For consumers who need installments to pay for their preneed arrangement, funeral directors report that the $100 monthly payment is the comfort threshold for most individuals. For a widow planning her own funeral, the $100 monthly payment will require an installment term of six years or longer. If the widow needs to also cover an
A Treasury Market Out of Whack: Preneed Insurers and Preneed Sellers
In our last post, we used Allan Sloan’s article on the Treasury bond market to highlight the investment exposures to death care trusts. Today we will look at how the Treasury market is also impacting funeral homes that rely upon insurance for preneed funding. Mr. Sloan’s article alluded to insurance companies being required by statute…
Missouri and Preneed Deficiencies: What is a shortage?
By Bill Stalter on
Posted in Legislation, Master Trusts, Missouri - SB1, Preneed Shortfalls, Reporting, Trust Funded
At its June meeting, the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors gave instructions to their staff to draft legislation that would provide the Board powers to force preneed sellers to contribute funds to their trusts to cover ‘shortages’. The instruction was not without some controversy as one Board member questioned why he was…