Prudential Financial Inc was founded in 1875. The Company through its subsidiaries and affiliates offers financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. It offers these products and services to individual and institutional customers through proprietary and third party distribution networks. The Company's businesses are separated into the Financial Services Businesses and the Closed Block Business. The Financial Services Businesses comprises its U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division, which consists of the Individual Annuities, Retirement, and Asset Management segments. Individual Annuities segment manufactures and distributes individual variable and fixed annuity products, to the U.S. mass affluent market. The Retirement segment manufactures and distributes products and provides administrative services for qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and offers pension risk transfer solutions, investment-only stable value products, guaranteed investment contracts, funding agreements, institutional and retail notes, structured settlement annuities and other group annuities. The Asset Management segment provides a broad array of investment management and advisory services by means of institutional portfolio management, mutual funds, asset securitization activity and other structured products, and strategic investments. U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance division consists of the Individual Life and Group Insurance segments. The Individual Life segment manufactures and distributes individual variable life, term life and universal life insurance products to the U.S. mass middle, mass affluent and affluent markets. The Group Insurance segment manufactures and distributes a full range of group life, long-term and short-term group disability, and group corporate-, bank- and trust-owned life insurance in the U.S. mainly to institutional clients for use in connection with employee and plans and affinity groups. International Insurance division consists of the International Insurance segment, which manufactures and distributes individual life insurance, retirement and related products to the mass affluent and affluent markets in Japan, Korea and other foreign countries through its Life Planner operations. The Company's products include Life Insurance Protection Products, Accident and Health Products, Retirement Products and Annuity Products. In each of its businesses, the Company faces intense competition from insurance companies, asset managers and diversified financial institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The Company's businesses are subject to comprehensive regulation and supervision.