Premier Industry Trade Organizations Increase Momentum Behind Annuity Awareness Month

 Amid challenging economic circumstances, a pandemic recovery and growing consumer desire for solutions that can help deliver a more secure retirement future, NAFA, the National Association for Fixed Annuities, is leveraging relationships with fellow Coalition for Annuity Awareness members to elevate the profile of annuities in celebration of June as National Annuity Awareness Month. The group is collectively working to expand its messaging in 2022 through a growing number of marketing channels and communication mediums targeting distributors, annuity professionals and the general public, while building its library of objective reference materials that clearly communicate the features and benefits of annuity products and their role in creating predictable lifetime income.

“The overwhelming financial and economic uncertainties Americans are facing underscore the need for incorporating lifetime income solutions in comprehensive retirement plans. Last year, we saw just how much that messaging resonated, as hundreds of industry organizations and professionals joined the call for recognizing June as National Annuity Awareness Month. Thanks to help from our fellow trade organizations with which we’re proud to align and partner, we’ll be spreading awareness through video messaging, social media giveaways, an evolution of our official Annuity Awareness toolkit, and premier educational events throughout the month of June,” said Chuck DiVencenzo, president and CEO of NAFA.

NAFA is joined in the Coalition for Annuity Awareness by industry associations including the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), the Alliance for Lifetime Income, Finseca, the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC), the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) and the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA), as well as a number of companies who provide support to those associations and their member companies. This year, NAFA has also recruited more than a dozen of its member companies to sponsor the National Annuity Awareness Month campaign, including Allianz, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, AmeriLife, Athene, Brokers International, ECA Marketing, EquiTrust Life Insurance Co., Insurance Agency Marketing Services, Inc. (IAMS), Lincoln Financial Group, Nasdaq, Nationwide, North American, Reliance Standard, SILAC Insurance Company and Securian Financial.

“Like Elton John, I want to tell everyone about the importance of making a plan for the future that includes protected income to cover your basic expenses, so you have freedom to find your Yellow Brick Road,” said Jean Statler, CEO of the Alliance for Lifetime Income. “National Annuity Awareness Month is a great opportunity to highlight the product and link it to the protected income it provides, and we’re supportive of Chuck DiVencenzo and NAFA for the leadership promoting this month.”

Throughout the past two years, uncertainty has plagued Americans’ ability to save and plan for the future. Even as some of the effects of the pandemic abated last year, a third of workers and almost a quarter of retirees said the pandemic has made them less confident in their retirement prospects, according to new research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Moreover, continued market volatility, the demise of traditional pensions, low interest rates and increasing longevity are all part of a growing challenge Americans face in preparing successfully for retirement. Despite the need for thorough preparation, the most current data from the Federal Reserve indicates that the overall median retirement savings is $21,120.

“An aging population facing continued market volatility and decreasing access to pensions presents a growing challenge for successfully creating an insured retirement,” said Wayne Chopus, president and CEO of the Insured Retirement Institute. “Fortunately, annuities offer unique benefits and versatility to deliver protected lifetime income and protection against market volatility that today’s workers and retirees need.”

As we rapidly approach Peak 65 in 2024 — the point in time when more Americans will turn age 65 than at any point in history — it is clear annuity education and awareness are needed to move the needle in helping more individuals attain retirement security.

“In two years, 12,000 people a day will turn 65. Many can expect to live 20, 30 years or longer in retirement, and the fear of outliving their savings will weigh heavy on their minds,” said American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely. “Annuities are the only product that can guarantee lifetime income and alleviate this concern. The U.S. Congress in 2019 reaffirmed the importance of lifetime income when it passed legislation making it easier for employers to include annuities in workplace retirement plans. But more needs to be done to help people access information about this important financial tool. During National Annuity Awareness Month, we look forward to working with our Coalition partners to educate policymakers and consumers on the unique role annuities play in helping people retire with financial certainty.”

“Financial security cannot be achieved without sufficient retirement savings,” said Marc Cadin, CEO of Finseca. “Annuities are a critical component to ensure that guaranteed lifetime income. Finseca will continue working with leaders in Congress like Chairman Neal and Rep. Brady, among others, to expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans as they seek to realize the empowerment and freedom that comes from being financially secure. Working with a financial security professional to develop a plan to meet your families’ needs will yield a customized solution for your financial security.”

“NAIFA members work face-to-face every day with Main Street Americans helping them plan for retirement and achieve their financial goals,” said NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux. “Annuities are a crucial tool in the financial plans of many of these families and individuals. It is important that we make Americans fully aware of all their financial planning options, especially those that provide the tremendous benefit and peace of mind offered by a guaranteed lifetime income. NAIFA is proud to partner with NAFA and other fine organizations to promote National Annuity Awareness Month as a service to insurance and financial professionals and the consumers they serve.”, the official home of National Annuity Awareness Month, is filled with educational, product agnostic resources that financial professionals and consumers alike can use to better understand how annuities can help mitigate various retirement risks and complement other strategies in holistic plans for retirement. Materials include fliers, whitepapers, social media content, a consumer-friendly presentation, digital marketing materials, video and other interactive content, a coloring book, and stickers.

“Though studies repeatedly indicate strong consumer interest in the concept of lifetime income, the use of annuities in generating it is dismally low. Moreover, our industry is well aware of the work we must do to educate consumers about the various types of annuities in the marketplace and where they might fit given an individuals’ specific risk tolerance and desire for balancing protection and growth,” said Jim Poolman, executive director for the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC). “National Annuity Awareness Month and are helping close the needs gap, and we’re thrilled to be moving this vital initiative forward with our Coalition partners.”

In addition to educating the industry and consumers, the Coalition is also working to ensure policymakers at both the state and federal levels are aware of the Annuity Awareness initiative. Currently, 24 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have issued proclamations declaring June as Annuity Awareness Month. These efforts are fueling NAFA’s work with legislators in moving to introduce a Congressional Resolution declaring June as National Annuity Awareness Month.

NAFA members and guests will celebrate National Annuity Awareness Month during the association’s 12th annual Annuity Leadership Forum June 13-15 in Washington, D.C. NAFA will also host two webinars with industry experts, Determining Your Clients’ Retirement Income Styles on June 8 and Why Consumers Are Discovering the Value of Today’s Fixed Annuities on June 22, while ACLI will host a Twitter chat June 29. Additional events from Coalition members will be announced throughout June; visit for a current listing.

Those interested in engaging with National Annuity Awareness Month efforts are encouraged to follow along on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube under the @AnnuRetirement handle.

About NAFA

NAFA, the National Association for Fixed Annuities, is the premier trade association exclusively dedicated to fixed annuities. Our mission is to promote the awareness and understanding of fixed annuities. We educate annuity salespeople, regulators, legislators, journalists, and industry personnel about the value of fixed annuities and their benefits to consumers. NAFA’s membership represents every aspect of the fixed annuity marketplace covering fixed annuities sold by independent agents, advisors and brokers. NAFA was founded in 1998. For more information, visit

About the Coalition for Annuity Awareness

The Coalition for Annuity Awareness is comprised of industry associations who serve consumers by helping them understand annuity products. As today’s challenging economic environment continues to evolve, a growing number of individuals and families are turning to annuities to help provide security for their retirement. Specifically, many consumers are using annuities as a vital risk management tool to protect themselves against the possibility of outliving their financial resources. Annuities are unique among financial products in the marketplace because they can provide retirees with a guaranteed lifetime income stream.

Currently, there is approximately $1 trillion of in-force premium serving roughly 8 million Americans. More than nine in 10 consumers believe guaranteed lifetime income is an appealing characteristic of annuities[1] and 72 percent of retirees receiving income from an annuity were satisfied with their investment[2]. During 2020, life insurance companies paid $56 billion in annuity benefit payments, providing crucial retirement security to contract holders[3]. In addition, Americans deposited $150 billion in individual annuities and another $151 billion into group annuities (sold through employer-sponsored retirement plans).

[1] It’s All About Income: Inaugural Study on the American Retirement Experience, Insured Retirement Institute, 2016

[2] The Language of Retirement: Advisor and Consumer Attitudes Toward Income in Retirement, Insured Retirement Institute and Jackson, 2017

[3] The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Life Insurers Fact Book 2021


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Premier Women’s Tackle Football Team Tennessee Trojans to Launch in Nashville

 The Tennessee Trojans, an expansion team in the Women’s National Football Conference (WNFC), announced today it will launch its inaugural season in April 2023. Founded and led by U.S. military veteran Rachael Ortiz-Marsh, the Tennessee Trojans will be one of few major sports teams owned and operated by a Latina woman.

“The impact sports have upon women and girls is immeasurable. As a second-generation Mexican-American, raised by my grandmother in a challenging environment, it was sports that increased my self-confidence, taught me resiliency and established a strong leadership foundation that prepared me for the trials of life. I founded the Tennessee Trojans to empower women and girls to break down barriers, create visible role models in our community and build a premier women’s team that fills a critical gap in Nashville’s sports scene. Women like Wilma Rudolph and Pat Summit set the stage for the future of women in sport. It is only fitting on the 50th anniversary year of Title IX, that we continue pushing Tennessee to the forefront of women’s history in the form of women’s football.” –Rachael Ortiz-Marsh – Tennessee Trojans Founder/Owner

The Trojans will be the 18th team to join the WNFC. The WNFC is the premier women’s football league, changing the trajectory of the sport since its launch in 2018. The WNFC was created to help women and girls reach their full potential through the power of football. With sponsorships from adidas, Riddell Sports, and other major brands, the league has propelled women’s football into the mainstream of sponsorships and media.

“Our mission to help women and girls reach their fullest potential through the power of sport has expanded even further today. The WNFC is very strategic and mindful about expansion and the partnerships that are right for the betterment of women’s football. With that, we are incredibly thrilled to partner with Rachael and her team as we continue to lead the way in creating the most provocative women’s sports league in history. Nashville has long-been a sports city with a huge opportunity for the growth of women’s sports. These factors make this an ideal partnership and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We are looking forward to exciting competition from the Tennessee Trojans in 2023!” -Janice Masters, Commissioner WNFC

The Trojans will be hosting a series of OTA’s throughout the summer with official tryouts in the fall as part of the WNFC’s National Tryout Day. Tryouts are a combine-like event in which the top talent from all athletic backgrounds compete for one of 45 roster spots available on the Tennessee Trojans.

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Pharmaron: A Premier R&D Services Provider for the Life Sciences Industry, Dedicated to Innovation and Reform

2021 the 11th Hong Kong International Finance Forum & China Securities Golden Bauhinia Awards Ceremony, themed “The 14th Five-Year, a New Journey”, was held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center dated December 17, 2021. Around 200 financial officials and senior officers in securities firms, venture capital institutions, and listed companies from Mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as abroad, attended the event. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Jiang Zaizhong, member of the national committee of CPPCC & President of Hong Kong Ta Kung Wen Wei Media Group, Song Zhiping, Chairman of China Association for Public Companies, Li Changjin, Chairman of The Listed Companies Association of Beijing, Zhang Li, President of the Chinese Financial Association of Hong Kong & head of the Hong Kong branch of SPD Bank, and Li Junhao, Chairman of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute, were present at the event and gave their speeches.
China Securities Golden Bauhinia Awards is organized by Hong Kong Ta Kung Wen Wei Media Group to select top-performing listed companies in Mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as their leaders.

Upholding the principle of fairness, openness and justice, the Organizing Committee of China Securities Golden Bauhinia Awards chooses the winners based on recommendations from its own members and co-organizers, as well as objective and subjective indicators of candidates from professional sources.

Over the years, as a trusted major selection event for companies listed in Mainland China and Hong Kong, China Securities Golden Bauhinia Awards is widely recognized as the “Oscars” for listed companies, as well as an important benchmark for investors at home and abroad.

At the event, Pharmaron was granted two awards, namely “The Best Hong Kong Stock Connect Listed Company” and “The Listed Company with the Most Investment Value in the 14th Five-Year Period”.

Pharmaron Beijing Co., Ltd (Stock Code: 300759.SZ/3759.HK) is a premier R&D services provider for the life sciences industry. The Company is committed to accelerating drug innovation for its customers. The Company has established a broad spectrum of research, development and manufacturing service capabilities throughout the entire drug discovery, preclinical and clinical development process across multiple therapeutic modalities, including small molecules, biologics and CGT products. With operations in China, the U.S., and the U.K., Pharmaron has an excellent track record in the delivery of R&D solutions to its partners in North America, Europe, Japan and China.

In 2019, Pharmaron went public in both Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Being a fully-integrated pharmaceutical R&D services platform with global operations, the Company has won favor in both capital markets with excellent operating results. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, the Company recorded total revenue of RMB3,285.5 million, representing an increase of 49.8% over the same period of last year. With the benefit from economies of scale and the growth in revenue, the Company achieved operating profit of RMB669.7 million and gross profit margin of 36.3% for its principal operations, and net profit attributable to owners of the parent excluding non-recurring gains and losses of RMB583.5 million, representing an increase of 61.2% over the same period of last year. All business segments of the Company maintained healthy operation and strong growth momentum. While the Company rapidly expanding its laboratory and CMC (small molecule CDMO) services, it continues to develop the services capabilities in clinical development and biologics and CGT area, which further strengthened its fully integrated pharmaceutical R&D services platform.

Pharmaron provides both domestic and international customers with fully integrated services covering drug research, development and manufacturing services for innovative pharmaceutical products throughout the research and development cycle, with significant competitive advantages in the business model, R&D services capabilities and customer collaboration. As a fully-integrated pharmaceutical R&D services provider, the Company’s comprehensive pharmaceutical R&D services platform has the following three core competences: comprehensive chemistry platform throughout the entire drug R&D and commercial stages, DMPK/ADME services platform throughout the entire drug R&D process, and comprehensive integrated platform from drug discovery to POC (“proof of concept”). The Company is a leading fully-integrated pharmaceutical R&D services platform with strong capabilities and comprehensive service offerings across the globe. Supported by its global operations, profound experience in pharmaceutical R&D and state-of-the art technologies, Pharmaron is able to provide customized solutions for customers. Currently, the Company has 17 (of which 9 are overseas) operating entities in China, the U.K. and the U.S. The Company integrates its resources and conducts global business with international operations and management tools. Meanwhile, since inception, the Company has put great emphasis on technology and innovation to fuel the constant grow of the business and satisfy the evolving R&D needs. In addition, dedicated, stable and visionary management teams, experienced talent pools with progressive corporate culture, along with a reputable, loyal and expanding customer base, will continue to strengthen the core competitiveness of the Company and lead to the sustainable business growth and deepen its collaboration with customers.

Looking forward, as the global pharmaceutical market continues to grow steadily and the penetration rate for external pharmaceutical R&D services continues to increase, the Company will seize the opportunity of the rapid development of the healthcare industry, cooperate more closely with domestic and foreign pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical R&D companies, and expand its services offering through development of new capabilities and technologies. Meanwhile, the Company will continue to adhere to the corporate mission of “Supporting Our Partners to Success in Discovery, Development and Commercialization of Innovative Medicines in Meeting the Unmet Medical Needs by Providing High Quality R&D Services” and devote to continuous improvement of its technology platform and services quality.

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Premier Listings Launches New Program to Assist Top Producing Agents

 Premier Listings has launched yet another initiative to provide value to its team of agents. Top producing agents benefit from having the resources of an assistant without having to hire and manage one themselves.

The PL Assist program exclusively for Premier Listings agents provides everything a top producing agent needs:

Showing assistance – for those days when agents can’t be in two places at once, or that buyer who wants to see every home on the market, showing assistants will open up doors for them. The showing assistants are licensed and professional; they’ve been trained to direct all questions about the transaction to the agent while still being friendly and courteous. They also attend inspections, closings or any other client interaction for those days when agents simply can’t be there.

Next is transaction coordination. Their local, in-house transaction coordinator (TC) takes files from contract to close. Agents can focus on their next transaction as the TC handles the details of the contract. Their work includes communicating with the client, obtaining escrow receipts, coordinating closings and more.

Another benefit of PL Assist is listing coordination. Agents can avoid data entry. Premier Listings listing coordinators enter listings in the MLS, coordinate signs and schedule photos.

PL Assist also offers digital and print marketing “done for you.” For each listing, a digital marketing strategy is employed including a website, landing pages and social media post. For buyer and seller appointments, printed handouts are provided.

One last thing – social media. Some realtors are great at managing their own; but if an agent needs help, Premier Listings provides weekly content and templates to make posting a breeze. To take it a step further, Premier Listings even offers a discounted social media affiliate who posts on behalf of the agent.

As you can see, wherever your business is today – Premier Listings will free up your time so you can focus on selling and earning more than ever before.

To apply at Premier Listings and take your business to another level while freeing up your time, visit

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NFT Genius Premier Event, The NFT Experience, Is Back; This Time With Mark Cuban

The NFT Experience is the premier event put on yearly by major NFT production house, NFT Genius. This year’s virtual event will include Mark Cuban discussing why he is picking winners and losers in the NFT space, making comparisons to Web 1.0, and what he is looking for in future NFT investments. Roham Gharegozlou of Dapper Labs will be discussing NBA Top Shot and how to break into the NFT Market.
With 40 other panelists that work in the NFT industry other topics include:
– NFTs and Hollywood
– NFTs and Mainstream Culture
– Play-To-Earn Gaming and Beyond
– Can NFTs Power the Future of Commerce and Business?
– NFTs: The New Sports Trading Card

“As NFTs continue dominating both mainstream and crypto media, it’s hard to imagine a time when they never existed. During The NFT Experience, we will journey back through the history of NFTs to understand how they originated, how they’ve changed, and how they’ll continue radically innovating the future of digital technology,” says Jeremy Born, CEO of NFT Genius.

The event will be held online Wednesday, August 11th, and Thursday August 12th. The event is free to attend. There is also a $100 VIP ticket option which will earn you NFTs from the NFT Genius collection, like those from their internal property Bitcoin Origins, which is built on the Wax Blockchain.

Visit to register for the event and learn more about the topics.

Unique NFT projects are arising every day, disrupting unexpected markets, and supplying new streams of revenue for creators around the world. But what will the rapidly evolving space look like in a year, let alone five or ten years? Join these experts in the space as they discuss their viewpoints on how NFTs will evolve, what industries they will enter next, and if the NFT “bubble” will ever reach its breaking point.

NFT Genius is a leading digital production company transforming the way in which brands connect and interact with their customers. With utility and experiential design at its core, NFT Genius is radically changing the world of digital collectibles, one meaningful experience at a time.

Charles Adkins
Marketing Director- NFT Genius

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