By Monica Rodriguez
August 16, 2018

The stock market has been see-sawing between new record highs and correction territory all summer long. For many investors the volatility has been nerve-wracking.

But not for Ted Mathas. He is confident about the long-term outlook for the financial markets—with “long-term” being the key word. As CEO of New York Life Insurance (NYLIC), his take is crucial because he oversees more than half a trillion dollars of savings for his clients, mostly for retirement.

Speaking to Fortune’s Susie Gharib, Mathas says, “We continue to see growth around the world with the U.S. being a strong provider of growth. Companies are still doing very well. We still feel very good. We’re not increasing any of our exposure to equities, but we’re very confident with the level of equities we hold.”

Mathas says New York Life agents are advising their clients to “take the emotion out of investing” and to stay focused on the long term.

“If they own equities, they should have a longer-term time horizon,” he explains. “And if they have longer term time horizon, they shouldn’t be as worried about near term market movements.”

Under CEO Ted Mathas’ leadership, the 173-year-old life insurance giant, has enjoyed a year of record-breaking firsts. New York Life celebrated all-time highs this past fiscal year, racking up nearly $14 billion in annuity sales. With revenues of more than $42 billion, it is the largest mutual life insurance in the U.S. and is ranked number 69 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s biggest companies.

Watch the video above for more from our interview with Mathas.

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