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Jackson Financial Secretly Talks with Gefen International




According to industry sources familiar with the matter, Jackson Financial Inc., a publicly traded (NYSE: JXN) Life Insurance Company based in the US, is secretly involved in high level discussions with Australia’s Insurtech company, Gefen International A.I. (ASX:GFN), an Australian publicly traded insurance tech corporation. 

Although details of the talks have not been disclosed, sources close to the matter reveal that Jackson has been looking over the past year to adopting advanced insurance technology aka ‘insurtech’ as a crucial component of their long term growth strategy.    

What Does Gefen’s Technology Offer Jackson? 

Gefen’s online platform ‘Moments’, was designed to disrupt this traditional financial and insurance ecosystem. This includes improving customers, the agents/advisors, and the carriers (such as Jackson Financial) access to critical data. The platform does not aim to replace agents in the sales process, as it sees them as being essential component to improve the service process.

Gefen Technologies ‘Moments’ is a highly compliant platform that can be leveraged by Jackson’s agents and advisors, and includes tools like sales and marketing, and messaging that would otherwise not been available to them via traditional means.

The Moments platform basically connects consumers, carriers, and advisors within a network, and automates their interaction. The technology analyses customers’ digital journey as well as their data, and provides automated insights, based on previous purchases which are converted  into potential buying preferences. 

The technology analyses data such as how much time customers spend on specific website pages, and how they have reacted to various offers that have been made to them in the past. This data is invaluable and provides advisors with a lot of information about customers prior to seeing them in person.

As a result, should a deal be signed, industry insiders concur the platforms ability to allow Jackson’s advisors the option to offer more relevant products to their customer database and increase revenue while reducing overall operating costs.

Jackson Financial Business – $362 Billion in Assets  

As of December 31, 2020, Jackson Financial reported $362 billion in assets under management and was managing more than three million policies. Jackson has headquarters in Lansing, Michigan, with additional regional offices in both Chicago, Illinois and Franklin, Tennessee. The subsidiaries of the insurance company are licensed to distribute insurance products in the District of Columbia and all 50 U.S. states. 

Jackson Financial Inc. demerged from Prudential plc in 2021 to form two separately-listed companies. Since the demerger from Prudential, Jackson’s growth has been stymied and this is reflected in their stock price dropping steadily.

In Mar 2021, Fitch Ratings affirmed Jackson Life Insurance’s Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) Ratings at ‘A’. Fitch however also affirmed a ‘BBB+’ Issuer Default Rating (IDR) assigned to Jackson Financial, Inc. The Outlook was revised from Negative to Stable for all ratings.

The revised Outlook from Negative to Stable mirrors Fitch’s stance that the pandemic’s economic impact on Jackson would be limited, especially as equity markets seem to have returned to normalized volatility. Although there is still the potential for modest credit impairments, Fitch forecasts that both capital and earnings will exceed, or stay in line with rating expectations. Longer-term worries still include the possibility for historically low interest rates that have persisted for several years.

Jackson’s financial performance, measured on both a statutory and GAAP accounting basis, is still strong although the earnings profile of the company is susceptible to pressures associated with a continued low interest rate environment and equity market performance.

According to various industry insiders and financial analysts, a potential Jackson Financial (NYSE: JXN) and Gefen International (ASX:GFN) collaboration is expected to be announced during Jackson’s fourth quarter results webcast conference scheduled on March 3, 2022.  

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Turning Tragedy into Triumph Through Walking With Anthony




On the morning of February 6, 2010, Anthony Purcell took a moment to admire the churning surf before plunging into the waves off Miami Beach. Though he had made the dive numerous times before, that morning was destined to be different when he crashed into a hidden sandbar, sustaining bruises to his C5 and C6 vertebrae and breaking his neck.

“I was completely submerged and unable to rise to the surface,” Purcell recalls. “Fortunately, my cousin Bernie saw what was happening and came to my rescue. He saved my life, but things would never be the same after that dive.”

Like thousands of others who are confronted with a spinal cord injury (SCI), Purcell plunged headlong into long months of hopelessness and despair. Eventually, however, he learned to turn personal tragedy into triumph as he reached out to fellow SCI victims by launching Walking With Anthony.

Living with SCI: the first dark days

Initial rehabilitation for those with SCIs takes an average of three to six months, during which time they must relearn hundreds of fundamental skills and adjust to what feels like an entirely new body. Unfortunately, after 21 days, Purcell’s insurance stopped paying for this essential treatment, even though he had made only minimal improvement in such a short time.

“Insurance companies cover rehab costs for people with back injuries, but not for people with spinal cord injuries,” explains Purcell. “We were practically thrown to the curb. At that time, I was so immobile that I couldn’t even raise my arms to feed myself.”

Instead of giving up, Purcell’s mother chose to battle his SCI with long-term rehab. She enrolled Purcell in Project Walk, a rehabilitation facility located in Carlsbad, California, but one that came with an annual cost of over $100,000.

“My parents paid for rehabilitation treatment for over three years,” says Purcell. “Throughout that time, they taught me the importance of patience, compassion, and unconditional love.”

Yet despite his family’s support, Purcell still struggled. “Those were dark days when I couldn’t bring myself to accept the bleak prognosis ahead of me,” he says. “I faced life in a wheelchair and the never-ending struggle for healthcare access, coverage, and advocacy. I hit my share of low points, and there were times when I seriously contemplated giving up on life altogether.”

Purcell finds a new purpose in helping others with SCIs

After long months of depression and self-doubt, Purcell’s mother determined it was time for her son to find purpose beyond rehabilitation.

“My mom suggested I start Walking With Anthony to show people with spinal cord injuries that they were not alone,” Purcell remarks. “When I began to focus on other people besides myself, I realized that people all around the world with spinal cord injuries were suffering because of restrictions on coverage and healthcare access. The question that plagued me most was, ‘What about the people with spinal cord injuries who cannot afford the cost of rehabilitation?’ I had no idea how they were managing.”

Purcell and his mother knew they wanted to make a difference for other people with SCIs, starting with the creation of grants to help cover essentials like assistive technology and emergency finances. To date, they have helped over 100 SCI patients get back on their feet after suffering a similar life-altering accident.

Purcell demonstrates the power and necessity of rehab for people with SCIs

After targeted rehab, Purcell’s physical and mental health improved drastically. Today, he is able to care for himself, drive his own car, and has even returned to work.

“Thanks to my family’s financial and emotional support, I am making amazing physical improvement,” Purcell comments. “I mustered the strength to rebuild my life and even found the nerve to message Karen, a high school classmate I’d always had a thing for. We reconnected, our friendship evolved into love, and we tied the knot in 2017.”

After all that, Purcell found the drive to push toward one further personal triumph. He married but did not believe a family was in his future. Regardless of his remarkable progress, physicians told him biological children were not an option.

Despite being paralyzed from the chest down, Purcell continued to look for hope. Finally, Dr. Jesse Mills of UCLA Health’s Male Reproductive Medicine department assured Purcell and his wife that the right medical care and in vitro fertilization could make their dream of becoming parents a reality.

“Payton joined our family in the spring of 2023,” Purcell reports. “For so long, I believed my spinal cord injury had taken everything I cared about, but now I am grateful every day. I work to help other people with spinal cord injuries find the same joy and hope. We provide them with access to specialists, funding to pay for innovative treatments, and the desire to move forward with a focus on the future.”

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