The two countries used the meeting in Tokyo to affirm their commitment to strengthen regulator-to-regulator cooperation and promote a more thorough understanding of one another’s supervisory approaches.
The U.S. delegation included Sen. Ben Nelson, NAIC CEO, Michael F. Consedine, NAIC vice president and Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner, and Jim Donelon, NAIC immediate past president and Louisiana Insurance Commissioner.
Specific areas of discussion included the development of global capital standards, effective group supervision, valuation of liabilities and activities of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). Both countries remain concerned about the potential for unintended consequences of imprudent, overly burdensome or inappropriate reforms. As such, they are committed to thoughtful and deliberate policy discussions focused on insurance-specific regulatory approaches. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held in the U.S. in the fall.
In other industry news:
The LOMA Secure Retirement Institute released the second course of the Fellow, Secure Retirement Institute (FSRI) designation program, Retirement Savings and Investments (SRI 121).
Retirement Marketplace and Retirement Savings and Investments represent two of the three courses required to attain the FSRI Level 1 — Certificate in Retirement Essentials. The Certificate program provides foundational knowledge and is an integral part of the comprehensive, broad-based FSRI program. The third course in the certificate series is scheduled for launch this summer.
“We designed Retirement Savings and Investments specifically for employees who support retirement plans and products in companies serving the retirement marketplace,” said Katherine C. Milligan, FLMI, ACS, senior vice president of LOMA’s Education and Training Division. “The new course takes a close look at various retail and institutional financial products used to save and invest for retirement, including employer-sponsored retirement plans, nonqualified annuities, investments and IRAs.”
S&P’s AA rating is the third highest out of 21 possible ratings. S&P based its rating on Allianz Life’s operating results, market leadership standing in fixed index annuities and strong investment portfolio.
The rating from S&P applies to Allianz Life and Allianz Life Insurance Company of New York. Allianz Life also holds an A (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best, and a rating of A2 (Good) from Moody’s.
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company added a new High Participation 1 Year S&P 500 Indexed Account option for its Accumulation Builder Choice Indexed Universal Life (IUL) product.
This new option is one of four indexed accounts available with Penn Mutual’s Accumulation Builder Choice IUL product, which offers market-based growth potential without the risk of participating directly in the stock market. The indexed account options credit interest based on the performance of a market index (excluding dividends), up to a competitive cap.
The High Participation 1 Year S&P 500 Indexed Account provides the potential for enhanced interest based on a participation rate higher than 100 percent. As long as S&P 500 growth for the 12-month segment period is less than the account’s current cap, interest credited to the policy may be enhanced by the higher participation rate. For example, if the index account earned 6 percent for the stated time period, the interest percentage actually credited to a policy with a participation rate in excess of 100 percent would be higher than 6 percent (up to the stated cap). A guaranteed floor of 1 percent ensures policyholder accounts are credited with interest in the event of a negative change in the S&P 500 from the segment start date to the segment maturity date.