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The insanity in indexed annuity sales growth
Article posted by Kevin Startt
If the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then Einstein would have to challenge the hypothesis today of many indexed annuity (FIA) and indexed life sales (IUL) agents. The U.S. markets have gone up over 140 percent for the last five years, yet indexed annuity and life agents, in many cases, are still allocating clients' index crediting based on 2009 prices.

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Steven McCarty
Retirement seminars: summit path or slippery slope? Pt. 3
Article posted by Steven McCarty
Your seminar will never succeed, the thinking goes, unless you can fill seats. But you won’t draw attendees if they think they’re in for a hard sales pitch. So you pose as an academic instructor instead. However, this is illogical because many seminars succeed without deception. And the way they succeed is by being ethical, compliant, and content-driven in your seminars. So let’s take a quick look at each of these elements.

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jberson
Don't die in the saddle — succession planning for financial advisors
Article posted by Jeffrey Berson
Thinking ahead is a cardinal rule of business. In addition to monitoring the daily operation of your business, you need to think about the future. We ask our clients to do this, so why shouldn’t we? And as difficult as it may be, it’s important to envision the day when you no longer will be in charge.

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Channing Schmidt
Show clients the important role life insurance can play in retirement
Article posted by Channing Schmidt, JD, CFP
As a financial advisor, you can help pre-retirees evaluate and implement ways to save for retirement, and to withdraw income once retirement arrives. It’s important to consider the contribution, accumulation and distribution tax characteristics of these options.

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Jeff Reed
Living and dying with dignity: The right combination of life, LTC and critical illness
Article posted by Jeff Reed
We have discussed the merits of LTC and chronic illness riders in this forum on more than one occasion, always in an effort to understand the nuances that differentiate one offering from another. The hope, of course, is that there is a clear winner. The reality, unfortunately, is much more complicated.

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