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Tom Riekse Jr.


Recent posts by Tom Riekse Jr.

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How to Protect Your LTC Plan From Future Inflation

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 7/21/21 11:02 AM

Significant inflation - something that the majority of Americans have not seen in their lifetime - has been a primary news topic.  From concerns about exploding national debt and high government spending levels to an expanding post-pandemic economy, many people are concerned about sustained inflation and decreased purchasing power.  Or, as many economists are assuring us, this could be a short-term event as the economy bounces back from the pandemic. Nobody knows!

Topics: Long Term Care Cost of Care LTCI
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Why Single Pay LTC Insurance Might be the Right Strategy Now

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/29/21 10:30 AM

The recent stock market run (especially in tech stocks) has been amazing. Despite the high unemployment rate, many investors are enjoying that feeling of increased net worth in both their qualified and non-qualified money.

Topics: Long Term Care Life Insurance Planning in Advance
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How low interest rates are changing LTC Insurance products

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/22/21 1:00 PM

The last several years have seen major changes in LTC Insurance - leading to what can be referred to as LTC 2.0.  LTC 2.0 means that while the pure protection of traditional LTC insurance is still a popular option, there has been an accompanying growth in Hybrid LTC + Life plans - both in number of policies sold and number of carriers offering these plans. 

Topics: Long Term Care Life Insurance Planning in Advance
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Why the Traditional LTC Market is here to stay - and will grow

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/14/21 3:30 PM

Recently I received an email from a Insurance Carrier who sells Linked Life/LTC plans with the headline "What happened to traditional LTC?".  The email started by saying "It wasn't so long age that traditional long-term care (LTC) insurance dominated the market, but now they are barely holding on while linked-benefit products are taking over."  Harsh!

Topics: Long Term Care Advanced Planning Life Settlement
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The biggest mistakes people make when choosing to self-insure for LTC

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/5/21 10:15 AM

For Financial Professionals that are savvy enough to have a discussion about the impact of a long-term care event one of the most important topics is whether a client should consider long-term care insurance or should instead "self-insure".

Topics: Long Term Care Life Insurance Planning Consequences
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New Premiums Increasing on Hybrid Life + LTCI Plans

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 3/30/21 2:00 PM

Many clients find that the best way for them to plan for LTC is by purchasing a linked life/ltc plan.  Compared to traditional LTC policies which provide pure long-term care protection (and the most LTC protection per premium dollar) linked Life/LTC trade off some of that leverage to provide guaranteed premiums and a life insurance benefit.

Topics: Life Insurance Planning in Advance Limited & Extended Care Planning Center
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The worst case scenario - is lifetime LTC Insurance worth it?

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 3/26/21 9:00 AM

Luckily, you aren't going to need years and years of high cost long-term care. But what if you did?

Topics: Long Term Care Financial Planning Planning in Advance Advanced Planning Limited & Extended Care Planning Center
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Why there may be a rush to buy LTC Insurance policies

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 4/23/20 2:28 PM

Years from now, those of us who lived through the Coronavirus Pandemic will think about the early rush to buy toilet paper and how odd that seemed. As of today (and things could change), there is plenty available at Costco, but they are limiting people to just one 30 pack. Just how long does a 30 pack last? Well, someone has created a Coronavirus Poop Calculator (thepooptool.com) to help people figure that out. For a family of 4, a 30 pack of Costco toilet paper should last 90 days. Amazingly and unexpectedly, it seems all Americans are involved with Toilet Paper inventory management.

We can chuckle a little bit about toilet paper. However, it's not just household products we are taking inventory of.

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How Coronavirus and low interest rates may impact LTC Insurance - and why you may want to act now

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 3/18/20 11:00 AM

From quarantined cruise ships to cancelled conferences (not to mention the stock market), the novel coronavirus has had a significant impact on many peoples lives. At first glance, it would seem like the LTC Insurance business wouldn't be significantly impacted compared to other businesses. Why?

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What Recent New York Suitability Regulations Could Mean for the Future of Long-Term Care Planning

By Tom Riekse Jr. on 2/25/20 11:30 AM

If you are a producer who writes Life Insurance products with New York clients, including Life/LTC plans, effective February 1st 2020 you need to comply with New York State Department of Financial Security Section 187. The regulations are designed to have life insurance and annuity recommendations be made in the best interest of the client - not the insurance agent.  Are these regulations a sign of things to come in more states - and how do they impact long-term care insurance?

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