Lincoln Announces Exclusive Strategic Collaboration with BlackRock to Develop a First of Its Kind Guaranteed Income Strategy Designed Specifically for Fee-Based Advisors and Their Clients

RADNOR, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) announces an exclusive strategic
collaboration with BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) to help fee-based advisors solve
their clients’ retirement income challenges with the development of a
new variable annuity, Lincoln Core Income(SM),
built with iShares.
Designed with an investment selection
comprised exclusively of ETFs, this lower-cost strategy built
specifically for fee-based advisors provides guaranteed income for life
that can increase each year.

“Retirement savers are facing unprecedented challenges. People are
living longer, equity markets are volatile and interest rates remain
low, putting more pressure on their savings to work harder for longer to
provide adequate income,” said Will Fuller, President, Annuity
Solutions, Lincoln Financial Distributors and Lincoln Financial Network.
“Annuities can provide income for life that is guaranteed and an
essential strategy for savers who want to know they have predictable

“A shift by advisors towards fee-based models is a growing trend,” said
Salim Ramji, Head of BlackRock’s U.S. Wealth Advisory business. “Lincoln
and BlackRock are collaborating to meet the need of advisors looking for
simpler ways to help clients meet their retirement income goals with
more low-cost, quality options using ETFs.”

This exclusive strategic collaboration combines Lincoln’s expertise in
building annuities that deliver guaranteed lifetime income with
BlackRock’s iShares portfolio construction and investment management
expertise. Lincoln Core Income(SM),
built with iShares
, which is anticipated to be
available in the first quarter of 2017, will have several notable

  • No surrender charge;
  • Lower cost, all in under 2.0%;
  • Guaranteed income that increases each year;
  • Underlying funds comprised entirely of iShares ETFs; and
  • Return of investment death benefit.

“Fee-based advisors want a simple, transparent and lower cost strategy
without a surrender charge that fits the way they serve their clients,”
concluded Fuller. “Lincoln Core Income(SM),
built with iShares
can provide savers with the equivalent of a
paycheck for life that increases every year. We fully expect this
product to be welcomed by retiring baby boomers and the advisors that
serve them.”

About Lincoln Financial Group

Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower
people to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and
optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement,
insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their
lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against
long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln
Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation
(NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $228 billion in assets
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Michael Arcaro