Have you ever tried to talk to a prospect about annuities and gotten a blank stare, or worse, a quick, “Not interested”?
Yes, annuities can sometimes be a tough sell. They are complex financial instruments that are not easily understood by the media or the general public. Therefore, convincing a prospect to buy an annuity can be a difficult, even arduous, process.
Yet here at LifeHealthPro.com, we talk to successful annuity salespeople and experts all the time. From those interviews we culled some of the best advice on how to sell annuities. Here are some of the secrets they shared that could help you boost your annuity sales.
After years of selling life and health insurance, Mike Volner of Volner Financial Group, switched his focus to fixed and fixed indexed annuities and has had four straight years of $20 million-plus in production.
“I’ve learned how they can be a financial cornerstone, whether you want your money to just sit there and grow or you need income.”
From “Mike Volner pushes away prospects. Yes, really.” Senior Market Advisor, January 2013
“Advisors need to be concerned about Europe because when that time bomb goes off it would put all local economic markets in some turmoil. I don’t know when. I don’t think anybody does. But I think we haven’t seen the worst of it. And advisors need to be aware of it because of the potential volatility in their clients’ portfolios, which again leads back to the safety and security of a lot of the things we do with our older clients like indexed annuities. People want safety and security, but they don’t want to sacrifice all their growth potential. Those can be very powerful tools to do that if they are used correctly.”
— Jim Brogan, founder and president of Brogan Financial
From “A day in the life of Jim Brogan, 2011 Advisor of the Year,” Senior Market Advisor, September 2011
“The solution for me and the baby boomers is to position myself in a fixed annuity/indexed annuity, which allows me to lock in the gains, have no losses and receive a guaranteed fixed rate of return of 6 percent, 7 percent or 8 percent with an income rider. That gives me the ability to receive a retirement income when I need it, which is guaranteed for life and has to stay tax deferred, thus allowing me to outpace inflation.
“I overcome the fear of surrender charges by telling them there is a price for liquidity. How much is peace of mind worth to you? Would you rather have 50 percent gains and no losses or 100 percent gains and 100 percent losses? Their final objection is wanting to keep their money in the stock market; I overcome this by the ‘Power of Zero.’ If the market crashes, they stay the same; when the market rises, they go up without having to start from the bottom and work their way up. Simply put they don’t have enough time to go back and earn the money they have spent a lifetime acquiring.”
— John Zidan, owner and president, Retirement First
From “Protecting boomers from themselves,” Senior Market Advisor, May 2012