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 Life Insurance News

Agents might take for granted that prospects and clients know the basics about life insurance, but a survey showed that they don't even know that benefits are not taxed.

The post Don’t Overestimate What Consumers Know About Life Insurance appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: April 18, 2018, 10:00 am

Arlington, Va., and Windsor, Conn. – When it comes to purchasing life insurance, consumers are engaging online and through social...

The post Strong Social Media Presence Critical To Advisor Success appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: April 16, 2018, 7:41 pm

Braintree, MA.—U.S. life insurance application activity turned positive in March up 6.7%1 year-over-year, according to the MIB Life Index. The...

The post Life Insurance Activity Turns Positive In March appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: April 16, 2018, 7:17 pm

Approximately 2,000 existing agents who have been operating under the Nationwide brand will have the opportunity to transition to an independent agency model between now and July 1, 2020. The company already has relationships with more than 10,000 independent agents across the United States.

The post Nationwide Will Transition To Independent Agency Model By July 2020 appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: April 16, 2018, 4:00 pm

The indictments were issued following an investigation by the Alabama Securities Commission and the Alabama Department of Insurance. Officials with the Alabama Securities Commission said according to the indictment, Powell participated in illegal securities transactions by selling promissory notes and misappropriating the investment funds...

The post Alabama Ex-Advisor Charged In Wide-Ranging Insurance, Financial Fraud appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: April 10, 2018, 4:04 pm

April 2, 2018 – Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. (“Kuvare”), a growth-oriented life and annuity business, is pleased to announce the...

The post Kuvare Acquires United Life appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: April 6, 2018, 7:46 pm

HORSHAM, Pa. – April 2, 2018 – Penn Mutual, a Fortune 1,000 Company, introduced its latest permanent life insurance product,...

The post Penn Mutual Launches Survivorship Choice Whole Life appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: April 6, 2018, 7:42 pm

The troubled Chinese insurer that owns New York City's Waldorf Hotel is receiving a $9.6 billion bailout from a government-run fund to shore up its finances. Regulators seized control of privately owned Anbang Insurance in February after a multibillion-dollar asset buying spree raised questions about its stability. The insurer's founder went on trial last week on charges he defrauded investors and misused company money.

The post Troubled Chinese Insurer Receives Government Bailout appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: April 5, 2018, 5:03 am

New York, NY (April 3, 2018) – Simplicity Financial Marketing Group Holdings, Inc. (Simplicity) announced today that it has acquired...

The post Simplicity Financial Marketing Acquires InsurMark appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: April 3, 2018, 7:37 pm

-Sun Life Financial Inc. announced today that it is strengthening its business in Asia by aligning its International high net worth life insurance business with its SLF Asia business group. "Our SLF International business helps high net worth Clients transfer wealth to future generations through life insurance, and given that those Clients are primarily in...

The post Sun Life Financial Strengthens Its Asia HNW Insurance Business appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: April 3, 2018, 11:30 am

Marlene Debel, CFO for MetLife, has been appointed to lead the company’s Retirement & Income Solutions business, the company said.

The post MetLife Makes Exec Change in Wake of Annuity Charge appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: April 2, 2018, 6:45 pm

Four life insurance agents in Southern California were accused of setting up fraudulent policies and collecting $1.9 million in commission.

The post 4 Life Insurance Agents Accused in $1.9M Fake Policy Scam appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: March 29, 2018, 2:32 pm

Chinese state TV has shown the founder of the insurance company that owns New York City's Waldorf Hotel admitting his guilt at a trial on fraud and other charges. Wu Xiaohui, former chairman of Anbang Insurance Group, is accused of fraudulently raising $10 billion from investors and misusing his post to benefit himself.

The post Chinese State TV Shows Insurance Tycoon Admitting Guilt appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 29, 2018, 10:11 am

A long-delayed merger between Henrico County- based insurer Genworth Financial Inc. and China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co. Ltd. is being extended yet again as the proposed deal remains under review by some government regulatory agencies. Genworth, an insurance company with thousands of employees in Virginia, first announced in October 2016 that it had...

The post Genworth Extends Merger Deadline Again appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 28, 2018, 6:53 am

Prosecutors say the founder of the Chinese insurer that owns New York City's Waldorf Hotel is on trial on charges of financial misconduct. Wu Xiaohui was detained after regulators seized Anbang Insurance Group following a multibillion-dollar global buying spree that raised questions about where the company got its money and whether it could pay its debts.

The post Chinese Insurance Founder Tried For Alleged Fundraising Crimes appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 28, 2018, 5:56 am

--John Hancock Insurance introduced an improved Protection Universal Life insurance product with extended guarantees and new optional benefits, providing consumers with coverage that offers lifetime protection tailored to meet their individual needs. "Seven years ago, with interest rates at near all-time lows, we designed a breakthrough product with...

The post John Hancock’s Introduces Improved Protection Universal Life Product appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 26, 2018, 2:00 pm

AALU today announced that CEO David Stertzer will transition to an advisory role with the association, and that current COO...

The post AALU Chief David Stertzer To Transition To Advisory Role appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 22, 2018, 7:15 pm

MINNEAPOLIS, March 20, 2018 – Although most Americans have a strong understanding of the primary need for life insurance within...

The post Many Unsure About Permanent Life’s Benefits appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 21, 2018, 3:53 pm

Indexed universal life (IUL) sales kept overall life insurance sales in the black last year. Will it spur more companies to enter the market?

The post IUL to the Rescue of Low UL Sales appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: March 21, 2018, 10:00 am

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA – Ash Brokerage, the largest privately held insurance brokerage in the United States, continues to grow with...

The post Ash Brokerage To Acquire Zenith Marketing Group appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 19, 2018, 9:13 pm

LAS VEGAS – The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors will launch the NAIFA Center for Excellence in Long...

The post NAIFA Launches Center For Excellence In Long Term Care appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 19, 2018, 7:23 pm

Des Moines, Iowa. March 14, 2018- Sixty-four life insurance companies participated in the 82nd edition of Wink’s Sales & Market...

The post Another Record-Setting Year For Indexed Life Sales appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 15, 2018, 2:22 pm

New York Life reported another successful year in 2017, with record operating earnings of $2.06 billion and a record $1.8 billion dividend payout.

The post New York Life Reports Record Operating Earnings appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: March 14, 2018, 1:55 pm

Growth opportunities for life insurers this year are in group benefits, retail life insurance, pension risk transfer and some international markets, one analyst predicted.

The post Analyst: Growth Opportunities in Benefits, Life, PRT appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: March 13, 2018, 5:47 pm

Strong indexed universal life sales helped raise all leaky life insurance boats in 2017, according to LIMRA data.

The post IUL Keeps Life Sales in the Black for 2017 appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: March 12, 2018, 9:24 pm

Total U.S. individual life insurance new annualized premium (premium) increased 1 percent in 2017, compared with 2016 results, according to the LIMRA U.S. Retail Individual Life Insurance Sales Survey. This represents the fourth year of growth in premium for U.S. life insurance.

The post Individual Life Shows Slight Increase In 2017, LIMRA Says appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 12, 2018, 3:55 pm

--Two of the biggest Insurance Marketing Organizations, AMZ Financial Insurance Services and Partners Advantage Insurance Services, today announced their definitive merger to further enhance and extend their insurance distribution network. The new company will be called Partners Advantage Insurance Services. The new IMO will operate out of four main...

The post Two IMOs Announce Merger appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 12, 2018, 3:00 pm

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News-- A jury in Los Angeles Superior Court found Tuesday that Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. did not improperly withhold dividends from a class of hundreds of term life insurance policyholders. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., after deliberations following a 12- day trial, the jury...

The post Jury Rules In Favor Of MassMutual In Class Action Trial appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 9, 2018, 1:01 pm

MINNEAPOLIS – Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) today announced the launch of two new fixed index...

The post Allianz Life Boosts FIUL Lineup appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 7, 2018, 8:29 pm

Life insurance sales were down in all age segments, according to new year-over-year data, but was down the least in the younger segment. That could be good news for insurers.

The post MIB Life Index Falls 2.4 Percent But Offers Good News, Too appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: March 6, 2018, 6:45 pm

French insurance giant AXA is getting even bigger with a purchase of property and casualty insurer XL Group in a deal worth more than $15 billion. The deal gives AXA access to Bermuda-based XL's extensive U.S. operations.

The post France’s AXA Buys XL For $15B appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 5, 2018, 6:42 pm

The State Farm property-casualty group of companies reported a combined underwriting loss of $6.5 billion in 2017 on earned premium of $63.9 billion, compared to an underwriting loss of $5.5 billion on earned premium of $61.7 billion in 2016. Even with these operating losses, each of the State Farm companies remains financially strong.

The post State Farm Announces 2017 Financial Results appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 2, 2018, 1:30 pm

"We have asked the NRA to remove our information from their website." In January, it announced an expansion to its products that are sold through affinity groups and associations like the NRA. A few dozen companies around the country have ended or scaled back promotions for members of the NRA after the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 at a Parkland, Fla., high school.

The post Securian Financial Halts Insurance Marketing To NRA Members appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: March 2, 2018, 8:52 am

Indexed universal life is “clearly where the action was,” said Robert A. Kerzner, CEO of LIMRA, in a quarterly briefing to members.

The post Indexed Universal Life Continues Its Hot Streak appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: March 1, 2018, 3:40 pm

_ National Western Life Insurance Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $38.5 million. On a per-share basis, the Austin, Texas- based company said it had profit of $11.19. National Western Life shares have decreased slightly more than 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

The post National Western Life Posts 4Q Profit appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: February 28, 2018, 8:33 pm

Bankers Life eschews loading up on first-year agents for a strategy that caters to experienced producers. It's all part of a strategy designed by parent company CEO Gary Bhojwani.

The post At Bankers Life, Veteran Agents Gain Favor appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: February 27, 2018, 2:27 pm

Fresh off a $19 billion reinsurance deal with Voya Financial that closed in December, Athene CEO James Belardi said the company is open for business and hopes to close similar deals in 2018.

The post Athene Targets More Acquisitions in 2018 appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: February 26, 2018, 5:00 pm

Transamerica today a new Wealth + Health brand identity focused on helping customers improve their overall well-being by effectively managing...

The post Transamerica Announces Wealth + Health Brand Identity appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: February 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Technology, regulations and low interest rates are all 2018 trends that will keep the U.S. life segment in the negative, analyst A.M. Best concluded in a new report. But it is not all bad news, the report found.

The post 2018 Life/Annuity Outlook Marked by Slow Growth appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: February 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

Voya Financial, Inc., announced today that it has created a Chinese version of its name to help appeal to the Asian-American community and reinforce its commitment to this growing market. “It might sound simple, but we actually considered 18 name options and conducted sophisticated market research to ensure the Chinese version of Voya captured key attributes...

The post Voya Introduces Chinese Name And Advertising Campaign appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: February 16, 2018, 8:30 pm

Regulatory pressure and low interest rates drove Allianz Life Insurance premium 16 percent to $11 billion last year compared to 2016, execs reported.

The post Profit Flat, Premium Falls at Allianz Life appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: February 16, 2018, 6:59 pm

Insurers have great opportunities to branch out into other services, such as employee benefits, and a new survey finds companies eager for insurers to adapt.

The post Middle Market Companies Want More From Insurers, Survey Finds appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: John Hilton
Posted: February 16, 2018, 11:00 am

Voya executives say during the quarterly earnings call that the company will have to drop its annuities before seeing if the individual life business is viable for Voya.

The post Voya Not Sure About Keeping Its Life Business appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: February 15, 2018, 6:57 pm

Total surplus finished the year at an all-time high of $25.2 billion, an increase of $1.5 billion. The company expects the tax law changes to be a long-term positive that will benefit earnings beginning in 2018. The highest ever new life insurance premium at $886 million, alongside total premium revenue of $17.9 billion for insurance and annuity products. A...

The post Northwestern Mutual Posts Strong 2017 Financial Results appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: February 15, 2018, 3:00 pm

MetLife CEO issues a mea culpa on recent news that the company took a $510 million pretax charge for the fourth quarter. The company outlined a series of corrective steps in a conference call with analysts.

The post ‘Not Our Finest Hour,’ Says MetLife CEO of Unpaid Benefits appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: February 15, 2018, 11:00 am

A review of procedures used to estimate reserves related to group annuitants led Brighthouse Financial to financial adjustments negatively impacting its fourth-quarter numbers.

The post Brighthouse Boosts 4Q Reserves by $38M for MetLife-Related Group Annuities appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: February 14, 2018, 1:57 pm

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners wants to produce a annuity transactions best interest model law each state could then adopt. But its draft law is drawing fire from both sides who consider it both too weak and too strong.

The post NAIC Finding Little Support for Best-Interest Annuity Model appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: John Hilton
Posted: February 14, 2018, 11:00 am

_ MetLife Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $2.14 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the New York- based company said it had net income of $1.97. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.10 per share.

The post MetLife Beats 4Q Profit Forecasts appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: February 13, 2018, 9:34 pm

Brighthouse Financial reported a fourth-quarter annuity sales increase of 26 percent to $1.34 billion over the year-ago period. The company credited its popular buffered variable annuities (VA) for the strong showing.

The post Brighthouse 4Q Annuity Sales Rise 26 Percent appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: Cyril Tuohy
Posted: February 13, 2018, 7:05 pm

Chicago's 100-story John Hancock Center along Michigan Avenue is getting a new name. One of the owners of the skyscraper tells the Chicago Tribune that for now the building will be known as 875 N. Michigan Ave. while a new naming rights deal is sought. The name and logos will be removed immediately. The owner says the Hancock insurance company "just decided to have their name removed."

The post Chicago’s 100-story John Hancock Building Getting New Name appeared first on InsuranceNewsNet.

Author: user
Posted: February 13, 2018, 6:51 pm

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