May 16, 2011 09:13 ET

Equity Research on AFLAC Inc. and Assurant Inc. - Difficult Times for Some Accident and Health Insurers

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Natural disasters typically have dire effects on the companies in the Accident and Health Insurance sector that have the unlucky responsibility of covering the losses they cause. The tsunami and earthquakes during the recent Japanese natural disasters have had an impact on companies in the sector that provide coverage in that market. Get instant analyses of AFLAC Inc. and Assurant Inc. from live, real-time experts standing by at There is no commitment to join. is the Ultimate Trading Environment for investors. If you are considering owning AFLAC Inc. and Assurant Inc. then you should sign up for a free membership and our complimentary reports today at Over the last 5 years our returns outpaced any of the major indexes. Sign up today to find out what you are missing.

This combined with the low interest rate environment in Japan has made the most recent quarter somewhat difficult for companies like AFLAC Inc. which draw a large portion of their revenues out of Japan. AFLAC's net income fell to $395 million from $636 million in part from $37 million in Japanese based claims. A large portion of AFLAC's decline was due to investment issues, amongst other things. AFLAC Inc. report is accessible for free by registering today at

Changes accompanying health-care reform are also posing challenges to the sector. New legislation allows only a certain percentage of insurance premiums to be used for profits or administrative fees while the vast majority of premiums must be paid out as coverage for customers. This change is one of the reasons Assurant Inc. saw its profits fall 9.8% in the first quarter. Revenue throughout the sector is being crimped by this new legislation and companies will likely be less profitable until they figure out new sources of income. Assurant Inc. report is accessible for free by registering today at

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