Pandemic Plusses

16 Sep

Guest contributor: Brian Bock, is a senior vice president, external sales, Financial Institution Channel at Crump Life Insurance Services.

In an industry dominated by face-to-face meetings, we examined how top performers adapted to pandemic work and identified best practices.

Not surprising, most thrived with one foot in traditional and the other in virtual. While our findings aren’t new, execution and commitment to them can guide financial professionals navigating challenging times. More>>

The Impact of Genetic Testing on Life Insurance Coverage

8 Sep

Guest contributor: Adrienne Wilson, FALU, ACS, FLMI, CLU, ChFC, is an underwriting consultant at Crump Life Insurance Services.

Our society’s ever-increasing emphasis on healthy living and longevity has rapidly sparked an interest in direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits such as 23andMe and Ancestry. Also, recent scientific breakthroughs have encouraged the use of genetic testing in the medical field, especially in the treatment of patients who may have an increased genetic predisposition to certain diseases.

While knowledge is power, and these new technologies may ultimately assist physicians in minimizing their patients’ future risk of developing certain ailments, there are also drawbacks to genetic testing that may not be readily apparent. More>>

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month

1 Sep

Guest contributor: Alysia Bell, insurance strategist at Crump Life Insurance Services.

If there is one thing we’ve learned through the pandemic, it’s that life is fragile and it’s important to prepare for the unexpected. Our hope is that this heightened awareness will encourage more Americans to get the life insurance coverage they need.

Recent LIMRA research shows that 36% of Americans plan to purchase life insurance this year. More>>

How Life Insurance-Based Executive Benefits Can Motivate Loyalty

25 Aug

Guest contributor: H.L. Vogl, JD, CFP, is director, advanced sales at Crump Life Insurance Services.

As the economy emerges from the pandemic, attracting and retaining top talent has emerged as a high priority for businesses of all sizes and industries. Working at home and in hybrid models has loosened ties to the office and made employees more mobile, putting employers around the country in competition for top talent, wherever they live. And a few weeks ago, President Joe Biden issued an executive order asking the Federal Trade Commission to develop regulations to “curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility.” More>>

Why Term Insurance Is the Answer … Sometimes

11 Aug

Guest contributor: Jason DeMeo, ChFC, LUTCF, FLMI, is a business development specialist at Crump Life Insurance Services.

Let’s say you have a client who is in the peak of earnings potential, and you have discussed life insurance with them. You have determined how much insurance the client needs and how long the client should keep it. You have settled upon a term insurance policy to cover the current value of their future income over their remaining working years (let’s say it’s 20 years), although early retirement has not been ruled out. However, we know that life doesn’t always work out as we plan. More>>

3 Proven Ways to Engage with Clients About Annuities

4 Aug

Guest contributor: Brendan Connerton, director, annuity sales, at Crump Life Insurance Services.

It’s always good time to look at the current annuity industry landscape, and what financial professionals are considering for their clients. Here are three established methods that can help generate leads to build on. Also, worth considering are the asset-based linked benefit long-term care products, to potentially weave into a “while-you’re-at-it” combo sales on repositioning assets. More>>

Online Tools That Can Boost Your Sales

28 Jul

Guest contributor: Ron Bernas, digital content manager, marketing at Crump Life Insurance Services.

As financial professionals, we spend so much time living in our own world of industry news, trends and even jargon that it can be hard to distinguish what we know as everyday language from what our customers likely understand. It’s no wonder that our efforts to grow our existing business and prospect for new opportunities can often lead to some head scratching – “I’ve tried everything” or “I’ve used the same tactics year after year, now what?” More>>

How Today’s Annuities Serve the Needs of Tomorrow’s Retirees

21 Jul

Guest contributor: Brendan Connerton, director, annuity sales, at Crump Life Insurance Services.

Things appear to be moving slowly back toward the “old normal.” With all we’ve been through and have seen in the past two years, it is not too surprising consumer interest in fixed and fixed index annuities has grown.

The marketplace is paying close attention to two key retiree and pre-retiree concerns frequently mentioned by clients and consumers. One is, “Do I have enough saved for a comfortable retirement?” and two, “Do I have enough money to continue to last my entire retirement time horizon?” More>>

Maximizing Income with A Navigational Approach

14 Jul

Guest contributor: Bernie Casey, CAS, CIS, is an annuity wholesaler at Crump Life Insurance Services.

Advisors and their clients frequently want to know how to generate guaranteed income from a retirement portfolio. This objective has been on the rise, particularly after the market crash of 2008.

The concern arose again at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we experienced portfolios decreasing in value significantly, then increasing and creating volatility concerns with clients. Combine market volatility with the potential for a client outliving their money during retirement and you have both a challenge and an opportunity for advisors. More>>

The Life Insurance Industry Provides Coverage and Protection Options for All Genders

7 Jul

Guest contributor: Chris Cook, serves as senior vice president and head of underwriting at Crump Life Insurance Services.

Today’s life insurance industry has products available that are inclusive of the needs of all consumers, including the 1.4 million adults in the U.S. who identify as transgender. Whether the need is for mortgage protection, estate planning, financial security for a spouse or children, or living benefits such as retirement income or long-term care, there are products designed to fit the specific need. Most important, with innovations such as accelerated underwriting programs, the process of obtaining coverage has never been easier. More>>