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Introducing Annuity University: Exclusive Training Platform for Advisors of Every Level

Annuity University is a convenient, on-demand training platform for every insurance and retirement planning professional to sharpen their knowledge, to sell more and to help clients more.  Offered exclusively from Senior Market Sales.

What's the Secret to Finding the Best IMO? These Successful Agents Say Top-Tier Service You Can Trust

Independent insurance and financial planning professionals often don’t know what they’re missing in an insurance marketing organization (IMO) or that they’re working with a subpar one until it’s too late. Hear what three successful advisors say makes Senior Market Sales an exceptional IMO. 

20 Places for Insurance Agents to Find New Business

Agents who wish to keep their sales funnel operating at optimal efficiency need to stop prospecting on the fly, and adopt a system of focused intentionality. This article discusses a webinar resource designed to help agents capitalize on 20 places to find new business and drives sales.

The Growing Importance of Technology to Your Business

Have you struggled to adapt your business amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of subpar technology or your own technophobia? The necessity of technology to advisors during the pandemic has highlighted its many benefits and possibly cemented its role in how the industry will operate moving forward. 

What Annuity Agents Need to Know About the New Best Interest Standard

Senior Market Sales® (SMS) is committed to ensuring suitable sales practices when recommending annuity products to consumers and to supporting the fair and equitable treatment of our insurance customers. To that end, SMS has compiled this executive summary of recent revisions and actions to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation (Model #275). These revisions encompass new producer training requirements, updated carrier forms and revised recordkeeping necessities.

Want a Lead-to-Appointment Conversion of 60 to 70%? Here Are 4 Secrets to Virtual Workshop Success

Eight months into the pandemic, the majority of White Glove educational workshops are conducted virtually – and with many advisors reporting the same or greater success as in-person events. This industry leader and Senior Market Sales partner shares four secrets to virtual workshop success.

Senior Market Sales Service Update

Senior Market Sales® (SMS) wants to assure all of our producers and carrier partners that although we may be operating differently, we are committed to the same service standards to which you have been accustomed.

Annuity e-App

FireLight’s e-App process, engineered with SMS agents in mind, is designed to simplify your work and save you valuable time. With this tool, you’ll avoid the hassles and cost of doing business with paper applications. It’s easy to use and gives you one place to submit all your annuity business, thus eliminating the need to navigate different carrier websites.

The SECURE Act: Are You Ready?

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, known as the SECURE Act. This bipartisan bill represents the most sweeping retirement reforms in over a decade and has a variety of provisions that will have an immediate and profound impact on both employer plans and individuals. Many of these changes will take effect on January 1, 2020, and will likely have a wide reaching impact on savers and retirees alike.

Helping Your Clients Through Volatility

Market volatility provides an opportunity for insurance and financial planning professionals to show their value to clients. Senior Market Sales can help you educate clients about market risk and offer solutions to lock in their gains — before the downturn.

Be Like Bill: Use e-App for your Applications

Tired of long and complicated forms when writing your annuity, life insurance or long-term care business? Want to easily capture client signatures? Want your business to run more smoothly and so you get paid sooner? There's a solution — use e-App for your applications. Bill does, and his business is better. Watch this new video and see just how much happier e-App makes his life.

Renowned Economist Roger Ibbotson Shares Insights in Exclusive SMS Interview

In an exclusive interview with Senior Market Sales® (SMS), renowned economist Roger Ibbotson shared groundbreaking insights that are challenging the traditional ways retirement planning professionals mitigate certain retirement risks.

Financial Advisors, Here's How to Turn Affluent Prospects Into Clients

Helping clients enroll in Medicare and review plans annually can be an easy way for financial advisors to reach prospects and lay the foundation for lifetime clients, and a recent survey indicates the opportunity is especially ripe with affluent Americans. 

 

Marketing Hours Extended to Provide More Service

The SMS Medicare Solutions and Financial Solutions teams have extended their hours to better serve agents and advisors. 

When Your Clients Ask, 'Can I Afford to Retire?'

You can help clients answer one of their biggest questions: “Can I afford to retire?” Senior Market Sales® has a new tool that makes it easy for any type of retirement planning professional to help clients answer that question. Income ArchiTECH™ shows the impact of longevity risk on their retirement plans. With just a few clicks, it can show the impact of market fluctuation and help you develop strategies and solutions to manage it.