Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, life insurance company National Western Life Insurance Company (NASDAQ:NWLI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at National Western and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

National Western facts

Headquarters (founded)

Austin, Texas (1956)

Market Cap

$643.7 million


Life and health insurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$664.7 million


Chairman/CEO Robert Moody
President/COO Ross Moody

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$124.6 million / $0

Dividend Yield



Aviva (NYSE: AV)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 143 members who have rated National Western believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star NovaTodd, tapped National Western as a bargain opportunity worth considering:

Trades at a steep discount to tangible book value, but management appears unwilling to pay more than a paltry dividend or repurchase shares. The latter would be especially accretive at these prices. Still a tempting value play with considerable margin of safety.

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