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  • Ignore online marketing at your own risk

    Commentary: The marketing efforts of independent brokers are “woefully behind,” says consultant Wendy Keneipp, who shares tips on how to keep up with your employer clients’ changing business practices.

  • 25 oddball interview questions for 2014

    Interviewing for a job is not what it used to be. These days, employers, including benefit agencies, are often looking for applicants with creative-thinking skills and those that stand apart from the crowd. Here are 25 of the most oddball interview questions posed to recent interviewees, according to career-site Glassdoor.com.

  • Gender gap in financial literacy shrinks, work remains on retirement planning

    Just like the gender gap in pay, there's a gender gap in financial literacy, which includes knowledge of investing, retirement planning, saving, real estate, insurance and tax planning. Although the gap is narrowing, advisers can provide the educational tools needed — particularly in retirement preparedness — to catch women up to men.

  • Reducing benefit costs while still valuing employees

    Commentary: Financial services company BOK Financial enlists the help of a benefits communication vendor to boost participation in its consumer-directed health plan.

  • HHS names new head of Healthcare.gov

    The Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that Kevin Counihan, the head of Connecticut’s state-run exchange will join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as CEO of the Marketplace, also known as the federal government’s health care exchange.

  • Investors increasingly turning to advisers for help with retirement

    Employees and other investors are increasingly looking to advisers for help with retirement investment advice and strategies, new research shows.

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  • Agents ‘can’t do this for free’ on exchanges

    Galen Institute’s Grace-Marie Turner talked about conservatives’ view of both employers and brokers at a recent Washington policy conference on health reform alternatives. She shares her conclusions on the Affordable Care Act, next steps on broker compensation, and more.

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