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Securian Financial (Formerly Minnesota Life Insurance) Review 2021

Bottom line: While it doesn't provide much information to buyers on its site, Securian Financial offers a wide range of policies and gets relatively few complaints, making it a good choice for many shoppers.
June 1, 2021
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SEcurian financial Life Insurance

  • Rated 4 stars out of 5 by NerdWallet.
  • Broad selection of term and permanent policies offered.
  • Online quotes aren't available for all products.

Securian Financial, formerly Minnesota Life Insurance Co. in most states, provides life insurance and other products, such as annuities and investment services. The company was founded in 1880 and has more than $1 trillion in life insurance policies in force.

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Securian Financial life insurance

4.0 NerdWallet rating

Securian Financial earned 4 stars out of 5 for overall performance. NerdWallet’s ratings are determined by our editorial team. The scoring formula takes into account complaint data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and financial strength ratings.

Based on these ratings, Securian is among NerdWallet’s Best Life Insurance Companies for 2021.

Securian Financial life insurance pros and cons

Wide selection of insurance and financial products.Limited information on whole and term life products on website.
Fewer consumer complaints than expected for a company of its size.

Securian Financial life insurance policies

In addition to whole and term life insurance, the company offers three types of universal life insurance policies. Universal life is a permanent policy with cash value that grows tax-deferred.

  • Fixed universal life: The cash-value growth is tied to a fixed interest rate. It’s the least risky of the three universal life policies.
  • Indexed universal life: The cash-value growth is tied to the performance of an index, such as the S&P 500. It offers the potential for greater returns than fixed universal life, but is less risky than variable universal life. There is also a survivorship option, which insures two lives, typically a couple. The death benefit is paid out after both individuals die.
  • Variable universal life: The cash-value growth is tied to investments chosen by the policyholder. It offers greater potential for returns than fixed or indexed universal life as well as greater risk, including the chance of losing cash value if the underlying investments perform poorly.

Some policies offer the option to use benefits before you die if you have a chronic illness or need long-term care.

In some states, Securian Financial also offers accidental death insurance up to $250,000, a type of life insurance that pays out only if your death is caused by an accident.

Securian Financial customer complaints and satisfaction

Over three years, Securian Financial has had fewer complaints to state regulators than expected for a company of its size for life insurance, according to NerdWallet’s analysis of data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Securian Financial ranked No. 16 out of 23 companies in J.D. Power’s 2020 U.S. Life Insurance Study for overall customer satisfaction.

More about Securian Financial

Securian Financial offers other financial products in addition to life insurance:

  • Accident, illness and supplemental hospital insurance.
  • Annuities.
  • Credit insurance.
  • Gap insurance for vehicles.
  • Investment and trust services.
  • Financial planning.

Website: Although a Securian Financial life insurance app isn’t available, you can make a payment, view your policy, report a claim and view an existing claim on its website. It also offers life insurance advice and free tools to determine how much coverage you need.

Life insurance buying guide

Before you start comparing companies, choose the type of life insurance you want, such as term or whole life. Decide which life insurance riders, if any, you want the policy to include. Calculate how much life insurance you need and how long you want the coverage to last. Check that the insurers you’re considering offer the coverage you’re looking for.

When comparing rates, be sure the quotes are for the same amount of coverage over the same period of time. It’s also important to make sure the policy’s medical requirements match your needs. For example, if you want to skip the life insurance medical exam but don’t mind answering health questions, confirm that the application process for each policy you're comparing aligns with that.

Price may not be the biggest driver behind your decision to buy. Look at the number of consumer complaints each company receives, as high numbers can be a red flag about the quality of service.

For more guidance, see our life insurance buying guide.

Methodology: Life insurance ratings

NerdWallet’s life insurance ratings are based on weighted averages of financial strength ratings, which indicate a company’s ability to pay future claims, and complaint index scores from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for individual life insurance. To calculate each insurer’s rating, we adjusted the scores to a curved 5-point scale.

These ratings are a guide, but we encourage you to shop around and compare several insurance quotes to find the best rate for you. NerdWallet does not receive compensation for any reviews.

Methodology: Insurer complaints

NerdWallet examined complaints received by state insurance regulators and reported to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2018-2020. To assess how insurers compare to one another, the NAIC calculates a complaint index each year for each subsidiary, measuring its share of total complaints relative to its size, or share of total premiums in the industry. To evaluate a company’s complaint history, NerdWallet calculated a similar index for each insurer, weighted by market shares of each subsidiary, over the three-year period. Ratios are determined separately for auto, home (including renters and condo) and life insurance.

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