What got Asia Advisers Network readers' attention in January? We bring you the best articles that created the most buzz.
1) "Without insurance, I wouldn't know where to find the money for my cancer treatment"
Mrs B* was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in March last year. Just nine months later, she has chalked up some quarter million dollars of medical bills and counting. It cost her some $214,000 for major treatments alone in the initial month. Thankfully, she has comprehensive insurance coverage which has allowed her to concentrate fully on her recovery journey.
What you do matters. Insurance matters. More people should understand this.
2) 11 hard truths on retirement - Inspirational Agent of the Year finalist Damian Pang
Damian Pang, top five Inspirational Agent of the Year at the 3rd Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards, shares with us the 11 hard truths that are painful but crucial to a retirement journey that you can share with your clients and prospects too. A 9-time consecutive MDRT Qualifying Member, he was also among the top-five Insurance Agent of the Year at the 1st Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards in 2016.
My personal favourite: “One major decision…. trumps a lifetime of sacrificing your beloved Starbucks for 3-in-1 coffee.”
3) Former duck farmer became a doctor after 20 years of trying. What's our excuse?
If you are in need of motivation. Or if you have advisers in your team who are impatient at the slow progress of success. This article is a must-read.
An inspiring man who never gave up. He has had stints as duck farmer, builder and security guard. But that did not stop him from graduating with a doctorate after 20 years of trying.
4) 4th Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards nominations now open
Of course, making the list is also the launch of the 4th Asia Trusted Life Agents & Advisers Awards organised by Asia Insurance Review and Asia Advisers Network with LIMRA as co-organiser, and AIA as Strategic Partner.
The truly regional and neutral platform has crowed winners from 22 companies and 10 markets in the past three editions. Submit your entries now for this highly-regarded Awards with an independent and audited judging process. Mr Mark Tucker, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings, is Patron of the Awards!
5) Even top athletes can suffer panic attacks
When we look at professional athletes, we tend to see them as having nerves of steel. That must be the reason why they are world class right? Their ability to keep their emotions in check and get the job done. So when we let the jitters get the better of us when we are going for a stretch goal or doing something new, we tend to be harsh on ourselves. Well, here's something comforting to know, even a top athlete can suffer from panic attacks.
For football fans, you would be familiar with this name: Gianluigi Buffon - widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. This is his story.
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AIA launches Singapore's first policy that covers mental illnesses
According to a Singapore Mental Health Study by the Institute of Mental Health and Nanyang Technological University, one in seven Singaporeans experienced a mental disorder in their lifetime, an increase from one in eight in 2010. And of those who have experienced a mental disorder in their lifetime, the majority - about 75% - did not seek professional help.
To tackle the stigma of mental conditions head-on and to encourage timely and appropriate treatments, the policy provides coverage for five mental illnesses.
Other features of the product include up to 200% coverage for 43 major stage CI and 100% refund at the end of the policy term for policyholders who remain in the pink of health.
Here's wishing all our readers who celebrate the Lunar New Year, a healthy and wealthy new year filled with love and happiness!
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