OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has placed under review with positive implications the Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb-” of Jefferson National Life Insurance Company (Jefferson National) (Dallas, TX). The under review status follows the announcement that Jefferson National has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Nationwide Life Insurance Company (Nationwide), subject to regulatory approval. The transaction is expected to close in early 2017.
The acquisition provides Nationwide access to Jefferson National’s distribution channel of registered investment advisors (RIAs) and fee-based advisors, which is expected to have strong market growth potential following the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary standards. Similarly, Jefferson National will be able to leverage Nationwide’s strong reputation and substantial financial resources to support growth in the RIA marketplace.
The ratings will remain under review until the transaction has closed and A.M. Best has completed its assessment of the impact of the acquisition on Jefferson National’s ratings.
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