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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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New Report Spotlights ‘Champions of Diversity’

A  new report  shines the spotlight on  NAIFA members who have been recognized as “Diversity Champions” because of their exceptional efforts  promoting equal participation of diverse people in the insurance and financial-services industries. The Champions of Diversity report reflects NAIFA’s mission to be an industry leader on diversity and inclusion by attracting and nurturing members from diverse backgrounds and providing ...

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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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Marc Silverman and Other Experts to Present at NAIFA’s Performance+ Purpose Conference

NAIFA members who are planning to attend the association’s 2018 Performance+ Purpose Conference are in for an experience they will never forget. The conference, which takes place September 13 to September 16 in San Antonio, promises to deliver everything that is on the wish-list of many attendees: a chance to give back to the community, unparalleled opportunities for networking, and ...

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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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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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NAIFA, FSP to Partner in Member Professional Development

NAIFA and the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) will strengthen collaboration in member development and education with the creation of a new career track in advanced markets to be launched at NAIFA’s 2018 Performance + Purpose Annual Conference in San Antonio (see press release). “Each year NAIFA leaders examine how our professional development offerings succeed in delivering value to ...

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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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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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