About 96% of the variable annuity contracts marketed in the United States now come with living benefits guarantees.
Consultants at Milliman Inc., Seattle, have published that figure in a summary of results from a survey of 21 large U.S. variable annuity issuers.
The latest data in the summary comes from a survey conducted in the first half of 2008.
The percentage of VA sales involving contracts that offer GLB guarantees was 87% of total VA sales back in 2004, the Milliman consultants report.
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The percentage of annuity holders who elected the guarantees that were offered increased to 69% in the first half of 2008, from 52% in 2004.