The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. Celebrates 10 Years as a Publicly Traded Company

Company marks another milestone in its 195-year history; A decade of

delivering value to customers and financial performance to shareholders

Dec 20, 2005, 00:00 ET from The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

    HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Hartford Financial
 Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:   HIG), one of the nation's largest financial
 services and insurance companies, today celebrates its 10-year anniversary as
 a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. The Hartford
 regained its independence one decade ago, on December 20, 1995, and began
 trading on the NYSE under the "HIG" symbol after former parent company ITT
 Corp. ended 25 years of ownership.
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     Over the last 10 years, The Hartford, which today has a workforce of
 approximately 30,000 employees worldwide, has produced consistent and solid
 growth across its businesses, delivering a 16 percent annualized total return
 to shareholders.  Since going public, The Hartford has outperformed the
 Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 and its peer group averages. Adjusted for a stock
 split in 1998, The Hartford went public at a price of $24.88 a share and
 closed last night at $85.57, more than tripling in value.
     In 1995, when The Hartford regained its independence, it was still
 primarily known to the public as a property-casualty insurer.  Even then, The
 Hartford's life operations were quickly gaining in size and strength.  Today,
 both the property-casualty and life operations are thriving and the company's
 products are helping individuals and businesses protect their property and
 assets and achieve their goals.  Today, The Hartford's life products are
 offered both domestically and abroad in markets including Japan, the United
 Kingdom and Brazil.
     Ramani Ayer, chairman, president and CEO of The Hartford since 1997, has
 spent his entire career with the company and noted that this anniversary is
 one of the most exciting chapters in a long and distinguished history.  "This
 milestone is significant because it illustrates The Hartford's ability to
 continue delivering on its nearly 200-year-old promise to each of our
 customers," Ayer said. "Our ability to sustain profitable growth with
 disciplined risk management will only further strengthen our position to
 provide customers with financial stability and trusted service in the years
     Coincidentally, 170 years ago today, The Hartford was put to its first
 major test as a fire insurance company.  On Dec. 16, 1835, much of New York
 City's financial district was destroyed by a massive fire, causing an
 estimated $15 to $26 million in damages (over $350 million today). Four days
 later, on Dec. 20, then-Hartford President Eliphalet Terry made a 125-mile
 sleigh ride in sub-zero temperatures from Hartford to New York City to pay
 claims on the spot, using his personal estate as collateral. That act has come
 to personify The Hartford's trustworthiness and stability, a reputation that
 still lives on today.
     The 10-year anniversary marks another chapter in The Hartford's deep
 history and illustrates the company's ability to always think ahead.  As one
 of the country's oldest insurance companies, The Hartford has played a key
 role in shaping both the insurance industry and helping strengthen the
 nation's economy.  For example:
     * The Hartford has provided financial security to its customers during
       nearly every major American catastrophe, including the Great Chicago
       Fire of 1871, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the September 11
       terrorist attack and, most recently, the powerful 2005 hurricane
     * The Hartford has bonded a number of major construction projects, helping
       to create many of our national landmarks, such as the Hoover Dam, the
       Golden Gate Bridge, and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
     * Many notable Americans have insured their assets with The Hartford,
       including Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, Robert E. Lee and Babe
     This rich history has built The Hartford's Stag into one of the most
 enduring and familiar brands in America, a symbol known and respected by
 millions.  Although the date of its debut as the company's logo is not known,
 its oldest recorded use is on the 1861 Hartford policy issued to Abraham
 Lincoln.  In it, a stag (or hart deer) is fording a stream, a natural symbol
 for a company named The Hartford. By 1875, The Hartford Stag had evolved to
 resemble the stag from "The Monarch of the Glen," the enormously popular
 painting by Sir Edwin Landseer.  The company later commissioned a large steel
 engraving of Landseer's painting and distributed prints to agencies across the
     In recent years, The Hartford's brand has become more prominent than ever
 through a national advertising campaign in which the iconic stag was brought
 to life with Hollywood-style special effects.  In the spots, the stag can be
 seen walking among traders across the floor of the New York Stock Exchange or
 onto a championship basketball court.  The cutting-edge ads are a dramatic
 departure from prior decades when the company used a live stag, which followed
 the commands of his trainer and roamed through sets designed to depict
 insurance at work in everyday life.  This evolution, and the 21st century
 technology that brought it to life, is a reminder that for nearly 200 years
 the stag has remained a symbol of strength, stability and integrity.
     The Hartford is one of the nation's largest financial services and
 insurance companies, with 2004 revenues of $22.7 billion. As of September 30,
 2005, The Hartford had total assets of $280.5 billion and stockholders' equity
 of $15.3 billion. The Hartford is a leading provider of investment products,
 life insurance and group benefits; automobile and homeowners products; and
 business property-casualty insurance. International operations are located in
 Japan, Brazil and the United Kingdom. The Hartford's Internet address is
     Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking
 statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 We caution investors that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees
 of future performance, and actual results may differ materially.  Investors
 should consider the important risks and uncertainties that may cause actual
 results to differ.  These important risks and uncertainties include those
 discussed in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our 2004 Annual Report on
 Form 10-K and the other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission.  We assume no obligation to update this release, which speaks as
 of the date issued.
     Contacts: Victoria O'Brien
               Debora Raymond

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