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FEATURES

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The Hedgehog & Flywheel Effect

Author and co-author of six New York Times best-selling books, Jim Collins discusses the concepts that innovative entrepreneurs employ for a consistent formula of success

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Generational Disconnect

The Generation Gap is not unique to financial advisors but addressing inherent problems with specific strategies can help build the bridge.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Entrusted With Security

Retirement was a rotund, self-satisfied guy in a suit, puffing an enormous cigar. Well, that’s what it looked like when I was in college.

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LIFE

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A Tax-Free Future

The tax-free financial leverage of using life insurance to finance Roth IRA conversions will enhance the net aftertax inheritance for your client’s heirs.

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The New Golden Handcuffs

An IRS deferred compensation rule offers a relatively inexpensive technique for small to mid-sized firms to compete with larger corporations and retain key employees.

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ANNUITIES

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New Contenders Emerge In $7.3 Trillion Retirement Market

Massive assets held in qualified retirement plans managed by life and annuity insurers may not stay in those coffers much longer unless advisors act – and quickly.

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Global Shakeup Could Rattle Money Out Of U.S. Annuity Market

Globalization is a problem most advisors aren’t addressing. But take note, because the growth of international carriers will affect your bottom line.

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HEALTH

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Will Employers Push Workers Into Health Exchanges?

Small and midsize businesses now face some tough decisions that may radically change how they offer health benefits to their workforce. At some point, smaller employers will have to decide whet

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FINANCIAL

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What Advisors Want: Integrity, Intelligence, Insight, Instantly

A market researcher polls 2,000 advisors on what they want and expect from wholesalers - and don’t get, leading them to look to minimize the interaction.

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BUSINESS

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Don'T Pucker Up

You’re a good sales person, but sooner or later, a call will go badly. A director of sales offers tips on how to keep the conversation from hitting a sour note.

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Nailba: Pay It Forward – Again: Mentoring Still Works Best

The challenges of insurance sales don’t change, only the sales players do. The gift of mentoring a less experienced agent can be a rewarding experience for both of you.

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The Hedgehog & Flywheel Effect

Author and co-author of six New York Times best-selling books, Jim Collins discusses the concepts that innovative entrepreneurs employ for a consistent formula of success

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LIMRA INSIGHTS

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Limra: Life Insurance Awareness Month: Shine A Light For Clients

The need for life insurance has never been greater – or less utilized by American families. Life Insurance Awareness Month offers an opportunity for illumination of the critical importance of protecting loved ones.

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Health Insurance Policies Reward Healthy Workers

Employers all over the country, big and small, increasingly are offering health insurance policies that reward or penalize employees for progress on personal health goals. It’s a trend that is e

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Mixed Bag On The 401(K) Front

Employees who invest in those fairly new “inplan guaranteed retirement income options” that some defined contribution plans now offer are contributing 38 percent more to their 401(k) than particip

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Summer Doldrums

Applications for individual life fell by 1.5 percent in July 2012, compared to July last year, according to the MIB Life Index, which tallies searches that MIB’s life member company underwriters

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Annuity Issue Across The Pond

While U.S. advisors are concerned with how to position annuities that have lower interest rate guarantees or less generous guaranteed living benefit provisions than in years past, their counter

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