Tuesday Tips – January 12th, 2016


MYGA Rate Increase

Both North American and American Equity have increased rates on their MYGA’s. Call today for an updated rate sheet and state availability.

MedAmerica Out of LTC Business

MedAmerica announced last week that they will be exiting the LTC marketplace effective February 15, 2016. MedAmerica cited economic conditions and the low interest rate environment as the reasons for the exit.

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Sales Tips

Prospecting still remains one of the biggest challenges advisors face. Available for download on our website is our 16 sales tips for 2016 guide. The guide includes 16 prospecting and marketing ideas to generate more prospects.

Industry News

Quantitative Easing

Between 2008-2015 the Fed bought over $4trillion in bonds to stimulate economic growth. US and Foreign banks currently hold $2.5 trillion at the Fed and are paid $34.5 million in interest per day.

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American Equity Choice Series

American Equity offers a competitive portfolio of accumulation focused FIA’s. The Choice series offers 6 to 10 year surrender options, multiple crediting options, and annual point to point caps as high as 5.25%. Call today for details and state availability.

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Marketing Corner – January 7th, 2016

Jump Start the New Year

After an eventful 2015, the New Year is finally here. While you reflect on how you did last year and consider what 2016 holds, you may be searching for new strategies for growth. Certainly the beginning of the new year is a good time to reevaluate your business and set goals. We’ve already discussed how to properly evaluate your year, what things will affect boomers and advisors in 2016, and what marketing platforms you should consider this year. Long story short, there are many changes you should be aware of that will impact your business and your potential clients.

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Tuesday Tips – January 5th, 2016


Mutual of Omaha GUL Reprice

Mutual of Omaha has repriced their GUL. In certain bands pricing has gone down and in others it has gone up. In addition to this they have extended the number of years the GRO rider is available which gives increased access to cash value. Call today for additional details and state availability.

Athene Raises Rates

Athene has increased rates on the TargetHorizon series and Benefit 10. Caps have increased and spreads have decreased on the TargetHorizon series and the rollup rate has increased on the Benefit 10. Call today for additional details and state availability.

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Social Security Maximization

Life insurance can potentially be a useful tool in maximizing social security income. Properly funding an accumulation life insurance product prior to triggering social security benefits can create a pool of cash that can be drawn from income tax free. This income could be taken in conjunction with social security income or in replace of social security income in order to defer triggering benefits in order to get a higher benefit. In addition to this the death benefit can provide a much needed death benefit in the event of one of the spouses passing away prematurely. Call today for additional details.

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Income Stats

According to the most recent numbers from the IRS, to be in the top 1% of income earners the magic number is $428,713. The top 1% took home 19% of the total AGI and paid in 38% of the total income taxes due. The bottom 50% earned just 11.5% of total AGI and paid in 2.78% of all income tax.

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North American Guarantee Builder

North American’s Guarantee Builder is a competitive FIUL that offers upside protection as well as guarantees. The product offers a full death benefit guarantee to age 120 in addition to annual point to point caps as high as 13.5%. In addition to this the product offers free chronic and terminal illness riders. Call today for additional details.

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Tuesday Tips – December 29th, 2015


Holiday Hours
Legacy Financial Partners will be closed 12/31/15 and 1/1/16 for the New Year holiday.

North American Rate Decrease
North is reducing current rates on several non marketed life products. Most of the products affected are GUL’s whose pricing is based off of guaranteed rates not current rates. Call today for a full listing of affected products.

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External Term Conversions
A potential source of new premiums are external term conversions. Several carriers allow a client to convert another carriers term plan to their permanent product. This can be a great opportunity when reviewing a prospect or clients current term coverage.

Industry News

$307 Settlement
J.P. Morgan has agreed to pay over 307mm stemming from allegations that J.P. Morgan didn’t disclose to consumers their preference to invest clients money into their own investment products.

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Signature Plus IUL
ANICO is rolling out a new FIUL on January 1st. The New product, Signature Plus IUL, offers competitive caps, multiple indices, and living benefits. In addition to this it offers an option C death benefit in addition to the standard A and B and also offers an interest bonus starting in year 11. Call today for details.

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Marketing Corner – December 22nd, 2015

Four Things That Will Impact Financial Advisors in 2016

Across the board, 2015 has been an especially eventful year. This is certainly true for the financial world, with many regulatory changes, legislative initiatives, and deeper signs of economic recovery. While we can’t say for sure the next year will be as eventful, we do know there are some things in 2016 that may affect the way financial advisors and agents do business. Here are four things that may impact you next year.

A-G 49

Although it sounds like a Star Wars droid, AG-49 actually stands for Actuarial Guideline XLIX. This a life insurance illustration regulation established by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). When the NAIC initially adopted illustration regulations in 1995, indexed universal life insurance had yet to really exist. So in the past half-decade, as IUL became a popular life insurance solution, the NAIC took steps to incorporate it into their regulations. This is where we get AG-49.

The purpose of these changes proposed by AG-49 is to make IUL illustrations more consistent and to ensure that consumers understand how IUL policies credit growth. The first phase of AG-49 was implemented in September of 2015. This changed the way the crediting elements of IUL policies can be illustrated, applying benchmark standards for illustrated scales and discipline current scales.

In March of 2016, phase two of AG-49 will roll out. The main change from this second part relates to how policy loans can be illustrated. In an illustration that includes a policy loan—often a huge selling point for cash value life insurance contracts—the difference between the loan rate and illustrated yield cannot exceed 100 basis points, or 1%. These changes may inhibit the flexibility you have when illustrating these products to your clients.

Dept. of Labor Fiduciary Standard

Despite attempts, legislators opposed to the Dept. of Labor’s new, controversial fiduciary standard rule failed to attach a repeal or defunding rider to the must-pass omnibus bill. This means that the rule is going to push forward, and with President Obama expressing his support for it, the rule will likely weather further opposition.

The main crux of the rule is to hold advisors and agents to a fiduciary standard, similar to the SEC standard. This means that agents will have to disclose compensation and attest to acting in the client’s best interest. While this is good in theory, it may have an impact on how advisors can sell, reduce compensation, and change the way insurance carriers transact business.

Updated Mortality Tables

Beginning in 2016 all annuity carriers will update their mortality rate tables to reflect current life expectancies. This can have an impact for the consumer and you. While insurance companies shore up their liability to meet growing minimums due to longevity, the consumer will see a decrease in lower projected lower monthly benefit payments on income riders.

Federal Interest Rate Increase

After a long period of speculation, anticipation, and worry, the Fed finally raised rates earlier this month. This is the first raise in nearly seven years; a quarter point increase from historic lows. While this small hike can be taken as a sign the economy is ready to shake off some of it’s wounds, the increase can have a wide-ranging impact across many sectors, including the banking and finance industry. And what’s more important than this specific increase, are the other raises that will be coming in the future. Some, like The Street’s James Langford, suggest that interest rates will increase quicker than many are anticipating in 2016.

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Tuesday Tips – December 22nd, 2015


Holiday Schedule

Legacy Financial Partners will be closed 12/24/15 and 12/25/15 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Rate Increases

Forethought and Equitrust have both increased rates on multiple products. Call for an updated rate sheet and additional details.

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Updated Rates

2016 is rapidly approaching. Available for download is our 2016 tax guide with updated rates for 2016.

Industry News

Fed Rate

Rates are going up. The federal reserve announced last week they will be raising rates incrementally over the course of 2016. Signaling a positive outlook on the economy.

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Legacy LibertyMark

The LibertyMark FIA series offered by Legacy Provides competitive upside potential with guaranteed growth. Seven and ten year surrender products are available that have the option of both up front and persistency bonuses. In addition to this the products write to age 85 and offer annual point to point caps as high as 6.75%. The products also offer a competitive minimum guarantee which is 1% on 100% of the premium instead of the standard 87.5%. Call today for additional details and state availability.

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Marketing Corner – December 16th, 2015

What Will Impact Boomers in 2016?

2016 Presents Many Challenges For Boomers, But Opportunities for Advisors

Most demographers consider the Boomer generation as being born between 1946 and 1964. Within this range, there is a wide variety of individuals. Those who came of age in the 1980s will certainly have a different range of experiences than those who came of age in the 1960s. But this generation is facing a shared general concern—longer life expectancies which imperil old modes of retirement planning. As an advisor, you probably already know this, but it’s important to keep in mind as you deal with this type of client. They may not know that they should be concerned or they may not know there are strategies that can help them.

Life expectancy for a 65-year-old American is three-to-four more years longer than the previous generation at the same age. This is a significant amount, and many can expect to live longer, which drains on retirement resources. This is especially true in a long-term care situation, where funds are depleted by a medical condition that a generation ago may have resulted in death. An Insured Retirement Institute survey, released in April of 2015, found that only 27% of boomers expressed confidence they will have enough money to last throughout retirement. The same survey found that only 6 out of 10 boomers had retirement money saved.

There are 10,000 people turning 65 everyday, a staggering number that is projected to maintain until 2030 or so. According to Pew Research, there are roughly 75 million boomers as of 2015. Although this number will naturally decrease as we approach the middle of the century, for the next thirty, thirty-five years, we have a huge swath of people that are facing a retirement crisis. Part of this may be because retiring at 65 may not make sense when life expectancy is extended by nearly a half-decade for today’s swath of boomers. Certainly many advisors will advocate delayed retirement and many boomers transition into retirement by working part-time. It is important to also consider that aging parents and adult children may burden many boomers, especially those born later in the range.

In addition to the background anxiety of securing retirement, boomers will likely be concerned with the following in 2016:

Social Security

There are two aspects of social security that are likely to worry boomers in 2016.

The first is that there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Not only is this going to impact boomers/seniors on a very fixed income, this will also affect some Medicare beneficiaries—about 30%–who will see an increase in their Part B premiums. Although a flat COLA and rise in Medicare premiums will most directly impact fixed income retirees, higher net worth clients may see the changes (or lack of changes) in the programs as turbulence. Either way, it’s a good door opener topic for advisors and agents in 2016.

The second aspect of social security that may trouble boomers is the loss of the file and suspend strategy, which ends May 1. This has been a key strategy of social security maximization, and seniors likely need a better sense of how it will impact their specific retirement plan, especially if they are pre-retirement. Again, for the advisor, this presents a good door opener.


The 30% of Medicare beneficiaries who will see an increase in the Part B premiums includes those not receiving social security benefits, those that pay an additional income related premium (i.e. IRMAA), and new Part B beneficiaries. While the premium increase is not the 52 percent hike that Medicare Trustees Report predicted, the increase is a significant 16%, from $104.90 to $121.80. In addition to the raised premium, deductibles have increased.

Long-Term Care

A report released by the CDC in 2015 demonstrates the impact of living longer. While overall deaths are down for boomers (identified in the study as aged 55-64 years old), chronic conditions such as obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes, have risen compared to the previous decade for the age group. These conditions may lead to other long-term care incidents and conditions. As such, long-term care may (and should) be a big concern for pre-retirees.

Market Exposure

Obviously, we can’t predict what the stock market will do, but given the inherent risk of investing and the last few years of volatility, we know that it can be unpredictable. Not only do boomers have a significant amount of their retirement funds allocated in stocks, as many as 35% are overexposed, according to a Fidelity study released in 2015. Ten percent of boomers aged 51-69 have their entire 401(k)s allocated in stocks.

What we do know is that there are things that have have far-reaching impacts, such as the fed rate, oil prices, and global market influence. Because boomers are either pre-retirement or in retirement, they have no time margin to make up any deficits. So 2016 is a good year to discuss asset reallocation and risk exposure.

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Tuesday Tips – December 15th, 2015


Allianz Applications

Allianz has updated all of their applications for all products. Beginning January 1, 2016 they will no longer accept old versions of the applications. The new applications are currently available on the Allianz website.

Voya Introduces Orange Pass

Voya has launched a new streamlined simplified underwriting process called Orange Pass. This new program is available for applicants ages 16-50 and up to $500k in death benefit. Qualifying applicants won’t have to do lab work or exams and the application also has fewer questions than a traditional application. Call today for additional details.

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Reliving Your First Year In The Business

As we come to the end of the year many advisors will reflect on the year and what they want next year to look like. Creating consistent growth year over year within your practice isn’t easy and many advisors find that their business growth consistently remains flat. We have compiled a list of the top contributors to stagnant growth along with potential solutions. Call today to request your guide or visit our website.

Industry News

AIG Advisor Group

AIG has announced that it is entertaining offers for it’s network of independent broker dealers. The move is another step by AIG to focus on it’s core services.

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Athene Performance Elite

Athene’s Performance Elite series offers 10 and 15 year surrender period. With 4% and 7% up front bonuses. In addition to this the products offer optional liquidity riders which bump the bonuses to 9% and 12%. In addition to this the products offer a variety of options including annual point to point caps as high as 6%. Call today for details and state availability.

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Marketing Corner – December 10th, 2015

Four Marketing Platforms That Will Be Relevant in 2016

There’s no question that the financial services industry has changed over the last few years and will continue to change. We are, after all, in the age of robo-advisors, financial social media, digital optimization, fin-tech, and increased regulation. This is all set against the backdrop of market volatility, shifting demographics, and a larger sense of uncertainty amongst consumers. So how are you supposed to effectively market to new clients when it seems like everything is changing in all directions?

The answer will not come from one whiz-bang marketing platform or activity, but rather a collection of techniques. Technology will certainly be a factor, but so will the core things that make a financial advisor especially helpful to a consumer. In the last few years we’ve seen content and social media marketing mature, with consumers seeking out brands that can impart humanness through their digital platforms. With that said, here are four marketing mediums that will be relevant in 2016.


Over the years, we’ve seen the rise of video, from both a social angle and from a marketing angle, and in the realm where social and marketing intersect. In 2016, we expect video to continue it’s rise as a powerful marketing medium. According to ICE Portal, rich media, such as videos or interactive visual tools, “increase conversion rates by 64%.” In late 2014, eMarketer found the average engagement rate for rich media ads, including video, was 16.85%, vastly out-performing banners (2.14%) and mobile (1.62%). Obviously actual effectiveness may vary across industries, but the takeaway for advisors is that video is a tool that should not be ignored. Video can be implemented in (and enhance) almost all digital marketing activities. It can also be relatively inexpensive, whether it is produced in-house or through a vendor.

 Some tips:

  • Make your videos short, with the best production quality possible.
  • Use video on your homepage
  • Use video in your email marketing activities (not only can video increase open rates, it can help reduce email opt-outs)
  • Be personable and educate 

Video Conferencing and Personalized Video

Although the use of robo-advisors has increased, the reality is that nothing is going to replace the value a human expert can provide. Certainly there have been many articles written about robo-advisors and the potential threat they pose to agents and advisors, as well as to the consumer. Be aware, but don’t be scared. Instead embrace technology but retain the interpersonal essence that makes one-on-one advising so valuable to consumers. This is where we think video conferencing, as both a marketing tool and a service add, can enhance your value proposition while still engaging with an increasingly tech-savvy consumer base.

Some tips:

  • Many video conferencing tools allow you to share (and even sign) documents. This can be great as you onboard a new, busy client
  • Use video conferencing to engage with your client, with follow-ups, or even record a personalized video message

Direct Mail

Did we say direct mail? Direct mail? Yes. Even as society becomes so dependent on the digital realm, direct mail has shown, time and time again, to still be an effective marketing medium. Why? There are probably many reasons why. For one, direct mail has a tactile aspect to it—your message is something that is tangible and can be held. Another reason is that because so many companies are focused on digital, a direct mailer is going to stand out more. A recent Direct Marketing Association study found that direct mail is far more effective than digital channels with house-file response rates. So, while you absolutely want to have a great digital presence, don’t forget the power of direct mail in 2016.

Some tips: 

  • Direct mail costs can range from relatively inexpensive to costly, depending on the campaign. If budget is a concern you should be judicious with the direct mail option
  • Use digital targeting tools to dial-in your direct mail list
  • Make offers that your target market will actually want
  • Complement key digital marketing campaigns/offers with a direct mail component


We’ve already discussed a couple times the importance of mobile-friendliness when it comes to your digital collateral, but it’s worth bringing up again. In response to the growing usage of mobile platforms, Google made changes to it’s search algorithms earlier this year to prioritize mobile-friendly websites. With 60% of adults now using tablets or smartphones, over desktops, to get information about services or products, having a mobile-friendly version of your website will be crucial to staying in front of consumers over the next year. According to Social Media Today, nearly half of consumers “start mobile research with a search engine.” It’s not enough to be optimized on desktop anymore.

Your email content should likewise be optimized for mobile platforms, as mobile email opens have increased by 180% over the past three years. (Social Media Today).

Some tips:

  • Test the mobile-friendliness of your website with this Google tool
  • Create email campaigns with both desktop and mobile in mind


As we suggested in the introduction, focusing on just one of these will likely not give you the return on investment you’d like to see. All four platforms discussed above can be integrated with each other and just about any other marketing/lead generation activities you perform.

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Tuesday Tips – December 8th, 2015


American Equity Reminder

Effective December 31st American Equity will be lowering rates on their LIBR. In addition to this they will be discontinuing the Heritage Gold FIA on December 31st. To receive current rates, applications must be received in the home office by December 30th. Call for additional details and updated rates.

Athene Rates

Athene has raised rates on several of their products including the Perfomance Elite, Target Horizon. Call for an updated rate sheet and state availability.

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Beneficiary Reviews

Throughout a persons lifetime they will most likely make investments, purchase insurance, and acquire assets. While most individuals will monitor the performance of these assets one aspect that can get less attention is beneficiary designations. Marriage, death, divorce, children etc. can all impact who a prospect wants as beneficiary of their assets. Beneficiary reviews are a great non invasive way to get in front of prospects and point their attention to a topic that they might not have given much thought to but should. Available for download is a great beneficiary review guide.

Industry News

PBGC Premium Increase

Recently passed legislation included a provision to raise insurance premium for single employer pension plan sponsors. The increase an addition $4 billion to be paid to the PBGC through 2025.

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Table Shave

Normally I use this section to discuss an individual product but, we’ve had a lot of questions recently on what life insurance carriers offer table shave programs. Table shave programs allow a prospect who might have some health issues qualify for a better rate. So for example if a carrier offers a table shave from standard to table 3 if the client gets approved down to a table 3 the carrier will automatically bump the client up to a standard risk class saving them a significant amount of money. We have compiled a list of all of the carriers that have a table shave program just give us a call or send an email to request it.

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