NU Online News Service, May 29, 4:15 p.m. – The ING Groep N.V., Amsterdam, has created a national sales support desk for its independent U.S. life insurance distributors.

The new National Sales Support Organization will start with a staff of about 40.

The support organization will explain ING life insurance and annuity products, help with sales presentations, find ING lawyers to answer complicated estate-planning questions, and inform distributors about legislative issues, ING says.

The desk will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. Central Standard Time to 6 p.m. CST.