“Suggesting that Americans are unprepared for inevitable future emotional and financial turmoil falls into the cosmic understatement category. Only one in five have a will or any last directives. Just a little over half own any form of life insurance. We are lousy at saving, having an average of only $15,000 put aside. Yet we somehow continue to have faith that a leprechaun will appear at the end of life’s journey and provide financial sustenance for our marital partners, largesse and remembrance for our grandchildren, private rooms at five-star hospitals and beautiful Swedish nurses for our superior one-on-one care at home.
Fantasy is wonderful at a superhero movie. It has, however, always been a measure of your powers of persuasion that allows a small dose of reality to intrude and provide some attempt at planning ahead. Believing that your sales presentation succeeds based on your skills to illuminate financial risk suffers from the same hubris that allows consumers to boast that they bought insurance because they are simply wise and wholly committed to protect themselves and their loved ones. Forgive my skepticism!”
Click here to read more, originally published in the March 2019 edition of Broker World Magazine.