This company definitely has what it takes to be equitable. AXA Equitable Life Insurance is the US life insurance and annuities underwriting arm of its globe-spanning ultimate parent, AXA. The company has some 2.3 million life insurance policies in force, and is licensed throughout the US and Puerto Rico. Policies are sold through affiliates AXA Advisors (retail brokerage) and AXA Distributors (wholesale brokerage that sells to independent brokers and advisors), as well as corporate sales representatives. AXA Equitable, a subsidiary of AXA Financial, offers investment management services through affiliate Alliance Bernstein; together the firms have about $573 billion in assets under management.