LIMRA International has created the Retirement Resource Center to help carriers and distributors serve consumers. The center provides information and support services on retirement and retirement risks.

"We must seek to influence government policies affecting pensions and retirement programs, educate consumers about their needs and how our products meet them, and provide our distribution systems with the tools and knowledge they need to take advantage of this opportunity," said Richard A. Wecker, president and CEO of LIMRA.

In the works are a training program for advisers, a retirement planning seminar, a retirement readiness test and other services. LIMRA already has a "retirement calendar pad" for 2004 with daily facts and tips.

LIMRA has also created a booklet entitled Risk Matcher, which outlines longevity risks, the financial effects of the death of a spouse, morbidity risk, inflation risk and investment risk. For those interested in single copies or small quantities, the publication will be available on

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