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What's the Secret to Finding the Best IMO? These Successful Agents Say Top-Tier Service You Can Trust

Independent insurance and financial planning professionals often don’t know what they’re missing in an insurance marketing organization (IMO) or that they’re working with a subpar one until it’s too late. Hear what three successful advisors say makes Senior Market Sales an exceptional IMO. 

20 Places for Insurance Agents to Find New Business

Agents who wish to keep their sales funnel operating at optimal efficiency need to stop prospecting on the fly, and adopt a system of focused intentionality. This article discusses a webinar resource designed to help agents capitalize on 20 places to find new business and drives sales.

The Growing Importance of Technology to Your Business

Have you struggled to adapt your business amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of subpar technology or your own technophobia? The necessity of technology to advisors during the pandemic has highlighted its many benefits and possibly cemented its role in how the industry will operate moving forward. 

What Annuity Agents Need to Know About the New Best Interest Standard

Senior Market Sales® (SMS) is committed to ensuring suitable sales practices when recommending annuity products to consumers and to supporting the fair and equitable treatment of our insurance customers. To that end, SMS has compiled this executive summary of recent revisions and actions to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation (Model #275). These revisions encompass new producer training requirements, updated carrier forms and revised recordkeeping necessities.

Senior Market Sales Service Update

Senior Market Sales® (SMS) wants to assure all of our producers and carrier partners that although we may be operating differently, we are committed to the same service standards to which you have been accustomed.

The SECURE Act: Are You Ready?

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, known as the SECURE Act. This bipartisan bill represents the most sweeping retirement reforms in over a decade and has a variety of provisions that will have an immediate and profound impact on both employer plans and individuals. Many of these changes will take effect on January 1, 2020, and will likely have a wide reaching impact on savers and retirees alike.

Helping Your Clients Through Volatility

Market volatility provides an opportunity for insurance and financial planning professionals to show their value to clients. Senior Market Sales can help you educate clients about market risk and offer solutions to lock in their gains — before the downturn.

Financial Advisors, Here's How to Turn Affluent Prospects Into Clients

Helping clients enroll in Medicare and review plans annually can be an easy way for financial advisors to reach prospects and lay the foundation for lifetime clients, and a recent survey indicates the opportunity is especially ripe with affluent Americans. 

 

Marketing Hours Extended to Provide More Service

The SMS Medicare Solutions and Financial Solutions teams have extended their hours to better serve agents and advisors. 

When Your Clients Ask, 'Can I Afford to Retire?'

You can help clients answer one of their biggest questions: “Can I afford to retire?” Senior Market Sales® has a new tool that makes it easy for any type of retirement planning professional to help clients answer that question. Income ArchiTECH™ shows the impact of longevity risk on their retirement plans. With just a few clicks, it can show the impact of market fluctuation and help you develop strategies and solutions to manage it.

Using Processes and Tools to Enhance Your Business

There is a way to provide clients more big-picture clarity while also demonstrating the need for the solutions you have to offer. Start using a new process and tools to enhance your business. 

Department Of Labor Fiduciary Rule Update: Best Interest Standard Delay

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have agreed to delay the Best Interest Standard until July 1, 2019. What does this mean for advisors?

How to Improve Your Customers' Experience:  Implement a Structured Planning Process 

No matter the industry, everyone’s talking about the importance of the customer experience. But the insurance and financial planning industries especially need to pay attention, according to several trade publications reporting on critical trends in the new year.

Using the "Saw-Tooth" Strategy to Cut RMDs for Clients

Certain fixed indexed annuity solutions can offer a crediting strategy that cuts RMDs. Introduce the saw-tooth strategy to clients and help them keep more funds in qualified accounts.

DOL Delays Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor has announced a 60-day extension of the implementation of the fiduciary rule. Advisors will be treated as fiduciaries beginning on June 9, 2017 rather than April 10, 2017 as originally scheduled.