Trust starts with financial strength



We're among the strongest.

More people are putting their trust in Northwestern Mutual—which is the ultimate measure of success. Our continued superior financial strength means you can count on us to be here for you whenever you need us. We yet again earned the highest available financial strength ratings awarded to any U.S. life insurer with a stable outlook by all of the four major rating agencies—and we are also one of the financially strongest companies in America in any industry.

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Trust is the foundation of all successful financial relationships. You need the confidence that we know what we're doing, will honor our commitments, and make you—our client—our highest priority. To do all this all the time—without cutting corners or being distracted by financial pressures—means having the resources that only come with financial strength.


We're established.

Northwestern Mutual was named one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" in its industry according to FORTUNE magazine's annual survey, published February 2022. Additionally, the FORTUNE 500 ranking is among the most recognized measure of financial success. Being #90 in 2021 affirms that Northwestern Mutual is among America's premier companies.

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In 2022, Northwestern Mutual was once again named one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" according to FORTUNE magazine's annual survey. We secured the number one ranking for the financial soundness, quality of products/services and use of corporate assets, and ranked highly in the people management, quality of management and long-term investment value categories.


  • A++


    A.M.
    Best
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    Analysis Report A.M. Best – Rating Analysis Report

    The ratings reflect Northwestern Mutual's balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its very strong operating performance, very favorable business profile and very strong enterprise risk management.

  • AAA


    Fitch
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    Analysis Report Fitch Ratings Rating Analysis Report

    "Key competitive advantages include a successful distribution system, large and stable block of traditional life insurance, and low expense structure relative to peers."

  • Aaa


    Moody's
    Investors Service
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    Analysis Report Moodys Investors Service Rating Analysis Report

    The ratings reflect "the company's exceptional business and financial profile, supported by its leading position and strong life insurance franchise in its core market with a significant focus on participating whole life insurance. In addition, the company has a very productive distribution network, strong operating fundamentals reflected by its excellent persistency, and a robust and resilient balance sheet characterized by consistent investment performance and solid capital adequacy."

  • AA+


    S&P Global
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    Analysis Report S&P Global Ratings Rating Analysis Report

    We view Northwestern's management team, led by CEO John Schlifske, and its strategy positively. Management is well seasoned with a strategy that emphasizes long-term stability and strength, and a commitment to mutuality and policyholders. It has shown consistent commitment to its core individual life insurance products and distribution.


Backing our strength—Northwestern Mutual's investment portfolio

Northwestern Mutual invests the majority of its assets through the General Account, the company's $260 billion+ portfolio. The portfolio has grown consistently year after year. By buying life insurance, disability insurance and deferred annuities, clients immediately gain the opportunity to share in the company's favorable results.

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We put clients first.

"We succeed when you succeed." For more than 160 years, we've been an industry leader by holding true to this simple principle. By managing our business effectively and acting in the best Long-Term interest of our clients, we're able to offer excellent product value and service for a lifetime of financial security.