The Ward Group has released its 2011 list of top 50 property and casualty and life and health insurers. Every year Ward analyzes the financial performance of over 3,000 property-casualty insurance companies and nearly 800 life-health insurance companies domiciled in the United States and identifies the top performers in each segment.

Each of the top 50 companies is awarded the Ward's 50® Seal. Their names are listed as the Ward's 50® Top Performers for the year. Each Ward's 50® company has passed all safety and consistency screens and achieved superior performance over the five years analyzed.

Companies are listed alphabetically. An important objective is to compare their performance as a group with the rest of the insurance industry. Comparisons based on benchmarks set by Ward's 50® companies are available in Ward's Results®, an insurance industry financial reference series. You can also order customized reports of select Ward's 50 Benchmark Group comparisons for individual companies. Learn more.

Ward Group has conducted the Ward's 50 analysis since 1991. It is a financial analysis of the insurance industry based on publicly available data and conducted independently of the Ward Group annual benchmarking programs.

For details on how Ward determines its rankings, visit: http://www.wardinc.com/wards50/methodology.php