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Brian Engard
How Can Advisors Prove Their Value? These days, saying “The markets are volatile” feels simultaneously both incredibly obvious and like the world’s driest understatement. Volatility isn’t just something we’re experiencing right now, it’s defining how we live in a variety of ways both large and small. When volatility becomes an ingrained part of your daily...
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Are the Assumptions in Morningstar’s Report Valid? In a recent report, data and research firm Morningstar concluded annuities aren’t meaningfully useful to 95% of affluent investors. A report that casts doubt on the value of an entire class of insurance products will inevitably get a response, which is where finance writer Oisín Breen comes in....
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What are advisors really worried about? A recent ThinkAdvisor piece about the LIFE Act was framed as a debate between Robert Bloink (pro) and William H.  Byrnes (con), both professors and co-authors of reference book Tax Facts. For those unfamiliar, the core issue that advisors seem to be anxious about is the LIFE Act’s allowance...
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With Increased volatility In the market, It’s time to rethink the fundamentals Wealth Solutions Report published an article recently entitled, “Are You Playing Russian Roulette With Clients’ Retirement?” The article starts by laying out the current situation: equities are in flux, life expectancy is increasing, Social Security may not be reliable in the future, and...
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Can advisors afford to just be portfolio managers? RetireOne President Ed Mercier recently appeared with Mark Colaço of Dimensional Fund Advisors on Robert Huebscher’s Gaining Perspective Podcast to discuss the future of financial advice, and the role insurance might play in it. In the podcast, Ed and Mark talked about each company’s respective survey data,...
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Are advisors doing enough to allay client fears? RetireOne recently conducted a joint survey with Midland National Life Insurance to better understand the landscape of retirement planning. You can check out the executive summary, but one of the key takeaways is that clients are concerned about outliving their retirement savings (82%) due to a wide...
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Oisin Breen quoted RetireOne CEO and co-founder David Stone in an RIABiz article about Baltimore-based RIA firm Facet Wealth forging a formal vendor relationship with Policygenius.com. In Breen’s view the deal may have come at just the right time for the struggling digital insurance broker. Stone had this to say: “[It’s] a great move …...
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Can they become a $100B Industry? We sure think so! Michelle Richter, executive director of the Institutional Retirement Income Council, recently wrote a pair of articles for Advisor Perspectives on contingent deferred annuities entitled “Guaranteed Income for Life.” In the first article, “Can Contingent Deferred Annuities Become a $100B Industry?” Richter examines why Americans don’t...
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Teaching clients to embrace risk We like to think we make rational decisions based on the information available. But in truth, our brains use cognitive biases — psychologists call them “heuristics”— to make decisions more efficiently. And while we try to consider all the information available to us, we tend to employ the information we...
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We aim to provide advisors and their clients valuable retirement solutions that are simple to use, easy to understand, and delivered with outstanding service. As the advisory landscape changes, our fiduciary insurance platform evolves to meet those changing needs with top-notch service and innovative solutions. The latest additions to the RetireOne platform in the last...
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