New York State seal

August 18, 1993

SUBJECT: INSURANCE

WITHDRAWN

Circular Letter No. 8 (1993)

TO: ALL AUTHORIZED LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES, ACCREDITED LIFE REINSURERS, FRATERNAL BENEFIT SOCIETIES AND CHARITABLE ANNUITY SOCIETIES

ATTN: CHIEF ACTUARY OR CONSULTING ACTUARY, OR CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

SUBJECT: MAXIMUM RESERVE VALUATION AND MAXIMUM LIFE POLICY NONFORFEITURE INTEREST RATES UNDER SECTIONS 4217, 4218 AND 4221(k) OF THE NEW YORK INSURANCE LAWS, AS AMENDED IN 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, AND 1990

Attached hereto is an outline, providing maximum reserve valuation and maximum life policy nonforfeiture interest rates for new issues, new purchases or changes in fund (as defined) for years 1982 through 1993 (and other years where shown),. under Sections 4217, 4218 and 4221(k) of the New York Insurance Laws, as amended in 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1990.

This Circular Letter is for informational purposes, as an aid in complying with the law.

Should any person have any question or comment, in regard to this matter, please contact Mr. Robert Priest (518-474-4244) or Mr. John Karwatowski (518-473-9444) of the Actuarial Valuation Bureau.

This letter is being sent to the Chief Actuary, or absent such, to the Chief Financial Officer.

Very truly yours,

Salvatore R. Curiale

Superintendent of Insurance

MAXIMUM VALUATION AND NONFORFEITURE INTEREST RATES UNDER SECTIONS 4217. 4218 and 4221(k) OF THE NEW YORK INSURANCE LAWS.

The maximum valuation and nonforfeiture interest rates, prescribed by Sections 4217 and 4221(k) of the New York Insurance Laws for future years, will vary from year to year depending on Moody's corporate bond yield averages.

The maximum valuation interest rates for issues, purchases and changes-in-fund of years 1982 through 1993 (and other years where shown) are Outlined below. The maximum valuation and nonforfeiture interest rates for Ordinary Life Insurance are shown in A on page 2, except for Single Premium Life Insurance (of the kind referred to in Section 4217(c)(4)(B)(vi) as amended by Chapter 302 of the laws of 1987) the maximum valuation interest rates for which are shown in B on page 3.

This Circular Letter is for informational purposes, as an aid in complying with the law.

A. ORDINARY LIFE INSURANCE (Except as covered in B on page 3)

 

Maximum

 

 *Issue

Reserve Valuation

Nonforfeiture

Year

 **Guarantee Duration

Interest Rate

Interest Rate

     

#1980

     

CSO

1979-1990

See Prior Circular

   
 

Letter No. 8 (1990)

   

1991

10 Years or less

   
   

6.00%

7.50%

 

More than 10 years, up to 20

6.00

7.50

 

More than 20 years

5.50

7.00

1992

10 Years or less

   
   

6.00%

7.50%

 

More than 10 years, up to 20

6.00

7.50

 

More than 20'years

5.50

7.00

1993

10 Years or less

6.00%

7.50%

 

More than 10 years, up to 20

6.00

7.50

 

More than 20 years

5.00

 6.25

1994

10 Years or less

   
   

5.50%

 7.00%

 

More than 10 years, up to 20

5.25%

 6.50%

 

More than 20 years

5.00%

6.25%

*See the paragraph at the top of page 11.

*The guarantee duration is the maximum number

*of years the life insurance can remain in

*force on a basis guaranteed in the policy.

*The maximum reserve valuation interest rate will

*be the lesser of the rate as determined

*from the above table and the rate actually used

*in determining cash values. This applies

*to basic reserves under Section 4217, not to

*the minimum reserve test under Sect. 4218.

*Applicable on or after the operative

*date elected under Section 4221(k)(12). (See the

*top paragraph on page 10). These rates do

*not apply to policies issued pursuant to

*Section 4221(n-1).

*In accordance with Section 4221(k)(9)(B)(i)

*of the New York Insurance Laws, the nonforfeiture

*interest rate used for a particular issue year may not

*exceed the higher of the applicable maximum nonforfeiture

*interest rate for such particular issue year and that for

*the immediately preceeding issue year (e.g. 1987 issues

*may use the rate for 1986, 1988 issues may use the

*rate for 1987).

*See the paragraph at the top of page 11. As of

*January 1, 1989, the 1980 CSO rate must be

*used for all new business.

Single Premium Life Insurance of the kind referred to in Section 4217(c)(4)(B)(vi) of the New York Insurance Laws (as amended by Chapter 302 of the laws of 1987).#

   

## Maximum

   

 *Year

 **Guarantee Duration

Reserve Valuation

   
   

Interest Rate

   
   

Issue Year

Change-In-Fund

   

Basis

Basis

   

Without

With

Without

With

   

A0&M

0&M

AO&M

A0&M

   

 ***

 ***

 ***

 ****

1982-1990

See Prior Circular

       
 

Letter No. 8 (1990)

       

1991

10 years or less

6.50%

6.75%

6.75%

7.00%

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20.

6.25

6.25

6.50

6.75

 

More than 20 years

5.50

5.50

5.75

6.00

1992

10 years or less

6.25%

6.25%

6.50%

6.50%

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

6.00

6.00

6.25

6.25

 

More than 20 years

5.25

5.25

5.75

5.75

1993

10 years or less

5.75%

5.75%

6.00%

6.00%

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

5.50

5.50

5.75

5.75

 

More than 20 years

5.00

5.00

5.25

5.25

*See the paragraph at the top of page 11.

**The guarantee duration is the number of years for which

interest rates provided in, or declared pursuant

to, a single premium life insurance policy of the

kind referred to in Section 4217(c)(4)(B)(vi) are

guaranteed to exceed the greater of (1) 6% and (2) the calendar

year statutory valuation interest rate for life insurance

policies (other than such single premium policy)

with guarantee durations in excess of 20 years.

***Without an acceptable actuarial opinion and memorandum

(using life insurance formula).

Additional restrictions may apply by Regulation.

****May be used only with an acceptable actuarial

opinion and memorandum (using annuity formula).

#Said Chapter 302 amendment became effective, on

a mandatory basis, on January 1, 1989. Any company

could have filed a written notice of prior election.

##See paragraph on reserves for these special single

premium life insurance policies on page 11.

Also see paragraph at bottom of page 4.

C. Single. Premium Immediate Annuities and annuity benefits arising from life insurance policies and annuity and guaranteed interest contracts with cash settlement options.

Issues of or

Without Acceptable

With Acceptable

Purchases

Actuarial Opinion

Actuarial Opinion

During

and Memorandum#

and Memorandum#

 

(Using Life Insurance Formula)

(Using Annuity Formula)

1982

10.50%

13.25%

1983

9.50

11.25

1984

9.50

11.25

1985

9.50

11.00

1986

8.50

9.25

1987

8.00

8.00

1988

8.25

8.75

1989

8.25

8.75

1990

8.00

8.25

1991

8.00

8.25

1992

7.75

7.75

1993

7:00

7.00

#The actuarial opinion and memorandum, referred to in C, D, E, F, G and H herein, are as required by Section 4217(c)(4)(B)(vi) of the New York Insurance. Laws. The above valuation interest rates, under the heading "With Acceptable Actuarial Opinion and Memorandum", may be used only with an acceptable actuarial opinion and memorandum. Additional restrictions apply, under Regulation 126, where an acceptable actuarial opinion and memorandum have not been filed.

Section 95.8(e) of Regulation 126 requires, for 1989 and later year-ends, that an actuarial opinion and memorandum be filed, with respect to all issues of annuities, annuity benefits and guaranteed interest contracts, and with respect to all issues of single premium life insurance of the kind referred to in Section 4217(c)(4)(B)(vi). Regulation 126 specifies the minimum reserves to be held whirl an acceptable actuarial opinion and memorandum have not been filed for such business.

D. Other Annuities and Guaranteed Interest Contracts, with cash settlement options and with interest rate guarantees on future considerations, valued on the "Issue Year" basis.

Maximum Reserve Valuation Interest Rate

   

Without Acceptable

   

Actuarial Opinion

   

and Memorandum#

   

(Using Life Insurance Formula)

   

*Plan Type

Issue

       

Year

Guarantee Duration##

A

B

C

         

1982 - 1990

See Prior Circular

     
 

Letter No. 8 (1990)

     
         

1991

5 years or less

8.00%

6.75%

6.25%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.75

6.75

6.25

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

7.00

6.25

5.75

 

More than 20 years

5.75

5.25

5.25

         

1992

5 years or less

7.75%

6.50%

6.00%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.50

6.50

6.00

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

6.75

6.00

5.75

 

More than 20 years

5.75

5.00

5.00

         

1993

5 years or less

7.00%

6.00%

5.50%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

6.75

6.00

5.50

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

6.25

5.50

5.25

 

More than 20 years

5.25

4.75

4.75

   

Without Acceptable

 
   

Actuarial Opinion

 
   

and Memorandum#

 
   

(Using Annuity Formula)

 
   

*Plant Type

 

Issue

         

Year

Guarantee Duration##

A

B

C

 
           

1982 - 1990

See Prior Circular

       
 

Letter No. 8 (1990)

       
           

1991

5 years or less

8.25%

7.00%

6.25%

 
 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

8.00

7.00

6.25

 
 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

7.00

6.25

5.75

 
 

More than 20 years

5.75

5.25

5.25

 
           

1992

5 years or less

7.75%

6.50%

6.00%

 
 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.50

6.50

6.00

 
 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

6.75

6.00

5.75

 
 

More than 20 years

5.75

5.00

5.00

 
           

1993

5 years or less

7.00%

6.00%

5.50%

 
 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

6.75

6.00

5.50

 
 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

6.25

5.50

5.25

 
 

More than 20 years

5.25

4.75

4.75

 

#See requirements for actuarial opinion and memorandum in footnote on page 4. Additional restrictions apply, under Regulation 126, where an acceptable actuarial opinion and memorandum have not been filed.

##See definition of guarantee duration for Categories D, E, G and H on page 10.

*See descriptions of plan types on page 10.

E. Other Annuities and Guaranteed Interest Contracts, with cash settlement options but without interest rate guarantees on future considerations, valued on the "Issue Year" basis.

Maximum Reserve Valuation Interest Rate

   

Without Acceptable

   

Actuarial Opinion

   

and Memorandum#

   

(Using Life Insurance Formula)

   

*Plan Type

Issue

       

Year

Guarantee Duration##

A

B

C

         

1982 - 1990

See Prior Circular

     
 

Letter 0. 8 (1990)

     
         

1991

5 years or less

8.25%

7.00%

6.50%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

8.00

7.00

6.50

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

7.50

6.50

6.25

 

More than 20 years

6.25

5.50

5.50

         

1992

5 years or less

8.00%

6.75%

6.25%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.75

6.75

6.25

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

7.00

6.25

6.00

 

More than 20 years

6.00

5.25

5.25

         

1993

5 years or less

7.25%

6.25%

5.75%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.00

6.25

5.75

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20.

6.50

5.75

5.50

 

More than 20 years

5.50

5.00

5.00

   

Without Acceptable

 
   

Actuarial Opinion

 
   

and Memorandum#

 
   

(Using Annuity Formula)

 
   

*Plant Type

 

Issue

         

Year

Guarantee Duration##

A

B

C

 
           

1982 - 1990

See Prior Circular

       
 

Letter 0. 8 (1990)

       
           

1991

5 years or less

8.75%

7.25%

6.75%

 
 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

8.25

7.25

6.75

 
 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

7.50

6.50

6.25

 
 

More than 20 years

6.25

5.50

5.50

 
           

1992

5 years or less

8.00%

6.75%

6.25%

 
 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.75

6.75

6.7

 
 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

7.00

6.25

6 lip

 
 

More than 20 years

6.00

5.25

5.5

 
           

1993

5 years or less

7.25%

6.25%

5.75%

 
 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.00

6.25

5.75

 
 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20.

6.50

5.75

5.50

 
 

More than 20 years

5.50

5.00

5.00

 

#See requirements for actuarial opinion and memorandum in footnote on page 4. Additional restrictions apply, under Regulation 126, where an acceptable actuarial opinion and memorandum have not been filed.

##See definition of guarantee duration for Categories. D, E, G and H on page 10.

*See descriptions of plan types on page 10.

Other Annuities and Guaranteed Interest Contracts, without cash settlement options, valued on the "Issue Year" basis.

 

Maximum Reserve Valuation

Interest

   

 Acceptable Actuarial

   

Opinion and Memorandum #

   

(Using Life Insurance

   

Formula)

   

* Plan Type With Acceptable

   

Actuarial Opinion and

   

Memorandum # (Using Annuity

   

Formula)* Plan Type

Issue

     

Year

 

A

A

1982-1990

See Prior Circular Letter No. 8 (1990)

   
 

Guarantee Duration**

8.00%

8.25%

1991

5 years or less

7.75

8.00

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.00

7.25

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

5.75

6.00

 

More than 20 years

7.75%

7.75%

1992

5 years or less

7.50.

7.50

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

6.75

6.75

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

5.75

5.75

 

More than 20 years

7.00%

7.00%

1993

5 years or less

6.75

6.75

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

6.25

6.25

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

5.25

5.25

 

More than 20 years

   

# See requirements for actuarial opinimatid

memorandum in footnote on page 4. Additional restrictions apply, under

Regulation 126, where an acceptable actuarial opinion and memorandum have not

been filed.

* See descriptions of plan types on page 10.

* The guarantee duration, for other annuities and guaranteed interest

contracts without cash settlement options, is the number of years from the

date of issue or date of purchase to the date annuity benefits are scheduled

to commence.

G. Other Annuities and Guaranteed Interest. Contracts, with cash settlement options and with interest rate guarantees on future considerations, valued on the "Change in Fund" basis.

 

Maximum Reserve Valuation

Interest Rate

   

Without Acceptable Actuarial

   

Opinion and Memorandum #

   

(Using Life Insurance

   

Formula)* Plan Type

   

With Acceptable Actuarial

   

Opinion and Memorandum #

   

(Using Annuity Formula)

   

* Plan Type

Change

       

in Fund

       

During

       

Year

Guarantee Duration##

A

B

C

1982-1990

p class="tright"See Prior Circular Letter No. 8 (1990)

     

1991

5 years or less

9.00%

8.25%

6.50%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

8.75

8.25

6.50

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

8.00

7.75

6.25

 

More than 20 years

6.75

6.75

5.50

1992

5 years or less

     
 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

8.50%

8.00%

6.25%

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

8.25

8.00

6.25

 

More than 20 years

7.75

7.50

6.00

   

6.50

6.50

5.25

1993

5 years or less

7.75%

7.25%

5.75%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.50

7.25

5.75

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

7.00

6.75

5.50

 

More than 20 years

6.00

6.00

5.00

Change

       

in Fund

       

During

       

Year

A

B

C

 

1982-1990

p class="tright"See Prior Circular Letter No. 8 (1990)

 

1991

9.25%

8.75%

6.75%

 
 

9.00

8.75

6.75

 
 

8.25

8.00

6.25

 
 

7.00

7.00

5.75

 

1992

       
 

8.50%

8.00%

6.25%

 
 

8.25

8.00

6.25

 
 

7.75

7.50

6.01

 
 

6.50

6.50

5.

 

1993

7.75%

7.25%

5.75%

 
 

7.50'

7.25

5.75

 
 

7.00

6.75

5.50

 
 

6.00

6.005.00

   

# See requirements for actuarial opinion and

 

memorandum in footnote on page 4. Additional

 

restrictions apply, under Regulation 126, where

 

an acceptable actuarial opinion and memorandum

 

have not been filed.

 

## See definition of guarantee duration for

 

Categories D, E, G and H on page 10.

 

* See descriptions of plan types on page 10.

 

Other Annuities and guaranteed interest contracts, with cash settlement options but without interest rate guarantees on future considerations, valued on the "Change in Fund" basis.

 

Maximum Reserve Valuation

     
   

Interest Rate

   

Without Acceptable Actuarial

   

Opinion and Memorandum #

   

(Using Life Insurance Formula

 

Plan Type

With Acceptable Actuarial

   

Opinion and Memorandum #

   

(Using Annuity Formula)

Change

       

in Fund

       

During

       

Year

Guarantee Duration##

A

B

C

1982-1990

See Prior Circular Letter No. 8 (1990)

     

1991

5 years or less

9.25%

8.75%

6.75%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

9.00

8.75

6.75

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

8.25

8.00

6.50

 

More than 20 years

7.00

7.00

5.75

1992

5 years or less

9.00%

8.25%

6.50%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

8.50

8.25

6.50

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

8.00

7.75

6.25

 

More than 20 years

6.75

6.75

5.75

1993

5 years or. less

8.25%

7.50%

6.00%

 

More than 5 yrs, up to 10

7.75

7.50

6.00.

 

More than 10 yrs, up to 20

7.25

7.00

5.75

 

More than 20 years

6.25

6.25

5.25

Change

       

in Fund

       

During

       

Year

A

B

C

 

1982-1990

See Prior Circular Letter No. 8 (1990)

     

1991

9.75%

9.00%

7.00%

 
 

9.25

9.00

7.00

 
 

8.75

8.25

6.75

 
 

7.25.

7.25

6.00

 

1992

9.00%

8.25%

6.50%

 
 

8.50

8.25

6.50

 
 

8.00

7.75

6.25

 
 

6.75

6.75

5:75

 

1993

8.25%

7.50%

6.00%

 
 

7.75

7.50

6.00

 
 

7.25

7.00

5.75

 
 

6.25

6.25

5.25

 

# See requirements for actuarial opinion

 

## See definition of guarantee duration

 

for Categories D, E, G and H on page 10

 

and memorandum in footnote on page 4.

 

Additional restrictions apply, under

 

Regulation 126, where an acceptable

 

actuarial opinion and memorandum have

 

not been filed.

 

## See definition of guarantee duration

 

for Categories D, E, G and H on page 10.

 

* See descriptions of plan types on page 10.

 

Said Section 4221(k)(12) was amended by Chapter 81 of the Laws of 1983 to permit a company to elect to comply with the new provisions of Section 4221 on a plan--by--plan basis, with the proviso that the entire portfolio must be converted to the new provisions on or before January 1 of the third calendar year following the calendar year of compliance for the first plan so converted, but not, in any event, later than January 1, 1989.

Plan types, as used in the above tables, are defined as follows:

Plan Type A: The policyholder may withdraw funds only (1) with an adjustment to reflect changes in interest rates or asset values since receipt of the funds by the insurance company, or (2) without such adjustment but in installments over five years or more, or (3) as an immediate life annuity.

Plan Type B: The policyholder may not withdraw funds before the expiration of the interest rate guarantee or, if withdrawals are permitted before the expiration of such guarantee, may withdraw funds only (1) with an adjustment to reflect changes in interest rates or asset values since receipt of the funds by the insurance company, or (2) without such adjustment but in installments over five years or more. At the end of the interest rate guarantee, funds may be withdrawn without such adjustment in a single sum or in installments over less than five years.

Plan Type C: The policyholder may withdraw funds before the expiration of the interest rate guarantee in a single sum or installments over less than five years either (1) without adjustment to reflect changes in, interest rates or asset values since receipt of the funds by the insurance company, or (2) subject only to a fixed surrender charge stipulated in the contract as a percentage of the fund.

(The most popular plan type, in the group annuity area, for current issues, is plan type B; while, the most popular plan type, in the individual annuity area, for current issues, is plan type C.)

The guarantee duration, for other annuities and guaranteed interest contracts with cash settlement options, generally is the number of years for which the contract guarantees interest rates in excess of the calendar year statutory valuation interest rate for life insurance policies (covered in A on page 2) with guarantee durations of more than twenty years (See D, E, G and H herein).

The guarantee duration, for other annuities and guaranteed interest contracts without cash settlement options, is the number of years from the date of issue or date of purchase to the date annuity benefits are scheduled to commence.

Other annuities and guaranteed interest contracts, without cash settlement options, may be valued only on an "Issue Year" basis.

For structured settlement annuities with lump-sum payments, see Section 95.12 of Regulation 126.

The maximum reserve valuation interest rates, for annuities and guaranteed interest contracts and for single premium life insurance policies of the kind referred to in Section 4217(c)(4)(B)(vi), are based on Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Averages for a one or three year period ending in June of the year of issue, purchase or change in fund. Consequently, we are not able to compute rates applicable to 1993 at this time.

The attached Appendix describes the method of calculating the maximum reserve valuation interest rates, in accordance with the specifications of Section 4217 of the New York Insurance Laws, as amended.

Section 4217, as amended by Chapter 749 of the Laws of 1983, permits the dynamic interest rates (under the 1982 amendments) to be used for issues of January 1, 1982 and later, irrespective of a company's election or non--election under Section 4221 (k)(12). Thus, the new dynamic interest rates may be used either with 1958 CSO issues of January 1, 1982 through December 31, 1988 or with 1980 CSO issues of January 1, 1982 and later, for valuation purposes.

The reserve for a Single Premium Life Insurance policy, of the kind referred to in Section 4217(c)(4)(B)(vi) of the New York Insurance Laws (as amended by Chapter 302 of the laws of 1987), must not be less than its cash value. Section 95.14 of Regulation 126 limits the applicable duration of maximum reserve valuation interest rates specified in B on page 3.