Northwestern Mutual

About Northwestern Mutual

Life insurance is a choice you make today in order to experience security for years to come. When you work with Northwestern Mutual to make this important decision, you gain the support and confidence of an organization with uncommon strength, integrity and commitment.

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Northwestern Mutual has been helping clients achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Through some of America’s most trying financial times, we have remained strong and even thrived. We consistently have the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major rating agencies1, and we’ve paid dividends on our life insurance policies every year since 18722. In short, we’re there when people need us most.

Doing What’s Right

We Keep Our Promises

When 134 policyowners perished in the tragedy of the R.M.S. Titanic, we paid more in benefits than any other life insurance company.


From the beginning, we’ve put clients’ interests above the company’s financial gain. When Northwestern Mutual was only two years old, a train derailment killed two of our earliest clients. The company hadn’t yet accumulated enough cash to cover their death benefits, so our leaders personally borrowed funds in order to pay the families immediately.

This precedent for doing the right thing—to keep the company’s promises and provide timely benefits—has inspired our actions ever since. When 157 policyowners lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we paid death benefits of about $125 million, settling each claim in an average of five days, in most cases without a death certificate. This is why we’re in business: to help people when they need us.

Committed to What Matters

People turn to Northwestern Mutual for financial security. Through our expert professionals, we provide guidance and financial products that help our clients achieve their goals. And whenever possible, we deliver added benefits. For example, though dividends are never guaranteed, Northwestern Mutual has paid industry-leading dividends on our life insurance policies every year since 1872. In 2017, we had a dividend payout worth $5.2 billion.

Beyond our financial services, we aim to make a difference in the world by supporting causes that improve lives and change communities. Since 1992, our foundation has donated more than $320 million to nonprofits nationwide. Our people get involved, too. In 2017, Northwestern Mutual employees donated over 36,000 volunteer hours to improve education, revitalize neighborhoods, accelerate the advancement of cures for childhood cancer and support families fighting disease.

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