...And the results are in. Ward Group today announced the results of its 20th annual analysis of the top financial performance among nearly 800 U.S.-based life and health carriers. The 2010 Ward’s 50 life/health group of insurance companies (listed below) produced a 16.1% return on average equity from 2005 to 2009 compared to 3.7% for the life-health industry overall.

“Most companies now understand the current economic situation and its impact on their business,” says Jeff Rieder, president of Ward Group. “However, the scars from the last two years are still affecting business decisions. It is important for companies to maintain a long-term vision throughout difficult business cycles. In selecting the Ward’s 50, we identify companies that pass financial stability requirements and measure their ability to grow while maintaining strong capital positions and underwriting results.”

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