Ray attends the prestigious AALU Conference in Washington, D.C.


Des Moines–Ray Bening, president of Bening Financial Organization, Inc., recently attended the Annual Meeting of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, held in Washington, DC, May 1 through May 4. 

“Participation in the AALU Annual Meeting is an investment I am pleased to make on behalf of our clients,” Bening said. “AALU members are industry leaders; meeting to share the latest in tax, legislative, and product trends affecting our clients.  The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity for members to deepen relationships with their states’ congressional delegations.  AALU members work to build relationship so they are well positioned as advisors, helping shape good public policy for our clients.”  “This year, in the current revenue environment, the tax preferences of life insurance raised a number of questions.  We discussed how life insurance can provide a personal safety net for our clients and encourages savings for retirement, relieving the Federal Government of having to provide the benefits produced by our products.”

Keynote speakers at the conference included former President George Bush, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, CNBC senior analyst Ron Insana, syndicated columnist and political commentator Donna Brazile, political commentator and former White House Secretary Dana Perino, and Steven Leavitt, author of the book, Freakonomics.

For more than 50 years, the AALU has been a trusted and influential voice of the advanced life markets.  Each year members gather to learn from experts, network with their peers and share their knowledge and expertise with congressional leaders.

The association’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect advanced life insurance planning for the benefit of clients, members, the industry and the general public.  From its early beginnings the AALU has evolved into an organization devoted to protecting advanced life insurance planning and the tax treatment of life insurance.