Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Comprehensive Regulations Protect Consumers' Interests in Annuity Sales

The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) issued the following statement in connection with a report issued today by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on annuity sales and distribution practices. Quotes below can be attributed to Carl Wilkerson, ACLI Vice President and Chief Counsel, Securities & Litigation.


Washington, D.C., (October 27, 2015) – “Americans’ retirement security is a vital concern to life insurance companies. Life insurers offer annuities, which are the only financial products in the marketplace that guarantee lifetime income.


“We are disappointed with the report issued today by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) because it may raise inappropriate and unnecessary worries among retirees and workers considering retirement about an insurance product that can provide financial security and peace of mind. Americans need continued, viable access to guaranteed lifetime income. Life insurers paid out $74 billion in annuity benefit payments in 2014.


“The senator’s report misrepresents the comprehensive regulatory framework that governs conduct in the sale of insurance products and protects consumers’ interests. Life insurers comply with laws that regulate permitted non-cash compensation practices and support their full enforcement.


“Life insurers remain fully committed to providing Americans the products and services they need to meet their financial and retirement security needs.”



The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association with approximately 300 member companies operating in the United States and abroad. ACLI advocates in federal, state, and international forums for public policy that supports the industry marketplace and the 75 million American families that rely on life insurers’ products for financial and retirement security. ACLI members offer life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care and disability income insurance, and reinsurance, representing more than 90 percent of industry assets and premiums. Learn more at


The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) is the leading trade association driving public policy and advocacy on behalf of the life insurance industry. 90 million American families rely on the life insurance industry for financial protection and retirement security. ACLI’s member companies are dedicated to protecting consumers’ financial wellbeing through life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, reinsurance, and dental, vision and other supplemental benefits. ACLI’s 280 member companies represent 95 percent of industry assets in the United States. Learn more at

Date Posted: October 28, 2015
Document ID: NR15-056
Contact: Jack Dolan, 202-624-2418