American National has arrived at the purposeful decision to cease term life sales at this time. As of 12/1/2022, American National will no longer accept applications for Signature Term Life Insurance. This announcement does not affect any conversion privileges or reinstatement privileges on existing term policies. | more
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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) revised the Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation 275 in February of 2020. The revisions require completion of either a 1-hour General Annuity Training CE course available to producers who have taken the previous NAIC Annuity Suitability training or a new 4-hour General Annuity Training CE for those who have not taken it previously. General Annuity Training CE must be completed with a training vendor approved by the state in which they are selling.
The revision is being reviewed by various state insurance departments and has been adopted by 28 states. Before doing business in these states, agents must fulfill the General Annuity Training requirement. | more
Great American Life is now MassMutual Ascend. “Ascend” was chosen because it speaks to their mission to always move onward and upward in the pursuit of securing financial futures and elevating partnerships. MassMutual Ascend will operate as a stand-alone subsidiary of MassMutual but their products and your customers’ existing annuities will remain the same.
We are excited to announce that AIG Life & Retirement is now Corebridge Financial, a $350 billion New York Stock Exchange publicly traded company. The names of the underlying life insurance companies – American General, United States Life of NY & VALIC – will remain the same. | more
We are pleased to announce Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company is now Clear Spring Life and Annuity Company. While their name has changed, the Clear Spring Life A.M. Best rating of A- (Excellent) remains unchanged.
Clear Spring Life will accept Guggenheim Life branded forms for the next 45 days. Clear Spring Life forms and applications are available at clearspringlife.com. Clients with in-force policies will be receiving a letter and a policy endorsement from Clear Spring Life informing them of the name change in the near future. The Clear Spring Life Customer Service team will be available to provide you and your clients with the help you need on in-force policies and they can be reached at 800-990-7626.
We have expanded the quoting options on our website with the addition of Principal disability and the final expense, long-term care, cancer, critical illness and express issue life insurance plans issued by Mutual of Omaha. These can all be found by clicking on Illustrations from the menu after logging in. Look for additional enhancements to our website in the coming weeks.
Effective February 1, 2022, all agents who are assisting their clients with qualified rollovers to Individual Retirement Accounts, annuities, and defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans or who are selling qualified life insurance and annuity products to such plans must comply with the requirements of Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) 84-24 and the Impartial Conduct Standards. New disclosure forms will be required for any tax-qualified annuity product sold. In addition, many of the annuity product disclosures will be updated to reflect the Department of Labor changes. Please make sure you are only using the most current paperwork when submitting new business. Please contact Kevin McNulty at 800-749-9900, ext. 143, for more information.
Lincoln National’s TermAccel & LifeElements Term plans are now available in Vive for all states except New York. Vive is an exclusive term life insurance submission platform only available to LIBRA Insurance Partners and also includes term products offer by American General, Banner Life, Pacific Life, Principal, Protective, Prudential, United States Life NY and William Penn NY. Vive simplifies the submission of your term life business with a fairly uniform process with only a few variations from company to company. Contact us to learn more about Vive or to schedule a demo.
American General and United States Life NY are now offering Accelerated Underwriting through Vive for all Select-a-Term guarantee periods in all states. The process is available for issue ages 20-59 for a maximum face amount of $1,000,000. Currently, American General’s accelerated underwriting processes for term and IUL are separate so please contact us prior to submitting for situations where both term and IUL are being applied for with American General or United States Life NY.
Principal Financial Group recently concluded a strategic review initiated in February and has decided to prioritize fee-based businesses and focus on three key areas: retirement in the U.S. and select emerging markets, global asset management and U.S. specialty benefits and protection in the small-to-medium-sized business market. With this new focus, Principal will be exiting both the fixed annuity and the “individual” life insurance marketplaces. Principal will continue to offer life insurance solutions in the business environment (keyperson, buy/sell, NQDC, COLI) focusing on small/medium-sized businesses.
Principal will continue to accept all life insurance applications through September 30, 2021. After this date, only business-related life insurance applications will be accepted. Principal’s Disability protection portfolio remains unchanged with no foreseen changes coming.
While we are disappointed by this decision, we are not surprised. This is just another in a continuing trend of activist investors compelling publicly traded companies to exit the life insurance marketplace. This strategy enriches their coffers, often at the expense of existing policyowners.
Please contact us if you or your clients have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement or if you would like us review any Principal fixed annuity or life insurance cases yet to be submitted. | more