Perspectives on Life

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Changes in business, markets, and culture all affect our daily lives. Keep on top of news and trends, as we share our views on issues that matter to you.

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Empowering Heroes at The American College Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs

By Ted Digges, Captain, SC, USN (Ret.) | November 14, 2017

After 15 years in the Navy, I was planning my next steps as I re-entered civilian life. I was interested in a career in financial services, and I was even taking distance learning classes at The American College to gain the appropriate certifications. Then 9/11 happened…

Love the Legacy: Reflections on the Life of Significance Award

By Jenna Jones | October 31, 2017

I was honored to be the recipient of Penn Mutual’s Life of Significance award for this year. I had no idea I had even been nominated by my coach until I got the phone call while at rugby practice. I’ve since read the amazing bios of the other nominees, and I’m humbled to have even been nominated.

It’s Time for a National First Responders Day

By Peter Tedone | October 24, 2017

I’ve been a first responder myself for over 43 years. It seems strange that there is no national day of recognition for first responders. There are certainly days honoring the police and firefighters, but those are only two of the many different roles that are considered “first responders,” those who put their lives on the line by running towards danger in order to help others.

On the Watch for Financial Abuse

By Christine Hennigan | October 10, 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The numbers are shocking, and there is a relatively unknown side of domestic abuse to be on the watch for: Financial abuse. One in four women will be victims of some sort of domestic abuse in their lifetime, either emotional or physical abuse. Of these, 99 percent of them will also be victims of financial abuse, where the abuser uses money as a means of manipulation. Here is what you can do about it.

Celebrating Customer Service, and Preparing for the Accelerated Client Experience

By Helen Rennie | October 3, 2017

We are passionate about customer service here at Penn Mutual. Because of that, we are also passionate about Customer Service Week. The theme this year is “Building Trust,” which is very important to us. This is a nationwide event , but we work hard to make it our own. The work we do in Adviser & Client Services and other areas of the company is taking on even more importance with the recent launch of Penn Mutual’s accelerated client experience.

GoFundMe Doesn’t Replace Planning – or Life Insurance

By William Stevens | September 12, 2017

The crowdfunding website GoFundMe says it has raised $4 billion for people in need, helping to build funds that go toward final expenses and raising money for surviving family members. While it’s great to see an outpouring of love and support for people in a time of need, I hope that people don’t come to see GoFundMe as a replacement for life insurance.

Penn Mutual Revolutionizes the Purchasing of Life Insurance with a New Automated, Accelerated Experience

By David O’Malley | September 8, 2017

Penn Mutual achieved a major milestone this week when we processed our first life insurance policy on our innovative, new accelerated client experience. The new client experience requires no medical testing for many individuals and can take as little as 24 hours from application to payment, compared to an industry average of 30 days or more! The experience eliminates all the paperwork and delays that slow the current life insurance application, underwriting and policy delivery process.

Why Financial Services is a Good Career Fit for Millennials

By Adam Paoli | August 29, 2017

The financial services industry presents an incredible opportunity for Millennials looking for not just a job but a career. The demographics of our industry alone make a compelling case. In a previous blog post, it was noted that the average adviser is over age 50 and approaching retirement within the next ten years. We are going to see many of those practices needing to be transitioned and eventually succeeded, and Millennials like myself are well-positioned to take advantage of that. But there’s more to this than just demographics.

Intern Life at Penn Mutual

By Megan Berardelli | August 21, 2017

As the summer comes to a close, I am reflecting on my experience as a human resources (HR) intern at the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. I was one of 25 interns from across the country that spent this summer with Penn Mutual — the biggest class of interns yet!

Social Media for the Small Business

By Amy McIlwain | August 8, 2017

We live in the era of social media. It pervades our lives, shaping it in ways we hardly recognize. Small business owners may hear “they need to be on social media,” but they often don’t know where to start or what to do. Here are five simple steps to getting started with social media.