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    Gainbridge Annuity Review

    Gainbridge Annuities are issued by Clear Spring Life and Annuity Company, which was previously Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company The change in brand names from Guggenheim to the new Clear Spring Life was announced on August 22, 2022.  Gainbridge and Clear Spring are part of a larger organization called Group1001. 

    Clear Spring Life and Annuity Company are rated A- by AM Best. Prior to being purchased by Guggenheim Life, the company was called Standard Life of Indiana. 

    UPDATE:  August 26, 2021

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has been placed under review with developing implications the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” (Good) of Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company (GLAC) (Wilmington, DE).

    The Credit Rating (rating) actions reflect GLAC’s decline in surplus and weakening in its risk-adjusted capital position during the first half of 2021, driven in large part by the payment of stockholder dividends to its ultimate parent, Sammons Enterprises, Inc. 

    GLAC’s management is working on a capital plan to increase its capital and surplus and strengthen its risk-adjusted capital position.

    The ratings are expected to remain under review while GLAC management finalizes its capital plans and AM Best can fully assess the impact this has on the company’s capital and surplus position and risk-adjusted capitalization.

    This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. 

    For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper use of Best’s Credit Ratings, Best’s Preliminary Credit Assessments, and AM Best press releases, please view Guide to Proper Use of Best’s Ratings & Assessments.

    AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher, and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Mexico City. 

    For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

    Copyright © 2021 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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    Contacts

    Erik Miller, CFA
    Associate Director
    +1 908 439 2200, ext.5187
    erik.miller@ambest.com

    Michael Lagomarsino, CFA, FRM
    Senior Director
    +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5810
    michael.lagomarsino@ambest.com

    Christopher Sharkey
    Manager, Public Relations
    +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
    christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

    Jim Peavy
    Director, Communications
    +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
    james.peavy@ambest.com

    Gainbridge Annuities are issued by Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company which is a part of a larger organization called Group1001. 

    Gainbridge Annuity: Part of Group 1001

    Group 1001 is a family of insurance companies offering accumulation and protection solutions and investing in social programs to drive positive change for U.S. communities. 

    Led by a team with a record of building successful businesses, Group1001 combines fresh thinking and a can-do culture with insurance, technology, and investment management expertise to make a real difference in people’s lives.

    In addition to Gainbridge Annuities, Group 1001 also owns:

    Gainbridge Annuity Contact Info

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    Gainbridge Annuities Explained:

    #1. Gainbridge Multi-Year Guaranteed Annuity

    multi-year guaranteed annuity pays a fixed rate for the term of the annuity contract, anywhere from 3 to 10 years depending on the option you purchase. 

    After the original annuity contract term has ended the owner has the option to withdraw all of their annuity account value in a single lump sum. 

    However, if you do not liquidate your annuity during a 30-day window it will automatically renew for another 5-year period at whatever the current new money rate is at that time.

    Liquidity: 10% free withdrawals annually beginning contract year 2.  

    Minimum Premium: $10,000

    Premium Type: Single-Premium, does not accept additional deposits.

    Fees: No Annual Fees

    Gainbridge Multi-Year Guarantee Annuity Brochure

    #2. Gainbridge SPIA

    The Gainbridge SPIA (Single-Premium Immediate Annuity) is a financial planning tool designed to convert an initial investment into a stable stream of fixed monthly payouts over a specified investment period. You can select a Guaranteed Period (investment period) from 3 to 10 years while earning interest.

    The Gainbridge SPIA will make fixed monthly payouts during the Guaranteed Period. Each Payout Amount is based on the amount of your initial investment when you purchase your SPIA. One note of interest is that they currently do not offer lifetime payout options which are the most common type of immediate annuity payment option.

    Their SPIA does offer a Commutation option during the guarantee period which happens to be a nice feature that is not offered in many single premium immediate annuity products.

    Commutation Explained:

    Your Payout Amounts are calculated with the expectation that you will maintain your Gainbridge SPIA for the entire Guaranteed Period. If you choose to commute your contract prior to the end of the Guaranteed Period, a 4% commutation charge is applied when calculating the Commutation Value you will receive.

    Annuity State Availability

    Currently, the Gainbridge Annuity is available for purchase in 22 states listed below.

    • Arizona
    • Connecticut
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Massachusetts
    • Maryland
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Missouri
    • North Carolina
    • New Jersey
    • Nevada
    • Ohio
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • Wisconsin

    Gainbridge Annuity Fees

    There are no fees associated with the Gainbridge Annuities unless you surrender your annuity contract prematurely. In this case, you can refer to the surrender schedule table above and see what the early surrender fees would be for each year of the contract.

    Early Withdrawal Surrender Schedule

     

    Annuity TermYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10
    3-Year3%2%1%       
    4-Year3%3%2%1%      
    5-Year3%3%3%2%1%     
    6-Year3%3%3%3%2%1%    
    7-Year3%3%3%3%3%2%1%   
    8-Year3%3%3%3%3%3%2%1%  
    9-Year3%3%3%3%3%3%3%2%1% 
    10-Year3%3%3%3%3%3%3%3%2%1%

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