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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Do children need life insurance?

There is a serious debate underway regarding whether or not it is appropriate or necessary to buy life insurance policies for children, and if there is any benefit to the purchase. Those who would buy life coverage for their children do so because they feel that they are helpful financial tools that play an important role as a part of a larger savings and investment portfolio. However, others would say that for the majority of families, buying a life insurance policy for someone that young is typically wasteful, since it…

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NY Soldiers, vets, and their families may receive insurance protection from Cuomo administration effort

The New York State Department of Financial Services has released a news statement that included Superintendant Benjamin M. Lawsky’s announcement that life insurance companies will be required to pay the full amount to the beneficiaries of the policies that were held by veterans, soldiers, and others, without holding the money in their accounts. Unless either the beneficiary or the policy buyer specifically indicates that the funds should be provided otherwise, this will be the new standard for all life insurance policies of this nature. For many years, the life insurance…

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Prudential Insurance reaches settlement with Insurance Departments in seven states

Seven states have announced that they have reached a settlement with Prudential Insurance Company of America as well as a number of its affiliate companies. According to Michael Consedine, the insurance commissioner from Pennsylvania, there were concerns raised over the practices at Prudential over the death benefit payments for beneficiaries of life insurance policies following an exam performed by several states. However, he went on to say that they appreciate the willingness of Prudential to “to reach a settlement that includes changing its business practices to better locate beneficiaries. This…

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Missouri insurance department implements new program to locate deceased relatives’ life insurance policy

The insurance department in Missouri has just developed a new program that will assist beneficiaries in being able to track down any life insurance policy that is held by the deceased person. The insurance department has said that it isn’t at all uncommon for people to know that a family member has life insurance coverage, but not actually know which insurer sold the policy. Using this new program in Missouri, people who are searching for a life insurance policy for a dead relative will be able to give the information…

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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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