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SEC halts trading in embattled LTCI seller

April 25, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily halted trading in the stocks of Penn Treaty American Corp., an embattled long-term-care insurer that's now under the guidance of state regulators. It's been about seven years since Penn Treaty...

How advisers can help clients deal with Alzheimer's

March 3, 2013

No doubt you have heard stories of older adults who suddenly stop paying bills, lose track of their assets or are tricked out of their savings by unscrupulous family members, friends or acquaintances. Sometimes this isn't the result of fiscal...

Delaying Social Security bennies could come back to bite clients

January 20, 2013

For every action there is a reaction. It's a basic rule of science — and financial planning. I wanted to share an e-mail I received from an InvestmentNews reader in California regarding an elderly woman who purposely delayed taking her Social...

Premiums contribute to insurance spending boost in 2012, survey says

January 14, 2013

More than a third of Americans spent more last year to insure everything from homes, cars and boats to their own life and health. About 37% of Americans spent more on insurance in 2012, while 52% paid the same amount as in 2011 and 7% saw insurance...

Women's health care planning seen as pivotal

November 25, 2012

Financial advisers have an obligation to help female clients plan for health care needs and expenses, including evaluating the options for long-term-care insurance and Medicare, according to a panel of experts who participated in an InvestmentNews...

Insurer settles charges that it slow-paid on LTCI claims

November 21, 2012

Bankers Life and Casualty Co. will pay $3.2 million in a settlement with insurance regulators after examiners found that the insurer failed to make suggested updates to its claims practices. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department was among the...

Ignoring women's health-care costs 'reckless': Experts

November 21, 2012

Financial advisers have an obligation to help female clients plan for future health care needs and expenses, including evaluating the options for long-term-care insurance and Medicare, according to a panel of experts participating in an InvestmentNews...

Low-cost LTC? It's a Southern thing

November 18, 2012

Those looking for lower-cost long-term-care services might want to consider heading south. Southern and Southwestern states feature the most affordable costs for a spectrum of LTC services, including nursing homes, assisted-living facilities...

Does LTC insurance still make sense?

November 18, 2012

I knew it was coming. Still, when I received notice that the premiums for the two long-term-care insurance policies that I bought for me and my husband a few years ago would increase by 23%, it took my breath away. As a healthy adult in my late...

Low-cost long-term care? It's a southern thing

November 9, 2012

If you're looking for lower-cost long-term-care services, you might want to consider heading south. Southern and southwestern states featured the most affordable costs for a spectrum of LTC services, including nursing homes, assisted-living...

ING launches lifetime income practice management program

October 31, 2012

After earning a steady paycheck throughout their working years, retirees are looking for ways to develop a steady income stream in retirement. Financial advisers who are able to provide a retirement income strategy as part of a holistic retirement...

End of pension tax breaks would pay for 'stupid stuff,' says ASPPA boss

October 29, 2012

On the eve of Hurricane Sandy's arrival in Washington, D.C., the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries announced Sunday it is launching a lobbying initiative designed to protect tax deferrals for worker contributions to employer-sponsored...

Employer-sponsored health benefits for retirees dying out

October 24, 2012

Employees are managing expectations in retirement as employers yank back health benefits for retirees. Data from the Employee Benefits Research Institute showed that in 1997, 10.2% of private-sector employers provided health insurance to Medicare-eligible...

IRS hikes tax break for LTCI premiums

October 18, 2012

Next year, filers to the Internal Revenue Service will be able to deduct more from their federal taxes for long-term-care insurance premiums. In order to qualify, the insurance contract must be guaranteed renewable and must not provide for a...

Credit-worth of Genworth gets worse, nears junk

October 11, 2012

Genworth Financial Inc., the insurer seeking a chief executive officer, was downgraded by Standard & Poor's as the economic slump pressures earnings. The rating was cut one step to BBB-, the lowest investment- grade level, as Genworth faces...

Advisers tread lightly when talking with clients about LTC

October 7, 2012

Financial pressures weighing down the long-term-care insurance industry are forcing advisers to broach the touchy subject of higher premiums and less comprehensive benefits with clients. Companies that sell LTCI coverage are feeling the stress...

The other Alzheimer's tragedy

September 30, 2012

Ethelle Lord cared for her husband, Larry Potter, at home for the first 10 years that he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. She quit her job, modified their home to make it safe and cut back on expenses, including groceries and gasoline. Ms....

Health of long-term-care insurance business questionable: Moody's

September 19, 2012

Long-term-care insurance continues facing pressure on several fronts, particularly as the market consolidates and payouts for in-force contracts rise. The field of LTCI providers is shrinking as companies exit the business or limit their sales....

Old-age question: Are LTC policies good deals for younger clients?

September 6, 2012

Advisers know full well that only a small percentage of long-term-care policies are sold to people under 45. But what they may not know is that when those contracts are tapped at a young age, the benefits can be substantial. About 3.5% of those...

Why LTC insurance is a better bet for women

August 28, 2012

Long-term-care insurance often is a better investment for women than men because they live longer and more often spend their final years living alone, experts said. It's also a better financial deal, at least for now. “If you can only afford...

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