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Cost of Living Index for Prices of Valentine Day’s Gifts Reveals Decrease

Consumers love Valentine’s Day, especially when the prices for affection-expressing gifts are about the same as last year, suggests the 2018 “Cost of Loving” Index. Compiled by Houston Asset Management, a Houston-based investment advisory firm, the annual Cost of Loving Index has been tracking prices of nine popular Valentine gifts since 1990. This year it reveals an overall decrease of ...

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February is Cancer Prevention Month

Much has been written about the power of positive thinking in the midst of troubling circumstances. Author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who often spoke of avoiding negative thinking in favor of staying optimistic, said, “Getting knocked down is a given; getting up and moving forward is a choice.” In fact, scientific research has been devoted to proving positivity’s merits. ...

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Join the Insure Your Love Conversation on Social Media!

February is Insure Your Love Month, an awareness campaign created by Life Happens to encourage Americans to consider making a life insurance purchase. The campaign is centered on one simple premise: the main reason to buy life insurance is because you have loved ones and you want to protect them financially from life’s uncertainties. Social media is a powerful way ...

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Tingle Named President and CEO of John Hancock Insurance

John Hancock has named Brooks Tingle, president and CEO of John Hancock Insurance. Tingle, who has served in this role on an interim basis since last summer, assumes his current role permanently, effective immediately. Linda Levyne, CLU, CFC, was named senior vice president, head of Sales and Distribution, also for John Hancock Insurance. “As John Hancock continues on its journey ...

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LGBT Households’ Financial Concerns Align with Total Market

In an analysis of data  from the 2016 Life Insurance Ownership study, LIMRA finds that LGBT market aligns with the total market in regards to financial concerns and planning, especially around life insurance ownership. About two-thirds of LGBT households own some type of life insurance, only slightly lower than the ownership rate of all U.S. households (66 percent versus 70 ...

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Cyber-Security Practices in the U.S.

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. businesses believe their organizations are highly protected from attempts by outsiders to gain access to their systems and data, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson. A similar proportion of organizations (79%) maintain they have the right processes in place to adequately respond to privacy and security threats. The findings, from Willis Towers Watson’s Cyber ...

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Financial Execs Offer Predictions for 2018

At the CFA Society Toronto’s 2017 Annual Investment Dinner held recently in Toronto, attendees and members of the financial industry provided the following predictions for 2018, using audience response devices: Economic growth in the United States and Canada over the next decade will be: 3%, no sweat 8.3% We can do a bit better than 2% 41.86% Stuck at 2% ...

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Women in Insurance & Financial Services Honors Several Women

The Women in Insurance & Financial Services recently honored several outstanding women during its annual awards ceremony held in Minneapolis. The following awards were presented: WOMAN OF THE YEAR The 2017 recipient is Susan Combs, president of Combs & Company. This is the highest level of recognition that a WIFS member can receive from her peers and honors an individual ...

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Tips to Share with Clients during Long-Term Care Awareness Month

AXA Equitable has released helpful tips you can share with your clients this month, which is Long-Term Care Awareness Month. The suggestions are from nationally recognized gerontologist Dr. Sandra Timmermann and are designed to help people complete the retirement puzzle with long-term-care protection. Suggestions include: Don’t put off a family conversation. Greater numbers of people will need long-term care as ...

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Small-Business Employees Happier Than Those at Medium and Large Companies

Small businesses are the backbone of America, representing more than 90 percent of businesses today.[1] Now, they can also claim to be some of the happiest places to work. According to the 2017 Aflac Small Business Happiness Report by Aflac, insurance benefits remain a key area for improvement, however. The report, in its second year, unveils a number of findings ...

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