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The Living Benefits of Life Insurance

By Zach Hamilton | September 26, 2017

While the death benefit is the essential component of life insurance, there are many ways that permanent life insurance can be a valuable resource for you over the course of your life, while you are alive. We call these the “living benefits of life insurance,” and they can be significant.

The Miracle of Life Insurance

By Maury Stewart | September 19, 2017

Life insurance is an amazing invention. It truly is a miracle, and here’s why. Life insurance is the only financial instrument I know of where, with a few strokes of a pen and a few pennies per thousand dollars of death benefit, you can create an estate immediately.

GoFundMe Doesn’t Replace Planning – or Life Insurance

By William Stevens | September 12, 2017

The crowdfunding website GoFundMe says it has raised $4 billion for people in need, helping to build funds that go toward final expenses and raising money for surviving family members. While it’s great to see an outpouring of love and support for people in a time of need, I hope that people don’t come to see GoFundMe as a replacement for life insurance.

Reflections on the Death of a Friend, Age 45

By Michael Dunne | July 18, 2017

There are moments in life when we in the life insurance business personally witness the impact that a policy can have on individuals and their families. Unfortunately, there are also times when we see the impact on those who we didn’t reach.

Seven Heart Health Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

By Keith Bratz | February 7, 2017

I learned the hard way to take heart health personally. I’ve read all the literature and heard all the messages about heart health, just as you probably have, yet I never took heart health seriously until I had my own heart crisis. I’m blessed to be here to share my story, and I urge you not to ignore what I say today.

Relationships and Values: Four Generations of Navigating the Unknown

By Tod Lashway | January 17, 2017

Last year, about this time, my father passed away. It was not unexpected, but I lost one of the formative people in my life – tall, strong, a disciplinarian, but he had a big heart beneath all the bluster. My mother showed me how to treat others with respect and dignity, to be considerate of others’ perspectives and well-being. Together, they taught us family values and responsibility for each other. Relationships and values.

Why Danica Patrick Believes Everyone Needs Life Insurance

By Danica Patrick | September 13, 2016

Given that I drive race cars for a living, you can understand why I make sure I have life insurance. I know the risks of going 200 miles an hour around a track with concrete walls, which is why I’ve had life insurance since the very start of my career. But that’s not the only reason I own it.

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.

Why a Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney are a Must for Every Child Over 18

By Margaret Muldoon | May 31, 2016

The hard fact is that once a child turns 18, parents no longer have any parental rights. Legally, parents have no say over medical or financial decisions involving their newly adult child. Every child over the age of 18 should sign a Health Care Proxy and a Durable Power of Attorney.

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.