Annuities have long had a reputation for generating rich commissions for salespeople. Now, a new generation of annuities that are free of commissions promises to alter that perceptionbut the trend isnt a clear win for investors.
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Insurance companies including Lincoln Financial Group, Pacific Life and Great American Life Insurance in the past year have launched new fee based variable and fixed-indexed annuities for use in brokerage accounts where investors pay an annual asset-based fee. Rather than be rewarded with an up-front commission, the adviser charges annual fees on the assets.
Fee-based annuities have some advantages for investors. When advice fees are charged separatelyrather than as commissions baked into the annuity contractinvestors have a better sense of how much theyre paying for advice and how much for the investment. And by removing the temptation for an adviser to recommend the annuity that pays the juiciest commission, fee-based annuities should better align advisers and clients interests.
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Swedish Export Credit Corp (GRU)
- [By Casey Wilson]
Investing in commodity-based ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or ETNs (exchange-traded notes) is a great way to gain exposure to a specific commodity, like corn (NYSE Arca: CORN), livestock (NYSE Arca: COW), or grains (NYSE Arca: GRU).
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Home Federal Bancorp Inc.(HOME)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of At Home Group Inc (NYSE: HOME) were down 10 percent to $23.19. At Home Group reported Q2 adjusted earnings of $0.18 per share on revenue of $232.1 million.
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Real Money columnist Robert Lang says that while retail “has certainly had its challenges over the past couple of years, between difficulties in the mall and then the big gorilla in the room, Action Alerts PLUS holding Amazon (AMZN) …there are a handful of names that continue to perform well, one of those is At Home Group (HOME) .
- [By Sofia Horta e Costa]
Sanofi fell 2.6 percent after withdrawing a U.S. application for a diabetes drug. Cie. Financiere Richemont (CFR) SA dropped 2.3 percent as revenue missed analysts estimates. Vivendi SA advanced 2.7 percent after saying it will begin a formal study to separate its French phone unit from its media businesses. Home Retail Group Plc (HOME) surged 5.4 percent to a two-year high as sales exceeded projections.
- [By Logan Wallace]
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Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: Nuveen Municipal Value Fund Inc.(NUV)
- [By Donald van Deventer]
The latest implied forward rate forecast from Kamakura Corporation shows projected 10-year U.S. Treasury yields differing -0.07% to 0.03% from last week while fixed rate mortgage yields varied by -0.01% to 0.08%. Mortgage yields, determined by the Monday through Wednesday weekly survey of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, lag Treasury movements simply because of the 3-day yield calculation used in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield is projected to rise from 2.92% at Thursday’s close (down 0.06% from last week) to 3.374% (down 0.06% from last week) in one year. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield in ten years is forecast to reach 4.639%, 1 basis point lower than last week. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage rate is forecast to rise from the effective yield of 3.69% on Thursday (down 0.001% from last week) to 4.222% (down 0.006% from last week) in one year and 6.29% in 10 years, up 0.038% from last week. We explain the background for these calculations in the rest of this note, along with some mortgage servicing rights metrics. The forecast allows investors in exchange traded U.S. Treasury funds (TLT) (TBT), total return bond funds (BOND), municipal bonds (NUV) and exchange traded mortgage funds (REM) to assess likely total returns over the next 120 months. Treasury-related exchange traded funds affected by the forward rates include:
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: QCR Holdings Inc.(QCRH)
- [By Keith Fitz-Gerald]
My favorite at the moment is QCR Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGM:QCRH).
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Moline, IL, the bank has a strong regional lending base in Illinois and Iowa that should grow in line with the broader national economy. I particularly like the fact that the bank considers itself relationship-driven at a time when trust is in short supply.
Top Financial Stocks To Buy Right Now: BofI Holding Inc.(BOFI)
- [By Matthew Frankel]
3. BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI) is a more speculative choice, but one that deserves serious consideration. The bank, whose name stands for “Bank of Internet”, is the oldest internet-only bank in the U.S. By maintaining an online-based business model, the bank enjoys competitive advantage such as low overhead and the ability to offer better rates on loan and deposit products than peers.
- [By Matthew Frankel]
Internet-based bank holding company BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI) is not like most other banks. Since the name BofI stands for “Bank of Internet,” one thing that obviously makes the bank unique is its online-only business model. However, there are a lot of less-obvious things about BofI Holding that you might find interesting.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap diversified financial services stock BofI Holding (NASDAQ: BOFI) has elevated short interest of 36.43% according to Highshortinterest.com. BofI Holding is the holding company for BofI Federal Bank, a nationwide bank that provides financing for single and multifamily residential properties, small-to-medium size businesses in target sectors, and selected specialty finance receivables. With approximately $8.6 billion in assets, BofI Federal Bank provides consumer and business banking products through its low-cost distribution channels and affinity partners. BofI Holding is a component of the Russell 2000 Index, the S&P SmallCap 600 Index, and the KBW Nasdaq Financial Technology Index. Bank of Internet USA is the oldest and most trusted FDIC-insured internet bank in America and is a division of BofI Federal Bank. It was one of the first banks to offer banking services exclusively online.
- [By Jason Hall]
Internet bank holding companyBofI Holding, Inc.(NASDAQ:BOFI) reported financial and operating results on April 25 after market close, with net income of $41 million — the most-ever in a single quarter in its history. BofI delivered strong growth in net interest income, book value, loan originations, and a number of other key metrics.