Policyholder Behavior in the Tail Risk Management Section Working Group Variable Annuity Guaranteed Benefits 2018 Survey Results

January 2019

The Joint Risk Management Section is trying to develop better estimates of policyholder behavior in the tail (PBITT). The mission of the PBITT working group is to examine and ultimately give guidance to actuaries on how to set policyholder assumptions in extreme scenarios.

As part of its work, the PBITT working group issued its annual survey to gather the range of assumptions actuaries use in pricing, reserving, and risk management of minimum guarantees on Variable Annuity products, such as death benefits, income benefits, withdrawal benefits and maturity benefits.


2018 Variable Annuity Guaranteed Benefits Survey

Thank You

Thanks to the members of the PBITT Working Group for their help in issuing and reviewing the survey:

Jim Reiskytl, Chair
Cliff Angstman
Peter Bondy
Dale Hagstrom
Stephen Hodges
Timothy Paris
Jeremy Wang
Josh Windsor
Steven Siegel, SOA Research Actuary
Barbara Scott, SOA Sr. Research Administrator

Special thanks to Jeff Hartman for his analysis and drafting the report. The working group gratefully acknowledges all of the companies that participated in the survey.

The PBITT Working Group encourages and welcomes comments, questions, and suggestions. Please send them to either Jim Reiskytl, jimreiskytl@wi.rr.com, or Barbara Scott, bscott@soa.org.