Hartford, Conn., Oct. 27, 2015 – The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PNX) today announced that the Board of Directors of Phoenix Life Insurance Company voted to adjust the policy dividend scale effective January 1, 2016 for policies in the closed block of business. The changes include both positive and negative mortality adjustments and a 15 bps (0.15%) decrease in the dividend interest rate.
As a result of this change, most policyholders will see an increase in their dividend payments in 2016, although some will see a decrease. The impact on a specific policy will vary based on a number of factors, including product type, age at issue, length of time the policy has been in force, gender, and health when the policy was issued.
“Our decision reflects solid performance of the closed block overall, with mostly positive mortality adjustments. We adjusted the dividend interest rate to reflect persistently low, long-term projected yields,” said James D. Wehr, president and chief executive officer.
Phoenix Life projects it will pay its participating policyholders approximately $169 million in dividends in 2016.
Phoenix Life’s closed block is made up of participating, dividend-paying policies and contracts that were in force when Phoenix demutualized in June 2001. The decision to adjust the dividend scale is in accordance with the guidelines for managing the closed block, which were established at that time.
Phoenix Life’s adjustments to the closed block dividend scale since its demutualization are consistent with adjustments to other companies’ closed block participating policies.
Phoenix Life will not change the dividend scale for the small number of participating policies in its open block, which consists of business written after its demutualization.
ABOUT THE PHOENIX COMPANIES, INC. AND PHOENIX LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE:PNX) helps financial professionals provide solutions, including income strategies and insurance protection, to families and individuals planning for or living in retirement. Founded as a life insurance company in 1851, Phoenix offers products and services designed to meet financial needs in the middle income and mass affluent markets. The Phoenix Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, and Phoenix Life Insurance Company, an insurance company operating subsidiary, has its statutory home office in East Greenbush, New York. For more information, visit www.phoenixwm.com.
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