A Deadly Year for Journalists

Last year proved to be a dangerous year for those working in the field of journalism around the world and in the U.S.

Although members of the international press attempt to present themselves as unbiased, neutral and without political agenda, inevitably they become recognized by terrorists and other makers of malice as enemy informants and symbols of western culture.  Their lives are often used as bargaining chips or as punishment for governments and other opponents of radical and religious extremism.

According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, 69 members of the press tragically and violently lost their lives while on the job throughout the world.  For a second consecutive year, Syria proved to be the deadliest on-assignment locale for reporters and their crew; thirteen were murdered at the hand of Islamic extremist groups in 2015. 

Brazil surprisingly reported an increase in slain journalists within its borders over the last 12 months; six were killed by unknown assailants.  This unfortunate statistic brings about many questions and concerns over security at the upcoming Summer Olympics which will be held in Rio de Janeiro later this year.

The reported data is harrowing, but also neglects to address the fact that members of the media are currently being held captive by terrorist groups and organized crime syndicates throughout the world.

“Journalists are a target and this just confirms it.  This is a global threat,” reported Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

When a reporter risks his/her life to provide news and insight to the rest of the world, he/she needs to be financially protected; his/her family needs to be financially protected.  Life insurance, kidnap/ransom insurance, accidental death insurance, war/terrorism insurance, disability insurance and travel medical insurance are all important and necessary estate planning tools to help the families of journalists stay fiscally sound when tragedy strikes.

Petersen International Underwriters offers short and long-term solutions for any such persons who put themselves at risk for employment.  We can help your clients who need economic safeguards inside or outside the United States.

For further information dial (800)345-8816.


Another Call to Action

Several months ago, Petersen International issued a plea…a serious, urgent call to action for insurance agents and advisors with doctor clients to contact us immediately for assistance in making the most of the incredibly hot multi-life, guaranteed-issue excess disability (GSI) marketplace.

The results from that communication have been remarkable.  Many of your colleagues have seen the light, and now it’s your turn.  We want to begin this year with a bang and continue the incredible sales momentum we had all throughout 2015. Read More



Passion Is Key to Success

As you spend time with friends and family this holiday season, take notice of how content you are.  Do you smile often?  Do you frequently break out laughing?  Is there excitement in the air when you are with loved ones?  Is there a sense of comfort abound?  If so, you most likely have passion in your personal life.  Passion makes life worth living.

But do you feel that same level of excitement when it comes to your business life?  Do you feel radiance as you drive to the office every morning?  Do you look forward to that first phone call of the day?  Some of you may, but all of you should.  It can be truly rewarding (monetarily and more) to have passion in your business life. Read More