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Archive for May 2014

10 reasons this is a great economy for female advisers

{May 30th, 2014} by Kathleen Burns Kingsbury and Meridith Elliot Powell

The economy is not down, it’s different. Success today requires a new set of skills and strategies to get ahead and build your advisory business. No longer does the professional with the most transactions win. Instead, it is a world where relationships trump product sales, and high-quality customized service is the path to profitability. The […]

The insurance language problem needs a fix – Blog

{May 30th, 2014} by Linda Koco

The “problem” of insurance terminology keeps coming up in the insurance industry. It seems that each generation of employees gets tangled up in jargon, so jargon is what goes out to the public. But that confuses customers, so they promptly deep-six the messages. For years, the industry has tried to fix this problem. One early […]

Fidelity & Guaranty Life CFO: Company Committed to Staying ‘Largely an Outsourced Shop’

{May 30th, 2014} by Fran Matso Lysiak

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Fidelity & Guaranty Life is “largely an outsourced shop and we’ll stay that way,” according to its chief financial officer. The company has about 180 active employees, and “is building a local team here in Des Moines,” said Dennis Vigneau, the company’s senior vice president and CFO, who spoke at […]

Advisor Gets Lifetime Ban, Nearly $1M Fine Over Ad Footnotes

{May 30th, 2014} by Ann Marsh

A ruling in anSEC case has fined a longtime investment advisor nearly$1 million and barred him from the industry for life for what his lawyer says was a technical mistake in the way he footnoted magazine advertisements and provided information to Morningstar. “It’s like rolling through a stop sign and you get the death penalty,” […]

Symetra Financial CIO To Leave Next Month

{May 30th, 2014} by Cyril Tuohy

George N. McKinnon, senior vice president and chief information officer of Symetra Financial, will leave the company June 30, the company has announced in a government filing. Margaret A. Meister, Symetra executive vice president and chief financial officer, will take over McKinnon’s responsibilities until he can be replaced, the company also said. In another executive […]

What’s high-income earners’ secret? Advisors

{May 29th, 2014} by Warren S. Hersch

Americans rank their personal finances as the second highest priority, just behind their health, according to a new survey. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company discloses this finding in its “2014 Planning and Progress Study: Priorities Among Americans.” The survey polled 2,092 U.S. Americans via Web panel to examine their personal goals and objectives, including progress […]

ING 2 billion-Euro IPO to test buyer appetite as prices fall

{May 29th, 2014} by Maud van Gaal and Ruth David

(Bloomberg) — ING Groep NV will try to execute Europe’s biggest initial public offering this year even as investor demand declines and competing share sales increase. The largest Dutch financial-services company is seeking to value its European insurance unit NN Group NV at as much as 8 billion euros ($11 billion) in a transaction that […]

Life Insurance Words Mystify Consumers

{May 29th, 2014} by Linda Koco

Imagine you are a consumer who knows nothing about the life insurance industry. You are talking with an agent who is describing a life policy. The agent mentions the policy’s death benefit. What might you think the term “death benefit” means? Researchers put that question to a test. They presented “death benefit” and several other […]

4 Ways Financial Services Firms Can Amplify Traditional Marketing With Social Media

{May 29th, 2014} by Amy McIlwain

Marketing is constantly evolving. Think about what your marketing challenges were just five years ago. I would bet that you didn’t even have a “digital strategy.” Now, everyone is focusing efforts on digital marketing – so much so that there has become a pendulum swing of some sort. Have you noticed how light your mail […]

2 Life Insurance Companies Settle With Minnesota

{May 28th, 2014} by Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two life insurance companies have agreed to settle allegations that they failed to pay beneficiaries inMinnesota when policy holders died. State commerce CommissionerMike Rothman says thousands of Minnesotans could have payments coming. Rothman saysMetLife will pay the state at least$1.5 million andTransamerica will pay at least$2.5 million. State officials say […]

Fixed Indexed Annuities: Recap…and What’s Next?

{May 28th, 2014} by Oliver Wyman

Growing sales and a flurry of M&A deals have put a brightening spotlight on fixed indexed annuities (FIA). From 2007 to 2013, despite near-record low interest rates, FIA annual sales growth averaged nearly 8% and their share of the overall annuity market grew from 9.7% to 17.1% (source: LIMRA). Also drawing attention were the numerous […]

Leading Online Publication, AgenteNews, Shines the Spotlight on Successful Insurance Agents Around the Nation

{May 28th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) May 28, 2014 In tandem with the launch of a new website, AgenteNews now features biweekly Q & A interviews with successful insurance agents from around the country. The Agent Spotlight feature is an ideal way for engaged readers to learn from the genuine thoughts and opinions that agents in the field […]

Safe Money Places™ Announces New “National Agency Division”

{May 28th, 2014} by N/A

  May 28, 2014 Carmel, IN – It’s kind of another version of “Back to the Future” as Raymond J. Ohlson, CLU, CRC, President and CEO of the Ohlson Group and Safe Money Places™ International, announces the formation of his Safe Money Places™ National Agency Division. Ohlson, a seasoned veteran of nearly forty years in […]

Income for life: Are you delivering the right message?

{May 28th, 2014} by Van Mueller

Last month’s column on retirement concentrated on the substantial challenge of providing for retirees’ health care costs. This month is focused on other challenge facing retirees: providing income that lasts as long as they live. Our industry is uniquely positioned to address the American people’s need for lifetime income. Click here to read…

Lincoln Financial CFO: Company Shrinking Percentage of Sales of Products With Longer-Duration Guarantees

{May 28th, 2014} by Fran Matso Lysiak

NEW YORK – Lincoln Financial Group is focused on trying to bring down the percentage of its sales that come from products with longer-duration guarantees and changing its mix of earnings as the company prepares to launch a new variable annuity product without a guarantee later this year, according to its chief financial officer. Five […]

List Names Top 100 On Social Media

{May 28th, 2014} by Cyril Tuohy

The most influential financial advisor using social media is a New York-based advisor by the name of Joshua Brown, creator of the website The Reformed Broker. Brown was named in a first-of-its kind listing by a consulting company. In case you have not heard of Joshua Brown, he’s an investment advisor for high-net-worth individuals at […]

Deferred income annuities gain momentum- Opinion

{May 28th, 2014} by Ed McCarthy

Deferred income annuities (DIAs) are hot. According to Windsor, Conn.-based LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute, total annuity sales in 2013 reached $230.1 billion, an increase of 5 percent of 2012. Drill down in the data and you’ll find a surprising stat: the DIA category showed the strongest year-over-year percentage growth, up 113 percent. That result is […]

Life & annuity sales desk manager in VT open at an innovative and way cool life insurance co.

{May 28th, 2014} by Jed Brody

Who knows someone who would be interested in being a life & annuity sales desk manager in Vermont for a successful, dynamic, innovative, and way cool life insurance company located in Central Vermont? Check out the open position at: https://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH15/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NATILIFE&cws=1&rid=170   Please refer any interested people to : Jed Brody CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® 2nd Vice […]

West Des Moines-ians: Diversified financial services firm has two open positions for you!

{May 28th, 2014} by Jeanne Taylor- Sales Vice President

Job Function:  Sales Support Consultant Reports To:  Jeanne Taylor, Sales Vice President   Position Background: As a Sales Support Consultant you will promote the sale of life and annuity products through case support, just-in-time training, recruiting support and issue resolution, and participate in team activities to train and directly support external agents and independent marketing […]

Advisors Shift Focus To Next-Gen Clients

{May 28th, 2014} by Andrew Coen

When new prospects comes intoChicago planning firmRMB Capital Management, a team is assigned right away to review family issues such as estate planning and life insurance. That’s because generational wealth transfer issues are so critical for both clients and advisors, says CEORichard Burridge, that advisors should begin such discussions early. “I start the process before […]

Safe Money Resource Launches ‘Safe Money Approval’ Process for Ensuring Investors Benefit from ‘Clients First’ Minded Financial Planning Experts

{May 28th, 2014} by Globe Newswire

Safe Money Resource May 28, 2014 3:07 AM  CHERRY HILL, N.J., May 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – When mapping out their financial futures, people ought to have guidance from financial advisors who put their clients’ interests first, according to experienced wealth planner Brent Meyer. That is the philosophy that defines Safe Money […]

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Wink, Inc. Releases First Quarter, 2014 Indexed Sales Results

{May 27th, 2014} by Wink

— FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION — NEWS RELEASE INDEXED LIFE AND ANNUITY SALES OFF TO STRONG START IN 2014 Wink, Inc. Releases First Quarter, 2014 Indexed Sales Results Pleasant Hill, Iowa. May 23, 2014- Forty-three indexed annuity carriers participated in the 67th edition of Wink’s Sales & Market Report, representing 99.8% of indexed annuity production. Total first […]


First Quarter 2014 Indexed Insurance Sales

{May 27th, 2014} by Sheryl J. Moore

Indexed Annuity Wink’s Sales & Market Report, 1st Quarter 2014 shows first quarter 2014 indexed annuity sales were $10,869 million, compared with sales of $7,863 million for the first quarter of 2013. First quarter indexed annuity sales were down nearly 6% when compared to the previous quarter, and up more than 39% when compared with […]

Wink: First-Quarter US Sales of Indexed Annuities Up 38.6%; Average Commission to Agents Rises

{May 27th, 2014} by Fran Matso Lysiak

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa – Total sales of indexed annuities in the United States jumped 38.6% in the opening quarter of 2014 from the same period a year ago, as the average commission to sales agents rose 5.8%, up slightly from last quarter’s average, according to Wink Inc. This represented the first increase in the average […]

The top 10 indexed annuity carriers Q1 2014

{May 27th, 2014} by Daniel Williams

According to a [Wink’s Sales & Market Report] market report, indexed annuity sales hit nearly $10.9 billion in the first quarter. That number was a huge jump over the $7.8 billion sold in the same time a year ago, but down 6 percent from Q4 2013. In a blog posted by Sheryl J. Moore, President […]



{May 27th, 2014} by Victoria Peterson

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Indexed Annuity Seminar: Special event for Annuity professionals.

{May 27th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

Indexed Annuity Seminar: Special event for Annuity professionals. Wednesday June 11, 2014 1pm to 4pm At the Hilton Garden Inn -West Des Moines   Alan Grissom, Global Head of Insurance, S&P Dow Jones Indices Sheryl Moore, CEO, Wink, Inc. Vinit Srivastava, Senior Director, S&P Dow Jones Indices Russell Rhoads, Senior Instructor, CBOE Options Institute Matthew […]

How advisers bounce back from bankruptcy

{May 27th, 2014} by Liz Skinner

Advisers aren’t immune to the financial strains that lead more than a million Americans to file for personal bankruptcy every year, though they may face some extra professional challenges after such a step. “Financial professionals have to be so above reproach in this particular area because it would rightfully raise a question of whether a […]

MetLife struggles to get a read on Fed

{May 27th, 2014} by Zachary Tracer and Craig Giammona

(Bloomberg) — MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer, is struggling to understand what to expect from the Federal Reserve as regulators in Washington weigh how to increase oversight of the industry. “The hardest question to answer is, ‘What will the capital rules be?’” MetLife Chief Financial Officer John Hele said today in a conference […]

Speakers debate value of global regulatory standard

{May 27th, 2014} by Matthew Patane

An international move to put a global regulatory standard over U.S.-based insurance companies could increase costs to consumers, but it could also help prevent a future financial crisis, speakers at this week’s Global Insurance Symposium said. The suggested global standard would create one system for determining how much capital insurance companies would need to have, […]

Individual Life Sees 5th Straight Year Of Double-Digit Growth

{May 27th, 2014} by N/A

WINDSOR, Conn., May 27, 2014 — Individual life combination premium grew 12 percent in 2013 — the fifth consecutive year of double-digit growth — according to LIMRA’s 2014 Individual Life Combination Products Annual Review. Total new premium for life combination products reached $2.6 billion in 2013, representing 13 percent of total individual life insurance new […]

Five Myths About Retirement

{May 24th, 2014} by Tom Lauricella

It’s not all golf and grandchildren. Many people spend years planning for retirement and think they have it all figured out, until they actually retire. Here are a few areas where retirees don’t know as much as they think they do. Phil Foster   1. You’ll probably retire earlier than expected. Sounds like a good […]

National Annuity Awareness Month To Be Observed In June

{May 23rd, 2014} by N/A

Fairfax, VA – The National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) has joined the Coalition for Annuity Awareness in declaring June as National Annuity Awareness Month. National Annuity Awareness Month is designed to provide awareness and understanding of annuities and their benefits in financial and retirement planning. Activities in support of the inaugural National […]

Bill Seeks To Prevent Ex-Stock Brokers From Selling Insurance

{May 23rd, 2014} by Tim Loh, The Stamford Advocate, Conn.

May 23–State lawmakers passed a bill designed to prevent former stock brokers who have been stripped of their licenses from continuing to sell financial products with insurance licenses. The bill, passed earlier this month, would require the state banking commissioner to provide monthly reports to the state insurance commissioner listing the names of securities brokers […]

Growth Rate Of Roth IRA Balances Double That Of Traditional IRAs

{May 23rd, 2014} by Cyril Tuohy

For financial advisors obsessed with individual retirement account (IRA) investing, here’s a new tidbit to think about this Memorial Day weekend: Growth rates of Roth IRA balances grew at more than double the rate of traditional IRAs from 2010 to 2012. The median increase in the account balance for the group of Roth IRA owners […]

DIY Approach May Lead To Inaction In Retirement Investing

{May 23rd, 2014} by Cyril Tuohy

Do it yourselfers – DIYers – really don’t do much when it comes to managing their retirement investments. The most recent finding issued by Fidelity Investments begs the question: Is the DIY movement an excuse for inaction? Fidelity analyzed 13 million 401(k) investors living in major metropolitan areas and found that 63 percent of them […]

Industry Looks At ‘Feminine Famine’

{May 23rd, 2014} by Cyril Tuohy

An advisory panel to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards has recommended a series of steps aimed at encouraging more women to join the financial planning profession in a fight to stave off what the board calls the “feminine famine.” The study calls for making women more visible through the industry and within their […]

Why insurance companies like Iowa

{May 23rd, 2014} by Matthew Patane

Four insurance company executives discuss what they like about working in Iowa during the Global Insurance Symposium in Des Moines on Thursday, May 22. Click here to view

New Tech Millionaires Trust Technology Over Traditional Financial Advisers

{May 23rd, 2014} by David Randall

When the nine-person start-up he co-founded was bought by Facebook for a reported $15 million in January, Cemre Gungor, 27, was inundated with phone calls and emails from wealth advisers. Yet he spurned them all, opting instead to open an account with Betterment, an online financial adviser launched in 2010 that automatically invests in a […]

Do women need guaranteed retirement income products?

{May 23rd, 2014} by Warren S. Hersch

The idea that workplace retirement accounts should offer annuity-like guaranteed income streams to help women compensate for lower earnings and a great life expectancies relative to men is a good one. Judging from recent surveys on employee workplace benefits, the recommendation should be well received — and not just by women. According to a July […]

The 10 most memorable insurance ads ever

{May 23rd, 2014} by Lynette Gil

How many insurance company slogans can you recall right now? “Nationwide is on your side,” “Are you in good hands?” or “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” — you know them by heart from their many TV ads. That is the raw power of advertisers and marketing: Add a great can’t-get-out-of-my-head jingle, a […]

Accenture launches enhanced life insurance platform

{May 23rd, 2014} by Noah Guillaume

ALSO: Riskalyze, OptifiNow, Neace Lukins, AXA, Allianz and Digital Insurance Accenture (NYSE: ACN) released a new version of the Accenture Life Insurance Platform (ALIP), a configurable and scalable software suite that offers life insurance and annuity carriers solutions for product development, new business, underwriting, policy administration and payout. Click here to read.

The secrets to your success(ion)

{May 22nd, 2014} by David Port

It easily could have been dismissed as just one more study from yet another consultant trying to build a buzz around a seemingly inconsequential subject. But when the global analytics firm Cerulli Associates projected in a February 2014 report that 1 in 3 financial advisors (32 percent) in the United States plans to exit the […]

The 2014 NUL top 100

{May 22nd, 2014} by Warren S. Hersch, Emily Holbrook

Statistics can tell a lot, not only about the financial health of companies, but also how they stack up against one another. In this annual feature, we take the pulse of 100 top-ranking life and health insurers when measured against four key metrics: net investment income, total enrollment (health lines only), policyholder surplus and net […]

Philanthropy Planning: Tips For Advisors

{May 22nd, 2014} by Miriam Rozen

What financial advisor wouldn’t seize an opportunity to discover a client’s “passion” — or to help clients “create a peace” for themselves? Encouraging planned philanthropy offers both of those possibilities for financial advisors, saysPaula Feinberg, a financial advisor and senior vice president for investments atRaymond James & Associates inDallas. It also can help advisors establish […]

The Changing Social Media Landscape for Financial Professionals

{May 22nd, 2014} by Amy McIlwain

The social media landscape is constantly changing, and things have been shifting incredibly fast within the financial services industry. With the increased guidance from regulatory bodies and the large amount of older demographics on social media, social media is no longer just a should-do, but a must-do, when marketing yourself as a professional and your […]

Advisors find a safe way to use social media

{May 22nd, 2014} by Linda Koco

Social media — love it or hate it? It turns out that financial advisors, brokers and registered investment advisors are loving social media more in 2014 than they did five years ago. According to American Century Investments, 66 percent ranked social media’s overall value to their business as “high” or “medium” this year, up 36 […]

‘Silver Tsunami,’ and other terms that can irk the over-65 set

{May 22nd, 2014} by Nichole Morford

The senior market is growing rapidly, and it represents a huge opportunity for advisors. This is a diverse market comprised not just of retirees but also of those still in the prime of their careers and others who have recently made a career change. Perhaps more than any previous 65+ group, these prospects have strong […]

Lincoln online advisor tool wins innovation award

{May 22nd, 2014} by IFAwebnews Staff

PRESS RELEASE: The following content has been reprinted in whole or part from a company-supplied press release. The Lincoln Annuity Visualizer was recognized with an Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Marketing Innovation Award in the distributor category.Lincoln Financial Distributors, the wholesale distribution business of Radnor, Pa.based Lincoln Financial Group, was given the award for developing the […]

Use Annuities To Protect Yourself From Yourself

{May 22nd, 2014} by Jeffrey Brown

Everyone ages. And whether or not we care to admit it, each of us faces the risk of suffering from severely diminished cognitive ability as we grow older. In a recent article, Howard Gold referred to this as “the biggest retirement risk no one talks about.” The statistics are staggering: his article quotes a prior […]

Symposium markets Des Moines as insurance hub

{May 22nd, 2014} by Matthew Patane, mpatane@dmreg.com

At least one attendee of the first Global Insurance Symposium is looking at Des Moines for a business expansion. Raveendran Narasimhan, the managing director of ALEgION Insurance Broking Limited in India, told the Register his company is in the preliminary stages of opening an office in the Des Moines area. He said he plans to […]

100 Best Sales & Marketing Ideas

{May 22nd, 2014} by Nichole Morford

100 best sales & marketing ideas: 91-100 81-90 71-80 61-70 51-60 41-50 31-40 21-30 11-20 1-10      

Top 10 dumbest states for financial literacy

{May 22nd, 2014} by Dan Berman

Some people have a knack for financial planning and some don’t. It seems to be the same with states, a fact of life that will likely leave financial advisors in some areas of the nation with a lot more hand-holding to do with potential clients. People in these states are more likely to have revolving […]

AIG seen as trying to hobble probe with Lawsky lawsuit

{May 21st, 2014} by Patricia Hurtado and Bob Van Voris

(Bloomberg) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asked a judge to dismiss American International Group Inc.’s lawsuit against the state’s top financial regulator, saying the insurer is trying to interfere with a probe of unlicensed overseas insurance sales. “The investigation of AIG is not complete, and it remains to be seen what statutory violations, […]

Life insurance decree terminable upon ex’s remarriage

{May 21st, 2014} by Steven A. Meyerowit

An appellate court in Georgia, reversing a trial court’s decision, has ruled that an ex-husband’s obligation pursuant to a divorce decree to maintain life insurance on his life for a dozen years for the benefit of his ex-wife was terminable upon his ex-wife’s remarriage because it was “periodic alimony” and not a division of property. […]

3 key points from Global Insurance Symposium

{May 21st, 2014} by Matthew Patane

1. Financial education is key Larry Zimpleman, CEO, chairman and president of Principal Financial Group, said the U.S. needs to do a better job of teaching people financial literacy. Speaking during a panel with fellow insurance executives, Zimpleman said the nation’s education system should teach students how to create a financial plan. “The reality is […]

Ranking how indie B-Ds have fared since the financial crisis

{May 21st, 2014} by Bruce Kelly , Denise Southwood and Matt Sirinides

Five years ago, the sky was falling on the independent broker-dealer industry. After the credit crisis and the stock market crash that followed the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. bankruptcy in September 2008, few investors likely would have had the conviction to place a bet on IBDs. Indeed, dozens of privately held small to midsize independent […]

Total annuity sales up in first quarter

{May 21st, 2014} by Daniel Williams

Total annuity sales improved 11 percent in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the first quarter of 2013, totaling $57.7 billion according to the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute (LIMRA SRI). Annuity sales were driven largely by fixed annuity sales, which experienced a 43 percent increase in the first quarter, compared to prior year, reaching […]

Online carrier Elephant Insurance expands into life insurance

{May 21st, 2014} by IFAwebnews Staff

Elephant Insurance, a direct-to-consumer automobile insurance company based in Richmond, Va., partnered with AccuQuote to expand Elephant’s policy offerings to include life insurance. Elephant sells policies exclusively online. “At Elephant, we are constantly seeking out new ways to make insurance solutions more accessible for our auto insurance policyholders,” said Colleen Benzin, Head of Insurance Products […]

Life insurers show their hands with new VA filings

{May 21st, 2014} by Darla Mercado

You know spring has sprung when life insurers post new variable annuity filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This year, some life insurers are again offering generous living benefits plus new investment-focused annuities. Meanwhile, others are filing exchange offers for clients who already own contracts. The return to living benefits at a time when […]

Commissions vs. fees: What’s best for clients?

{May 21st, 2014} by Ed McCarthy

If you want to start a heated debate among financial advisors, ask which compensation model best serves clients: transaction-based commissions or asset-based fees? Each camp can offer arguments that support its approach: lower costs, fewer conflicts of interest, and so on. But if you ask investors for their preferences, the response is more nuanced. Click […]

FIO Director McRaith to Appear at Global Insurance Symposium in Iowa

{May 21st, 2014} by Jeff Jeffrey

WASHINGTON – Federal Insurance Office Director Michael McRaith was scheduled to make a rare appearance at the Global Insurance Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 21. He was scheduled to speak on insurance supervision efforts in the United States and abroad, according to a schedule released by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa Economic […]

LIMRA SRI: Total 1Q Annuity Sales Up 11%

{May 21st, 2014} by N/A

WINDSOR, Conn., May 21, 2014 — Total annuity sales improved 11 percent in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the first quarter of 2013, totaling $57.7 billion according to the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute (LIMRA SRI). Annuity sales were driven largely by fixed annuity sales, which experienced a 43 percent increase in the first […]

Annuities With LTC Can Be The Right Fit

{May 21st, 2014} by Linda Koco

Annuities that offer long-term care riders don’t get a lot of attention in industry news. But brokerage general agent Michael Smith said clients definitely are interested, and the product does sell when the fit is right. For example, one client had more than $200,000 sitting in a money market account “doing nothing.” This was not […]

8 differences between boomers and millennials

{May 21st, 2014} by Nichole Morford

The generation gap is nothing new — but is it widening? Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center recently asked this question as he was examining the differences between baby boomers and their children, the millennials. His findings support many common assumptions about this young market, but challenge others. Click here to read…