U.S. Variable Annuity Sales Decline 4.9% as Insurers Reduce Risk

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. variable annuity sales fell 4.9 percent in the second quarter as insurers cut benefits to reduce the companies’ risk from the equity-linked retirement products.

Sales were $38.6 billion in the three months ended June 30, compared with $40.6 billion a year earlier, trade group Limra said in an e-mailed statement today.

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