NAIC Panel to Ponder Contingent Annuities
August 31, 2011 by Allison Bell
By ALLISON BELL
referral on annuities set up in such a way that benefits payments start only
when a specified event occurs.
Commissioners (NAIC), Kansas City, Mo., may end up discussing matters such as
whether there is a real need for the product – a “contingent annuity,” or
“synthetic annuity” – and whether the product poses any risks to consumers.
A typical contingent annuity guarantees access to a stream of withdrawals,
then, at a certain point, produces a stream of income when annuity assets fall
to a designated level.
The New York State Insurance Department disapproved of a contingent annuity
concept proposal in 2009, saying a contingent annuity contract would be a
financial guaranty insurance that cannot be sold in New York state.
The NAIC’s Life Actuarial Task Force has been talking about the products for
Leslie Jones, the task force chair, told the Life Committee that task force
members believe the full committee should address the topic because many of the
issues raised by the product are not necessarily actuarial in nature.
At the Life Committee level, “there could be more robust discussion of
whether the product is an annuity or a financial guaranty product,” Jones
Life Committee members also could talk about contingent annuity reserving and
capital considerations, Jones says.
Originally, the Life Committee was going to talk about the topic at the
NAIC’s summer meeting in Philadelphia, which was canceled as a result of
Hurricane Irene. The committee could bring up the topic during a conference call
or at the NAIC’s fall meeting.