Will life insurance agents soon need to redefine their jobs?

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If Trump repeals the federal estate tax, higher-end agents may find themselves in wealth management. High-end life insurance agents may have a career shift headed their way if President Elect Donald Trump follows through on the elimination of the federal estate tax. It is still unknown as to whether or not Trump will indeed proceed with that proposal. That said, if he does, it could force agents selling life insurance to high end clients to need to recreate their business models. As of yet, it is unknown as to whether…

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New York Life maintains its largest slice of the market pie, leading the life insurance industry

Latest insurance news for life market New York Life has announced that it had once again achieved the position of top seller of new life insurance last year, with a solid 10.7 percent of the market share right through the last quarter of 2011. The sales of individual life insurance at New York Life experienced a steady increase throughout the year, having risen by 12 percent over the year before. This was the result of the work done by the insurer’s 12,250 licensed agents across the country. The head of…

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Forecasts for the 2012 life insurance marketplace

Now that 2011 is coming to a close, life insurers are looking ahead to the new year to try to find out what they can expect from their near future. Though this process is a very cloudy one, as it is impossible to make precise forecasts about the way this market segment will perform, it is still important to try to get an image of what the future may hold. Among the more common predictions are the following: • A larger number of consumers will be starting to think about…

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Americans with life insurance feel their beneficiaries are capable of making a claim

The results of a survey by Nationwide Financial Services, Inc. has shown that 70 percent of policyholders of life insurance feel confident that the beneficiaries of the coverage would be capable of filing the claim when the time comes, and that the majority of those policyholders have made an effort to assist in the necessary preparation. The survey’s outcomes were released for Life Insurance Awareness Month, which is September. According to Nationwide Financial’s senior vice president of Individual Protection, Peter Golato, families can obtain financial security and stability from life…

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Life Insurance Awareness Month: LIFE Foundation may have trouble convincing consumers life insurance is worthwhile

September is Life Insurance Awareness month and many insurers have been launching campaigns to attract new clients. Many people often put life insurance in the back of their mind because the issue of death is both sensitive and uncomfortable. Because of the unsettling nature of the subject, a great number of people go without life insurance, justifying their decision with the intention of getting coverage in their latter years. Accidents, however, are unpredictable and life itself is notoriously fickle. Given that life can come to a sudden, unavoidable halt at…

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Insurers remind consumers of Life Insurance Awareness Month in September

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, and insurers such as Northwestern Mutual, which has been named the Fortune magazine “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company for 2011, is witnessing a growth in the interest consumers have for their long term protection, as the insurer reminds people across the United States about the importance of life insurance to planning financial security. According to the vice president of life products at Northwestern Mutual, Dave Simbro, “Life Insurance Awareness Month is a great reminder for everyone to consider their life insurance needs”. He…

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Study shows online purchases of life insurance on the rise

The results of a study performed by the LIFE Foundation and LIMRA have indicated that Americans – particularly those in younger age groups – would rather make their life insurance purchases online, through the mail, or by phone. Though the majority – 64 percent – of consumers continue to make their life insurance purchases from an insurance agent, that number is rapidly decreasing when compared to the 1996 statistics. In that year, 80 percent of people were buying their insurance in person. According to president and CEO Marvin H. Feldman,…

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Nationwide answers probing questions in Florida

Representatives from Nationwide Mutual Insurance where called upon by Florida officials to testify on how insurers handle life insurance payouts in the state. Several of the state’s insurance companies have been the target of controversy lately after being accused by regulators of holding back payouts. Allegedly, these companies withhold funds despite having full knowledge that a policyholder has passed away. According to regulators, these funds may be being held in safekeeping until they are designated as unclaimed, at which point the insurer is no longer liable for payouts. Nationwide assured…

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Unclaimed billions from life benefits…who will get it?

Lawmakers in the U.S. are battling over billions of dollars in unclaimed life insurance benefits. A number of states have stepped into the legal arena, hoping to lay claim to the money. Technically, the money belongs to beneficiaries, but states have laws that impose statutes on how long benefits can go unclaimed. The money presents an enticing opportunity for states that have dangerously thin wallets. California, in particular, has been aggressive in their pursuit of these funds. The state, after meandering through the legal process, is now pressuring insurance companies…

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