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  • 05 Jul 2020 8:22 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    Expect remote life underwriting to stay after pandemic

    Remote underwriting for life insurance policies will continue even after the coronavirus pandemic is over, according to Shelby Hollister-Share, head of life underwriting at Equitable. "Insurers are likely going to keep expanding more and more into this technological, no-touch environment, and one day -- once social distancing measures have been lifted -- will be able to provide clients with a comprehensive set of high- and low-touch underwriting options that fit their preferences," she writes.

    Full Story: ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (6/24) 


  • 05 Jul 2020 8:20 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    Labor Dept. proposes fiduciary exemption

    The US Labor Department has proposed an exemption to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act that would let investment-advice fiduciaries be compensated for advice given to clients. The exemption would include advice on rollovers from employee benefit plans to products such as IRAs.

    Full Story: Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (6/29),  ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (6/29) 


  • 05 Jul 2020 7:53 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    Surveys: Advisors must focus on services clients want

    Two surveys by Carson Coaching, one of financial advisors and one of consumers, show a gap between advisors' services and what clients value. To close the gap, Carson says advisors should focus on the three areas clients value most: engagement, fee transparency and planning.

    Full Story: InvestmentNews (tiered subscription model) (6/29) 


  • 14 Jun 2020 5:31 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    NAIFA and three other industry groups are expressing support for a bill that instructs the Securities and Exchange Commission to create a new form for the registration of index-linked annuities. The legislation "will lower a significant barrier that is preventing this innovative retirement income product from being used by more consumers who desire an annuity product providing some protection of their investment principal from market loss volatility, while also allowing participation in market growth," the groups said in a letter.

    Full Story: InsuranceNewsNet Magazine online (6/8) 

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  • 14 Jun 2020 5:27 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    Life insurance application activity was up 5.2% in May compared with a year earlier, according to a report from MIB. The increase was driven by younger age groups, where application activity rose roughly 7%, while application activity among those 60 and older declined nearly 2%.

    Full Story: ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (6/10) 

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  • 14 Jun 2020 5:22 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    Economists predict Q3 start for US recovery

    More than two-thirds of economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal say US economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will get underway in the third quarter. Respondents expect an unemployment rate of 9.6% by December, lower than an estimate of 11.4% in a previous survey.

    Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/11) 


  • 14 Jun 2020 5:11 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    Experts: Caution clients about coronavirus withdrawals

    Advisors should warn clients about the dangers of obtaining coronavirus hardship withdrawals from their retirement plans if they don't meet the requirements stated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, industry experts say. "Down the line, if IRS discovers the issue on audit, the participant can be subject to substantial penalties," one lawyer said.

    Full Story: PlanAdviser online (6/11) 


  • 17 May 2020 8:53 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    Most savers are not making large-scale changes to retirement plans in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by Forbes Advisor. The survey shows 11% of respondents plan to work longer, while 5% of respondents have adjusted asset allocation.

    Full Story: Forbes (5/11) 


  • 17 May 2020 8:52 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    "What if?" is the question you need to be asking

    Businesses are entering the second phase of post-pandemic life -- what William Bridges called the "neutral zone" -- where they must ask "what if?" questions in preparation for whatever is next, writes Scott Eblin. "Collecting lessons learned and getting your team (however large or small) involved in that process will bring the beginning of Phase 3 -- the beginning of the new normal -- into focus a little faster and with more clarity," he writes.

    Full Story: Eblin Group (5/12) 


  • 17 May 2020 8:42 PM | Kathy Countryman (Administrator)

    3 things for advisors to discuss with laid-off clients

    Financial advisors who get calls from clients who have lost jobs need to listen carefully and offer solid advice, writes Kimberly Foss of Empyrion Wealth Management. She offers three tips for advisors on what information to provide these clients.

    Full Story: Financial Planning online (5/10) 


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