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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AIG Posted a Huge Loss in 4Q17

    AIG (AIG) reported a net loss of $6.66 billion in 4Q17—compared to a loss of $3 billion in 4Q16.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Financials

    Comparing MetLife’s Dividend Yield

    Revenue and earnings MetLife (MET), the holding corporation for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, saw its revenue fall 9% in 2016 and 5% in 2015. The fall was driven by universal life and investment-type product policy fees, net investment income, and other revenue. Expenses rose 2% in 2016 after falling 3% in 2015. Income from continuing operations, […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Does a Rate Hike Impact Insurance Stocks?

    Interest rates are a key performance driver for life insurance companies, affecting their margins, hedging costs, and product sales.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Miscellaneous

    KIE Trades above Its Moving Averages: How Does SPY Compare?

    KIE is the most liquid insurance ETF available in the country and is also among the cheapest, with an expense ratio of 0.35%.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Term Life Is Most Beneficial to Young Adults

    Term life (IYF) is most beneficial to young adults who are relatively free from any financial responsibilities.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How to Pick a Life Insurance Policy

    Term life insurance provides guaranteed benefits to beneficiaries for a specific period of time in case of the sudden death of the insured person.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Different Types of Life Insurance Policies?

    Life insurance (PRU) (MET) policies come in various forms that cater to people in different age groups and with different financial goals.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Effect of an Interest Rate Reversal on Insurance Companies

    Interest rates are a key performance driver for life insurance companies. They affect their margins, hedging costs, and product sales.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Much Have Investors Pulled from KIE in 2016?

    Shares of KIE have been exposed to a global sell-off in effect since the beginning of 2016. YTD, KIE has plunged by 9.5%, in line with the S&P 500 Index.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investors Add $207 Million to the Insurance ETF KIE

    The SPDR S&P Insurance ETF has added $207 million in assets in 2015. In comparison, during the prior year, the fund witnessed outflows of $139 million.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rising Interest Rates, Banks, and Insurance Companies

    Banking stocks are expected to benefit from higher interest rates, but not immediately. Also, rising interest rates would be countered by higher existing liquidity.

    By Robert Karr
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    KIE Is Trending Upward after Crossing Its Moving Averages

    On November 25, 2015, KIE closed at $72.23, above its 100-day, 50-day, and 20-day moving averages of $70.07, $70.06, and $71.73, respectively.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investors Added $247 Million to the Insurance ETF KIE in 2015

    The SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (KIE) has added $257 million in assets in 2015 so far. In comparison, during the previous year, the fund witnessed outflows of $139 million.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    KIE Crossed over Its Moving Averages on November 16, Trending Up

    On November 23, shares of KIE closed at $72.38, above its 100-day, 50-day, and 20-day moving averages of $70.07, $70.06, and $71.73, respectively.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Financials Surged Week Ended November 20 with Hints of a Rate Hike

    After a strong start to 2015, banking stocks have been on a roller coaster ride as the Fed kept investors guessing about its interest rate policy.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Miscellaneous

    Russia’s Plane Shot Down: Insurers Gain as Tensions Mount

    Geopolitical tensions are mounting around the globe. Turkey shot down a Russian jet and Brussels remains on terrorism alert after the recent attacks in Paris.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Earnings Report

    How Does American Financial Group Compare to Its Peers?

    American Financial Group (AFG) has outperformed most of its ETFs based on price movement and PE ratio. The PE ratios of AFG, KBWP, KIE, and XMLV are 16.1x, 11.0x, 12.5x, and 20.2x, respectively.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    American Financial Group’s Revenue Rose, but Income Fell in 3Q15

    After its 3Q15 earnings report, which included a 55.3% drop in net income, American Financial Group (AFG) fell by 0.59% to close at $72.27 per share on November 3, 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Alleghany’s Revenue and Income Fall in 3Q15

    After its 3Q15 earnings report, Alleghany fell by 0.29% to close at $501.09 per share as of November 3, 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    How Has Torchmark Performed in a Competitive Market?

    The PBV (price-to-book value) ratios of Torchmark, Prudential, Unum, CNO, and Primerica are 1.71x, 0.89x, 0.97x, 0.87x, and 2.05x, respectively.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Torchmark’s Operating Income Rose in 3Q15

    Torchmark’s market capitalization is $7.3 billion. Its year-to-date price movement is increasing with its rise in net income quarter-over-quarter in 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    How Does Everest Re Group Compare to Its Peers?

    The price-to-book value ratios of Everest, PartnerRe, RenaissanceRe, Axis Capital, and White Mountains Insurance are 1.03x, 0.94x, 1.13x, 1.03x, and 1.16x.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Everest Re Group’s Revenue and Income Fell in 3Q15

    Everest Re Group reported net revenue of $1,375.2 million in 3Q15, a fall of 4.2% when compared to its net revenue of $1,435.8 million in 2Q15.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Assurant: A Must-Know Company Overview

    Assurant is a New York–based company that was incorporated in 2003. It has a Fortune 500 ranking of 285.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Financials

    Why should you invest in insurance ETFs?

    Insurance ETFs are poised to gain from industry growth. As interest rates improve, insurers should see better earnings due to higher investment returns.

    By Sean Millard
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    Financials

    How insurers are targeting new growth avenues

    US insurance M&A activity picked up in 2014 after a two-year dip, as insurers try to capture growth opportunities in domestic and foreign markets.

    By Sean Millard
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    Financials

    How valuation of insurance companies works

    Financial market movements not only impact income from invested assets, but also the value of assets carried at fair value on an insurer’s balance sheet.

    By Sean Millard
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    Financials

    How insurers manage their capital requirements

    A company managing higher risk products must maintain a higher level of minimum capital compared to a company with a relatively lower level of risk.

    By Sean Millard
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    Financials

    Making sense of an insurer’s liabilities

    Policyholder liabilities, or policyholder reserves, represent the future claims that may arise for the pool of policies the insurer writes.

    By Sean Millard
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    Consumer

    An insurer’s investments: Dominated by debt securities

    A large portion of an insurer’s balance sheet contains lower-risk assets such as government bonds and high-grade corporate bonds.

    By Sean Millard
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    Energy & Utilities

    How investment income drives profit

    The impact of interest rate movements is lower in the P&C segment, as their products can be repriced annually to keep in line with interest rate movements.

    By Sean Millard
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    Consumer

    How cost structures and distribution channels impact profit

    As customers use Internet-based aggregators to purchase insurance policies, insurers use online sales to interact directly with customers and reduce costs.

    By Sean Millard
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    Basic Materials

    Underwriting profit: First leg of the profit machine

    An underwriting loss is not unusual for an insurance company. In a soft pricing environment, pricing of P&C products is low due to intense competition.

    By Sean Millard
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    Financials

    What impacts an insurer’s profits?

    In 2013, the top ten life and health insurance companies had just above 50% market share in terms of direct premiums written.

    By Sean Millard
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    Energy & Utilities

    Life insurance, P&C insurance, and reinsurance

    P&C products have commoditized characteristics, resulting in sharp competition in the market and business cycles. AIG and ACE are key players in this space.

    By Sean Millard
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