MetLife, Inc.

  • Is Now the Time to Buy Life Insurers?

    By Jayson Derrick - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, MET, TMK

    In addition to a very favorable macro environment, there is a gradual improvement in regard to underlying fundamentals within the life insurance industry. Balance sheets remain strong and cash flow is improving, which can dictate a higher valuation and should ease investor concerns that might have previously existed.

    Many companies within the industry are generating a healthy cash flow that will allow them to continue returning capital to shareholders; this more »

  • Consider Owning 1 of these 3 Life Insurance Companies

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: AEG, MFC, MET

    Life insurance companies face a slew of competition that has them jockeying for position at the top. The industry is challenged by a lack of brand loyalty, commodified products and cost uncertainty. This has many insurers competing in price. Often, it is the firms that are able to be the first to new markets while keeping their costs down that prove the winners.

    Manulife looks to prosper in Asia

    Manulife more »

  • Interest Rate Rise Will Bolster Long-Term Care Insurance Company Earnings

    By Jesse Slome - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: GNW, MFC, MET, PRU, UNM

    A rise of 1% in investment return on fixed interest instruments could generate an additional $100 million or more in annual revenue for insurance companies with blocks of long term care insurance.

    Several years of historic low interest rates have wreaked havoc on the long term care insurance marketplace. Several insurers directly cited this as a contributing factor in their decision to cease selling policies to new applicants.

    Conversely, a more »

  • This Retirement and Insurance Business Is Still Cheap

    By Anh HOANG - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: VOYA, MET, PRU

    Since being spun off from ING Groep N.V., ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA) shares have experienced a significant rise, from $19.50 per share to more than $31.20 per share. Investors might be excited to know the fact that ING does not want to divest ING U.S., but it was forced to do so, under the 2008 agreement to receive a capital injection from the Dutch government 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 »

  • Preparing for Economic Growth and Rising Interest Rates

    By Nihar Patel - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: AA, NLY, MET

    Brighter economic times are ahead, but as the economy rebounds it will probably be necessary for interest rates to rise to keep a lid on inflation. This will be a very gradual process, but it is as close to a sure thing as possible. As long as you keep that in mind, certain investments that seem out of style at the moment become solid long-term choices.

    Starting with insurance

    Superficially more »

  • Jeffrey Altman’s Owl Creek’s Top Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: CWH, HTZ, IRM, MET, YHOO

    Note: This article has been amended to better reflect the situation with CommonWealth REIT and Corvex Management. Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    In May, Jeffrey Altman’s Owl Creek Asset Management filed its quarterly 13F with the SEC, disclosing many of its long equity positions in U.S. stocks as of the end of March. Even though the information in 13Fs is a bit stale by the time these more »

  • This Stock Is Systemically Important

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: MFC, MET, PRU, SLF

    MetLife (NYSE: MET) intends to challenge its designation as a "systemically important financial institution" (SIFI) by the Financial Stability Oversight Council. MetLife believes that the capital standards, which are designed for banks, are inappropriate for life insurers. The SIFI designation would lead to higher prices and limits on capital usage. 

    However, the impacts of a SIFI designation is likely already priced into the stock price, thus, an easing of standards more »

  • A Picture of an Insurer in 2015

    By Alexander MacLennan - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, MET, PRU

    There are few companies that have attracted the same amount of press as American International Group (NYSE: AIG). After a series of bets went bad, AIG received and later repaid a massive federal loan package totaling well over $100 billion. But the new, independent AIG is leaner than it was before, having sold off business units to raise funds to repay the loan. Still, with estimates from analysts and industry more »

  • What Will Happen to These Insurance Businesses?

    By Victor Selva - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AGO, MET

    From a low of 1.63% in May, 10-year Treasury yields jumped to 2.35% on the day of the recent Fed meeting, and are now hovering at about 2.5%. Insurers’ volatile and competitive market, consisting of commodity products, made them take on too much risk in the past and do everything they could to differentiate and gain brand loyalty.

    As rates rise and the economy starts to recover more »

  • This Duck's Japanese Moat May Spread to the States

    By Joseph Harry - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: AFL, MET, PRU

    After digesting the government data concerning jobs, which was seen as a positive with June non-farm payrolls reported at 195,000 versus the consensus estimate of only 165,000, stocks rallied significantly. The Federal Reserve's plan to taper may be coming sooner than later-- especially if an increase in added jobs becomes a reoccurring and frequent thing. This will likely keep rates on the upward trend.

    Insurers make a more »

  • You Can Benefit From the Explosive Growth of These Companies

    By Madhukar Dubey - July 4, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, MET, BA

    When a company's stock price is increasing continuously, investors are usually divided in their opinions about its outlook. Some investors are doubtful about the growth potential of high growth stocks, but companies look out for different strategies in order to maintain their growth, and hence, investors' confidence. Here are three companies, Boeing (NYSE: BA), BlackRock (NYSE: BLK), and MetLife (NYSE: MET) that have appreciated about 25% year to date more »

  • Does AIG Have Any Fight Left?

    By Ken Conte - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, MET, PRU

    American International Group (NYSE: AIG), the insurance giant, undoubtedly has had a wild ride over the past six years, after the U.S. government made a $182.5 billion bailout loan in exchange for 80% of AIG's near worthless stock. Since 2009, new CEO Robert Benmosche has been trimming fat to focus on AIG's core businesses: Property & Casualty and Life & Retirement Insurance. Hedge funds have been buying in more »

  • Rate Rebound Could Boost These 4 Life Insurance Players

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: MET, PL, PRU, SYA

    Life insurance companies are major government bond investors, as they channel policy premiums into Treasuries to generate profits. Low interest rates have weighed heavily on life insurers’ investment returns and profitability over the past few years. However, as the prospects for higher interest rates improve, so will the outlooks for higher investment returns and earnings of life insurers.

    The details

    Below is a closer look at four life insurance companies more »

  • 3 Reasons Why This Insurer Is Set To Soar

    By Piyush Arora - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, MET, PRU

    The health of the insurance industry relies on the amount of liquidity flowing through an economy. Whenever there has been a credit crunch (1929 and 2008 come to mind), mounting claims exceed the cash inflows, which have eventually taken insurance agencies to the brink of bankruptcy. And the opposite holds true for excessive liquidity.

    So in order to revive growth, the Federal Reserve Bank has been injecting $85 billion worth 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 »

  • U.S. Financials: 1 Proposed Portfolio

    By Federico Zaldua - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: C, DFS, MET

    I am convinced that financial companies are the place to be when an economy starts growing again. Delinquency rates fall and banks can expand their balance sheet with a much better risk profile. As a result, net profits soar. This is especially true in the US where the 2009 crisis crippled the sector for over four years and, hence, the upside potential is the greatest. Here, I present one three-stock more »

  • Is This Newly Traded Insurance Company a Good Buy?

    By Anh HOANG - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: VOYA, MET, PRU

    Recently, I have come across the newly traded life insurer, ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA), which was spun off from ING. What makes this spinoff interesting is the fact that ING has to gradually sell ING U.S. even if it does not want to do so. In order to receive the capital injection from the Dutch government in 2008, ING was forced to restructure itself, including the sale of more »

  • Investment Ideas From Appaloosa Management’s 13F Filing

    By Aubrey Tabuga - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, MET, PRU, RIG

    The biggest items in Appaloosa Management’s shopping cart in the latest quarter are Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Transocean (NYSE: RIG), Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU), and MetLife (NYSE: MET). The portfolio of this one-time Hedge Fund Firm of the Year based on the latest 13F filing may not necessarily be reflective of its most recent position. By the time the filings reach the SEC, the hedge fund may have already shorted more »

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