Presentation on theme: "Overview of Life Insurance Crediting Rates Name Title December, 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Overview of Life Insurance Crediting Rates Name Title December, 2013
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3 Major Business Lines Life Insurance ▬ Wealth Transfer / Estate Planning ▬ Executive Benefits ▬ Institutional Market Individual Disability Income and Long Term Care Insurance Annuities Corporate Benefits ▬ Group Life, LTD, and LTC ▬ 401(k) Wealth Management Life and DI lines are reinsured through M Financial Re.
Insurers invest in high-quality bonds and mortgages (Aaa and Baa) New money fixed income rates have generally declined for 25+ years Portfolio yields lag new money rates and continue to drop Continued downward pressure on UL crediting rates which are tied to portfolio yields Portfolio crediting rates will continue to drop even if new money rates gradually increase due to lag factor UL Crediting Rate Considerations 4
Decline In Historical New Money Rate 5 Note approximate 100 bps rate increase over last year
Rolling Average Represents Portfolio Yield, Lags New Money, Continues To Drop 6
Strong Correlation Between UL Crediting Rates And 5 Year Rolling Average 7
The current benchmark new money rate is approximately 50 bps below the portfolio yield benchmark ▬ Carriers have been shifting asset allocations to Baa in order to obtain additional yield ▬ Carriers have also been investing further out on the yield curve in order to obtain yield The portfolio yield and crediting rates will continue to merge to the new money rate Continued Downward Pressure On Crediting Rates Even With Recent Increase In New Money Rates 8
There Will Be Continued Portfolio Yield Drops Even If New Money Rates Increase Due To Lag Factor 9 Assumes new money rate increases 50 bps in next year Projected portfolio yield continues to drop for two years before increasing Maximum projected cumulative drop is 40 bps
Carrier Actions: current and guaranteed crediting rate reductions and premium restrictions New Business Policyholder Implications ▬ Fund appropriately (i.e., with conservatism) ▬ Run downside scenarios (i.e., lower crediting rates) to assess appropriate funding In-Force Business Policyholder Implications ▬ Perform annual reviews ▬ Use in-force illustrations to assess impact of lower crediting rates (include scenario testing) ▬ Take appropriate action to keep the policy on track ● Additional premiums ● Reduce face amount ● 1035 exchange Declining Crediting Rate Implications 10