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Great American Life Insurance Company and JourneyGuide have Announced a Strategic Partnership

JourneyGuide, Great American Life Insurance Company | April 12, 2021

JourneyGuide announces a strategic partnership with Great American Life Insurance Company® to directly model some annuity products in JourneyGuide's retirement planning software.

JourneyGuide, Inc., an innovative retirement income planning software provider for financial advisors, confirmed that it has started modeling the following options directly in its software from Great American Life Insurance Company®, a leading annuity provider:

• American Legend® 7

• Index Frontier® 5

• Index Protector 5 MVA℠

• Index Protector℠ 7

• Index Summit 6® (coming soon)

The partnership between JourneyGuide and Great American Life allows for greater accuracy in the modeling of its income annuities. Besides, JourneyGuide will now model Great American Life's accumulation annuities, like the Index Frontier 5, the company's flagship registered index-linked annuity. These enhancements enhance the annuity options available to all JourneyGuide advisors.

“JourneyGuide is delighted to be partnering with Great American Life, a highly rated and innovative carrier with decades of experience,” said Gary Moorman, JourneyGuide's Head of Business Development & Sales. “We aim to provide our advisors with solutions that support their clients' retirement plans, and we are confident that Great American Life annuities will help us achieve that goal.”

“We are pleased to offer our growth and protection solutions within this dynamic platform,” said Joe Maringer, Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager of Great American Life. “It is extremely valuable for financial advisors and their clients to be able to see the benefits that insurance will bring to a portfolio. We are pleased to collaborate with JourneyGuide to provide thousands of advisors with access to our annuity solutions, which will further simplify retirement and income planning needs.”

About JourneyGuide, Inc.
JourneyGuide assists advisors in enhancing retirement outcomes for millions of people who, rightly, are concerned about outliving their retirement assets. The software, which was developed with annuity sales in mind, provides an interactive retirement planning experience for advisors and clients to complete together. JourneyGuide enhances advisor efficiency and client awareness and control of their retirement plan, resulting in peace of mind.

About Great American Life Insurance Company
Great American Life Insurance Company®, a member of Great American Insurance Group (GAIG), assists in the simplification of the path to financial stability by offering traditional fixed, fixed-indexed, and registered index-linked annuities in the retail, broker-dealer, financial institution, and registered investment advisor markets. GAIG's members are American Financial Group, Inc. subsidiaries (AFG). The symbol AFG is used to identify and sell AFG common stock on the New York Stock Exchange.

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