Hartford Financial Services

  • Is AIG the Perfect Stock?

    By Jason Bond - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: AMBC, AIG, HIG

    American International Group (NYSE: AIG) is a paradox. It was founded by an American in China. It was left for dead in the depth of the financial crisis, and is now the most popular hedge fund holding. Now that the stock has risen 400%, is AIG still a buy?

    Second quarter results.

    AIG second quarter results illustrates why hedge funds love it so much..

    The insurer's net income rose more »

  • This Insurer Has Improved Tremendously, But Is it a Buy Yet?

    By Matthew Frankel - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, HIG, L

    We all know insurance giant American International Group, or AIG (NYSE: AIG), which is infamous for its extreme downward spiral during the financial crisis. Despite its reputation, the company has made great progress in turning itself around. AIG has fully repaid the $182.3 billion in government aid that it received, and most agencies regard their financial position as stable. With shares of the company still looking attractive after a more »

  • Insurance Business: Driven by Economic Growth

    By Vanina Egea - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, HIG, MET

    US insurance companies, offering not only life- but also property & casualty (P&C) products, have been severely hit by the financial market distress and have been reorganizing their operations to get back on track with healthier balance sheets.

    Life insurance business is generally not seen as a growth segment, since it’s a commodity-like business upon which companies have limited ability to achieve competitive advantages. Also, the current global context more »

  • Billionaire James Dinan’s New Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: CBG, HIG, HES, NWSA, VMED

    Several weeks after the end of each quarter, hedge funds such as billionaire James Dinan’s York Capital Management file 13Fs with the SEC to disclose many of their long equity positions as of the end of that quarter. Even though the information in 13Fs may well be out of date by the time it is released, we’ve actually found that it can be used to develop investment strategies more »

  • Insurance Stocks Rally: 2 To Buy, 2 To Avoid

    By Sammy Pollack - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: HIG, MET, CB, TRV

    Over the past few months, as shown by the chart below, the insurance sector has been hot. The primary reason for the move higher is the increase in interest rates. It must be noted that insurance companies benefit from increasing rates as it increases the amount of interest that can be earned on risk-free assets, such as Treasury bonds, that insurance companies hold. While I do not think the sector-wide more »

  • Buy the Financials Still Trading Below Book Value - Part 1

    By Mark Holder - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: HIG, LNC, MET, PRU

    Even after substantial gains this year, a whole slew of financial stocks still trade below book value. As written about back in January, a good portion of the insurance stocks traded close to half of book value. While the fears from the financial crisis have mostly dissipated, the stocks continue to meander below book value even with strong earnings profiles.

    Investors continue to fear that either the balance sheet isn more »

  • From London to Dubai, This Fund Is Bullish

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: C, HIG, ICE, SLM, BX

    Toscafund Asset Management is an asset manager based in London and Dubai. The firm was founded in 2000 by Martin Hughes and is a part of Old Oak Group. The fund recently filed its first quarter 13F with the SEC, describing some of its main investments during the first three months of 2013. A quick look at Toscafund’s top five equity positions is a good place to start. See more »

  • 1 Mind-Blowing Revelation the Buffett Bulls Might’ve Missed

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, BRK-B, HIG, ALL, TRV

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) held its annual meeting a few weekends ago at the Century Link Center in Omaha; see Insider Monkey's recap from the meeting. An annual spring rite of passage for value investors, the meeting attracted thousands of shareholders who flocked to the Midwest to pay homage to the Oracle of Omaha. During the course of the meeting, and in his annual shareholder letter, Buffett discussed future more »

  • 3 Stocks In The Insurance And Financial Sector

    By Victor Selva - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, HIG, MET

    After the last economic crisis, investors have found it hard to trust insurance companies. Some said they were too big to fail, while others, too big to ignore. Either way, we will look into some of the main firms in the industry, American Insurance Group (NYSE: AIG), MetLife (NYSE: MET), and Hartford (NYSE: HIG), and analyze the main pros and cons that they offer for investors.

    A stock in recovery more »

  • Is AIG a Good Stock to Buy?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, AIG, HIG, CB, TRV

    During the fourth quarter of 2012, American International Group (NYSE: AIG) replaced Apple as the most popular stock among hedge funds according to our database of 13F filings. 142 of the filers we track were long the bailed-out insurer going into 2013. Billionaire and Tiger Cub Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital initiated a position of almost 7 million shares between October and December (see Mandel's stock picks). Third more »

  • Is This a Good Time to Buy This Financial Stock?

    By Shas Dey - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, BRK-A, HIG

    Hartford Financial Services (NYSE: HIG) is a leading insurance and financial services company. It operates in four major segments – consumer markets, commercial markets, wealth management, and runoff operations. Hartford is a provider of investment products and life, property, and casualty (P&C) business to both individuals and businesses in the U.S.

    It is the eleventh largest P&C insurer in the U.S. with a market share of 2 more »

  • Is AIG a Good Stock to Buy?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, AIG, HIG, CB, TRV

    During the fourth quarter of 2012, American International Group (NYSE: AIG) replaced Apple as the most popular stock among hedge funds according to our database of 13F filings (find more stocks hedge funds loved). 142 of the filers which we track were long the bailed-out insurer going into 2013. Billionaire and Tiger Cub Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital initiated a position of almost 7 million shares between October and more »

  • Hartford Financial Services – A Good Time to Buy the Stock?

    By Shas Dey - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, BRK-A, HIG

    The Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE: HIG) is a leading insurance and financial services company. It operates in 4 major segments – Consumer markets, commercial markets, wealth management and runoff operations. Hartford is a provider of investment products and life, property and casualty (P&C) business to both individuals and businesses in the US. It is the eleventh largest P&C insurer in the US with a market share of 2 more »

  • Big Insurance For Your Portfolio

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AIG-, HIG, HIG-

    We all know AIG (NYSE: AIG). American International group, as the acronym stands for, has become the face of corporate bailouts after taking $182 billion from the federal government to stop the insurer from sinking the entire economy. But a less familiar name to many is HIG (NYSE: HIG), also known as Hartford Financial Services Group. Having taken a mere $3 billion during the bailouts, HIG was not in as more »

  • AIG vs. HIG: Big Insurance For Your Portfolio

    By Alexander MacLennan - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AIG-, HIG, HIG-

    We all know AIG (NYSE: AIG). American International group, as the acronym stands for, has become to face of corporate bailouts after taking $182 billion from the federal government to stop the insurer from sinking the entire economy. But a less familiar name to many is HIG (NYSE: HIG), also known as Hartford Financial Services Group. Having taken a mere $3 billion during the bailouts, HIG was not in as more »

  • AIG & Hartford Book Value Metrics - Which To Use?

    By Adam Jones - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, HIG

     I've been looking into ways to get exposure to the insurance industry, and have narrowed the search to two companies: AIG (NYSE: AIG) and The Hartford Group (NYSE: HIG).  Both appear to be compelling investments at first glance.

    AIG provides a range of insurance and financial services.  The company received a huge bailout during the financial crisis and is now a hedge fund darling that is either loved or more »

  • Buy These 4 Stocks Before They Start Rising

    By Laura Paur - March 1, 2013 | Tickers: HIG, MET, RIG, WFT

    I like to analyze what prominent investors buy or sell in the last reported quarter. In this article I detail what Appaloosa Management bought in the past months. Appaloosa was founded by David Tepper, who made $4 billion in 2009 and currently ranks as the 258th richest person in the world. Tepper has earned an international reputation for producing some of the highest returns amongst fund managers on Wall Street more »

  • 3 Stocks You Will Love From Diamond's Portfolio

    By Shweta Dubey - February 26, 2013 | Tickers: DHIL, HIG, OXY, BA, UTX

    Diamond Hill's (NASDAQ: DHIL) investment strategy is aligned with the principles of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett. It mainly invests in companies when they are trading at a discounted rate as compared to the future cash flow projection of the firm. Diamond diversifies its investments in order to reduce risk and concentrates on long-term investments. As per the recent filings, Diamond Hill mainly focused on the financial (26.2 more »

  • This Insurer Belongs in Your Portfolio

    By Matthew Frankel - February 15, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, HIG, PRU

    AFLAC (NYSE: AFL) is the number one provider of worksite insurance in the United States, and their products are marketed at worksites and on TV (everyone knows the duck), intended to fill gaps in primary coverage.  What a great deal of American investors don’t realize is that AFLAC is also the number one issuer of individual insurance policies in Japan, with over 50 million customers.  In fact, about 80 more »

  • Top Insurance Stocks to Consider Buying

    By Alex Bastardas - February 7, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, HIG, HCC

    Even though insurance stocks are hardly exciting, they have performed quite well year-to-date, and many see the insurance industry as a possible outperformer for 2013. An investor who is thinking of investing in insurance companies this year, should certainly keep the following stocks into account.

    American Insurance Group (NYSE: AIG): One of the biggest victims of the 2008 financial crisis, this bailed-out multinational insurance company might be starting to recover more »

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