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A Solid Platform is Key to Medicare Insurance Sales Success

When it comes to the Medicare insurance industry, agents who have a strong platform are those most likely to see the greatest success. Coordinating and managing the various aspects of the job can be daunting, and the reason that some fail. Conversely, many who succeed are those who utilize the tools available to streamline their business for maximum productivity. This article looks at some of the valuable tools available to Medicare agents.

New DOL Fiduciary Rule Creating Regulatory Whiplash

ThinkAdvisor - The Labor Department is setting up “regulatory whiplash” and huge compliance costs by requiring retirement advisors to comply with a new fiduciary prohibited transaction exemption that it plans to eventually amend, attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland warn.

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Want Leads, Happy Clients, Referrals and Growth? Social Security Planning Has It All

The baby boom retirement wave is here, and that means hundreds of thousands of potential clients asking, “When should I file for Social Security?” If you aren’t helping answer this question, you’re missing out on one of the biggest opportunities to grow your business. With the right support and technology, incorporating Social Security planning  into your existing practice can be simple and can produce both immediate and long-term, sustained growth.

What to Do About the Return of the DOL Rule

ThinkAdvisor - Much to the chagrin of the advisory community, the Department of Labor rule is back — in a new “prohibited transaction exemption.” Although the PTE became effective on Feb. 16, 2021, as discussed below, full compliance will not be required until Dec. 20, 2021.

DOL Issues Fiduciary Rule Guidance, Spells Out Compliance Requirements

Financial Advisor IQ - The Department of Labor issued yesterday guidance on fiduciary investment advice for retirement investors, employee benefit plans and investment advisors.

DOL Releases Fiduciary Rule Guidance

ThinkAdvisor - The guidance, released by Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, relates to the department’s “Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees” exemption and follows its Feb. 12 announcement that the Trump-era exemption would go into effect as scheduled on Feb. 16.

SMS Insider April 07 2021

In this issue: Make Clients' Tax Refunds Work Better for Them; Dwane McFerrin Receives Underwriter of the Year Award From Omaha Chapter of NAHU; Two Tools for Post-Pandemic Medicare Sales Success; Updated SMS Medicare Compliance Resource Page; 2021 Sales Forum Cancelation

Two Tools for Post-Pandemic Medicare Sales Success

Even after the pandemic, agents will need a way to continue meeting with clients the way they prefer to meet. Fortunately, Senior Market Sales® (SMS) has technology solutions in place to ensure you can make Medicare sales in a variety of in-person and virtual environments. This article highlights two of these tools, Lead Advantage Pro® and Medicare Insurance Direct® (MID).

Investment Advice Rule Could Still End Up Back In Court

Annuity News - The Department of Labor has settled on an investment advice rule that was written by the Trump administration and allowed to take effect by the Biden administration -- so the rules should finally be clear, right?

The Latest DOL Fiduciary Advice News

If you’re a financial professional who provides advice to retirement investors, it’s important that you understand the rule regarding the Department of Labor's definition of "fiduciary" so that you can ensure you’re in compliance. This article keeps you updated on the latest developments. 

Honeymoon is Over for SEC's Reg BI Compliance

Financial Advisor IQ - The honeymoon is over for firms aiming to comply with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest, according to comments made by an official at the watchdog and industry professionals.

SMS Insider March 03 2021

In this issue: Stand Out From the Rest by Offering Exclusive Med Solutions; Easy to Buy/Easy to Sell; Insurance Professionals and Consumers Increasingly Lean Into Technology; Support for Working Virtually or By Phone; Protect Your Business With Cyber Insurance

How Do DOL Rules Impact Insurance Producers?

InsuranceNewsNet - To the surprise of many, the Department of Labor allowed the previous administration’s final fiduciary advice regulation, officially titled Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2020-02, to go into effect on Feb. 16. The focus of PTE 2020-02 is on broker-dealers and registered investment advisors, but how does this turn of events impact insurance producers?

Rollovers Are Fiduciary Advice Under New DOL Rule

ThinkAdvisor - Advisors, take heed: The recently approved Trump Labor Department fiduciary prohibited transaction exemption, which took effect Tuesday, treats rollovers as fiduciary advice.