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Time to get in the Driver’s Seat for September’s Life Insurance Awareness Month!

Advisors… start your engines for September’s Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM). This national education campaign, which is coordinated by the nonprofit organization Life Happens, is designed to get consumers to take stock of their life insurance needs and protect their loved ones with proper insurance planning. This year the celebrity spokesperson is racecar driver Danica Patrick. Her universal appeal makes ...

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Kim Kieschnick Receives NAIFA’s Prestigious 2016 C. Carney Smith Award

NAIFA has recognized Kim Kieschnick with the association’s most prestigious honor in association management: the C. Carney Smith Award. Kieschnick has served as the executive director for NAIFA-Austin (Texas) since 1997. “Congratulations to Kim Kieschnick, NAIFA’s 2016 C. Carney Smith Award recipient,” said NAIFA President Jules Gaudreau, ChFC, CIC. “Kim’s 19 years of hard work and dedication have proven invaluable ...

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IN MEMORIAM—Paul M. Smith Sr.

NAIFA is sorry to report the death of past NALU (now NAIFA) Treasurer Paul Smith Sr., CLU. Smith passed away at the age of 83. Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Accounting from Rockhurst University. He was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fringe Benefits Design, Inc., of Overland Park, Kansas, an employee-benefits administration and insurance ...

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Sign up Today for NAIFA’s DOL Workshop!

If you work with qualified plans and IRAs, then you do not want to miss NAIFA’s Skill Builders Series Workshop, “Serving your Clients with Fiduciary Compliance.” Designed for advisors, this four-hour course will give you the information and training you need to succeed in today’s complex regulatory environment. Click here to find out what agents and advisors are saying about ...

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NAIFA Members Respond to Louisiana Flooding

NAIFA members in Louisiana are impacted both directly and indirectly by ongoing flooding in the state. The flooding, which began a week ago, is likely to result in excess of a billion dollars in damage and has so far claimed at least 13 lives. The federal government has declared 12 parishes to be disaster areas, and thousands of people have ...

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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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NAIFA Members Inducted Into Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame

On July 26, John P. Dewald, CLU, ChFC, John R. Milam, CLU, and Dennis R. Stephen, all current or former (retired) NAIFA members, were inducted into the Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall Of Fame located on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Milam, a member of NAIFA-Knoxville, has been a NAIFA member for 40 years and was the ...

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