Our Investment Portfolio

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What is the General Account?

A pillar of our financial strength, Northwestern Mutual’s more than $200 billion investment portfolio backs our insurance policies and contributes to the dividends paid to policyowners.

General Account

Primary Goals

  • Highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer
  • Superior returns to maximize dividends
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The Power of the Portfolio

  1. Provide superior returns in order to create outstanding product value.
  2. Maintain the highest financial strength to ensure we meet our obligations.


A team of experts with a strategy for achieving a diversified, balanced mix of select investments. We call this The Power of the Portfolio.

Target Allocations

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A Long-Term, Disciplined Investment Strategy

We’ve found that having a portfolio comprised of lower-risk fixed income investments, with a balance of higher-risk, high-yield bonds and equity investments, are the ingredients for above-average, long-term returns.

Total invested Assets In Billions

Record of Consistent Growth

By following our strategy, our General Account investment portfolio has grown consistently over the past 10 years. The result: We've only gotten stronger.

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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.