The reinsurer analysis recently reported results in line with that forecasted in my analysis. The shares have been, nonetheless, driven by this recent bear market rally, as has the shares of HIG. I have released a rash of HIG research warning subscribers of the trouble they are in, and it seems the industry in general and particularly those that have sold variable annuities will have problems for the foreseeable future.

From Bloomberg: Hartford Financial Reports Third Straight Loss Amid Equity-Market Slump 

April 30 (Bloomberg) -- Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., the Connecticut-based insurer, had its third straight quarterly loss as the stock-market slump raised the cost of protecting customers from declines in retirement accounts.

The first-quarter net loss was $1.21 billion, or $3.77 a share, compared with profit of $145 million, or 46 cents, in the year-earlier period, the company said today in a statement distributed by Business Wire.

Hartford’s earnings shrank, then disappeared amid the six- quarter drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index as the company shouldered declines for savers with equity-linked variable annuities. That depleted capital at the life insurance division, and Chief Executive Officer Ramani Ayer, who also oversees a profitable property-casualty unit, is under pressure to stanch the losses or break up the 199-year-old insurer.

The reinsurer analysis recently reported results in line with that forecasted in my analysis. The shares have been, nonetheless, driven by this recent bear market rally, as has the shares of HIG. I have released a rash of HIG research warning subscribers of the trouble they are in, and it seems the industry in general and particularly those that have sold variable annuities will have problems for the foreseeable future.

From Bloomberg: Hartford Financial Reports Third Straight Loss Amid Equity-Market Slump 

April 30 (Bloomberg) -- Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., the Connecticut-based insurer, had its third straight quarterly loss as the stock-market slump raised the cost of protecting customers from declines in retirement accounts.

The first-quarter net loss was $1.21 billion, or $3.77 a share, compared with profit of $145 million, or 46 cents, in the year-earlier period, the company said today in a statement distributed by Business Wire.

Hartford’s earnings shrank, then disappeared amid the six- quarter drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index as the company shouldered declines for savers with equity-linked variable annuities. That depleted capital at the life insurance division, and Chief Executive Officer Ramani Ayer, who also oversees a profitable property-casualty unit, is under pressure to stanch the losses or break up the 199-year-old insurer.

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