One would surmise that advisors have conversations about fixed indexed annuities more frequently with clients as they edge closer to retirement age. A recent study produced by National Underwriter Life & Health, in conjuncion with Athene, illustrates this expectation.
“Fixed Indexed Annuities: A Producer’s Point of View” says that when interfacing with clients in their 60s, about 8 in 10 advisors “almost always” or “occasionally” broach the subject. The proportion dips to 53 percent for clients in their 40s and to 25 percent for those in their 30s (Figure 3).
In respect to the most important of the target markets — clients in their 60s who are closest to retirement — the FIA discussions are more prevalent among advisors with an insurance focus (83 percent) than among those with an investment focus (73 percent).
The percentage difference between these two groups is also apparent when comparing: (1) advisors engaged with clients in their 40s (56 percent of advisors with an insurance orientation as compared to 40 percent with an investment focus); and (2) advisors interfacing with clients in their 30s (28 percent versus 11 percent, respectively).
Notable differences in the frequency of conversations are also evident among the subset of producers who say they almost always discuss FIAs with clients. A solid majority (65 percent) of advisors who sold $1 million-plus in annuity premium last year almost always broached the topic with clients aged 60-plus. That’s significantly more than the 56 percent of advisors who, interfacing with the same demographic group, generated between $250,000 and $1 million in premiums.