Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, insurance giant Aflac (NYS: AFL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Aflac's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Columbus, Ga. (1955)
Life and health insurance
Chairman/CEO Daniel Amos
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
$2.2 billion / $4.2 billion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 1,954 members who have rated Aflac believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Insurance company with a very low combined ratio, meaning that there's a whole lot of premiums coming in and very little of it going out in claims. That's why it's been increasing shareholder value at such a high clip. Did I mention how much of their business comes from Japan? ... [Y]ou almost don't even need actuaries with the type of safe bets AFLAC is making. At 1.3 times book value, it's a safe bet to outperform.
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