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  • Wink, Inc. Releases 4th Quarter, 2021 Deferred Annuity Sales Results

    March 22, 2022 by Wink's Press Release

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    NEWS RELEASE

     

    STRUCTURED ANNUITIES SLAY PREVIOUS RECORDS!

     

    Wink, Inc. Releases 4th Quarter, 2021 Deferred Annuity Sales Results

    Des Moines, Iowa. March 16, 2022Wink’s Sales & Market Report is the insurance industry’s #1 resource for annuity sales data since 1997. Sixty-three indexed annuity providers, 46 fixed annuity providers, 69 multi-year guaranteed annuity (MYGA) providers, 15 structured annuity providers, and 45 variable annuity providers participated in the 98th edition of Wink’s Sales & Market Report for 4th Quarter, 2021.

    Total fourth quarter sales for all deferred annuities were $60.9 billion; an increase of 1.7% when compared to the previous quarter and an increase of 8.1% when compared to the same period last year. Total 2021 sales all deferred annuity sales were $243.6 billion. All deferred annuities include the variable annuity, structured annuity, indexed annuity, traditional fixed annuity, and MYGA product lines.

    Noteworthy highlights for all deferred annuity sales in the fourth quarter include Jackson National Life ranking as the #1 carrier overall for deferred annuity sales, with a market share of 8.1%. Equitable Financial moved into second place, while Massachusetts Mutual Life Companies, Allianz Life. and AIG rounded out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Jackson National’s Perspective II Flexible Premium Variable & Fixed Deferred Annuity, a variable annuity, was the #1 selling deferred annuity, for all channels combined in overall sales for the twelfth consecutive quarter.

    Total fourth quarter non-variable deferred annuity sales were $28.6 billion; down more than 1.9% when compared to the previous quarter and down more than 0.4% when compared to the same period last year.

    Total 2021 non-variable deferred annuity sales were $117.7 billion. Non-variable deferred annuities include the indexed annuity, traditional fixed annuity, and MYGA product lines.

    Noteworthy highlights for non-variable deferred annuity sales in the fourth quarter include Massachusetts Mutual Life Companies ranking as the #1 carrier overall for non-variable deferred annuity sales, with a market share of 12.3%. Athene USA moved into second place, while AIG, Allianz Life, and Global Atlantic Financial Group completed the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Massachusetts Mutual Life’s Stable Voyage 3-Year, a MYGA, was the #1 selling non-variable deferred annuity, for all channels combined.

    Total fourth quarter variable deferred annuity sales were $32.2 billion; an increase of 5.2% when compared to the previous quarter and an increase of 17.2% when compared to the same period last year. Total 2021 variable deferred annuity sales were $125.9 billion. Variable deferred annuities include the structured annuity and variable annuity product lines.

    Noteworthy highlights for variable deferred annuity sales in the fourth quarter include Jackson National Life ranking as the #1 carrier overall for variable deferred annuity sales, with a market share of 15.2% Equitable Financial held onto the second-place position, as Lincoln National Life, Allianz Life, and Brighthouse Financial concluded the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Jackson National’s Perspective II Flexible Premium Variable & Fixed Deferred Annuity, a variable annuity, was the #1 selling variable deferred annuity, for all channels combined in overall sales for the twelfth consecutive quarter.

     

    Indexed annuity sales for the fourth quarter were $16.9 billion; down 2.3% when compared to the previous quarter, and up 12.3% when compared with the same period last year. Total 2021 indexed annuity sales were $65.5 billion. Indexed annuities have a floor of no less than zero percent and limited excess interest that is determined by the performance of an external index, such as Standard and Poor’s 500®.

    Noteworthy highlights for indexed annuities in the fourth quarter include Athene USA ranking as the #1 seller of indexed annuities, with a market share of 14.1%.  Allianz Life moved into the second-ranked position while AIG, Sammons Financial Companies, and Fidelity & Guaranty Life rounded out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Allianz Life’s Allianz Benefit Control Annuity was the #1 selling indexed annuity, for all channels combined for the fifth consecutive quarter.   

    Sheryl Moore, CEO of both Wink, Inc. and Moore Market Intelligence commented, “Indexed annuity sales are down, but don’t count them out. With the markets steadily rising and fixed interest rates so depressed, I anticipate that sales of this line will bounce back by the second quarter of the new year.”

    Traditional fixed annuity sales in the fourth quarter were $486.9 million; sales were up 34.9% when compared to the previous quarter, and up more than 2.6 % when compared with the same period last year. Total 2021 traditional fixed annuity sales were $1.7 billion. Traditional fixed annuities have a fixed rate that is guaranteed for one year only.

    Noteworthy highlights for traditional fixed annuities in the fourth quarter include Global Atlantic Financial Group ranking as the #1 carrier in fixed annuities, with a market share of 20.6%. Modern Woodmen of America ranked second, while American National, EquiTrust, and Brighthouse Financial rounded out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Forethought Life’s ForeCare Fixed Annuity was the #1 selling fixed annuity, for all channels combined for the sixth consecutive quarter.

    Multi-year guaranteed annuity (MYGA) sales in the fourth quarter were $11.2 billion; down 2.5% when compared to the previous quarter, and down 15.1% when compared to the same period last year. Total 2021 MYGA sales were $50.4 billion. MYGAs have a fixed rate that is guaranteed for more than one year.

    Noteworthy highlights for MYGAs in the fourth quarter include Massachusetts Mutual Companies ranking as the #1 carrier, with a market share of 23.3%.  New York Life moved to the second-ranked position, while AIG, Pacific Life Companies, and Western-Southern Life Assurance Company rounded out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Massachusetts Mutual Life’s Stable Voyage 3-Year was the #1 selling multi-year guaranteed annuity for all channels combined for the third consecutive quarter.

    Structured annuity sales in the fourth quarter were $10.1 billion; up more than 10.9% as compared to the previous quarter, and up 20.2% as compared to the previous year. Total 2021 structured annuity sales were $38.1 billion. Structured annuities have a limited negative floor and limited excess interest that is determined by the performance of an external index or subaccounts.

    Noteworthy highlights for structured annuities in the fourth quarter include Allianz Life ranking as the #1 carrier in structured annuity sales, with a market share of 20.7%.  Equitable Financial ranked second, while Brighthouse Financial, Prudential, and Lincoln National Life completed the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Pruco Life’s Prudential FlexGuard Indexed VA was the #1 selling structured annuity for all channels combined, for the second consecutive quarter.  

    “This was both a record-setting quarter and a record-setting year for structured annuity sales” observed Moore. “The 2021 sales topped the prior year’s record by nearly 59%! And soon, more companies will enter this growing market.”  

     

    Variable annuity sales in the fourth quarter were $22.1 billion, an increase of 2.8% as compared to the previous quarter and an increase of 15.9% as compared to the same period last year. Total 2021 variable annuity sales were $87.7 billion. Variable annuities have no floor, and potential for gains/losses that are determined by the performance of the subaccounts that may be invested in an external index, stocks, bonds, commodities, or other investments.

    Noteworthy highlights for variable annuities in the fourth quarter include Jackson National Life ranking as the #1 carrier in variable annuities, with a market share of 21.7%. Equitable Financial ranked second, while Nationwide, Lincoln National Life, and Pacific Life Companies finished out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Jackson National’s Perspective II Flexible Premium Variable & Fixed Deferred Annuity was the #1 selling variable annuity for the twelfth consecutive quarter, for all channels combined.

    Wink reports on indexed annuity, fixed annuity, multi-year guaranteed annuity, structured annuity, variable annuity, and multiple life insurance lines’ product sales. Sales reporting on additional product lines will follow in the future.

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    For more information, go to www.WinkIntel.com

    Wink, Inc. is the company behind the most comprehensive life insurance and annuity due-diligence tools, AnnuitySpecs and LifeSpecs at www.WinkIntel.com. Wink, Inc. is the distributor of the quarterly Wink’s Sales & Market Report. Serving as the insurance industry’s #1 resource of indexed insurance product sales since 1997, this report provides sales by product, company, crediting method, index, distribution, surrender charge period, and more. Wink’s Sales & Market Report expanded to cover all deferred annuity products in 2015, all deferred variable annuity products in 2019 and all non-variable cash value life insurance products in 2017.

    The staff of Wink, Inc. has a combined experience of more than 175 years working with insurance products, more than a decade of which is specific to competitive intelligence. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, the firm offers competitive intelligence and market research in the life insurance and annuity industries; serving financial services professionals, distributors, manufacturers, regulators, and consultants on both a domestic and global basis.

    Sheryl J. Moore, CEO is the guiding force behind Wink, Inc. Ms. Moore previously worked as a market research analyst for top carriers in the life insurance and annuity industries. Her views on the direction of the market are frequently heard in seminars and quoted by industry trade journals.

     

    March 16, 2022

    Des Moines, IA

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    Originally Posted by Wink's Press Release.

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