Securely Insured

 

Table of Contents

 

 

Chapter 1:  Seeking Security

     Insurance is Part of Life’s Planning

          Liquid and non-liquid assets

     Personal Assets / Life Stages

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Chapter 2:  Insurance and Risk

          Risk Takers (Survey)

     Determining Financial Status (Net Worth)

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     Insurance and Financial Goals

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     Insurance Objectives

20

     Estimating Requirements

22

     Charting Strategies

24

     Insurance Risk and the Unexpected

25

 

 

Chapter 3:  Determining Suitable Products

     Reaching Goals Logically / Asset Allocation

     Annuity Asset Allocation

     Inaction: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

     Everyone’s Problem

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     The Self-Taught Investor / Making Decisions

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     The Relationship of Risk to Return

35

     Types of Risk / Inflation: the Silent Reducer

37

     Deflation / Business Risk

38

     Interest Rate Risk / Market Risk / Illiquidity Risk

39

     Minimizing Risk

40

     The Beginner

41

     Personal Assets versus Investment Assets / Assessing Emergency Cash Funds

42

     Cash Value Life Insurance Contracts are Assets / Diversification / Hard Assets

43

     The Role Insurance Plays in Investing

44

          Laddering Annuities

45

 

 

Chapter 4:  Annuity Suitability Requirements: NAIC Requirement

     Investment Vehicles

     The Test of Time

     Finding the Right Products

     Using Annuities Effectively / Investment Safety / Funding Retirement

     Structured Settlements / Beneficiary Designated Money / Probate Avoidance

     Old Money; New Money / Annuity Participants / Types of Annuities

     Judging How Long the Annuity Income Must Last

     Data from the National Vital Statistics System on Mortality

     Categorizing Annuities

     Benefit Payment: Immediate Annuities / Deferred Annuities / Split Annuities

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     Payment Methods: Single Premium Annuities / Flexible Premium Annuities

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     Annuity Type Based on Policyowner Risk / Variable Annuities

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     Fixed Annuities / Declared Rate Fixed Annuities

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     Indexed Fixed Annuities / Two-Tiered Annuities

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     Fixed Rate Annuities

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     Equity Indexed Annuities

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     Variable Annuities

69

          Annual Expenses / Funding Variable Annuities

70

     Variable Annuity Death Benefit / Contract Provisions Affect Consumers

71

     Annuity Surrender Values and Penalties

72

     Guaranteed Rates of Return

74

          Important EIA Fact

76

     Index Crediting

77

     Participation Rates

78

     Averaging

79

     Caps / Spreads, Margins and Administrative Fees / Returns

80

     Indexing Formulas

82

     Annual Reset Indexing Method / High Water Mark Indexing Method

83

     Point-to-Point Indexing Method

84

     Multiple EIAs with Diversified Indexing Methods / Withdrawing Annuity Funds

85

     Payout Options

86

          Nonhuman Payees Under a Settlement Option / Lifetime Income Payout Option

87

          Life Annuity, Period Certain Payout Option

88

          Joint-and-Last-Survivor Payout Option / Required Distribution / Taxation

89

          Qualified and Non-Qualified Annuity Annuitization

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          ERISA and Tax-Favored Retirement Plans / Using Annuities in Tax-Favored Plans

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          IRS Requirements for Annuity Funding

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     Financially Sound Insurers

93

     State Guaranty Associations / State Mandated Annuity Suitability Standards

95

          Determining Suitability

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          Sales Practices / Product Replacement / Deceptive Sales Practices Forbidden / Full Disclosure

98

          Product Knowledge / Identifying Suitability Issues

99

     It is Not a Liquidity Issue, But Rather a Suitability Issue

100

     A Comprehensive Financial Plan

101

          Laddering

102

     Tax-Deferred Status

105

     Tax-Deferral Exception / Exchanges / Annuity gifts

107

     Other Tax Issues / Annuities are (Sometimes) Protected Assets

108

     Probate

109

     Sometimes an Annuity is a Bad Idea / Considering Applicant Age / Surrender Penalties

110

     Grasping Fundamental Aspects of the Product

111

          Basic Information Requirements

112

     Terminology for Equity Indexed Annuity Products

113

     General Contract Provisions / Entire Contract

116

          Changes & Waivers / Misstatements / Required Reporting

117

          State Law / Claims of Creditors / Other Contract Items

118

     Additional Payments / In Conclusion

119

 

 

Chapter 5:  Identity Theft Insurance

     Identity Theft Defined

          What Thieves Look For (list)

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          Mortgage Fraud

126

     Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act

127

          Factors for Consideration

128

          Technical Amendments to Title 18, United States Code

129

     Insurance Identity Theft

129

     When Insurance Theft Occurs / Insurance Statistics

130

     Sample Identity Theft Policy

131

          Definitions of ‘Covered Accounts’ and ‘Red Flag’

139

     Debt Affects Premium Rates

141

          Changing the Spending Pattern

142

     When 20% is Not Really 20% (credit card interest rates)

147

 

 

Chapter 6:  Safety Through Insurance

     The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

     The Affordable Care Act Today

     Changes in the Law Affect Health Care

     Adverse Selection

       Dealing with the Results

     H.R.1 (115) Tax Reform Law

     Other Affordable Care Act Changes

     Small Businesses & Self-Employed

     Work Requirements Requested by Some States

     Five Modifications to the ACA

   Long Term Care

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     Defining Policy Benefits

161

        Daily Benefit, Waiting Period

161

        Maximum Benefit Period, Type of Facility, Indemnity Policies

162

        Homebound, Prior Hospitalization

163

        Gatekeepers, Inflation Protection, Preexisting Conditions

164

        Level Premium, Waiver of Premium

165

     Care Levels

165

     What Benefit Levels Should Be Recommended?

166

        Price of LTC may vary

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Chapter 7:  Life Insurance

     What Is A Life Insurance Policy?

          Life Insurance Needs: worksheet

     Planning For The Future Through Estate Creation

     Life Insurance Trusts

     Life Insurance for Estate Planning

     Types of Life Insurance / Term Insurance

          Whole Life Insurance

          Endowment Insurance Policies / Universal Life Insurance Policies

          Variable Life Insurance Policies

          Survivorship Life Insurance / Single Premium Whole Life Policies

     Annuities

     Qualified Longevity Annuity Contracts (QLAC)

     Annuity Advantages

     Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA)

    

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Chapter 8:  Protecting Assets Through Insurance

     Bodily Injury Liability

     Property Damage Liability / Medical Payments Coverage

     Uninsured Motorists / Collision

     Comprehensive Physical Damage / No-Fault Laws

     To Tell Or Not To Tell / Insuring Our Greatest Investment: Home Sweet Home

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          Form 1 / Form 2

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          Form 3 / Form 4 / Form 5 / Form 6

201

     Earthquake Coverage

202

          Fracking-Induced Earthquakes

203

          Fracking Terminology

204

     Flooding / General Homeowner Coverage

209

          Floaters / Umbrella Policies

210

 

 

Chapter 9:  NFIP Flood Insurance

     NFIP Training for Agents

     The National Flood Insurance Program

     Now Under the Department of Homeland Security

     Community Participation

     Emergency Program

     Regular Program / Community Rating System

     Building Eligibility / Coastal Barrier Resources System & Other Protected Areas

     Defining Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) / 100-Year Floods

     Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)

     Base Flood Elevation (BFE) / Zone Determination

     Types of Buildings for Flood Insurance

          Dwelling Form / General Property Form / Residential Condominium Building Assoc.

     Preferred Risk Policy

     Loss Avoidance Measures / Debris Removal

     Improvements and Betterments / Deductibles / Property Value Determination for Coverage

          Actual Cash Value / Replacement Cost Value

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     Co-Insurance Penalty in RCBAP / Filing Claims

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     Appeals Process / Reduction and Reformation of Coverage / Policy Waiting Period

228

     Policy Term / Cancellations

229

     No Policy Covers Everything

230

     Single Peril Policy / Mudslides versus Mudflows

231

     Covered Property / Basements / Appurtenant Structures / Increased Cost of Compliance

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     Write Your Own (WYO) Program / The Biggert-Waters Flood Ins. Reform Act

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     Title II Flood Insurance / Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act

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     Availability of Insurance for Multi-Family Properties

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     Reform of Premium Rate Structure / Program Expiration

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     Availability of Insurance for Multi-Family Properties / Reform of Premium Rate Structure

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     Estimates of Premium Rates

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     Increase in Annual Limitation on Premium Increases / Premium Payment Flexibility

238

     Premium Adjustment / Enforcement / Escrow of Flood Insurance Payments

238

     Limitation / Minimum Deductibles for Claims under the NFIP

239

     Considerations in Determining Chargeable Premium Rates

239

     Reserve Fund, Maintenance of the Reserve Ratio / Repayment Plan Required for Flood Debt

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     Payment of Condominium Claims / Technical Mapping Advisory Council

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     National Flood Mapping Program

243

     Communication and Outreach / Community Remapping Requests

244

     Scope of Appeals / Scientific Resolution Panel

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     Removal of Limitation on State Contributions for Updating Flood Maps / Coordination

246

     Interagency Coordination Study

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     Notice of Flood Insurance Availability under RESPA

247

     Participation in State Disaster Claims Mediation Programs

247

     Oversight and Expense Reimbursements of Insurance Companies / Mitigation

248

     Flood Protection Structure Accreditation Task Force / Flood in Progress Determinations

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     Clarification of Residential and Commercial Coverage Limits / Local Data Requirement

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     Eligibility for Flood Insurance for those who made Adequate Progress on Reconstruction

250

     Studies and Reports / Report on Improving the NFIP

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     Report of the Administrator on Activities under the NFIP / GAO Study on Pre-FIRM Structures

252

     GAO Review of FEMA Contractors

253

     National Academy of Sciences Study & Report on Graduated Risk / Contents of Study

254

     Reinsurance / FEMA and GAO Reports on Privatization / Private Risk-Management Initiatives

255

     Reinsurance Assessment / Private Market Pricing Assessment

255

     GOA Study on Business Interruption & Additional Living Expenses Coverage

256

     Policy Disclosures / Report on Inclusion of Building Codes in Floodplain Management Criteria

257

     Study of Participation and Affordability for Certain Policyholders

258

     Study and Report Concerning the Participation of Indian Tribes and Members in NFIP

258

     Use of Private Insurance to Satisfy Mandatory Purchase Requirement

259

     Levees Constructed on Certain Properties

259

     Insurance Coverage for Private Properties Affected by Flooding from Federal Lands

260

     Treatment of Swimming Pool Enclosures Outside of Hurricane Season

260

     CDBG Eligibility for Flood Insurance Outreach Activities & Community Building Code Grants

261

     Termination of Force-Placed Insurance

261

     FEMA Authority on Transfer of Policies / Reimbursement of Certain Expenses

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     FIO Study on Risks, Hazards, and Insurance

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     Flood Protection Improvements Constructed on Certain Properties

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     No Cause of Action / Alternative Loss Allocation

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     Assessing and Modeling Named Storms Over Coastal States

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     Other Legislation

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     Contact Information

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Chapter 10:  Employer Sponsored Insurance Benefits

     Funeral Benefits / Dental Insurance

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     Disability Income Benefits / Life Insurance

269

     Medical Insurance

270

     Characteristics of Group Insurance

271

     Group Plan Incentives

273

     History of Group Health Insurance

275

     Self-Insured Plans

277

     Specific Eligible Groups

278

     Types of Medical Plans

280

     Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO)

282

     Model Group Life Insurance

284

     Group Contract Termination

290

     Pension Plans

291

     The Insurance Consultant

295

     Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

296

     After Retirement

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     Income and Longevity Concerns

299

 

 

Chapter 11:  Unfair Trade Practices

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     Purpose / Legislative History

302

     Insurance Activities Other than Sales

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     Financial Activities Other than Insurance / Nondiscrimination

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     Limitation / Definitions

307

     United States v Southeastern Underwriters Association

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     Developing Legislation

309

     Gramm-Leach Bliley Act: Key Points

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     Is It Still Relevant?

313

     Section 5. Favored Agent or Insurer, Coercion of Debtor

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     Section 7. Defined and Undefined Practices

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     Section 8. Cease-and-Desist and Penalty Orders

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     Section 9. Judicial Review of Orders

329

     Section 11. Penalty for Violation of Cease-and-Desist Orders

329

     Section 12. Regulations

329

     Defining Unfair Trade Practices

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     Unfair Discrimination

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         Section 4: G. Unfair Discrimination

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     Insurers classify risk based on the country / ‘A’ Countries / ‘B’ Countries

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          ‘C’ Countries / ‘D’ Countries

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     Rebates

338

          Not everything is considered a rebate

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     Prohibited Group Enrollments / Failure to Maintain Marketing and Performance Records

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     Failure to Maintain Complaint Handling Procedures

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     Misrepresentation on Insurance Applications / Unfair Financial Planning Practices

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     Failure to File or Certify LTC Sales / Failure to Provide Claims History

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     Favored Agent or Insurer

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Chapter 12:  Insurance Ethics

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     Ethics Defined / Ethic Subject Matter for Continuing Education

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     Meeting Education Requirements in a Timely Manner

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     The Doctrine of Utmost Good Faith / Breach of Utmost Good Faith / Duty of Disclosure

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     Representations and Warranty / Representations / Warranty

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     Principle of Waiver and Estoppel / Guaranty Associations

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     Knowledge of the Product

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     Ethics from an Agent’s Standpoint: Introducing Harry Bobs

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     It is a Matter of Perspective

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     Temptation / Lack of Understanding / Optimism

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     Establishing Ethical Goals

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     Why Be Ethical?

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     Following the Laws / Ethics in the Workplace

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     The Same by Any Name (Values and Morality)

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     Putting the Past into the Future

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     Personal Values

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     Companies Set Guidelines

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     Promoting Ethical Behavior

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     Is It Possible to Teach Ethical Behavior to Others?

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     What Is the Scope of Ethics?

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     What Does it Take to be a Moral Person?

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     What Quality of Work do you Want to Perform?

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     What Do I Want my Legacy to be?

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     Leaders of the Pack

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          Example #1 / Example #2

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     What are our responsibilities to other moral persons?

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     Objectivist Ethics

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     Holding on to our Ethical Code

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     Looking the Part

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     Courtesy / Mores

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     Mores are established patterns of action to which an individual is expected to conform.

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     Education

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     Getting Education in a Timely Manner

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     Product Knowledge

396

     Laying Out Policy Benefits and Limitations

397

          Minimizing misunderstandings

398

     Policy Replacement

399

     Why Agents Replace Their Own Business

400

     When Agents Allow Misconceptions

401

     When the Client Thinks the Premiums are Too High / Obtaining Proper Application Signatures

402

     Keeping in Touch after the Sale / Selling “Fast Buck” Items

403

     Commingling Funds

404

     The Professional / Preparing for Tomorrow

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     Financial Management

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     Due Diligence

407

     If It’s Legal . . .

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     End of Course

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