The Real Costs of Waiting - Part Two

The Real Costs of Waiting - Part Two
"Complicated [permanent life insurance] products eat away at the purchasing power of your premium. In most situations, your financial planning will be better served by buying term life insurance and then investing outside of the insurance contract.1 "Do not let anybody tell you that your life insurance policy is a good way to build extra savings. Fall for that and you will end up wasting thousands of dollars over the life of the policy.2 As life insurance professionals, we know that sentiments like those above are nothing new.  And in response, Windsor's recent Blog — Life Insurance and R...
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The Real Costs of Waiting - Part One

The Real Costs of Waiting - Part One
You've met with your clients and their financial advisors on a few occasions and discussed the clients' financial planning and insurance objectives. Things are going well.  The insurance plan and product you are proposing meet the clients' needs exceptionally well, and provide the financial stability they are seeking.  But then you hear it.  The clients want to think about it some more.  When queried, your clients indicate that maybe they will look at this again, but are not sure when that will be. We have all heard it many times before, and know that procrastination and th...
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Life Insurance and Retirement Planning — A View From Outside the Industry

Life Insurance and Retirement Planning — A View From Outside the Industry
  If we had a nickel for every time a carrier suggested we spend more time showing life insurance as a supplemental retirement income strategy, we would have a ton of nickels.  After all, Windsor was started by Jerry Schwartz and Hal Brooks when Universal Life and Interest Sensitive Whole Life were first invented.  From that time on, we've been steadily promoting the unique advantages of life insurance, most recently in our June 2021 Blog on Life Insurance Retirement Plans (LIRP). But we have a stake in the game.  So when life insurance companies encourage us to emphasize t...
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Fast & Furious: Five Problems and Five Solutions in Five Minutes

Fast & Furious:  Five Problems and Five Solutions in Five Minutes
Ready for some fast and furious sales ideas that can help you get a head start on 2022?  Here are some of the best from Windsor and our carriers including:     The retired wealthy client who has no cash The couple on the edge of their seats about estate taxes  The PhD in Financial Engineering  The retiree with overfunded IRAs The business owner who needs to find new ways to keep the best people 1,  The retired wealthy client who has no cash - or who doesn't want to spend it right now. Your client is 78 years old and knows he needs more life insurance – but hi...
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Underwriting: The Year in Review & Where We’re Headed Next

Underwriting: The Year in Review & Where We’re Headed Next
What an extraordinary year it has been for life underwriting.  We've experienced rapid and remarkable changes on a number of fronts — some positive and helpful, others more challenging — and all either accelerated by, or initiated because of, the COVID-19 pandemic. We've seen the expansion of technological enhancements and automation of the underwriting process, helping get cases approved more quickly and with less hassle for our applicants.  Conversely, we continue to see COVID-related underwriting restrictions that sometimes affect our ability to get coverage issued, especially wit...
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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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