Serving Northern St. Louis County, Minnesota

Thrivent Financial Services


16 N. First Ave E., Ely, MN 55790 • 218-365-8181

Herman Blasing, FIC, is a Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Ely serving members throughout Northern Minnesota. Blasing specializes in accumulation and distribution strategies as well as investment/brokerage services and insurance for pre-retired and retired members and provides a holistic approach to helping his clients meet their financial goals.

As part of his comprehensive advisory services, Blasing offers:

• estate strategies (including medical directives, Medicare supplement planning and a variety of other services in partnership with selected local legal professionals)

• retirement strategies

• wealth accumulation services

• wealth distribution services (including charitable giving strategies)

• life insurance and disability income insurance products

• major medical insurance

• fixed and variable annuities

• mutual funds

• education funding options.

“No matter what your goals, achieving them requires preparation and planning,” said Blasing. “I can help you assess your current situation and develop financial strategies customized for you. Our focus is on your overall objectives and how we can develop the right solutions for your needs.”

Blasing takes a broad-based approach to serving Thrivent Financial members. After analyzing their current situation, he works with members to develop an in-depth and integrated financial program designed to help them meet their goals. The solution is always focused on their needs and always emphasizes the client’s values as they prepare for their financial future. Importantly, Blasing’s advisory process is not only about implementation, but ongoing tracking of the strategies and adjusting them as goals change throughout life.

“Everyone has different needs based on their life stage, whether it be getting married, having kids, planning for college, or ensuring a secure retirement,” continued Blasing. “Whether it is a short-term goal or a long-term goal, we will work with you to find the right strategy.”

Blasing is backed by the strength and stability of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.6 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities.

In 2008, Thrivent Financial:

• Provided more than $689 million in life insurance death benefits.

• Paid more than $220 million in disability benefits.

• Ended 2008 with more than $162 billion in individual life insurance in force.

In addition, while some insurance companies have reduced dividends, Thrivent Financial matched its dividend scale on its traditional products. The organization also continues to maintain a surplus to meet members’ claims that is well in excess of the surplus required by regulators. Finally, ratings agency A.M. Best recently affirmed Thrivent Financial’s A++ financial strength rating – the firm’s highest mark of its 15 categories. (The rating reflects Thrivent Financial’s overall financial integrity and claims-paying ability, but does not apply to the investment performance of investment products.)

As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial creates and supports national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. In 2008, Thrivent members raised and donated $183.6 million, while Thrivent Financial added $126.2 million in direct contributions to communities, nonprofit organizations and Lutheran institutions.

“Thrivent Financial is so much more than just a financial services organization,” said Blasing. “It certainly is about providing financial security for our members, but it is also about values and giving back, which resonates with so many of us given the day and age in which we live. The organization and its members make a difference in people’s lives every day.”

A resident of Ely, Blasing is active in the community and is a member of the Ely Chamber of Commerce and the Ely Rotary Club. Along with his wife, Mary Lou, he is a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Ely and is an avid outdoorsman and music lover.

To begin your retirement journey, contact Herman Blasing at 218-365-8181 or herman.blasing@thrivent. com, or stop by his office, located at16 North First Ave. East, in Ely. More information is also available at

Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives for securities offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415-1665, 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836), a registered broker-dealer and investment adviser, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Member FINRA and SIPC. They are also licensed insurance agents of Thrivent Financial.

Variable insurance products, where available, are offered and underwritten by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI 54919-0001 and distributed by Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415-1665, 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836), a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Member FINRA and SIPC.

Investing in a variable annuity contract involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. More complete information on the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the variable annuity contract and underlying investment options is included in the prospectuses, which investors should read and consider carefully before investing. Prospectuses are available from a Thrivent Financial representative or at


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