Trust starts with financial strength



We're among the strongest.

Financial strength isn't something you claim; it's established by hard numbers. Our financial statements show that we maintain exceptional financial health. But don't just take our word for it. Northwestern Mutual has earned the highest financial strength rating awarded to any U.S. life insurer by all the major ratings agencies.

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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 2021. 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 2021, Northwestern Mutual was once again named one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" in its industry according to FORTUNE magazine's annual survey. We secured the number one ranking for the financial soundness, long-term investment value, people management, and use of corporate assets categories.


  • A++


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

    “Fitch views Northwestern's successful distribution system, large and stable block of traditional life insurance, and low expense structure relative to peers as key competitive advantages.”

  • Aaa


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

    The ratings reflect “the company's exceptional business and financial strength which includes a leading position and strong franchise in its core market with a significant focus on participating whole life insurance, a very productive distribution network, strong operating fundamentals reflected by its excellent persistency and mortality experience, and a robust and resilient balance sheet characterized by consistent investment performance and solid capital adequacy.”

  • AA+


    S&P Global
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    Rating
    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.