Advisers Plan More Annuity Recommendations Amid the Pandemic

16 Jun

The past year provided some scares for people nearing retirement, and financial advisers are addressing concerns about future income in part with annuities, new data from InvestmentNews Research show.

It’s a product category that registered investment advisers shunned for years, but there are good reasons why they are increasingly receptive to annuities. The insurance products have become much more compatible with RIAs’ compensation models, and they can provide some financial security that their clients are seeking, panelists at the InvestmentNews Annuities in 2021 webcast said. More>>

Is Your Body Language Over Zoom Sending the Wrong Signs?

2 Jun

For many, social interaction during the pandemic has been limited to video calls or other digital communications, making it difficult to read a room. Whether you’re on a conference call or doing a virtual happy hour, NBC News investigative and consumer correspondent Vicky Nguyen has some tips on how to decode body language for your next video call, no matter how many screen freezes or audio glitches get in the way. More>>

The Gender Divide

26 May

A MAN AND A WOMAN WALK INTO AN ADVISOR’S OFFICE …

No, it’s not the setup of a well-trodden joke. In fact, the difference in treatment that male and female clients receive is far from humorous.

While many financial advisors claim or even believe they treat all clients equally, regardless of their gender, studies show a significant difference in the way advisors work with men and women. The culprit for this inequitable treatment? Unconscious, or implicit, gender bias. More>>

The Time is Right to Close the Life Insurance Gap

19 May

In 2010, 63% of Americans had life insurance, according to LIMRA. By last year, that number had dropped to just 54%. LIMRA’s research also revealed that 30 million American families lack life insurance, and another 30 million more are underinsured. That is a tremendous gap that leaves far too many families at risk. More>>

9 Concepts to Eliminate from Disability Insurance Sales Conversations

12 May

Poet William Butler Yeats once said to “think like a wise man, but communicate in the language of the people.” While it’s true that the right verbiage and empathetic delivery may show clients, you understand their unique reality and circumstances, even the most well-spoken and expert insurance professionals can’t guarantee a disability insurance (DI) sale. More>>

14 Mistakes People Who Work from Home Often Make

28 Apr

Working from home can be remarkably liberating, as the flexibility allows for a better work-life balance. A bit of structure is all you need to get the most out of your time and maximize productivity. Let’s take a closer look at the most common mistakes people make when working from home so that you can establish better habits and reach your full potential. More>>

How to Find Opportunities During Difficult Times

21 Apr

No one would say going through a pandemic is easy or recommend it as a best business practice. Yet, it happened. To everyone. Our world changed, and it didn’t always feel like “we’re all in this together” as we sheltered in place and clients wouldn’t step foot in your office or in your seminars.

Yet despite everyone’s collective and individual struggles, many MDRT members found spaces to rebuild and realign. They saw areas for improvement or revision that may have always been there but could now be seen better. To help you see some opportunities in your business, read what MDRT members from around the world had to say about how they changed their business during the pandemic. More>>

Social Media: A Financial Professional’s New Best Friend

7 Apr

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

Using social media for business may still feel new to financial professionals but social media certainly is not a new tool. Social media platforms have existed for more than 20 years. And while many platforms have struggled to build an audience, disappeared or been absorbed through acquisition, there are always new ones emerging to fill the gaps.

But what about connecting and interacting for business? This is no different for financial professionals. More>>