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National Western Life Insurance Company Message Board

  • stillwater9999 stillwater9999 Nov 24, 2013 11:13 AM Flag

    What Underperformance?

    NWLI is up about 32% YTD, beating the S&P 500. I will take that. It is interesting to compare NWLI to Tower Group, an insurance company that engaged in too fast growth and acquisitions that have totally imploded.

    NWLI is still about as cheap as anything out there and I have been adding on dips. NWLI remains a top 5 holding in managed accounts.

    Edward J. Roche
    President Freedom Mountain Investments

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    • if you are comparing nwli to the spy sure but that's not really a valid comparison. it's massively under-performed relative to insurance peers due to poor capital management (in my view).

    • I think the underperformance is when NWLI is compared to other insurance companies. For instance, here are the approximate 1-year returns for some insurance companies, including NWLI:

      NWLI - 38%
      MET - 59%
      HIG - 64%
      PRU - 73%
      ANAT - 80%
      PFG - 82%
      LNC - 105%

      So the underperformance is frustrating looking at these results. But the question is...which one of these would an investor buy now?

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