Issues & Innovations

  • Empower Retirement lauds House approval of the SECURE Act of 2019
    Empower Retirement lauds House approval of the SECURE Act of 2019

    U.S. House of Representatives sends a strong message that retirement policy for working Americans is a top priority

    Today the U.S. House of Representatives sent a message with its approval of a bill that reforms retirement policy affecting working Americans. “It’s exciting that retirement policy has garnered bipartisan support from Reps. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, and Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the committee’s ranking member, who understand the importance of…
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  • Economic Burden Of Chronic Disease In The US To Remain Unparalleled
    Economic Burden Of Chronic Disease In The US To Remain Unparalleled

    Financial burdens ultimately borne by society as a whole, while individuals will be disproportionately impacted

    Aggregate annual costs of the leading chronic medical conditions – diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and cancer – in the US exceed $1 trillion dollars. These expenses primarily stem from hospital care, physician visits, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and home care. This considerable financial burden is ultimately borne by society as a whole, but…
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  • How the 2018 Tax Reform Bill Impacts Small Business
    How the 2018 Tax Reform Bill Impacts Small Business

    How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is impacting business and individuals where it counts... on the bottom line

    As a small business owner, you've likely always struggled to minimize your taxes and stay profitable. Now at last, there's some good news! When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act federal income tax bill took effect in 2018, it produced many changes that reduced and positively impacted small business taxes.
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  • AM Best: Foreign Investment in China’s Life Sector Set to Rise
    AM Best: Foreign Investment in China’s Life Sector Set to Rise

    China’s life insurance sector poses many opportunities for foreign capital

    In this episode of AM BestTV, James Chan, senior financial analyst, AM Best, said China's move to raise limits on foreign ownership of insurance companies will benefit the country's insurance industry and that China's life insurance sector is poised to see expanded foreign investment. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=china419 to view the entire program
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  • NAFA Issues Support for Bold, Bipartisan Retirement Legislation
    NAFA Issues Support for Bold, Bipartisan Retirement Legislation

    In response to the 'Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019'

    On Friday, Mar. 29, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House Ways & Means Committee introduced the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019.
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  • How Is ‘Market Concentration’ Affecting the US Economy?
    How Is ‘Market Concentration’ Affecting the US Economy?

    Barclays’ Impact Series provides deeper insights into the relationship between concentration and market power.

    Barclays today released a new Impact Series study, entitled Increased corporate concentration and the influence of market power, which analyzes whether decreased competition is threatening the US economy or whether competitive pressures remain sufficiently strong to benefit industries, investors and consumers.
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  • Social Responsibility is Good for Business… Here’s Why
    Social Responsibility is Good for Business… Here’s Why

    How small business owners can change the world

    by Catherine Hernandez-Blades,

    Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” As integral stewards of their communities, small-business owners, including many brokers and agents, know and understand their communities’ needs better than most.
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  • DOJ Move to Drop ACA Defense Ramps Up Pressure on Health Insurers
    DOJ Move to Drop ACA Defense Ramps Up Pressure on Health Insurers

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th circuit considers appeal of Texas judge's decision

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s move to give support to a court case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) puts pressure on the health insurance industry by increasing uncertainty around the law's major provisions, according to a new AM Best briefing.
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  • Fidelity Launches Charitable Giving Program for Plan Sponsors and Their Employees
    Fidelity Launches Charitable Giving Program for Plan Sponsors and Their Employees

    Innovative new program helps companies strengthen their benefits programs, while offering employees an easy way to support their charitable giving

    In response to the growing percentage of employees who want to work for a socially-responsible company, Fidelity Investments®, a broadly diversified financial services company with more than $7.3 trillion in client assets, announced the introduction of the Fidelity Workplace Giving program.
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  • Customers Are Ready For An Insurance Makeover…
    Customers Are Ready For An Insurance Makeover…

    Listening to your clients is more essential than ever to sustainable growth

    by Denise Garth

    Listening to the customer has never been more essential to sustainable growth than today. Today’s customers care about how they are served. They care about where they are served, when they are served, how they are served and who is serving them.
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  • How Are Consumers Faring In Their Financial & Physical Health
    How Are Consumers Faring In Their Financial & Physical Health

    Three key findings about consumer engagement find them focused, confident

    HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, N.A., released its annual HSA Bank Health & Wealth IndexSM for 2019 today, a report that explores how consumers are faring when it comes to their financial and physical health.
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  • New Lincoln Financial Group Research Reveals Need to Bridge the Gap Between Women’s Financial Planning Attitudes and Behaviors
    New Lincoln Financial Group Research Reveals Need to Bridge the Gap Between Women’s Financial Planning Attitudes and Behaviors

    Company to Host Live Twitter Chat on March 27, 2019 to Help Strengthen Women's Understanding of Personal Finance and Retirement Issues

    As Americans celebrate Women’s History Month, new research released today from Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) reveals that while women place high importance on planning for retirement and their family’s future, they are facing gaps that are keeping them from reaching the positive outcomes they seek.
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  • Are Insurance Innovation Programs in Good Shape? How Do They Know?
    Are Insurance Innovation Programs in Good Shape? How Do They Know?

    New Assessment Gives Insurers a 'Wellness' Check of Innovation Efforts

    ITL Advisory, the strategic consulting arm of Insurance Thought Leadership Inc., is offering insurance companies a new innovation assessment service, designed to evaluate whether their programs have critical elements for success—especially considering A.M. Best's plan to begin evaluating insurance company innovation efforts.
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