Founded in 1810, The Hartford Financial Services Group is one of the leading investment and insurance companies in the United States. The group has nearly 30,000 employees in offices throughout the U.S., Japan, Brazil, Ireland and England. It serves individuals, institutions and businesses through independent agents, brokers and financial institutions. The Hartford Financial Services Group provides a range of investment products, including group and employee benefits, annuities, mutual funds and college savings plans. It offers homeowners , life, automobile and business insurance. The group also supports a variety of retirement programs. Its subsidiaries include Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, Hartford Casualty Insurance Company, Hartford Investment Financial Services and Hartford Investment Management Company.