DALBAR Announces Its 2006 Customer Service Award Winners in Financial Services

(Boston, MA. January 17, 2007) DALBAR today released the 2006 winners of its annual Customer Service Awards. For more than a decade, DALBAR has conducted rigorous testing of service delivery and, each year, identifies those mutual fund, broker/dealer, annuity, life insurance and retirement plan providers that are able to deliver industry-leading service to its customers.

The winners are made up of long-term industry leaders that, over the years have been joined by other service oriented financial companies. Putnam Investments, with 15 years of award winning service and The Hartford, with 11 years of award winning service are veterans in leading the financial services industry in the quality of service to their customers.

Alongside Putnam Investments and Hartford Life, Evergreen Investments and Seligman Funds are also industry leaders with 9 plus years of consecutive award winning service. Over the last seven years, this elite group was joined by AEGON/Transamerica, BlackRock, Equitable EQUI-VEST, Genworth Financial, Goldman Sachs, Guardian Insurance & Annuity Co., Guardian Investor Services, The Individual Life Division of the Hartford, The Hartford Mutual Funds, JPMorgan Funds, New York Life-MainStay Annuities, New York Life, Pacific Life, PLANCO, Primerica, Prudential Financial, RiverSource, RS Investments, Sun Life Financial, Transamerica/IDEX, and Transamerica Capital.

“The level of performance achieved by these companies sets extremely high standards for competitors and in doing so improves the service levels to customers across the industry as a whole,” said Csilla von Csiky, Managing Director at DALBAR.

The service awards are based on systematic testing of customer service over the year. DALBAR conducts thousands of tests to measure how financial companies respond to the needs for service from their customers. Companies that exceed a variety of industry benchmarks after one year of testing earn the DALBAR Service Award.

The following table provides a list of all firms that were recipients of DALBAR�s 2006 Service Award for each category. NOTE: The numbers in parentheses represent the number of times the organization has earned the Service Award.

DALBAR 2006 Service Award Winners
Mutual Fund Annuities Life Insurance
Putnam Investments (15)
Seligman Funds (10)
Evergreen Investments (9)
BlackRock (7)
Transamerica/IDEX (7)
JPMorgan Funds (6)
New York Life Investment Management Service Company (6)
The Hartford Mutual Funds (4)
Primerica Financial Services (4)
Guardian Investor Services (3)
RS Investments (3)
The Hartford Life (11)
Putnam Investments (10)
New York Life-MainStay Annuities (7)
Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company (6)
Prudential Financial (6)
The Equitable EQUI-VEST (4)
New York Life Insurance (4)
AEGON/Transamerica (3)
RiverSource (3)
The Individual Life Division of the Hartford (6)
 
Retirement Plans Financial Intermediaries
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Financial Intermediaries
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The Hartford (4) Putnam Investments (10) 
Goldman Sachs (7)
Seligman Funds (7)
BlackRock (6)
The Individual Life Division of the Hartford (5) 
1st Global (4)
Pacific Life (4)
Transamerica Capital (4)
Evergreen Investments (2)
RiverSource (2)
Sun Life Financial (2)
Genworth Financial (1)
Putnam Investments (10)
JPMorgan Funds (6)
Evergreen Investments(4)
PLANCO 
  -Hartford Director (3)
  -Hartford Leaders (3)
  -Hartford Mutual Funds (1)
Genworth Financial (1)

Concurrently, DALBAR named the financial service institutions that are Key Honors winners in 2006.  Companies that meet industry benchmarks after one year of testing earn DALBAR Key Honors.  In 2006, Genworth Financial was the only firm to achieve this distinction.

DALBAR 2006 Key Honors Winner :   ~Annuities~   Genworth Financial

The Mutual Fund, Annuity, Life Insurance and Retirement Plan categories represent service provided to consumers of these products. The Financial Intermediary categories represent service provided to professionals who advise investors.

About DALBAR, Inc.

DALBAR, Inc., the nation�s leading financial services market research and consulting firm, is committed to raising the standards of excellence in the financial services industry. With offices in both the US and Canada, DALBAR develops standards for, and provides research, ratings, and rankings of intangible factors to the mutual fund, broker/dealer, life insurance, property and casualty, and managed account industries. They include investor behavior, customer satisfaction, service quality, communications, Internet services, and financial professional ratings. www.dalbarinc.com