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Patrick Hindert is Managing Director of S2KM Limited.
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When Len Blonder was elevated to the role of President of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) for an unprecedented third time during NSSTA's 2016 Annual Conference, he identified a very clear vision for the structured settlement industry. "The... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Beyond Structured Settlements
For the past 11 years, the Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP) annual conferences have consistently improved the educational scope and standards for an expanding professional landscape which, in addition to, and overlapping with, special needs planning, also encompasses personal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Although the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP) was founded in 2000, the term "settlement planner" is still viewed by many structured settlement stakeholders as an inflated synonym for "plaintiff broker". Current SSP President Joseph Tombs agrees. "Until recently," Tombs stated... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Among many recent structured settlement industry developments, perhaps the most significant and impressive has been the continuation of sustained primary market annuity sales growth - especially in the context of various industry challenges. These challenges have included: 1) the aftermath... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The United States structured settlement industry has been in existence for more than 40 years and continues to expand its scope, complexity and importance within the context of personal injury settlement planning. The industry consists of both a primary and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Joe Tombs is currently completing the first year of a two-year term as President of the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP). SSP's 2017 Annual Conference is scheduled for March 1-3 in Las Vegas. As Tombs prepares for this event, he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Based upon the history of the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP), and the role of Richard Risk (an SSP founder and member) as one of the plaintiff attorneys, structured settlement industry participants might assume that SSP, as an association, supports... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP), "the only non-profit association exclusively addressing the issues and challenges of the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Statute and its impact on workers’ compensation and liability settlements", hosted its 2016 Annual Conference September... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The United States structured settlement market has been in existence for almost 40 years and continues to expand its scope, complexity and importance within the context of personal injury settlement planning. Since it was first published in 1986, "Structured Settlements... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Fiduciary standards, as they relate to product suitability specifically, and to business practices generally, can be expected to become more significant factors in product sales for the traditional structured settlement market as it continues to expand into, and interact with,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Despite historically low interest rates and negative PR (most recently this Washington Post Editorial) resulting from the unconscionable business practices by some secondary market companies, the primary structured settlement market continues to experience incremental growth since hitting an annual annuity... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Len Blonder is a structured settlement pioneer now beginning an unprecedented third term as President of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA). It may seem counterintuitive, therefore, or perhaps wishful thinking, but one could describe NSSTA's 2016 Annual Conference,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
As the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) prepares for its 2016 Annual Meeting this week in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the primary structured settlement market faces many challenges - perhaps none greater than succession. What new generation of distributors,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Joint overlapping educational conferences hosted by the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP) and the Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP) March 9-12, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona provided S2KM and other attendees an opportunity to evaluate the current status of structured... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Hosted earlier this month in Las Vegas for the second consecutive year by the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA), the Structures 202 conference represents an important addition to NSSTA's growing educational curriculum and also provides valuable strategic insights into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Structured settlement primary market annuity sales increased by $97,315,462 (approximately 2%) to $5,347,578,153 in 2015 compared with $5,250,262,691 in 2014 according to industry estimates compiled and recently distributed by Melissa Evola Price. Total 2015 structured settlement cases, however, decreased to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Perhaps less well known nationally than the Stetson Law School Special Needs Trust (SNT) Conference, the annual SNT conference presented by the University of Texas (UT) Law School represents a unique and complementary program that more structured settlement and personal... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
As a benchmark for planning and/or evaluating 2016 professional association educational conferences, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Second Annual Summit, hosted January 26-27 in Newport Beach, California, established multiple impressive standards. Organized by Co-Chairs Michael Amoruso and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
With projected 2015 annuity premium expected to fall substantially short of the historic 12 month industry high ($6.2 billion in 2008), the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) has organized a primary market "Growth Initiative" - as described by NSSTA... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Market Issues and Developments The 2015 structured settlement marketplace could perhaps best be characterized as "changing the focus of our future" as industry leaders cooperated to create a positive future agenda to overcome, or move beyond, multiple challenges that continued... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Market Metrics Although its new "Growth Initiative" has represented a well-publicized, number one priority of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) during 2015, the results of this initiative have not yet produced a noteworthy impact on structured settlement annuity... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Patricia LaBorde, President of the National Association of Settlement Purchasers (NASP), opened her association's 2015 Annual Conference last week in Las Vegas with a provocative description of its prior 12 months: "a year of unimaginable successes and challenges". Founded in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Although the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) did not promote a specific theme for its 2015 Fall Educational Conference, one of the speakers succinctly captured the program's overall purpose and accomplishment when he described NSSTA's new Industry Growth Initiative... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Sponsored by Stetson University College of Law, the 17th Annual Special Needs Trust (SNT) National Conference, held October 14-16, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida, fulfilled its promised objective of providing "an in-depth review of major issues presented in the creation,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
During the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) 2015 Annual Conference, NSSTA President Michael Goodman announced an ambitious set of goals for growing the structured settlement market. With NSSTA's 2015 Fall Conference scheduled for October 28-30 in Phoenix, Goodman agreed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements