Advisors have increased their recommendations of variable annuities since 2008, regardless of whether they were annuity supporters or skeptics, according to a joint survey by investment management firm AllianceBernstein and the Insured Retirement Institute. 

Six in 10 financial advisors who sold more than 10 annuity contracts per year upped their recommendations, as did the so-called “dabblers,” those who sold less than 10 contracts annually, the research found. 

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