Presentation on theme: "State of the U.S. Life Insurance Industry Robert Gomez March 1, 2012."— Presentation transcript:
State of the U.S. Life Insurance Industry Robert Gomez March 1, 2012
Question What was the significance of the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Presbyterian Ministers and of the Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers?
Answer The first life insurance company in the U.S. Established 1759
Todays Discussion 1.Industry Outlook 2.Life Insurance Trends 3.Annuity Market 4.On the Horizon
Industry Outlook Strengths – Capitalization restored to pre-crisis levels – Liquidity position significantly improved – Credit losses on corporate bond portfolios declining – Stronger enterprise risk management
Industry Outlook Weaknesses – Persistent low interest rate environment – Eurozone contagion risk – Fragile global economic recovery – Potential further downgrade of U.S. credit rating Overall Outlook for 2012 = Stable (unchanged from 2011)
Industry Outlook Qualities of Top Insurers – Strong brand name – Broad & varied distribution channels – Product diversity – Top quality service – Advanced technology – Pricing power
Question Which life insurer held the most assets at year-end 2010?
Term Life Insurance Most popular product From insurers perspective: – Competitive market – Little flexibility in premium changes – Sensitive to mortality
Whole Life High level premiums, not flexible for policyholder From insurers perspective: – Mutual company uses dividends to reflect experience – Profits affected by mortality, interest, expenses, and persistency Resurgence in popularity
Universal Life Flexible premiums Unbundled product Secondary Guarantees – Specified Premium – Shadow Accounts – Concern over profitability & level of reserves
Variable Universal Life Sales followed stock market Peaked in 2000 Equity-Indexed UL
Annuity Sales % Change Source: LIMRA U.S. Individual Annuity Yearbook & U.S. Individual Annuities
Variable Annuities Sales following stock market trends Guarantees on account value – Guaranteed minimum death benefit – Guaranteed living benefits Accumulation Withdrawal Income From insurers perspective: – Risk management and hedging – Asymmetrical risk – Revenues derived from % assets When stocks decline, so do revenues collected
Fixed Annuities – Deferred Guaranteed interest rates Book Value Surrenders vs. Market Value Adjustments Equity Indexed – Growing market share
Fixed Annuities - Immediate Mitigates post retirement uncertainties Most popular types have fixed period of guaranteed payments with life contingencies Difficult purchase for many consumers Potential for strong growth in the future
Question Which state was the first to forbid gender discrimination in insurance rate-setting?