James S Ruttenberg

Financial Advisor

Jim Ruttenberg's Commitment to You


Jim Ruttenberg brings more than 25 years of experience with the Northwestern Mutual to any client engagement. Jim believes in the process: meeting with people to uncover their goals and objectives, analyzing those in the context of each individual's situation, making recommendations to help clients achieve those goals, and finally providing ongoing monitoring of the results. This four step process is the foundation of Jim's business, and it is supported by the service he provides to each one of his clients.


Jim Ruttenberg values working with a wide variety of clients that includes physicians, lawyers, business owners and other professionals in the Pittsburgh area and around the country. The focus of his work is on personal needs analysis, individual estate analysis, and business succession. With the additional resources available through Northwestern Mutual, the scope of his work extends to both large corporations and small, closely held family businesses in the areas of employee benefits, retirement plans, and investments


Browse these pages to learn more about Jim and his team, as well as the products and services available to you through the Pittsburgh Network Office.


Jim Ruttenberg's Commitment to the Community


Jim Ruttenberg is actively involved in the community through a number of different organizations. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and is also involved with the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks, which helps fund research, raise awareness, and strives to bring hope to all affected by Autism. In addition, Jim participates in fundraising efforts for the United Way of Allegheny County. Jim lives in Upper St. Clair with his wife, Lori, and his two sons Ben and Zack.


Jim Ruttenberg's Commitment to Continuing Education


Jim encourages clients and friends to take advantage of the resources in the Advance Planning Library (see top right toolbar). Please take a moment to see if this free, valuable service could benefit you and your business.


Jim invites you to browse the articles below and learn more information on business and money practices, insurance, financial, investment, estate planning and general interest topics.


529 Plans- Saving for your Child's Education


Understanding Risk


"Gifting" Can Provide An Effective Estate Distribution


NM Announces a 4.63 Billion Dollar Life Dividend

My Mission

As a Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative, in all situations I will make those recommendations which I would do for myself and my family if faced with a similar situation.

By matching your needs with innovative solutions utilizing world-class insurance services and internationally recognized investment products, I will do my best to help you protect and provide for those people you care about most. I will work hard to build a relationship with you based on trust and integrity, always striving to provide you with the same level of ethical service that I would expect for myself.


The Northwestern Mutual Difference

We make plans for people, not just money. So no matter your goals, we have access to top rated products and services to help you meet each one.

  • Best Life Insurance Company ranked by NerdWallet, 2019 to 20201
  • AAA, Aaa, and AA+ the highest financial strength ratings of any life insurer from all four major rating agencies2
  • Top 10 U.S. Independent Investment Broker-Dealers3
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2Northwestern Mutual continues to have the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any U.S. life insurer by all four of the major rating agencies: A.M. Best Company, A++ (highest), April 2020; Fitch Ratings, AAA (highest), August 2020; Moody’s Investors Service, Aaa (highest), December 2020; S&P Global Ratings, AA+ (second highest), June 2020. Third-party ratings are subject to change. Ratings are for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

3Measured by 2020 total revenues. Ranking for Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC. Sources: Financial Advisor magazine and Investment News, April 2021.

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