Tag: preneed

Finance

Security National’s Cemetery/Mortuary revenues up 28% in Q2

Security National Financial Corporation of Utah revealed their 2nd Quarter 2021 financial numbers earlier this month.  Total revenues for the entire company were actually down about 2% overall as their Mortgage Division saw an overall 8% decline in revenues as compared to the same quarter of 2020. However, the company’s Life Insurance division, which included preneed insurance and its Cemetery/Mortuary divisions both saw an increase in revenues which lowered that overall revenue loss to only 2%.  The Life Insurance Division […]

Cremation Preneed

An interesting look at disposition intentions

Every once in a while I will come across a survey on some aspect of the death care world that doesn’t quite jive with what I’ve been led to believe.  Normally when that happens I’ll find out the survey was constructed and completed by some one from outside the traditional death care world. When that happens I always find it interesting to look at who commissioned the survey and who took the survey.  That happened the other day when I […]

Preneed

Assurant closes sale of Global Preneed unit to CUNA Mutual Group

In a follow-up to what Funeral Director Daily reported in March, this press release will inform you that Madison, Wisconsin, based CUNA Mutual Group has closed on its acquisition of Assurant Global Preneed.  The press release states that the purchase price was approximately $1.35 billion. Assurant CEO Alan Colberg said this in the release, “This sale marks an important milestone in the transformation of Assurant, sharpening our focus on our market-leading lifestyle and housing businesses, and better positioning our company […]

Business

How will death care fare in an “upside down” world?

I read this interesting short article (and video news story) authored by Myles Udland at Yahoo Finance the other day.  In the article, he surmises about “the role that demand is playing in the economic recovery.”  According to Udland, you can “throw a dart at just about anywhere in the economy and you’ll find unmet demand held back by some version of a supply bottleneck.” And, it is happening in funeral service as I discovered when reading this article from Massachusetts.  […]

Finance

Roosevelt Investments offers update on financial markets

Roosevelt Investments, a boutique wealth management firm located in Midtown Manhattan with 50 years of experience providing comprehensive financial planning and asset management services to cemeteries, funeral homes, and their owners, offers a free webinar on Monday, July 19th. The webinar is entitled “Update on Financial Markets – Midyear Check-In:  Navigating an Early Cycle Economy”.  The presentation will be led by John Roscoe, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, and Jason Benowitz, CFA, CMT, Senrior Portfolio Manager.  Among other things they will […]

Cremation Preneed Regulations

Death care receives criticism on three continents

I’ve operated and managed a thriving funeral home.  If you’ve been there and done it. . . you know it is 24/7/365. . . .not many days go by when you don’t worry about something.  And, I’ve dealt with grieving family members, regulators, and the consumer movement too.  When you operate a community funeral home, there is a lot to do. . . . . and a lot of people who will tell you how to do it better — […]

Business

Funeral Director Daily talks about “Watching your costs to hold on to Profits”

Funeral Director Daily CEO and Editor Tom Anderson appears on FD Talks – Funeral Director Life’s recurring discussion of topics of interest to those in the Death Care profession.  In Episode #11 of FD Talks you can see and hear Host Rob Davison and Tom Anderson break down inflation in the funeral profession, provide solutions around raising prices vs. watching costs, and trusting your intuition. See and hear the video podcast here. #                […]

Preneed

Is now the best time ever to build market share thru Preneed?

Our funeral home will celebrate 150 years of service in 2022.  However, we have really only helped families pre-arrange and pre-finance funerals since about 1964 — about 60 years.  And, in those early years, it really wasn’t about pre-planning and pre-financing consumer funerals, but about setting up payment options or trusts for those helped through government programs. In Minnesota, by law, we weren’t even allowed to offer insurance plans to consumers to specifically cover funeral costs until the 1980’s.  My […]

Finance Preneed

Is SCI’s value in their “float”?

I’m a fan of Warren Buffett and his company, Berkshire Hathaway.  Matter of fact, I enjoy reading his annual shareholder letter because it just doesn’t tell how his businesses are doing, it explains to the reader why he is in those businesses and how he makes money for his shareholders. Back in 1936 a gentleman by the name of Leo Goodwin from Washington, D.C., became convinced that auto insurance could be standardized and sold without agents to the general public.  […]

Preneed

Policygenius says “Life insurance prices continue to be stable”

Life insurance rates, at least for the time being, are holding stable regardless of the excess deaths due to Covid-19 in 2020.  A recent press release from Policygenius, that you can access here, says that “The May index shows life insurance pricing stability, despite an increase in the U.S. death rate evident in data recently released by the Center for Disease Control”. Policygenius, in their release state that “the U.S. death rate increased by nearly 16% from 2019 to 2020 […]