Financial Strength and Resiliency

J. Greg Ness

Greg Ness, Chairman,
President and CEO

Updated April 2020

As the scope, complexity and potential impact of the global coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak evolves, The Standard continues to monitor the impacts of the virus closely and adjust our response appropriately.

The unique nature of this health crisis is creating significant volatility in the stock market alongside an unprecedented decline in interest rates. While the outcome remains uncertain, continued volatility — positive and negative — is likely. In the short term, supply chain disruptions and impacts to travel and tourism will lead to economic impacts.

The Standard has plans in place to help address concerns related to the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. We are undertaking a variety of activities to protect our business operations, safeguard the health of our employees and continue meeting the needs of our customers. Our focus has not changed — we will provide the best possible experience for our customers.

Our company was founded in 1906 and our fiscally conservative management approach has helped us successfully navigate through significant volatility and weather unforeseen events to ensure we can keep our financial commitments. This commitment is built on the strength of our disciplined financial practices, sound investment strategies, unique mix of high-performing businesses, industry expertise and the stability of a long-term outlook.

Our balance sheet is the cornerstone of our financial strength and provides us with a foundation of resilience to manage through a wide range of economic cycles.


Standard Insurance Company
Financial Strength Ratings


Standard & Poor's A+ (Strong) 5th of 20 ratings
Moody's A1 (Good) 5th of 21 ratings
A.M. Best A (Excellent) 3rd of 13 ratings

As of January 2020


The Standard Stands the Test of Time

In the July 2019 issue of Best's Review, Standard Insurance Company was recognized for maintaining an "A" rating or higher from A.M. Best Company since 1928. The Standard was honored to be among one of only 8 life/health insurers to consistently achieve an "A" rating or higher for more than 90 years. Given the rapidly evolving markets, changing customer needs and challenging economic times, this is a significant accomplishment. We are proud of this longstanding track record of financial strength.


Bond Portfolio

Our balance sheet is the cornerstone of our financial strength and provides us with a foundation of resilience through a wide range of economic cycles.

Our bond portfolio is strong. Our strategy is to maintain a diversified portfolio of high-quality fixed-maturity securities to keep us well protected if any industry experiences difficulties.

As of Dec. 31, 2019:

  • $10.74 billion portfolio
  • Average portfolio credit quality rating of "A" as measured by Standard & Poor's


Commercial Mortgage Loan Portfolio

Our commercial mortgage loans have consistently provided a superior balance of risk and return. We offer small commercial mortgage loans to borrowers who want a fixed rate over time, and we rigorously underwrite every commercial mortgage loan we make. The quality of our commercial mortgage loan portfolio is excellent.

As of Dec. 31, 2019:

  • $7.13 billion portfolio (on approximately 6,000 loans)
  • Average loan size – approximately $1.2 million


StanCorp Financial Group


Assets $33.49 billion

Fixed Maturity Securities

A- or Higher

BBB- to BBB+

BB- to BB+

B+ or Lower

57.8% of cash and investments





Commercial Mortgage Loans

38.4% of cash and investments

Real Estate and Other
Invested Assets

2.1% of cash and investments

Cash and Cash Equivalents

1.7% of cash and investments

Portfolio Yields

Fixed Maturity Securities

Commercial Mortgage



Capital and Surplus of the insurance subsidiaries in excess of 500% of the Company Action Level Risk-Based Capital (RBC) required by regulators.

As of Dec. 31, 2019