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Observability: Driving Digital Transformation in 2022 and Beyond


In the last couple of years, we’ve seen rapid digital transformation take over with a large emphasis on cloud adoption. In 2022, we can expect this trend to continue, if not increase.

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As we head into the new year, it’s never been more important to keep an eye on consumer sentiment.


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Mastering the Complexity of Human Language: What Role Does NLP Play?


Artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities have led to groundbreaking advancements in various sectors, including banking, communications, and retail.

NAILBA May Merge With Finseca

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Finseca — the group formed from the merger of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting with GAMA International — may combine with the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies. NAILBA and Finseca announced today that their boards have voted to start the process of looking into a merger.

A Practical Guide to Business Intelligence Governance

Speaker: Marius Moscovici, CEO Metric Insights & Mike Smitheman, VP Metric Insights

This presentation will provide a practical step-by-step guide for implementing effective BI governance and a toolkit for addressing the three critical aspects of any program.

SEC 6 Big Rules the SEC Plans to Tackle in 2022

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The Securities and Exchange Commission’s fall regulatory agenda lists numerous rules the agency plans to propose or establish in the new year. Before year-end, the agency proposed rules for comment on money market funds as well as proxy voting advice. The SEC issued on Dec. 17 sweeping guidance on its Form CRS rule, but SEC Chairman Gary Gensler’s 2022 regulatory agenda does not include reforms to Regulation Best Interest.

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Regulators Continued Targeting Annuity Sales In 2021

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Regulators were busy in 2021 and annuity sales remained a prime target. Controversial rules put forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission and New York State regulators attracted plenty of attention and readers. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor made noise about taking another stab at a fiduciary standard. Click HERE to read the full story via INN. The post Regulators Continued Targeting Annuity Sales In 2021 appeared first on Wink. Industry Articles

Pacific Life to pay $3 million for doing unlicensed business

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Pacific Life Insurance will pay a penalty of $3 million for violating New York insurance law in connection with the company’s pension risk transfer business. Click HERE to read the full story via InvestmentNews. The post Pacific Life to pay $3 million for doing unlicensed business appeared first on Wink. Industry Articles

Fortitude Re, Midwest Holdings pursue ‘triangle’ strategies

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Fortitude Re, a reinsurer backed by The Carlyle Group, a $276 billion private equity firm, is completing its annuity-reinsurance-asset management strategy. Midwest Holdings’ life insurer, American Life, has launched a new indexed annuity pegged to an ‘ESG’ index. Click HERE to read the full story via RIJ. The post Fortitude Re, Midwest Holdings pursue ‘triangle’ strategies appeared first on Wink. Industry Articles

4 Top Threats Facing Investors in 2022

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The North American Securities Administrators Association released Monday its annual list of top investor threats and urged investors to use caution with popular and volatile unregulated investments. The most common telltale sign of an investment scam is an offer of guaranteed high returns with no risk. It is important for investors to understand what they are investing in and with whom they are investing,” said Melanie Senter Lubin, NASAA president and Maryland securities commissioner.

Blockchain Technology and Life Insurance

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In an environment of fast-emerging crypto and blockchain technology, searches like “Bitcoin and Life Insurance,” are producing a wide range of content and topics.

When Was The Term ‘Wirehouse’ First Used?

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Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, UBS and Merrill Lynch all compete fiercely on technology today, but the roots of the term “wirehouse,” which is often used to describe them, reach back to a system from almost 200 years ago. Click HERE to read the full story via Financial Advisor IQ. The post When Was The Term ‘Wirehouse’ First Used? appeared first on Wink. Industry Articles

F&G’s Parent to Get New CEO: Personnel Moves

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The board of Fidelity National Financial — the Jacksonville, Florida-based title insurance company that acquired F&G, a major annuity issuer — has named Mike Nolan to be the company’s new CEO. Nolan has been Fidelity National’s president since 2016. He has been working for Fidelity National since 1983. Randy Quirk, the current CEO, will become the company’s executive vice chairman. William P. Foley II, the board chairman, will continue to be the chairman.


Allianz Completes Reinsurance Deal For $35B FIA Portfolio

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Allianz Life announced today that it has completed the reinsurance agreement with affiliates of Sixth Street, including Talcott Resolution Life Insurance Company, and Resolution Life, for a $35-billion fixed index annuity portfolio. The transaction, announced on December 3, unlocks $4.1 billion in value and frees up regulatory capital for Allianz. Click HERE to read the full story via INN. The post Allianz Completes Reinsurance Deal For $35B FIA Portfolio appeared first on Wink.

Investors Heritage Brings FIA With ESG Index To California, Delaware

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January 4, 2022, Frankfort, Kentucky – Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company (“Investors Heritage”) announced today that it would now be offering its first fixed indexed annuity in California and Delaware. Investors Heritage launched the Heritage Income Advantage (“HIA”) in April 2021 to help policyholders protect assets from market downturns, grow retirement savings, and secure a lifetime income stream. “We


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January 4, 2021, New York – Aquarian Holdings (“Aquarian”) today announced that it has closed its acquisition of Pavonia Life Insurance Company of New York (“Pavonia”). Aquarian announced earlier this year that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pavonia from a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Enstar Group Limited. “We We are excited to close our acquisition of Pavonia to continue the growth of our insurance holdings,” said Rudy Sahay, Founder and Managing Partner at Aquarian.

Monument Re Completes Acquisition of Variable Annuity Portfolio From Athora Ireland plc

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HAMILTON, Bermuda–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Monument Re announced today that its Irish subsidiary Monument Life Insurance DAC has completed the acquisition of a closed-block portfolio of variable annuities from Athora Ireland plc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Athora Holding Ltd. The portfolio has been in run-off since 2017. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Primerica Marks $900B Of Term Life In Force At End Of 2021

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Duluth, GA, Jan. 4, 2022 – Primerica, a leading provider of financial services to families throughout the United States and Canada, will announce projected year-end production results at its annual gathering of senior sales force leaders. The meeting serves as a kickoff to the year to discuss opportunities ahead and celebrate achievements.

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Ohio National introduces new whole life insurance series offering maximum death benefit for the money

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Newly launched whole life insurance portfolio is designed to provide individuals and businesses the protection they need at a price they can afford. Products reflect Ohio National’s 113-year legacy of offering quality, cost-effective coverage that lasts a lifetime. CINCINNATI, Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ohio National is pleased to introduce its latest line of whole life insurance products.

Milliman survey reveals 28 out of 34 companies use or plan to use accelerated underwriting in term life insurance

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SEATTLE , Jan. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Milliman, Inc., a premier global consulting and actuarial firm, just released the results of its biennial broad-based survey on term life insurance. The study surveys 34 term life insurance companies and focuses on current topics relevant to a range of these products.

Highland Capital Brokerage Acquires Hallett Financial Group And Quotacy

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. , Jan. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Highland Capital Brokerage, a national life insurance and annuity distribution company and subsidiary of Advisor Group, today announced the acquisitions of Hallett Financial Group, an independent insurance brokerage agency based in Minneapolis , as well as Hallett Financial’s sister company, Quotacy, an insuretech firm.

Midwest Holding Announces Strategic Asset Management Initiative with ORIX Corporation USA

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LINCOLN, Neb. , 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Midwest Holding Inc. Midwest,NASDAQ: MDWT ), a technology-driven life and annuity platform, announced the closing of a majority ownership sale of a consolidated reinsurance facility to a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation USA (ORIX USA ). Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of ORIX USA purchased approximately 70% of Seneca Incorporated Cell, LLC 2020-01 (SRC1), a Midwest consolidated reinsurance cell.

USAA Life Insurance Company Expands Availability of New Digital Life Insurance Product

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SAN ANTONIO , Jan. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In response to increasing interest in a simplified application process and lower prices, USAA Life Insurance Company (USAA Life) today announced its new digital life insurance product that requires no medical exam is now available in 47 states. According to USAA’s “Life Can’t Wait” survey , monthly cost and no medical exam requirement are important factors when deciding on a life insurance company.

Fidelity National Financial Announces Executive Management Transition

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. , Jan. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fidelity National Financial, Inc.®

Leading BGA in the Life and Annuity Market (PRNewsfoto/Specialty Program Group)

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SUMMIT, N.J. , Jan. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Specialty Program Group, LLC (SPG) , a leading operator of specialty insurance brokerage firms and underwriting facilities, announced today the acquisition of the assets of Brokers’ Service Marketing Group II, LLC (BSMG) as of December 15, 2021. BSMG is a leading life and annuity brokerage general agency (BGA) serving advisors and financial institutions.

New Year, Same Volatility: Most Americans Expect a Recession in the Near Future

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MINNEAPOLIS–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Despite the start of a new year, a majority of Americans remain worried about market volatility, with over three-quarters saying they expect the market to be very volatile in 2022. These findings from the 2021 Q4 Quarterly Market Perceptions Study from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America ( Allianz Life ), underscore the lingering worries around a number of health and economic risks that Americans are facing every day.

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New “2022 Wealth & Wellness Index” Shows Many Americans Less Confident in Their Finances and the Economy Entering Third Year of the Pandemic

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REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.–( –( BUSINESS WIRE )–As we embark on the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. economy is making a remarkable comeback after enduring a tumultuous two years. Roughly 80% of the jobs lost to the pandemic have been regained , unemployment rates have normalized and today’s jobseekers have the upper hand.

Jackson to Report Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2021 Financial Results

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LANSING, Mich.–( –( BUSINESS WIRE )– Jackson Financial Inc. 1 (NYSE: JXN) will announce financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021 after market close Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Jackson’s press release and supplemental financial materials will be available at investors.jackson.com. Jackson will host a conference call and webcast Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET to review the results.

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Fortitude Re Enhances Reinsurance Capabilities

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Fortitude Re Enhances Reinsurance Capabilities. Forms new Bermuda multi-line reinsurer. Acquires U.S. life insurer. Obtains Reciprocal Jurisdiction Reinsurer status. January 06, 2022 09:30 AM Eastern Standard Time. HAMILTON, Bermuda & JERSEY CITY, N.J.–( –( BUSINESS WIRE )–Fortitude Re announced today the formation of a Bermuda multi-line reinsurer and the acquisition of a U.S. life insurer. In addition, Fortitude Re’s subsidiary, Fortitude Reinsurance Company Ltd. (“FRL”),

Fortitude Re Completes Acquisition of Third Party Administrators from AIG

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JERSEY CITY, N.J.–( –( BUSINESS WIRE )–Fortitude Group Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Bermuda’s largest multi-line reinsurer (“Fortitude Re”), announced today the acquisition of Fortitude Life & Annuity Solutions, Inc. FLAS”), a licensed life and annuity TPA, and Fortitude P&C Solutions, Inc. FPCS”), a licensed Property and Casualty TPA, from AIG. These transactions are the final step in Fortitude Re’s acquisition of AIG’s legacy insurance operations.