MassMutual Financial Group has launched an online seminar series specifically focused on women and their financial issues.
   The site-yet another example of the way financial service companies are increasingly marketing directly to women-is available to the public at
   "As the incomes of women continue to increase, so does their need to have a better understanding of the broader financial issues they face," says Susan Sweetser, second vice president of Women's Markets at MassMutual and the narrator of the seminar series.
   "Our hope is that after viewing this presentation, women have a clearer picture of these challenges, and it will spark their interest in building a comprehensive financial strategy that will help ensure security and happiness," she says.
   The online seminar includes information on life insurance protection, planning for retirement and establishing a will.
   In another unrelated announcement, MassMutual appointed William Noyes as managing director of institutional sales for Connecticut, western Massachusetts, upstate New York and Vermont, effective Sept. 1. Noyes joined MassMutual in 1996 and served as national consultant practice leader for the company's Retirement Services division.