Next week, Brown & Brown Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. will kick off a great new web-based audio show: the first-quarter earnings release season.
The chief executive officers, chief financial officers and other top-level executives will go on public conference calls with securities analysts to talk about their companies and the general economic environment.
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Some people are getting excited about the new “Game of Thrones” season, but how can suspense about the fate of Jon Snow, who is not real, compared with suspense about the fate of life insurance companies, health insurance companies, annuity issuers and insurance distributors, which are real, and which have a direct effect on whether hundreds of millions of people will live in comfort or misery?
For “Game of Thrones” viewers, the driving question for the start of the new season will be, “What the heck is up with Jon Snow?”
For me, the key driving question going into the earnings conference call season is always this: Can I get my computer audio player and headphones working well enough, at the same time, that I can actually hear the conference call audio stream?
Here are five other questions: