Financial Education for Securities, Banking, & Insurance Professionals.

The Best Financial Services Textbooks Available

The American College, premier publisher of distance-learning materials for the financial services field, has created a wide range of textbooks and other learning materials on general financial planning, life insurance, estate planning, income taxation, retirement planning, pension administration, health care, employee benefits, executive compensation, and more.

Used by colleges and universities across the country, these practical resources are researched and written by The American College faculty and are continually updated to reflect the dynamically changing financial services industry.

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Planning for Retirement Needs


David A. Littell
Kenn Beam Tacchino

Focuses on retirement planning for the business, the business owner, and the individual. Covers qualified plans, nonqualified plans, and IRAs; the second part deals with retirement needs for individual clients. Emphasizes the practical knowledge needed for choosing the best retirement plan and designing a plan that will meet a client's needs. Discusses personal retirement planning and retirement distribution planning.

12th edition, ©2013

Price: $120

Item Code: HS326-12

Financial Decisions for Retirement


David A. Littell
Kenn Beam Tacchino

Focuses on financial decisions individuals face as they approach, reach, and pass retirement age and on the tools and techniques financial advisors may employ to assist their clients with these decisions. Topics covered include the minimum distribution rules, Social Security, sources of retirement income (qualified and nonqualified plans, IRAs, SEPs, and SIMPLE[s]), investing, planning for pension distributions, and decisions on rolling over lump-sum pension distributions to IRAs. Provides extensive perspectives on dealing with the aging and retired clients and their families.

4th Edition ©2012

Price: $120

Item Code: HS352-4

Making Retirement Secure


Kenn Beam Tacchino

An anthology of the latest thinking in retirement planning. Presents cutting-edge discussions on concepts like "Retirement RisQuotient," decumulation strategies, longevity annuities, planning for RMDs, rethinking the Social Security date, and more. These concepts are complemented by a series of video roundtable conversations from the authors and leading experts in the field. Learn more about this program of concepts and conversations at

1st edition, ©2008

Price: $20

Item Code: MONO-4

Foundations of Retirement Planning


Kirk Okumura

Guides professionals in examining the retirement planning process, fact finding, methods of analyzing facts, retirement planning software and sales tracking. Discusses the role of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and tax policies in retirement planning and the suitability of various accumulation vehicles, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance and annuities for retirement planning. Explains how retirement planning creates estate planning needs and addresses payout options, spousal benefits and investment strategies.


2nd Edition, 2010

Price: $65

Item Code: FA261.02.01

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