Guardian Group’s history dates back to 1847 when Standard Life of Edinburgh, Scotland, opened a branch office in Trinidad. Standard Life ceased operating and merged its Trinidad and Tobago portfolio with that of Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Society, effective November 15, 1972. Towards the end of the 1970s, it became mandatory for all insurance companies to localise their operations. And so it was that Guardian Life of the Caribbean was created to accept the Trinidad and Tobago portfolio of Jamaica Mutual in December 1980. It was incorporated in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on December 30, 1980, and registered under the provisions of the Insurance Act, 1980. Today, Guardian Group is the largest financial planning and insurance Group in the English and Dutch Caribbean.