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Northwestern Mutual Named Top 10 Independent Broker-Dealer

Northwestern Mutual has been ranked among the Top 10 independent broker-dealers, as measured by total revenues, by leading investment industry publications including the June 2015 issue of Financial Planning magazine.


Northwestern Mutual Leads Best Places to Work Survey

The company was ranked first in its industry and 7th overall among companies in Selling Power Magazine’s annual “50 Best Companies to Sell For Now” list and was recognized as one of the top 10 biggest independent broker-dealers by Financial Planning Magazine.

Northwestern Mutual ranked first  in its industry and 7th overall among companies in Selling Power Magazine’s annual “50 Best Companies to Sell For Now” list. The company outpaced the industry in the career study for the 13th consecutive year. Additionally, Northwestern Mutual was recognized as one of the top 10 biggest independent broker-dealers by Financial Planning Magazine.


Northwestern Mutual's Training and Development Program Ranks Among the Best in the U.S.

Northwestern Mutual's training and development programs have been named among the best in the country, according to Training Magazine's "Training Top 125" list.  The honor recognizes the financial security company's excellence in training and leadership development for both its thousands of financial representatives across the country and corporate employees.


Northwestern Mutual's Intern Program Ranks Among the Top 10 Nationwide for the 18th Straight  Year

Northwestern Mutual's financial representative internship program has been recognized for the 18th consecutive year as one of the top ten programs nationwide in the recently released 2014 Vault Guide to Internships. The company ranked #6 on the list and #2 in the banking/finance category.  Vault Guide to Internships, 2014 edition 


Northwestern Mutual Named a Top Innovative User of Technology

InformationWeek honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 Listing. This year, Northwestern Mutual ranks No. 129 on the list. 

2013 InformationWeek 500-Northwestern Mutual


Northwestern Mutual Expands Support to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Each and every day children and their families courageously fight childhood cancer.  The Northwestern Mutual Foundation commits to aiding in this battle by giving Alex's Lemonade Stand more than $700,000 for reserach grants, awareness activities, and family travel expenses.

2013- Northwestern Mutual Supports Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation 


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 three day tour saw over 2,500 attendees and included panel discussions in Boston, MA; Manchester, NH; Syracuse, NY; Grand Rapids, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; Memphis, TN; and Cincinnati, OH. In Pittsburgh, where there were approximately 300 in attendance, 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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#1 in the Financial Services Industry

- Selling Power's "50 Best Companies to Sell for Now." October 2016

Top Ten Internship for 21 Straight Years

- Vault Guide to Internships, 2017 edition

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