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Melissa Gannon

Director of Insurance and Bank Ratings

Melissa Gannon is vice president of insurance and bank ratings for TheStreet.com Ratings Inc., formerly Weiss Ratings, where she directs the operations of the company's insurance and bank ratings division. Gannon joined the company in 1991 as a financial analyst in the bank rating division and subsequently expanded into insurance company ratings as well. In 1994, she developed a methodology for rating health maintenance organizations. Previously, Gannon served as a financial analyst with a number of banks and receiverships in the South Florida area and was involved in the management of foreclosed real estate. She has published articles in Boston Business, Economic Agenda and Managed Medicare and Medicaid and has been quoted in numerous publications nationwide. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Dayton and a Master in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

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The 22 Strongest Life Insurance Companies

By Melissa Gannon

These 22 companies are the strongest life insurers in America.

03:03AM 05/20/09

Manulife, Allstate Units Vulnerable to Defaults

By Melissa Gannon

Some of the biggest life insurance companies might suffer as defaults rise on commercial mortgage-backed securities.

12:59AM 04/03/09

The 20 Strongest Annuity Insurers

By Melissa Gannon

Some companies have been hit by losses but still carry some of the top ratings.

06:49AM 03/17/09

Variable Annuity Questions Answered

By Melissa Gannon

Variable annuity holders who bought the products based on unrealistic expectations have been hammered. TheStreet.com lays out what to look for.

11:46AM 03/11/09

The 25 Strongest Auto Insurers

By Melissa Gannon

The 25 most financially sounds auto insurers have at least one thing in common: A dedication to conservative underwriting and investment practices.

12:21PM 02/20/09

The Hartford Sinks on Capital Concerns

By Melissa Gannon

The Hartford shares plummeted more than 29% Friday, after the insurer slashed its dividend and offered no news about its government bailout application.

03:14PM 02/06/09

Life Insurers Fall, after Relief Plan is Rejected

By Melissa Gannon

Life insurance regulators' surprise rejection late Thursday of industry proposals to relax capital and surplus requirements is a win for policyholders, but could have a damaging effect on stocks in the sector.

11:52AM 01/30/09

Allstate Swings to Loss, Cutting Jobs

By Melissa Gannon

Allstate shares fell more than 20% Thursday after the insurer reported a $1.1 billion fourth-quarter loss and announced 1,000 job cuts.

12:51PM 01/29/09

Property/Casualty Payouts Hit $25B in 2008

By Melissa Gannon

U.S. property/casualty insurers are expected to pay out $25.2 billion in 2008 property losses, the fourth highest annual total in a decade, according to new data.

04:41PM 01/20/09

Life Insurers Take a Hit From Shaky Market

By Melissa Gannon

Life insurers saw $26 billion of their capital and surplus take a hit from the shaky stock market during the first nine months of 2008, TheStreet.com Ratings found.

11:05AM 01/15/09

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