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What to Expect When Working with a Financial Adviser

By Michael Hartman, RICP® | May 9, 2017

I recently led a Lunch and Learn session for the associates at Penn Mutual’s home office on what to expect when working with a financial adviser. The session was very popular, which shows that people everywhere – even those who work at a life insurance company – have similar questions and concerns about working with an adviser.

Putting the Power of Storytelling Behind the Power of Life Insurance

By Jeffrey Fleischman | March 21, 2017

The life insurance industry has not done a very good job at telling its story effectively. Although people recognize the importance of having life insurance, few fully understand what it can do for them, or even how much they need. One way to close this gap is to use storytelling through the experience of advisers and clients.

Why Buy Life Insurance After Age 65?

By Raymond Caucci | February 1, 2017

While life insurance is sometimes seen as something only young people need – when someone has a young family, a mortgage, and an income to protect – people over age 65 are increasingly looking to buy life insurance. Here’s why that makes sense.

People Think Life Insurance Makes a Great Gift. Really.

By Stacey Fabricant | December 20, 2016

Give the gift of life insurance. We were more than a little surprised about the results of our latest national survey of 1,600 people, asking them what made a great holiday gift. It turns out that people think the gift of life insurance is a wonderful idea!

Is Your Employer-Provided Life Insurance Enough?

By Raymond Caucci | December 6, 2016

The group life insurance provided by your employer is certainly an attractive option. You get it for free (or for just the income tax on the economic benefit of coverage over $50,000), and there are no medical evaluations. But is this insurance really enough? There are five reasons that employer-sponsored group insurance may not be enough.

We Must Explain Life Insurance in Simpler Terms

By Jeffrey Fleischman | October 11, 2016

40 percent of individual Americans do not own life insurance. And, it’s no wonder – people really don’t understand what life insurance is and what it can do for them. As an industry, our products can be complicated, and the language we use doesn’t help.

What to Expect Financially When You’re Expecting

By Paul and Susana Tompkin | August 9, 2016

Having a baby is a big step, both emotionally and financially. A lot has been written about the everyday aspects of having a baby, but we thought it might be good to talk about the financial side of becoming a parent.

Saving for Retirement: Myth vs Reality

By Lisa Powell | July 20, 2016

Research tells us that 53 percent of households are “at risk” of not maintaining their living standards in retirement. While much of that is simply because people are not saving enough, even those who think they are doing a good job planning for their future may have made some mistakes due to some big myths surrounding retirement saving.

Effective Planning with Life Insurance – Avoid These Common Tax Traps

By Eva Victor | July 12, 2016

Life insurance is a unique financial product that may provide needed liquidity during lifetime and upon death of the insured. The importance of life insurance is reflected in its favorable tax treatment. However, tax traps can frequently arise in structuring a policy and in common planning contexts.

4 Great Ideas for Using Life Insurance in Retirement Planning

By Brian Eckenrode | April 12, 2016

As clients approach retirement, their focus usually turns to generating income, adjusting portfolio risk, and avoiding asset spend-down. They may not consider life insurance a top-of-mind planning need at this time, but it should be. Life insurance is a multi-faceted product that can help enhance the quality of retirement in diverse ways.