New book by Forums member explores what separates top-producing agents

Veteran Insurance Forums member and Final Expense expert David Duford releases a book detailing traits that separate top producers from the pack, culled from interviews with 14 highly successful agents and agency owners.

Haven Life acquires online insurance broker Quilt

MassMutual-owned Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC and Quilt, Inc. will work together to bring “innovative annuity products” to the marketplace. As a result of the deal, Quilt will no longer sell or manage renters or term life insurance.

Total premiums across all lines increase 5.4% in 2017, NAIC report finds

National Association of Insurance Commissioners releases Volume 2 of its 2017 Insurance Department Resources Report, containing key statistics on premiums by state, by line of business and budget information.

New IARFC consumer page provides listings of member-created radio programs, podcasts

The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) has developed a new consumer page on its website highlighting radio programs and podcasts produced by members.

Almost three-quarters of defined contribution advisors offer financial wellness

Nearly 3 in 4 (73%) of advisors report that they specifically offer financial wellness support in their defined contribution (DC) plans, according to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute data released Aug. 7.

Half of retirement savers are ‘chasers’ behind on savings goals

Anxious savers want to catch up, but worry they may be too late according to new “Chasing Retirement” study from Allianz Life.

Direct mail triggers more consumers to recognize they need life insurance

Yet more people end up buying a policy working with a financial professional, according to new study examining the four stages of the life purchase process.

Interesting industry facts and figures from new NAIC report

Report contains key statistics on state insurance department resources and regulatory activities, number of licensed producers by state, number of domestic carriers and much more.

Trust is centerpiece of superior advisor experience, Northwestern Mutual study finds

Newly released findings underscore the overall value of working with an advisor, and lists attributes that distinguish a remarkable advisor experience such (like having the client’s best interests at heart).

Unique baby gift: Contribute toward life insurance for new parents

Prudential and Babylist introduce the first life insurance policy new parents can add to registry; Prudential sites it as an example of how carrier is engaging customers in new and unexpected ways.