What If The Insurance Industry Worked On Tips?

If the insurance industry worked on tips, would we be able to price products differently? Would we be able to change pay structures of agents to smooth out the lumpiness of their income? Would we be able to attract a wider group of individuals to the job?

The Future Of S&P Downgrades: FYI, CYA Or LOL?

I can’t resist this. In the last few days, S&P downgraded the pristine credit rating of two leading mutuals, two fraternals, one stock company and a country. What is next? Will planet Earth become a mere AA+, as well? I understand their position. They cannot look past the obvious facts about gross debt, unemployment and spending patterns of   …Continue Reading

Life Insurance Language: Is It Creating Irrelevance?

Many have suggested that the solution is to simplify the product or make it easier and less painful to buy. And of course these things would help. However there is an area of “white space,” an opportunity that nobody yet owns, that could potentially help even more. That opportunity is language.

Distribution Paradigm Shifting – Consumers Are Selling To Themselves? Huh?

Over the last several decades (yes, decades…), the insurance industry has been observing and lamenting over the decline of life insurance ownership in the U.S., and also the shrinking, aging and general economic malaise of the face-to-face distribution channel. Attempts at modernizing these channels have failed; attempts at growing them significantly have failed; and attempts at going direct have not even had much of a chance to fail or succeed.