Allianz Life announces partnership with Envestnet

Allianz Life Insurance Company has teamed up with wealth management technology provider Envestnet to make its Allianz Life annuity product range available on the Envestnet Insurance Exchange.

The North American-based insurer will offer both advisory as well as and commission-based annuities through the exchange, which integrates insurance tools into the wealth management process to help advisers meet client needs more effectively.

The partnership is designed to enable advisers at banks, broker-dealers, independent insurance agencies and RIAs in the US incorporate annuity and insurance solutions into their clients’ portfolio.

Chief distribution officer at Allianz Life, Tom Burns, said: “We have consistently heard from advisers that they want to offer more holistic solutions to help their clients achieve their financial goals.

“Having our annuity products available on the new Envestnet Insurance Exchange helps meet that need with the added benefit of it being available on an easy-to-use online platform.”

While the exchange can be accessed through tools on Envestnet’s Advisor Portal, advisers will need an insurance licence to introduce insurance products on the platform.

The exchange can also be accessed by advisers without a licence. For these advisers, the tech firm will develop a “Guidance Desk” to enable access to consulting and fiduciary services.

Envestnet president, Bill Crager, said: “By offering the company’s annuities, advisers in the Envestnet network will have innovative retirement solutions at their fingertips and will be able to streamline their practice and provide more holistic advice to their clients.”

Christopher Copper-Ind
Christopher Copper-Ind is Publisher and Editor of International Investment. His previous publishing experience focused largely on the Middle East and emerging markets, and he was Editorial Director of The Business Year, based in Istanbul, for three years before moving back to London in 2017. He is the author of How to Negotiate, to be published by Macmillan in 2019.

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