Insurance and finance industry watchers who follow the annualrankings of top life insurance and annuities providers fromthe National Association of InsuranceCommissioners (NAIC) may find little surprise in theorganization’s latest numbers for 2016.

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Once again, Metropolitan Group topped the NAIC’s life insurermarket share list, which ranks the top 25 carriers by directpremiums written in 2016.

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Despite the fact that revenue for MetLife’s direct premiumswritten in 2016 was up only slightly over the previous year, fromroughly $3.8 billion in 2015 to roughly $3.9 billion in 2016, theNew York City-based insurer continued to dominate cumulative marketshare, with 44.38% in 2016.

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The remainder of the list’s top 10 insurers are the samecompanies listed in 2015, but not every company experiencedpositive growth in the relevant benchmark categories.

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Continue on to see how the NAIC determined each of the top 10life insurers fared last year with regards to direct premiumswritten, market share percentages and cumulative market sharepercentages.

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MinnesotaNo. 10: Minnesota MutualGroup

2015 Ranking: 10

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: $3.9billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $3.8billion

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2016 Market Share: 2.4%

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2015 Market Share: 2.4%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 44.38%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 44.69%

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State Farm LogoNo. 9: State FarmGroup

2015 Ranking: 9

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: $4.39billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $4.2billion

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2016 Market Share: 2.74%

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2015 Market Share: 2.66%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 41.94%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 42.30%

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John Hancock BuildingNo. 8: John HancockGroup

2015 Ranking: 7

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: $4.56billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $4.8billion

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2016 Market Share: 2.85%

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2015 Market Share: 2.99%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 39.20%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 36.82%

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Aegon LogoNo. 7: Aegon U.S. HoldingGroup

2015 Ranking: 8

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: $4.65billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $4.5billion

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2016 Market Share: 2.90%

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2015 Market Share: 2.82%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 36.35%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 39.64%

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Boston, Massachusetts

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No. 6: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Group

2015 Ranking: 6

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: $.6.65billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $6.2billion

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2016 Market Share: 4.15%

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2015 Market Share: 3.88%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 33.46%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 33.83%

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Lincoln National GroupNo. 5: LincolnNational Group

2015 Ranking: 5

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: $6.9billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $6.7billion

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2016 Market Share: 4.30%

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2015 Market Share: 4.23%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 28.30%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 29.95%

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PrudentialNo. 4: Prudential ofAmerica Group

2015 Ranking: 4

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: $8.56billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $8.6billion

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2016 Market Share: 5.34%

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2015 Market Share: 5.42%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 25.00%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 25.72%

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New York Life logo

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No. 3: New York Life Group

2015 Ranking: 3

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: $8.79billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $8.8billion

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2016 Market Share: 5.48%

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2015 Market Share: 5.54%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 19.66%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 20.30%

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Northwestern Mutual LogoNo. 2:Northwestern Mutual Group

2015 Ranking: 2

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: $10.1billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $10.1billion

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2016 Market Share: 6.30%

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2015 Market Share: 6.36%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 14.17%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 14.75%

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MetLife buildingNo. 1: MetropolitanGroup

2015 Ranking: 1

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Direct Premiums Written, 2016: 12.6billion

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Direct Premiums Written, 2015: $13.4billion

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2016 Market Share: 7.88%

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2015 Market Share: 8.39%

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2016 Cumulative Market Share: 7.88%

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2015 Cumulative Market Share: 8.39%

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