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Lincoln National Corp. should be well-positioned to meet the baby boomers’ growing need for financial services in the coming years. [@@]

Jeffrey Hopson, an analyst at A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., St. Louis, gives that assessment in a new research note.

As a result of several transactions over the past few years, Lincoln National “is now a significant presence in its various lines and is generally in the right businesses,” Hopson writes in the note.

“Lincoln has strength in many asset classes, including fixed income, an asset class that will probably be more important in the future,” Hopson writes. “Thus, they simply need to continue to execute from here, rather than make major acquisitions.”

But Hopson points out that Lincoln has sometimes had erratic results.

“Although generally a conservative company, Lincoln has had its share of hiccups over the years that have required one-time charges, including reserves for disability insurance and reinsurance, U.K. accident and health, and U.K. mis-selling,” Hopson writes.