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Good luck picking the "best" insurance product

October 19, 2017

The question I get asked more than any other is: "Which insurer offers the best products?" However, this question is just as silly as: "Which mutual fund company offers the best mutual funds?" In fact, while there's no general agreement about...

Private placement life insurance: A primer

October 27, 2017

For the past several years some hedge funds have not met the expectations of investors. As a result, RIAs and wealth managers have recommended other investment options such as direct lending, private equity credit and mezzanine funds which in...

Don't forget secondary market for life insurance

October 24, 2017

With many Americans struggling to meet their retirement income needs, it is unfortunate that valuable assets may not be properly utilized in retirement planning. Assets like home equity and life insurance are often neglected in the planning...

Fill the Gaps of Special Needs Financial Planning

October 16, 2017

Across the United States, one in five children and adults — 65 million people — will experience a special need or disability during their lifetimes.1 Without assistance from government programs, non-profit organizations or employers, caregivers...

It's time for the life insurance industry to ditch illustration comparisons

October 9, 2017

The life insurance industry is "married" to illustration comparisons. This is not to say policy reviews aren't needed. Life insurance is the last, largest, most-neglected asset on the client's balance sheet. As is often the case, neglect breeds...

Building Blocks of Special Needs Financial Planning

October 16, 2017

Long-term special needs financial planning can be challenging, especially with the complex legal and governmental issues surrounding disability. The wrong decision might create a tax burden or render a child with special needs ineligible for...

How We're Investing in the Search for a Cancer Cure

October 6, 2017

I hate cancer. I've lost one too many friends to this insidious disease and I've made it a priority to be part of the effort to find a cure for it. Every day, I draw motivation from the people I've lost in my work as Portfolio Manager of Oppenheimer...

Filling in the protection gap for high-income earning physicians

July 27, 2017

Long-term disability coverage is important for many occupations, but for physicians it's particularly critical. Even a relatively minor accident or illness can interfere with their ability to practice medicine or perform surgeries. Many high-income...

How to define yourself as a life insurance adviser

April 7, 2017

Over the course of my career, I learned that if I didn't define myself, then I was defined by what others said about me. Life insurance advisers distinguish themselves as advisers by first defining their role and responsibilities on the planning...

New retirement income designation attracts thousands of advisers

October 31, 2013

One of the first blogs I ever wrote for InvestmentNews back in early 2012 discussed the need for a retirement income designation. As many of my readers know, I firmly believe that retirement income planning requires different skills and tools...

Allstate sues Ameriprise for allegedly stealing client information

August 22, 2017

Allstate Insurance Co. is suing Ameriprise Financial in a spat alleging Ameriprise is stealing Allstate's confidential information by recruiting the giant insurance company's salespeople, known as "exclusive financial specialists." Ameriprise...

How much life and disability is enough?

June 11, 2017

Veronica is a 33-year-old professional with a family, earning $150,000 a year. If she works until 75, she'll earn between $13 million and $20 million over 42 years (with 3% to 5% average annual increases). Veronica's human life value will be...

Changing advisers' long-term-care conversation

April 22, 2012

The following is an edited transcript of a March 20 webcast, “The Coming Crisis in Long-Term Care,” held in New York. InvestmentNews deputy editors Evan Cooper and Frederick P. Gabriel Jr. moderated. InvestmentNews: Harley, tell us about...

Gross back into Treasuries in a big way

August 8, 2011

Bill Gross, who runs the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., boosted holdings of Treasuries in July during the biggest monthly rally in the securities since August 2010 as the U.S. confronted the possibility of...

National Financial Partners to bolster property-casualty arm with acquisition

July 8, 2011

National Financial Partners Corp. is bulking up its presence in the property-casualty space in an effort to bolster revenue. Earlier this week, the firm announced its acquisition of Lapre Scali & Co. Insurance Services LLC, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based...

Notes from NAPFA

May 20, 2011

The 'new normal' and 'living in beta' The attendees at the National Association of Professional Financial Advisors are getting used to living in the “new normal.” The 'new normal' and 'living in beta' The term, popularized by investment...

Illinois' top insurance cop to run Federal Insurance Office

March 18, 2011

The Treasury Department has chosen Michael T. McRaith, Illinois' chief insurance regulator, as head of the new Federal Insurance Office. The office, which was established in the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, does not have any regulatory...

Top tax rate would go sky-high under new proposal

March 16, 2011

U.S. millionaires would face an annual income tax increase of at least 10 percent under a deficit-reduction measure proposed by Representative Jan Schakowsky. The legislation, introduced today and touted at a press conference by the Illinois...

$$$ to be considered wealthy? Millionaires offer surprising answer

March 14, 2011

How much does it take to feel wealthy these days? For many millionaires, it's about $7.5 million, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments. “Wealth is relative, and to some extent the more you have the more you realize how much more you...

Fears about inflation inflated, Gundlach says

March 14, 2011

Bond investors are siding with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke when he says that crude oil above $100 a barrel and record high food prices may only cause a temporary jump in the inflation rate. Since reaching a 10-month high in December,...

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