CreativeOne Congratulates Advisor Stephen Stricklin

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CreativeOne congratulates one of our advisors, Stephen Stricklin, president and founder of Wise Wealth, LLC, on being named as one of five finalists for Retirement Advisor’s 2015 prestigious “Advisor of the Year” award. The finalists were announced in the August 2015 edition of the magazine. The distinction of finalist for the Advisor of the Year… Read More


Barron’s Index Annuities Guarantee Excellent Lifetime Income

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Barron’s, a top weekly newspaper and magazine in the financial industry, recently published its fifth-annual review of “The Best 50 Annuities” in the marketplace. Its carefully selected review narrows down the vast menu of annuities and highlights the 50 most competitive products available today, comparing and contrasting the primary income annuity alternatives including variable annuities,… Read More


Introducing Insurance into the Investment World

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Here’s a tale of how two top Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) connected to integrate insured solutions. We’ll start with the conversation that triggered the series of events … CreativeOne invited an investment manager/firm principal ($1 billion+ AUM) and a career insurance producer to tell their story of how they tipped the principals’ decision to embrace… Read More


Department of Labor Proposes Big Fiduciary Changes

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As you likely know, the hot issue in the industry right now is the proposal by the Department of Labor (DOL) to change and revamp the definition of “fiduciary” with the intention of protecting investors from conflicting investment advice and imposing a uniform standard. The definition would make all advisors, including insurance agents, fiduciaries and… Read More


Onboarding New Employees for Success

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Once you hire the right employees for your business in 9 Easy Steps, your job isn’t done. It’s time to get them on board and acclimated with your business through a process in the human resources world known as onboarding. While it may not seem like something to stress about, it is an extremely important… Read More


A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Allianz SE and Most of Its Subsidiaries

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A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength ratings (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “aa-” of Allianz SE (Allianz) (Germany) and most of its A.M. Best rated subsidiaries. In addition, A.M. Best has upgraded the FSR to A+ (Superior) from A (Excellent) and the ICR to “aa-” from “a” of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (Fireman’s… Read More


CreativeOne Supports Heartstrings

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At CreativeOne, we work to better the lives of others in any way we can. In 2003, CreativeOne teamed up with Heartstrings, an organization local to Kansas City. The organization employs adults with developmental disabilities, and provides them with opportunities for self-fulfillment, community interaction and on-the-job skill development. One of CreativeOne’s favorite Heartstrings services is… Read More

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Making it with Millennials: How to Build Trust

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In my last article “Why Annuities are Appealing,” I described how the effect of the recession, corporate scandals and 9/11 left Millennials feeling distrustful of large institutions wanting to invest our money in the stock market and why we find annuities so appealing. In this article, I will explain how you can best reach my… Read More


Webinar: How Will the DOL Fiduciary Proposal Impact You?

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Webinar: How will the DOL fiduciary proposal impact you?   Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:30 a.m. CDT 8:30 a.m. PDT | 9:30 a.m. MDT | 11:30 a.m. EDT   The proposal is supposedly helping the clients; however, the DOL proposal is probably going to do just the opposite. Join Executive Director of the National Association… Read More


Social Security Filing Strategies at a Glance

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The amount of your Social Security benefits can depend on several factors, including marital status and when you start receiving benefits. That’s why some people use certain filing strategies to potentially enhance the total benefits they’re eligible to collect. In this publication, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America provides an overview of several common… Read More