Blog – Plus Group

Feel The Fire

Large amounts of life insurance are purchased every year after one realizes how their death would impact their families standard of living. Few people have given the same consideration in protecting their families in the event of a disability. The average worker faces a much higher risk of an extended disability than premature death. Yet disability insurance protection is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood forms of insurance.

When attending a disability awareness conference I was fortunate to hear a Financial Advisor address the audience. He stated that the first

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The IDI Landscape

The Individual Disability Income landscape has changed in two significant ways over the past few years. These two changes present an opportunity to Insurance Brokers who are interested in to taking advantage of them.

It’s also an opportunity to help your high income clients and prospects, in a consultative manner, protect their financial security.

Let’s first examine these two basic but significant changes, and then outline the opportunity these changes present.

Change Number 1:

There are fewer Insurance Agents, Brokers and other Financial Advisors discussing disability planning and disability insurance (abbreviated to DI for

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The New Factory

“Designing Your Financial Service Business for the Marketplace of Tomorrow”

Click here to download The New Factory E-Book

Presented By:

Bill Bishop
CEO, Bishop Information Group
Toronto, CN
Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, Business Coach


Over the past 30 years, Bill has taught advanced marketing concepts to entrepreneurs around the world in almost every industry. He has started four companies, has written five business books, and has given hundreds of speeches, seminars and webinars. He and his coaches have helped more than 5,000 entrepreneurs package and promote their BIG Ideas.

Bill helped promote the launch of

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CI Completes Your DI Plan

If you do disability planning for your clients, then Critical Illness (CI) Insurance, needs to be considered an integral part of any complete Disability Insurance (DI) Plan.

If you do disability planning for your clients, then Critical Illness (CI) Insurance, needs to be considered an integral part of any complete Disability Insurance (DI) Plan. Both policies provide financial protection for an unforeseen injury or illness and they complement each other very well. In fact, in most cases, if you are selling DI without CI you are only covering half the problem!

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Overcoming the Fear of Prospecting

An all-too-common occurrence in our industry is the fear of making telephone calls. It is a telling paradox in that the telephone is the primary tool of our profession. When I started as a stockbroker in 1980, I experienced major call reluctance. Night after night I sat on my couch with a knot in my stomach anticipating another agonizing day of wrestling with my fear of making phone calls. Over the next couple of years I learned to look at the telephone as a tool. As a result my fear

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Disability Buy-Out & Overhead Expense Insurance in Business Continuation Planning

Producers who work closely with business owners most likely have discussed plans to continue their clients’ businesses in the event of death. A natural extension of this planning is to make business clients aware of two equally important needs that are often overlooked.

While many business owners plan for the survival of their businesses in the event of death, many don’t consider the effects of disability on the firm’s future. Or, like many of us, they just don’t believe they will ever become disabled.

Two types of coverage can help. Disability buy-out

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Secrets to Having a Successful Disability Insurance Awareness Month

“Free Resources That Will Make You Look Like a Pro”

Presented By:

Barry Lundquist, CLU
President, Council for Disability Awareness


Barry Lundquist’s professional background includes over 30 years of insurance industry success in risk management, sales, sales leadership, senior executive management and consulting roles for employee benefits and individual disability products and sales channels at Paul Revere, Provident and Unum.

In 2000, Barry founded Eastport Marketing Group, a consulting and marketing services company that helps insurance companies and distributors improve results.

In October of 2009, Barry was named President of the Council for Disability

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Disability Insurance Underwriting and the Impact of Unearned Income

When underwriting disability insurance, it is important to consider not only an applicant’s earned income (i.e., salary or business profits) but also his/her unearned income. Underwriters must take into consideration unearned income such as interest, dividends, alimony and rental or pension income that would continue to be received even if the insured stopped working. Consequently applicants with significant unearned income have a diminished need for disability coverage because the unearned income serves much like a disability policy benefit.

Most carriers feel that a small amount of unearned income is not a

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Sales Call Planning

Have you been part of sales calls consisting of the salesperson talking about themselves, their company and their product with very few questions directed towards the prospect? Usually this happens when the salesperson is not prepared for the sales call. He/she gets a trick question from the prospect like, “tell me about your company,” or “how do you stack up against XYZ?” The salesperson goes from being in control of the appointment to being controlled by the prospect.

Sales Superstars are like commercial airline pilots. They have a checklist that they

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Individual DI Coverage in the Corporate World

An often overlooked opportunity for those practitioners marketing group coverage as the foundation of their practices are the exposures that exist in the group products that the clients have purchased.

Indeed, in the case of disability income coverage, it is worthy of consideration by the group professional as there may very well be significant gaps that need filled, and holes that need to be addressed in the implemented group disability coverage. Very often those that are most exposed are the very decision makers that the professional may be working with on

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