Industry-Leading Ratings

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Highest financial strength rating awarded to any U.S. life insurer.1

Why are financial strength ratings important?

Ratings are based on financial strength, overall operations and claims-paying ability. Our high ratings recognize our solid financial footing, which helps us deliver on product guarantees and create the financial capacity to pay dividends.2



Moody's Investors Service

The ratings reflect “the company’s leading positions and strong franchise in its core markets, with a focus on participating whole life insurance, excellent career agency-based distribution, strong underwriting skills, and its robust and resilient balance sheet.”



A.M. Best Company

The rating takes account of our “leading participating ordinary life insurance franchise, consistently profitable operating performance and supportive risk-adjusted capitalization, along with a well-developed enterprise risk management program.”



Fitch Ratings

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


Second Highest

S&P Global Ratings

“We expect Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. and its subsidiary, Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Co., to maintain its extremely strong competitive position while maintaining extremely strong capital and exceptional liquidity.”

  1. Ratings are for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company, as of December 31, 2016. Northwestern Mutual’s ratings: Moody’s Investors Service Aaa (highest), 7/2016; A.M. Best Company A++ (highest), 4/2017; Fitch Ratings AAA (highest), 11/2016; Standard & Poor’s AA+ (second highest), 6/2016. Ratings are subject to change.
  2. While dividends are not guaranteed, Northwestern Mutual has paid dividends every year since 1872.

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Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries. Life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits are issued by The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (NM). Long-term care insurance is issued by Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, (NLTC) a subsidiary of NM. Securities are offered through Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, (NMIS) a subsidiary of NM, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC. Fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services are offered through Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company® (NMWMC), Milwaukee, WI, a subsidiary of NM and a federal savings bank. Products and services referenced are offered and sold only by appropriately appointed and licensed entities and financial professionals. Not all products and services are available in all states.