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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.

Seven Heart Health Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

By Keith Bratz | February 7, 2017

I learned the hard way to take heart health personally. I’ve read all the literature and heard all the messages about heart health, just as you probably have, yet I never took heart health seriously until I had my own heart crisis. I’m blessed to be here to share my story, and I urge you not to ignore what I say today.

Relationships and Values: Four Generations of Navigating the Unknown

By Tod Lashway | January 17, 2017

Last year, about this time, my father passed away. It was not unexpected, but I lost one of the formative people in my life – tall, strong, a disciplinarian, but he had a big heart beneath all the bluster. My mother showed me how to treat others with respect and dignity, to be considerate of others’ perspectives and well-being. Together, they taught us family values and responsibility for each other. Relationships and values.

Making the Transition from Military to Civilian Life

By Dennis Wilson | November 8, 2016

I joined the Navy for personal reasons. I had dropped out of college, and I felt lost. My great uncle told me stories about my grandfather and how serving in the Navy had changed his life. My mom was against it, but joining the Navy turned out to be the best decision I ever made. Then it came time for me to leave the military and rejoin civilian life.

Why Danica Patrick Believes Everyone Needs Life Insurance

By Danica Patrick | September 13, 2016

Given that I drive race cars for a living, you can understand why I make sure I have life insurance. I know the risks of going 200 miles an hour around a track with concrete walls, which is why I’ve had life insurance since the very start of my career. But that’s not the only reason I own it.

The Life of Significance Award, and the Impact We Have on Others

By David Caputo | June 28, 2016

I was very surprised when I was told I was to receive this year’s Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award. When Eileen McDonnell, the Chairman and CEO of Penn Mutual, called me, I was just shocked.

Why a Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney are a Must for Every Child Over 18

By Margaret Muldoon | May 31, 2016

The hard fact is that once a child turns 18, parents no longer have any parental rights. Legally, parents have no say over medical or financial decisions involving their newly adult child. Every child over the age of 18 should sign a Health Care Proxy and a Durable Power of Attorney.

Lessons from the Shamrock

By Eileen C. McDonnell | May 10, 2016

I was humbled to receive one of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), which celebrates diversity, fostering tolerance and championing respect for all citizens regardless of race, ethnicity or faith.

Social Security Changes You Need To Know

By Lynn Nolan | January 5, 2016

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 signed into law November 2, 2015 effectively eliminates two popular Social Security claiming strategies: file and suspend and file restricted.

What Living a Life of Significance Means to Me

By David Schroeder | August 25, 2015

My rugby teammates at the Naval Academy gave me a lot of grief when they learned I had won the inaugural Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award. I’ve thought a lot since then on what it means to live a life of significance.