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At the heart of New York Life is a commitment to be there for our customers when they need us—whether today or decades into the future. Since 1845, we have delivered on that promise by investing wisely, managing finances strategically, and remaining true to our mission as a mutual company.

There for you when you need us most

We know your family is everything to you, and we’ll do everything we can to help you protect what really matters–like your lifestyle and your financial future.

We have a legacy of stability

Our greatest legacy at New York Life is helping others protect their legacies for generations—serving policy owners for 175+ years, in good times and bad

We have the highest financial strength rating

New York Life has earned the highest financial ratings of all four major ratings agencies, based on our history of honoring our commitments to policy owners1

We are the largest mutual insurer in the U.S.

New York Life is the nation’s largest mutual life insurance company, and our policy owners are at the center of everything we do2

We answer to our policy owners, not to Wall Street

New York Life is a mutual company, meaning we are not traded on the stock exchange, we don't have shareholders, and we don't answer to Wall Street. We answer to and operate for the benefit of current and future policy owners.

Putting your needs first

We’re focused on fulfilling our promises and doing what's best for policy owners, not on delivering profits for others

Focusing on the long term

We make decisions from a long-term perspective, meaning we plan for the next quarter century (not just the next quarter)

Consistently paying dividends

New York Life has paid dividends to customers for more than 167 years consecutively, including $2 billion in 2023 alone3

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Doing what’s right for you and your community

Our business is inherently about responsibility: providing financial security and peace of mind through our products and services. We also put our values into practice where we work and live through our commitment to a diverse workforce, an ethical culture, deep community engagement, and a sustainable planet.

Corporate responsibility


hours volunteered by NYL employees and agents


in total philanthropic giving in 2022


in volunteer grants to support employees’ local communities

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Dedicated to inspiring real change

With over 23,000 employees and agents, in over 120 offices around the country, we embrace our social responsibility and our impact on our communities. On any given day, you’ll find us volunteering with The New York Life Foundation’s initiatives.

New York Life Foundation

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION A caring and committed workforce that represents every community Since day one, New York Life has been committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity. Our workforce reflects the communities we serve, helping us to understand the needs and goals of anyone we meet. Our company culture


of our workforce are women4


of our corporate employees are people of color4


of our Board of Directors are women or people of color4

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Leadership you can trust

It takes exceptional leaders to help drive our initiatives forward. Our executive management team is one of the industry’s most professional and experienced, with more than 160 combined years of service to our policy owners, employees, and communities.

Meet our leaders

Insights and updates from our Newsroom

ARTICLE New York Life’s Alex Cook discusses company’s continuing AI adoption Read article
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ARTICLE NYL women in data science, technology, and venture capital share career reflections, advice Read article

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1The “highest ratings currently awarded” refers to the highest ratings currently awarded to any U.S. life insurer, specifically: AM Best A++ (as of 9/30/2022), Fitch Ratings AAA (as of 11/4/2022), Moody’s Aaa (as of 6/17/2022), and Standard & Poor’s AA+ (as of 7/29/2022). Source: third-party reports. Learn more: https://www.newyorklife.com/about/our-strength/what-rating-agencies-say.

2Based on revenue as reported by “Fortune 500 ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual),”Fortune magazine,6/5/2023. For methodology, please see https://fortune.com/franchise-list-page/fortune-500-methodology-2023/.

3Dividends are paid on participating policies and are based on the policy's applicable dividend scale, which is neither guaranteed nor an estimate of future performance results.

4Stated figures are as of 12/31/22.

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