Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company to Raise Cost of Insurance on Gold Policies

This week our New York City office received letters alerting us of a cost of insurance (COI) increase for Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company “Genworth”. Over the last year, Genworth has only produced illustrations based on guaranteed rates and guaranteed cost of insurance rates for certain products, citing insurance regulations. This follows a similar pattern of other carriers including John Hancock Life Insurance [...]

Shared Characteristics of Long-Term Care and Life Insurance Cost Increases

Updated 10/8/19 Originally Posted 4/17/18 Sally Wylie, a retiree living on an island in Maine, was stunned when her long-term care (LTC) policy premium almost doubled. According to the Wall Street Journal article that recounted her dilemma, the one-time learning specialist took on part-time work to help with the finances, and she and her husband cut back on expenses to afford the premium for the [...]

TOLI Trustee Alert: Update on Transamerica COI Settlement

In October of last year, we reported on a settlement in the case against Transamerica for a cost of insurance (COI) increase, which raised the carrying costs on a group of universal life policies by 200% or more.  In one example, we reported the cost to maturity on one policy in our portfolio jumped from $36,400 to $81,595, after the policy got hit with a [...]

Court Case Shows the Potential Liability for an Advisor, Attorney or CPA Acting as Administrator (or Trustee) of a Life Insurance Trust

Twenty-one years ago, Charles Hunter Montgomery set up a life insurance trust naming his daughter, Kimberly, as trustee. He was guided on the purchase by his longtime advisors at a major wirehouse firm in his hometown, who also agreed “to administer the investment account to maintain that life insurance policy .” (1) The policy, a $2M survivorship life policy on Charles and his wife, was [...]

Trust Owned Life Insurance (TOLI) Year End Review for 2018

First, we want to thank all ITM TwentyFirst clients for another remarkable year of growth. Without the support of our partners at banks, trust companies, family offices, and law firms across the country, we could not sustain the growth that has made us the largest manager of in-force life insurance in the country.  So, thank you for that. One reason for our growth over the [...]

Newspaper Headlines Highlight Changes in Life Insurance (and TOLI) Business

On October 30th 2018, Voya Financial, a company we wrote about because of a lawsuit filed against it for cost of insurance increases that occurred on universal life policies sold in the past under the Security Life of Denver banner, announced in its third-quarter earnings call it would be ceasing all life insurance sales as of the end of the year. The company, which was [...]

Lawsuit Filed Against Security Life of Denver for COI Increase Moving Ahead

A class-action lawsuit against Security Life of Denver, initially filed in July of 2018, is moving ahead in Colorado.  The lawsuit alleges policyholders have paid “unlawful and excessive” cost of insurance charges on Strategic Accumulator Universal Life and Life Design Guarantee Universal Life policies subject to increases announced in September of 2015. The suit contends that there is “no possible justification” for the increase since [...]

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Transamerica Settles Cost of Insurance Increase Litigation

In 2015 we reported on a Transamerica cost of insurance (COI) increase on a block of universal life policies and illustrated the 40% increase in COI on one policy affected raised the annual carrying costs to maturity for that policy from $36,400 to $81,595.  That cost increase led to three separate class action lawsuits that were consolidated into one claim in November of 2016. Preliminary [...]

California Issues Regulations Concerning Cost of Insurance Increases on Life Insurance

Almost exactly a year ago, we wrote about a new regulation implemented by the New York State Department of Financial Services to “govern life insurance company practices related to increases in the premiums” of life insurance and annuity policies. That regulation required carriers raising rates on policies to notify the department “at least 120 days prior to an adverse change in non-guaranteed elements of an [...]

Lawsuit Filed Against Voya Cost of Insurance (COI) Increase

In May of 2016 we reported that the cost of insurance was being raised on a specific block of approximately 18 universal life products originally issued by Aetna Life Insurance and Annuity Company (now Voya Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company.) Lincoln Financial Group was the administrative agent and reinsurer on the policies.   We were unsure of the total number of policies affected. Last week (August [...]