Ins 2.14(5)(c) (c) Terms such as financial planner, investment advisor, financial consultant, or financial counseling shall not be used in such a way as to imply that the insurance intermediary is generally engaged in an advisory business in which compensation is unrelated to sales unless such is actually the case.
Ins 2.14(5)(d) (d) Any reference to policy dividends shall include a statement that dividends are not guaranteed. If dividends are illustrated, such illustration must comply with the requirements of s. Ins 2.17.
Ins 2.14(5)(e) (e) Any sales presentation subject to this section shall comply with the requirements of s. Ins 2.16 (7) (b) and (c).
Ins 2.14(5)(f) (f) Recommendations made by a person subject to this section concerning the purchase or replacement of any life insurance policy are subject to the requirements of s. Ins 2.16 (6);
Ins 2.14(5)(g) (g) A system or presentation which does not recognize the time value of money through the use of appropriate interest adjustments shall not be used for comparing the cost of 2 or more life insurance policies.
Ins 2.14(5)(h) (h) Except for an illustration as defined in s. Ins 2.17 (3) (i) no presentation of benefits may display guaranteed and nonguaranteed benefits as a single sum unless the guaranteed benefits are shown separately in close proximity and with equal prominence. The requirements of this paragraph are in addition to the requirements set forth in s. Ins 2.16 (21).
Ins 2.14(5)(i) (i) For the purposes of this section, the annual premium for a basic policy or rider, for which the company reserves the right to change the premium, shall be the maximum annual premium.
Ins 2.14(6) (6)Unusual circumstances. Insurers with unique difficulties in implementing provisions of this section may petition the commissioner for allowance to meet the requirements of the section through alternative approaches.
Ins 2.14 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1972, No. 195, eff. 4-1-72; emerg. am. (1) and (2), eff. 6-22-76; am. (1) and (2), Register, 1976, No. 249, eff. 10-1-76; r. and recr. Register, November, 1978, No. 275, eff. 1-1-79; am. (3) (a) and (6), r. and recr. appendices, Register, January, 1980, No. 289, eff. 2-1-80; r. (3) (a) and (f), (4) (a) and (c), Appendices 1, 2 & 3, renum. (3) (b) to (e) and (g) to be (3) (a) to (e), (4) (b), (d) and (e) to be (4) (a) to (c), Register, May, 1984, No. 341, eff. 6-1-84; r. (10) under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 16., Stats., Register, December, 1984, No. 348; am. (1) and (3) (e) 1. i., cr. (4) (am) and appendix 1, Register, October, 1986, No. 370, eff. 11-1-86; am. (1), (2) (a) and (b) (intro.) and 4., (3) (intro.), (e) 1., (4) (b) and (c), (5) (a), (h) and (k), r. (3) (d) 4., (6), (8) and (9), r. and recr. (5) (e) and (f), renum. (7) to be (6) and am. Register, July, 1989, No. 403, eff. 8-1-89; correction in (3) (e) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register, April, 1992, No. 436; correction in (3) (f) and (5) (b) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 5. and 7., Stats., Register, June, 1997, No. 498; r. and recr. Register, March, 1998, No. 507, eff. 4-1-98; CR 14-075: cons. (4) (g) (intro.), 2., renum. to (4) (g) and am., r. (4) (g) 1. Register August 2015 No. 716, eff. 9-1-15.
Ins 2.15 Ins 2.15Annuity benefit solicitations.
Ins 2.15(1) (1)Findings. Information on file in the office of the commissioner of insurance and submitted as Exhibit 4 at the hearing February 28, 1980 shows that some of the brochures, presentations, illustrations and other sales material which have been used by insurers and their representatives to sell annuity contracts to Wisconsin residents are confusing, misleading and incomplete, and that annuity purchasers are not receiving the information needed to make sound purchase decisions. The commissioner of insurance finds that such presentations and sales material are misleading, deceptive and restrain competition unreasonably as considered by s. 628.34 (12), Stats., and that their continued use would constitute an unfair trade practice under s. 628.34 (12), Stats., and would result in misrepresentation as defined and prohibited in s. 628.34 (1), Stats.
Ins 2.15(2)(a)(a) The purpose of this section is to require insurers to deliver to prospects for deferred annuity contracts or deposit funds, riders or provisions accepted in conjunction with insurance policies or annuity contracts, information which helps the prospect select an annuity benefit appropriate to the prospect's needs, improves the prospect's understanding of the basic features of the plan under consideration and improves the prospect's ability to evaluate the relative benefits of similar plans. This section does not prohibit the use of additional material which is not in violation of any other Wisconsin rule or statute. This section is in addition to and not a substitute for the requirements set forth in s. Ins 2.16.
Ins 2.15(2)(b) (b) This section interprets and implements s. 628.34 (12), Stats.
Ins 2.15(3) (3)Scope.
Ins 2.15(3)(a)(a) Except as specified in par. (b), this section shall apply to any solicitation, negotiation or procurement of annuity or deposit fund arrangements occurring within this state. This section shall apply to any issuer of life insurance policies or annuity contracts, including fraternal benefit societies.
Ins 2.15(3)(b) (b) This section shall not apply to:
Ins 2.15(3)(b)1. 1. Non-registered variable annuities issued exclusively to an accredited investor or qualified purchaser as those terms are defined by the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. Section 77a et seq.), the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. Section 80a-1 et seq.), or the regulations promulgated under either of those acts, and offered for sale and sold in a transaction that is exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. Section 77a et seq.);
Ins 2.15(3)(b)2. 2. Transactions involving variable annuities and other registered products in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules relating to disclosures and illustrations;
Ins 2.15(3)(b)2.a. a. Notwithstanding subdivision 2. above, the delivery of the applicable Buyer's Guide is required in sales of variable annuities and, when appropriate, in sales of other registered products.
Ins 2.15(3)(b)2.b. b. Nothing in this subdivision will limit the Commissioner's ability to enforce the provisions of this regulation or to require additional disclosures.
Ins 2.15(3)(b)3. 3. Group annuity and pure endowment contracts purchased under a retirement plan or plans of deferred compensation established or maintained by an employer (including a partnership or sole proprietorship) or by an employee organization, or both;
Ins 2.15(3)(b)4. 4. Immediate annuity contracts (arrangements under which payments begin within 13 months of the issue date);
Ins 2.15(3)(b)5. 5. Policies or contracts issued in connection with employee benefit plans as defined by 29 USC 1002 (3) of the federal employee retirement income security act of 1974 (ERISA), except policies or contracts issued in connection with plans providing for the purchase of annuity contracts solely by reason of salary reduction agreements under 26 USC 403 (b) of the internal revenue code;
Ins 2.15(3)(b)6. 6. Individual retirement accounts and individual retirement annuities as described in 26 USC 408 of the internal revenue code;
Ins 2.15(3)(b)7. 7. A single advance payment of specified premiums equal to the discounted value of such premiums;
Ins 2.15(3)(b)8. 8. A policyholder's deposit account established solely to facilitate payment of regular premiums;
Ins 2.15(3)(b)9. 9. Settlement options under life insurance or annuity contracts.
Ins 2.15(4) (4)Definitions.
Ins 2.15(4)(a)(a) “Contract Summary"means a written statement to be provided to the buyer at the time of contract delivery describing the elements of the annuity contract or deposit fund in the manner set out in sub. (6).
Ins 2.15(4)(b) (b) “Preliminary Contract Summary" means a written statement to be provided to the buyer prior to sale which describes the elements of the annuity contract or deposit fund in the manner set out in sub. (5).
Ins 2.15(4)(c) (c) “Buyer's Guide" means one of the following buyer's guides adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC):
Ins 2.15(4)(c)1. 1. With respect to sales of fixed or fixed indexed annuities, either:
Ins 2.15(4)(c)1.a. a. The Buyer's Guide for Deferred Annuities (2013); or
Ins 2.15(4)(c)1.b. b. The Buyer's Guide for Deferred Annuities Fixed (2013).
Ins 2.15(4)(c)2. 2. With respect to sales of variable annuities, either:
Ins 2.15(4)(c)2.a. a. The Buyer's Guide for Deferred Annuities (2013); or
Ins 2.15(4)(c)2.b. b. The Buyer's Guide for Deferred Annuities Variable (2013).
Ins 2.15(4)(d) (d) “Yields" means those effective annual interest rates at which the accumulation of 100% of all gross considerations would be equal to the guaranteed and illustrated cash surrender values at the points specified. For contracts without surrender values the yields shall be figured on the basis of the contract values used to determine annuity payments at the points specified.
Ins 2.15(5) (5)Preliminary contract summary. The Preliminary Contract Summary shall include:
Ins 2.15(5)(a) (a) A prominently placed title, PRELIMINARY CONTRACT SUMMARY, followed by an identification of the arrangement to which the statement applies;
Ins 2.15(5)(b) (b) The name and address of the insurance intermediary or, if no intermediary is involved, a statement of the procedure to be followed in order to receive responses to inquiries;
Ins 2.15(5)(c) (c) The full name and home office or administrative office address of the insurer;
Ins 2.15(5)(d) (d) A statement as to whether the arrangement provides any guaranteed death benefits during the deferral period;
Ins 2.15(5)(e) (e) A prominent statement that the contract does not provide cash surrender values, if such is the case;
Ins 2.15(5)(f) (f) For arrangements under which guaranteed cash surrender values at any duration are less than the total scheduled considerations paid, a prominent statement that such contract or fund may result in loss if kept for only a few years;
Ins 2.15(5)(g) (g) Any minimum or maximum premium limitations;
Ins 2.15(5)(h) (h) A prominent description of all fees, charges, and loading amounts that are or may be deducted from initial or subsequent considerations paid or that are or may be deducted from the contract or fund values prior to or at contract maturity, including but not limited to, any surrender penalties, discontinuance fees, partial surrender or withdrawal penalties or fees, transaction fees, and account maintenance fees;
Ins 2.15(5)(i) (i) In the event any sales promotion literature or oral representation illustrates values or annuity payments which are based on dividends, excess interest credits, or current annuity rates, then the Preliminary Contract Summary shall contain a statement that such dividends, excess interest credits, and current annuity purchase rates are not guaranteed and that any corresponding values and annuity amounts are illustrations only and are not guaranteed;
Ins 2.15(5)(j) (j) A statement that the insurer shall provide the prospective customer a Contract Summary upon request.
Ins 2.15(6) (6)Contract summary. The Contract Summary shall include:
Ins 2.15(6)(a) (a) A prominently placed title, CONTRACT SUMMARY, followed by an identification of the arrangement to which the statement applies;
Ins 2.15(6)(b) (b) The name and address of the insurance intermediary or, if no intermediary is involved, a statement of the procedure to be followed in order to receive responses to inquiries;
Ins 2.15(6)(c) (c) The full name and home office or administrative office address of the insurer;
Ins 2.15(6)(d) (d) Any guaranteed death benefits during the deferral period, and the form of annuity payment selected for pars. (f), (g) and (i);
Ins 2.15(6)(e) (e) A prominent statement that the contract does not provide cash surrender values if such is the case;
Ins 2.15(6)(f) (f) The amount of the guaranteed annuity payments at the scheduled commencement thereof, based on the assumption that all scheduled considerations are paid and there are no prior withdrawals from or partial surrenders of the arrangement and no indebtedness to the insurer on the contract;
Ins 2.15(6)(g) (g) Illustrative annuity payments on a current basis, if shown, must be on the same basis as for par. (f) except for guarantees, and may not be greater in amount than those based on:
Ins 2.15(6)(g)1. 1. The current dividend scale and the interest rate currently used to accumulate dividends under such arrangements, or the current excess interest rate credited by the insurer, and
Ins 2.15(6)(g)2. 2. Current annuity purchase rates;
Ins 2.15(6)(h) (h) For arrangements under which guaranteed cash surrender values at any duration are less than the total considerations paid, a prominent statement that such contract or fund may result in loss if kept for only a few years and showing the number of years such a relationship exists, together with a reference to the schedule of guaranteed cash surrender values required by par. (i) 3.;
Ins 2.15(6)(i) (i) The following amounts, where applicable, for the first 5 years and representative years thereafter sufficient to illustrate clearly the patterns of considerations and benefits, including but not limited to the tenth and twentieth contract years and at least one age from 60 through 65 or the scheduled commencement of annuity payments:
Ins 2.15(6)(i)1. 1. The gross consideration for the arrangement;
Ins 2.15(6)(i)2. 2. Any minimum or maximum premium limitation;
Ins 2.15(6)(i)3. 3. The total guaranteed cash surrender value at the end of the year or, if no guaranteed cash surrender values are provided, the total guaranteed paid-up annuity at the end of the year;
Ins 2.15(6)(i)4. 4. If other than guaranteed cash values are shown, the total illustrative cash value or paid-up annuity at the end of the year may not be greater in amount than that based on:
Ins 2.15(6)(i)4.a. a. The current dividend scale and the interest rate currently used to accumulate dividends under such arrangements or the current excess interest rate credited by the insurer, and
Ins 2.15(6)(i)4.b. b. Current annuity purchase rates.
Ins 2.15(6)(im) (im) If the annuity payments have not yet commenced, the yield on gross considerations at the end of 10 years and at the scheduled commencement of annuity payments. For contracts without surrender values, only the yield at the scheduled commencement of annuity payments need be shown. The yield shall be figured on the basis of the contract value used to determine the annuity payments. These yield figures shall be shown on a guaranteed basis and, if current annuity payments or cash surrender values are shown, on an illustrative basis also.
Ins 2.15(6)(in) (in) A statement of the interest rates used in calculating the guaranteed and illustrative contract or fund values.
Ins 2.15(6)(j) (j) For a Contract Summary which includes values based on the current dividend scale or the current dividend accumulation or excess interest rate, a statement that such values are illustrations and are not guaranteed;
Ins 2.15(6)(k) (k) The date on which the Contract Summary is prepared.
Ins 2.15(7) (7)Preparation of preliminary contract summary and contract summary. The following must be considered in preparing the Preliminary Contract Summary and the Contract Summary:
Ins 2.15(7)(a) (a) The Preliminary Contract Summary and the Contract Summary must be separate documents;
Ins 2.15(7)(b) (b) All information required to be disclosed must be set out in such a manner as not to minimize or render any portion thereof obscure;
Ins 2.15(7)(c) (c) Any amounts which remain level for 2 years or more contract years may be represented by a single number if it is clearly indicated what amounts are applicable for each contract year;
Ins 2.15(7)(d) (d) Amounts in sub. (6) (d), (f), (g) and (i) shall, in the case of flexible premium annuity arrangements, be determined either according to an anticipated pattern of consideration payments or on the assumption that considerations payable will be a specified level amount, such as $100 or $1,000 per year;
Ins 2.15(7)(e) (e) If not specified in the contract, annuity payments shall be assumed to commence at age 65 or 10 years from issue, whichever is later;
Ins 2.15(7)(f) (f) A dividend scale or excess interest rate which has been publicly declared by the insurer with an effective date not more than two months subsequent to the date of declaration shall be considered a current dividend scale or a current excess interest rate.
Ins 2.15(8) (8)Disclosure requirements.
Ins 2.15(8)(a)(a) The insurer and its intermediaries shall provide, to all prospective purchasers of any contract or arrangement subject to this section, a buyer's guide and a properly completed Preliminary Contract Summary or Contract Summary prior to accepting the applicant's initial consideration for the annuity contract, or, in the case of a rider or provision, prior to acceptance of the applicant's initial consideration for the associated insurance policy or annuity contract. Insurers which do not market contracts through an intermediary may provide the Contract Summary, and a buyer's guide at the point of contract delivery provided they:
Ins 2.15(8)(a)1. 1. Guarantee to the contractholder the right to return the contract for a full refund of premium any time during a 30 day period commencing on the date such contractholder receives the Contract Summary and a buyer's guide;
Ins 2.15(8)(a)2. 2. Alert the prospective contractholder, in advertisements or direct mail solicitations, of his or her right to obtain a buyer's guide and a Preliminary Contract Summary prior to the sale.
Ins 2.15(8)(b) (b) The insurer and its intermediaries shall provide a Contract Summary upon delivery of the contract, if it has not been delivered beforehand;
Ins 2.15(8)(c) (c) The insurer and its intermediaries shall provide a buyer's guide and a Contract Summary to individual prospective purchasers upon reasonable request;
Ins 2.15(8)(d) (d) Any statement provided subsequent to sale to a contractholder which purports to show the then current value of an arrangement subject to this section shall show the then current guaranteed cash surrender value or, if no guaranteed cash surrender value is provided the then current guaranteed paid-up annuity.
Ins 2.15(9) (9)General requirements.
Ins 2.15(9)(a)(a) Each insurer shall maintain at its home office or principal office a complete file containing one copy of each document authorized by the insurer for use pursuant to this section. The file shall contain one copy of each authorized form for a period of at least 3 years following the date of its last authorized use. The requirements of this paragraph are in addition to the requirements set forth in s. Ins 2.16 (30);
Ins 2.15(9)(b) (b) An intermediary shall inform the prospective purchaser, prior to commencing a sales presentation, that the intermediary is acting as an insurance intermediary and shall inform the prospective purchaser of the full name of the insurer which the intermediary is representing to the buyer. In sales situations in which an intermediary is not involved, the insurer shall identify its full name;
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Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.