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South Dakota and New Mexico Regulations - Effective Dates

South Dakota Regulation - Goes into effect January 1, 2023

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Section 1035 Exchange of Life Insurance with Policy Loans

IRC Section 1035 allows Tax-Free Exchanges of life insurance policies in a gain position (i.e. gross cash value greater than adjusted cost basis) so that cash values can be easily transferred to more financially efficient policies. Sometimes greater death benefit and/or lower premium can result from the exchange in addition to desirable contract guarantees.

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Securian’s SecureCare will be replaced with SecureCare III

Effective March 26, 2022, Securian’s SecureCare will be replaced with SecureCare III. See below for Important Dates and Transition Guidelines:

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John Hancock announces New Protection IUL – Increased Pricing

Effective March 4th, 2022 John Hancock Protection IUL (2021) contract will be replaced with Protection IUL (2022).  Based on our initial testing, the pricing is increasing with most designs and ages. 

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NAIC New Best Interest Standard for AL, AZ, AR, CT, DE, IA, ID, KY, ME, MI, MS, MT, NE, ND, OH, RI, TX, & VA

Arizona, Arkansas, & Iowa Regulation:

Agents who have already completed a four-hour NAIC training course prior to January 1, 2021, must complete one of the following by July 1, 2021:

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National Guardian Life - Product Enhancements and Pricing Changes to EssentialLTC

**RELEASED BY National Guardian Life**

A product that can now do more

We have been listening to your feedback and are excited to announce your suggestions were used to enhance EssentialLTC! The changes are geared toward making it easier to sell, and the new features will allow you to offer your clients a product that can do more.

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John Hancock - Changes to product offerings in New York

John Hancock has long maintained separate products and processes for the New York market where they operate as the John Hancock Life Insurance Company of New York and serve approximately 180,000 customers. This approach generally serves all stakeholders well, but the separate products and processes create a level of complexity and inefficiency. After a thorough review of their new business activities, they've made the difficult choice to reduce their product portfolio in New York and will no longer offer the following products for sale:

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Optimizing Required Minimum Distributions

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.

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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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Financial Advisor Prospecting Tips: Callbacks


One of the most highly sought after sales prospecting tools revolves around simply getting in front of more prospects! But how can you get in front of them if they won't give you the time of day? Does this scenario sound familiar?

You spend a portion of your day reaching out to potential prospects as part of your strategy to grow your business. However, at the end of the day all you have to show for that activity is a list of voicemails you've left and emails you've sent. Days turn into weeks and all of a sudden you realize that all of this activity has gotten you no closer to building your client base. So what can you do to ensure more prospects call you back? Follow these tips below! 

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