The social security systems that, perhaps more than any other governmental programs, have characterized the development of industrial societies are under siege. On the threshold of the twenty-first century, the future of social insurance is uncertain; it may even be seriously threatened.
In this important book, nine leading scholars probe deeply into the nature of social rights, trying to read the near future and locate the most meaningful and effective role that social insurance can play as today's new socioeconomic patterns develop.
In-depth chapters analyse existing systems and recent and ongoing reforms in seven countries--Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and China. There is also a chapter on the European Union's work toward a harmonised scheme to match other programs of integration, and a chapter on the all-important interpenetration of social insurance and human rights. The authors clearly demonstrate that the unprecedented challenges faced by social insurance today arise not only from changes in the patterns of society, but also from lack of confidence and ideological prejudice on the part of both academia and public policy.
As a major analysis of why and how a great milestone in human progress is faltering under contemporary pressures, this book is of enormous value. It deserves to be read and absorbed by all professionals in the field who want to use their knowledge and skill to ensure a future in which every man, woman, and child is provided with opportunity to live as full a life as possible.
This book presents a market-consistent valuation framework for implicit embedded options in life insurance contracts. This framework is used to perform an empirical analysis based on more than 110,000 actual and in-force life insurance policies and with a focus on the modeling of interest rates. Its results are the answer to the central question posed in the objectives: What value do the embedded options and guarantees considered have? This question is answered both absolutely and relative to the current policy reserves, from the perspective of the insurer, the policyholder and the shareholder respectively
Pocket Principles for the Insurance Business provides daily motivation for those in the insurance industry who wish to embrace adversity in order to reach success. As a seasoned life insurance salesman who has qualified for the million dollar roundtable every year he's been in the business, B.A. Newman truly understands the ups and downs of a business that has a retention rate of just 12 percent, and he provides the tools necessary to face rejection and rely on it as a positive influence when success seems unattainable. His inspirational snippets include relational and easily applied advice such as: work for the best companies, listen to your clients, love what you do, and don't sacrifice your reputation to make a sale. In a profession that can sometimes seem more like a roller coaster ride than smooth sailing, these motivational quotes will help inspire anyone to do great things ... every day. "Ben's Principles help our producers keep striving for goal achievement even on their toughest days." -Michael T. Fleming, CLU, ChFC General Manager & Financial Advisor, Mass Financial Group, Inc. "Pockets principles will have an impact on my first Million Dollar Roundtable qualification ..." Mark E. Kull, Financial Representative Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Louisville, Kentucky AUTHOR BIO Benjamin Newman is a life insurance salesman who is a several-time qualifier for the million dollar roundtable. He is Founder of Continued Fight, LLC, a company that helps organizations overcome challenges and seek positive outcomes. Benjamin and his wife Ami live in St. Louis, Missouri, with their son J. Isaac.
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