Annuities with alternatives can appeal to clients, experts say

04/23/2012 | AdvisorOne

Variable annuities that include alternative investments are a mix that can be attractive to clients, some experts say. Nonetheless, alternative investments make up a small portion of the variable-annuity market. "As of the end of 2011, there [was] approximately $1.5 trillion invested in [variable-annuity] products, and just something a little bit under $2.5 billion of that is in alternatives," said Frank O'Connor of Morningstar's Annuity Research Center.

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