Financial Strength

At WoodmenLife, we understand what is truly important – keeping your interests in mind as we make decisions that impact the future and overall financial strength of our company.

In 2017, WoodmenLife's outstanding financial performance included a total income of $1 billion and certificate reserves (funds held to guarantee future benefit payments) of nearly $8.5 billion.

Strength in Numbers

For the past 11 years, WoodmenLife's assets1 and insurance in force have both continued to grow at a steady rate.

Bar graph of WoodmenLife assets from 2008 to 2017
Bar graph of WoodmenLife Insurance In Force from 2008 to 2017

In addition, WoodmenLife's total surplus has consistently grown over the past five years, reaching a record high of $1.39 billion in 2017.

Bar graph of WoodmenLife surplus from 2008 to 2017

Financial Rating

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One way to judge the strength of a company is to look at how their financial strength and performance are rated by an objective rating agency. These ratings are a direct reflection of the care with which WoodmenLife manages our business.

WoodmenLife was assigned a rating of A+ (Superior) with a stable outlook for its operating performance in 2018 by A.M. Best. This is the second-highest rating out of 15 awarded.

Investing in Trust

In an industry based on long-term success, you want to invest your time and money with a company you can trust to perform. A company's investment philosophy directly affects its security, and is a vital factor in its growth and stability.

WoodmenLife does not chase profit to please stockholders; we pursue the best interests of our members. WoodmenLife has lasted more than a century by taking the long view and doing what’s right.

Pie chart of WoodmenLife distribution of assets
  • Bonds: One of today's safest investments is bonds, and because of their stability, you'll find more than two-thirds of our invested assets there. A large portion of our bond portfolio contains investment-grade corporate bonds.
    Bonds commonly referred to as "investment grade" are those included in the four rating categories – Aaa, Aa, A and Baa. Bond ratings are like grades on a report card, with Aaa carrying the smallest degree of investment risk, and C being the highest. Currently, 98 percent of WoodmenLife's bond holdings were investment-grade bonds.
  • Real Estate & Mortgage Loans: Real estate accounted for just under one percent of WoodmenLife's invested assets in 2017. These holdings consist of property that is either leased or owned and occupied by WoodmenLife.
    At the end of 2017, about 18.5 percent of our total invested assets were in mortgage loans. WoodmenLife is always a first-lien mortgage holder, and we finance no more than 75 percent of a property’s value.

2017 Refunds

  • Refunds paid to members holding life and accident and health certificates during 2017 were $47.3 million.


  1. We have total assets of more than $10.98 billion. Liabilities of $9.58 billion; as of Dec. 31, 2017

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