Last year was a strong year for life insurance application activity, which was up 4%, according to MIB Group, marking the largest increase since 2011. The pandemic highlighted the need for life insurance and many companies streamlined the application process, MIB Group said.
Financial advisors generally are not optimistic that the US economy will fully reopen in 2021, according to an InvestmentNews Research survey. The survey found that 44% of advisors expect a full reopening of the economy, and 28% see a full resumption of in-person work and business travel.
About 30% of Americans have withdrawn money from a retirement account since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, while almost the same percentage said they have taken a retirement plan loan, according to a survey from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and Personal Capital. Of those who withdrew money, roughly a third said they took out at least $75,000, while more than half of those taking out a loan tapped at least $50,000.
A report from S&P shows mergers and acquisitions involving insurance brokerages totaling 754 last year, which saw 10 more deals than 2019. Meanwhile, a MarshBerry report says brokerages' M&A transactions in the US totaled 676 in 2020, up from 648 in 2019, although almost no deals were completed in April or May.
While many people hope to retire in their 60s or even 50s, it may make sense to wait until age 70, Maurie Backman writes. Reasons include longer life expectancies, higher Social Security benefits and more time to save.
Goldman Sachs expects the 10-year Treasury yield to reach 1.5%, rather than 1.3%, by year-end, citing "revived reflationary themes." Policy under the Biden administration "should translate into a greater fiscal impulse than under our previous divided government baseline," Goldman strategists say.
President-elect Joe Biden says he will ask Congress to act swiftly to provide $1.9 trillion in immediate relief to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The package includes aid to states and cities, additional unemployment benefits, larger direct payments to Americans and a minimum wage increase.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that the central bank has no intention of tightening US monetary policy or paring back its bond-buying program any time soon. Powell said that now is "not the time" to think about ending central bank support for the economy given that inflation and employment are tracking below target.
Repeat business is extremely important for financial advisors, which is why they need to focus on serving existing clients, writes Bryce Sanders of Perceptive Business Solutions. Among Sanders' suggestions are having fair pricing, treating existing clients with respect and engaging on their terms.