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ANNUITIES: Prudential Annuities News


Pensions and Annuities Research:

Prudential: Cost of Capital

A charge is deducted from the embedded value for the cost of capital supporting the Group's long-term business. This capital is referred to as encumbered capital. The cost is the difference between the nominal value of the capital and the discounted present value of the projected release of this capital allowing for investment earnings (net of tax) on the capital.

The annual result is impacted by the movement in this cost from year to year which comprises a charge against new business profit and a release in respect of the reduction in capital requirements for business in force as this runs off.

Where the capital is held within a with-profits long-term fund, the value placed on surplus assets in the fund is already discounted to reflect its release over time and no further adjustment is necessary in respect of solvency capital. However, where business is funded directly by shareholders, the capital requires adjustment to reflect the cost of that capital to shareholders.

Financial Options and Guarantees

Nature of Options and Guarantees in Prudential's long-term business

UK and Europe Insurance Operations

The only significant financial options and guarantees in the UK and Europe insurance operations arise in the with-profits sub-fund and Scottish Amicable Insurance Fund (SAIF). With-profits products provide returns to policyholders through bonuses that are smoothed. There are two types of bonuses: annual and final. Annual bonuses are declared once a year, and once credited, are guaranteed in accordance with the terms of the particular product. Unlike annual bonuses, final bonuses are guaranteed only until the next bonus declaration. The with-profits sub-fund held a provision on the pillar 1 peak 1 basis of GBP49m at 31 December 2004 to honour guarantees on a small amount of guaranteed annuity products.

Beyond the generic features described above, and the provisions held in respect of guaranteed annuities, there are very few explicit options or guarantees of the with-profits sub-fund such as minimum investment returns, surrender values, or annuity at retirement and any granted have generally been at very low levels.

The Group's main exposure to guaranteed annuities in the UK is through SAIF and a provision on the pillar 1 peak 1 basis of GBP648m was held in SAIF at 31 December 2004 to honour the guarantees. With this exception, SAIF with-profits policies don't guarantee minimum rates of return to policyholders.

Jackson National Life

The principal options and guarantees valued under EEV for Jackson National Life are associated with the fixed annuity and variable annuity lines of business.

Fixed annuities provide that at Jackson National Life's discretion it may reset the interest rate credited to policyholders' accounts, subject to a guaranteed minimum. The guaranteed minimum return varies from 1.5% to 5.5%, depending on the particular product, jurisdiction where issued, and date of issue. At 31 December, 2004, 73% of the fund relates to policies with guarantees of 3% or less. The average guarantee rate is 3.3%.

Fixed annuities also present a risk that policyholders will exercise their option to surrender their contracts in periods of rapidly rising interest rates, possibly requiring JNL to liquidate assets at an inopportune time.

Variable annuity contracts may contain guarantees of certain minimum payments in the event of death, withdrawal or annuitisation. These guarantees may be related to (a) the amount of total deposits made to the contract adjusted for any partial withdrawals, (b) the total deposits made to the contract adjusted for any partial withdrawals, plus a minimum annual return, or (c) the highest contract value on a specified anniversary date adjusted for any withdrawals following the contract anniversary.

These guarantees generally protect the policyholder's value in the event of poor equity market performance.

JNL also issues fixed indexed annuities that enable policyholders to obtain a portion of an equity-linked return while providing a guaranteed minimum return. The guaranteed minimum returns would be of a similar nature as those described above for fixed annuities. In the case of the potential equity participation, JNL hedges this risk by purchasing futures and options on the relevant index.

Asian Operations

Subject to local market circumstances and regulatory requirements the guarantee features described above in respect of UK business broadly apply to similar types of participating contracts written in the PAC Hong Kong branch, Singapore and Malaysia. Participating products have both guaranteed and non-guaranteed elements.

Non-participating long-term products are the only ones where the insurer is contractually obliged to provide guarantees on all benefits. The most significant book of non-participating business in the Group's Asian operations is Taiwan's whole of life contracts. For these contracts there are floor levels of policyholder benefits that accrue at rates set at inception which are set by reference to minimum returns established by local regulation at the time of inception. These rates don't vary subsequently with market conditions. Under these contracts the cost of premiums are also fixed at inception based on a number of assumptions at that time, including long-term interest rates, mortality assumptions and expenses. The guaranteed maturity and surrender values reflect the pricing basis.

Time Value

The value of financial options and guarantees comprises two parts. One is given by a deterministic valuation on best estimate assumptions (the 'intrinsic value'). The other part arises from the variability of economic outcomes in the future (the 'time value').

Where appropriate, a full stochastic valuation has been undertaken to determine the value of the in-force business including the cost of capital. A deterministic valuation of the in-force business is also derived using consistent assumptions and the time value of the financial options and guarantees is derived as the difference between the two.

The economic assumptions used for the stochastic calculations are consistent with those used for the deterministic calculations. Assumptions specific to the stochastic calculations such as equity volatility and credit losses reflect local market conditions and are based on a combination of actual market data, historic market data and an assessment of long-term economic conditions. Common principles have been adopted across the Group for the stochastic asset models, for example, separate modelling of individual asset classes but with allowance for correlation between the various asset classes. Details of the key characteristics of each model are given in note 3.

b) Level of Encumbered Capital

In adopting the EEV principles, Prudential has based encumbered capital on its internal targets for economic capital subject to it being at least the local statutory minimum requirements. Economic capital is assessed using internal models, but when applying EEV Prudential does not take credit for the significant diversification benefits that exist within the Group. For with-profits business written in a segregated life fund, as is the case in the UK and Asia, the capital available in the fund is sufficient to meet the encumbered capital requirements.

* UK: Economic capital requirements for annuity business are fully met by Pillar I requirements being 4% of mathematical reserves (as used for achieved profits reporting), which are also sufficient to meet Pillar II requirements as determined in the Individual Capital Assessment (ICA) submitted to the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

* US: Level of capital that has previously been locked in for Achieved Profits reporting, namely 235 per cent of the risk based capital required by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners at the Company Action Level (CAL), is sufficient to meet the economic capital requirement.

* Asia: Economic capital target is substantially higher than local statutory requirements in total. Economic capital requirements vary by territory, but in aggregate, the encumbered capital is equivalent to the amount required under the Financial Conglomerates Directive (FCD) requirement.

The table below summarises the levels of encumbered capital as a percentage of the relevant statutory requirement.

                               Capital as a percentage of
                               Relevant Statutory Requirement
UK Business (excluding                 100% of EU minimum
Annuities)
UK Annuity Business                    100% of EU minimum
Jackson National Life                  235% of CAL
Asian Operations                       100% of FCD

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Please note that the annuities and income drawdown information contained within the articles and general text on Annuities Central may not be intended for annuity consumer use, may no longer be current and should not be used by consumers to make financial decisions. It is very important that you don't use this annuity information in isolation to decide which annuity or annuity alternative to buy. Annuity comparisons and pensions information or opinions expressed are made as at the date of this publication and are subject to change without notice. Always seek the help of an annuity broker before you buy an annuity.

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