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LACP is ‘another feather in the agent’s cap’

By Aamir Chalisa, MBA, LUTCF, LACP NAIFA has rolled out the Life and Annuities Certified Professional (LACP) certification. The association launched the certification at the MDRT meeting in June, where it was well received by attendees. In the few short weeks since its launch, more than 130 established financial professionals have been certified to be LACP candidates, and 125 more ...

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Consumers with Advisors More Financially Prepared and Confident Than Do-It-Yourselfers

A study that was commissioned by MDRT and conducted online by Harris Poll found that 79 percent of Americans have never hired a financial planner. Thirty-eight percent of these consumers say it’s because they are capable of managing their finances alone. However, many Americans who have hired a financial professional report feeling confident at the sight of complex financial terminology, ...

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10 Etiquette Guidelines for After-Work Events

From office-wide, after-hours events, to anniversary parties and corporate retreats, work events are often characterized by a more relaxed, yet professional environment. Though these gatherings serve as a wonderful way to connect with coworkers and interact with power-players, they can also be monumentally disastrous if employees do not behave professionally. Here are a few etiquette guidelines to follow when attending ...

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Consumers with Advisors More Financially Prepared and Confident Than Do It Yourselfers

A new study that was commissioned by MDRT and conducted online by Harris Poll found that 79 percent of Americans have never hired a financial planner. Thirty-eight percent of these consumers say it’s because they are capable of managing their finances alone. However, many Americans who have hired a financial professional report feeling confident at the sight of complex financial ...

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Americans Are Stressed About Retirement, But Not Taking Steps to Prepare for It

Many American workers are feeling stressed about retirement but are not taking steps to prepare for it. And those feeling stressed have lower levels of retirement confidence and are less likely to feel financially secure, according to the 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) by EBRI and Greenwald & Associates. This year’s survey finds that 3 in 10 workers feel mentally ...

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NAIFA Hosts First Diversity Symposium

The first Diversity Symposium organized by NAIFA was a huge success by any accounts.  Held just before the association’s 2017 Congressional Conference in Washington, D. C., the meeting brought together forward-thinking executives from some of the nation’s top financial firms to discuss the importance of having a diverse workforce and helpful hints for making this happen. On hand to give ...

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NAIFA Launches New Gold Standard for Life and Annuity Professionals

Practitioners who earn LACP Certification exemplify excellence in industry knowledge, ethical business practices The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – the founders of the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation – present a new international certification, the Life and Annuity Certified Professionals (LACP), for life and annuity professionals. The NAIFA LACP serves consumers by recognizing financial professionals ...

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Consumers Want Same Experience When Buying Life Insurance and Other Retail Products

A new LIMRA study reveals that consumers expect transparency from a life insurance purchase in the same way they would for buying other retail or travel products. There are several overarching factors that consumers feel contribute toward transparency. First, consumers want easy-to-understand terms and if possible, a glossary. They are also looking for clear and accurate ways to compare companies ...

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Female Advisors Weigh in on Industry Trends

An Edward Jones study of female financial advisors reveals the top issues concerning the financial-services industry in the next twelve months. “Key findings show female financial advisors are less worried about the impact of robo-advisors on their business and are finding new ways to work with female clients through women’s networks,” said Katherine Mauzy, Principal of Financial Advisor Talent Acquisition. “By ...

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Financial Stress Hurts Well-Being of Working Americans

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America recently released Mind, Body and Wallet, the latest set of findings from the Fourth Annual Guardian Workplace Benefits Study. The research reveals that anxiety over personal finances is the leading cause of emotional stress and contributes to lower physical wellness.  While the study shows that many working Americans are dealing with financial and ...

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