While the top factor was consistent across all industry channels, there were some differences in the relative importance of other factors.
High fees remain the most common limiting factor to the use of variable annuities—six out of 10 advisors (61%) agreed that high fees limited their use of the product.
Retirement income planning was the most commonly cited objective for the use of variable annuities in client portfolios.
Among advisors from independent firms, investment-only variable annuities were more popular than deferred annuities.
It appears that advisors who frequently use variable annuities are less likely to use cash holdings in their client portfolios.
May 03, 2017
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