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Melody A. Anderson earns Income Certified Professional designation

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[January 13, 2014]  Melody A. Anderson, a financial adviser with Northwestern Mutual, has earned the professional designation of Retirement Income Certified Professional from the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Candidates for the RICP designation must complete a minimum of three college-level courses and are required to pass a series of two-hour proctored exams. They must also have three years of experience, meet stringent ethics requirements and participate in the college's continuing education program.

The RICP educational curriculum is the most complete and comprehensive program available to professional financial advisers looking to help their clients create sustainable retirement income. The rigorous three-course credential helps advisers master retirement income planning, a key focus area not fully covered in other professional designation programs. From retirement portfolio management techniques and mitigation of plan risks to the proper use of annuities, employer-sponsored benefits and determining the best Social Security claiming age, the RICP provides a wealth of practical information for advisers.

Using the most current techniques, RICPs identify retirement income needs and objectives and evaluate a client's current situation relative to those goals. Individuals who earn an RICP can provide expert advice on a broad range of retirement topics, including income needs and objectives, estate issues and other risks to retirement income planning, Social Security, health insurance and housing decisions, and income taxation.

Anderson has been with Northwestern Mutual since 1987. She has also secured these certifications: Certified Financial Planner, or CFP; Charter Life Underwriter, or CLU; Charter Financial Consultant, or ChFC; Masters of Science in Financial Services, or MSFS; and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living, or CASL.

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She works to build relationships with clients, based on trust and integrity, always striving to provide them with the same level of ethical service that she would expect for herself.

Anderson has been serving the city of Lincoln as an alderwoman for Ward 1 since 2006. She is currently serving as treasurer for First Presbyterian Church and has served as a board member for St. Clara's Manor.

The American College is the nation's largest nonprofit educational institution devoted to financial services. Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, the college has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others for over 86 years. The American College's faculty represents some of the financial services industry's foremost thought leaders. For more information, visit

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