SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

December 20, 2010 08:46 ET

Like the GOP, Insurers Turn Their Attention to the Wealthy

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on American International Group & Progressive

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 20, 2010) - Earlier this month, the US economy was dealt a surprising setback when the US Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that unemployment rose from 9.6 percent in October to 9.8 percent in November as hiring slowed down. Paul Zemsky, the head of asset allocation at ING Investment Management, argues that "The U.S. economy is all about jobs and anything that leads folks to believe that there's a better job market will be good for equities." This is true of the insurance sector. With a weak economy and high unemployment levels, the middle class as a whole is not in a position to spend on new insurance policies. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Property & Casualty Insurance Industry and provides research reports on American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG) and Progressive Corporation (NYSE: PGR). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-12-AIG

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-12-PGR

To offset less revenue from the middle class, some of the nation's larger insurers have begun to devote their attention to the wealthier segment of the population as these clients are interested in protecting their estates from taxes.

The upper class was given an early Christmas present this month when the White House decided to compromise with Republicans and extended Bush era tax cuts for the top earners in the US -- though yesterday Vice President Joe Biden hinted that he and President Obama will fight to end the "morally troubling" tax cuts for rich Americans in the re-election year of 2012.

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AIG has seen its share price skyrocket this month after the US Treasury said it is looking to sell its stake in the company "as quickly as practicable" and the company filed a master transaction agreement to repay bailout. AIG's chairman, Steve Miller said the success of the government in selling part of its stakes in Citigroup and GM signalled it will be able to divest its majority holding of the insurer.

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