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Americans Enter 2014 with False Sense of Financial Security

Although only a few years have passed since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, many Americans seem to have forgotten the trauma it caused to their portfolios and may now have a false sense of security about their current financial well-being. This is according to the 5th annual New Year’s Resolution Survey from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. Only 16% ...

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Can Mindfulness Raise Your Net Worth?

Sitting down with the intention of stilling one’s mind and body is no longer the sole province of hippies and Eastern medicine aficionados. Nike, 50 Cent and the Marine Corps all embrace the benefits of mindfulness meditation. The benefits of mindfulness meditation do not exist in a vacuum; mindfulness meditation not only lowers your blood pressure, it also offers a ...

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Starting the Holiday Party Conversation

In the September 23, 2013, issue of Investment News, various advisors were asked how they respond to the question: “What do you do for a living?” Out of the eight who were quoted, two began with: “I am a CFP,” and “I am a professional.” Three began with: “We are, We believe, or We help.” And only one began by ...

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Greatest Financial Concerns for Non-Retirees

A new survey of investors who are currently working shows that concerns about rising health-care costs, changes to Social Security and/or Medicare, and running out of money are among the greatest financial worries in retirement. The percentage citing these concerns increased since prior surveys. According to the study, conducted as a part of the John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index by ...

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Four Under 40: Nominate A Rising Star Now!

Someone you know is a leader. They’re successful, giving, and a great example for their peers. Nominate them for Advisor Today’s Four Under Forty Award. It’s the recognition they deserve and the next step in their amazing career.

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Moral and Social Values at Work Rank Highest in the U.S.

ECCO International, a network of public relations and marketing communications consultancies in over 40 countries, released its global Index of Corporate Values 2013. The index reports that moral and social values in the workplace rank higher than any other category in the U.S. Alpaytac Public Relations/Marketing Communications participated in gathering information for the report, which was released earlier this year. ...

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Annuity Sales Rebound

Total annuity sales were $56.5 billion in the second quarter of 2013 — nine percent higher than the first quarter of 2013, but one percent below 2012 results, according to LIMRA's second quarter 2013 U.S. Individual Annuities Sales survey.

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Three Easy Ways to Start an LTCI Conversation

November is Long-Term Care Insurance Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to reach out to your clients to start an LTCI conversation. And it’s not as hard as you might think.

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Hispanics a Natural Market for Life Insurance

According to a recent LIMRA study titled, “Financial Protection for Hispanics,” Hispanics offer a natural market for life insurance. “While the Hispanic population is complex — they come from many countries — they share a tendency to be young, with large families including children and extended family members,” says Nilufer Ahmed, senior research director, LIMRA Insurance Research. “Their strong emphasis ...

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