This four-hour training course is designed to meet the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) education requirements for producers authorized to sell annuities. Specifically, this course includes the 2020 updates to the NAIC’s amended Model Regulations for annuity transactions. This course covers annuity suitability and best interest laws, as well as in-depth information on types of annuities, understanding each party of an annuity, contract structures, recordkeeping, contract provisions, and more. This course will teach students how to help a customer choose an annuity product that is right for them, and how to do so lawfully.

In 2020, the NAIC updated its Model Regulation for annuity transactions, which mandates insurance producers offering annuities to their customers to take a suitability and best interest training. This course meets the NAIC’s education requirement.

In this course, students will be led through the NAIC Model Regulation updates, with emphasis on the best interest obligations for producers. Since annuities are a largely misunderstood (and previously mis-marketed) product, producers have an obligation to understand their clients’ situations, plans, and needs in order to help guide them to make the right purchase decisions.

Students will learn about the different types of annuities and settlement options, and how each party to an annuity is impacted by the policy contract. We will look at suitability in depth, and see the advantages and disadvantages of various annuity types and contract provisions. Students will learn appropriate sales practices for determining the suitability of an annuity product, and learn about the nuances of annuity replacement. Other topics covered in this course include:

  • Variable vs. fixed annuities
  • When a beneficiary may be included in a contract
  • Death benefits
  • Interest rate options
  • Early surrender charges
  • Contract riders and when they may be appropriate
  • Taxation of annuities (including how to apply the exclusion ratio)
  • The difference between qualified and non-qualified annuities
  • Less common uses for annuities, including charitable donation and avoiding probate
  • How to consider a customer’s profile to make a suitable product recommendation
  • Disclosure requirements for both producers and customers
  • Replacing annuities
  • Recordkeeping requirements
  • Unfair marketing practices
  • And so much more!

At the end of the course, there will be a 40 question final exam that must be passed with 70% or better. The exam may be taken as many times as needed to pass.

  • Course ID(s): 6000170014
  • Approved By: New Hampshire Insurance Department

Instructor Bio

Gary Sternberg

Gary Sternberg is a veteran of insurance training, having been in the insurance education industry for over 25 years. He is a highly focused, licensed professional with top-level skills in prelicense and continuing education content authorship and training. He is well-versed in compliance and has extensive experience with state and federal regulatory laws and rules. Gary brings to At Your Pace Online students his excellent teaching, writing, and presentation skills with the ability to turn the complex into learnable “normal” person material. Most importantly, Gary has a passion for insurance education and seeing students successfully navigate the licensing process.