General

Are insureds entitled to interest on delayed claims?

Almost all states have statues dealing with this issue.  In each state, the requirement is for the company to pay claims promptly (within 30 days) once their liability is clear.  Interest rates vary from state to state.  A common issue found in market conduct examination by the state regulators is lack of notice of the …

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DOL Fiduciary Rule Update on Rollovers Postponed to January 31, 2020

Under the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new policies, all producers (agents) that rollover funds from a  Individual Retirement Account (IRA), Pension or other similar plans to an IRA annuity or other Defined Contribution/Benefit plans must meet the 5-part test under the Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE).  Those requirements can be found in PTE84-24 put out by …

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Business Entity License being suspended

If the Designated Responsible Licensed Producer (DRLP) fails to renew their producer’s license, the insurance regulators will suspend the Business Entity License.  Insurers can not pay commissions to  suspected Business Entity.  In order to protect against that happening make certain the DRLP renews their license early.  The other solution is to have 2nd DRLP for …

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Changes in Required Minimum Distributions to Age 72

The SECURE Act signed into law by President Trump made a major change in Required Minimum Distributions(RMD). Those individuals with the Traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) who turned 70 1/2 in 2020, can delay their first RMD until April 1 of the year that  they reach age 72. Those individuals with the Traditional IRA who …

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Someone with a Personal Lines can sell what?

This type of line means the individual can sell only personal homeowners, renters, boat insurance, motor cycle, recreational vehicles and auto policies. The individual cannot sell or insure farm, commercial or business policies. To be able to sell farm, commercial or business policies the individual must acquire their Property/ Casualty license. An example:  Joe wants …

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Does the State of Illinois offer a finance plan for renewal license fee?

No the State of Illinois does not offer a payment or financial plan. For example: If the individual in question had their license expired a year ago in September, the individual failed to complete the C.E. requirements, did not have the money to pay the license renewal amount and  therefore failed to renew license they …

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What is the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)?

President Clinton signed into law the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act(GLBA) (P.L. 106-102) on November 12, 1999. GLBA requires state insurance regulators to issue rules protecting the privacy of insurance consumers’ personal information.  These rules require insurance companies, producers, and other entities engaged insurance activities to protect the customer’s financial and health information. It requires insurers to: Notify consumers of their privacy policies; …

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