Registration is open for NAIFA’s Performance + Purpose (P+P) conference, NAIFA’s signature professional development event, August 17-19. This year’s P+P will remain in an all-virtual format with the expectation of returning to an in-person conference in 2022 in Phoenix.
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June is one of my favorite months of the year, and not just because summer weather is perfect for golfing. It’s also Annuity Awareness Month! Much of my work is dedicated to spreading the word about how annuities are a key part of an optimal retirement plan. I’ve been happy to see that annuities have been growing in popularity over the last few years. According to LIMRA, in 2020 alone, annuity sales totaled over $219 billion, with variable annuities being the most popular choice. I’m a fan of variable annuities myself, so I thought I’d take some time to look at some reasons why they’re such big sellers.
Topics: Annuities Annuity Awareness Month
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Selling Life Insurance using a digital platform on your website for consumer direct insurance tools is now the hottest trend! Now more than ever, consumers want to shop, compare, and apply for coverage online and on their terms. The goal is to make the experience of protecting loved ones with life insurance as simple and stress-free as possible. Here are some key reasons why digital life insurance sales has gained momentum: COVID requiring remote sales; 72 million Millennials (25–40-year olds) who would rather shop on their own; massive use of mobile devices averaging 3.8 hours per day; and social media usage 2.5 hours per day for adults in the USA.
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The strategic partnership between NAIFA and Insperity kicked off on Thursday, June 17, when NAIFA-Houston members were invited to Constellation Field for batting practice with seven-time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens.
During an informal reception and meet and greet, Roger "Rocket" Clemens welcomed attendees and shared his personal story of success before engaging in a casual Q&A. Then everyone was invited down to the field to pick up a bat and Roger took the pitcher’s mound. Several attendees took the opportunity to bring their gloves and play the outfield!
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“Belonging” and “membership” are concepts that come naturally to the advisors at Primary Financial, a premier Penn Mutual agency in Edison, NJ, and the newest NAIFA 100% Agency. Collaboration and working together are ingrained in the firm’s culture and reflected by the value the agency places on mentorships and its support for NAIFA.
With approximately 40 insurance and financial professionals, Primary Financial is known for having many experienced advisors. As it brings on new advisors, it pairs them with the firm’s well-seasoned professionals.
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NAIFA and Customers Bank have completed an educational partnership agreement to advance thought leadership and consumer education and promote professional cooperation between the two associations. Under the partnership, Customers Bank will provide content for NAIFA blog posts as well as articles for NAIFA’s Advisor Today. NAIFA and Customers Bank will work together to give broader access for financial professionals and consumers to Customers Bank content in areas where the organizations’ interests overlap.
“NAIFA is excited to partner with Customers Bank to allow our members access to another great resource that they can extend to their clientele,” stated Suzanne Carawan, VP, Marketing & Communications. “NAIFA is always working to provide members with new ways to provide better service to their clients and build more innovative and lucrative practices. Partnering with Customers Bank and raising awareness of their offerings to our members provides additional opportunities to innovate their practice.”
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NAIFA is sad to learn that former national association President Morland “Mac” McManigal passed away May 22 in Green Valley, CA.
McManigal ran his StateFarm Insurance business for nearly 40 years and was known for recruiting exception agents into the industry and mentoring them to great levels of success. He was a highly sought-after speaker and gave more than 800 motivational presentations at insurance industry and other events.
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NAIFA’s Life and Annuity Certified Professional (LACP) certification recognizes the need for insurance and financial professionals to further differentiate themselves in the marketplace. The LACP is a fully accredited certification that shows consumers and colleagues an agent or advisor has solid experience and understanding of life insurance and annuity products. It’s a mark of professionalism held by many leading insurance and financial advisors. Every LACP recipient agrees to adhere to NAIFA’s Code of Ethics, which includes the requirement that they put their clients’ interests first. The LACP is one of only nine accredited certifications recognized by FINRA.
Topics: Certifications & Designations LACP
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The NBA playoffs are upon us — when the best of the best face off against each other. Even if you don’t know a thing about basketball, you’ve heard some of their names: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, James Harden. But these games aren’t one-on-one. They’re team efforts, and every player has a specific role to play. You have your point guard; your power forward; your shooting guard; your small forward; and your center. Each one has different strengths. Each has different weaknesses, too.
You don’t have to know what they all do. All you need to know is that you wouldn’t build a lineup of five point guards any more than you would use a lawnmower to trim your hedges, or a chainsaw to cut your grass. Five people playing the same position won’t win any games; neither will one star player on the court all by his lonesome.
The same principles apply to servicing a 401(k) plan. It takes a team: the plan sponsor, recordkeepers, CPAs, advisors… and a TPA. As an advisor, you may be a wizard when it comes to focusing a plan’s investments. You may be able to maximize participant outcomes in your sleep. But just like an all-star forward, even the best advisor can’t be everywhere at once. Plan design, compliance, and administration are specialties all their own. You need someone who can set you up with an assist. You need a TPA.
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NAIFA is pleased to announce that LPL Financial has accepted the use of the Life and Annuities Certified Professional (LACP) certification for use by agents and advisors who it works with. The LACP demonstrates a professional knowledge of life and annuity products and an ethical approach to sales.