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Deferred Annuity Sales Barely Decline Despite Effects Of COVID-19

Wink, Inc. releases Q1 2020 Sales Results

May 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Wink’s Sales & Market Report is the insurance industry’s #1 resource for annuity sales data since 1997. Sixty-one indexed annuity providers, 48 fixed annuity providers, 68 multi-year guaranteed annuity (MYGA) providers, 12 structured annuity providers, and 47 variable annuity providers participated in the 91st edition of Wink’s Sales & Market Report for 1st Quarter, 2020.

Total first quarter sales for all deferred annuities were $52.7 billion; a decline of 1.1% when compared to the previous quarter and a decline of 4.0% when compared to the same period last year. “It is amazing that annuity sales are only down in the single digits, given the devastating effects that COVID-19 has wreaked on the annuity industry,” said Sheryl J. Moore, President and CEO of both Moore Market Intelligence and Wink, Inc.

Noteworthy highlights for all deferred annuity sales in the first quarter include Jackson National Life ranking as the #1 carrier overall for deferred annuity sales, with a market share of 9.5%. Lincoln National Life followed in second place, while AIG, Equitable Financial and Allianz Life rounded-out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Jackson National’s Perspective II Flexible Premium Variable & Fixed Deferred Annuity, a variable annuity, was the #1 selling deferred annuity, for all channels combined in overall sales for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Total first quarter non-variable deferred annuity sales were $27.0 billion; down 0.3% when compared to the previous quarter and down 19.0% when compared to the same period last year. Non-variable deferred annuities include the indexed annuity, traditional fixed annuity, and MYGA product lines.

Variable & Non-Variable Deferred Annuity Sales

Noteworthy highlights for non-variable deferred annuity sales in the first quarter include AIG ranking as the #1 carrier overall for non-variable deferred annuity sales, with a market share of 7.7%. Global Atlantic Financial Group moved into second place, while Allianz Life, New York Life, and Nationwide rounded-out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Allianz Life’s Allianz 222 Annuity, an indexed annuity, was the #1 selling non-variable deferred annuity, for all channels combined, in overall sales for the sixteenth consecutive quarter.

Total first quarter variable deferred annuity sales were $25.6 billion; a decline of 2.7% when compared to the previous quarter and an increase of 18.9% when compared to the same period last year. Variable deferred annuities include the structured annuity and variable annuity product lines.

Noteworthy highlights for variable deferred annuity sales in the first quarter include Jackson National Life ranking as the #1 carrier overall for variable deferred annuity sales, with a market share of 15.6%. Equitable Financial retained their second place position, as Lincoln National Life, Prudential, and Brighthouse Financial rounded-out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Jackson National’s Perspective II Flexible Premium Variable & Fixed Deferred Annuity, a variable annuity, was the #1 selling variable deferred annuity, for all channels combined, in overall sales for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Indexed Annuity Sales Decline, Though Slightly

Indexed annuity sales for the first quarter were $16.4 billion; down 4.3% when compared to the previous quarter, and down 7.4% when compared with the same period last year. Indexed annuities have a floor of no less than zero percent and limited excess interest that is determined by the performance of an external index, such as Standard and Poor’s 500®.

“While no one likes to see a sales decline, it is amazing indexed annuities fared as well as they did,” stated Moore. “Other types of fixed annuities saw sales declines of 27% – 32% amidst the drop in the 10-year Treasury and market volatility,” she explained.

Noteworthy highlights for indexed annuities in the first quarter include Allianz Life retaining their #1 ranking in indexed annuities, with a market share of 9.5%. AIG held the second-ranked position while Nationwide, Athene USA, and Lincoln National Life rounded-out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Allianz Life’s Allianz 222 Annuity was the #1 selling indexed annuity, for all channels combined, for the nineteenth consecutive quarter.

Traditional fixed annuity sales in the first quarter were $691.3 million; sales were flat when compared to the previous quarter, and down 27.1% when compared with the same period last year. Traditional fixed annuities have a fixed rate that is guaranteed for one year only.

It is amazing that annuity sales are only down in the single digits, given the devastating effects that COVID-19 has wreaked on the annuity industry...

Noteworthy highlights for traditional fixed annuities in the first quarter include Modern Woodmen of America ranking as the #1 carrier in fixed annuities, with a market share of 10.9%. Jackson National Life ranked second, while Global Atlantic Financial Group, OneAmerica, and EquiTrust rounded-out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Forethought Life ForeCare Fixed Annuity was the #1 selling fixed annuity for the fourth consecutive quarter, for all channels combined.

MYGA Sales Up 9%

Multi-year guaranteed annuity (MYGA) sales in the first quarter were $9.9 billion; up 9.0% when compared to the previous quarter, and down 32.4% when compared to the same period last year. MYGAs have a fixed rate that is guaranteed for more than one year.

Noteworthy highlights for MYGAs in the first quarter include New York Life ranking as the #1 carrier, with a market share of 14.4%. Massachusetts Mutual Life Companies moved to the second-ranked position, as Global Atlantic Financial Group, AIG and Western-Southern Life Assurance Company rounded-out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Massachusetts Mutual Life Stable Voyage 3-Year was the #1 selling multi-year guaranteed annuity for the second consecutive quarter, for all channels combined.

Structured annuity sales in the first quarter were $4.8 billion; down 1.0% as compared to the previous quarter, and up 37.8% as compared to the previous year. Structured annuities have a limited negative floor and limited excess interest that is determined by the performance of an external index or subaccounts. Moore exclaimed, “Structured annuity is the fastest-growing segment of the annuity market, thanks to record-low interest rates. While sales were down 1% from last quarter, they were up nearly 40% from this time last year.”

Noteworthy highlights for structured annuities in the first quarter include Equitable Financial ranking as the #1 carrier in structured annuities, with a market share of 25.1%. Lincoln National Life Level Advantage B Share was the #1 selling structured annuity for the quarter, for all channels combined.

Variable Annuity Sales Down 3.1%

Variable annuity sales in the first quarter were $20.7 billion, a decline of 3.1% as compared to the previous quarter and an increase of 15.1% as compared to the same period last year. Variable annuities have no floor, and potential for gains/losses that are determined by the performance of the subaccounts that may be invested in an external index, stocks, bonds, commodities, or other investments.

Noteworthy highlights for variable annuities in the first quarter include Jackson National Life holding-on to their ranking as the #1 carrier in variable annuities, with a market share of 19.2%. Prudential ranked second, while Lincoln National Life, Equitable Financial, and Nationwide rounded-out the top five carriers in the market, respectively. Jackson National’s Perspective II Flexible Premium Variable & Fixed Deferred Annuity was the #1 selling variable annuity for the fifth consecutive quarter, for all channels combined.

Wink reports on indexed annuity, fixed annuity, multi-year guaranteed annuity, structured annuity, variable annuity, and multiple life insurance lines’ product sales. Sales reporting on additional product lines will follow in the future.

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Wink, Inc. is the company behind the most comprehensive life insurance and annuity due-diligence tools, AnnuitySpecs and LifeSpecs at www.WinkIntel.com. Wink, Inc. is the distributor of the quarterly Wink’s Sales & Market Report. Serving as the insurance industry’s #1 resource of indexed insurance product sales since 1997, this report provides sales by product, company, crediting method, index, distribution, surrender charge period, and more. Wink’s Sales & Market Report expanded to cover all deferred annuity products in 2015, all deferred variable annuity products in 2019 and all non-variable cash value life insurance products in 2017.
The staff of Wink, Inc. has the combined experience of more than 175 years working with insurance products, more than a decade of which is specific to competitive intelligence. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, the firm offers competitive intelligence and market research in the life insurance and annuity industries; serving financial services professionals, distributors, manufacturers, regulators, and consultants on both a domestic and global basis.
Sheryl J. Moore is president and CEO is the guiding force behind Wink, Inc. Ms. Moore previously worked as a market research analyst for top carriers in the life insurance and annuity industries. Her views on the direction of the market are frequently heard in seminars and quoted by industry trade journals.