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NAIFA Members to Convene for Performance+Purpose Conference

NAIFA’s Performance + Purpose Conference in Las Vegas, Sept. 17-19 Rebranded, revamped conference to emphasize professional and personal growth for advisors FALLS CHURCH, VA — NAIFA’s Performance + Purpose 2016 conference will feature the brightest stars in the insurance and financial services industry sharing their motivational, inspirational and practical insights on how to be successful in business and life. The ...

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Small-Business Owners Plan to Exit but Have No Plans

Small-business owners planning to exit their businesses for retirement or other reasons may be in for a rude awakening. Research conducted by Securian Financial Group shows that the vast majority of small-business owners are unprepared for exiting their businesses. The financial ramifications, especially for business owners counting on their companies to fund their retirement, could be significant. “While 54 percent ...

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3 of 4 Americans Still Don’t Know What a 529 Plan Is

Three out of every four Americans (72 percent) still do not know what a 529 college savings plan is, according to the annual 529 Plan Awareness Survey from financial services firm Edward Jones. In its fifth year monitoring college-savings awareness, the survey found that fewer Americans could correctly identify a 529 plan as a college savings tool from among four ...

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The Financial States of America

As life expectancies continue to climb, Americans are increasingly less confident that their savings will last through retirement. According to the latest findings from Northwestern Mutual’s 2016 Planning & Progress Study, two thirds of Americans believe there is some chance that they will outlive their savings, with 1 in 3 (34%) saying the likelihood is 51% or better. Notably, 14% ...

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Small-Business Owners Plan to Exit, but Unprepared to Do So

Small-business owners planning to exit their businesses for retirement or other reasons may be in for a rude awakening. New research conducted by Securian Financial Group shows that the vast majority of small-business owners are unprepared for exiting their businesses. The financial ramifications, especially for business owners counting on their companies to fund their retirement, could be significant. “While 54 ...

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New Workshop: Serving your Clients With Fiduciary Compliance

If you are an advisor working with qualified plans and IRAs, you do not want to miss NAIFA’s Skill Builders Series Workshop, “Serving your Clients with Fiduciary Compliance.” This four-hour course will give you the information and training you need to succeed in today’s complex regulatory environment. By now, you have heard of the DOL’s new fiduciary rule, which will ...

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Americans Underestimate the Risk of Disability

When we think about protecting ourselves and our families, we think about locking our doors, buying a safe car, exercising, or even wearing sunscreen. But do we think about protecting our incomes? According to a survey conducted by Anthem, while 90 percent of respondents say they lock their doors and windows, just 40 percent of Americans have disability income insurance, ...

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What Worries Americans the Most

Data released recently by Hartford Funds uncover Americans’ top financial concerns as they age, as well as what worries them the most about their aging parents. Overwhelmingly, Americans worry about becoming a financial burden on their family members and not having saved enough money. In addition, survey respondents are most worried about their aging parents maintaining a high quality of ...

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Millennials and Gen Xers Worry More About Disability than Older Workers

In the 2016 Insurance Barometer Study, 56 percent of consumers said they were concerned about supporting themselves if they became disabled and could not work. Specifically, 7 in 10 Gen X and Millennials consumers said disability was a financial worry, second only to having enough money in retirement. (Chart) Despite those high levels of concern, only 33 percent of employed ...

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Two-Thirds of Americans Do Not Own DI insurance

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, a good time to shine the spotlight on the state of DI insurance in America. According to Northwestern Mutual’s 2016 Planning & Progress Study, half of Americans rely on their job income to meet their financial obligations; yet more than two thirds (69%) do not own DI insurance to protect this integral asset in ...

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