MassMutual Retirement Services Launches RetireSmart(SM) TV, Online Video Series

Farnoosh Torabi Speaks to Everyday Americans On Credit, Healthcare, College and Retirement

Nov 21, 2011, 11:43 ET from MassMutual Retirement Services

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 21, 2011  /PRNewswire/ -- MassMutual Retirement Services recently launched RetireSmart(SM) TV, a new series of short online videos spanning key financial topics such as the importance of good credit, affording healthcare, ways to save for college, and how to prepare for retirement.

The first 10 educational videos, each approximately two minutes in length, feature Farnoosh Torabi, independent Generation Y money coach, best-selling author and personal finance journalist, talking with everyday Americans about being RetireSmart with their individual strategies surrounding:

  1. Keeping tabs on credit
  2. Staying on track to reach their retirement goal
  3. Assessing their current retirement strategy
  4. Getting an early start to saving for retirement
  5. Ways to pay for college
  6. Envisioning their retirement future and important lifestyle considerations
  7. Getting help with retirement planning
  8. Affording healthcare
  9. Reaching their retirement goal
  10. Understanding mutual funds

"People today are reading less and watching more online video and webisodes, with Americans spending nearly three and a half hours a week watching online video," says Kris Gates, assistant vice president of participant and interactive marketing for MassMutual's Retirement Services Division. "We have engaged with Farnoosh to create a series of 10 edutainment videos to connect with our participants in a new and exciting way," adds Gates.

"I can't wait to see the positive impact these videos have on our participants," says Hugh O'Toole, senior vice president of sales and client management for MassMutual's Retirement Services Division. "We look forward to integrating RetireSmart TV into our on-site educational meetings to show that our participants, along with most Americans, are all in the same boat when it comes to understanding these complex topics, and that MassMutual is here to help them prepare for a strong financial future," adds O'Toole.

"We are so excited to launch these RetireSmart TV online videos to further connect with our participants," states Elaine Sarsynski, executive vice president of MassMutual's Retirement Services Division and chairman and CEO of MassMutual International LLC. "It was a pleasure to work with Farnoosh and gather invaluable feedback from everyday Americans. Through her informal conversations 'on the street,' we were able to hear firsthand how Americans feel about these important financial topics, and provide simple, easy-to-implement strategies to help them assess their current situation and prepare for a successful retirement," adds Sarsynski.

The RetireSmart TV videos can be accessed by visiting,,, or the MassMutual YouTube channel at

For more information about MassMutual Retirement Services, please contact your retirement plan advisor or call MassMutual at 1-866-444-2601.

About MassMutual

MassMutual's Retirement Services Division has been serving retirement plans for 65 years. It offers a full range of products and services for corporate, union, nonprofit and governmental employers' defined benefit, defined contribution and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. It serves approximately 1.3 million participants.

Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders every year since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company's strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

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