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June 16, 2011 08:25 ET

Equity Research on CNO Financial Group Inc. and Assurant Inc. -- Difficult Environment for Accident and Health Insurance Sector

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Jun 16, 2011) - www.stockcall.com/ offers investors comprehensive research on the Accident & Health Insurance industry and has completed analytical research on CNO Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CNO) and Assurant Inc. (NYSE: AIZ). Register with us today at www.stockcall.com/ to have free access to these researches.

As the mortgage markets dried up following the financial and housing crisis, brokers around the insurance sector have been forced to find new ways to drive revenue. Many shifted their focus towards selling protection products after a strategic hiatus made it more worth their time to focus on mortgage policies. Sales targets for non-mortgage products are rising now that they are again being viewed as an important revenue stream. This could potentially benefit the Accident and Health Insurance sector. Register now at https://stockcall.com/development/stockcall/page.php?name=register.html to have free access to our reports on the Accident & Health Insurance industry.

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Meanwhile, the sector is suffering some significant catastrophe losses stemming from harsh weather in the Southeast and Midwestern United States. For the second quarter, Assurant Inc. is expecting between $65 and $75 million in pre-tax catastrophe losses due to hail, tornadoes, wind, and flooding in that region. This is a far cry from the previous year when $5 million in post-tax catastrophe losses impacted earnings four cents a share. Assurant Inc. research report is available for free by signing up now at www.stockcall.com/AIZ160611.pdf.

On a macro scale, the health insurance markets have remained incredibly competitive. New health care reforms that restrict the percentage of premiums that can be taken as profit are also likely to make the current environment more difficult. The week employment landscape has also inhibited premium growth as fewer employees are receiving benefits through their work. Visit www.stockcall.com/ to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

While balances have been good for Accident insurers, this has applied a downward pressure on pricing. Inflation has also been a concern and could make life harder for companies like CNO Financial Group. CNO Financial Group Inc. research report is accessible for free by registering today at www.stockcall.com/CNO160611.pdf.

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