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Advisors adding ‘lifestyle management’ to their practices

As noted in “Advisor 2020,” advisors of the future will need to be engaged in “Lifestyle Management,” an emerging practice that will require advisors to understand their clients’ behaviors and manage their clients’ living environments (as well as their financial assets). According to Advisor 2020, examples of lifestyle management include helping senior clients find nutritionists to maintain a healthy diet, ...

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Americans Staying on the Sideline

The stock market might have rebounded since the financial crisis, but according to the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey, many Americans are still wary of investing or simply are unable to get started. Just over half of Americans (51 percent) say they do not invest in the stock or bond markets in any way. For those who do not ...

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401(k) Balances Nearly Double Since Recession

While much of the increase reflects a rebounding market, the study found a significant increase in participation and savings rates since the market collapse...

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Leveraging Strategic Alliances to Get More Referrals

Here are five steps you can take to effectively leverage the relationships you have with your strategic alliances. 1. Paint a picture of your ideal client to your referral partners. If you can’t clearly paint a picture of your ideal client, how can others know who to refer to you? If you are not clear about who your ideal client ...

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Total Annuity Sales Improve in Second Quarter 2014

Total U.S. annuity sales reached $61.4 billion in the second quarter of this year, improving eight percent from prior year, according to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute. In the first six months of 2014, total U.S. annuity sales increased 10 percent, compared with sales in 2013. “This is only the second time we have seen quarterly sales over $60 billion since ...

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Americans Underutilizing Permanent Life Insurance

As longevity and the cost of living continue to increase, Americans may be overlooking a key opportunity to strengthen their financial foundation. Despite the many advantages of permanent life insurance, only 22% of Americans currently own a permanent life insurance policy, a fraction of the 66% who have savings accounts, according to Northwestern Mutual’s 2014 Planning and Progress Study. In ...

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Women More Concerned about Money in Retirement Than Men

A LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute survey reveals that among consumers aged 50 -75 with $100,000 or more in household income, women are more likely than men to be concerned about running out of money in retirement (46 percent vs. 35 percent). As more workers are expected to fund their own retirement, women may be expressing concern for several valid reasons. ...

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Only 46% of Middle-Market Consumers Own Individual Life Insurance

The need for the Life Insurance Awareness Month campaign currently under way is more important than ever—a recent LIMRA study reveals that only 46 percent of middle-market consumers own individual life insurance. While 60 percent of Americans own group life insurance, the coverage often is less than individual policies and is only in place while the person is employed, according ...

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