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Our Outlook for the Life Insurance Industry

There are currently opportunities among these stocks, but tread carefully.

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Once a bastion of stability among the financials, life insurers have finally taken their turn and been hit as hard as their brethren in the last few weeks. Wild fluctuations in stock prices have the shares of many of these firms hitting lows not seen since their IPOs earlier this decade, when several of these companies first demutualized. The question is how much of this is based on fear and panic spreading from the banks, and how much is based on fundamentals?

Three main concerns surround the life insurers; let's take a look at each of them.

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Alan Rambaldini does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.