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August 19, 2011 07:30 ET

Research on Assurant Inc. and CNO Financial Group Inc. - Mixed Results for Accident and Health Insurers

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Aug 19, 2011) - www.stockcall.com/ offers investors comprehensive research on the Accident & Health Insurance industry and has completed analytical research on Assurant Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) and CNO Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CNO). Register with us today at www.stockcall.com/ to have free access to these researches.

Accident and health insurers are seeing varied results as the current economic landscape affects each company uniquely. The gap between the over and under performers appears to be widening as markets continue to fluctuate. 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.

www.stockcall.com/ is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the Accident & Health Insurance industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Assurant Inc. and CNO Financial Group Inc.; investors and shareholders of these companies can simply register for a complimentary membership at https://stockcall.com/development/stockcall/page.php?name=register.html.

The Federal Reserve pledging to keep short-term interest rates low until at least mid 2013 could also adversely affect accident and health insurers. The low interest rates can make it difficult for insurers to pay out on previously signed guaranteed contracts and policies. High unemployment has also made it difficult to grow revenues from employee benefit segments. 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.

Despite economic headwinds, CNO Financial Group Inc. was able to post impressive 2nd quarter results. CNO revenues climbed to $1.03 billion compared to $0.95 billion in the prior-year quarter. Conversely, Assurant Inc. moved in the other direction during the 2nd quarter. Revenues for the insurer fell 3.6% on a year over year basis to $2.1 billion. Investors can register for free to access the research reports on Assurant Inc. and CNO Financial Group Inc. at www.stockcall.com/AIZ190811.pdf or www.stockcall.com/CNO190811.pdf.

Moving forward, the near-term growth for accident and health insurers as a whole does not seem likely. There do appear to be opportunities out there though for companies improving operating efficiency and keeping debt levels down.

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