I've never seen authoritative ratings for firms that give advice and provide financial information -- tough to generate comparable quantitative data for evaluation. Mutual fund companies are tracked closed by Morningstar and Lipper, among others.
The major ratings firms for insurance companies are A.M Best, Fitch, Moody's and Standard & Poor's. They produce financial-strength ratings that reflect the abilities of the firms to honor their insurance claims. They use different grading systems but their web site should explain them.
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