NEW YORK, May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Foresters Financial is proud to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, 2016. This week is a time for the nation to honor and recognize the contributions teachers make in our lives. Each teacher influences students in the classroom in their own unique way. Being a teacher can be a difficult job, but it is also one of the most important.
"We all had teachers who pushed us, counseled us or took friends or family members under their wing to help shape our lives in a more positive and fulfilling way," said Paul Prete, Vice President for Retirement Programs at Foresters Financial Services, Inc. "A quality education is the very backbone of a strong future for any individual and for the nation as whole. That's why Foresters Financial has made it a point to help school employees with their investment and retirement planning needs since 1974 in over 1,800 school districts across North America."
Each year Foresters Financial gives back to schools by sponsoring numerous types of school employee events such as "lunch and learns", "back-to-school" nights, teacher appreciation day activities, "educator-of-the month" awards and fundraising projects for school supplies.
In addition, Foresters Financial provides personal financial guidance to teachers with financial education workshops about topics such as Social Security benefits, retirement planning, state teacher pension plans, 403(b) programs and financial wellness seminars.
"The challenges facing teachers today are greater than ever before," Prete added. "However, the truth is that every week should be treated as teacher appreciation week. That's why it's been a priority of Foresters Financial to support the efforts of educators on an ongoing basis throughout the year - as well as to take pause and honor them with a special time of year that is just for them."
About Foresters Financial (formerly First Investors)
The Foresters Financial (formerly First Investors) group of companies is a diversified financial services company and includes a registered broker-dealer, an investment adviser, a life insurance company and a transfer agent. Foresters Financial Services, Inc., a broker-dealer, helps everyday families reach their financial goals by offering solutions and guidance through its network of financial representatives working in 42 branch offices across the United States. Foresters Investment Management Company, Inc. is the investment adviser to the First Investors family of funds, which had nearly $11 billion in total assets under management as of December 31, 2015. Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company, Inc., a New York domiciled insurance company, offers a range of insurance and annuity products and maintains an "A" (Excellent) rating by A.M. Best1. forestersfinancial.com
Foresters is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. We provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals and make a lasting difference in their lives and communities. Foresters has assets of almost $14 billion, total funds under management of $34 billion and a surplus of $2.3 billion (all figures in Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2015) and maintains an "A" (Excellent) rating by A.M. Best¹. For more information, visit foresters.com.
Foresters Financial™ and Foresters™ are the trade names and trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, and its subsidiaries, including Foresters Financial Services, Inc. Securities, life insurance and annuity products are offered through Foresters Financial Services, Inc. Insurance products are issued by Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company or The Independent Order of Foresters.
¹ An "A" (Excellent) rating is assigned to companies that have a strong ability to meet their ongoing obligations to policyholders and have, on balance, excellent balance sheet strength, operating performance and business profile when compared to the standards established by A.M. Best Company. A.M. Best assigns ratings from A++ to F, A++ and A+ being superior ratings and A and A- being excellent ratings. In assigning Foresters rating on July 1, 2015, A.M. Best stated that the rating outlook is "stable", which means it is unlikely to change in the near future. See ambest.com for our latest rating.