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Since 2007, the COUNTRY Financial Security Index has measured Americans' sentiments of their personal financial security.

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Waiting for a Holiday Miracle: Santa Needs to Leave Nearly $60K in the Average American’s Stocking to Erase All Debt This Holiday Season
November 19, 2019

The COUNTRY Financial Security Index found that Americans would need nearly $60k to pay off debts this holiday season.

Interest Charge Deferral Extension Issued on Spring Crop Insurance Premiums
November 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency this week announced it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums. COUNTRY Financial® is also taking additional steps to assist farmers who have purchased additional insurance policies for the 2019 crop year.

COUNTRY Financial® Names Frerichs as Vice President of Investment Services
October 29, 2019

Troy Frerichs assumes oversight of the day-to-day operations of COUNTRY Trust Bank, COUNTRY Capital Management Company, and the servicing and sales support of COUNTRY Investors Life Assurance Company products.

COUNTRY Financial® Names Melzer as Vice President and Chief Actuary, Life/Health/Annuity
October 28, 2019

Sheila Melzer will be responsible for product design, development, pricing and profitability management, reinsurance administration, and actuarial aspects of financial reporting.

Following Challenging Spring, COUNTRY Financial® will Deliver Needed Relief to Clients Through Prevent Plant Payments on behalf of RMA
October 2, 2019

COUNTRY Financial® has entered into an agreement with the Risk Management Agency (RMA) to issue prevented planting supplemental disaster payments.

COUNTRY Financial® Names McDade as Senior Vice President of Property/Casualty
September 19, 2019

COUNTRY Financial has named Rob McDade as senior vice president of Property/Casualty, effective immediately.

COUNTRY Financial® Names Thorpe as Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer
September 19, 2019

COUNTRY Financial has named Andrea Thorpe as executive vice president and chief experience officer, effective immediately.

Parents Just Don’t Understand (Finances): 3 in 5 Americans Rely on Uncertain Parents for Financial Guidance
September 18, 2019

Americans say they learn about money from their parents, but many parents don't feel confident about personal finance topics.

COUNTRY Financial® Announces New Organizational Structure
June 21, 2019

The board of directors for COUNTRY Financial® has approved a new organizational structure, effective immediately.

Paying the Price of Parenting: More than Half of Americans Willing to Go Into Debt to Put Their Child Through College
June 4, 2019

Parents are willing to take on an average of $31k in debt to pay for their kids' college, according to a COUNTRY Financial survey.

Andover High School Student Wins Minneapolis Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest
May 18, 2019

Officials from the Minneapolis Farmers Market and COUNTRY Financial unveiled the 2019 reusable bag design, created by a senior at Andover High School.

Chicago High School Senior Wins COUNTRY Financial Farmers Market Bag Design Contest
May 9, 2019

Officials from the City of Chicago and COUNTRY Financial unveiled the 2019 reusable bag design, created by a senior at Mather High School.

COUNTRY Financial Supports Chicago First Responder Charities as Sponsor of Battle of the Badges
April 25, 2019

Amateur boxers from the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department battled it out in the ring for a good cause on April 12 at the De La Salle Institute.

COUNTRY Financial to Sponsor Tour of Sibling-Trio Featured on America’s Got Talent
April 25, 2019

COUNTRY Financial® will sponsor the tour of the pop/rock sibling-trio, We Three.

Fake it ‘Til You Make It: Americans are Buying Homes but Can’t Afford the Down Payment
March 12, 2019

American Millennials want to purchase homes, but can't afford the down payments.

Vance promoted to General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer at COUNTRY Financial, Illinois Farm Bureau
March 11, 2019

Jennifer Vance, of Bloomington, Ill., was recently promoted to general counsel, secretary and chief legal officer for COUNTRY Financial®, Illinois Farm Bureau and other affiliated companies.

Money Smart Week Offers Financial Education for the Fox Cities Community and Scholarship Opportunity for Students
February 22, 2019

Learn about the Money Smart Week activities available in the Fox Cities area of Wisconsin, including a scholarship for high school seniors.

Smart Tips for How to Use Your Holiday Bonus or End-of-Year Raise
December 28, 2018

Did you receive a holiday bonus from your employer, or are you getting a raise this year? If so, congratulations! Take simple steps now to make that new income work toward your financial goals with these tips from Chelsie Moore of COUNTRY Financial.

Personal Finance Snapshot: More Americans Are Feeling Financially Secure Compared to Last Year
December 17, 2018

COUNTRY Financial surveyed Americans on their feelings of financial security, and found they are feeling more positive about their finances in 2018 than they did in 2017.

Bah! Humbug! Nearly 3 in 4 Americans Plan to Spend Less or the Same this Holiday Season
December 12, 2018

Most Americans are planning to spend the same amount or less on the holidays this year, according to the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index.

Survey: More than Half of Americans Are Using Shared Services Like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb
September 26, 2018

More than half of Americans are using some sort of shared service, but few are earning money through the sharing economy.

COUNTRY Financial Announces New Chief Executive Officer
September 19, 2018

COUNTRY Financial has named Jim Jacobs, of Bloomington, Ill., as its next chief executive officer (CEO) effective early 2019.

Cultivating the Seeds of Safety Everyday
September 4, 2018

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 16-22, 2018. COUNTRY Financial® is urging farmers to make safety their number one priority take extra care of their health both inside and outside of the tractor and - all year long.

COUNTRY Financial CEO Kurt Bock Announces Retirement
August 27, 2018

Kurt Bock will retire as chief executive officer of COUNTRY Financial effective January 31, 2019, after serving in the leadership role for seven years.

COUNTRY Financial® Makes Donation to Chicago Public Schools’ Family and Community Engagement in Education (FACE2) Program
August 22, 2018

COUNTRY Financial made donations to the Chicago Public Schools' Network 7 and Network 11 Family and Community Engagement in Education (FACE2) programs.

Survey: Americans Still Rely on Parents to Help with Mobile Phones, Groceries and Health Insurance
June 20, 2018

The line between childhood and adulthood is blurrier than ever, and as a result, many Americans are delaying financial independence from their parents.

As Boats Hit The Water, Cruise With Caution And Make Sure Safety Is Your Skipper
May 25, 2018

Proper protections and safety procedures are two things to consider with your recreational vehicle as you look to add a splash of fun this summer.

Statistics Show Homeowners Are Not Prepared for Hurricane Season
May 25, 2018

While hurricane season starts next week, tens of thousands of residents along the Atlantic coast are still picking up the pieces after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma destroyed thousands of homes last year.

Blaine High School Student's Artwork Selected for 2018 Minneapolis Farmers Market Bag
May 20, 2018

Blaine High School student Abarna Anandaraj was named the winner of the 2018 Minneapolis Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest.

Mather High School Senior's Artwork Chosen for 2018 Chicago City Markets Reusable Bag
May 11, 2018

The 2018 Chicago City Markets sponsored by COUNTRY Financial kicked off on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Daley Plaza. Mather High School Senior Iveth Crisoforo was named the winner of the 2018 reusable bag design.

Simple Steps Students Can Take To Afford College, Avoid Student Loan Debt
May 9, 2018

The month of May has students of all ages moving on to their next chapter. For graduating students, it is a month marked by important decisions that will likely impact their long-term financial health.

Money Smart Kid Essay Contest Winner Announced
May 7, 2018

Janet Musangali, a seventh-grade student at Frontier Middle School in O’Fallon, was named the winner of the 2018 Money Smart St. Louis Essay Contest.

Farmers anxious to get crop planted, reminded to put safety first
May 7, 2018

Cold weather may have slowed the start of planting season in April, but chances are, Illinois residents are now seeing tractors on the road and in fields as they make their way to work and other activities.

St. Louis Park Student Named 2018 Money Smart Teen Essay Contest Winner
April 27, 2018

Yonah Davis, a junior at St. Louis Park High School, was named the winner of the 2018 Money Smart Teen Essay Contest presented by COUNTRY Financial and the Minnesota Council of Economic Education.

44th Annual COUNTRY Financial Kids Relays Set for May 19
April 27, 2018

The COUNTRY Financial® Kids Relays, presented by COUNTRY Financial in partnership with the Optimist Club of Salem and the City of Salem Public Works Parks and Recreation, will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Willamette University’s McCulloch Stadium.

New Study: Despite Recent Market Volatility, More than Half of Americans Feel Financially Prepared For Their Financial Future
March 21, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently showed signs of a correction after suffering two daily drops of more than 1,000 points. Despite the plunge, about half of Americans report they are financially prepared should it happen again.

COUNTRY Financial names Director of Total Rewards
Dec. 20, 2017

Kristin Adams, of Bloomington, has been named director of Total Rewards in the Human Resources Division at COUNTRY Financial®.

About COUNTRY Financial

COUNTRY Financial is a marketing name for COUNTRY Life Insurance Company®, COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company® and their respective subsidiaries, located in Bloomington, IL. COUNTRY Financial serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States and offers a wide range of insurance and financial products and services.