Your Clients Need You Even More... …Volatility Control Indices are Here to Stay!

Your Clients Need You Even More...
…Volatility Control Indices are Here to Stay!
- by Jeff Driscoll, Vice-President, Product and Carrier Management, Partners Financial Let's start with good news.  Your clients and many life insurance carriers definitely need your expertise in selling and servicing Indexed Universal Life (IUL) products.   And now, with the growing trend of volatility control (VC) indexed accounts, your value is more than solidified.  The trade-off for your increased value is that more homework is required to understand and make the correct recommendations with these more complicated indices.  Before going any further, one could argue tha...
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How to save $5 billion for retirement in a fully non-taxable qualified plan

How to save $5 billion for retirement in a fully non-taxable qualified plan
We're guessing that Roth IRAs probably don't show up on your radar these days.  What with the S&P, NASDAQ and the Dow ringing the bell on new records almost weekly, investment advisors focused on wealth creation might just pass right by a qualified plan option with income ceilings of about $200,000 and contribution limits of $6,000 to $7,000 (depending on age) annually, as of 2021. But Peter Thiel of PayPal fame might change your mind.  He simply used a Roth IRA to create a $5 billion tax-exempt fortune. Roth IRAs were created in 1997 to provide for a need not filled by other qua...
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A Great Idea That Keeps Getting Better . . . and Stronger . . . and Easier! Life Insurance Retirement Plan

A Great Idea That Keeps Getting Better . . . and Stronger . . . and Easier!    Life Insurance Retirement Plan
For life insurance industry veterans, using cash value life insurance to supplement retirement savings is as old as the rate book.  Overfunding premiums and enjoying the advantages of both insurance protection and tax-free accumulation (without the burden of qualified plan rules) is what makes our products unique.  And with the potential for tax-free income down the road, we really have an unmatched solution for clients wanting to enhance their retirement in a very tax-efficient way. If life insurance is new to you, or if you just need a refresher on the LIfe Insurance Retirement Pla...
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Streamlining Large Case Underwriting—A Game Changer from John Hancock

Streamlining Large Case Underwriting—A Game Changer from John Hancock
With only a few carrier exceptions, enhancement and streamlining of the underwriting process over the past few years has primarily focused on cases in the $1 to $3 million range, with a maximum age 60 limit and qualifying rate classes of standard or better.  While these applications cover a wide swath of carrier submissions, they typically fall short both for large case applicants who desire an expedited, less invasive underwriting process, and for opportunities that truly move the premium dial for producers. John Hancock stepped up big time recently and developed a solution to this large...
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COVID-19 Vaccines Are Here! Isn't It Time to Open Up Underwriting?!?

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Here!    Isn't It Time to Open Up Underwriting?!?
This is a question a number of carriers are being asked today.  Roughly a year ago with the onset of the pandemic a majority of carriers introduced underwriting restrictions to deal with COVID's potential impact on various age groups, and especially those age 65 and older with comorbid health conditions (see COVID-19! What Have You Done to Underwriting?). Since then carriers have learned a lot about COVID and its effect on mortality.  Discussions with several carriers indicate that their mortality impact is mostly in the 75 and up age groups and with insureds whose policies have been...
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Internal Revenue Code 7702: Changes and Challenges

Internal Revenue Code 7702: Changes and Challenges
  Much has been written about the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and IRC section 7702, (§7702) where, effective January 1, 2021, minimum interest rates associated with the Cash Value Accumulation Test (CVAT) and the Guideline Premium Test (GPT) under the definition of life insurance have been lowered.  These adjustments created welcome changes for:  1) owners of insurance to put more money into cash accumulation plans of coverage without running afoul of definition of life insurance and Modified Endowment Contract (MEC) limits, and  2) carriers to get relief from o...
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Conversation Starters, Sales Ideas and Marketing Strategies for 2021

Conversation Starters, Sales Ideas and Marketing Strategies for 2021
Here are some of Windsor's best conversation starters, marketing strategies and sales ideas that you can use right now and well into 2021! As advisors to our clients, we can start a conversation with 60-page product illustrations or we can focus on something simpler and closer to home:  Caring for our families by leveraging low interest rates, securing fully guaranteed life insurance benefits, supplementing retirement income, protecting valuable assets, saving money on taxes, and finding easier ways for clients to get the insurance they want and need.  Even in these difficult times, ...
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New and Enhanced Underwriting Tools Impacting Your Cases Today

New and Enhanced Underwriting Tools Impacting Your Cases Today
Several underwriting tools have been adopted by carriers to issue coverage faster, in many cases without the need for insurance exams or requirements such as a traditional APS.  Some of these tools are new, while others have been in use previously, but have recently been enhanced to streamline the underwriting process. These tools often impact cases that run through an accelerated or streamlined underwriting process (for purposes of this blog, we will refer to such processes as "expedited underwriting"), and may also impact cases that follow a more traditional underwriting path. Informati...
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Underwriting - Adapting to a pandemic world and insights for the road ahead.

Underwriting - Adapting to a pandemic world and insights for the road ahead.
- A Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Experts in the Field of Life Reinsurance - DuWayne Kilbo, Moderator I'm extremely delighted to have available three distinguished speakers from the life reinsurance side of our business for Windsor's first Virtual Panel Discussion! With so much going on today as it pertains to COVID-19 and the evolution of the life insurance industry, this is an opportunity to hear from well-known and highly regarded reinsurance industry executives for their input and thoughts on various topics where they provide support and guidance to the industry.  Also, we will h...
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Clients, Prospects and Centers of Influence Conversation Ideas

Clients, Prospects and Centers of Influence Conversation Ideas
​As advisors to your clients, you can start a conversation with 60-page product illustrations, or you can change the conversation to something simpler and closer to home:  Historically low interest rates.  Guaranteed life insurance benefits.  Cash on hand for unexpected circumstances.  Protection for valuable assets.  And easier ways for clients to get the insurance they want and need.  Even in these difficult times, we can do our best to stay calm and communicate clearly.  Here are some ideas from Windsor on how we can begin a conversation about what's impor...
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