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December 2014 Rating Downgrades/Watch-List 

Thursday, January 08, 2015
The Rating Outlook for the U.S. life insurance industry is stable for 2015, according to Fitch Ratings. In addition, the fundamental sector outlook is stable. Fitch's outlook considers the industry's very strong balance sheet fundamentals, strong... read more >>
 

Bring New Value to Year End Planning 

Friday, December 19, 2014
In the coming weeks, many advisors will be meeting with clients to collect information needed for year-end planning. Take the opportunity to ask clients if they know how much they are being charged for life insurance and/or how their invested assets ... read more >>
 

Life Insurance Product Price Increases/Changes 3Q2014 

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Total individual life insurance new annualized premium improved four percent in the third quarter, according to LIMRA’s Retail Individual Life Insurance Survey. However, the cost of doing business in the Guaranteed Universal Life (GUL) markets has... read more >>
 

November 2014 Rating Downgrades/Watch-List 

Thursday, December 04, 2014
Financial strength and claims-paying ability ratings of the insurer is one of the five factors of suitability.  The obvious reason being that insurance is most simply defined as an agreement for the payment of a premium today in exchange for payment ... read more >>
 

Veralytic Supports the "4 Ways to Achieve Success in Life Insurance Sales" 

Thursday, November 20, 2014
With Veralytic in Texas this week presenting Best Practice Standards for Life Insurance as an Asset Class at The First Annual EY Family Business / Family Office Accounting & Tax Education Series, this article “4 Ways to Achieve Success in Life... read more >>
 

October 2014 Rating Downgrades/Watch-List 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
In September, Fitch Ratings examined the investment portfolios of U.S. life insurance companies at year-end 2013 based on statutory information the agency compiles annually from an investment survey of its universe of rated entities. Fitch Ratings... read more >>
 

What's so Scary in 2014? 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
What’s so scary on Halloween 2014? It’s scary that there are those that are still unaware that there are standards for managing life insurance as an asset. The standards drafted by industry leaders at West Point apply the same universal decision... read more >>
 

Transparency Ensures Accountability 

Thursday, October 09, 2014
Transparency ensures accountability, and policy owners have a right to see where every penny of their premium goes, how much is going to costs and how much to cash value.  Few clients know what they are actually paying for cost of insurance charges... read more >>
 

September 2014 Rating Downgrades/ Watch-List 

Friday, October 03, 2014
Financial strength and claims-paying ability ratings of the insurer is one of the five factors of suitability.  The obvious reason being that insurance is most simply defined as an agreement for the payment of a premium today in exchange for payment ... read more >>
 

Case Study: The Profitability of Ethics 

Friday, September 19, 2014
Ethics is often seen as skimming off a layer or two of the profitability of a business enterprise.  However, that’s a short-term view, says Steven Blum, attorney and veteran instructor at the Wharton School's department of legal studies and business ... read more >>
 
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