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Are Your Clients Wondering About Hybrid Long Term Care Solutions? Part 1

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. 

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I'd Sell More Life Insurance If...


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.

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[Video Blog] - Life Insurance Protection


This Life Insurance Awareness Month we've been sharing a lot of content with you from Life Happens. As we've mentioned before, this is a great resource for advisors and brokers to use and share with their clients. One of the most powerful ways that Life Happens spreads their message is through video. Their website has a plethora of moving and informative videos that explain the importance of life insurance, long term care and more! 

Share this video with your clients to remind them of the crucial role that life insurance can play in their lives.

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College Planning

Back to School!

And just like that summer is over. Every year summer seems to breeze by faster and faster and if you have a child entering college this summer probably seemed to fly by extra fast. Whether you're sending your first or last off to college it is a big transition that calls for a lot of planning. Most parents are thrown into the world of FAFSA's pretty quickly and without much direction save for a few information sessions at local high schools. Most likely you have clients who are in this very position, and if you've been there yourself you know how stressful this can be. Make sure your clients are armed with all of the facts and start talking to them about planning for college as early as possible. Both your clients and their children should be looking forward to this new chapter, make sure they are prepared. We've found a few resources for you to share with clients to help get the planning process started! 

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The Solution to Calculating Your Clients' RMDs


Do you have clients with traditional IRAs? Are they close to age 70 or older? If so, you need to read on.

Current tax law requires clients who have an IRA and certain other retirement products to start taking a required minimum distribution (RMD) at the age 70 1/2. These minimum distributions are calculated annually based on their age, account balance at the end of the previous year, marital status and their spouse's age. If they do not take the annual minimum distribution, your clients may be subject to a 50% penalty tax on the underpayment, as well as ordinary income tax, as the funds are withdrawn.

The question we typically hear is, “how can I quickly calculate my clients' RMDs?"

We have the solution! Use our simple interactive calculator to get your clients' projected RMDs. This can be accessed when you need it on our website. All you'll need is the following information from your clients.

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Top 10 Life Insurance Blogs for Life Insurance Awareness Month


In celebration of Life Insurance Awareness Month, we're bringing you the most popular life insurance blogs posted by BSMG! 

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Advanced Sales: Creating an Inherited IRA Legacy Plan

 

With the recovery of the equities markets after the economic downturn of 2008-2009, it is common for successful business owners, professionals, and other individuals to have more than $1,000,000 in their IRA account.

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Celebrating Life Insurance Awareness Month

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM)! According to Life Happens, the purpose of highlighting life insurance for an entire month is "to make sure Americans are reminded of the need to include life insurance in their financial plans." Each September, Life Happens is joined in this educational initiative by more than 100 of the nation’s leading insurance companies and industry groups.


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Happy Labor Day


Happy Labor Day!

It's starting to feel like Fall in Rhode Island! We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day and a great holiday weekend. We'll be back in the office on Tuesday. 

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Adding Marketing to Your Life Insurance Sales Strategy


The number one reason that people purchase life insurance policies is to protect the ones they LOVE. All too often we hear horrible stories of people who unexpectedly pass away and their families are left scrambling. Life insurance can be a difficult topic to talk about but finding the time to discuss it with your clients is so important. Life Happens is a website that advocates for life insurance awareness. They create campaigns that are dedicated to educating people on the important role life insurance can play in their lives. One of these campaigns is "Insure Your Love" and it's a great way for you to start the conversation with your clients!

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