Financial Strength Ratings 


The independent rating services regularly examine our company, and give us their ratings, based on our financial strength, overall operation and claims-paying ability.

Northwestern Mutual has the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major credit rating agencies.

Financial Strength Ratings
Moody's Investors Service Aaa January 2014
A.M. Best Company A++ April 2014
Fitch Ratings AAA January 2014
Standard & Poor's AA+ June 2013

Ratings are for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company, as of the most recent review and report by each rating agency. Northwestern Mutual's ratings: Moody's Investors Service Aaa (highest), 1/2014; A.M. Best Company A++ (highest), 4/2014; Fitch Ratings AAA (highest), 1/2014; Standard & Poor's AA+ (second highest), 6/2013. Ratings are subject to change.

"The ratings reflect “the company’s exceptional intrinsic strengths, including leading positions and strong franchise in its core markets, including a significant focus on participating whole life, leading position overall in individual life insurance, excellent distribution channel, strong underwriting skills as shown by excellent persistency and mortality experience and robust and resilient balance sheet."

Moody's Investors Service, 1/2014
Ratings Report

"The ratings reflect Northwestern Mutual’s sizable and mature participating ordinary life insurance business, overall positive operating performance and strong risk-adjusted capitalization. The ratings also recognize the loyalty and productivity of the company's exclusive distribution system, as well as the competitive advantages derived from historically favorable investments, expenses, persistency and mortality experiences in its core business lines."

A.M. Best, 4/2014
Press Release

"Fitch’s ratings reflect Northwestern’s leading competitive position in the U.S. individual life insurance market, extremely strong balance sheet fundamentals, and stable earnings profile. Fitch considers Northwestern’s key competitive advantages to include its successful distribution system, large and stable block of traditional life insurance, and focus on expense control."

Fitch Ratings, 1/2014
Press Release

“The ratings on Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. and subsidiary Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Co. reflect our view that the consolidated insurer maintains an excellent business profile complemented by an extremely strong financial risk profile. Our view is supported by the company’s extremely strong competitive position and excellent capital strength.”

Standard & Poor's, 6/2013
Ratings Report

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