On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. With that single ruling, many doors opened for LGBT Americans across the country. Under the Supreme Court’s finding, the federal government can no longer discriminate against married lesbian and gay couples when determining federal benefits and protections.
When it comes to life insurance, agents are constantly on the lookout for new markets to tap. From child-free married couples to high net worth young professionals and the growing population of wealthy individuals from countries like Brazil and Russia, it’s essential for insurance agents to be on the lookout for the next great market in need of wealth or retirement planning services.
Insurance agents and financial planners would do well to work to meet the financial demands of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, which typically has a higher median income than the general population but overwhelmingly rates their experience in the U.S. financial industry as poor. In fact, a recent Prudential survey found that 63 percent of LGBT Americans give the industry’s attention to their community a poor rating.
Being on the ball in regards to financial and retirement planning is key, but there are some mistakes that investors could make that could nullify those good intentions.
Many small business owners could testify to being time-poor, as they spend most of their waking hours thinking about and running their operations. While this is important for business success, owners also need to put some time into thinking about what will happen to the company when they are not around – whether because of retirement, injury or death.