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November 15 Kicks Off Open Enrollment for Health Exchanges

A major provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the creation of state-based and federal Health Insurance Exchanges for individuals and Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs) for small businesses. Beginning November 15, 2014, enrollment in Health Insurance Exchanges and SHOPs will be available. The open enrollment period ends February 15, 2015.
Individuals and small business owners can use Health Exchanges and SHOPs to compare health plans for benefits and price, and select a plan that fits their needs. Coverage begins the first day of the next month for those enrolling between the 1st and 15th days of the month; otherwise, coverage starts the first day of the second following month. So if an individual enrolls on January 16, coverage begins March 1.
To learn more about Health Exchanges and SHOPs, you can refer to the government site, http://www.healthcare.gov. In addition, our Health-Care Reform Resource Center has information you can use to educate your clients and prospects about the Health Exchange programs.

Geopolitics and U.S. Markets: Global Static or Major Influence?

In this era of hyper-connectivity and a 24/7 news cycle, the U.S. stock market tends to react quickly to geopolitical events. But do these events have a lasting impact on U.S. markets or are they mostly global noise? Broadridge Advisor Solutions’ video client alert explores this concept further. Visit http://www.forefield.com to access the full video.

Use Our Materials to Promote Life Insurance Awareness Month

September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month. More than 100 insurance companies and industry trade groups are expected to participate in the National Life Insurance Awareness Month campaign.

While many Americans recognize that it is important to protect loved ones with life insurance, far too many lack adequate coverage. National Life Insurance Awareness Month is intended to prompt Americans to assess their life insurance needs. This is a great time to educate your clients and prospects, and our materials can help.

Resources to consider:

Presentation Template: Life Insurance Basics

Life Insurance Needs Calculator Presentation

Protecting Your Loved Ones with Life Insurance

Why Women Need Life Insurance

In addition, Composer subscribers, look for our Life Insurance Awareness Month greeting cards, which can be personalized with your own title and message.

All Forefield Presentation Center materials can be created in PDF or HTML e-mail formats for easy delivery to clients, and can be fully branded and personalized with your own information.

We’ll continue to pass along timely, relevant information–providing fresh and interesting ways for you to engage and motivate your clients.

General Accounting Office (GAO) Report Reveals Reasons Why People Claim Social Security Benefits Early

Why would people choose to claim their Social Security retirement benefits prior to reaching their full retirement age, when doing so could result in as much as a 30% reduction in monthly benefits? According to the GAO, reasons include an individual’s type of work, employment status, education level, marital status, and other factors.

We’ve created a Client Alert that highlights the report’s findings. Log into your Forefield account or via free trial access @ forefield.com to view this alert in its entirety and/or to share with your clients and prospects.

For more information on the data cited in this Client Alert, as well as information about how the Pension Protection and Affordable Care Act has affected the health coverage options of early claimers, please view the complete report at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-311

Hearsay Social Expands Content Exchange Platform, Providing the Most Comprehensive Pre-Approved Content Library for Social Media

Social Media Publishing Is “Plug and Play” With Hearsay Social’s Content Exchange; Partnering With Industry-Leading Content Providers Broadridge Financial Solutions, Life Happens, NewsCred, and Trapit to Provide Timely, Relevant and Pre-Approved Content for Financial Services Professionals.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – May 28, 2014) – Hearsay Social, provider of the leading social business platform for the financial services industry, today announced new Content Exchange partnerships with Broadridge Financial Solutions, Life Happens, NewsCred, and Trapit in order to seamlessly source and effectively facilitate the publishing of high-quality, relevant content through social media.

Regularly publishing content to social networks is crucial to maintaining an active presence and staying top of mind with current and prospective clients. The Hearsay Social Content Exchange helps advisors and other financial representatives easily create, curate, and manage social content across their personal and professional networks. Through these newly announced partnerships, Hearsay Social is delivering high-quality, client-relevant, and pre-approved content for financial advisors to share value-added information with their customers across social networks.

Read more @ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hearsay-social-expands-content-exchange-133300315.html

National Small Business Week Kicks Off May 12th. Three new CE Exams available.

Online registration is now open for National Small Business Week, a series of events scheduled to take place at select cities throughout the United States. Sponsored by the Small Business Administration, National Small Business Week is an annual event designed to help entrepreneurs launch and manage successful business endeavors.

Forefield has created a Client Alert to make your business owner clients aware of the event and the registration details.
Log in to Forefield to view the complete client alert and then share it with your cleints.

Also, we’ve recently added three new CE Exams that cover:
College Savings Options I
Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k)s
529 Plans

Introduction to Bitcoin and Its Challenges

What if someone told you about an investment that has made some people millionaires overnight and has both a number of high-profile supporters and a global reach? Would you be tempted to invest? Now what if someone told you that the same investment also could lose most or all of its value almost overnight, and that you might not have access to your money when you need it? How does it sound now?

You’ve just confronted the debate surrounding the five-year-old digital phenomenon known as Bitcoin. An alternative currency that exists strictly as digital code, Bitcoin has received a lot of attention, especially in the last year. In part that’s because speculation in Bitcoin has resulted in wild gyrations in its value.

Is Bitcoin an investment? A scam? A network of computers? The future of currency? If you’re unclear on what all the fuss is about, log in to http://www.forefield.com for a brief introduction to just what it is, how it works, and what’s been happening in the Bitcoin world lately, as well as some of the potential pitfalls it presents.


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