| Aflac, through its subsidiaries, provides financial protection to people worldwide. Co.'s principal business is supplemental health and life insurance products. Co.'s insurance business consists of two reporting segments: Aflac Japan, which are designed to help consumers pay for medical and nonmedical costs that are not reimbursed under Japan's national health insurance system; and Aflac U.S., which the insurance products to provide supplemental coverage for people who already have primary medical or primary insurance coverage. The Aflac Japan's insurance products includes of cancer insurance, and medical insurance; and Aflac U.S. products includes of accident insurance, among others. |
When researching a stock like AFLAC, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from AFL Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for AFL stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of those ways is to calculate a Simpe Moving Average ("SMA") by looking back a certain number of days. One of the most popular "longer look-backs" is the AFL 200 day moving average ("AFL 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the AFL 50 day moving average ("AFL 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for AFLAC. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the AFL 200 DMA and the AFL 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("AFL MACD"). The AFL MACD chart, in conjunction with the chart of the moving averages, basically helps in visualizing how the moving averages are showing convergence (moving closer together), or divergence (moving farther apart).