What You Need to Know
- The S&P 500 Index was about 23% lower at the close of trading June 16 than it was at the start of the year.
- Most life and annuity issuers had done better than the S&P 500.
- Unum and RGA were up.
Typical life and annuity issuer stocks have been doing better than other stocks this year, and some are up for the year.
Nigel Dally, a securities analyst at Morgan Stanley, explores the data in a commentary on how the stocks of the life and annuity companies he tracks have been doing since the start of the year and during other periods during the year, since the stretch from May 13 through June 16.
The S&P 500 was 23% lower at the end of the day on June 16 than it was at the start of the year.
Fourteen of the 16 companies Dally tracks had lower stock prices at the close of trading on June 16 than on January 3, but two companies — Unum and Reinsurance Group of America — had stock prices that were up year-to-date, and 10 other companies outperformed the S&P 500.
What It Means
Life and annuity issuer stock performance has been ugly this year, but not as ugly as the performance of the competition.
How investors see life and annuity issuers may affect what kinds of products insurers can sell your clients and what the products will cost.
Unum, a major seller of group life insurance and group disability insurance, still has large amounts of long-term care insurance on its books.