As a Life Advisor, one of the most important things you will do is pick the MGA or MGAs that you work with. Designed as the intermediator between the carrier and the Advisor, MGAs act as a necessary bridge between both parties. Working with MGA(s) can be beneficial to your business by providing services to aid with sales support, administration and training. The services provided by MGAs will vary from one to the next, but they often customize their services to an advisors’ needs.
As APEXA continues to gear up for our system launch, by now you’ve likely learned about the APEXA system and how we’ll be changing an industry. APEXA is a web-based portal for advisors, MGAs and Carriers, and is the trusted solution for the Canadian life insurance industry, to elevate and standardize the processes of contracting, screening, monitoring, and Advisor compliance.
Earlier this week I took part in APEXA’s official training days whereby the business leads, and soon to be expert users of APEXA, got to use the system, familiarize themselves with all its capabilities, and practice what it would be like to officially onboard advisors once the system is launched and fully up and running.
While I was logged in to APEXA (or simply connected), it got me thinking about the new age of life licensed advisors and what that landscape would look like. APEXA really is a game changer for our industry, one that I’m really grateful to be involved in. We’re leading the way for life advisor contracting and screening by 1 - making it fully digital and 2 - connecting everyone in an industry that previously operated in silos.
Robo Advisors – How will they impact you?
Welcome to the 3rd installment of my 3 piece series, 3 Topics for the Modern Advisor. To recap the first segment examined Gen Y, Gen X and Baby Boomers, followed by a look at Social Media who in the industry is using it and how. Now it is time to consider the robo advisor.
Everyone is talking about how Robo advisors will change the landscape of the industry. This is a topic that is still under debate, the what, who, why and how of the Robo Advisor.
Let’s start at the beginning. What is a Robo Advisor?
Who is Using Social Media? Are You Missing the Party?
To continue my three part series: “Three Topics for the Modern Advisor” I am going to take a closer look at social media and how it impacts your clients and your business.
We already learned that Gen Y, Gen X and Baby Boomers have different online and social media habits. However, they collaborate with their advisor using technology and research and buy insurance online. When looking at social media the questions that arise include: who is using social media, how is it being used and are you missing out if you aren’t creating your own social media footprint?
The answer to our first question is simple, many people in the insurance industry are using social media: consumers, brokers and insurance companies alike.
In our ever-changing, fast paced and technology-driven world, Life Advisors are in a constant balance between prospecting for new clients with relating to the ones they currently have. With publications and new information continually being uploaded to the web, what exactly should be on the modern advisor’s radar? The honest answer is, lots of things really, but in this series we will look at three inter-connected concepts that we know will benefit advisors working in today’s business environment.
- Gen X, Gen Y and the Baby Boomer – Who are they?
- Social Media, who is using it and are you missing the party?
- Robo Advisors – How will they impact you?
For today’s post, I’d like to shed light on the first topic:
Gen X, Gen Y and the Baby boomer – Who are they?
You’ve likely heard about the industry-led solution and web based platform, APEXA. And you may have learned that MGA’s and Carriers across Canada have joined APEXA as part of ourofficial launch later this year, with many additional MGA’s and Carriers scheduled for onboarding and rollout throughout 2016.
So how can Advisors get on-board with APEXA, stay in the know, and learn more about this web-based platform BEFORE the official launch?
One of APEXA’s core goals for 2016 is to simplify processes for advisors. APEXA collaboration is at the center of how we operate. Be it with advisors, insurance carriers, MGAs or provincial regulators, we are all working together to achieve one simple goal: to keep all those in the Canadian life insurance industry, Simply Connected.
One of the key challenges for the Canadian Life Insurance Industry is to ensure compliance can be fairly and uniformly applied, regardless of the size of the MGA and/or Carrier. Among many of APEXA’s goals is to give every advisor, MGA, and Carrier in Canada the opportunity to uniformly apply consistent practices when it comes to advisor screening, monitoring, and compliance. This will not only increase efficiencies but will also promote collaboration across the industry
One of the movements we’ve seen recently to help reduce the burden of contracting and compliance for life and health insurance advisors is that of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Industry Association (CLHIA).
Hi! In my last blog post I shared some insight as well as tips for financial advisors to help increase their efficiency. That was part one of a two-part series, in which today, I'll be covering off the next three steps life insurance advisors can be taking to protect their brains and increase efficiency.
Here's a quick refresher of what we covered off last time:
- Focus: stop multitasking!
- Financial Advisors all know KYC... Consider KYS (Know Your Strengths)
- KYS #1. What do you do well and what do you really struggle with?
- KYS #2. Time of day. What time do you perform your best?
Checkout the next three tips (below) that I've got for you today!