© 2017 AIG Direct Insurance Services, Inc. Agency services provided by AIG Direct Insurance Services, Inc. ("AIG Direct"), CA license # 0B57619 and AR license # 0100105378, a subsidiary of American General Life Insurance Company ("AGL"), Houston, TX and an affiliate of The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York ("US Life"), New York, NY, all members of American International Group ("AIG"). Each issuing insurance company is responsible for financial obligations of their respective insurance. Guarantees are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Products may not be available in all states and product features may vary by state. For all companies mentioned, their financial professionals and other representatives are not authorized to give legal, tax or accounting advice. For advice concerning your individual circumstances, consult a professional attorney, tax advisor or accountant.
Sometimes what you wish to directly quote is a long passage or narrative that when shortened loses its meaning or effectiveness. A block quotation is generally considered any direct quote that is four or more lines. Instead of offsetting these quotes with quotation marks, you double space between the lead-in to the quote and the quote itself, and indent it about one inch (or 10 spaces) from the left margin. To introduce the block quote, you can summarize very succinctly in one brief sentence what the quote contains or use a simpler lead-in, whichever the context of your piece dictates. If a parenthetical reference is included, it is added as the last line of the indented block on a line of its own. If the lead-in is a complete sentence, use a colon at the end of it; if it is not a complete sentence, use a comma. Consider the following example: