Our remarks this morning will include forward-looking statements which are statements that are not of current or historical fact. As a result, actual results might differ materially from results suggested by these forward-looking statements.
Information concerning factors that could cause results to differ appears in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are also located in the sections titled Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-looking Statements and Risk Factors in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and in our subsequently filed Forms 10-Q. Our SEC filings can be found in the Investors section of our website at www.unum.com.
Also I'd remind you that statements in today's call speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. A presentation of the most directly comparable GAAP measures and reconciliations of any non-GAAP financial measures included in today's presentation can be found on our website also in the Investors section.
So participating in this morning's conference call are Tom Watjen, President and CEO; and Rick McKenney, Executive Vice President and CFO; and also our business segment presidents, Kevin McCarthy for Unum U.S; Randy Horn for Colonial Life; and Jack McGarry for Unum U.K.And now I'll turn the call over to Tom Watjen, Tom?Thomas WatjenThank you, Tom, and good morning. Although a little choppy this quarter, actually, I'm pretty pleased with our quarter. Because despite the pressures that we saw in several of our product areas and most notably, in the U.K., our earnings per share grew 9% in the quarter. Before I turn things over to Rick and Tom, I want to touch on actually a few of the highlights. First, despite continued challenging market conditions, our investment portfolio remains in excellent shape. Today's low interest rates remain a headwind. But our portfolio yields remain generally stable again this quarter. Despite this, we have already begun to reflect today's lower interest rates in certain of our businesses and reduced the new claim discount rate for our U.S. Group Disability business by 25 basis points.
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