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Why We Do What We Do

Prior to rejoining Zenith Marketing Group on May 1st, I was employed by a very focused organization, catering to a specific market niche with the ultimate goal of selling cash value life insurance.  So, for the past 18 months, I was isolated from “brokerage”. I don’t use social media tools like Twitter or Facebook because […]

Connecting With Your Female Clients

Not sure how to talk to women about finances…just start! The questions you are asking your male clients can be easily translated to any conversation you are having with women. Simple right? However, the reality is that in our male-dominated industry there is a disconnect on how to communicate effectively with female clients. The foundation […]

How Life Insurance Can Ripple Through Time: True Stories for Awareness Month

Have you ever thought about how the life insurance you sell today can ripple through time?  Consider the effect that a death benefit can have not only on the immediate hardships faced after the death of a loved one, but on the future generations that come from those that benefited from an in force policy […]

Uncover Planning Gaps with Beneficiary Reviews

When most people hear the words beneficiary review, the obvious thoughts run through their minds: Did I remember to add my youngest child as beneficiary to my insurance policy? I just got divorced and need to remove my spouse as beneficiary. I need to add my new grandchild as a contingent beneficiary. Of course there […]

Message from the CEO: The DOL is Asking the Right Questions of Itself

After the furious amount of writing about the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule over the last several months, we recently found ourselves in a lull period following the temporarily revised rule and implementation date of June 10, 2017. The current and provisional status of the Best Interest Contract Exemption (BICE) and Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 […]

Message from the CEO: The DOL Will NOT Extend the Fiduciary Rule Delay

In a Wall Street Journal OpEd released last night, Labor Department Secretary Alexander Acosta addressed the controversial DOL Fiduciary Rule to be applied to the placement of Qualified funds by stating, “We have carefully considered the record in this case, and the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act, and have found no principled legal basis […]

Message from the CEO: DOL Fiduciary Rule Final Extension – Maybe

On April 7th of 2017, just seven days after the new Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) Alexander Acosta was confirmed, the department responded to President Trump’s executive memorandum to conduct a detailed analysis of the department’s Fiduciary Rule. The response resulted in the delaying of the applicability date from the previously scheduled April […]

Message from the CEO: A DOL Update for our Partners

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a proposal from the Department of Labor (DOL) for a 60 day extension on the applicability date of the DOL Fiduciary Rule. As you know, the currently scheduled effective date is April 10, 2017. As a result of the proposal, we are now in the […]

Message from the CEO: The Latest on the DOL Fiduciary Rule

As we crawl ever closer to the effective date of the DOL Fiduciary Rule in April, I think we’re due for an update on the latest news as it relates to the rule. As you may well know, the DOL Fiduciary Rule applies to all qualified funds which include qualified plans, IRAs, and other types of […]

A Europe of Many Cultures or a European Culture?

Last Thursday saw a historic vote abroad: the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the 28 country European Union (EU). In effect, the British just had their “Tea Party” event. A few days before the vote, I wrote about the possibility of this happening. Although there was certainly passion on both sides – the ‘stay’ […]