Japan Post Insurance begins sale of Dai-Ichi Life’s "TOP PLAN EXCEED U" fixed annuity addressing nursing care needs for business owners. Press release, June 28, 2017.

The plan is a fixed annuity for business owners covering disability needs, with policyholder dividends payable every five years.

United States

Lincoln Financial Group launches Lincoln Max 6 SelectSM Advantage. Press release, May 25, 2017.

Lincoln Max 6 SelectSM Advantage is a variable annuity rider offering investors an income base that grows annually at the greater of 6% growth or account value growth.

Allianz Life introduces new index variable annuity products. IBR, May 24, 2017.

The two new products are Allianz Index Advantage ADVSM Variable Annuity and Allianz Index Advantage NFSM Variable Annuity. Allianz Index Advantage ADV has been designed exclusively to fit within a fee-based portfolio, while Allianz Index Advantage NF has no annual product fee on its index strategies.

MetLife's Brighthouse unit unveils new annuity; Wells Fargo to distribute. Reuters, May 15, 2017.

Shield Level 10 is an index-linked single premium annuity that had previously been marketed under the MetLife brand. It is designed to protect customers from the first 10% of index loss.

Pacific Life expands its suite of fee-based annuity products. Press release, May 1, 2017.

Pacific Index AdvisorySM is a fee-based fixed indexed annuity (FIA). It is designed for customers who want to protect their principal and grow its value by market-based interest crediting.

Prudential Annuities offers new benefit to secure financial legacy. Press release, May 1, 2017.

Legacy Protection Plus is an optional death benefit offered on Prudential’s Premier Retirement variable annuities. It offers a roll-up death benefit that protects the investment no matter how the markets perform.

Lombard International launches bespoke solution for M Financial Group. BusinessWire, April 19, 2017.

“M PPVA” is a private placement variable annuity solution, designed exclusively for M Financial Group and its member firms. It provides access to over 200 insurance-dedicated hedge funds and mutual funds to high net worth clients seeking efficient investment solutions

National Western Life (NWL) debuts fixed-rate product with guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit rider. PR Newswire, April 13, 2017.

The NWL Income Protector annuity is a flexible premium deferred annuity. It also offers an optional Withdrawal Benefit Rider which can provide guaranteed minimum income benefits without the election of a settlement option.

Principal launches two new variable annuities. Press release, April 6, 2017.

Principal introduced two new variable annuities, the Principal Lifetime Income Solutions II Variable AnnuitySM and the Principal Pivot Series Variable AnnuitySM. The Lifetime Income Solutions II Variable Annuity is an income-focused variable annuity. The Pivot Series Variable Annuity is designed for those retirees who want to diversify their assets and have some liquidity.