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Keeping Up with the Gen X, Y and Zers

Keeping Up with the Gen X, Y and Zers

Digital disruption has occurred at every level of our society. In some areas, the disruption has resulted in innovation and successful adoption of new business models while, in other areas, the result has been a disconnect between the companies and individuals providing products and services and the consumers who want, need and are willing to pay for them. The effects of disruption are especially prevalent in the financial services arena.
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The Advisor Dilemma

The Advisor Dilemma

Disruptive innovation is happening all around us. And with the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, the future for us humans can start to look as dystopian as some of the darker science fiction movies (think “Blade Runner” and “Terminator”). But there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Humans want and need to interact with other humans and that includes human advisors. They just don’t seem to realize the true value because they have a misunderstanding of what a financial advisor does. And, thanks to the Internet and other digital technologies, many consumers think they can do it themselves.
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Customer-Centric Is a Mindset

Customer-Centric Is a Mindset

Giving customers online and mobile access does not automatically make a company customer-centric. Those are distribution channels. And they seem to be the migration that many life insurance companies have taken. Moving from captive distribution to independent distribution to the newest strategy of direct to consumer is still distribution-focused.
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Transforming the Life Insurance Experience

Transforming the Life Insurance Experience

Innovation and advances in digital technology are happening all around us. And while much of the innovation in the life insurance industry thus far has taken place on the back-end, i.e., improved processing and information gathering, the front end of life insurance still looks very much the same as it always has. Unfortunately, the consumer market has dramatically changed. We are now looking at Millennials being the largest population group, finally surpassing Baby Boomers in 2016 according to a Pew Research Center Study. Why is this critical for the life insurance industry?
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The Changing Dynamics in Life Insurance

The Changing Dynamics in Life Insurance

Life insurance is still an extremely valuable and viable safety net for protecting a financial future. But consumers and the marketplace have changed. And the surest way to kill life insurance is to stick to the status quo. As the leading edge of the millennial population group ages, they are getting married, buying homes and having children – the typical top triggers for life insurance shopping. As a result, there has been an increase in life insurance sales in this market segment – up 48% since 2010 according to LIMRA’s 2016 Household Trends in Life Insurance Ownership Study.
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