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In response to “The 25 best business movies”

I’m going to have to make the case for the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971). Besides enjoying the successes of a business model based on quality, coolness, innovation and anticipation, Willy Wonka elects to “insource” foreign workers, the Oompa Loompas, and conducts history’s most intense job interview ever to choose his successor.
David Shields

As for Glengarry Glen Ross…one thing to mention is that later in the movie when Jack Lemmon’s character has just made what is believed to have been a major sale, it turns out that his client was a senior citizen with dementia and that his check that was used as payment was totally worthless, leaving Lemmon’s character far behind in his sales quota and in trouble.
Ralph Mitchell

In response to “Illinois slams agent on indexed annuity sales”

Wall Street is at it again! Follow the trail and find Wall Street behind the Department of Insurance. Since the battle over making equity indexed annuities (EIAs) a security was lost, let’s just twist the definition of EIA and scare agents brave enough to try to help people from losing money in a real security, backed by Wall Street. Ever read the story of the Good Samaritan?

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Sadly, the “villainization” of anyone for anything that doesn’t suit the rhetoric and agenda of the anti-capitalistic, socially liberal left is now the norm. The phraseology used in the article, “…that earned high commissions for the agent…,” if indeed paraphrasing more or less the actual language used in the charges, is very revealing, and tells us all we need to know about the horrific societal and political mess in which we find ourselves, nationally, today. Who is really in such a position of knowledge, omniscience and power as to be able to decide how much one should earn for his efforts? What kind of food should one consume? What size soft drink one will be allowed to have? What kind of weapon, if any, one shall have for self-defense? What kind of health insurance one should have and what kind of punishment shall be meted out for non-compliance? Who is to be sued or indicted for whatever we deem a non-ethical or criminal act? It goes on and on. And it is one of the main reasons my personal enthusiasm for the life insurance/financial services profession has considerably waned over the course of the last decade or more. We’re being reduced to nothing more than a fully socialistic, collectivist society of lemmings. Who will make a stand?

In response to “Hope springs eternal in annuity world”

Ahh, spring has sprung! In baseball — over the long, grueling season — the truth about a player and a team will come out. Indexed annuity companies and products? Not so much; with snazzy marketing, wine/dine, moving parts, exaggerated claims, “back-casting,” videos, road shows, etc. With enough of the proverbial “shiny objects” to capture a hungry agent/rep’s attention, even the most mediocre of products can and will be sold — by the millions!

Kevin Ivey