Rules of the Game: Digging Into Financial Services

With big banks reporting this week, it's easy to limit your view of "financials" to that particular category.

But this space also includes other financial-services companies -- among them, insurers. One of our holdings is Allstate (ALL), which deals in property, casualty and life insurance, and which is possibly best known these days for celebrity spokesman Dennis Haysbert. Investors usually have a bout of nail-biting when a big insurer reports a quarter that's suffered a big natural disaster. But, on Feb. 6, Allstate reported better-than-expected results for the fourth despite the impact of Superstorm Sandy. ...403 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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