Protecting Families and Building Communities
If proof ever was needed that Georgians protect their families, their life insurance purchases might be the most compelling evidence.
They paid nearly $5.2 billion in premiums in 2019 alone to ensure loved ones would be financially protected in the event of an untimely death of a wage earner.
And those premiums do a whole lot more. They build communities. They build Georgia and other states and, indeed, the United States.
Life insurers invest the premiums to grow the money, which helps keep the cost of coverage low. Earnings plus premiums also go toward paying benefit claims and fueling economic growth.
Investments in Georgia by life insurers from throughout the country cover a multitude of sectors. For example:
Affordable Housing: $130 million with the Georgia State Housing and Finance Authority.
Education: $51 million with the Cherokee County School District, $40 million with the Gwinnett County Public Schools, nearly $5 million for the Newton County School District – all told $226 million in Georgia-based educational entities.
Agriculture: Nearly $380 million in mortgage financing to farmers from Gilmer County in north Georgia to Bainbridge in southern Georgia.
Infrastructure: More than $1.6 billion in airports, rapid transit, clean water and energy.
Industry: More than $3.4 billion in industrial loans in Atlanta, Statesboro, Gainesville, Jefferson, Sandy Springs and more.
Apartments/Multifamily: More than $4.8 billion in mortgages in Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Milledgeville, Columbus and more.
Life insurers also invest significantly in iconic Georgia-based private companies, holding $6.5 billion in bonds from Home Depot, which employs about 30,000 in Georgia, and $6.5 billion in bonds issued by Coca-Cola, which employs 9,000 in Georgia.
Other private-sector investments:
- $5.2 billion in Norfolk Southern bonds. It employs nearly 31,000 in the United States.
- $4 billion in UPS bonds. It employs more than 14,000 statewide and 444,000 worldwide.
- $1.9 billion in Delta Airlines bonds. It employs 33,000 statewide.
- $1.6 billion in Genuine Parts. It employs about 50,000 worldwide.
Considering the state’s pre-pandemic economic growth, Georgians can expect life insurers to be investing even more in their state and its communities in the years ahead.
(Marc Giguere is President and CEO of Munich Re, U.S. Life and Health.)