StockCall Review on ING Groep and Lincoln National:Life Insurance Industry Shows Promising Results

  StockCall Review on ING Groep and Lincoln National:Life Insurance Industry
                           Shows Promising Results

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LONDON, February 13, 2013

LONDON, February 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The Life Insurance industry in the U.S. is a rapidly evolving sector that has
to cope with various environmental, political, technological, social and
economic factors so that it can sustain itself over the coming decade. The
future trend will be to move more towards whole life insurance products,
especially given the economic slowdown and people's aversion to taking risks.
Life insurance should prepare itself to work in a low interest regulatory
environment as well as the new accounting measures taken up by the government.
Taxation is a major area of focus together with the use of the Internet in
making products more accessible to customers. In these regards, ING Groep N.V.
(ADR) (NYSE: ING) has been focusing on future developments, and Lincoln
National Corp. (NYSE: LNC) has been relatively successful as their latest
earnings reports show. StockCall analysts initiated preliminary technical
research on ING Groep and Lincoln National. These free reports are accessible
by signing today at

ING CEO Suggests Future Developments

ING offers life insurance, retirement and other financial services across the
globe. It has considerable presence in European and Asian markets. Recently,
the company has been selling off a few of its components in order to increase
core efficiency. It sold off its U.S. ING Direct business to Capital One last
year, and it also completed the sale of its Malaysia operations to the AIA
Group. The free technical analysis on ING Groep N.V. is available by signing
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In a recent speech to its employees in New York, ING CEO Jan Hommen spelled
out the future development needs of ING: "We must continue to align our cost
structure to a leaner operating environment." This implies that the company
will focus more on its core operations and enhance core values rather than
prioritizing diversification.

In other news, ING recently tried to sell-off its Asian components in Korea.
However, the move was blocked by the board of KB Financials and did not take

The company is set to release its earnings soon (no data as available at the
time this article was completed)

Lincoln National Declares Earnings, Upbeat on Future Guidance

LNC declared Q4 earnings per share (EPS) of $1.14, which beat street's
estimates by 8 cents. It had total quarterly gross revenue of $2.96 billion,
which was a 9% increase year-over-year. This revenue figure beat street's
estimates by $90 million. Shares rose 1.3% on the positive news, and are
currently trading at $29.53, very near its 52-week high. Its 52 week range is
$18.82 - $29.85. Register now to download the free research on Lincoln
National Corp. at 

Responding to questions about its earnings, the company's CEO Dennis Glass
said, "the strength of our 2012 results reflected the benefits of ongoing
investments in our businesses, actions to respond to the low interest rate
environment and maintaining an active capital management program. we enhanced
new business profitability through product design and pricing changes, took
additional steps related to expenses and interest margins, and would expect
these changes to continue to benefit 2013 results."

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