Thursday, 13 June 2024 17:43

Incoming DOL Fiduciary Has Huge Impact on Annuities

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Deferred annuity sales increased by nearly 19% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to Wink, Inc. This surge sets the stage for annuities to potentially exceed $400 billion in sales this year. 


Sheryl Moore, CEO of Wink, attributes this growth to the upcoming fiduciary rule implementation on September 23, which is driving a "fire-sale mentality" among producers and carriers. The new Retirement Security Rule will extend the Department of Labor's fiduciary duty to most annuity sales. 


Total first-quarter annuity sales, including immediate and deferred income annuities, reached $105.7 billion, with notable performers like Athene USA leading deferred annuity sales. Wink also noted strong performance in various annuity types, with record sales in indexed and structured annuities, indicating robust market activity ahead of regulatory changes.

Finsum: This spike could be sustained by falling interest rates that increase annuity demand. 

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