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Assurant reports 3Q 2020

In late October Assurant hinted that they will be divesting what they call their Global Preneed business.  That segment of their business consists of preneed funeral insurance products and Final Need insurance products. In reporting the company’s 3rd Quarter financial results, CEO Alan Colberg gave another hint as to the Global Preneed business potentially disappearing from the Assurant portfolio of businesses.  He did not mention Global Preneed at all when he said of 3Q results, “Our third quarter 2020 performance […]

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Assurant looks to make changes. . .including divesting Global Preneed division

Last week Assurant, the large financial conglomerate with operations in 21 countries, announced that they would acquire mobile device software as a service (SaaS) business HYLA.  You can read about that in this Associated Press release. In conjunction with that announcement, Assurant also made other announcements including a strategy to divest themselves of what they term their Global Preneed Division.  Assurant has been in the preneed business for over 50 years and you can read about that division here. Here […]

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Preneed sales. . . . The Elevator Pitch

The other day I wrote an article that was titled “Selling Preneed. . .   .positively” which you can read here.  The bottom line of that article was to illustrate when advising on preneed, to promote preneed in a positive fashion.   I went on to say how, when I did seminars on funeral pre-arrangements, I tried to put a positive spin that it (preneed financial planning) was just the next step in a life full of prudent financial decisions the consumer […]

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Selling preneed. . . . positively

Ask ten different consumers and you will get ten different opinions on “insurance”.  Especially, life insurance.  Some think it is necessary, some think it is a waste of time, some love the peace of mind it can bring, some will say let my survivors deal with the money after my death. You get the idea. . . and when it means spending money on something that today’s “show me what it does for me today” consumers sometimes demand, the art […]

Finance Preneed

Come together . . . . .The Domani Group and Homesteaders Life Company

The other day we received a press release announcing that “The Domani Group joins forces with Homesteaders Life Company”.  In that release, which you can read here, it announced “The Domani Group, a leader in preneed and aftercare solutions for funeral homes, is pleased to announce it is joining forces with Homesteaders Life Company.”   This announcement came on the heels of our story on Monday that mentioned Providence Equity Partners and their experiencing in partnering funeral technology companies to bring […]

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Weekend Edition: SCI receives economic development aid, a difference of opinion in Winnipeg, a preneed ratings downgrade

It is somewhat unbelievable to me how fast we have moved from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but here we are.  Among the American debate, many schools are opening, the election is soon here, and the one constant is that those in the funeral profession continue to give comfort and guidance to those in need. Today’s edition brings you three features including plans by Service Corporation International to greatly expand its New Orleans based accounting operations, a funeral home owner […]

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Can you find some extra cash-flow in Preneed

In the last couple of months or so I’ve heard from funeral home owners, or heard on a webinar, that the loss of revenue on a per case basis has been anywhere from about 9% to almost 40% in North America.  Even the public companies, such as Service Corporation International and Carriage Services, acknowledged in their latest quarterly reports that their revenues per case have dropped over 8%. It is almost universally believed and recognized that this drop in per […]

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Transamerica adds funeral planning benefit

In a press release that we received last week from Insurance News Net we learned that Transamerica Insurance has partnered with Everest Funeral Package, LLC to provide “a new funeral concierge benefit at no direct cost for qualifying life insurance policyholders.”  The press release goes on to say that this “Concierge Planning Rider” will provide grieving beneficiaries valuable resources to help plan the funeral of the insured person. The release continues in saying that the agreement with the third party […]

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Afternoon edition: Forbes offers Preneed advice to consumers

In this day and age it seems that when you are reading a newspaper or watching television for the news, it is not only enough to read or watch, but you may find it necessary to know the political persuasion of the entity presenting the news to get an accurate read on it.  You have certainly learned that there is a different slant to the offerings of MSNBC as compared to Fox News or that there is a difference of […]

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Afternoon edition: FDLIC brightens up, SCI buys adjoining cemetery property, and more

In today’s afternoon edition of Funeral Director Daily we have a couple of national firms in the news for differing reasons.  First of all, we will tell you of Funeral Directors Life (FDLIC) and their investment in saving some of the world’s energy.  They recently added a parking lot that will be covered by about 1300 solar panels that will provide energy for the company’s corporate headquarters.  You can see photos in this article here. And we also bring you […]