Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) are always a hot button with brokers and clients, especially recently when Donald Trump asked the Treasury Department to examine RMD life expectancy and distribution tables due to longer life expectancy and more people working well into their 70’s. Nevertheless, RMDs “are what they are”, a required distribution that every individual who turns 70.5 must start taking from their IRAs. At its simplest level, an RMD will be withdrawn and either deposited into a client’s checking account, or reinvested. Let’s look at other ways to utilize an RMD.Read More
Anyone seen Doc Brown’s Delorean Around?
When will this Bull Market end? Short of grabbing a ride in Doc’s time machine, there’s no way to know…but it’s a hot topic right now. Almost every day there seems to be an article prognosticating that “The End is near for the Economic Boom” (Fortune July 19, 2018) or “Here’s why the Dow will hit 40,000 by 2025” (CNBC July 10, 2018). There are convincing points on both sides for how long our “Bull” will last this time around. Buzzwords abound as well: Ultra-low unemployment, a looming trade war with China, the threat of inflation, persistently low interest rates, another bubble? Here's a question to consider.Read More
The use of an indemnity Long Term Care (LTC) rider is crucial to keep the life insurance death benefit estate tax free. That’s because any rider benefits will be paid only to the Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) as policy owner, and NOT used to pay extended care costs directly to the extended care provider. Since LTC benefit claims are paid only to the ILIT, this indemnity style LTC rider does NOT create an incident of ownership in the UL policy.
Term Life Insurance prospects are everywhere. You just need to know where to find them. Agents have shared countless stories with us about "picking up" clients in all kinds of places, from the gym to the grocery store line, even in the bar! There is a reason we've made selling term life insurance fast and easy; it is because there are so many reasons to offer it to your clients and prospects! Check out these 8 term opportunities that open a gateway into having the conversation!Read More
After a long and contentious political battle, the U.S. House (224-201) and U.S. Senate (51-48) have passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. President Trump signed the bill into law and it goes into effect on 1/1/2018. Major changes in personal income taxes, business income taxes, and estate taxes will go into effect for tax year 2018.Read More
Last week, I talked about hybrid LTC solutions and gave you an in-depth breakdown on what these solutions are and how they are becoming increasingly popular. Today, I'll take it a step further by sharing a comparison of some of the most popular hybrid LTC options.Read More
The U.S. Congress has spent the last few months slowly working its way through the legislative process to provide major tax reform. This reform impacts personal income taxes, business income taxes, estate taxes, and taxation of foreign business income. The U.S House of Representatives passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 in early November. The U.S. Senate just passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 last week.Read More
In 2017, as in-force rate increases become the norm and more and more carriers are exiting the traditional/standalone Long Term Care (LTC) space, we continue to see the trend of clients migrating from traditional LTCi to hybrid solutions.
With this recent shift, I thought it would be helpful to share an in-depth breakdown of what these solutions are. My hope is to help remove some of the barriers you may experience when having the important LTC conversation with your clients.Read More
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If you've ever found yourself thinking something that starts like this, "I'd sell more life insurance if...", you are not alone. In 2016, we conducted an online survey of insurance and financial professionals that focused on the state of advisor relationships and decision-making criteria regarding their Brokerage Agencies. Hoping to get a better understanding of some of the road blocks insurance advisors face, we asked them to finish the statement "I'd sell more life insurance if..." Below is a compilation of the most common responses we received, coupled with key ways other financial professionals are successfully addressing these road blocks.