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Total Overall Indexed Annuity Sales and Best-Selling Indexed Annuities of All Time

{March 31st, 2015} by Jamie Johnson

At Wink, we have been tracking indexed annuity sales by insurance carrier each year since 1998 in our quarterly Wink’s Sales & Market Report. Last year we thought it would be interesting to compile the year-end sales to see which carriers would be in the top ten for total overall indexed annuity sales from 1998-2013.  […]

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In pursuit of finance, actuarial, or related degree? Gain experience with Wink!

{March 24th, 2015} by Victoria Peterson

Wink, Inc. Job Title: Market Analyst Department: Service Reports To: Vice President, Operations Position Type: Full-time, Exempt Travel Required: 0 – 10% Date Revised: February, 2015 SUMMARY: The Market Analyst supports the administrative unit by taking ownership of the creation, distribution, compilation, and reporting of data, projects, and various surveys. The qualified candidate will serve […]

This is your next big opportunity: Sr. Competitive Research Analyst

{February 18th, 2015} by Fidelity & Guaranty Life

Position Description Job Title: Sr. Competitive Research Analyst Department: Product Development Reports To: Director, Product Development Location: Baltimore or Des Moines Offices Grade: 14 FLSA Status: Exempt Date Prepared: 12/17/14 Summary This position is a key contributor to the product development and sales distribution, with an emphasis on competitive intelligence gathering and reporting. This position […]

Career Opportunities: Internal Sales Support Consultant / Sammons Financial Group

{February 2nd, 2015} by Sammons Financial Group

JOB SUMMARY: Provide fixed annuity sales support expertise to agents of both Midland National and North American. Strive to increase annuity sales by providing superior sales support for existing annuity producers as well as support new agent relationship development. Support efforts to increase overall effectiveness and efficiency of the sales support team in order to […]

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February 2nd – 6th, 2015 We are going to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E

{January 27th, 2015} by Jamie Johnson

On February 5th, 2015 Indexed Annuities turn 20 years old! Wink is going to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E this birthday all week long, during the first full week of the month and we invite you to join us. From February 2nd to February 6th,  YOU (yes, YOU!)  can access Wink’s AnnuitySpecs analysis tool for free, all week long*!! […]

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Exciting enhancements for Wink’s services in 2015!

{December 31st, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

Happy New Year! Thank YOU for being a part of the extended Wink family in 2014. We’ve made it our resolution to offer the best darned competitive intel in the life insurance and annuity industries. Period. To ring in the new year, we are excited to announce enhancements for our analysis tools, AnnuitySpecs and LifeSpecs!   Effective January 1st, […]

Merry Christmas

{December 24th, 2014} by Sheryl J. Moore and the Wink Rockstars

  Wink’s Note: The Wink office will be closed December 25th – 28th as we celebrate the holiday with our families.    

Twenty-six individuals from around the world, including active members of the US military, military veterans and military spouses, hold American flags prior to taking the oath to become US citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, November 10, 2014, on the 239th anniversary of the founding of the US Marine Corps.AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

Veterans Day: Difficult Transitions: BLOG

{November 12th, 2014} by B.D., WASHINGTON, DC

For around 550 American servicemen, today marks the start of something new: a return to civilian life. That is the number of veterans who leave the military every day, on average. As America draws down from a decade of remote warfare, the armed forces are expected to shed nearly 250,000 soldiers a year over the […]

Bullied, gay teen’s ‘dying wish’ denied after suicide

{October 29th, 2014} by MSNBC Originals

After AJ Bett’s suicide from bullying some of his organs were rejected because he was gay, according to his mom Sheryl Moore [Wink’s CEO]. Click here to view


Insurance Carrier & Agent Summit

{October 22nd, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

Wink’s CEO, Sheryl J. Moore will be speaking at Laser App Software’s two day Insurance Carrier & Agent Summit event at the West Des Moines Marriott in West Des Moines Iowa. The summit is designed to educate insurance carriers and agencies. Both sessions are free to attend. Insurance Carrier Day Wednesday, November 5th: 8 am – […]

Smart, driven, successful people often network with others just like them; Pass the word!

{September 15th, 2014} by Kristin Percival

Sammons Financial Group Member Companies has an immediate opening in our West Des Moines office for an experienced Internal Sales Support Consultant.  To find good people we look to good people, like you, to help us spread the word! We are seeking motivated individuals who: Enjoy answering 65+ inbound calls per day assisting agents and […]

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Wink’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

{September 10th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

Wink  recently joined the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and celebrated their location in Pleasant Hill, Iowa on Tuesday September 9th, 2014 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Wink’s CEO, Sheryl J. Moore, purchased the building at 5148 E. University Avenue over two years ago after doubling her staff and outgrowing their previous office. The building, remodeled […]

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Months before his death, he decided to become an organ donor: Wink’s Blog

{August 18th, 2014} by Wink

It’s been just over a year since Sheryl J. Moore’s (CEO of Wink, Inc. and Moore Market Intelligence) son took his own life.  Sheryl recently learned that while AJ’s organs– heart, lungs, kidneys– were donated,  his eyes were not. Why were his eyes ineligble to donate? We would like to share AJ’s donation story and Sheryl’s fight to change outdated […]


Join us in Vegas #AdvnetSummit August 13th-15th, 2014

{July 23rd, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

We are pleased to announce that Wink, Inc.’s CEO, Sheryl J. Moore, will be speaking at the Advisor Network Summit taking place August 13-15th at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The Advisor Network Summit (#AdvnetSummit)  is a peer-to-peer event for top Life-Health advisors to stay up to date with current industry trends, marketing strategies and selling techniques.   #AdvnetSummit will provide advisors […]

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Looking for the next rockstar at your company?

{July 2nd, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

“Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.” ― Michele Jennae Are you looking for a professional to fill an opening for an advisor training and development, instructional design, employee development, or a marketing role in the life insurance and/or fixed annuity industries at […]


Happy Fourth of July!

{July 1st, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

The Wink team will be out of the office July 3rd and 4th, enjoying an extended patriotic celebration of Independence Day.   We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

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Top-notch coaching both in and out of the office

{June 26th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

Wink’s VP, , is a top-notch coach both in and out of the office. Peterson coached the Grandview Little League Bomberettes; the Wink-sponsored softball team made up of girls, ages 13-16, from around the Des Moines metro area, this summer. The Bomberettes finished the season with a 16-20 record and Coach Peterson was given the opportunity to lead […]

Do You Really Know What Retirement is?

{June 13th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

The link to the 6.5.14 National Annuity Awareness Month Webcast #1 replay: https://nafa.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/NAFA-Webcast-Do-We-Really-Know-What-Retirement-Is-6-5-14-8.30-AM.mov   Don’t miss out on the other events at: http://annuityed.org/about-safe/national-annuity-awareness-month/     JUNE IS NATIONAL ANNUITY AWARENESS MONTH During the month of June, fellow trade associations will provide educational material, webcasts and social media communications to help educate financial professionals and the public […]

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Wink’s logo was featured in the LogoLounge’s annual list of design trends.

{June 3rd, 2014} by Wink, Inc.

The PUSH Branding & Design designed logo for Wink was featured in the LogoLounge’s annual list of design trends. Click here to read!    

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 […]



{May 27th, 2014} by Victoria Peterson

Two-day options course for Annuity Marketing practitioners. Group Rates NOW AVAILABLE! Brought to you by Chicago Hedging Company and S&P Dow Jones Join S&P Dow Jones, CBOE, Wink, Inc., and Chicago Hedging Company for 2 days of learning about Options, Indexed Crediting Methods, and new indices that will help you excel in providing retirement solutions […]


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 […]

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Wink participated in the Earth Day Trash Bash!

{May 13th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

    The Wink Team participated in the 2014 Earth Day Trash Bash on April 25, 2014. The annual Trash Bash one of the many things that make the city of Des Moines a great place to live, work, and play. There were over 1200 registered participants at more than 60 project locations throughout the greater […]


Advisor Network Summit

{April 29th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

Wink’s CEO, Sheryl J. Moore, will be speaking at the Advisor Network Summit. Don’t miss out! Be sure to take advantage of this well rounded program that includes distinguished and award winning advisor/speakers, unrivaled networking opportunities, and superior educational opportunities. Join Us At This CAN’T MISS Industry Conference The Advisor Network Summit is designed to be […]

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Save the date! Two-day options course for Annuity Marketing practitioners

{April 24th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson



What is SAFE?

{April 24th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

The Society for Annuity Facts & Education (SAFE), Inc. embarked on its mission to raise awareness and provide the public with reliable information about annuities beginning May 2012. SAFE’s mission is provide accurate, easy-to-understand information about annuities and their role of insuring retirement saving and retirement income to Americans. Organized as a 501(c)3 charitable, educational […]



{April 24th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

UPDATED: As promised: the top ten carriers for Total Overall Indexed Universal Life Sales from 1998-2013! Since 1998 we have been tracking  indexed annuity and indexed universal life sales by insurance carrier for each quarter. We report on their year-end sales in our 4th Quarter Wink’s Sales & Market Reports.  I thought it would be interesting to compile all the results […]


Total Overall Indexed Annuity Sales and Best-Selling Indexed Annuities of All Time

{April 8th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

Since 1998, we have been tracking  indexed annuity sales by insurance carrier and each year in our 4th Quarter Wink’s Sales & Market Reports, we report their year-end sales.  I thought it would be interesting to compile the year-end sales and see which carriers would be in the top ten for total overall indexed annuity […]

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Springtime is a special time for Sheryl J. Moore and family!

{March 25th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

We are very excited to welcome the newest member of our extended Wink family: Jackson Alexander Moore! Jackson is the son of Sheryl J. Moore (CEO of Wink and Moore Market Intelligence) and her husband Jeremiah. He is baby brother to sisters: Lexi and Aaliyah Betts. Jackson was born on the night of March 23rd […]

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{February 4th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

“It seems I’ve been preaching about how valuable these [indexed annuity] products are for 15 years, and people are finally starting to get the memo!” ~Sheryl J. Moore, president and chief executive officer, Moore Market Intelligence and Wink, Inc.


Heads up D.C! Here’s a new position for your energy and expertise. Are you qualified?

{February 4th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

Heads up to those in the D.C. metro area! Here’s an opportunity that was sent to us to forward on. This is one for a high-energy, self-starting individual who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment. Don’t miss out! Are you qualifed?  Company: Kestler Financial Group Position: Internal Wholesaler Location: Washington D.C. Metro Area Job Description: Kestler Financial Group, […]

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Competive Intel Rockstar wanted. Is it you?

{January 7th, 2014} by Victoria Peterson

We’ve got the Intel – and the career – you need! Wink is a group of cool, fun, and intelligent insurance professionals. Our specific mission? (And yours, should you choose to accept it!) To provide the best darned competitive intelligence to the life insurance and annuity industries. Period. SUMMARY: We are looking for a Service […]


Look to Wink at NAILBA 32!

{November 15th, 2013} by Jamie Johnson

Look to Wink at NAILBA 32!   Sheryl J. Moore’s Wink rockstars will be at NAILBA 32 on November 21st-23rd and we’ve got the intel you need *wink*! You won’t want to miss our Booth #305. Our mission is to provide the best darned competitive intelligence to the life insurance and annuity industries. Period. We don’t do […]


Income Rocks! Guaranteed Retirement Income Rocks!

{October 7th, 2013} by Jamie Johnson

Most workers really WANT to have guaranteed retirement income and they’ll give up some of their salary for it. InsuranceNewsNet Magazine shared with us in their August 2013 edition:   Guaranteed Retirement Income Rocks A lot of workers really want to have a guaranteed income in retirement, so much that they are willing to pull the […]

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We are Wink!

{August 21st, 2013} by Jamie Johnson

We have rebranded to one name, one new dynamic website, same ownership, same people, great service, and unparalleled competitive intelligence tools- AnnuitySpecs and LifeSpecs. Wink, Inc. is now the competitive intelligence firm behind the AnnuitySpecs and LifeSpecs tools! Wink is also distributing Wink’s Sales & Market Report. The rebrand to Wink encompasses all of our […]

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Our hearts go out to Sheryl and family in this difficult time of sorrow. [UPDATE]

{August 1st, 2013} by Wink, Inc (AnnuitySpecs and LifeSpecs)

It is with deep personal regret that we write to inform of the unexpected death on Saturday of Sheryl Moore’s son, A.J., a treasured member of our Wink family. Sheryl will be unavailable during this difficult time; in the meantime please do contact the Wink, Inc office directly at support@annuityspecs.com or 515-262-2623. We will inform you […]