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How do I find ratings for insurance companies?

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Several independent agencies provide ratings for insurance companies, including Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investor Services and Standard & Poor’s Insurance Ratings Services, says the Insurance Information Institute as of 2015. Other agencies that rate insurance companies include A.M. Best and TheStreet.com.

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How do I find ratings for insurance companies?
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The A.M. Best website lets users view unlimited insurance company ratings, says the Illinois Department of Insurance. A.M. Best also provides free insurance ratings over the phone for up to three companies per call. Both Fitch and Moody’s offer free ratings via their websites and for up to five companies per call. Standard & Poor’s provides five free ratings via phone and responds to email requests for ratings. TheStreet.com offers all of its ratings free online but also provides a contact phone number.

The specific insurance companies rated vary from one agency to the next, and each agency uses its own rating criteria and rating scale. Ratings also can change daily. Ratings can differ enough among agencies that the Insurance Information Institute recommends considering ratings from at least two agencies before purchasing insurance.

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