Company History

We have over 175 years of strength and security and look toward the future. It all began on April 12, 1845, when the foundation was laid for a new enterprise that would come to be known as the New York Life Insurance Company, Elected Secretary Lewis Benton purchased the first policy for $5,000. So, began a legacy of security and a commitment to keeping promises still reflected today in our core values.

As President and Chairman (1907–1932) Darwin P. Kingsley said, “When will New York Life be finished? Never! Its foundations are as deep as human love; its spires disappear in unfulfilled dreams of human aspiration; its great arches support an expanding nave which can cover and protect all who come.”

That passion and commitment to protection have continued unabated for nearly two centuries. We've seen the nation evolve and events occur that have affected the lives of Americans: from the Civil War, to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, to the 1929 stock market crash, to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, 9/11, and of course, the 2008 recession.

The Company Has Been Around for over 175 Years.

What does this all mean? Two things come to mind: New York Life is resilient and able to thrive in all economic conditions. This means we'll always be there for our policy owners, and for future generations; and there has never been a better time to be with New York Life.

We have over 175 years of integrity, mutuality, humanity, and financial strength, and as we look toward a bright future built on those same values. Our agent’s dedication and exceptional service helps set us apart from the rest.

Company Strength

An insurance policy is only as good as the company behind it. To help consumers make intelligent decisions, independent services rate insurers. While the rating services use the same criteria to make their judgments, each focuses on a separate aspect of a company. New York Life Insurance Company and its subsidiary, New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corporation have received the highest ratings currently awarded to any life insurer by all four major ratings agencies as indicated below.

Moody's: Aaa for financial strength

A.M. Best: A++ for financial strength

Standard & Poor's: AA+ for financial strength

Fitch: AAA for financial strength

Financial Strength ratings are based on individual independent ratings agency commentaries as of 10/18/22.

Company Mission

Our mission is to provide financial security and peace of mind through our insurance, annuity and investment products and services. By continuing to be a mutual company, we are uniquely aligned with our customers. By maintaining superior financial strength, we protect their future. By acting with integrity and humanity, we can earn their trust and loyalty. Every decision we make, every action we take has one overriding purpose: To be here when our customers need us.