WINK UNVEILS EXTRAORDINARY SALES DATA PORTAL

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Wink, Inc. Puts the Power of 23 Years of Insurance Sales in their Users’ Hands

Des Moines, Iowa. September 18, 2020Wink, Inc., the company behind the insurance industry’s #1 resource for annuity and life insurance sales data, since 1997, has given the Platinum subscribers of Wink’s Sales & Market Report an upgrade. Today the firm announced the addition of an enhanced web portal and dynamic sales data query for the use of their subscribers.

 

“Our flagship sales report continues to grow and change, and we’re developing technology to make it even more impressive,” proclaimed Sheryl J. Moore, president and CEO of Wink, Inc. She continued, “We are now providing the ability to access our reports with greater ease, as well as the opportunity to slice and dice our life insurance and annuity data- in any way you can imagine!”

 

This new Wink’s Sales & Market Report portal provides an easily-accessible query for locating specific Adobe PDF or Microsoft Excel editions of sales reports; whether searching for sales at industry, company, or product level- for both life insurance and annuity data. Supplemental reports can be quickly identified in a like manner.

 

The enhanced Sales Data Query delivers HTML or Microsoft Excel results, based upon every query option mentioned above. In addition, subscribers can search using additional options which include: sales by distribution channel, sales based upon company ratings, sales of products with specific product features, or even sales of products with select rider features.

 

Moore commented, “Essentially our Sales Data Query gives subscribers the ability to combine product features from our AnnuitySpecs and LifeSpecs Tools, with our Product Level, Company Level, and Industry Level sales data. So, if you ever wondered how much sales there were in the second quarter, of variable annuities with bonuses, offered by A-rated companies- we’ll give you that result in just a couple of clicks!” She continued, “Plus, our Platinum subscribers now have 23 years of data included as a part of their subscription.”

 

Future enhancements of Wink’s Sales & Market Report will provide subscribers with data on every data point reported by Wink, for each participating peer, on a quid pro quo basis. Also, subscribers using both Wink’s Sales & Market Report, in conjunction with the AnnuitySpecs and/or LifeSpecs Tools, will soon have the ability to see sales rankings and market share data in their quest for product information.

 

The Sales Reports and Sales Data Query are available NOW for subscribers of Wink’s Sales & Market Report.

 

Those interested in a subscription can contact Wink’s support team at (855) ASK-WINK, or support@winkintel.com.

 

 

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For more information, go to www.WinkIntel.com.

 

Wink, Inc. is the company behind the most comprehensive life insurance and annuity due-diligence tools, AnnuitySpecs and LifeSpecs at www.WinkIntel.com. Wink, Inc. is the distributor of the quarterly Wink’s Sales & Market Report. Serving as the insurance industry’s #1 resource of indexed insurance product sales since 1997, this report provides sales by product, company, crediting method, index, distribution, surrender charge period, and more. Wink’s Sales & Market Report expanded to cover all deferred annuity products in 2015, all deferred variable annuity products in 2019, and all non-variable cash value life insurance products in 2017.

 

The staff of Wink, Inc. has the combined experience of more than 175 years working with insurance products, more than a decade of which is specific to competitive intelligence. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, the firm offers competitive intelligence and market research in the life insurance and annuity industries; serving financial services professionals, distributors, manufacturers, regulators, and consultants on both a domestic and global basis.

 

Sheryl J. Moore is president and CEO is the guiding force behind Wink, Inc. Ms. Moore previously worked as a market research analyst for top carriers in the life insurance and annuity industries. Her views on the direction of the market are frequently heard in seminars and quoted by industry trade journals.

 

September 18, 2020

Des Moines, IA

(855) ASK-WINK

 

Indexed Annuities and Structured Annuities Have a Record-Setting Year!

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Wink, Inc. Releases 4th Quarter, 2019 Deferred Annuity Sales Results

Des Moines, Iowa. March 17, 2020Wink’s Sales & Market Report is the insurance industry’s #1 resource for annuity sales data since 1997. Sixty-two indexed annuity providers, 50 fixed annuity providers, 68 multi-year guaranteed annuity (MYGA) providers, 11 structured annuity providers, and 47 variable annuity providers participated in the 90th edition of Wink’s Sales & Market Report for 4th Quarter, 2019.

 

Total fourth quarter sales for all deferred annuity sales were $53.3 billion; a decline of 3.3% when compared to the previous quarter. Total 2019 deferred annuity sales were $221.8 billion.

 

Noteworthy highlights for all deferred annuity sales in the fourth quarter include Jackson National Life ranking as the #1 carrier overall for deferred annuity sales, with a market share of 9.8%. Lincoln National Life followed in second place, while AIG, Equitable Financial and Allianz Life rounded-out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Jackson National’s Perspective II Flexible Premium Variable & Fixed Deferred Annuity, a variable annuity, was the #1 selling deferred annuity, for all channels combined in overall sales for the fourth consecutive quarter.

 

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The Battle For The Dashboard

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November 2019

By: Steve Morelli 

InsuranceNewsNet Magazine

 

Ask Doug Massey why it has been so difficult to create seamless and effective insurance technology and he will take you on an Uber ride from hell — metaphorically speaking, of course

 

Massey knows all about the ride because his career has followed the route of insurance tech itself in the early 1990s, when he started a property and casualty quote engine company as a college student. Later, he worked with leading insurance tech companies such as Ebix.

 

Massey is now the executive vice president for sales and relationship management with Insurance Technologies, which, as the name implies, is a key player in insurance tech. And he said the company is finally closing in on a eureka moment when it all comes together into a seamless insurance tech nirvana.

 

But we are in an age when we can get dinner delivered by drone with a click of the thumb, so why is the life insurance and annuity industry’s tech seemingly stuck?

 

Ah, step inside Massey’s exasperating Uber for an explanation.

 

“Let’s assume I’m using my Uber app and I want to do a ride, but it’s the way insurance works,” Massey began. “I’ve got to open up my Google Maps or my Apple Maps. So, I’ve got to find my location. I have to set a pin for my location. Then I say, ‘OK, well I’ve set my pin for my location. Now I want to share that over to this Uber app.’”

The Big 3 (ACORD, DTCC, & IRI) Meet to Collaborate on Addressing the Challenges of the Industry

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On the last week of July, 2019, insurance industry technology leaders and experts from the Depository Trust Corporation (DTCC), Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) and ACORD had a meeting in New York. For many years the three organizations (ACORD, DTCC and IRI) have worked on countless initiatives that either compliment or overlap their products and services. Representatives from all three organizations do participate in each other’s working groups and committees to sync up and contribute where possible, however this is the first time in recent years that that the three organizations exclusively have met to update each other on key activities and see where they can work together moving forward.

 

Some of the attendees included Jim Quinn- Chief Technology Officer of IRI;  and from DTCC’s Insurance & Retirement Services Division: Barbara Smith – Executive Director and Jeanann Smith, Senior Product Management. ACORD who hosted the meeting had several key people participate such as Malou August – Senior Vice President of Standards & Membership, Karen Mottley – Business Architect of the Life & Annuity Program, and Yolanda Austin who is ACORD’s leading Life & Annuity Consultant.

 

ACORD provided InsurTech Express a quote signed off from leaders of all three organizations, “ACORD, DTCC and IRI met to discuss key initiatives, and identify opportunities to collaborate. Some of the initiatives we discussed were Digital Standards, Distributed Ledger Technology, New Business, Replacement Automation, and Regulation 187 efforts. The initial focus is on annuities, and we also plan to engage industry leaders throughout the broader Life community. We are excited to come together to help guide industry priorities, promote increased standards adoption, and contribute to greater successes within our industry.”  The meeting didn’t only include updating on each organization’s vision and key initiatives, but they also wanted to address the challenges the industry is experiencing today. ACORD, DTCC and IRI realize there are several opportunities where they can better collaborate.

 

The good news is that the meeting was a success! There was progress on getting alignment on issues in today’s initiatives and addressing those for the future. ACORD, DTCC and IRI do have common goals like increasing adoption and promoting standard usage. Not only did they decide to collaborate on the key initiatives mentioned above (Digital Standards, Distributed Ledger Technology, New Business, Replacement Automation and Regulation 187), but it  was agreed upon to continue the conversation and meet again, which includes taking some substantive action like proposing to write a White Paper together for providing guidance in the industry.

 

On the sales and business side of insurance and retirement services, many people don’t realize that the engine behind the seamless automation for submitting new business, paying commissions, money settlement, Inforce services, producer licensing, advocacy and education are all driven or a result of the initiatives by ACORD, DTCC, and IRI. The Big 3 working together will help with speed to market, reducing costs, growing adoption, and driving more implementations making the industry a better place.

 

About ACORD:

ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) is the global standards-setting body for the insurance and related financial services industries. ACORD’s Mission: For nearly 50 years, ACORD has been a non-profit, industry-owned organization that enables the success of the global insurance industry by leveraging the flow of data and information across all insurance stakeholders through relevant and timely data standards.

 

About DTCC Insurance & Retirement Services:

DTCC’s Insurance & Retirement Services (I&RS) offers a suite of streamlined processing and compliance-driven solutions for carriers and their distribution partners — broker/dealers, banks, brokerage general agencies, independent broker/dealers and other firms — through a secure, centralized and automated infrastructure. This infrastructure enables insurance carriers and distributors to exchange information at various points throughout the annuity and life insurance processing cycle.

 

About the Insured Retirement Institute:

The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) is the leading financial services trade association for the retirement income industry. Members represent the entire supply chain of insured retirement strategies, including Insurers, Banks, Asset Managers, Broker-Dealers, Distributors, Financial Advisors and Solution Providers. IRI provides a wealth of educational, research, advocacy, and ops & tech benefits to its members