Financial / Insurance Resource Links

Advantage Group Associates www.IndexedAnnuityNerd.com

Advantage Group is the foremost authority in the indexed life and indexed annuity

markets. This market research firm specializes in competitive intelligence, product

development, marketing and sales of indexed insurance products.

AgentMedia www.AgentMediaCorp.com

An industry one-stop shop for integrated marketing solutions. The combination of their

database and robust media tools offers market penetration available in the insurance

and financial services industry.

A.M. Best www.ambest.com

A.M. Best Company is a full-service credit rating organization dedicated to serving the

financial services industries, including the banking and insurance sectors.

American Bankers Association (ABA) www.aba.com

The American Bankers Association brings together banks of all sizes and charters into

one association. ABA works to enhance the competitiveness of the nation's banking

industry and strengthen America’s economy and communities.

AnnuitySpecs www.AnnuitySpecs.com

AnnuitySpecs is a one-stop shop for all Indexed Annuity needs. They provide the

product tools to understand Indexed Annuities inside-and-out.

Association for Advanced Life Underwriter www.aalu.org

AALU is a national association of nearly 2,000 advanced life insurance planners who are

committed to preserving insurance through political involvement. The mission of AALU is

to promote, preserve and protect advanced life insurance planning for the benefit of

members, their clients, the industry and the general public.

Association for Insured Retirement Solutions (NAVA) www.navanet.org

NAVA addresses the need and importance of retirement income preparation and

management for retirement-focused Americans, and within this mission, NAVA focuses

on annuity and variable life products to fulfill important objectives of retirement income

planning.

BankRate www.bankrate.com

Bankrate is one of the Web's leading aggregator of financial rate information. Bankrate

continually surveys approximately 4,800 financial institutions in all 50 states in order to

provide clear, objective, and unbiased rates to consumers.

Benefits Selling Magazine www.benefitssellingmag.com

An authority for brokers and agents selling core, voluntary and retirement products. Their

goal is to provide practical sale-focused information for benefits brokers and agents to

boost their business, to act as a resource for their clients, and help shape the entire

marketplace.

Boomer Market Advisor www.boomermarketadvisor.com

This publication delivers real-world case studies and sales and marketing strategies

advisors need to succeed with the demands of their boomer clients.

Bond Market Association www.cfainstitute.org

Advocate for the bond market; excellent research on trends in fixed income.

BrokerWorld www.brokerworldmag.com

This national insurance magazine is focused and edited to specifically address the

brokerage marketplace and the unique informational needs of independent life and

health producers who select the products best suited to their clients' needs from a

variety of companies and marketers.

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) www.cpcusociety.org

The CPCU Society is a community of credentialed property and casualty insurance

professionals who promote excellence through ethical behavior and continuing

education.

Charter Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) www.cfainstitute.org

CFA offers programs leading to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation

which is increasingly important in becoming established as an equities analyst

Financial Executives Institute (FEI) www.financialexecutives.org

Organization of senior financial executives from U.S. and Canadian corporations. Site

provides information on association conferences, technical issues, publications, career

services, and legislative and regulatory issues.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) www.finra.org

Non-governmental regulator for securities firms doing business in the U.S. Created

through the consolidation of NASD and the member regulation, enforcement and

arbitration functions of the New York Stock Exchange.

Financial Planning Association (FPA) www.fpanet.org

FPA has 100 chapters throughout the country representing more than 28,500 members

involved in all facets of providing financial planning services. Working in alliance with

academic leaders, legislative and regulatory bodies, financial services firms and

consumer interest organizations, FPA fosters the value of financial planning and

advances the financial planning profession.

Fitch Ratings www.fitchratings.com

Fitch Ratings is a leading global rating agency committed to providing the world's credit

markets with independent, timely and prospective credit opinions.

GAMA International www.gamaweb.com

GAMA is dedicated to supporting the professional development of field leaders in the

insurance and financial services industry.

Gen Re www.genre.com

Gen Re offers customized reinsurance programs that help you achieve your life/health risk management objectives.

InsuranceNewsNet www.insurancenewsnet.com

As a premier internet provider of insurance industry information, InsuranceNewsNet

helps keep professionals current on critical, need-to-know industry news. With more than

20,000 pages of content from more than 12,000 sources, INN offers essential valueadded

expertise in organizing, analyzing and filtering insurance news from worldwide

sources to help industry professionals make better and more informed decisions.

Inter-Company Marketing Group (ICMG) www.icmg.org

Members are marketing and business development decision-makers with insurance

carriers, distributors, third party administrators, and other related companies.

Investment Company Institute (ICI) www.ici.org

National organization representing U.S. investment companies, including mutual funds,

closed-end funds, and unit investment funds.

Investment Counsel Association of America (ICAA) www.investmentadviser.org

Membership includes investment advisor firms that work with a wide range of

institutional and individual clients. ICAA promotes and represents the profession before

legislative and regulatory bodies.

LifeHealthPRO www.lifehealthpro.com

LifeHealthpro.com is the online destination for life & health insurance advisors, designed to provide them with the essential elements they need to run their practice and increase their bottom line.

LIMRA www.limra.com

Over 850 financial services companies in more than 70 countries around the world turn

to LIMRA to help them build their businesses and improve their performance. Services

include industry experience, along with resources in Research, Consulting, Assessment,

Development, and Compliance and Regulatory Services.

LOMA www.loma.org

LOMA is an international association through which more than 1,200 insurance and

financial services companies from over 80 countries engage in research and educational

activities to improve company operations.

Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) www.mdrt.org

MDRT, the premier association of financial professionals, is an international,

independent association representing less than 1 percent, of the world's most successful

life insurance and financial services professionals from 476 companies in 76 nations and

territories.

Moody's www.moodys.com

Moody's Investors Service is among the world's most respected and widely utilized

sources for credit ratings, research and risk analysis.

Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board www.msrb.org

This board makes the rules regulating dealers who deal in municipal bonds, municipal

notes, and other municipal securities

National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM) www.naaim.org

NAAIM is a non-profit association of registered investment advisors who provide active

money management services to their clients, in order to produce favorable risk-adjusted

returns as an alternative to more passive, buy and hold strategies. NAAIM’s purpose is

to promote the common interests of those investment advisors who provide active

investment management services to clients.

National Association for Critical Illness Insurance (NACII) www.nacii.org

NACII was established to provide a forum for discussion on Critical Illness Insurance; to

become a distribution source for information and education on Critical Illness Insurance;

and, to serve as a distribution channel for establishing and promoting Critical Illness

Insurance industry policy, industry education and industry position.

National Association of Estates Planners & Councils (NAEPC) www.naepc.org

NAEPC is a national organization of professional estate planners and affiliated Estate

Planning Councils focused on establishing and monitoring the highest professional and

educational standards.

National Association for Fixed Annuities (NAFA) www.nafa.us

NAFA was created to provide training, education and foster better understanding of fixed

annuities including declared-rate, index and payout. It is the only independent, non-profit

organization dedicated exclusively to the education and promotion of these unique

products.

National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) www.nahu.org

NAHU represents licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants and benefit

professionals through more than 200 chapters across America. NAHU offers its

members a multitude of educational opportunities and business-development tools.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) www.naic.org

Organization of insurance regulators from all states and dependent areas, providing a

forum for the development of uniform policy when uniformity is appropriate.

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) www.naifa.org

NAIFA is comprised of associations representing the business interests of members

nationwide. NAIFA's mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory

environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct

of its members.

National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA)

www.nailba.org

NAILBA is a nonprofit trade association, representing 100,000 producers who deliver

more than one billion dollars in first year life insurance premiums annually.

National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) www.nasd.com

Largest U.S. securities industry self-regulating body; represents stock brokerage firms

dealing in over-the-counter and other markets. Aims to standardize practices, establish

and enforce high standards in securities trading, and consult with the government and

investors.

National Ethics Bureau www.ethicscheck.com

The National Ethics Bureau is a membership organization of background-checked

financial professionals.

National Futures Association www.nfa.futures.org

Self-regulatory organization that works in conjunction with the U.S. government

oversight to legislate the futures trading industry

National Underwriter Company www.nationalunderwriter.com

NUCO publishes a broad array of print, e-media and software products for the insurance

and financial services industries. Its key publications include the two weekly magazines,

National Underwriter, Property & Casualty and National Underwriter, Life & Health.

New York Society of Security Analysts www.nyssa.org

Site contains good career information, including tips for successful interviews.

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) www.nyse.com

Not-for-profit corporation that oversees a self-regulated marketplace for the trading of

financial instruments. Releases monthly statistics on trading volume and member

income statements.

North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) www.nasaa.org

NASAA is the voice of the state securities agencies responsible for efficient capital

formation and grass-roots investor protection. Site includes sections on blue-sky

guidelines and investor education, and lists securities regulators by location.

Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA) www.pima-assn.org

PIMA is the forum for leaders in the insurance direct marketing industry to craft strategic

relationships, develop business opportunities and perfect their expertise.

Safe Money Places www.safemoneyplaces.com

This website describes and compares various safe money places. It is designed to give

consumers the facts, or at least what they think are the facts. It also provides the links to

sources backing up data used. Although opinions are given, the site tries to separate

opinion from fact.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) www.sec.gov

Federal agency to protect the investing public against malpractice in the securities

industry. Supervises all national securities exchanges, broker-dealers, and investment

advisors.

Securities Industry Association (SIA) www.sia.com

The major lobbying organization for the U.S. securities firms.

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) www.sifma.org

SIFMA is a trade association for securities firms. Site includes a list of members with

links to their home pages, articles, and issue briefs.

SIFMA www.sifma.org

SIFMA brings together the shared interests of hundreds of securities firms, banks and asset managers.

Society of Actuaries (SOA) www.soa.org

The SOA is an educational, research and professional organization dedicated to serving

the public and Society members. The Society's vision is for actuaries to be recognized

as the leading professionals in the modeling and management of financial risk and

contingent events.

Society of Insurance Research (SIR) www.sirnet.org

SIR was founded in 1970 to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas in all areas of

insurance research. It has expanded to marketing and planning, as well as research.

Standard and Poor's www.standardandpoors.com

Standard & Poor's is a leading provider of financial market intelligence. The world's

foremost source of credit ratings, indices, investment research, risk evaluation and data,

Standard & Poor's provides financial decision-makers with intelligence to feel confident

about their decisions.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission www.cftc.gov

Oversees and regulates the commodity futures industry.

Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND) www.windnetwork.com

The only professional organization exclusively dedicated to enlightening its members on

issues of significance to the insurance industry and related professional fields, arising

from windstorms and wind related natural disasters.

Wink, Inc. www.looktowink.com

Wink strives to provide the best competitive intelligence to the life insurance and annuity industries.

Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS) www.w-wifs.org

WIFS’ vision is to provide a strong network of women helping each other develop the

success that lies within each of them. WIFS works toward the mission by supporting,

encouraging, and advancing the success of women in the insurance and financial

services industry.

CEM cannot be held responsible in any way for the listing of any of these organizations.

CEM provides this only as a resource and validity of all information should be obtained

by the hosting organization.


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