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Industry Report Card: North American Insurance Holding Companies Cope With Various Sector-Specific Issues Jun 06

The major players in the North American life insurance industry continue to take advantage of strong capabilities in the management of distribution, product innovation, and effective enterprise risk management. The strengths of the larger players set the tone for the stable outlook that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services retains for the sector. Long-term growth for the industry has been a problem, as the industry has had difficulty reaching all but the wealthiest demographics of the market. This dynamic is not expected to change meaningfully in 2006. Individual life insurance sales have been a low-growth market over the past few years, and the future isn't looking brighter. In addition, because of the flat yield curve that has been plaguing the bond...

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Companies Mentioned
- American International Group Inc.
- Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
- CNA Financial Corp.
- Magellan Health Inc.
- Cincinnati Financial Corp.
- Lincoln National Corp.
- MGIC Investment Corp.
- Marsh & McLennan Cos.
- Protective Life Corp.
- Safeco Corp.
- The Travelers Cos. Inc.
- Torchmark Corp.
- Zenith National Insurance Corp.
- Chubb Corp.
- Cigna Corp.
- Willis Group Holdings PLC
- Old Republic International Corp.
- W.R. Berkley Corp.
- Progressive Corp.
- CNO Financial Group Inc.
- Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.
- Aon Corp.
- Presidential Life Corp.
- Selective Insurance Group Inc.
- Delphi Financial Group Inc.
- ACE Ltd.
- Horace Mann Educators Corp.
- Ohio Casualty Corp.
- Assurant Inc.
- Odyssey Re Holdings Corp.
- PXRE Corp.
- Markel Corp.
- UnitedHealth Group Inc.
- XLIT Ltd.
- Munich Re America Corp.
- Great American Financial Resources Inc.
- Mapfre U.S.A. Corp.
- Transatlantic Holdings Inc.
- Americo Life Inc.
- Allstate Corp.
- RLI Corp.
- Harleysville Group Inc.
- Finial Holdings Inc.
- Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.
- Fidelity National Financial Inc.
- Humana Inc.
- Alfa Corp.
- The Hanover Insurance Group Inc.
- FBL Financial Group Inc.
- Mercury General Corp.
- ProAssurance Corp.
- Jefferson-Pilot Corp.
- Swiss Re Solutions Holding Corp.
- Unum Group
- Reinsurance Group of America Inc.
- American Financial Group Inc.
- PMI Group Inc.
- AmerUs Group Co.
- Nationwide Financial Services Inc.
- RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.
- First American Corp.
- Health Net Inc.
- PartnerRe Ltd.
- Triad Guaranty Inc.
- Cunningham Lindsey Group Inc.
- LandAmerica Financial Group Inc.
- Kemper Corp.
- Aflac Inc.
- Sierra Health Services Inc.
- Kingsway Financial Services Inc.
- HCC Insurance Holdings Inc.
- HealthMarkets Inc.
- USI Holdings Corp.
- Principal Financial Services Inc.
- Radian Group Inc.
- Aetna Inc.
- Argo Group US Inc.
- MetLife Inc.
- Power Corp. of Canada
- 21st Century Insurance Group
- Coventry Health Care, Inc.
- Manulife Financial Corp.
- Everest Re Group Ltd.
- Power Financial Corp.
- Great-West Lifeco Inc.
- Swiss Re America Holding Corp.
- White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd.
- Prudential Financial Inc.
- Ohio National Financial Services Inc.
- Sun Life Financial Inc.
- FHC Health Systems Inc.
- American Equity Investment Life Holding Co.
- Anthem Inc.
- Phoenix Cos. Inc.
- Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs
- StanCorp Financial Group Inc.
- Infinity Property and Casualty Corp.
- Scottish Re Group Ltd.
- Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd.
- Universal American Corp.
- AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd.
- Western & Southern Financial Group Inc.
- National Life Group
- OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc.
- Liberty Mutual Group Inc.
- State Auto Financial Corp.
- MultiPlan Inc.
- Arch Capital Group Ltd.
- Bristol West Holdings Inc.
- Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd.
- WellCare Health Plans Inc.
- Genworth Holdings Inc.
- HealthCare Partners LLC
- AmWINS Group, LLC.
- Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd.
- Arias Acquisitions Inc.
- Aveta Inc.
- First Mercury Financial Corp.
- Ameriprise Financial Inc.
- IPC Holdings Ltd.
- HMSC Corp.
- Fidelity National Title Group Inc.
- CareMore Holdings Inc.
- Symetra Financial Corp.
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