Stock price swings are back — and so are securities analyst questions about which life insurers are most, and least, vulnerable to investment market volatility.
Nigel Dally and Bob Huang, analysts at Morgan Stanley look at market volatility questions in a new update on publicly traded life and annuity issuers in North America.
In recent years, smoothly rising stock prices have buoyed the profitability of issuers’ variable universal life insurance, variable annuity and indexed products.
Now, price volatility could cause problems for variable products at companies such as Ameriprise, Brighthouse Lincoln, Principal and Voya, according to the Morgan Stanley analysts.
The analysts compared what happened to those insurers’ own stock prices last week with the usual volatility levels for the insurers’ stock prices.