The Insured Retirement Institute, Washington, D.C., has endorsed a new designation focused exclusively on retirement income planning. The Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) designation offered by The American College was developed with input from IRI members and in coordination with top experts from across the retirement income industry.
The RICP curriculum features online video lectures and interviews with top retirement income specialists, and is supplemented with additional material and a study guide. Three courses are required to complete the RICP. The first, “Retirement Income Process, Strategies and Solutions,” already is available. The remaining courses, “Sources of Retirement Income” and “Managing the Retirement Income Plan,” will be rolled out during the next six months.
In other industry news:
New York Life posted first half gains in sales of insurance, annuities and mutual funds. The company also recorded strong growth in agent recruitment.
The company’s insurance sales continue to grow with individual recurring premium life insurance sales through agents up 4% through the second quarter, over the first half last year. New York Life agents recorded an increase of 18% in sales of recurring premium whole life insurance for the same time period. New York Life also saw a 17% increase in long-term care insurance sales over the first six months of 2012.
Annuity sales for the company were up 17% and mutual fund sales also rose 17% over the first half of 2011. Income annuity sales increased 11% in the first half compared to a year ago. The company attributes mutual fund sales to consistent investment performance from the company’s investment boutiques in both income oriented and capital appreciation funds, which remain in high demand from customers.
New York Life noted recruitment of agents is the best six-month start in its history, with an increase of 14% over the first half of 2011, with 1,763 new agents hired so far in 2012. The full year 2012 goal for agent recruitment is 3,700.
Timothy F. Keaney, vice chairman of BNY Mellon and CEO of BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, has been elected to serve as a director of the Unum Group.
Keaney is a member of BNY Mellon’s executive committee, which oversees day-to-day operations for that organization. Prior to the merger of The Bank of New York Company, Inc., and Mellon Financial Corporation, Keaney was head of The Bank of New York’s asset servicing business and head of the company’s presence in Europe, with management responsibilities for all business activities in the region. He joined The Bank of New York in 2000 as a managing director responsible for depositary receipts.