SAFECO's Ratings Upgraded, Affirmed by A.M. Best Co.Business Editors
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 24, 2000
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The A+ ratings of SAFECO's other two life insurance affiliates, SAFECO Life Insurance Co. and First SAFECO National Life Insurance Co. of New York New York, state, United States
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2. To support or uphold the validity of; confirm.
v.intr. . SAFECO's senior debt rating of "a+" was also affirmed.
A.M. Best Co. stated that "the upgrade of American States Life reflects the organization's substantial progress in consolidating the company's back-office administrative functions with SAFECO Life, while integrating the product manufacture and distribution of individual life and annuity products across the enterprise." The affirmation of the ratings of SAFECO's other life companies, "reflects the organization's conservative management practices, well-established market positions, operational balance of its highly focused core business segments, and strong risk-adjusted capitalization."
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3. A.M. Best Co., the property/casualty ratings are based on SAFECO's strong franchise in the domestic property/casualty market -- where it is one of the 15 largest property/casualty groups in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. based on net premiums written -- as well as its strong historical operating results, and conservative underwriting Underwriting
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2. The process of issuing insurance policies. and reserving philosophies. The ratings firm stated that "the 1997 acquisition of American States -- a leading writer in the small-account commercial lines property/casualty market -- further enhances the organization's competitive standing and broadens its market presence, while providing geographic and product diversification, as well as additional scale."
A.M. Best Co., established in 1899, is the world's oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information visit its Web site at www.ambest.com.
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