Investment losses and poor performance in variable annuity businesses pulled down major life insurers' third-quarter results.

MetLife Inc., Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Prudential Financial Inc., and Ameriprise Financial Inc. reported their results after the markets closed Wednesday, weeks after they preannounced some of the bad news that was to come. Hartford and MetLife each raised more than $2 billion in fresh capital this month. Hartford's was a $2.5 billion investment by the German insurer Allianz SE; MetLife closed on a $2.3 billion public offering .

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