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Suecia Health Insurance Company

The Suecia Insurance Company is a private insurance agency in Nanuet, New York that no longer writes its own policies. The company is owned and managed by Gordon Dobson and also goes by the name of Dobson Insurance. Dobson Insurance Agency can be reached by dialing, 845-624-7780. Ownership of this company has changed several times in the past decade with the most recent owner being Repono Holding AB, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. As Suecia no longer writes policies in the U.S. market, this writer has chosen to review another New York based company, AXA Equitable.

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Known today for its innovative television advertising campaign featuring an 800-pound gorilla giving financial advice, AXA Equitable, http://www.axa-equitable.com/home.jsp, is a national leader in the financial services and insurance industries. The company, formerly known as the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the US, was established in 1859. With over 150 years of experience, AXA Equitable has earned the trust of its policyholders. Today they successfully manage over $560 billion of its clients’ assets.

 AXA Equitable Ratings

In 2011, AXA maintained high ratings for financial strength and stability. Rating company A.M. Best gave AXA its Superior, “A+,” rating. Fitch rates AXA as very strong, “AA-,” while Moody’s gives AXA an Excellent, “Aa3” rating. Finally, Standard and Poor’s gives AXA a consistent Very Strong “AA-” rating.

 AXA Equitable Products and Services

AXA is a French holding company that maintains an international group of financial service and insurance organizations. In the US, AXA products are offered directly to consumers through financial professionals who use AXA’s retail network, AXA Advisors, LLC. Products are also offered through secondary, wholesale channels via AXA Distributors, LLC.

Other AXA subsidiaries include:

  •  Equitable Life Insurance Company
  • AllianceBernstein, L.P.
  • PlanConnect

In 2004, AXA acquired the MONY group of companies including MONY Life Insurance Company and MONY Life Insurance Company of America.

AXA Advisors

AXA Advisors is the retail arm of the AXA group and can assist with the following financial services, designed for both individual and business clients:

Planning for college and other life events such as:

  •  New employment
  • Marriage or divorce
  • Buying a new house
  • Having a child
  • Caring for older parents or relatives
  • Suffering a serious illness or disability
  • Losing a spouse
  • Planning for retirement and estate matters
  • Purchasing life insurance and annuities
  • Acquiring mutual funds and general financial planning

Corporate offices for this group are located in New York City:

AXA Advisors, LLC
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10104

AXA Life Insurance

The AXA life insurance webpage, http://www.axa-equitable.com/life-insurance/overview.html, provides the visitor with a step-by-step process for determining life insurance needs. AXA allows the user to review articles and other timely educational material to aid in the selection process. Frequently asked questions are also featured on this page, which begins with basic information and ends with an application for a life policy.

AXA offers standard term insurance programs, whole life and several universal life options.

The AXA retirement portal, http://www.axa-equitable.com/retirement/overview.html, also provides visitors with a thorough education utilizing multiple resources and fully describing AXA’s available products. Customers may choose from AXA’s annuity or IRA styled programs. AXA also sponsors many employer retirement plans.

A key component of AXA’s retirement product portfolio is the “Cornerstone” program. This variable annuity, available in most states, provides the client with control for the future, including guaranteed income and asset growth. There are many other fixed and variable annuity options available through AXA.

Investment opportunities abound with AXA Equitable. The experts at AXA have created seven different portfolio products designed to meet the needs of most any AXA investor client. The two most common are mutual funds and IRA accounts. Additional choices include:

  • Market portfolios
  • Asset management strategy portfolios
  • Wealth accumulator portfolios
  • Select management and wealth model portfolios

AXA Equitable Customer Service

The AXA homepage provides convenient access to:

  •  General information
  • Calculators
  • Communications portals
  • Account management tools and planning strategies
  • Product and service information

In addition to all the resources on AXA’s individual product pages, the website features access to the AXA learning center, http://www.axa-equitable.com/learning-center/overview.html, which houses numerous articles and other materials of interest to consumers.

AXA Sponsorships

Like many giant American corporations, AXA is involved with a number of sports figures and sporting events. At present, famed basketball star, Lamar Odom is a spokesperson for AXA life insurance products. AXA is also sponsoring a fall football sweepstakes contest on its website.

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