Monthly Archives: June 2014

NYT article on shrinking financial workforce echoes ‘Advisor 2020’

An article in today’s New York Times concludes that the pool of young people entering the field of financial advising is shrinking. Of the 315,000 financial advisers working in the United States, only 5 percent are younger than 30, with the average age 50 or older. Companies are scrambling to attract and retain young workers, launching new initiatives such as ...

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401(k) Balances Nearly Double Since Recession

401(k) account balances have gone up 93 percent, nearly double since the economic downturn in 2009, according to the latest research from the Principal Financial Group. While much of the increase reflects a rebounding market, the study found a significant increase in participation and savings rates since the market collapse, with account balances rising 17 percent in 2013 alone, to ...

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Middle America Not Saving Enough

A recent LIMRA study has found that 57 percent of middle-market American households are not saving regularly. This number jumps to 69 percent for households with children who are under 18 years old. According to the survey, the top five financial goals of middle-market households are: Saving enough for a comfortable retirement Building an emergency fund Paying off/reducing debt Maintaining/achieving ...

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MDRT Annual Meeting Draws Record Attendance

The Million Dollar Round Table has set a new record: More than 8,000 members from around the world made their way to Toronto, Canada, last week to attend the association’s Annual Meeting. There, the members networked with their peers and colleagues, discovered cutting-edge strategies designed to help propel their practices to new heights of success, and gained the inspiration they need to forge ...

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Are You Communicating Effectively?

Images and messages used to explain financial products don’t seem realistic or relatable to many consumers, according to a recent survey. A new joint study by LIMRA and Maddock Douglass reveals that there are 19 million “stuck shoppers” of life insurance in the United States . “Stuck shoppers” are consumers who believe life insurance is valuable and necessary but have ...

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Google Campaign Expands Consumer’s Ability to Connect with NAIFA Members

Online tool directs consumers to NAIFA members; Members encouraged to update their NAIFA profile today NAIFA has expanded its outreach to consumers with a new Search Engine Marketing (SEM) campaign utilizing a Google ad word/phrase buy of more than 200 keywords related to insurance and financial advising. The campaign leverages consumers’ increased use of the Internet in their search for ...

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Lower Cost Increases for Medical Plans

Projected cost increases for all types of medical plans are anticipated to be down by between 0.1 and 0.5 percent in 2014, according to a survey by Buck Consultants. The survey notes that this continues the favorable trend of slow, steady declines generally experienced since 2010. In a national survey of 126 insurers and administrators, Buck measured the projected average ...

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CFFP publishes new report on middle income retirement

A new report published by the College for Financial Planning concludes that consumers whose household incomes fall in the middle market range ($30,000 to $100,000) have “an uphill battle” to overcome when planning for retirement: low income, low retirement fund balances, and few assets. The report cites the two greatest factors for middle-income retirement: the stability of Social Security and ...

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