NU Online News Service, Dec. 21, 2004, 4:01 p.m. EST

A Springfield, Mass., life insurer is trying to get prospects’ attention by offering them free financial planning tools.[@@]

The insurer, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, has added a new “Learn” section for individuals on its Web site, at http://www.massmutual.com

One section feature is a guide to dealing with 16 major life events, such as buying a home or losing a job.

A second feature is a collection of educational articles about topics such as estimating college costs and health coverage continuation benefits.

A third feature, a collection of 32 financial calculators, gives consumers tools they can use to start with tasks such as tax planning and business planning.