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1 Ranked by 2018 admitted assets. Best’s Review®: Top 200 U.S. Life/Health Insurers. A.M. Best, 2019. Brighthouse Financial is the brand name for Brighthouse Life Insurance Company, Brighthouse Life Insurance Company of NY, and New England Life Insurance Company.
2 Ratings as of February 2020. Ratings apply to the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the operating companies of Brighthouse Financial, and not the performance of any of its products. Operating entities collectively rated include Brighthouse Life Insurance Company (formerly MetLife Insurance Company USA), New England Life Insurance Company, and Brighthouse Life Insurance Company of NY (formerly First MetLife Investors Insurance Company); note, Moody’s and Fitch do not rate Brighthouse Life Insurance Company of NY. The information included herein regarding the rating agencies’ opinions relating to the operating companies of Brighthouse Financial are provided for your convenience only, with the consent of the rating agencies. The operating companies of Brighthouse Financial take no position on the criteria and methodologies employed by the rating agencies in arriving at their ratings or the conclusions of their analyses, and our providing this information should not be construed as an endorsement thereof.
3 A.M. Best’s Financial Strength Rating is an independent opinion of an insurer’s financial strength and ability to meet its ongoing insurance policy and contract obligations. A Financial Strength Rating is not assigned to specific insurance policies or contracts and does not address any other risk, including, but not limited to, an insurer’s claims-payment policies or procedures; the ability of the insurer to dispute or deny claims payment on grounds of misrepresentation or fraud; or any specific liability contractually borne by the policy or contract holder. A Financial Strength Rating is not a recommendation to purchase, hold, or terminate any insurance policy, contract or any other financial obligation issued by an insurer, nor does it address the suitability of any particular policy or contract, for a specific purpose or purchaser. Ratings explanations can be found at www.ambest.com.
4 Fitch’s Insurer Financial Strength Rating provides an assessment of the financial strength of an insurance organization. The Insurer Financial Strength Rating is assigned to the insurance company’s policyholder obligations, including assumed reinsurance obligations and contract holder obligations, such as guaranteed investment contracts. Ratings explanations can be found at www.fitchratings.com.
5 Moody’s Insurance Financial Strength Rating is an opinion of the ability of an insurance company to pay punctually senior policyholder claims and obligations and also reflect the expected financial loss suffered in the event of default. Specific obligations are considered unrated unless they are individually rated because the standing of a particular insurance obligation would depend on an assessment of its relative standing under those laws governing both the obligation and the insurance company. Ratings explanations can be found at www.moodys.com.
6 S&P Global Insurer Financial Strength Rating is a forward-looking opinion about the financial security characteristics of an insurance organization with respect to its ability to pay under its insurance policies and contracts in accordance with their terms. This opinion is not specific to any particular policy or contract, nor does it address the suitability of a particular policy or contract for a specific purpose or purchaser. Ratings explanations can be found at www.standardandpoors.com.