issued a bulletin Friday alerting the financial services industry that it will not pursue strong enforcement of its fiduciary rule in the short term.

 The bulletin was issued to clear up confusing over the rapidly approaching April 10 applicability date. That date may be delayed by 60 days if a DOL rule is published in time.

 “Financial services institutions have expressed concern about investor confusion and other marketplace disruption based on uncertainty about whether a final rule implementing any delay will be published before April 10, whether there may be a ‘gap’ period during which the fiduciary duty rule becomes applicable before a delay is published after April 10,” the bulletin reads.

 The DOL’s “temporary enforcement policy” is as follows:

A. In the event the Department issues a final rule after April 10 implementing a delay in the applicability date of the fiduciary duty rule and related PTEs, the Department will not initiate an enforcement action because an adviser or financial institution did not satisfy conditions of the rule or the PTEs during the “gap” period.

B. In the event the Department decides not to issue a delay in the fiduciary duty rule and related PTEs, the Department will not initiate an enforcement action because an adviser or financial institution, as of the April 10 applicability date of the rule, failed to satisfy conditions of the rule or the PTEs provided that the adviser or financial institution satisfies the applicable conditions of the rule or PTEs, including sending out required disclosures or other documents to retirement investors, within a reasonable period after the publication of a decision not to delay the April 10 applicability date.

 The DOL added that it will consider additional relief “as necessary,” but added that the bulletin “should not be read as expressing any view on any decision regarding a final rule on the (delay).”

President Donald J. Trump ordered the department to seek a delay in a Feb. 3 memorandum. Trump’s memo tasked the DOL with studying whether the rule will deprive Americans of retirement advice and/or add undo cost burdens.

Republicans control the White House, as well as both chambers of Congress, and are intent on killing the Obama administration regulation. The fiduciary rule requires anyone selling financial products with retirement dollars to adhere to a strict best-interest standard, or face class-action liability.

https://www.insurancenewsnet.com/innarticle/dol-wont-enforce-fiduciary-rule-delay-undecided

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SEC Chief Rips Into DOL Fiduciary Rule

 SEC Chief Rips Into DOL Fiduciary Rule

SEC Chief Rips Into DOL Fiduciary Rule

By Kenneth CorbinOnWallStreet – March 3, 2017

ASHINGTON ― The acting SEC chair isn’t mincing words on the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule.

 “I have a very nuanced view of the DoL fiduciary duty rule: I think it is a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad rule. For me that rule was never ever about investor protection,” Chairman Michael Piwowar says. “To me, that rule, it was about one thing and it was about enabling trial lawyers to increase profits.”

 His comments come as the fate of the Labor Department regulation is uncertain; the department has moved to delay implemention while it reviews the rule.

 Piwowar says now is the time to rethink the entire debate around a fiduciary standard because of favorable circumstances, including the freeze he put on writing new Dodd-Frank rules at the commission and the administration’s push to slow or block the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule.

“That now opens us up to have a lot of staff-driven ideas come up through the commission, maybe things that haven’t gotten on the agenda for the last six-and-a-half years because they’ve been sort of crowded out by Dodd-Frank rulemaking, but yet are things we should be doing or should be thinking about,” Piwowar said in remarks at the Investment Adviser Association’s annual regulatory and compliance conference.

 For the better part of a decade, the debate over a uniform fiduciary standard has been framed by the provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that authorized (but did not require) the SEC to harmonize the rules governing different types of financial professionals who serve retail investors. In the context of the highly politicized and polarizing Wall Street reform law, participants in the fiduciary debate have tended to retreat to their “camps,” Piwowar says, and the uneven standards of care remain unchanged.

 “What I’d like to do is take the opportunity to step back from that and have a more fulsome discussion,” he says.

 Piwowar suggests using a 2008 RAND study that the SEC commissioned as a starting point to reorient the fiduciary discussion. That study found that while investors are generally pleased with the investment advice they receive, there is widespread confusion about the different standards of care that govern the brokerage and advisory sectors.

 In part, that confusion arises from the myriad titles financial professionals confer upon themselves, with many strains of “advisers” offering their services while operating under different regulatory environments.

 “The idea that if someone calls themselves a financial adviser ― that means absolutely nothing, right?” Piwowar says. “Whether they spell it ‘adviser’ with an ‘E’ or ‘advisor’ with an ‘O,’ it means absolutely nothing, but a registered investment adviser has a very specific meaning, and therein creates a lot of the confusion.”

 He says that a renewed consideration of the fiduciary standard could “start a conversation with people about, ‘Gee, if you call yourself an adviser or an advisor, then you have to hold yourself out to the suitability requirement of the Investment Adviser Act and case law that’s come before that.'”

 Piwowar urged the advisers and compliance professionals attending the IAA’s conference to engage with SEC staffers to advance the fiduciary discussion and help to surface other proposals that could improve the regulatory environment, such as reforms to the commission’s advertising or custody rules.

 Piwowar acknowledges that there will be little movement on major rulemaking initiatives like a fiduciary standard while he is the acting chair, but he hopes to at least to begin developing the groundwork for some fresh proposals ahead of the confirmation of Jay Clayton, President Trump’s nominee for chairman, and the filling of the two additional vacant commission seats.

https://www.onwallstreet.com/news/sec-chair-rips-into-dol-fiduciary-rule

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Labor Department proposes to halt fiduciary rule, in win for brokers

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By MARIANNE LEVINE and PATRICK TEMPLE-WEST

http://www.politico.com

 03/01/17 02:18 PM EST

Labor Department proposes to halt fiduciary rule, in win for brokers

The Labor Department on Wednesday took the first step toward handing financial companies a victory in their effort to eliminate a controversial conflict-of-interest rule for brokers who offer retirement investing advice to customers.

The department proposed to delay the so-called fiduciary rule, which the Obama administration finalized last year after a fierce battle with the financial industry. The rule is scheduled to begin on April 10, but the proposal would delay that until June 9.

The move stems from a memo that President Donald Trump issued on Feb. 3 asking the agency to reevaluate the rule and defer its implementation.

The fiduciary rule would require financial brokers to consider their clients’ best interest — not their own commissions — when offering retirement investing advice. Insurance companies, mutual funds and brokerages have fought the rule because it will limit their sales practices. Lobbyists for these businesses praised the proposed delay.

Though the delay was expected after Trump’s memo, the 60-day period was shorter than what many lobbyists wanted.

“It’s certainly not what a lot of people in industry asked for,” said Michael Kreps, a principal at Groom Law Group. “We’re not sure why the [Trump] administration, the Department of Labor in consultation with OMB [Office of Management and Budget], why they landed on 60 days as opposed to a longer delay.”

Despite the brief delay, financial companies can still expect the Trump administration to ultimately rescind the fiduciary rule, said Jaret Seiberg, an analyst with Cowen & Co.

“This is about protecting the delay from a legal challenge,” Seiberg said in a research note. “A shorter delay leaves less time to challenge the delay and the overall magnitude of the cost of delay is less. As a result, it is a safer option for the Labor Department.”

In early June, the Labor Department is likely to issue another delay in conjunction with a plan to rescind much of the regulation, Seiberg said.

Republicans were quick to praise the move. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate HELP Committee, said the delay “is a good first step in reviewing and repealing the so-called fiduciary rule” and that “the rule should be withdrawn before it cripples low- and middle-income Tennesseans’ access to affordable retirement advice.”

Not all financial companies want the rule eliminated. Financial Engines Inc., a California-based company that offers retirement planning services, said in a Feb. 24 letter to the Labor Department that the fiduciary rule is “crucial” and “beneficial for investors.”

“The vast majority of investors are entirely unaware that these conflicts of interest even exist, and often end up with investments that have lower returns and higher fees,” Financial Engines said.

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*This initial interest rate is effective for new annuities issued as of February 6, 2017 for the first five contract years only. Thereafter, the company may declare at its sole discretion a new rate which could be lower. This initial rate is also subject to change at any time in the company’s sole discretion for new contracts. There is a 30 day window at the end of each five year guarantee period where your client may withdraw all or part of the annuity value without application of surrender charges or market value adjustment. A new guarantee period and surrender charge period will begin after the end of the previous ones.

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Form Number: FGL SPDA-MY-F-C (6-04), FGL SPDA-MY-F (07-04); ICC14-1095 (06-14) et al. Form number and availability may vary by state.

Fidelity & Guaranty Life is the marketing name for Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company issuing insurance in the United States outside of New York. Contracts issued by Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA.

The 3.10%* MYGA Interest Rate Special is Back!

F&G MYGA Special Interest Rate to End Friday 12-16-16

F&G MYGA Special Interest Rate to End Friday 12-16-16

 F&G MYGA Special Interest Rate to End Friday 12-16-16

Effective Friday, December 16, the special 3.10%* interest rate on our FG Guarantee-Platinum® 5 single premium fixed deferred traditional annuity will end.

Please click below for more information. You can also visit MYGA Wiki or contact us directly at 888-661-1999 with any additional questions.

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Guggenheim Life Annuity Rates are increasing for December

Guggenheim Life Annuity Rates are increasing for December

Guggenheim Life Annuity Rates are increasing for December

Guggenheim Life Annuity Rates are increasing for December

Guggenheim Life Annuity Rates are increasing for December

What’s New? All Preserve Multi-Year Guaranteed Annuity rates are increasing for the month of December with the exception of the 3-year guaranteed period!

Guggenheim Life Annuity Rates are increasing for December

*Interest rates as stated are effective as of 12/1/2016 and are subject to change in the future at the discretion of the company. For more information, contact our marketing department at (888) 661-1999.

For Agent Use Only. Not Intended for Solicitation Purposes or Advertising to the Public.

Guggenheim Partners, LLC is a global investment and advisory firm. For more information, visit guggenheimpartners.com.

North American MYGA Rate Increase 12/6/2016

North American MYGA Rate Increase 12/6/2016

North American MYGA Rate Increase 12/6/2016

 North American MYGA Rate Increase 12/6/2016
  MYGA interest rate increase effective December 6, 2016

North American Guarantee ChoiceSM Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity (MYGA) interest rates are increasing as follows:

 

 
 
Surrender Charge Period1 New High Band Rate Old High Band Rate New Low Band Rate Old Low Band Rate
3-Year 1.60% 1.30% 1.30% 1.00%
4-Year 1.80% 1.50% 1.55% 1.25%
5-Year 2.45% 2.25% 2.20% 2.00%
6-Year 2.20% 1.90% 1.95% 1.65%
7-Year 2.45% 2.15% 2.20% 1.90%
8-Year 2.60% 2.30% 2.40% 2.10%
9-Year 2.70% 2.40% 2.50% 2.20%
10-Year 2.80% 2.50% 2.60% 2.30%
 
  Updated rate sheets will be available on website by December 6, 2016.  
 FOR AGENT USE ONLY. NOT TO BE USED FOR CONSUMER SOLICITATION PURPOSES. Products issued by North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, West Des Moines, IA. Product features and options may not be available in all states or appropriate for all clients. See product brochures, disclosures and state availability chart for further details, limitations and information on appropriate state variations. The North American Guarantee ChoiceSM is issued on forms NC/NA1000A (certificate/contract) AE515A, AE516A, LR427A, LR433A, LR441A and LR441A-1 (endorsements/riders). 1. A surrender during the surrender charge period could result in a loss of premium. The surrender charge and Interest Adjustment (also known as Market Value Adjustment) reset with renewal. Surrender charge structure may vary by state.

 

Multi-Select Series from Oxford Life - rates up to 3.20%

Oxford Life Increased Annuity Rates effective 11-15-16

Oxford Life Increased Annuity Rates effective 11-15-16

Oxford Life Increased Annuity Rates effective 11-15-16

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1 Rate based on $20,000 or more in premium for the initial guaranteed period. Interest rates effective 11-15-2016 and are subject to change. Call for current rates.The Oxford Life Multi-SelectTM annuity is issued by Oxford Life Insurance Company. A comprehensive description of the policy benefits, costs, exclusions, limitations and terms is available to you upon request. An investment in this contract is subject to possible loss of principal and earnings, since a surrender charge and market value adjustment may apply to withdrawals or upon surrender of the contract. Not available in all states. For more information, please refer to policy form ICC14-MYGA0814, DA520 and state-specific variations where applicable.

 

Introducing Our Newest Annuity - Safe Anchor Market Guarantee

Earn $2500 in Holiday Cash Bonus with Atlantic Coast Life

Earn $2500 in Holiday Cash Bonus with Atlantic Coast Life

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The 3.10%* MYGA Interest Rate Special is Back!

The Interest Rate Special from Fidelity & Guaranty Life is Around the Corner

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The Interest Rate Special from Fidelity & Guaranty Life is Around the Corner

The 3.10% Interest Rate Special on FG Guarantee-Platinum® 5 Starts on November 28, 2016

For a limited time, Fidelity & Guaranty Life’s FG Guarantee-Platinum single premium fixed deferred annuity with a five-year guarantee period will increase to 3.10%* – initial guarantee period.

Due to recent state regulation requirements, this special will not be available in CA or NJ.

Please see below for details. You can also visit the MYGA Wiki or contact us directly at 888-661-1999 with any additional questions.

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*This initial interest rate is effective for new annuities issued as of November 28, 2016, for the first five contract years only. Thereafter, the company may declare at its sole discretion a new rate which could be lower. This initial rate is also subject to change at any time in the company’s sole discretion for new contracts. There is a 30 day window at the end of each five year guarantee period where your client may withdraw all or part of the annuity value without application of surrender charges or market value adjustment. A new guarantee period and surrender charge period will begin after the end of the previous ones.

For Producer Use Only – Not For Use in Solicitation to Consumers

Form Number: FGL SPDA-MY-F-C (6-04), FGL SPDA-MY-F (07-04); ICC14-1095 (06-14) et al. Form number and availability may vary by state.

Fidelity & Guaranty Life is the marketing name for Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company issuing insurance in the United States outside of New York. Contracts issued by Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA.

It's official: DOL fiduciary rule is dead

The DOL Issues Fiduciary Rule FAQ

The DOL Issues Fiduciary Rule FAQ

The DOL Issues Fiduciary Rule FAQ

The DOL Issues Fiduciary Rule FAQ

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the DOL issued its first set up FAQs today.

The Department of Labor published an wide-ranging FAQ, based on input received from the financial services industry and others with questions about the new, stricter fiduciary standard to be applied starting next year. The 21-page FAQ addresses general questions and more exacting questions about complex circumstances annuity agents may face.

They address questions like:

  • How will the Labor Department approach implementation of the new rule and exemptions during the period when financial institutions and advisers are coming into compliance?
  • The full Best Interest Contract Exemption provides that financial institutions cannot “use or rely upon quotas, appraisals, performance or personnel actions, bonuses, contests, special awards, differential compensation or other actions or incentives that are intended or would reasonably be expected to cause Advisers to make recommendations that are not in the Best Interest of the Retirement Investor.” Does this provision categorically preclude financial institutions from paying higher commission rates to advisers based on volume (that is, by using an escalating grid under which the percentage commission paid to the adviser increases at certain thresholds)?
  • When do firms and their advisers have to comply with the conditions of the new Best Interest Contract Exemption and Principal Transactions Exemption?

You can read them here… 

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Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Increase Effective 10/24/2016

Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Increase Effective 10/24/2016

Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Increase Effective 10/24/2016

We are excited to announce that the 5-year and 10-year MYGA crediting rates will be increasing by 10bps effective immediately! To view the updated rates, please download a copy of the current Rate Sheet below.

These new rates will be applied to all contracts issued on or after 10/24/2016 regardless of the date the application was received.

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As we approach the last half of the 4th Quarter, 2016 is going to be another successful year for MYGA production and Sentinel would like to thank you for your continued support and the business that you place with us. It is our intent that this increase will help end the year strong for all of us!

Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Increase Effective 10/24/2016

Introducing Our Newest Annuity - Safe Anchor Market Guarantee

Atlantic Coast Life Annuity Rate Increase Effective 10/24/2016

Atlantic Coast Life Annuity Rate Increase Effective 10/24/2016

Atlantic Coast Life Annuity Rate Increase Effective 10/24/2016

MYGA Annuity crediting rates are increasing effective October 24, 2016! To view updated rates, please download a copy of the Annuity Rate Sheet below.

These new rates will be applied to all contracts issued on or after 10/24/16 regardless of the date the application was received. 

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Administrative Office Addresses

New business applications can be sent to Atlantic Coast’s Administrative Office by postal or overnight mail using the following addresses:

 

Mailing Address (USPS)

Administrative Office

PO Box 27248

Salt Lake City, UT 84127-0248

 

Overnight / Express Address* (UPS, FedEx)

Administrative Office

1405 W 2200 S

Salt Lake City, UT 84119

 *Please note, their mail center is not open to accept overnight or express mail before 8 AM, MDT.

It's official: DOL fiduciary rule is dead

4 versions of the Best Interest Contract Exemption

4 versions of the Best Interest Contract Exemption

4 versions of the Best Interest Contract Exemption

Alternative forms of the DOL fiduciary rule’s BIC exemption that apply to advisory, brokerage and insurance firms

By Nick Thornton – LifeHealthPro – October 21, 2016

During a comprehensive presentation on the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, attorney Marcia Wagner called the regulation “the most significant and groundbreaking rulemaking to ever emerge” from the DOL.

The advisors and stakeholders endeavoring to adapt to the massive rule are likely in agreement with Wagner, founder of Boston-based The Wagner Law Group, a firm specializing in consulting and litigating matters under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

 During an hour-long webinar hosted by the Retirement Income Industry Association, Wagner interpreted the roughly 1,000-page edict in clean bullet points, accompanied by her elaboration of the rule’s impact on industry.

Her analysis of the Best Interest Contract Exemption, which DOL designed to enforce its expanded definition of fiduciary under ERISA, likely caught the attention of participating stakeholders.

That’s because, in reality, there is not one Best Interest Contract Exemption, but four, according to Wagner’s interpretation of the rule.

Wagner defined alternative forms of the exemption that apply to advisory, brokerage and insurance firms depending on the type of client being advised and existing compensation agreements.

Here are the four BIC Exemption alternatives. Wagner cautioned attendees that she coined the definitions of each, and not the DOL, but that industry is beginning to adopt her language, a feather in Wagner’s cap that she said is “pretty cool.”

1. “Full Blown” BIC: For IRAs and Non-ERISA plans 

The DOL rule allows brokers and advisors to receive variable — or commission-based — compensation, but only in compliance with the “Full Blown” BIC Exemption, which Wagner called the most extensive and complicated of the contract’s alternatives.

 The agreement, signed by both the fiduciary and the individual client receiving rollover advice, or being advised on the management of IRA assets, must reflect the “full best interest standard” established in the fiduciary rule, said Wagner.

 The advisor’s compensation must be disclosed, and fees and compensation on specific investments must be provided upon the client’s request.

 The contract must disclose all conflicts of interest and explain a firm’s compliance policies for mitigating potential conflicts.

 Fees on transactions of investments must also be disclosed. Firms will also be required to have business model and potential conflicts explained via a website.

 The Full Blown exemption also must allow for arbitration over client disputes within a “reasonable venue,” and cannot limit class action rights, according to Wagner’s presentation.

 2. “Disclosure” BIC: ERISA plans

This “slightly” easier contract, the “Disclosure” BIC exemption, does mirror much of the Full Blown BIC, but differs in that no written contract is required, according to Wagner’s presentation.

 Advisors must give a written statement of fiduciary status and give “general” disclosure on compensation and conflicts of interest.

 Specific compensation figures must be made available upon request. Like the Full Blown BIC, contracts must define a firm’s compliance policies and provide transaction disclosures on investments, and firms must provide a webpage “focusing on business model and conflicts.”

 3. “Streamlined” BIC: Level-fee fiduciary

Existing RIA fiduciaries compensated on fees are not off the hook when it comes to the BIC exemption.

They will need to issue a “streamlined” contract when offering IRA rollover advice to plan participants of an existing sponsor client, when that advice results in higher fees. Thus, the “Streamlined” BIC exemption.

 

It will also affect level-fee fiduciaries when they give rollover advice to “off the street” clients — those they do not have a previous relationship to via a plan sponsor client.

 Also, when level-fee fiduciaries move a client from a commission to a fee-based account, they will have to operate under a Streamlined BIC exemption.

 That contract is less onerous, explained Wagner. It must include written statements declaring the fiduciary status of the advisor, and it requires the advisory firm to internally document the reason why the rollover recommendation is in the client’s best interest.

 The Streamlined BIC does not require disclosure of compliance policies.

 4. “Transition” BIC: For all IRA and plan clients

This optional alternative to the Full Blown BIC, the “Transition BIC,” may be of use to firms that are not ready to fully comply with the rule come April 10, 2017, the deadline for the first round of compliance.

 The most onerous of the rule’s requirements will not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2018. The Transition BIC exemption gives those firms not fully ready to operate under the Full Blown, Disclosure, or Streamlined BIC by April 10 the chance to buy a bit more time.

 With this alternative, advisors will have to provide a written statement acknowledging their fiduciary status, as well as conflict disclosures, which can be provided via email.

 The name of the compliance officer who is monitoring complete implementation of the contract in the interim period will also have to be disclosed.

 Wagner said there will be no need for compliance policies or other disclosures when issuing the Transition contract.

http://www.lifehealthpro.com/2016/10/20/4-versions-of-the-best-interest-contract-exemption?ref=hp-top-stories&page_all=1

It's official: DOL fiduciary rule is dead

The $65 Million Question: What License is Needed to Sell under DOL Rule?

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The $65 Million Question: What License is Needed to Sell under DOL Rule?

By Kim O’Brien – InsuranceNewsNet – October 5, 2016

Since Americans for Annuity Protection launched its AskAAP program in August (available as a free benefit to AAP members), we’ve received hundreds of questions about the DOL Rule, its impact on annuity advisors and what it means to act as a fiduciary under the rule.

This week we highlight the most frequently asked question: Do I need a Series 65 to sell a qualified annuity IRA?

The short answer is NO. We will explain why in a bit, but first let’s understand what licenses are available to annuity advisors and what they authorize the licensee to do. We’ve compiled information from the FINRA, SEC and

Investopedia websites. There are three categories of regulators who oversee the licensing:  State Insurance Departments, FINRA and the NASAA.

Of course, all annuity advisors must hold an insurance license from the state in which they sell annuities. It is usual for the licensing state to be determined based on the address of the annuity buyer. So, if the annuity buyer lives in Arizona you must hold a valid life insurance license issued by the state of Arizona.

As an advisor and/or agency holding a valid state insurance license, you are authorized to sell fixed annuities only; including fixed indexed annuities.

FINRA – Financial Services Regulatory Authority Licensing Breakdown

FINRA offers several different types of licenses needed by both representatives and supervisors. Each license corresponds to a specific type of business or investment. While there are several licenses which focus on specific types of securities, there are three general licenses that the majority of representatives and advisors usually obtain:

Series 6: The Series 6 license is known as the limited-investment securities license. It allows its holders to sell “packaged” investment products such as mutual funds, variable annuities and unit investment trusts (UITs). Principals who supervise representatives holding a Series 6 license must obtain the Series 26 license in addition to having already obtained the Series 6.

Series 7: The Series 7 license is known as the general securities representative (GS) license. It authorizes licensees to sell virtually any type of individual security. This includes common and preferred stocks; call and put options; bonds and other individual fixed income investments; as well as all forms of packaged products (except for those that also require a life insurance license to sell).

The only major types of securities or investments that Series 7 licensees are not authorized to sell are commodities futures, real estate and life insurance.

Those who carry this license are officially listed as “registered representatives” by FINRA, but they are generally referred to as stockbrokers. Many insurance agents and other types of financial planners and advisors also carry the Series 7 license to facilitate certain types of transactions inherent in their businesses. Principals of general representatives holding a Series 7 must also obtain the Series 24 license.

Series 3: The Series 3 license authorizes representatives to sell commodity futures contracts, which are generally considered the riskiest publicly traded investments available.

Representatives that carry the Series 3 license tend to specialize in commodities and often do little or no other business of any type.

NASAA – North American Securities Administrators Association Licensing Breakdown

Not all securities licenses are administered by FINRA. The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) oversees the licensing requirements of three key licenses:

Series 63: The Series 63 license, known as the Uniform Securities Agent license, is required by each state and authorizes licensees to transact business within the state. All Series 6 and Series 7 licensees must carry this license as well.

 Series 65: The Series 65 license is required by anyone intending to provide any kind of financial advice or service on a non-commission basis. Financial planners and advisors that provide investment advice for an hourly fee or a flat fee percentage of assets fall into this category, as do stockbrokers or other registered representatives that deal with managed-money accounts.

 Series 66: This Series 66 is the newest exam offered by NASAA. It combines the Series 63 and 65 exams into one 150-minute exam.

Broker-Dealer Sponsorship versus RIA Requirements

Licensees must register their securities licenses with an approved broker-dealer. Those who intend to hold themselves out to the public as Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) must register with the state they do business in if their assets under management are less than $25 million, or with the SEC if the assets exceed $25 million. RIAs do not need to associate themselves with a broker-dealer.

So what license MUST YOU HAVE to sell compliantly under the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule? That depends on the products and services you offer.

If you offer ongoing financial planning and charge a flat fee for your planning services, you will need a 65. If you want to sell variable annuities or mutual funds, you will need a Series 6 and 63.

If you simply want to offer fixed annuities and life insurance products for guaranteed income or asset protection needs, you will only need a life insurance license in the states you intend to do business.

However, if you want to give specific, individualized and tailored advice regarding the securities, mutual funds or variable annuities your client owns, you will need the appropriate additional license to do that.

On the other hand, if you limit your advice to general information about diversification, various investment markets, market risk and recent or historic economic activities, your state insurance license authorizes you to have those general conversations and you do not need additional FINRA or NASAA licenses to do so.

Of course, the insurance-only advisor must and should discuss client’s objectives, needs, risk tolerance, liquidity and time horizon as required by suitability and, if applicable, fiduciary compliance.

You may ask why is AAP so sure that you DON’T need a Series 65 to continue selling annuities in a DOL fiduciary world? Because the DOL states just that in the rule:

 The Department published proposed new and amended exemptions from ERISA’s and the Code’s prohibited transaction rules designed to allow certain broker-dealers, insurance agents and others that act as investment advice fiduciaries to nevertheless continue to receive common forms of compensation that would otherwise be prohibited, subject to appropriate safeguards.

While a recommendation to move (or not move) qualified money to an annuity triggers the fiduciary duty, that does not mean you must now be Series 65 licensed. Don’t be lured by misleading marketing or opportunistic recruiters.

Get the license(s) you need to help the clients you choose with the products and services you offer.

Yes, as an insurance-only agent you may be leaving assets on the table because of insurance company suitability guidelines or licensing restrictions. And, yes, if you want to provide ongoing financial planning services, you will need to be licensed to do so.

But, if you choose to be an insurance specialist assessing your client’s insurance needs and you want to provide knowledgeable and competent analysis on what insurance solutions will best fulfill those needs, be an insurance-only advisor. Your services and skills are sorely needed in our overblown world of market risk and investment product idolatry. ________________________________________

Kim O’Brien is the vice chairman and CEO of Americans for Annuity Protection. She has 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. O’Brien served The National Association for Fixed Annuities (NAFA) for almost 12 years and led the organization to defeat he SEC’s Rule 151A.

http://insuranenewsnet.com/innarticle/1040908

FGL FIAs Now Available in MN, OR, PA and WA

FGL FIAs Now Available in MN, OR, PA and WA

  FGL FIAs Now Available in MN, OR, PA and WA

  FGL FIAs Now Available in MN, OR, PA and WA

FGL’s Performance Pro and Safe Income Plus Fixed Indexed Annuities Are Now Available in MN, OR, PA and WA

Both FIAs are ten-year products that offer vesting premium bonuses if the optional Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit (GMWB) rider is elected.* The vesting premium bonus is applied to all first year premiums. Training must be completed prior to selling FGL’s FIAs in these states – please visit SalesLink for details.

Please click below to download the dedicated flier below or contact us directly at 888-661-1999 with any additional questions.

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For Producer Use Only – Not For Use With the General Public

Product form numbers: API-1018 (06-11), ACI-1018 (06-11), ARI-1054 (02-13), ARI-1065 (11-13); et al. 

*GMWB rider available at an additional cost. Performance Pro 0.95%, Safe Income Plus 1.05% deducted from the account value of each contract anniversary.

“FGL” when used herein refers to Fidelity & Guaranty Life, the marketing name for Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company issuing insurance in the United States outside of New York. Annuity contracts issued by Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA.

It's official: DOL fiduciary rule is dead

DOL Fiduciary Rule Update

DOL Fiduciary Rule Update

DOL Fiduciary Rule Update

DOL Fiduciary Rule Update

The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule’s implementation date is rapidly approaching with portions of the rule going into effect April 10, 2017; with the full implementation of the rule being effective January 1, 2018. While many advisors already act in their client’s best interest, this Rule makes it their legal obligation.

We would like to take a moment to update you on many of the actions we have taken so that we can continue to assist you in growing your business.

Under the DOL Fiduciary rule, when the sale of a fixed indexed annuity using qualified funds is made, a “Best Interest Contract” must be signed by the client and a qualifying Financial Institution. In order to comply with the rule AmeriLife (our parent company) has applied to qualify as a Financial Institution with the Department of Labor.

Read more on this from InsuranceNewsNet.com AmeriLife Files for FI Status Under DOL Fiduciary Rule

This will allow AmeriLife (our parent company) to act as your Financial Institution when you conduct a fixed indexed annuity sale.

In addition to applying for Financial Institution status as an IMO, we are in the process of forming our own Registered Investment Advisory Firm.

We are affiliating with strategic and well known partners in the RIA world to offer a robust portfolio offering, full bodied technology platforms and practical training programs.

It is our intention to provide the necessary tools, systems and compliance oversight to allow insurance-only agents and registered representatives to continue to serve your clients through our qualifying Financial Institutions.

In order to help you transition to changes that will be needed to comply with the DOL Rule, we are attentively creating an extensive and well-defined training program. Our training program will not only assist you in working in a compliant manner but also support you in growing your business to new levels with the innovative technology and sales tools. It is our expectation that these tools and systems provide you with minimal disruption to your business so that you can focus on your growth.

We are committed to providing solutions both for registered representatives and insurance only agents. Be assured that we are here to help you grow your business and we look forward to continuing to provide you with a broad annuity products access in conjunction with new sales and operational systems to comply with the new standards that our industry will need to follow.

FGL FIAs Now Available in MN, OR, PA and WA

FGL Top Selling FIAs Coming Soon in MN, OR, PA and WA

FGL Top Selling FIAs Coming Soon in MN, OR, PA and WA

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Breaking News! FGL Top Selling FIAs Coming Soon in MN, OR, PA and WA

Both FIAs are ten-year products that offer vesting premium bonuses if the Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit (GMWB) rider is elected.* The vesting premium bonus is applied to all first year premiums.

Please click below to download dedicated flier below.

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For Producer Use Only – Not For Use in Solicitation to Consumers

Form numbers: API-1018 (06-11), ACI-1018 (06-11), ARI-1054 (02-13), ARI-1065 (11-13); et al. Form number and availability may vary by state.

*GMWB rider available at an additional cost. Performance Pro 0.95%, Safe Income Plus 1.05% deducted from the account value each contract anniversary.

“FGL” when used herein refers to Fidelity & Guaranty Life, the marketing name for Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company issuing insurance in the United States outside of New York. Annuity contracts issued by Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA.

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FGL FIAs in Florida Now Offer the EGMWB Rider

FGL FIAs in Florida Now Offer the EGMWB Rider

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Fixed Indexed Annuities in Florida Now Offer the EGMWB* Rider

Effective with the October 8, 2016 buy date, the following FIAs sold in Florida will offer the optional EGMWB* rider (not the GMWB Rider):

  • Performance Pro®
  • Safe Income Plus ®
  • FG Retirement Pro®

Please click below to download dedicated flier below.

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For Producer Use Only – Not For Use in Solicitation to Consumers

Form numbers: API-1018 (06-11), ACI-1018 (06-11); et al. Form number and availability may vary by state.

*There is an explicit charge for this rider. 

Fidelity & Guaranty Life is the marketing name for Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company issuing insurance in the United States outside of New York. Annuity contracts issued by Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA.

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Introducing Our Newest Annuity - Safe Anchor Market Guarantee

Atlantic Coast Life Annuity Rate Decrease Effective 09/15/2016

Atlantic Coast Life Annuity Rate Decrease Effective 09/15/2016

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Atlantic Coast Life Annuity Rate Decrease Effective 09/15/2016

Based on current market conditions we are lowering our MYGA credit rates. Effective September 15, 2016, the rates for our Safe Harbor 5-year annuity will decrease by 10 bps, the 6-year annuity will decrease by 5 bps and the 10-year annuity will decrease by 15 bps. There will be no change to the 7-year annuity rate.

Additionally, effective September 15, 2016 we will also decrease the rates for our Safe Haven 5 and 10-year annuity by 5 bps. There will be no change to the 6 or 7-year annuity rates.

To download an updated Annuity Rate Sheet, please see below.

 Important Dates to Remember 

  • September 14, 2016: Date applications must be signed to receive current rates.

 

Applications must be signed before or on September 14, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates.

  • September 15, 2016: Date when new crediting rates take effect.

 

Any application signed on or after September 15, 2016 will receive the new crediting rates.

  • September 21, 2016: Date application must be received in Home Office to receive current rates.

 

 Applications signed before or on September 14, 2016 must be received in the Home Office by September 21, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates. We will accept faxed or e-mailed applications on September 21, 2016.

New Business E-mail: acl.newbusiness@insadminservices.com

New Business Fax: 1-888-433-4795

  • October 31, 2016: Date 45-rate lock ends.

All transfer and exchanges for any application signed on September 14, 2016 or earlier must be completed by October 31, 2016 in order to receive the current crediting rates.

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Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Adjustment – Effective 09/15/2016

Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Adjustment – Effective 09/15/2016

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Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Adjustment – Effective 09/15/2016

Effective September 15, 2016, the rates for the MYGA 5-year annuity will decrease by 10 basis points.  No change for the 7-year. Additionally, our MYGA 10-year annuity rates will decrease by 5 basis points. To download an updated Annuity Rate Sheet, please see below.

Important Dates to Remember 

  • September 14, 2016: Date applications must be signed to receive current rates. Applications must be signed before or on September 14, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates.
  • September 15, 2016: Date when new crediting rates take effect. Any application signed on or after September 15, 2016 will receive the new crediting rates.
  • September 21, 2016: Date application must be received in Home Office to receive current rates. Applications signed before or on September 14, 2016 must be received in the Home Office by September 21, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates. We will accept faxed or e-mailed applications on September 21, 2016.
  • October 31, 2016: Date 45-day rate lock ends. All transfers and exchanges for any application signed on September 14, 2016 or earlier must be completed by October 31, 2016 in order to receive the current crediting rates.

New Business E-mail: newbusiness@insadminservices.com

New Business Fax: 1-888-433-4795

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Office closure due to inclement weather

Our office are closing today September 1, 2016 at 4:00pm Eastern due to inclement weather due to Hermine hurricane.

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Office Closing in Observance of Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

The Life and Annuity Shop wishes you and your family a Happy Labor Day!

In observance of Labor Day, our office will be closed on Monday, September 5th, 2016. We will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at 8:15 a.m. EST.

Sincerely,

The Life and Annuity Shop

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Athene MYG Commissions Schedule Updates

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August 29, 2016

 Athene adjusted commissions on  their Athene MYG products. The new commission schedule will apply to issued Athene MYG business with applications dated on or after September 3, 2016. To obtain an updated copy of your commission schedule, please contact us.

Commissions are being reduced by 50 bps on the MYG 5 and 7.

Thank you for your business. For product and sales support, please contact the best Sales Desk in the business at 888‑661-1999.

Athene MYG fixed annuity [MYG (09/15) or state variation] are issued by Athene Annuity and Life Company, West Des Moines, IA. Product features, limitations and availability may vary by state; see Certificate of Disclosure for full details. Products not available in all states.

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Athene Interest Rate Update

August 25, 2016

Athene Interest Rate Update

We’re adjusting rates on our Athene MYGSM , Athene AscentSM Pro , Athene Performance Elite® and Athene Benefit 10SM products as follows:

Athene MYG

Interest rates to increase effective August 26, 2016.

Multi-Year Fixed Strategy: Initial Premium 1-Year Fixed Strategy: Additional Premium
MVA (Not available in AK, CA, HI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, PA & WA) Non-MVA (Not available in NY)
Current New Current New
3-Year 1.60% No change 1.50% No change
5-Year 2.30% 2.40% 2.05% 2.15%
7-Year 2.40% 2.50% 2.20% 2.30%
While we cannot reissue policies, any pending Athene MYG business will receive the new rates if received after 4 pm CT on July 18, 2016 and the contract issue date is on or after August 26, 2016.

 

Athene Ascent Pro

Effective September 3, 2016.

Athene Ascent Pro Ascent Pro 5 Ascent Pro 7
Current New Current New
2-Year No Cap PTP1 – BNP (Par Rate) 95% 85% 100% 95%
2-Year No Cap PTP1 – Morningstar® (Par Rate) 70% 65% 75% 70%
1-Year No Cap PTP1 – S&P 500® (Volatility Control) (Par Rate) 65% 60% 70% 65%
1-Year PTP – S&P 500® (Cap) 4.00% 3.50% 4.25% 4.00%
Bailout Cap Rate 3.00% No Change 3.00% No Change
1-Year Monthly Cap – S&P 500® (Cap) 1.75% 1.65% 1.85% 1.75%
Fixed 1.50% 1.35% 1.65% 1.50%

 

Athene Performance Elite

Effective September 3, 2016.

Athene Performance Elite (PE) PE 10 PE 10 Select PE 10 Pro PE 15
Current New Current New
2-Year No Cap PTP1 – BNP (Par Rate) 100% 80% 130% 110%
2-Year No Cap PTP1 – Morningstar® (Par Rate) 75% 65% 85% 75%
2-Year No Cap PTP1 – S&P 500®(Volatility Control) (Annual Spread) 2.75% 3.75% 1.75% 2.75%
1-Year No Cap PTP1 – S&P 500® (Volatility Control) (Par Rate) 45% 35% 55% 45%
1-Year PTP – S&P 500® (Cap) 4.25% 3.25% 5.00% 3.75%
1-Year Monthly Cap – S&P 500® (Cap) 1.85% 1.45% 2.00% 1.60%
Fixed 1.40% 1.00% 1.80% 1.40%

 

Athene Benefit 10

Effective September 3, 2016.

Athene Benefit 10 Athene Benefit 10 Select Athene Benefit 10 Pro
Lifetime Income Withdrawal Percentages:
Level (Current & Guaranteed) Increasing* Inflation*
Attained Age: Current New Current New Current New
50-54 3.00% 2.75% 1.50% 1.25% 2.00% 1.75%
55-59 3.25% 3.00% 1.75% 1.50% 2.25% 2.00%
60-64 3.75% 3.50% 2.25% 2.00% 2.75% 2.50%
65-69 4.25% 4.00% 2.75% 2.50% 3.25% 3.00%
70-74 4.75% 4.50% 3.25% 3.00% 3.75% 3.50%
75-79 5.00% 4.75% 3.50% 3.25% 4.00% 3.75%
80-84 5.50% 5.25% 4.00% 3.75% 4.50% 4.25%
85-89 5.75% 5.50% 4.25% 4.00% 4.75% 4.50%
90+ 6.00% 5.75% 4.25% 4.00% 4.75% 4.50%
* Guaranteed Percentages for these options will remain unchanged.

 

Benefit Base Guaranteed Simple Interest Rate: Year 1-10 Year 10+
Athene Benefit 10 Athene Benefit 10 Select Athene Benefit 10 Pro Current New Current New
8.00% 7.00% 5.00% No change

 

Application deadlines Athene Ascent Pro, Benefit 10 and Performance Elite)

  • Applications with cash received in good order by Athene no later than 4 pm CT on September 2, 2016 will be issued as applied for.
  • Non-cash applications (e.g. 1035 exchanges, IRA rollovers) received in good order by Athene no later than 4 pm CT on September 2, 2016 will be issued as applied for if funds are received no later than 4 pm CT on October 28, 2016.
  • Applications received after 4 pm CT on September 2, 2016 will be issued with the new rates.

Applications may be submitted electronically using the Document Upload Tool. They can also be submitted by overnight mail to the following address:

Athene Annuity and Life Company 7700 Mills Civic Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266-3862

 

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Rates are subject to change at any time.

1 Because the index applies a volatility control mechanism, the range of both the positive and negative performance of the index is limited. The index is managed to create stabilized performance and avoid very high positive returns and very low negative returns.

The BNP Paribas Multi Asset Diversified 5 Index (the “BNPP MAD 5 Index”) is the exclusive property of BNP Paribas or one of its affiliates (BNP Paribas and its affiliates collectively, are hereinafter called “BNPP”) and is determined, composed and calculated by BNPP. “BNP”, “BNPP”, “BNP Paribas”, “BNPP MAD 5 Index” and “BNP Paribas Multi Asset Diversified 5 Index” (collectively, the “BNPP Marks”) are trademarks or service marks of BNPP and have been licensed by Athene Annuity and Life Company (“Company”) for use in a fixed indexed annuity offered by the Company (the “fixed indexed annuity”). The fixed indexed annuity is not, in whole or in part, sponsored, structured, priced, endorsed, offered, sold, issued or promoted by BNPP or any of its affiliates, or by Standard and Poor’s or any of its affiliates (collectively, “S&P”) or by any third party licensor of information to BNPP (the “Third Party Licensors”). BNPP’s only relationship to the Company is the licensing of the BNPP MAD 5 Index and BNPP Marks for certain purposes. S&P®, S&P 500® and S&P GSCI® are trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and have been licensed for use by BNPP. None of S&P, BNPP or any Third Party Licensors has any obligation to take into consideration any of the needs of the Company or any of the owners, annuitants or beneficiaries of the fixed index annuity.

Poor’s Financial Services LLC and have been licensed for use by BNPP. None of S&P, BNPP or any Third Party Licensors has any obligation to take into consideration any of the needs of the Company or any of the owners, annuitants or beneficiaries of the fixed index annuity.

BNPP, S&P OR ANY THIRD PARTY LICENSOR DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, ADEQUACY, TIMELINESS, COMPLETENESS OR AVAILABILITY OF THE BNPP MAD 5 INDEX OR ANY COMPONENT THEREOF OR DATA INCLUDED THEREIN, OR THAT NO ERROR, OMISSION, DELAY OR INTERRUPTION WILL EXIST THEREIN. NONE OF BNPP, S&P OR ANY THIRD PARTY LICENSOR MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, AND EACH OF BNPP, S&P AND THE THIRD PARTY LICENSORS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE BNPP MAD 5 INDEX, ANY BNPP MARK, AN S&P INDEX, TRADEMARK (INCLUDING S&P 500® OR THE S&P GSCI®) OR SERVICE MARK OF S&P (COLLECTIVELY, THE “S&P MARKS”) OR THE FIXED INDEXED ANNUITY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE REGARDING (I) MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE, OR (II) THE ADVISABILITY OF ANY PERSON INVESTING IN THE FIXED INDEXED ANNUITY.

BNPP, S&P or any Third Party Licensor does not have any liability with respect to the fixed indexed annuity in which an interest crediting option is based on the BNPP MAD 5 Index is included, and is not liable for any loss relating to the fixed indexed annuity, whether arising directly or indirectly from the use of the BNPP MAD 5 Index, its methodology, any BNPP Mark or S&P Mark or otherwise.

No purchaser, seller or holder of the fixed indexed annuity, or any other person or entity, should use or refer to any BNPP Mark or other BNPP trade name to sponsor, endorse, market or promote the fixed indexed annuity without first contacting BNPP. Under no circumstances may any person or entity claim any affiliation with BNPP without the prior written permission of BNPP.

In calculating the performance of the BNPP MAD 5 Index, BNPP deducts a servicing cost of 0.50% per annum, calculated on a daily basis. In addition, the BNPP MAD 5 Index methodology embeds certain costs which cover among other things, rebalancing and replication costs. Such costs may vary over time with market conditions. These costs reduce the potential positive change in the BNPP MAD 5 Index and thus the amount of interest that will be credited to the fixed indexed annuity that includes the BNPP MAD 5 Index.

The volatility control applied by BNPP may reduce the potential positive or negative change in the BNPP MAD 5 Index and thus the amount of interest that will be credited to the fixed indexed annuity that includes the BNPP MAD 5 Index.

Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Morningstar. Morningstar makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products or any member of the public regarding the advisability of buying annuities generally or purchasing the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products in particular or the ability of the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products to track general stock market performance. Morningstar’s only relationship to Athene Annuity and Life Company is the licensing of: (i) certain service marks and service names of Morningstar; and (ii) the relevant Morningstar index (“Index”) which is determined, composed and calculated by Morningstar without regard to Athene Annuity and Life Company or the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products. Morningstar has no obligation to take the needs of Athene Annuity and Life Company or the owners of the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Index. Morningstar is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the prices and amount of the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products or the timing of the issuance or sale of the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products are converted into cash. Morningstar has no obligation or liability in connection with the purchase, administration, marketing or crediting of interest for the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products.

Morningstar does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of the Index or any data included therein and Morningstar shall have no liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions therein. Morningstar makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by Athene Annuity and Life Company, owners or users of the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products, or any other person or entity from the use of the Index or any data included therein. Morningstar makes no express or implied warranties, and expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to the Index or any data included therein. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall Morningstar have any liability for any special, punitive, indirect, or consequential damages (including lost profits), even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

The S&P 500® (the “Index”) is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC or its affiliates (“SPDJI”), and has been licensed for use by Athene Annuity and Life Company. Standard & Poor’s® and S&P 500® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by Athene Annuity and Life Company.

Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, any of their respective affiliates (collectively, “S&P Dow Jones Indices”). S&P Dow Jones Indices makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products particularly or the ability of the S&P 500® to track general market performance. S&P Dow Jones Indices’ only relationship to Athene Annuity and Life Company with respect to the S&P 500® is the licensing of the S&P 500® and certain trademarks, service marks and/or trade names of S&P Dow Jones Indices and/or its licensors. The S&P 500® is determined, composed and calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices without regard to Athene Annuity and Life Company or the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products. S&P Dow Jones Indices have no obligation to take the needs of Athene Annuity and Life Company or the owners of Athene annuity and Life Company’s Products into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the S&P 500®. S&P Dow Jones Indices are not responsible for and have not participated in the determination of the prices, and amount of Athene Annuity and Life Company’s products or the timing of the issuance or sale of Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which Athene Annuity and Life Company’s products are to be converted into cash, surrendered or redeemed, as the case may be. S&P Dow Jones Indices have no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products. There is no assurance that investment products based on the S&P 500® will accurately track index performance or provide positive investment returns. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC is not an investment advisor. Inclusion of a security within an index is not a recommendation by S&P Dow Jones Indices to buy, sell, or hold such security, nor is it considered to be investment advice.

S&P DOW JONES INDICES DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ADEQUACY, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA RELATED THERETO OR ANY COMMUNICATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ORAL OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (INCLUDING ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS) WITH RESPECT THERETO. S&P DOW JONES INDICES SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY DAMAGES OR LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR DELAYS THEREIN. S&P DOW JONES INDICES MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, OR MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OR AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY ATHENE ANNUITY AND LIFE COMPANY, OWNERS OF THE ATHENE ANNUITY AND LIFE COMPANY’S PRODUCTS, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE INDEX OR WITH RESPECT TO ANY DATA RELATED THERETO. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT WHATSOEVER SHALL S&P DOW JONES INDICES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, TRADING LOSSES, LOST TIME OR GOODWILL, EVEN IF THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. THERE ARE NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES OF ANY AGREEMENTS OR ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN S&P DOW JONES INDICES AND ATHENE ANNUITY AND LIFE COMPANY, OTHER THAN THE LICENSORS OF S&P DOW JONES INDICES.

Athene Ascent Pro [GEN (09/15) NB, ICC15 GEN (09/15) NB], Athene Ascent 10 Bonus 2.0 [GEN10 (04/14), GEN10 (07/14), GEN10 (09/15), GEN10 (12/15)], Athene Ascent Pro 10 Bonus Select [TBS10 (09/12) SR, TBS10 (04/14) SR, GEN10 (07/14) SR, ICC16 GEN10 (09/15) SR], Athene Ascent Pro 10 Bonus [TBS10 (09/12)] or state variations; Athene Benefit 10 with Enhanced Benefit Rider [GEN10 (04/14),TBS10 (09/12) SR, TBS10 (04/14) SR, TBS10 (09/12) NB, EBR (04/14)]; Athene MYG fixed annuity [MYG (09/15) or state variation]; Athene Performance Elite [GEN10 (04/14), GEN10 (04/14) G, GEN10 (07/14), GEN10 (09/14), ICC14 GEN10 (04/14), TBS10 (9/12), TBS10 (09/12) SR, TBS10 (09/12) SR G, ICC14 TBS10(04/14) SR, GEN10 (07/14) SR, TBS10 (04/14) SR, TBS15 (09/12), TBS15 (09/12) G, TBS15 (09/14), GEN15 (11/14), MVA (07/14), PEPR (11/14), PEPR (11/14) G, ICC15 PEPR (11/14), ICC15 PEPR NMV (11/14)]; TargetHorizon 5 Annuity TBS5 (09/12); TargetHorizon 10 Annuity TBS10 (09/12), TargetHorizon 10 Select Annuity TBS10 (09/12) NB, TargetHorizon 15 Annuity TBS15 (09/12), or state variations; Athene SPIA Single Premium Immediate Annuity [SPIA (06/87)] or state variations are issued by Athene Annuity and Life Company, West Des Moines, IA. Product features, limitations and availability may vary by state; see Certificate of Disclosure for full details. Products not available in all states.

The 3.10%* MYGA Interest Rate Special is Back!

The Latest FIA Product and Commission Updates from FGL

The Latest FIA Product and Commission Updates from FGL

 F&G Annuity Product News
Fidelity & Guaranty Life Changes Commission and GMWB/EGMWB Roll-Up Rates on Fixed Indexed Annuities

Commission will change for FGL’s Safe Income Plus® FIA. Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit (GMWB) and Enhanced Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit (EGMWB) roll-up rates will also be updated for the Prosperity Elite® series, the FG AccumulatorPlus® series, FG Index-Choice® 10 and the Performance Pro® FIA.

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Premium received and applications in good order on or before September 29, 2016

will be issued with the current GMWB/EGMWB roll-up rates

• Applications issued on or after September 30, 2016 will receive the new GMWB/EGMWB roll-up rates

For Producer Use Only – Not For Use in Solicitation to Consumers

Form number: API-1018(06-11), ACI-1018(06-11); et al.

“FGL” when used herein refers to Fidelity & Guaranty Life, the marketing name for Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company issuing insurance in the United States outside of New York. Contracts issued by Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA.

Commission will change for FGL’s Safe Income Plus® FIA. Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit (GMWB) and Enhanced Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit(EGMWB) roll-up rates will also be updated for: the Prosperity Elite® series, the FG AccumulatorPlus® series, FG Index-Choice® 10 and the Performance Pro® FIA

North American MYGA Rate Increase 12/6/2016

North American Commission reduction and SPIA Change Effective 9-1-16

North American Commission reduction and SPIA Change Effective 9-1-16

  North American Commission reduction and SPIA Change Effective 9-1-16
  North American is committed to delivering strong consumer value in all our product offerings.  Interest rates have continued to decline and the yield curve has continued to flatten.  As a result of these economic conditions, the Company is making the following changes:  
   NA_1 Commissions are reducing on the following fixed index annuities and multi-year guarantee annuity (MYGA):

  • NAC BenefitSolutions® (14-year only)
  • North American Charter® Plus (14-year only)
  • NAC RetireChoice® (10- and 14-year)
  • HI and PA Only: North American Charter®, North American Precision Series® (14-year only)
  • North American Guarantee ChoiceSM (MYGA, 5-year only)
  • See your updated commission schedule for details and review the state availability chart for products in your state
 
   NA_2 Period certain terms less than 10 years on the North American Income® single premium immediate annuity (SPIA) will temporarily be unavailable.  
  NOTE: New commission rates and SPIA change will apply to applications received in the Home Office on or after September 1, 2016. To receive current rates and SPIA period certain terms, get applications in before September 1, 2016. (For electronic apps/e-App, applications must be electronically submitted and received in the Home Office prior to midnight CDT on August 31, 2016.)

Updated commission schedules will be available on North American’s website by September 1, 2016.

 
FOR AGENT USE ONLY. NOT TO BE USED FOR CONSUMER SOLICITATION PURPOSES. Products issued by North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, West Des Moines, IA. Product features and options may not be available in all states or appropriate for all clients. See product brochures, disclosures and state availability chart for further details, limitations and information on appropriate state variations. The NAC BenefitSolutions®  is issued on form NC/NA1006A (contract/certificate), AE560A, AE561A, AE563A, AE564A, AE565A, AE567A, LR427A and LR433A (riders/endorsements). The North American Charter® Plus is issued on form  NC/NA1007A (certificate/contract), AE576A, AE577A, AE578A, AE580A.PB, AE581A, AE582A, AE583A, AE584A, AE585A, AE586A and AE587A (riders/endorsements). The NAC RetireChoice®  is issued on form LC/LS160A (certificate/contract), LR431A, LR424A-1, LR423A, AE520A, AE533A, AE529A, AE532A, AE531A, AE556A, AE557A, LR433A, AE530A, AE528A, AE511A and LR427A (riders/endorsements). The North American Charter® is issued on form LS156A (contract), LR342A, LR398A and LR445A (riders/endorsements). The North American Precision Series® is issued on form LS155A (contract), LR342A, LR398A, and LR444A (endorsements/riders). The North American Guarantee ChoiceSM is issued on forms NC/NA1000A (certificate/contract) AE515A, AE516A, LR427A, LR433A, LR441A and LR441A-1 (endorsements/riders). The North American Income® annuity is issued on form LS116A.

1. Commission is based on WA Regular schedule and may vary according to the product, client’s issue age, and issue state. See your current commission schedule for further details.

 

North American MYGA Rate Increase 12/6/2016

North American MYGA Rate Decrease 9/1/2016

North American MYGA Rate Decrease 9/1/2016

 North American Guarantee ChoiceSM Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity Rates are decreasing.
  MYGA interest rate decrease effective September 1, 2016

North American Guarantee ChoiceSM Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity (MYGA) interest rates are decreasing as follows:

 
 
Surrender Charge Period1 New High Band Rate Old High Band Rate New Low Band Rate Old Low Band Rate
3-Year 1.30% 1.50% 1.00% 1.20%
4-Year 1.50% 1.70% 1.25% 1.45%
5-Year 2.25% 2.35% 2.00% 2.10%
6-Year 1.90% 2.10% 1.65% 1.85%
7-Year 2.15% 2.35% 1.90% 2.10%
8-Year 2.30% 2.50% 2.10% 2.30%
9-Year 2.40% 2.60% 2.20% 2.40%
10-Year 2.50% 2.70% 2.30% 2.50%
 
  NOTE: New interest rates will apply to applications received in the Home Office on or after September 1, 2016. To receive current rates, get applications in before September 1, 2016. (For electronic apps/e-App, applications must be electronically submitted and received in the Home Office prior to midnight CDT on August 31, 2016.)

Updated rate sheets will be available on our website by September 1, 2016.

 
 FOR AGENT USE ONLY. NOT TO BE USED FOR CONSUMER SOLICITATION PURPOSES. Products issued by North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, West Des Moines, IA. Product features and options may not be available in all states or appropriate for all clients. See product brochures, disclosures and state availability chart for further details, limitations and information on appropriate state variations. The North American Guarantee ChoiceSM is issued on forms NC/NA1000A (certificate/contract) AE515A, AE516A, LR427A, LR433A, LR441A and LR441A-1 (endorsements/riders). 1. A surrender during the surrender charge period could result in a loss of premium. The surrender charge and Interest Adjustment (also known as Market Value Adjustment) reset with renewal. Surrender charge structure may vary by state.

 

 

 

Royal Neighbors of America

UPDATED! Royal Choice Annuity Interest Rates

UPDATED! Royal Choice Annuity Interest Rates

Effective September 1, 2016, the Royal Choice Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity (MYGA) rates will change.

UPDATED! Royal Choice Annuity Interest Rates

Effective September 1, 2016, the Royal Choice Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity (MYGA) rates will change. Please review the new rates below for ALL rate changes.
ANNUITY INTEREST RATES as of 9/1/2016*
  Rate as of 9/1/2016* Current Rate Minimum Guaranteed Rate**
Royal Choice Annuity 5-year 2.10% 2.20% 1.00%
Royal Choice Annuity 7-year 2.50% 2.60% 1.00%
Royal Choice Annuity 10-year 2.65% 2.75% 1.00%
Royal Choice Annuity 5-year for CA 1.85% 1.95% 1.00%
Royal Choice Annuity 7-year for CA 2.25% 2.35% 1.00%
Royal Choice Annuity 9-year for CA 2.40% 2.50% 1.00%

 

*Rates are subject to change. Rates are for the Initial Guarantee Period.

**The Minimum Guaranteed Credited Interest Rate (Minimum Non-forfeiture Rate) is established on the Issue Date and will not change for the life of the contract.

New interest rates will apply to applications received in the Administrative Office on or after Thursday, September 1, 2016. To receive current interest rates, applications must be received in the Administrative Office on or before Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Applications may be faxed to 844-348-1239, emailed to RoyalNeighbors@aiasvcs.com, or mailed to P.O. Box 14209, Clearwater, FL 33766-4209; overnight address is 2650 McCormick Drive, Clearwater, FL, 33759. Pending rollover and/or transfer paperwork received in the Administrative Office on or before Wednesday, August 31, 2016 must have funds received on or before Thursday, October 27, 2016 in order to receive the current rates.

2978-R; Rev. 8-2016                                     For agent use only. Not for use with the general public.

EquiTrust Life Insurance Company

EquiTrust Certainty Select® Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity Increase Effective 8/18/16

EquiTrust Certainty Select® Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity  Increase Effective 8/18/16

Rate Increase! 3% for 8 Years! Certainty Select MYGA

EquiTrust Certainty Select® Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity Increase Effective 8/18/16

2.75% FOR 6 YEARS 3.00% FOR 8 YEARS 3.25% FOR 10 YEARS

EquiTrust Certainty Select® Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity  Increase Effective 8/18/16

  • Available to applicants ages 0-90 • Nursing home waiver rider, applicant ages 0-80 (not available in MA) • Full Accumulation Value at Death • Available in 49 states Competitive Rates!
3 Years 1.80%
5 Years 2.50%
6 Years 2.75%
8 Years 3.00%
10 Years 3.25%

Current rates as of 8/18/16.

To see the current rates on the Agent Website, click here

Reminder: Certainty Select Pays Renewal Commissions! The 1% renewal commission applies to renewal of the guarantee period for in-force contracts for all Certainty or Certainty Select contracts – all issue dates! Renewal commissions are paid to agents with active EquiTrust contracts at the time of renewal.*

Competitive rates combined with the safety offered during these uncertain times make Certainty Select a compelling product for your clients – and for you!

Renewal Commissions paid only for guarantee periods of 3, 5, 6, 8, or 10 years. The initial rate guarantee period is 3, 5, 6, 8, or 10 years. Initial rate subject to change. Surrender charges are in effect for partial withdrawals in excess of the Free Withdrawal Amount or a full surrender before the end of the Guarantee Period. Surrender charges are a percentage of the Accumulation Value, and decline annually: 10, 10, 9, 9, 8, 8, 7, 7, 6, 5%. The Surrender Charge period matches the Guarantee Period. Surrender Charges may vary by state. Product features may vary by state. Contract issued on Contract Form Series ET-MYG-2000(06-09) or ICC13-ET-MYG-2000(07-13). EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, West Des Moines, IA. For Producer Use Only. IC16-ECN-1055

 

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Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Adjustment – Effective 08/15/2016

Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Adjustment – Effective 08/15/2016

SSentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Adjustment - Effective 08/15/2016

Sentinel Security Life Annuity Rate Adjustment – Effective 08/15/2016

Effective August 15, 2016, the rates for our MYGA 5-year and 7-year annuities will decrease by 10 basis points.  Additionally, our MYGA 10-year annuity rates will decrease by 20 basis points. To download an updated Annuity Rate Sheet, please see below.

Important Dates to Remember 

  • August 14, 2016: Date applications must be signed to receive current rates. Applications must be signed before or on August 14, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates.
  • August 15, 2016: Date when new crediting rates take effect. Any application signed on or after August 15, 2016 will receive the new crediting rates.
  • August 19, 2016: Date application must be received in Home Office to receive current rates. Applications signed before or on August 14, 2016 must be received in the Home Office by August 19, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates. We will accept faxed or e-mailed applications on August 19, 2016.

New Business E-mail: newbusiness@insadminservices.com

New Business Fax: 1-888-433-4795

  • September 30, 2016: Date 45-rate lock ends. All transfer and exchanges for any application signed on August 14, 2016 or earlier must be completed by September 30, 2016 in order to receive the current crediting rates.

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Choice Series and MYGA Rate Adjustments

Choice Series and MYGA Rate Adjustments Effective August 5, 2016

Choice Series and MYGA Rate Adjustments Effective August 5, 2016

Choice Series and MYGA Rate Adjustments Effective August 5, 2016

American Equity’s Choice Series and MYGA rates will change on August 5, 2016. To receive the current rates, original applications along with cash or 1035/Direct Transfer paperwork must be received in our office by 4:45PM CT on Thursday, August 4, 2016. Transfer funds must be received in our office by 1:00PM CT on Friday, September 2, 2016. Transfer funds received after Friday, September 2, 2016 will receive the new rates as indicated below. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Choice Series Rates:

Choice 10 CURRENT RATES NEW RATES
INTEREST CREDITING STRATEGIES Fixed Value 2.25% 2.00%
Annual PTP – Cap 5.00% 4.25%
Annual PTP – PR 40% 35%
Monthly PTP – Cap
2.00% 1.90%
Volatility Control Index w/Spread* 0.75% 1.00%

 

Choice 8 CURRENT RATES NEW RATES
INTEREST CREDITING STRATEGIES Fixed Value 2.05% 1.90%
Annual PTP – Cap 4.75% 4.10%
Annual PTP – PR 40% 35%
Monthly PTP – Cap
1.90% 1.80%
Volatility Control Index w/Spread* 1.00% 1.25%

 

Choice 6 CURRENT RATES NEW RATES
INTEREST CREDITING STRATEGIES Fixed Value 1.90% 1.80%
Annual PTP – Cap 4.50% 4.00%
Annual PTP – PR 35% 30%
Monthly PTP – Cap
1.80% 1.70%
Volatility Control Index w/Spread* 1.25% 1.50%

 

MYGA Rates:

Guarantee Series Current Rate New Rate
Guarantee 5 2.25% 2.15%
Guarantee 6 2.45% 2.35%
Guarantee 7 2.70% 2.50%

LIBR Adjustments Effective August 25, 2016

All versions of the Choice Series Lifetime Income Benefit Rider payout factors will be adjusted effective August 25, 2016. Additionally, the Multiplier on the Choice Series Lifetime Income Benefit Rider with Indexing Income Option will increase. To receive current payout factors and the current Multiplier, original applications along with cash or 1035/Direct Transfer paperwork must be received in our office by 4:45PM CST on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Applications received Thursday, August 25, 2016 and after will receive new payout percentages. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Payout factors will decrease by 25bps for all ages. Please see table below for examples of the new payout percentages for ages 60, 65 and 70.

Age Current Single Life Payout Percentage New Single Life Payout Percentage Current Joint Life Payout Percentage New Joint Life Payout Percentage
60 4.50% 4.25% 4.00% 3.75%
65 5.00% 4.75% 4.50% 4.25%
70 5.50% 5.25% 4.85% 4.60%

Choice Series Lifetime Income Benefit with Indexing Income

Current IAV Multiplier New IAV Multiplier
Indexing Income Option 200% 220%

Thank you for your business and support! Please call Marketing at 888-661-1999 if you have any questions.

*Spread is the same as Asset Fee as described in the Contract. Annuity and Riders issued under form series ICC14 IDX8, ICC13 MYGA, ICC14 R-LIBR, 14 R-LIBR-W,ICC16R-LIBR-IDX and state variations thereof. Availability may vary by state.

Introducing Our Newest Annuity - Safe Anchor Market Guarantee

Atlantic Coast Life Annuity Rate Decrease Effective 08/09/2016

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Effective August 9, 2016, the rates for Safe Haven and Safe Harbor 5, 6, and 7-year annuities will decrease by 15 basis points. Additionally, 10-year annuity rates will decrease by 20 basis points. New Interest Rate Sheet is at the bottom of this post.

Important Dates to Remember 

  • August 8, 2016: 

 

Date applications must be signed to receive current rates.  

Applications must be signed before or on August 8, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates.

  • August 9, 2016: 

 

Date when new crediting rates take effect.

Any application signed on or after August 9, 2016 will receive the new crediting rates.

  • August 15, 2016: 

 

Date application must be received in Home Office to receive current rates.

Applications signed before or on August 8, 2016 must be received in the Home Office by August 15, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates. We will accept faxed or e-mailed applications on August 15, 2016.

New Business E-mail: acl.newbusiness@insadminservices.com

New Business Fax: 1-888-433-4795

  • September 23, 2016: 

 

Date 45-rate lock ends.

All transfer and exchanges for any application signed on August 8, 2016 or earlier must be completed by September 23, 2016 in order to receive the current crediting rates.

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F&G Annuity Product News

FGL Updates FIA Products

F&G Annuity Product News

FGL Updates FIA Products

Prosperity Elite® Series’ and Safe Income Plus® Enhanced Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal (EGMWB) roll-up rate. The vesting premium bonus for Prosperity Elite® 10 and Safe Income Plus® will change, as well as cap rates and spreads across our FIA portfolio, with the exception of the FG Retirement Pro® product. These changes are effective with the August 15, 2016 buy date.

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North American MYGA Rate Increase 12/6/2016

North American Guarantee Choice℠ Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity Rates are decreasing.

 North American Guarantee ChoiceSM Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity Rates are decreasing.

MYGA Rate Decrease

Effective August 2, 2016

North American Guarantee Choice℠ Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity Rates are decreasing.

Surrender Charge Period¹ New High Band Rate Old High Band Rate New Low Band Rate Old Low Band Rate
3-Year 1.50% 1.70% 1.20% 1.40%
4-Year 1.70% 1.90% 1.45% 1.65%
5-Year 2.35% 2.55% 2.10% 2.30%
6-Year 2.10% 2.30% 1.85% 2.05%
7-Year 2.35% 2.55% 2.10% 2.30%
8-Year 2.50% 2.75% 2.30% 2.55%
9-Year 2.60% 2.85% 2.40% 2.65%
10-Year 2.70% 2.95% 2.50% 2.75%

NOTE: New interest rates will apply to applications received in the Home Office on or after August 2, 2016. To receive current rates, get application in before August 2, 2016.

Updated rate sheets will be available on North American’s website by August 2, 2016.

Questions? Call Sales Support today! 888-661-1999

 FOR AGENT USE ONLY. NOT TO BE USED FOR CONSUMER SOLICITATION PURPOSES. Products issued by North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, West Des Moines, IA. Product features and options may not be available in all states or appropriate for all clients. See product brochures, disclosures and state availability chart for further details, limitations and information on appropriate state variations. The North American Guarantee ChoiceSM is issued on forms NC/NA1000A (certificate/contract) AE515A, AE516A, LR427A, LR433A, LR441A and LR441A-1 (endorsements/riders) or appropriate state variation. 1. A surrender during the surrender charge period could result in a loss of premium. The surrender charge and Interest Adjustment (also known as Market Value Adjustment) reset with renewal. Surrender charge structure may vary by state.
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Sentinel Rate Decrease 7/5/16

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Personal Choice Annuity Rate Adjustment – Effective 07/05/2016

Effective July 5, 2016 our Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity rates for 5, 7, and 10 year products will be decreasing by 10 basis points. To download an updated Annuity Rate Sheet, please click below or you may also download at any time using Sentinel’s Agent Portal.

*Please remember to manually update your annuity software on July 5, 2016.

Important Dates to Remember 

  • July 4, 2016: Date applications must be signed to receive current rates. Applications must be signed before or on July 4, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates.
  • July 5, 2016: Date when new crediting rates take effect. Any application signed on or after July 5, 2016 will receive the new crediting rates.
  • July 11, 2016: Date application must be received in Home Office to receive current rates. Applications signed before or on July 4, 2016 must be received in the Home Office by July 11, 2016 to receive the current crediting rates. We will accept faxed or e-mailed applications on July 11, 2016.

New Business Fax: 888-433-4795

August 19, 2016: Date 45-day rate lock ends. All transfers and exchanges for any application signed on July 4, 2016 or earlier must be completed by August 19, 2016 in order to receive the current crediting rates.

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