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Guardian Life Insurance

Updated: February 02, 2014

Pros
  • High financial strength ratings
  • Low customer complaints
  • Several policy types
Cons
  • Some financial ratings slightly lower than rivals

Our Sources

BBB Reliability Report for Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America,

Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America rates an A+ for trustworthiness and has been Better Business Bureau-accredited since 1957. This means it shows "a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints."

Guardian Life Ins Co of Amer,

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) logs customer complaints filed with state insurance commissions nationwide. In its "closed complaint ratio report," Guardian Life's individual life insurance complaint index (which shows the number of upheld complaints per market share) is almost nil, with only five complaints deemed the company's fault in 2009.

Strongest and Weakest Lists,

Guardian Life earns an A rating for financial strength from Weiss Ratings, which is considered to have the strictest ratings criteria of the major ratings agencies, at least according to one independent expert. Its grade earns Guardian a spot among the strongest life insurers, but you'll need to register (free) to see this site's lists of the best and worst life insurance companies (in terms of financial strength).

Standing the Test of Time, July 2009

Guardian Life currently earns A.M. Best's highest financial strength rating (A++) and it has been rated A or higher for 50 years. This report includes a short profile of the company.

Fitch Ratings,

With an AA+ rating for financial strength, Guardian Life displays a "very strong capacity to meet policyholder and contract obligations," according to Fitch Ratings. This rating is one step below the top rating of AAA. The ratings are only available to registered users, but that's free.

Insurance Financial Strength Ratings,

Guardian Life rates Aa2 at Moody's, just behind the top Aaa rating. This score places Guardian in the category of "high-grade companies." The site requires free registration.

Insurance Rating List: Life,

Standard & Poor's (free registration required) rates Guardian Life AA+ for long-term financial strength -- just slightly below the top rating of AAA. This means the company still offers "excellent financial security."