Here is a quick run-down on what you will find in this bulletin: New GOWIN.EXE…
Here is a quick run-down on what you will find in this bulletin:
Changes to Pick 12
Loading a Different Print Style
Modifying a Print Style
Progress on Expanding No Lapse UL
Changes for Web Software
New Service for On-Line PDA/Phones
These topics will be dealt with in more detail throughout this bulletin.
With the introduction of the new “to age 121” categories, the need exists for a Pick 12 presentation that goes longer than 20 or 30 years. With that in mind we have introduced a new print style: “PORT40.PTY”. Having noted that, we suspect a number of subscribers have no idea what a style sheet is or how to load and/or change one.
NOTE: If you have not loaded products into the Pick 12 spreadsheet you will need to do that first. If you do not know how to do that, here is a quick video you can watch which will review the process:
CAUTION: If you have already changed and customized the Pick 12 printout, do not load one of the above styles unless you have saved your changes. Read on to learn how to do that.
To load a new style page, from the list that appears, double click on that style filename.
The new PORT40 (portrait printout for 40 years) is a very useful presentation for those attempting to show the benefits of no lapse UL, including the new limited payment versions.
NOTE: The normal default print style is a landscape printout showing 20 years of premiums. That works well for comparing 10, 15 and 20 year products. If you are trying to show the benefits of 30 year term, the LAND30.PTY or the PORT30.PTY make more sense. You can switch to either of those by following the steps above.
Generally portrait styles look better as long as you are not quoting more than 6 to 8 products in the printout. If you are going beyond that, landscape printouts make much more sense because they offer more width for more columns of premiums.
Once again, Compulife’s default spreadsheet is the landscape style for 20 years. If you need to go back to that, just following the preceding instructions and double click on LAND20.PTY.
The best way to learn how to use this is to make a change then do a Print Preview to see what impact you have on the print output. If you mess it up badly don’t worry, just reload the print style and start over.
IMPORTANT: When you have a change that you like and want to keep, you need to “Save Print Style.
REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT: Do not save changes that you have made using the default file names that Compulife uses. Make sure that you enter a different name. If you use Compulife’s default names then you will lose those changes at the next monthly update because we replace our style sheets with each monthly update.
We would like to remind everyone that we are happy to move forward with this new category if and when the first company is prepared to provide us with the information required to do so. We would like all companies to have an equal opportunity to get in at the beginning and so this is fair notice of our intent.
On another note, the “to age 100” no lapse category was deleted in February. The only two companies left in that category were AAA Life and Texas Life. Neither company responded to inquiries as to whether they had newer no lapse UL products.
I have heard from some subscribers who would like the “to age 100” to continue, solved for the newest generation of to age 121 products. There are serious problems with this idea. For younger ages this scenario represents virtually no difference in cost and so NO ONE should be doing this for younger people – EVER. On the flip side, it can make a difference in cost for older insureds, but then an older person who is in good health runs the serious risk of living beyond age 100, at which point the product’s guarantee is gone WHICH IS NOT PRETTY. Further, no company has provided us rates for this scenario. Therefore, for all three reasons, we do not see offering this category.
On the flip side we have two “to age 121” products where premiums are paid up at age 100. Once again, coverage continues after age 100 with the policy paid up.
One company, American National, expressed concern that subscribers are ignoring their product because it is not in the to age 121 category where premiums are assumed to go to age 121. We think with the removal of the original “to age 100” category should eliminate the problem.
REMEMBER: A product that is paid up at age 100, is superior to a product where the premiums continue beyond 100.
An increasing number of subscribers are calling to say that they have Blackberries, Apple iphones, and/or other smartphones which have web access. To date we have focussed on PDA software that did not require the expense of having to purchase web services for these smartphones. The costs for these smartphone services greatly exceed the cost of a subscription to Compulife and so we wanted alternatives that did not require you to spend more money on someone or something else.
Having said that, costs for smartphone services are coming down and/or many people are buying those services for other reasons. Either way, it is clear that devices that use those services are becoming increasingly popular and it is not a surprise to learn more and more subscribers are asking what we have. Our new service will address that.
Currently we have a generic site that we point subscribers to. Here it is so that anyone and everyone can have a look:
First, anyone can use it and you don’t even have to be a Compulife subscriber to do so. That is why we have no links to it on our web sites and why only those who have asked for it have been given the address. Needless to say, we are now making it public because that generic service will end shortly.
The second problem was that agents were required to quote ALL companies, including those which they do not sell for. Our PC and PDA software allows you to select which companies you will quote. Many subscribers do not want to show quotes for companies that they are not appointed with.
The new service that we will be providing (FREE with your subscription) will address both of these issues.
IMPORTANT: The new service will be available FREE to ANY Compulife subscriber (NOT Term4Sale Agent subscribers) who request it.
When you ask for the new service, Compulife will create a personalized web site that allows your PDA to run online quotes from the web. Not only will your name appear on your web pages and quotes, you will have the option of selecting which companies appear in your comparisons.
Once again, this will be personalized to you and will be for your use ONLY. This software is NOT intended for use on a public web site and/or for use by other agents. We expect you to keep your personalized web address a complete secret. Once again, it will be for your personal use ONLY.
WARNING: Once the new sites are available, Compulife will be monitoring activity on those new PDA web quoting sites. If we detect volume indicating it is being used by more than one person, or links on the web pointing others to the web address, Compulife will terminate that service for that user. You will not want to give out your PDA web site address to anyone else.
On the other hand, if you want web quotes on your public web site, then you need to either purchase Compulife’s web software or go to one of our authorized web providers and purchase the service there. This new service is NOT an attempt to offer an alternative to those services for public web quoting. If you are an agency, and you want to offer web quotes for your agents’ online PDA’s, then you can do so by buying these services and tailoring the web pages for PDA’s.
To summarize, the new personal PDA service is an alternative for PDA quoting for those agents/agencies who are subscribers to our PC software. The new PDA service will be FREE and considered part of your existing subscription to Compulife.
Once the new service is available, either in late March or April, Compulife will place a notice and application form at this address on the web:
Apart from the Analysis tutorials, if you have an area where you would like to see us do a tutorial, drop Bob Barney a note at:
Having reviewed where we are heading over the next few years, and the changes that we would like to be able to make in the future, we have decided to stop and do a much more extensive overhaul than simply changing our data entry software. We have determine that we would also like to implement a better data storage structure that will make maintenance easier on both a data entry basis, as well as a programming basis.
To achieve our goals in this regard, we will be spending a fair bit of time reviewing our new data storage needs, and then building conversion software that will convert our existing data files into our new data file structure. Once we have done that, we will then introducing new comparison software that does exactly what it does now, but which derives its results from the new data structure. In other words, you will end up with a new program that does exactly what the old program did/does.
Once this first stage is completed, we will have both old program and old data, with new program and new data. Moving forward we will use the old data entry systems to maintain the old version, then converting old data to the new data forms for general distribution.
The next stage is to create the new data entry systems that talk to the new data format. Once we are satisfied that the new data entry system give us everything that we have now, we will then switch to the new data structure alone. We will only do this once we have thoroughly tested the new software to ensure it gives us no problems in maintaining the date. This may take several months. As far as the part you use, by the time we make that transition, you will have been using the new software for several months.
The point of sharing this with you is that the process will be quite lengthy and so from this fall throughout most of 2009, you will not be seeing many changes and improvements to the software that you use, even though the underlying foundation will be going through a massive change. Once the foundation has been reconstructed, and all the tools to work on the foundation have been built, the program will be in a position to make some substantial moves forward.
Think of it as transplant surgery, where you need to keep the patient alive and well, at the same time as you are swapping out the organs.