Technology / Social Media

  • A Student Debt Snapshot
    A Student Debt Snapshot

    A staggering $1.3 trillion is held by new grads... and older grads as well

    The value of a college degree has never been higher – at least in financial terms. Over the past decade, the cost of a university education has risen three times faster than other school-related expenses. Most students finance at least some of that cost by taking out student loans, with the goal of having their…
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  • The Crypto-Currency Revolution Has Barely Begun
    The Crypto-Currency Revolution Has Barely Begun

    Minted millionaires, popped-bubbles and the future of currency

    Upset that you missed the boat on the bitcoin craze last year? Millionaires were minted overnight as bitcoin returned 1,700 percent in 2017, only to see prices crash by more than half since December.
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  • At MassMutual, Your Face Is Now Your Password
    At MassMutual, Your Face Is Now Your Password

    Apple® iPHONE® X users can now access company's RetireSmartSM mobile app through facial recognition

    It’s been said that the face is the mirror of the mind. For many people, it’s also now the key to gaining access to information about their retirement savings.
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  • Millennials Making Financial Progress, but Efforts Thwarted by Influence of Social Media
    Millennials Making Financial Progress, but Efforts Thwarted by Influence of Social Media

    Allianz Life Generations Ahead Study finds parents’ bad experiences also impact millennials’ financial behaviors

    Millennials are often labeled as being financially irresponsible, spending too much on frivolous things or experiences, but they are actually positioning themselves to be in better financial shape than other generations, according to the Generations Ahead Study* from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®).
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  • Fraud Alert: That Facebook Quiz Might Be a Scam
    Fraud Alert: That Facebook Quiz Might Be a Scam

    Quite often, 'innocent' online entertainment can be anything but

    A public service announcement from The Council of Better Business Bureaus.

    We’ve all been bored one time or another and turned to social media for something entertaining to do. In doing so we’ve all most likely come across an online quiz and thought, “why not?”
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  • Populating Your Client Base
    Populating Your Client Base

    A digital playbook for Insurers: Scouting consumer indicators

    by Denise Garth

    Football, in its infancy, had no plays. In the late 1870’s, the visiting team would travel to the home team, where both teams would agree upon the set of rules for that game. The home team would supply officials, causing occasional controversy, and the game would be off and running.
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  • This Year I Hope to [Insert Answer Here]
    This Year I Hope to [Insert Answer Here]

    For growing any kind of practice, hope is not a plan

    by Jeff Bush

    Imagine closing your eyes, throwing a dart at the Wall Street Journal to pick a stock you had to invest your entire savings in. You can't look at the price until the last day of the year; nervous?
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  • Baby Boomers Most Likely to Use an Online Source for Information on Life Insurance
    Baby Boomers Most Likely to Use an Online Source for Information on Life Insurance

    For younger buyers, It often comes down to a matter of trust

    Despite not growing up with the Internet, LIMRA research finds Baby Boomers are most likely to say they used at least one online information source when shopping for life insurance.
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  • Distracted Living
    Distracted Living

    Why are so many of us moving through life staring at our screens?

    by Mark Breading

    One important trend in society over the past decade is our increasing ability to create and consume a seemingly unlimited amount of digital content. Whether the content is for information, entertainment, or commerce, the result is that most people are staring at screens of various sizes and swiping, typing, pinching, voice-commanding, or interacting with the…
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  • What Do My Employees Need To Know About Cyber-Security?
    What Do My Employees Need To Know About Cyber-Security?

    Their ability to protect your data, or inadvertently let it walk out the door, is strong

    by Bryce Austin

    If you are not educating your employees on cybersecurity best practices, you are missing the biggest opportunity for improvement in your entire security profile. Your employees have business-need access to a lot of important data, and their ability to protect that data—or to inadvertently let it walk out the door of your organization—is strong.
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  • The More Things Change,  The More Things Change.
    The More Things Change, The More Things Change.

    Let's talk about your brand... and ubiquitous connectivity

    by Bruce Turkel

    Retail purchases used to be made in bricks and mortar stores. Today, more and more sales are made online.
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  • What’s In A New Year’s Resolution?
    What’s In A New Year’s Resolution?

    Ask a simple question... and you just might get inundated with a vast and varied collection of attitudes, opinions and commentaries

    by P.E.Kelley

    Just after the first of the year, I received an e-mail from Axel Merk, president and CIO of Merk Investments, a San Francisco advisory firm. In it he posed what appeared to be a simple and straight-forward question: 'What would make 2018 more productive for you?'
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  • Technology and Innovation Drive Predictions in 2018
    Technology and Innovation Drive Predictions in 2018

    Emergence of contract work changing the workplace landscape

    LIMRA experts have put together their 10 predictions for 2018, ranging from sales forecasts to the impact of technology and the digital market. Overall, LIMRA anticipates a year of continued evolution for the financial services industry with new products and solutions, as well as shifts in the market and consumer behavior.
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