The heat is still on for U.S. life insurers, and won't dissipate until some time next year, according to Fitch Ratings.

The firm released its special report, "Mid-Year Update - U.S. Life Insurance Sector," last Friday, which asserts that the credit quality of U.S. life insurers continues to be negatively affected by the difficult conditions in the credit and equity markets and their impact on the industry's capital levels, earnings performance and liquidity position.

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