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Steve Forbes and John Schlifske on
"The Power of a Game Plan”

Northwestern Mutual hosted a speaker series with Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and John Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual chairman and CEO. The tour saw over 1,000 attendees and included panel discussions in Iowa City, Iowa; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, Steve and John shared their perspectives on the economy, the financial markets, and the importance of having a sound financial game plan in place regardless of market conditions. Key insights presented at the events were:
  • Getting to retirement is no longer the end goal - it is a new starting point. Schlifske and Forbes contend that today's economy coupled with increased life expectancy means there is an increased risk for individuals to deplete their assets too soon. A well-rounded plan is essential to help maintain financial security for life.
  • It is unlikely that individuals can solely invest their way to prosperity. Rather, Schlifske and Forbes believe in practicing proven financial principles, such as cutting spending, saving in addition to investing, and dollar-cost averaging for the long-term.
  • Regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C., there are plans that individuals and business owners can make now to ensure long-term security. Schlifske and Forbes encourage Americans to not let debate in Washington prohibit them from addressing their short- and long-term financial needs.

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Northwestern Mutual - Southwest Improves Lives of Children with Diabetes

Since 2007, Northwestern Mutual - Southwest based in Albuquerque, NM, has given the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of New Mexico the same kind of quality care it provides to clients.

In recognition, the group received the 2010 Community Impact Award, presented by Ed Zore, chairman and cheif executive officer, at the Western Regional Meeting. The Northwestern Mutual Foundation will make a $50,000 grant to support the JDRF's mission.

The relationship began when Managing Partner Ben Miller, CLU, ChFC, wanted to embrace a local nonprofit organization. Since then, the office has been involved in many JDRF events, such as the Tee Up to Cure Diabetes Golf Tournament and the Walk to Cure Diabetes. In 2009, the group was the primary sponsor and organizer of the Type One Families United Network (TOFUN) picnic, filled with activites that let kids and families enjoy a day without worrying about the disease.

Northwestern Mutual - Southwest is a regular sponsor of the JDRF Kick-Off Breakfast, and hosts JDRF board meetings at its offices. "Our goal has been to make the largest impact we can," said Miller. "The grant from the foundation will go far to help JDRF strive each day to get closer to a cure while providing critical support to families in need."

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