by John Darer CLU ChFC MSSC CeFT RSP CLTC
The longevity of the life insurance company is an important consideration when you consider a structured settlement for long term or lifetime obligation that may stretch 50 or more years into the future. Among the important items to consider is the insurance company's ratings with third party rating agencies. Structured settlement annuity companies are life insurance companies who issue structured settlement annuities, life insurance and other insurance and financial products. Many structured settlement annuity issuing life insurance companies have been around for more than 75 years, some for more than 100 years.
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Best's Review, A.M Best periodically publishes a list of life/health insurers with an A.M. Best rating of A (Excellent) or higher for 75 years, a period which has seen numerous wars and economic crises, booms and busts. Ratings used for the publication were current as of April 26, 2020.
Current structured settlement annuity issuing life insurance companies
- Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, since 1928
- New York Life Insurance Company, since 1928
- The Prudential Insurance Company Of America, since 1928
Note each of that each of these life insurance companies has been in existence since the 1800s.
Life insurance companies who used to write structured settlement annuities who have such annuities on their books
- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, since 1939
A.M. Best also publishes a list of the life/health insurers who have maintained an A.M. Best Rating of A, or higher for 50 years
In addition to the above, the 50 year list includes current structured settlement annuity companies:
- American General Life Insurance Company, since 1968
- Pacific Life Insurance Company, since 1959
- United of Omaha Life Insurance Company, since 1956
- United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York, since 1959
While you may notice that Berkshire Hathaway Life Insurance Company of Nebraska is not on life/health list, this is because the company started in 1993. Its parent National Indemnity Company, a prominent property casualty insurer and reinsurer was founded in 1940 and is has been A or better for more than 50 years on the property casualty side. National Indemnity is used for periodic payment reinsurance , sometimes referred to as reinsurance structured settlements.
USAA Life Insurance Company, currently rated A++ by A.M. Best is part of United Services Automobile Association (USAA) which has been rated A or better since 1927
American Home Assurance Company, which was, for many years, used as the qualified assignment company for structured settlements funded by AIG life company subsidiaries in New York has been rated A or better since 1944, more than 50 years.
Structured settlement annuity companies are among the largest life and health insurers in the United States.