How Do DOL Rules Impact Insurance Producers?

3 Mar

Guest contributor: H. Lillian Vogl, JD, CFP, serves as director, advanced sales, at Crump Life Insurance Services and serves on the company’s regulatory council.

To the surprise of many, the Department of Labor allowed the previous administration’s final fiduciary advice regulation, officially titled Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2020-02, to go into effect on Feb. 16. The focus of PTE 2020-02 is on broker-dealers and registered investment advisors, but how does this turn of events impact insurance producers? More>>

Disability Insurance Protects Clients as Well as Advisors

24 Feb

Guest contributor: Kenny Russell, director, disability sales for the Disability Solution Center at Crump Life Insurance Services.

If you have clients who are in their working years, you have a number of issues to discuss with them: investments, retirement planning, property/casualty coverage and other insurance products. However, if you are not already doing so, consider discussing disability insurance with clients — as they may not be aware how much a disabling event may affect them financially. More>>

7 Marketing Tips for Insurance Agents During the Pandemic

20 Jan

Agencies have made major adjustments to how they’re conducting their day-to-day operations due to COVID-19. Consumer behavior has shifted, and the way agencies respond is key to their future success. The insurance industry is well-positioned to cope with the effects of the pandemic. Insurance companies and agencies are ready to be there for their customers when protection is needed most. These seven digital and virtual tools can help agents succeed in this environment. More>>

2 Ways to Use the SECURE Act to Drive Planning Opportunities

13 Jan

Guest contributor: Ken Diltz, sales director, national accounts, with Crump Life Insurance Services.

Here are two simple ways to start the conversation about assets having enjoyed tax-deferred growth. As you help your clients analyze their needs into and throughout retirement, we often find that clients’ goals change, and we may have some of best solutions in the financial marketplace right now to meet the moment – delivering peace of mind, leverage and the relationship-building necessary to grow your practice into the future. More>>

Ten LinkedIn Conversation Starters for Financial Advisors

6 Jan

The following are 10 conversation starters for financial advisors interested in striking up real conversations with prospects. Are there other ways to strike up conversations on LinkedIn? Of course! But hopefully these starters get your creative juices flowing. Your objective is to ask a question to create banter back and forth and save the selling for later. More>>

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Insurance Agents

30 Dec

Thank goodness that come January, the year 2020 will be a thing of the past! There’s also a COVID-19 vaccine that is in the midst of being distributed, and everyone is hopeful to go back to normal within the next year and for businesses to open back up. If you’re an agent who excels at face-to-face sales, this news is epic because you can start working your magic in person again. If you’ve been successful working around social distancing, there are still a few resolutions you may consider making to ensure the best year possible and the most profitable one too. We have some great New Year’s resolutions that will surely give your agency a boost. Let’s take a look. More>>

4 Holiday Selling Strategies to Keep Insurance Agents Successful

9 Dec

As the holiday spirit thrives, finding the motivation to sell can sometimes be a struggle. While the season is jolly, it can also dampen an insurance agent’s production and overall motivation. Don’t let this holiday season pass you by. The end of the fourth quarter is an excellent time to drive conversions with the right approach. Leveraging impactful selling strategies, the holiday season can truly be the most wonderful time of the year.  More>>

Advisors Still Matter to Life Insurance Customers

18 Nov

In the face of the dramatic shifts caused by the pandemic, the study reveals that, “for most Americans, a conversation with a financial professional is still central to the life insurance purchase process.” In addition, companies that accelerate their digitally enabled processes (such as e-signatures and video conferencing) are likely to boost customer satisfaction. More>>

These Advisors Help Their Clients Tackle This Unknown Looming Cost

4 Nov

There’s an expense lurking down the road for many retirees that is largely unpredictable but likely: long-term care.

With premiums soaring on insurance policies designed to cover that cost, financial advisors are turning to a variety of other strategies to help clients prepare for a day when they might need help with daily living activities such as eating and bathing. More>>