The latest Full Disclosure life policy excerpts feature 81 survivorship universal life, whole life and variable life insurance policies. Policy changes seem to be concentrated in the universal life area in this review, with 6 new policies and 11 that are utilizing the new 2001 CSO mortality tables. This mortality change implementation is behind that going on in individual products, but could create dramatic performance changes in survivorship policies that consider joint lives. Companies are required to adopt the new tables by 2009, so this process should accelerate greatly this year. Three indexed (ISUL) varieties are included as a subset of the universal life tables.
Companies not in the previous survey in May that have returned are Lincoln Benefit Life and Transamerica Occidental Life. Merger fever continues with AvivaUSA acquiring the AmerUs Group and its Bankers, Indianapolis, and AmerUs Life units. Other than these changes and additions, the universe of companies marketing survivorship life policies remains unchanged.
The excerpts in this report focus on illustrated values for whole, universal, indexed universal and variable life survivorship products from the leading companies in the market. And while these charts are only slices of the Full Disclosure database, they will give an idea of how these products perform on a prospective basis. Also included are charts for minimum long-term guarantee products. This increasingly popular use for flexible premium survivorship life insurance provides minimum annual premiums to age 100 or beyond (lifetime) with little or no cash value at maturity, but with low guaranteed annual premiums.
In addition to the guaranteed premium charts, 3 others cover current illustrated values for SVL, SUL and SWL. These illustrated values are based on current interest or dividend crediting, expenses, and in the case of variable designs, a predetermined crediting rate. Full Disclosure applies the internal rate of return method to current illustrated accumulation values and current death benefits measured at policy durations of 30 years, dependent on age combination. The IRR of cash values rises over time as the IRR for the death benefits falls.