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P&C Industry Performance by President

Under which president did the insurance industry perform best? We bet the answer surprises you. What about worst?  Does a president's political party matter when it comes to the industry's profitability?

The United States President’s political party “has marginal bearing on the profitability of the P&C insurance industry,” says Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute.

Speaking at the Annual Executive Conference in New York City early this month, Hartwig presented information on how the P&C industry performed under each president since 1950, based on P&C return on equity (ROE).

According to the chart, the average P&C ROE under Democrat presidents is 7.67 percent, while the average ROE under republican presidents is 7.97 percent—a “marginal” difference.

Click “next” to see under which presidential administration the P&C industry performed best and worst under.

Note: The Truman administration ROE is based on three years only, 1950-52.

16. Kennedy/Johnson (D)


ROE: 3.55%

15. Johnson (D)


ROE: 4.43%

14. George W. Bush (first term) (R)


ROE: 4.83%

13. Eisenhower (second term) (R)


ROE: 5.03%

12. Eisenhower (first term) (R)


ROE: 5.43%

11. Obama (first term) (D)


ROE: 6.65%

10. Truman (D)


ROE: 6.97%

9. Nixon/Ford (R)


ROE: 6.98%

8. Reagan (first term) (R)


ROE: 7.68%

7. Clinton (second term) (D)


ROE: 7.98%

6. George H.W. Bush (R)


ROE: 8.35%

5. Clinton (first term)(D)


ROE: 8.65%

4. Nixon (first term) (R)


ROE: 8.93%

3. George W. Bush (second term) (R)


ROE: 9.40%

2. Reagan (second term) (R)


ROE: 15.10%

1. Carter (D)


ROE: 16.43%

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