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  • Life Insurance Awareness Month

    {September 6th, 2017} by Life Happens

    While life insurance is a proven way to protect loved ones, findings from the 2017 Life Insurance Barometer Study by Life Happens and LIMRA show that the majority of life insurance owners do not have enough coverage. To make sure Americans are reminded of the need to include life insurance in their financial plans, the nonprofit organization […]

    Winks aids in Hurricane Harvey recovery

    {September 5th, 2017} by Wink RockStars

    Presence matters, whether you show up to provide aid in a disaster zone, send your love and emotional support, or donate financially, you make an impact.  We may have watched Hurricane Harvey and the horrific flood from the comfort of our homes, located throughout the U.S., however, we have been present throughout the ordeal by […]

    Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

    {August 29th, 2017} by Charity Navigator

    Our prayers are with all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey;  view the list of charities at the bottom right of the Charity Navigator site for ways to help. 

    Be a blessing

    {August 8th, 2017} by Wink RockStars

    Brandon Jons was diagnosed with leukemia September 1989. He relapsed two years later and passed away on November 5th, 1991 at the age of five.   “So many folks rallied to help us when he [Brandon] had leukemia. We even got adopted by a church group that made sure we had Christmas. And we had a benefit […]

    Wink has a new home!

    {July 6th, 2017} by Wink RockStars

    The Wink office is now located at 5 Greenwood Terrace, Des Moines, Iowa 50312. Please note: The Wink team will be available intermittently Wednesday, July 12th – Friday, July 14th, 2017, while moving office locations.  We will resume regular business hours on Monday, July 17th,  2017 from 8 AM – 5 PM, Central Time. 

    Operation Clean Up Easter Lake

    {July 5th, 2017} by Jamie Johnson

    The Wink team joined Polk County Conservation and the Easter Lake Watershed Project for a clean-up day at Easter Lake on June 23rd. Easter Lake is a man-made reservoir located within the city limits of Des Moines, Iowa. The lake was constructed in 1967 on the site of the last operating coal mine in Polk […]

    National Annuity Awareness Month Edition

    {June 20th, 2017} by Jamie Johnson

    You’ll notice that the majority of Wink’s posted articles for this week are annuity articles, in recognition of June’s National Annuity Awareness Month.   National Annuity Month aligns perfectly with Wink’s top priority of ensuring that the public has the needed information and tools that are necessary, to succeed in their search for retirement plan […]

    Wink supports National Annuity Awareness Month

    {May 30th, 2017} by Wink's RockStars

    We will be supporting the annual National Annuity Awareness Month in June. National Annuity Awareness Month is designed to provide awareness and understanding of annuities and their benefits in financial and retirement planning. Be sure to look for our social media communications with a focus on educating the public on the important role annuities play […]

    SO, YOU WANT TO BE A ROCKSTAR TOO?

    {May 24th, 2017} by Victoria Peterson

    Are you an expert on variable annuity (VA) products? Do you understand the VA landscape, inside-and-out? Wink is looking for someone with product management/competitive intelligence experience in the VA market to expand the offerings of Wink’s AnnuitySpecs tool. If you are one of the foremost authority’s in the VA business- WE WANT YOU Please check […]

    Total Overall IUL Sales!

    {May 16th, 2017} by Jamie Johnson

    In 1998, Wink began tracking indexed universal life (IUL) sales by insurance carrier each year in our quarterly Wink’s Sales & Market Report. We recently compiled all of the data from 1998 – 2016 to  establish the top 10 indexed universal life carriers for the  “Total Overall Indexed Universal Life Sales.”  Global Atlantic Financial Group (Accordia […]

    TOP SELLING INDEXED ANNUITIES OF ALL TIME!

    {May 2nd, 2017} by Jamie Johnson

    Wink continues to receive many inquiries about which products are the best-selling indexed annuities of all time. We began tracking individual product sales of indexed annuities in 2006; in 2013 we compiled these individual product sales to see which products were the top selling indexed annuities ” of all time” from 2006-2013.  We decided to update […]

    NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE DAY

    {May 2nd, 2017} by Wink RockStars

    May 2nd marks the anniversary of the day life insurance became available in the United States. 1759 On May 2, 1759, the charter was recorded for the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers — America’s first life insurance company. Known as the Presbyterian Ministers Fund for Life Insurance, […]

    Agent Commission

    {April 19th, 2017} by Wink's RockStars

    Average Agent Commission, an infographic.      

    For Every Life, There is a Story

    {April 18th, 2017} by Wink RockStars

    April is Donate Life Month; this is a time to remember loved ones who gave the incredible gift of organ, tissue, and eye donation and to celebrate the impact made in the lives of recipients. This month, we remember Alexander M. Betts Jr. (AJ), the son of Sheryl J. Moore and the significance of his […]

    Total Overall Indexed Annuity Sales

    {April 7th, 2017} by Jamie Johnson

    We have tracked indexed annuity sales by insurance carrier each year since 1998 in our quarterly Wink’s Sales & Market Report. Did you know that All-Time sales for indexed annuities through 2016 are over $507.9 billion according to Wink’s Sales & Market Report?! Wow!! A few years ago we thought it would be interesting to compile the […]

    Please join us in congratulating the Moore family!

    {March 21st, 2017} by Wink's RockStars

    Wink’s CEO, Sheryl J. Moore gave birth to her handsome baby boy, Xander Paul Moore on March 14th, 2017.  Xander Paul weighed 8 lbs, 10 oz and is 20 1/4 inches long.  Sheryl and baby Xander are both doing great and resting up.   Please join us in congratulating the Moore family and welcoming Xander […]

    Connect the Wink way! Social Media resources

    {February 27th, 2017} by Wink's RockStars

    Social media affects everything we do. As valued Wink subscribers, we invite you to utilize our social resources to share your breaking news and engage in adept “employerism” by engaging a vast talent pool of insurance industry professionals. Please send the link to your news release and career openings to support@looktowink.com.  We’ll share throughout our social networks. […]

    Wink’s Life and Annuity Industry Virtual Job Fair!

    {February 16th, 2017} by Wink's Virtual Job Fair

    Wink is supporting the 2nd annual Insurance Careers Month during February with a virtual job fair for the life insurance and annuity industry! Please browse through all of the current career openings  at http://www.looktowink.com/category/insurance-industry-jobs/   This is our last newsletter featuring the virtual job fair, however, there is still time to be featured on our website and […]

    They are on fire to read!

    {February 13th, 2017} by Wink's RockStars

    Last year, Sheryl J. Moore funded Mrs. Tully Lahmann’s DonorsChoose.org project on Wink’s behalf. Mrs. Tully Lahmann needed to obtain a graphic library of books that consisted of graphic novels, biographies, and graphic nonfiction books for her classroom.  Graphic novels are a great way to entice students to love reading, while simultaneously building their reading […]

    Birthday memories

    {January 24th, 2017} by Wink RockStars

    Happy Birthday AJ!  CLICK HERE to view our tribute to celebrate the life of AJ for his mom, Sheryl J. Moore.          When God Comforted Me © Colleen Mclean Published on April 2015 From heaven he was delivered As a baby unto you, When God said to me softly I’m trusting you to […]

    Accept the challenges

    {January 5th, 2017} by Wink's RockStars

    General George Smith Patton Jr. said,  “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” This past year was a challenging year for most with a lot of uncertainty; can you say, DOL Fiduciary Rule?! We shared over 366 unique articles regarding the DOL rule in 2016 and news circling the ruling […]

    Merry Christmas!

    {December 20th, 2016} by Wink RockStars

    The Wink office will be closed Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th to spend the joyous holiday with our families.     

    Balance of productivity and Wink-awesomeness

    {December 13th, 2016} by Wink's RockStars

    Sheryl, Wink’s CEO and Tori, VP of Operations are the founding and guiding forces of Wink. To be the best of the best, we often find ourselves in uncharted waters; navigating the business requires the forecasting, inspiration, and commitment of Sheryl along with Tori’s communication and sharp thinking to clear the path to our success.  We […]

    Grateful heart

    {November 22nd, 2016} by Wink's RockStars

    In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for YOU. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us each and every day. Counting you among our customers is something for which we are especially grateful. The Wink office will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th to enjoy the holiday […]

    Random Acts of Kindness

    {November 9th, 2016} by Jamie Johnson

    #RAOK The giving spirit doesn’t stop after the holidays at Wink. We embrace this spirit every day and strive to make random acts of kindness become not-so-random.  Our collective Wink family is grateful to feel blessed and as a result, we are diligent in “paying it forward” to our family, friends, colleagues, and strangers.  We want to […]

    BINGO!

    {November 8th, 2016} by Wink RockStars

    From Italy’s Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia originating in 1530, to Beano reaching the U.S. in 1929 and evolving to the game we know today; Bingo has proven to be a popular game as it has continued across countries for ages. In the senior community, Bingo is great for recreational therapy and socializing. It is easy […]

    Graphic Novels Excite Students to Read!

    {October 25th, 2016} by Wink's RockStars

    Wink’s CEO, Sheryl J. Moore believes that getting students excited about reading can change their lives. Her son, A.J. Betts loved reading graphic novels, a book made up of comics content, and so does Mrs. Tully Lahmann’s class.  Mrs. Tully Lahmann commented “I brought in a couple of my son’s and the kids went crazy. […]

    Detailed commission information on all indexed annuities.

    {October 18th, 2016} by Wink's RockStars

    We have received reports that insurance companies are engaging expensive consulting and actuarial firms, in order to obtain compensation information on indexed annuities, so that they can perform their due diligence in regards to “reasonable compensation.” GREAT NEWS FOR YOU!! You (your employer) are likely already paying for a resource that houses detailed commission information […]

    This is likely to be Wink’s only blog about golf.

    {September 26th, 2016} by Jamie Johnson

    Does playing golf enhance your career in the financial industry? It certainly can be effective for networking; how may other chances do we get to build relationships and allot time for a four hour meeting?!  This is likely to be Wink’s only blog about golf. While we do have a couple of deft golfers who are more […]

    Wink’s Office Hours

    {September 9th, 2016} by Wink RockStars

      The Wink office may close at noon on Fridays but the RockStars are working 24/7 behind the scenes to ensure the most current & accurate data on our site!   The Wink office is open: Monday- Thursday, 8 AM -5PM and Friday, 8 AM -Noon, Central Time  

    Out of the Darkness Walk

    {September 6th, 2016} by Wink's RockStars

    Sheryl J. Moore and members of the Wink team will be walking in Central Iowa’s Out of the Darkness Walk, to join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and […]

    #FirstSevenJobs

    {August 9th, 2016} by Jamie Johnson

    Last week,  Twitter user @mariancall asked her followers, “What were your first seven jobs?” and the hashtag #FirstSevenJobs took off.  Entrepreneur staff writer Lydia Belanger picked up the story and writes “Everyone has to start somewhere.” It’s inspiring to see the zig zagging that others took on the path to success. It’s also fun to reminisce […]

    Top Selling IULs of All Time

    {August 4th, 2016} by Jamie Johnson

    We began tracking the individual product sales of indexed universal life (IUL) products in the second quarter of 2008.  We recently updated our annual “Top Selling Indexed ULs of All Time” chart to reflect IUL sales through 2015.  National Western’s Lifetime Returns Select took over the title of the “Top Selling IUL of All Time” with […]

    Good Luck Coach Peterson!

    {July 19th, 2016} by Wink RockStars

    Good luck to our VP of Operations, Tori Peterson as she leads her talented Grandview Little League 2016 AllStars softball girls through Regionals in South Bend Indiana this weekend. The winner will be 2016 Senior League Softball Central Region Champion.       UPDATE on July 25, 2016: These champions came home with THIRD PLACE! […]

    Innovating in Adverse Markets

    {July 14th, 2016} by Jamie Johnson

    The third annual Des Moines Insurance Conference, held in Des Moines, IA at the Principal home office on June 28th, 2016, gave attendees had a special treat for lunch and it wasn’t just the great brownies provided. Wink’s CEO, Sheryl J. Moore was the guest speaker at the conference luncheon presenting on “Innovating in Adverse […]

    Total Overall IUL Sales

    {July 11th, 2016} by Jamie Johnson

    In 1998, Wink began tracking indexed universal life sales by insurance carrier each year in our quarterly Wink’s Sales & Market Report.  Please enjoy our updated “Total Overall Indexed Universal Life Sales” data from 1998 through 2015. Global Atlantic Financial Group (Accordia Life) continues as the leader for Total Overall Indexed Indexed Universal Life Sales with […]

    All you need to know about everything that matters

    {July 6th, 2016} by Jamie Johnson

    Wink took an extended holiday weekend to celebrate Independence Day; we hope you had a great holiday too! Since we want you to be the first-to-know on all of the hot and trending industry news, we delayed the newsletter until Thursday morning this week just to ensure you have the most up-to-date news.  As you know, we monitor […]

    June is National Annuity Awareness Month

    {June 21st, 2016} by Wink's RockStars

    National Annuity Awareness Month was created to provide much needed awareness and education on annuities. We want to have agents get some skin in the game too when it comes to National Annuity Awareness Month! The idea is to take the message viral and that’s something that agents can really help with. Follow Wink on Social […]

    Top Selling Indexed Annuities of All Time! 2006-2015

    {June 7th, 2016} by Jamie Johnson

    Wink receives many inquiries about which products are the best-selling indexed annuities of all time. We began tracking individual product sales of indexed annuities in 2006; a few years ago we compiled these individual product sales to see which products were the top selling indexed annuities ” of all time” from 2006-2013.  Let’s take a […]

    Join Sheryl J. Moore at the 5th Annual Americas Structured Products & Derivatives Conference 2016| Exclusive discount to attend

    {June 1st, 2016} by Wink RockStars

      Meet Sheryl J. Moore at the 5th Annual Americas Structured Products & Derivatives Conference, which will take place on June 16-17, 2016 at the Revere Hotel, in Boston. Sheryl will be speaking at the event.  The Americas Structured Products & Derivatives conference is the biggest event of the industry dedicated to the Americas region. It brings together […]

    Where is the Indexed RockStar off to next? June speaking events.

    {May 3rd, 2016} by Wink's RockStars

    Sheryl J. Moore, CEO of Wink, Inc., and Moore Market Intelligence (a.k.a. Indexed RockStar) will be speaking at the 5th Annual Americas Structured Products & Derivatives conference June 16-17, 2016 in Boston, MA. The two days conference will bring together senior representatives from retail banks, insurance companies, investment banks, fund managers as well as law firms, regulatory […]

    In other news…

    {April 12th, 2016} by Jamie Johnson

    You’ll notice in this week’s newsletter that a majority of the articles from this past week are all about the DOL Fiduciary Rule; especially as it pertains to indexed annuities.  Here are some direct links to the “other industry news” included from this past week, if you need to step away from the rule for just […]

    IndexedGirl’s May speaking event

    {April 5th, 2016} by WInk's RockStars

      Wink’s CEO, Sheryl J. Moore will be speaking at the upcoming Collabrix DOL Strategy Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa on May 23rd.     Speakers at the event include:                                    Where is the Indexed RockStar off to next? […]

    Total Overall Indexed Annuity Sales

    {March 29th, 2016} 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. Did you know that All-Time sales for indexed annuities through 2015 are over $439.9 billion according to Wink’s Sales & Market Report?! Wow!! A couple of years ago we thought it would be […]

    Webinar guest speaker: Sheryl J. Moore on DOL update

    {March 1st, 2016} by Wink RockStars

    DOL UPDATE: Get ready for no-load annuities Thu, Mar 17, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT Learn from two industry titans how the proposed DOL ruling will impact your practice. Join guest speaker Sheryl J. Moore, an industry icon and educator, along with Alternative Brokerage CEO, Bob Phillips to learn about how the proposed […]

    Thank you for a great year!

    {February 23rd, 2016} by Wink RockStars

    A snapshot of events that defined our 2015: WinkYearEnd2015           ************************************************

    We do the work so you don’t have to!

    {February 16th, 2016} by Wink's RockStars

    We monitor a multitude of magazines, newspapers, websites, and trade journals on a daily basis for relevant industry news to send directly to your email inbox once a week in our weekly newsletter. We value our relationships with media outlets because we want to continue being the first-to-know on hot and trending industry news, so […]

    Presidents Day 2016

    {February 9th, 2016} by Wink RockStars

    The Wink office will be closed Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents Day. 

    Goodbye 2015! HELLO 2016!

    {December 28th, 2015} by Wink RockStars

    We wish you a safe and happy new year!

    Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

    {December 22nd, 2015} by Sheryl J. Moore and the Wink Rockstars

      Wink’s Note: The Wink office will be closed December 24th & 25th as we celebrate the holiday with our families.     

    Demystifying Risk-Controlled Indices And Crediting Methods

    {December 4th, 2015} by Wink, Inc

    With interest rates at historical lows, and volatility always looming, indexed annuity sales have been reaching record levels year over year. How have risk-controlled indices contributed to this steady and impressive growth? Join our panel of industry leaders as they tackle this question, including Sheryl J. Moore, CEO of Moore Market Intelligence and co-author of […]

    Happy Thanksgiving

    {November 24th, 2015} by Wink RockStars

    So much to be thankful for this year… but most importantly, we are thankful for YOU! Many blessings from the Wink family!  Happy Thanksgiving!    Wink will be closed November 26th- 27th to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with our families.

    An Interview With a Veteran

    {November 10th, 2015} by Wink RockStars

    Wink is closed on November 11th to honor Veterans Day. We are proud of the U.S. Veterans and want to say THANK YOU to those who serve and have served! We would like to take a moment to feature a very special veteran in our extended Wink family, Sheryl Moore’s father, Kurt S. Sundberg, CTRCM, […]

    Wink supports local Fitness for Food Fundraiser

    {November 2nd, 2015} by Jamie Johnson

    The 2015 FITNESS FOR FOOD FUNDRAISER will be held on November 10th, 6 P.M., at Willowbrook Elementary School in Altoona, IA.  100% of all donations to the Fitness for Food Fundraiser are used to purchase turkey dinner meals that feed a family of four through Hy-Vee in Altoona. In return, the dinners are then donated to Caring […]

    What’s ‘The One Thing’?

    {October 16th, 2015} by Jamie Johnson with assistance from the Wink team

    I recently came across the below article, “I Wish I Knew Then: 6 Power Women Share Most Valuable Career Advice”. The article has today’s successful female leaders sharing key insights into their careers. A question was asked to six top female leaders, identified as successful, about ‘The One Thing’ they had wished they had known when […]

    Blessed are the Mothers

    {October 14th, 2015} by Wink RockStars

    On September 25, 2015 Sherri (Luett) Timm was laid to rest. Sherri treasured her family; what was most important to her was being a mother and grandmother. She liked to cross-stitch and hanging on a wall in her home was her Blessed are the Mothers framed cross-stitch. Blessed are the Mothers who love God, for […]

    Meals From the Heartland: Annual Hunger Fight

    {September 8th, 2015} by Jamie Johnson

    Wink Rock Stars volunteered at the 8th Annual Hunger Fight with Meals from the Heartland and helped package 4 MILLION meals in just FOUR DAYS! Every year, the Annual Hunger Fight has a tremendous impact on alleviating local and global hunger. The meals are distributed to food-insecure children and families by partners like Convoy of Hope, DMARC, and […]

    National Suicide Prevention Week

    {September 1st, 2015} by Bob Gebbia

    Dear Friends, We have some real momentum going into National Suicide Prevention Week – September 6-12. We recently partnered with the Anxiety Depression Association of America and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention to conduct a public opinion poll on mental health and suicide prevention, and the results are truly encouraging. Highlights include: Nearly […]

    Coming Soon!

    {August 25th, 2015} by Wink RockStars

    Serving as the industry’s #1 resource of indexed insurance product sales; Wink’s Sales & Market Report is unique in that it provides sales by product, company, crediting method, index, distribution channel, surrender charge period and more. The newest version of Wink’s Sales & Market Report will be released with the upcoming 2nd Quarter, 2015 results!   […]

    #ILookLikeAnAgent

    {August 18th, 2015} by Jamie Johnson

    Wink loves the latest viral Twitter campaign #ILookLikeAnEngineer!  Facing our own industry stereotypes, we can relate with fellow insurance agents who “do not fit the cookie-cutter mold”.  Calling all Agents! Stand up and join our campaign! Tweet us a photo to redefine who an insurance agent is #ILookLikeAnAgent  Click HERE for further #ILookLikeAnEngineer inspiration  

    Sincere condolences

    {August 4th, 2015} by Wink Rockstars

    We send our sincere condolences out to Wink’s CEO, Sheryl J. Moore. Her grandfather, Raymond Sundberg recently passed away. Raymond Verlin Sundberg served as an insurance agent with New York Life and Midland National Life for years. He never knew a stranger, and loved talking with just about anyone. He was so very proud of Sheryl as they […]

    Love is in the air- Jamie Johnson and Family welcome baby!

    {June 16th, 2015} by Victoria Peterson

    We are very excited to welcome the newest member of our extended Wink, Inc. family: Bremen Leo Johnson! Bremen Leo is the son of Wink Communication Specialist, Jamie Johnson and her husband Jack.  Bremen (Brey-muhn) is the first child for the Johnsons. He was born Monday June 8th at 9:33 A.M, weighed 7lbs 15.2 oz, and […]

    Eager to leverage your sales and relationship-building skills?

    {June 2nd, 2015} by Kestler Financial Group

    Senior Internal Wholesaler Kestler Financial Group – Washington D.C. Metro Area Job Description Seeking a career with a growing company? Eager to leverage your sales and relationship-building skills? Thrive in a fun and collaborative environment? If so, we need to talk!… As an industry leader, Kestler Financial Group recognizes and rewards the individual talents and […]

    April Showers bring May…

    {April 28th, 2015} by Wink's RockStars

    Stay tuned for more details! Check out Wink’s updates all month on social media at: Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Twitter

    Earth Day Trash Bash 2015

    {April 21st, 2015} by Jamie Johnson

    On Friday, April 24th the Wink Rockstars will be joining The Bash! The Earth Day Trash Bash that is, with over 1200 volunteers in the Des Moines area to pick-up litter, clear out invasive species, clean up our creeks, plant trees and native species and more.  Wink Rockstars will be rolling up their sleeves to […]

    Total Overall Indexed Universal Sales and Top Selling Indexed ULs of All Time

    {April 7th, 2015} by Jamie Johnson

    At Wink, we have been tracking indexed universal life sales by insurance carrier each year since 1998 in our quarterly Wink’s Sales & Market Report. Last year we compiled all the results to see which companies are the top ten for overall sales. We are continuing our analysis this year by updating the “Total Overall […]

    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.  […]

    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 […]

    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*!! […]

    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, […]

    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 – […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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!

    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 Wink's RockStars

    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 […]

    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 […]

    ADVISORS AND TRADERS: Understanding the CREDITING METHODS

    {May 27th, 2014} by N/A

    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 […]

    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 […]

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

    {April 24th, 2014} by Jamie Johnson

    GROUP RATES NOW AVAILABLE!  

    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 […]

    Updated: TOTAL OVERALL IUL SALES AND BEST-SELLING IULs OF ALL TIME (2008-2013)

    {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 […]

    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 […]

    Quotable

    {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, […]

    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 […]

    Are you dedicated to promoting the understanding of fixed annuities through the education? Director wanted.

    {December 20th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Submitted by: Kim O’Brien, President & CEO kim@nafa.com JOB DESCRIPTION – Education CONSULTANT TITLE:  Director of Education LOCATION: Phoenix, Arizona at an office site to be determined TYPE: Contracted Consultant GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The position is responsible for strengthening relationships with current NAFA members through educational initiatives: including constructing and maintaining the NAFA web content and presence; directing the […]

    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 […]

    Picture yourself building a successful career working alongside other talented, highly motivated individuals

    {August 28th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Project Manager/Senior Writer /Indexed Annuities – Marketing Communications Picture yourself building a successful career with Retirement Income Solutions (Formerly known as SunAmerica) working alongside other talented, highly motivated individuals committed to reaching our goal of becoming a top provider of mutual funds and retirement income solutions. We believe that our success depends on building a […]

    Hot off the press! Marketing Director Opportunity

    {August 26th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

      Marketing Director Summary: The Marketing Director is responsible for overseeing National Life Group’s life product marketing strategy, eLearning strategy as it relates to our life products and manages the product marketing team. This individual is responsible for identifying and implementing new marketing opportunities for our sales force, and is responsible for developing strategies to […]

    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 […]

    Heads up West Des Moines- Guggenheim posted a job opening at their EquiTrust business unit

    {August 5th, 2013} by Jamie Johnson, Communication Specialist, Wink, Inc.

    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 […]

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

    {August 1st, 2013} by Wink, Inc

    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 […]

    Our hearts go out to Sheryl J. Moore, President and CEO of Wink, and her family in this difficult time of sorrow.

    {July 29th, 2013} by Wink, Inc

    Many of you have heard the story, however you may not have known his name or face. A.J., Sheryl J. Moore’s son, inspired her to start her company in 2005, and he is a treasured member of our Wink family. A.J.’s life ended unexpectedly early Saturday morning, we are deeply saddened to lose him. Sheryl […]

    #Jobs: A wide degree of creativity and latitude is required.

    {July 16th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Forwarding along this opportunity for one apt and intuitive in the creative department:   Full-time Director of Marketing Communications will direct and oversee InsurMark’s marketing policies, objectives, and initiatives. Conducts market research and develops marketing plans for specific products, services, or business lines. Reviews changes to the marketplace and industry and adjusts marketing plan accordingly. Requires a bachelor’s […]

    Have you logged years of product development experience, understand the industry AND distribution? This is for YOU!

    {July 12th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    The goal of this position is to find the professional with 10+ years experience in product development, with strong knowledge on the industry and distribution (with emphasis on using BGA/TPM’s to market products direct to agents and to agents affiliated with banks and broker/dealers). Click to view job description: AVP Retirement Income Solutions Group, Product at AIG […]

    Life Actuarial Position

    {July 3rd, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    This position is posted with the Iowa Insurance Division http://www.iid.state.ia.us/ Life Actuarial Responsible for the in-depth review of life actuarial memorandums, Actuarial Guideline 38 memorandums and Actuarial Guideline 43 memorandums.  Make sure that the assumptions are actuarial reasonable.   Responsible for in-depth reviews life companies own risk and solvency assessment (“ORSA”). Review the ORSA to […]

    Marketing, Product Development, Competitive Intel- which one is your expertise?

    {June 12th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Just forwarding along some open positions in the industry. Take a look at all the opportunities below!   http://home.fglife.com/docs/careers/competitive-analyst-jd.pdf?sfvrsn=2?position=Competitive%20Research%20Analyst   http://home.fglife.com/docs/careers/sr-product-support-analyst.pdf?sfvrsn=2?position=Sr%20Product%20Support%20Analyst   http://jobs.metlife.com/north-carolina/executive/jobid3774104-assistant-vice-president-annuity-product-management-jobs   https://re11.ultipro.com/NAT1013/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*D584C56AC6DF7BBA   http://www.sheryljmoore.com/2013/05/8788/    

    Educating consumers about financial services products

    {April 5th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    I wrote the following article so that your clients could have an important high-level overview of financial services. It was prompted by an exchange that I had with a fellow member of my credit union’s board of directors. I hope that this helps you, your business, and your clients! Since entering the financial services industry 12 […]

    Passionate and knowledgeable about our industry? Can you see annuity wholesaling in your very near future?!

    {March 4th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Annuity Marketing Consultant – Internal Wholesaler NewAnnuity IMO/ Wholesaler – Clive,  IA Position to be located in the Des Moines, IA metropolitan area. Qualified candidates need to possess: • Demonstrated success selling life insurance, annuity and/or other financial services products for at least 1 year. • Current Life insurance license. • Working knowledge of annuity quoting and […]

    Interested in Sales Strategy and Business Development? Marketing Consultant? Know of anyone that is?

    {February 22nd, 2013} by N/A

    Requisition Number 12-0177 Title VP – Sales Strategy & Business Development Company National Life Insurance Company City Montpelier State VT Travel Required No VP –  Sales Strategy & Business Development  This position manages advanced sales and marketing support, product consultation, and business development projects. The incumbent also participates in developing and delivering products and marketing […]

    Are you a displaced wholesaler in Pennsylvania, or willing to move to PA? Have I got the job for you!

    {February 6th, 2013} by Jim Sorebo

    Regional External Life & Annuity Wholesaler – Bank Channel Four Seasons Financial Group – Greater Pittsburgh Area Job Description This external sales position will be responsible for managing our sales and services efforts for our bank channel clients for insurance and annuity products. This fast paced opportunity requires a problem solving mentality, where the successful […]

    Chief Marketing Officer Needed in Houston, Texas

    {January 19th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    And people say that the good jobs are all taken… I have a wonderful friend that runs a marketing organization in Houston, Texas. He recently expressed to me that he is in need of a Chief Marketing Officer for his firm. Are you interested? You would be leading a staff that specialize in multimedia, graphic […]

    Are You A Director of Product Management? Want to Be?

    {January 10th, 2013} by Sheryl J. Moore

    I have an insurance company home office that is looking to hire a new Director of Product Management. If you are qualified and interested, please shoot me an email at sjm[at]indexedrockstar.com. Thank you! ______________________________________________________________ POSITION DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the AVP,Product Management, this position is responsible for supporting the implementation and ongoing management of [insurance company […]

    Interested in Becoming the new Product Line Director for a Midwestern Home Office?

    {December 10th, 2012} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Email me for more details if you have the following qualifications and are interested in this position. Key Requirements/Skills/Experience – 8-10 years experience required: 10+ years in Financial Services with recent experience directly leading product initiatives in Life Insurance. – Four-year degree required: Bachelors degree in related field – Life Insurance license or willingness to […]

    Interested in working with a great group of annuity pros in the Atlanta area?

    {August 15th, 2012} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Have I got the career for you! I have a boutique FMO in ATL who is looking for a qualified annuity marketing professional. Call me with any questions! (or just see here, and give them a ring!) http://tarkentonfinancial.com/contact-us/open-positions.html sjm

    My Colleagues at Insurance Insight Group Need a Sales Trainer for Life Insurance and Annuities- You Interested?

    {August 3rd, 2012} by Mark Stone, Insurance Insight Group

    Sales Trainer – Life Insurance and Annuities Who We Are: We are creative, experienced insurance marketing people who help insurance companies and insurance wholesalers (also known as insurance marketing organizations) improve their recruiting, training, sales, and marketing strategies.   Where You’ll Work: Anywhere you want! We are a completely virtual organization with employees in six […]

    WOMAN Fall Forum

    {July 24th, 2012} by Sheryl J. Moore

    Join independent female financial professionals from across the country to network, learn, and share on October 15-17, in Panora, Iowa. At the 2012 WOMAN™ Fall Forum you can: Learn how to better market yourself and your practice with marketing and sales ideas from some of the top female producers in the country. Gain new insights […]

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