Actuarial Guideline 49 (AG-49) was adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 2015 to bring uniformity to indexed universal life (IUL) illustrated rates. A revised version known as AG-49A was approved by the NAIC earlier this year to address illustrated rates for the latest innovations of IUL products, including multiplier and buy-up features. To comply with AG-49A, life insurance companies are either modifying their existing IUL products or introducing new IUL products this month. If you have any outstanding sales opportunities, we encourage to submit your applications by November 19, 2020, or contact us for updated illustrations that will comply with AG-49A.
As of January 1, 2020, all life insurance plans available for sale must be priced based on the 2017 Commissioners’ Standard Ordinary mortality table (2017 CSO) and be subject to Principle Based Reserving (PBR). Because of these requirements, insurance companies will be revising their most popular plans and retiring the balance. Any pending application for a plan that has not been revised to meet the new standards or is being retired must be placed inforce prior to January 1, 2020. There will be no exceptions. The Brokers Network will keep you updated on announced company guidelines and your affected pending life insurance business. | current guidelines
To make sure Americans are reminded of the need to include life insurance in their financial plans, the nonprofit organization Life Happens coordinates Life Insurance Awareness Month. Each September Life Happens is joined in this educational initiative by more than 100 of the nation’s leading insurance companies and industry groups. Throughout September, The Brokers Network will be highlighting various life insurance products and the benefits they offer your clients.
John Hancock has been a leader with their Long-Term Care rider while also rewarding customers for healthy choices with the Vitality program. And now, their Critical Illness Benefit rider is raising the bar for comprehensive coverage. The new rider pays a lump-sum income tax-free benefit that is separate from – and in addition to – the death benefit. Protecting your clients during their working years and in retirement has never been more important, so John Hancock has made it easy and affordable to do both. | more
Effective February 1, 2019, the maximum illustration rates on Mutual of Omaha’s Income Advantage IUL and Life Protection Advantage IUL increased slightly. While the increases are slight, this is good news considering that most companies are going in the opposite direction with lower index caps, participation rates and illustration rates. | more
The Prudential Rate Reduction program allows certain Table A and B rated applications to be moved to Standard. This underwriting advantage is available to all fully underwritten proposed insureds ages 20-70 applying for $100,000 to $5,000,000 of death benefit coverage. Covering term, universal life and variable life, this program is not a table shave program and only applies to certain ratable impairments where underwriting experience allows for an improved offer. As such, not all cases eligible for the program will see a rating reduction (even if the impairment appears on the eligible list). The program does cover some non-medical risks such as private aviation and recreational scuba diving. | more
American General’s Max Accumulator+ and AG Platinum Choice VUL 2 policies that fall within predetermined guidelines will be processed with non-medical underwriting! This process, available to proposed insureds ages 0-50 for death benefit amounts up to $499,999, shortens the underwriting cycle time for many of your healthy clients. For those who qualify, the application process will be less intrusive: no physical exam, no APS, no lab tests, and no paramed exams! All living benefits and rate classes will be available. This includes American General’s Table Shave program (Table 2 to Standard) for your mildly impaired clients! | more