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Life Health > Annuities > Fixed Annuities

Athletes May Live a Very Long Time in Retirement: Idea File

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What You Need to Know

  • Even athletes with the long careers have to plan for retiring by about age 40 and living 30 to 40 years in retirement.
  • College-age athletes start out without much knowledge of financial services and are one injury away from enormous change.
  • Ronnie Kaymore helps such clients prepare for a lifetime stream of post-sports-career income.

Ronnie Kaymore does not think an insurance agent or advisor needs professional sports experience to advise top athletes. But it can help.

Kaymore says that kind of background can provide an understanding of what athletes are up against; they’re typically very young, start out without much knowledge of financial services, and are one injury away from enormous change.

“One minute you’re a really good player,” Kaymore said in a recent interview. “The next minute, your career is done.”

Even the luckiest athletes with the longest careers have to plan for retiring by about age 40 and living 30 to 40 years in retirement, he said.

Kaymore is the CEO of Kaymore Sports Risk Management & Consulting, a Newark, New Jersey-based insurance brokerage firm founded in 2009. He focuses on serving top professional athletes, and the kinds of college-level players who are on track to become top professional players.

He is famous for helping clients get — and use — loss-of-value insurance. LOV is a type of  casualty insurance policy that can protect an athlete against an injury that reduces or eliminates the athlete’s projected future earnings.

But Kaymore is especially passionate about the idea of helping clients buy annuities, and arranging for a lifetime stream of post-sports-career income.

An Indoor Football Career

Kaymore was born in Irvington, New Jersey in 1980. He started out playing high school football in Irvington and college football for Nassau Junior College.

He later played for Texas A&M Kingsville, and, in 2003, was signed by the Bismarck Roughriders of the National Indoor Football League in 2003.

He joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, a team in the Arena Football League’s AF2 player development league, and then played for the AFL’s Las Vegas Gladiators.

From Football to Financial Services

Kaymore moved out of football in 2006.

His wife worked for a bank, and he himself spent two years in banking. He started to think about the problems facing young athletes dealing with signing contracts of $20 million or more.

“Many of these young men don’t understand money,” he said.

He received his life insurance producer license and his accident health license in 2009.

He has appointments with 16 insurers, including American National, Brighthouse, F&G, MassMutual, Lincoln Financial, John Hancock, New York Life, and several health and disability issuers.

He has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a group for top financial services producers, since 2013, and he earned the Registered Financial Consultant professional designation from the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants in 2019.

He has worked with about 100 athlete clients.

Here are five things Kaymore said about advising during the interview.

1. Team recruiting programs shape his marketing timeline.

College recruiters tend to know who the top baseball, basketball and football prospects are by the time they are freshmen in high school.

For Kaymore, the prime marketing period starts about a year before a player will go through a college signing or professional team drafting process.

2. He sees himself as a member of a board of advisors.

A player’s board will likely include an accountant, an investment manager, a banker, an estate planning lawyer, an insurance advisor and the player’s parents, Kaymore said.

In some cases, he sets up the board. In other cases, another professional brings him on board.

3. Successful athletes tend to have complicated, relatively unusual needs.

For the most part, “there’s no wife or children,” Kaymore said.

But players tend to be younger than other clients, and they may have less business experience than young clients who became wealthy by starting companies.

The players often have multiple residences, wage income from their teams, and self-employment income from speaking engagements, endorsement contracts and any businesses they have started.

Kaymore himself does not have clients with significant non-U.S. income, but he said some athletes, such as hockey players, may need help with visas, as well as the mechanics of earning high levels of income in two or more countries.

“There is a lot of complexity,” Kaymore said.

4. Parents and siblings may be an important part of a client relationship.

When talking to potential clients, Kaymore focuses on those who appear to have reasonable, supportive parents.

Although the athletes and parents may not have much personal experience with wealth planning, they often do a good job of using the internet to educate themselves, he reported.

Parents and siblings who want to be involved can play important roles in managing an athlete’s off-field operations, such as managing endorsements, he added.

5. Kaymore aims to put sturdy, low-risk life and annuity products in his toolbox.

In addition to loss-of-value coverage, he likes whole life and non-variable indexed annuities.

One knock against annuities is that the annuity holder might lose access to quick sources of cash.

Athletes can use investments in bonds, real estate and similar holdings to provide liquidity and address any concerns about annuities locking away assets, Kaymore said.

These days, he said, he’s aiming for strong levels of asset protection and annual returns of about 6% to 7%, not sky-high returns that put assets at risk.

Ronnie Kaymore. (Photo: Kaymore Sports Risk Management & Consulting)


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