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As previously reported and discussed, even though sales numbers for the annuity market struggled in 2017 they did look better in the fourth quarter for fixed products.

The retirement challenge in the US has been talked about for a long time now, especially as 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the retirement age of 65 every day.

According to a recent article on, the lower sales numbers for annuities in 2017 over 2016 look to continue in 2018.

There was an interesting call out from the MetLife CEO in a recent A.M.

One of the big news stories that impacted the annuities ecosystem over the past two years was around the Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rules, intended to create guidelines for focusing on client best interests in the sale of retirement-oriented products.

The past year has been a challenging one for annuities carriers.

A recent article discussing 3Q annuity sales from Insurance News Net raised two key points.

Last week I had the opportunity to moderate the Annuities Special Interest Group meeting in Cincinnati, OH.

A recent article on the DOL rule delay highlighted the recent positive news for annuity sales.

The overall average IT spending levels and patterns for next year are basically consistent with previous years, but the pressures and priorities of insurer CIOs are evolving.