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Who we are

Putting our clients first since day one.

The year was 1859. An ox and a passenger train collided just outside Johnson Creek, Wisconsin,
and two of our policyowners were killed in the wreck. The claims totaled $3,500, which was $1,500 more than
our two-year-old company had on hand. Then President Samuel S. Daggett and his fellow trustees
personally borrowed the money to settle the claims, proving that our dedication to our clients is as old as
the company itself.

We help you live the life you want,
and the life you never thought you could.

When people feel better about their money, good things happen – they become more confident and feel more secure. Taking away the everyday financial stress that most people experience (1 out of every 3, in fact), helps them breathe easier, sleep better, and feel happier.1 That's why Northwestern Mutual exists. It's why we do what we've been doing for the last 160 years.

Being a mutual company means we've been there for our clients since day one — and will continue to be — because we report to them, not Wall Street. Instead of having to worry about short-term gains, we take a long-term approach – both in the way we help people plan, and in the way we do business. This has served our clients well through all kinds of economic ups and downs – even the 2008-2009 financial crisis.2 Mutuality also means that our policyowners get to be a part of our company and may benefit from annual dividends.3 So when we do well, you do well, too.

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Three fourths of a circle.Circle opens on bottom right for text. As a mutual company, we don't have shareholders – we report to our policyowners.

Our strength, in numbers

  • 4.5M+

    The number of people we're proud to call clients, and who put their trust in Northwestern Mutual.

  • 96%

    The percentage of our clients who stay with us year over year.4

  • $5.6B

    The amount in dividends we expect to pay our policyowners in 2019.

  • $4.8B

    The amount paid to our policyowners, or their beneficiaries, in life, disability, and long-term care insurance claims in 2018.

  • 162

    The number of years we've been there for our clients — through depressions, downturns, and two World Wars.

  • AAA

    A++, Aaa, and AA+ — we've earned the highest financial strength ratings of any life insurer from all four major credit rating agencies.5

  • Top 10

    We're one of the Top 10 U.S. Independent Broker-Dealers.6

  • $20M+

    The amount we've contributed to fund research for children fighting cancer, and support for their families.

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financial security. And help you get to your next goal. And the next.

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1Northwestern Mutual Planning and Progress Study, 2016

2"Northwestern Mutual is a mutually owned company, which Fitch views as positive to the ratings. During the 2008-2009 financial crisis, Northwestern Mutual and most other mutual companies clearly benefited from having stronger capital buffers and less aggressive operating strategies than many stock peers that were more focused on growth and return targets."--Fitch Ratings, May 2016

3SNL Financial, 2017. Dividends are reviewed annually and are not guaranteed.

4Loyalty is based on Northwestern Mutual client data.

5Northwestern Mutual continues to have the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any U.S. life insurer by all four of the major rating agencies: A.M. Best Company, A++ (highest), April 2018; Fitch Ratings, AAA (highest), December 2018; Moody's Investors Service, Aaa (highest), September 2018; S&P Global Ratings, AA+ (second highest), June 2018. Third-party ratings are subject to change. Ratings are for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

6Ranking for Northwestern Mutual Investment Services LLC, as measured by local revenues. Source: Financial Advisor magazine, May 2018 and Financial Planning magazine, June 2018.

Figures as of Dec. 31, 2018, unless otherwise noted.