Do You Ever Have Doubts?

One of my jobs at the Insurance Pro Shop is to help agents come up with the best recommendations for their clients. It’s an awesome responsibility. And one I don’t take lightly!

All of us in the financial industry have a huge responsibility. Every time we meet and talk with a client we are guiding and advising them on their financial lives. It is a huge burden to have on your back. We are dealing with people’s livelihood. If we don’t do our jobs correctly we can leave families devastated. On, the flip-side, when we do our jobs well, we give families hope, and a bright and secure financial future. Hopefully, you recognize this and truly care about the people you are meeting with. If not, I challenge you to rethink being in this industry.

If you do truly care about people, and are anything like me, there have been times when you have second-guessed yourself. Some questions and doubt might creep into your mind… Am I really doing what is best for my clients? Is that fixed rate annuity at x% good enough? Would they be better off investing in the market? And the questions go on and on! If these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, take pride in that. It means you care and are doing your best to put your clients in the best financial position possible.

It you are concerned about whether you are doing a disservice to your clients by recommending a fixed rate annuity at x% or having them put their money into cash value life insurance, then let’s look at the S&P 500, because it is the most common benchmark used to evaluate and compare investment returns.

In 1999 the S&P 500 ended at 1469.25. In 2016 the S&P ended with a historic high of 2,238.83. If you were to average the return over those 17 years, the actual average return is about 2.51%. (and that is ignoring annual fees!) So, if you had sold them a 3.0% fixed annuity they would have made more money.

Remember, by law we are required to remind our clients over and over again, “Past Performance Is Not An Indicator Of Future Results!” We have no idea what the future holds. No one does. We can only hope the market will do well, but we can’t be sure.

Also remember, for many people, this is the only money they have available to them for their retirement. Can they afford to lose any of it? If they lose money, what would that do to their retirement income? If their income goes down, will they need to start taking some of their investment principle? If they start taking their investment principle, could they eventually run out of money? Is it worth that risk?

If you want to make sure you are doing right by your clients, you need to have a real conversation with them. If you are doing a ‘1-size-fits-all’ approach, you may want to rethink what you are doing. Are you actually doing what’s best for your client? It is crucial to find out what their goals and priorities are.

I know one of the biggest issues I have seen recently when helping agents on their cases, is that the client’s original agent ignored or didn’t take the time to find out what the client actually needed or wanted… growth, liquidity, safety, guarantees, lifetime income, minimize income taxes, etc! Instead the agent put them into one of the hot new ‘income rider’ variable or index annuity products. While these products do guarantee an income, the income is based on them never needing or touching the investment principle. Is that providing what most people actually need and want?

This brings me to my final point, how can we know what’s best for them? Half of the time, our clients don’t even know what they really need or want. Many times, they don’t even know what kind of questions to ask you. There is slim to no training out there for the average family on their finances. Our country is sadly, very ignorant on their financial situations. So, if they don’t even know, how are we supposed to figure out what is best for them? Simple, ask questions! Get them thinking, and find their needs and ultimate desires.

There is much more to selling annuities than just offering ‘income riders!’ Do a proper fact-find; ask them all the different questions so you can find out their desires and tailor a plan to meet their exact needs and wants. The best part about doing this, you will close significantly more cases, and you won’t get replaced. Plus, people will refer you to everyone they know!

To find out more on how you can help your clients, the different approaches you can take, what questions to ask them, and how to truly be a hero to your clients, give us a call!

Toll-Free 877-297-4608 or Direct 770-443-2852

By Alex Villa, CTA
Insurance Pro Shop

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“I have been working with Jeremy Nason at the Insurance Pro Shop on Annuity & Life cases for the past couple years with great success. In a nutshell, I have found that my IMO’s have tunnel vision when it comes to case design. And to be blunt, most are not good at it. They tend to focus primarily on pushing product. Jeremy, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of an IMO and he uses both his creativity and case design experience to maximize the benefits for the client in a simple, easy to understand, illustration. He does a great job of comparing the client’s current plan to the “new proposed plan” that we developed in a collaborative manner. As a result, his process helps the client see clearly the major differences between what they’re currently doing and what they should be doing, if they want to live a safe, secure, comfortable retirement and meet their overall goals and objectives. I have found that when I use Jeremy’s system and his easy to understand two page illustrations, the majority of the time I end up making the sale.”
Andrew Maisch – NJ (10 years) March 2016

How To Sell More Cash Value Life Insurance!

Do you want to sell more cash value life insurance? Would you like to be selling 3-5 cash value policies every week? Then, you must first understand this: ‘Why Do So Many Agents Struggle With Selling Cash Value Life Insurance?’

Unfortunately, there are a lot of reasons why most agents struggle with selling cash value life insurance. Here are just a few of the reasons I’ve found when talking to agents. However, as we’ll discuss later in this article, there is one objection that almost every agent routinely gets from his or her prospects that stops them dead in their tracks.

They have fallen prey to the ‘Buy Term and Invest The Difference’ Myth!
There is so much negative publicity out there about cash value life insurance that most agents are afraid to even try to sell anything but term insurance. Mainly, it’s because they don’t know how to overcome the prospects confusion about the validity of cash value life insurance. And, yet there is a simple solution. The fact is that most good life insurance companies have illustration software that will compare their products to ‘Buy Term and Invest The Difference’ and it clearly shows that cash value life insurance is a much better buy. Do the comparisons for yourself and become a believer.

They don’t understand how cash value life insurance really works and how their prospects will truly benefit by owning it.
Most agents, who are trying to sell cash value life insurance, don’t really understand…

  • The incredible power of tax deferral.
  • How cash value life insurance can provide a tax-free income in retirement.
  • That because of the disability waiver of premiums and the death benefit, cash value life insurance is the only self-completing college funding and/or supplemental retirement savings plan!
  • That it’s creditor proof.
  • It doesn’t count as an asset when you apply for college financial aide.
  • By over funding a cash value life insurance policy, up to the MEC guidelines, it can become “investment grade life insurance.”

These are just a few of the outstanding benefits that make cash value life insurance a very unique savings vehicle and an exceptional buy!

The most amazing part of all this is that the majority of agents who are trying to sell cash value insurance don’t believe in it enough to own it themselves.
They have all the same objections that their prospects have to buying cash value life insurance. How can you sell something you don’t really believe in and own yourself? If you want to sell cash value life insurance, then do your homework. Learn everything you can about cash value life insurance. Become a believer…and then buy it yourself!

Overcoming The Most Common Objection
To Buying Cash Value Life Insurance!

While the above are a few of the major reasons why so many agents struggle with selling cash value life insurance, they are not the primary reason. Consider; what’s the most common objection a prospect gives you for not buying cash value life insurance? Isn’t it: “I can’t afford it!”

The problem is that most sales people just expect their prospects to somehow come up with the additional money needed to buy their product or service. However, if the prospect is like most people today, aren’t they just barely making it financially? Aren’t most people today just a paycheck away from financial disaster? So, in effect aren’t most salespeople asking their prospects to make a very difficult decision? ‘What do I have to sacrifice in order to purchase your product or service?’

If you want your prospects to buy your products or services, then you must help them to ‘Find the Money.’ Help people to reallocate their dollars, to get what they need, without them making huge sacrifices and/or changing their current lifestyle.

Where can you find the money, so that your prospects can afford to buy cash value life insurance?

  • How about raising the deductibles and waiting periods on their current insurance policies?
  • How about removing unnecessary and/or expensive riders or maybe canceling unneeded policies?
  • Can free up money by refinancing their home and lowering their monthly mortgage payments?
  • Can they take equity out of their home to eliminate credit card debt or an auto loan, to free up those payments?
  • Could they reallocate payments currently going into qualified retirement plans, college funding vehicles, etc.?

It all boils down to helping your prospects to set better financial priorities! Helping them get what’s most important to them!

Do you want to help people to ‘Find the Money’ to save more for their retirement, fund their children’s college education, pay off their home early, reduce or eliminate debt, while reducing their income taxes and protecting their family… using cash value life insurance?

Then isn’t it time for you to check out our Found Money Management Life Insurance Marketing, Prospecting, & Sales ‘Tool Kit’

Yours in success,
Jeremy Nason
“The 9 Out of 10 Guys”

Selling Mortgage Insurance …The Easy Way!

There are two basic approaches to selling Mortgage Insurance. If you want to sell mortgage insurance the easy way, then you must understand why the traditional approach to selling mortgage insurance isn’t working for 90% of the insurance agents today.

The first approach is the ‘Old Fashioned’ way most trainers, recruiters, and managers teach their agents. They want you to believe that selling mortgage insurance is just a numbers game. They’ll tell you that everyone who owns a home needs mortgage insurance. So, if you talk to enough people, and you have a competitively priced product, you’ll make the sales you need for a great living. Their approach is based on the principle of 10-3-1! If you call ten (10) qualified mortgage sales leads, you’ll set three (3) sales appointments, and you’ll close one (1) sale.

The problem with that ‘outdated’ logic is that if you want to earn a minimum of $50,000 per year you’ll need a minimum of thirty (30) qualified sales leads per week, to schedule nine (9) sales appointments, and close three (3) sales per week. And, that doesn’t allow for any canceled appointments, not-taken policies, declined applications, lapsed policies, etc. Read More