RADNOR, Pa., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial security with flexibility, an evolving combination/Long Term Care (LTC) product market, risk managed strategies, and tax deferrals are some of the trends that Mark Konen, President of Lincoln Financial Group's Insurance and Retirement Solutions business, sees driving the individual life and annuities industries in 2013.
"With the realities of today's economic climate and our society's evolving demographics, we see continued interest in financial solutions that offer a level of predictability - whether that's in the form of a death benefit, a living benefit, asset protection, or the elimination of the 'use it or lose it' risk of some products," said Konen. "As the industry works to deliver on these consumer demands, we believe 2013 is primed to see the development of many unique solutions, while also seeing some once-popular products and features reemerge in cases of 'what's old is new again.'"
Among the 2013 trends that we may see:
Innovation and Non-Traditional Life Insurance SolutionsToday, three in ten American households are uninsured and half say they are underinsured 1. Competing financial obligations, perceptions about life insurance costs, and lack of understanding about needs often prevent consumers from purchasing a policy. The low interest rate climate has further complicated the problem by making many forms of insurance more expensive / unattainable for the average American. To help bridge this gap between the public's need for life insurance and their ability to secure it, expect to see innovative life insurance alternatives emerge that go beyond the traditional offerings consumers have known. These innovations will balance financial planning needs, flexible coverage and cost efficiencies against the dynamics of today's economic climate. Variable Universal Life Insurance Once the industry's life insurance product of choice in the 1990s, Variable Universal Life (VUL) is primed for a comeback. By balancing death benefits with market-driven cash value potential, VUL products can help consumers financially protect their loved ones, while also providing a potential source of supplemental income to keep pace with life's changes. This combination of features in a single solution can be very compelling during these uncertain times.