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The Travis Manion Foundation: Instilling Character in the Next Generation of Leaders

By Ryan Manion | May 23, 2017

The idea of character education is something that’s desperately needed in our society, and the idea also resonates with the veterans. One of the biggest challenges facing many veterans is losing that sense of feeling connected to something bigger than themselves. Many of the veterans in Travis Manion Foundation programs have found that working with kids and teaching them about what it means to be a leader is an avenue to regain that connection.

Hitting the Trifecta: Drexel Students Study How to Reinvent Life Insurance for Millennials

By Cassandra Vidal | May 16, 2017

I am a student at Drexel University. Our class paired up with Penn Mutual to address three business challenges the company was facing. My team was assigned the first challenge: The Language of Life Insurance, changing the way people talk about life insurance, with a focus on reaching millennials and Generation Z.

What to Expect When Working with a Financial Adviser

By Michael Hartman, RICP® | May 9, 2017

I recently led a Lunch and Learn session for the associates at Penn Mutual’s home office on what to expect when working with a financial adviser. The session was very popular, which shows that people everywhere – even those who work at a life insurance company – have similar questions and concerns about working with an adviser.

Make Life Insurance Your Business Partner

By Margaret Muldoon | May 2, 2017

Business owners know firsthand that building their business and staying successful requires significant time and resources. Yet many small business owners are not aware of critical business planning areas that put the future of their businesses at risk if left unaddressed. Life insurance can be an excellent partner in many aspects of business planning.

Building a Diverse Agency Culture

By William Stevens | April 26, 2017

Penn Mutual was recently one of six financial services firms that participated in a groundbreaking, industry-wide survey of agency culture. Diversity — of age, gender, ethnic background, and thought — is important to the future of Penn Mutual. The research conducted by FlexPaths presented a unique opportunity for us to explore whether we have been successful at building a culture of diversity at the agency level.

Spring Cleaning – Declutter Your Financial Life

By Carolyn Humphrey | April 18, 2017

The start of spring marks not only a good time for cleaning your house and garden, but is also an opportune time to clean up your finances and get things in better order. Done right, it should make your life easier throughout the rest of the year. Your financial life will be less cluttered, and you will be able to work more efficiently.

Sensible Strategies for Your Tax Refund

By Margaret Muldoon | April 11, 2017

I wrote a few years ago about five smart ways to use your tax refund: 1) maxing out an IRA, 2) boosting emergency savings, 3) paying down debt, 4) investing the funds, or 5) putting it into a business. I realize it’s not always so easy to take “found money” and devote it all to something so sensible.

So, go ahead, live a little. But here are a few strategies for doing so sensibly.

Countdown to Retirement: The Last Six Months

By Frederick Karp | April 4, 2017

By the time you read this, I will have retired. I officially retired from Penn Mutual on March 31, and I was asked if I would share my retirement planning journey.

So What’s All the Fuss About Teaming?

By Susan Notaras | March 28, 2017

About two years ago, Penn Mutual decided to pilot an initiative surrounding team selling, starting with just five firms and doubling that in the second year. We saw positive results in productivity and retention, enough to move teaming from a piloted initiative to a contributing strategy.

Putting the Power of Storytelling Behind the Power of Life Insurance

By Jeffrey Fleischman | March 21, 2017

The life insurance industry has not done a very good job at telling its story effectively. Although people recognize the importance of having life insurance, few fully understand what it can do for them, or even how much they need. One way to close this gap is to use storytelling through the experience of advisers and clients.

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