Prudential Life Insurance Review [Best and Worst about PruCo]

The Finest Prudential Life Insurance Review that you will Ever Read

Well, maybe it will be. We will let you be the judge at the end.

What we will do is guarantee it will be the only PruCo review with you in mind.

Specifically, how great is Prudential when you want life insurance and have heart problems?

Where Prudential shines for life insurance and cardiovascular issues

  • Fantastic history and financial strength
  • Broad life insurance product selection
  • Very adept and familiar with high risk underwriting. They use two broad underwriting manuals, and then overwrite their own criteria on top which can be more favorable to customers with certain health conditions.
  • Great underwriting classes for sleep apnea, prostate cancer, smokeless tobacco and marijuana use. Prudential is also aggressive on height / weight or body mass index (BMI)

Where we feel Prudential could improve

  • More aggressive term product pricing and more liberal term conversion options
  • Faster file turn around time
  • Better communication options with underwriters

In this review, you will find out about that and more. And we love Prudential, they are a strong company.

But is PruCo the right company for you?

They certainly could be. To determine that though, you need the help of an unbiased underwriting expert. Get in touch with one today by hitting the button below or using the quote request form available on this page.

Prudential Life Insurance Financial Ratings

One of the first things to consider about your future life insurance carrier is how financially strong they are. What is the likelihood that this company will be there to pay your claim when you die in 50 or 60 years?

Prudential scores high marks in this category, and their financial strength is supreme.

Financial Ratings by AM Best

In current and complete ratings of PruCo, AM Best gives Prudential an A+ (superior) financial strength rating (FSR). They rated five of the nine Prudential branches.

AM Best issues this rating based on Prudential’s diverse business portfolio, earnings that reflect an exceptional market positioning, and proven long-term track record for successful business dealings.

Prudential holds offices worlwide, with the majority of their international operations in Japan. These holdings make up 50% of Prudential’s entire business.

In the United States, Prudential’s fastest growth is in the retirement market. AM Best also cites PruCo’s high annuity sales as an important factor in their diversity and success.

In terms of market competition, AM Best reports that Prudential life insurances out “leverages” much of their competition. Read the entire AM Best press release here.

Prudential Financial Ratings by Standard and Poors S&P

As of November 1, 2017, Standard and Poors (S&P) rates the branches of Prudential as follows:

PruCo BranchRating
The Prudential Insurance Company of AmericaAA-
PRUCO Life Insurance CompanyAA-
PRUCO Life Insurance Company of New JerseyAA-
Prudential Annuities Life Assurance CorporationAA-
Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity CompanyAA-
The Prudential Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (Prudential of Japan)AA+
Gibraltar Life Insurance Company, Ltd.AA+
The Prudential Gibraltar Financial Life Insurance Co. Ltd.AA+
Prudential Life Insurance Co. of Taiwan, Inc.AA+

Financial Ratings by Fitch

In their most current and complete ratings of PruCo, Fitch gives Prudential an AA- rating. They rated five of the nine Pru branches.

Financial Ratings by Moody’s

As of November 1, 2017, Moody’s rates the branches of Prudential as follows:

PruCo BranchRating
The Prudential Insurance Company of AmericaA1
PRUCO Life Insurance CompanyA1
PRUCO Life Insurance Company of New JerseyNR
Prudential Annuities Life Assurance CorporationNR
Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity CompanyA1
The Prudential Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (Prudential of Japan)NR
Gibraltar Life Insurance Company, Ltd.NR
The Prudential Gibraltar Financial Life Insurance Co. Ltd.NR
Prudential Life Insurance Co. of Taiwan, Inc.NR

Prudential Life Insurance Company History

Founded by John Fairfield Dryden in Newark, NJ, in 1875, PruCo has been in business or over 140 years. Some of their first product offerings were industrial insurances that covered funeral expenses for people with low incomes.

In just ten years, Pru had sold over one-million insurance policies. In the early days of Prudential Life Insurance, premiums could be as low as three cents a week.

By the year 1885, PruCo had assets of $1.03 million. In 1805, just twenty years later, they increased their assets to over $100 million.

On December 13, 2001, Prudential Life Insurance made their initial public offering (IPO), and started trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol PRU.

Today, over one hundred smaller subsidiary companies compose Prudential. The net worth totality of these companies are worth more than 2 trillion dollars in life insurance.

Through their locations across the globe, PruCo offers several insurance products and services including: mutual funds, annuities, life insurance, retirement insurance, and investment management.

Life Insurance Products Offered by Prudential

Prudential offers many insurance products and services, and these products extend far beyond just life insurance.

Prudential’s Term Life Insurance is a good place to start if you are new to life insurance. In many ways, buying a term policy is similar to leasing a car. When you lease a car, there are typically a few lease periods you can choose from—and you make payments for that length of time.

At the end of your car lease, you stop making payments and return the car, or you can keep the car for an additional cost. Term policies work much the same way.

If we can say that term insurance is like leasing a car, then Universal Life (UL) Insurance is more like buying a car. To put it simply, UL coverage is permanent life insurance designed to be there for the rest of your life instead of a set period of time.

Universal life insurance can also build cash value. To build cash value, you make payments beyond the cost of insurance. That money is placed into accounts that can grow over time.

Prudential Life Insurance Customer Service

The Prudential review gets a little less straight forward when it comes to customer service.

Pru is the second largest life insurance company in the United States (as measured by number of assets). This number tells you that customers are happy with their service.

However, when you look up a PruCo review on the Better Business Bureau, you’ll see that Prudential Life Insurance is not a BBB accredited agency. BBB reports that Pru has “failed to respond to 11 complaints” and has “7 unresolved complaints” on file.

Prudential Life Insurance for People with Heart Problems

Prudential literally wrote the book on life insurance for heart disease and other high risk conditions. When other life insurance companies cannot handle the risk, PruCo has the underwriting expertise and the financial chops to make those policies happen.

We have sent the following heart disease cases to PruCo with success

  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Cardiomegaly – It’s rare that we see an Athlete’s heart case, however Prudential gets first look.
  • AV Blocks, Bundle Branch Blocks, Sick Sinus Syndrome – Really anything related to electrical problems, especially on the right side, Prudential is a strong choice.
  • Angioplasty, Heart Catheterization, Stents, Coronary Artery Disease – We send major cases to PruCo. Minor cases can sometimes get better pricing elsewhere.
  • Aortic valve surgery, Bicuspid Aortic Valves, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Mitral Valvuloplasty – We like Prudential in valve cases with manageable regurgitation
  • Heart Attack, Myocardial Infarction – Prudential can handle more recent cases with good cardiac testing.
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery – Prudential is strong on approving bypass surgery, especially for cases affecting less than three arteries.
  • Atrial Septal Defects – For any small hole or tear in the septum, Prudential usually receives top billing.

Why don’t we send every life insurance case to Prudential?

Prudential is a solid choice for life insurance, no matter who you ask in the business. I don’t think anyone can argue with their financial strength, process, or underwriting expertise.

While we are happy to work with Prudential, we are happier to work with you. And we have a responsibility to you as a client, not necessarily to Prudential.

The truth is, minor conditions can usually get better pricing elsewhere than Prudential. And that’s not a knock on PruCo, it’s just how these other companies price their risk. You see, some of these other companies price off of the “standard plus” tier when dealing with substandard risks, and that puts their rates 10 % – 15% lower than Prudential for certain cases.

We are also taking about term life insurance, because most of our business is in term life insurance. When you move into the permanent life insurance space, the differences in rates start to narrow and we find Prudential is much more competitive

The big deal is this – the best company for you is the best company for us. We research every independent life insurance company and each case is unique.  We only care about the company who is going to give you the best value for your life insurance and your family.

The final word on Prudential Life Insurance

Overall, The Prudential Life Insurance Company of America offers diverse insurance products and services. They have a track record for out-performing and out-earning other insurance companies.

If you’re looking for life insurance, Prudential is definitely a great choice. Enter your info into the calculator on your right and get your customized life insurance quote now!

Prudential Corporate Headquarters

Prudential Financial, Inc.
751 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 802-6000

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