Considerations on Financing the Future - Research Report on MetLife, Genworth, ING, Lincoln National and Manulife

Mar 20, 2013, 08:00 ET from Wall Street Source

NEW YORK, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Wall Street Source announced new research reports highlighting MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET), Genworth Financial Inc. (NYSE: GNW), ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING), Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) and Manulife Financial Corp. (NYSE: MFC). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.

MetLife Inc. Research Report

Through its real estate investments department, MetLife has originated over $9.6 billion in commercial mortgage loans in 2012. The company has also invested $1.7 billion in real estate equity in 2012. This would include MetLife's purchase of Constitution Center, the largest privately-owned office building in Washington, D.C. MetLife purchased this iconic property in a real estate joint venture with a U.S.-based institutional investor. The trophy property recently underwent an extensive renovation, converting it to a "green" building and establishing it as one of the most desirable privately-owned buildings in the market. "We were pleased to acquire an asset of this quality, which is positioned to provide attractive returns over a long-term investment horizon," said global head of MetLife Real Estate Investors, Robert Merck. "This acquisition is the culmination of an intense effort by our Washington, D.C.-based team, and demonstrates our ability to source some of the best core investments in the country." The Full Research Report on MetLife Inc.- including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: []


Genworth Financial Inc. Research Report

Genworth U.S. Mortgage Insurance (USMI) has come up with a way for lenders to process their loans faster. Its enhanced, easy to use mortgage insurance rates and comparison tools can loan officer and processor productivity. This lets them quickly compare Genworth USMI rates or obtain a rate quote. "The improved rates and comparisons tool offers customers the ease of use and robust features they want, and demonstrates Genworth USMI's commitment to be their preferred business partner," said Erika Stinson, digital channel product manager. The new tool lets loan processors complete only five required fields to receive Genworth USMI mortgage insurance premium rates: loan amount; state; credit score; loan-to-value-ratio; and loan interest rate. The Full Research Report on Genworth Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: []


ING Groep N.V. Research Report

In line with the company's strategic objectives of sharpening the focus of the bank and further strengthening its capital position, ING has completed the sale of ING Direct UK to Barclays. As part of the transaction, ING has transferred GBP 11.6 billion (EUR 13.4 billion at current exchange rates) of ING Direct UK's savings and deposits and GBP 5.5 billion (EUR 6.4 billion) of mortgages to Barclays. As previously announced, part of the UK investment portfolio has matured or has been liquidated to facilitate the transaction. The impact of these two transactions was booked in the third and the fourth quarter results of 2012. The transaction will lead to a capital release of approximately EUR 280 million in the first quarter of 2013 due to a reduction in Risk Weighted Assets. This is expected to result in a positive impact on ING Bank's core Tier 1 ratio of 12 basis points based on ING Bank's core Tier 1 ratio of 11.9% at 31 December 2012. ING has also recently completed sales of its insurance units in Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand. The Full Research Report on ING Groep N.V. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: []


Lincoln National Corporation Research Report

Through the Lincoln Financial Foundation, Omaha residents will benefit from strengthened art education opportunities and access to the arts via $150,500 in grants to 13 local nonprofit organizations. These grants are a portion of more than $846,000 in charitable funds the foundation has allocated for the area in 2013. One of the beneficiaries will be the Joslyn Art Museum, where $20,000 will support the opening of the Emily Fisher Landau collection in the fall. Other beneficiaries include the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha Symphony and the Opera Omaha. The Full Research Lincoln National Center - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: []


Manulife Financial Corp. Research Report

An innovative new product has been launched by Manulife Philippines - MANULIFE Wealth Premier. This offers investors the opportunity to grow their wealth through gains in equity markets while limiting their exposure to market volatility. This combines the benefits of a life insurance policy with the chance to gain from the performance of a basket of international equity indices and cash-like instruments. Investors are guaranteed that the unit price of the Fund will not fall below 80 percent of the highest-ever Fund unit price (the "High Watermark Price"). Every time the unit price reaches a new high, a new minimum unit price will be achieved. Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Its network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services. The Full Research Report on Manulife Financial Corp. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: []


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