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Five Star Equities

August 15, 2012 08:20 ET

Life Insurers Pressured to Payout on Forgotten Insurance Policies

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Manulife Financial and American International Group

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2012) - Fitch Ratings recently noted that U.S. life insurers have been pressured by historically low interest rates. Fitch Ratings in a recent release stated that "the impact of sustained low interest rates will limit the ability of U.S. life insurers to materially improve earnings and debt service metrics over the next two years." Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Life Insurance Industry and provides equity research on Manulife Financial Corp. (NYSE: MFC) (TSX: MFC) and American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG).

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Life insurers have been pressed by a multistate tasks force to pay out on forgotten insurance policies. Over the decades state regulators have estimated that more than a billion dollars of death benefits have been failed to be paid out by life insurance companies, as it is the beneficiary's responsibility to file a claim. Insurance companies in recent months have agreed to begin cross-checking their policy holders list with a death database in efforts to track down beneficiaries.

"We know the percentages represent real people, and we've been working with policy makers on ways to ensure all policyholders get the benefits they deserve," said the official, Bruce Ferguson of the American Council of Life Insurers.

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Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, Manulife Financial Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$514 billion (US$504 billion) as at June 30, 2012.

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading international insurance organization serving customers in more than 130 countries. AIG reported net income of $2.3 billion and after-tax operating income of $1.9 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared to net income of $1.8 billion and after-tax operating income of $1.2 billion for the second quarter of 2011.

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