Allianz Life Announces New 3-Year Term Index Options on Index Variable Annuities

Combines Long-Term Growth Potential with Shorter-Term Control through a Performance Lock Feature

MINNEAPOLIS – May 4, 2020 – To help clients address risk that market volatility can have on retirement security, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) has announced a new Index Performance Strategy with a 3-year term, available on Allianz Index Advantage® variable annuities1 with the S&P 500® Index and Russell 2000® Index.

With the new strategy, if the index return is positive over the term, clients may receive a positive performance credit equal to that index’s return, up to the cap. If an index return is negative over the term, clients still have a level of protection through the 20% buffer, but may receive a negative performance credit if the loss is greater than the buffer. Losses in excess of the buffer will reduce the contract value, and buffers cannot change after they are established for a contract.

“The 3-year term can be ideal for the extreme market environment we are currently in,” said Eric Thomes, chief distribution officer, Allianz Life. “It’s designed to help people benefit from a long-term strategy that provides performance potential with a level of protection from index losses.”

The new index strategy also allows for added flexibility in the short-term with a performance lock feature. This allows clients to lock in an index option value once in between index anniversaries, so the value would not fluctuate for the remainder of the term. On the next index anniversary, clients can reallocate and start a new term.

“Over half of Americans say they are worried the market hasn’t bottomed out yet*, so they may be looking for ways to stem the losses” said Thomes. “But it’s important to be able to still take advantage of any potential gains whenever the market begins to bounce back.”


1. Variable annuities are subject to investment risk, including loss of principal, and contract values fluctuate daily.

*Allianz Life conducted an online survey, the 2020 Q1 Allianz Life Quarterly Market Perceptions Study March 19-22, 2020 with a nationally representative sample of 1,003 respondents age 18+.

For more complete information about index variable annuities and any available variable options, call your financial professional or Allianz Life Financial Services, LLC at 800.624.0197 for a prospectus. The prospectuses contain details on investment objectives, risks, fees, and expenses, as well as other information about the variable annuity and variable options, which you should carefully consider. Please read the prospectuses thoroughly before sending money.

The S&P® Index is comprised of 500 stocks representing major U.S. industrial sectors.

S&P® is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”). This trademark has been licensed for use by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and its affiliates. S&P® and S&P 500® are trademarks of S&P. These trademarks have been sublicensed for certain purposes by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (“Allianz”). The S&P 500 is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and/or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by Allianz. Allianz products are not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P, or their respective affiliates and neither S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P, or their respective affiliates make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product.

Allianz products are not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P, or any of their respective affiliates (collectively, “S&P Dow Jones Indices”). S&P Dow Jones Indices make no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Allianz products or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investments generally or in Allianz products particularly or the ability of the Index to track general market performance. S&P Dow Jones Indices’ only relationship to Allianz with respect to the Index is the licensing of the Index and certain trademarks, service marks, and/or trade names of S&P Dow Jones Indices and/or its third-party licensors. The Index is determined, composed, and calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices without regard to Allianz or the products. S&P Dow Jones Indices have no obligation to take the needs of Allianz or the owners of the products into consideration in determining, composing, or calculating the Index. S&P Dow Jones Indices are not responsible for and have not participated in the design, development, pricing, and operation of the products, including the calculation of any interest payments or any other values credited to the products. S&P Dow Jones Indices have no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing, or trading of products. There is no assurance that investment products based on the Index will accurately track index performance or provide positive investment returns. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and its subsidiaries are not investment advisors. Inclusion of a security or futures contract within an index is not a recommendation by S&P Dow Jones Indices to buy, sell, or hold such security or futures contract, nor is it considered to be investment advice. Notwithstanding the foregoing, CME Group Inc. and its affiliates may independently issue and/or sponsor financial products unrelated to products currently being issued by Allianz, but which may be similar to and competitive with Allianz products. In addition, CME Group Inc., an indirect minority owner of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, and its affiliates may trade financial products which are linked to the performance of the Index. It is possible that this trading activity will affect the value of the products.

S&P DOW JONES INDICES DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ADEQUACY, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA RELATED THERETO OR ANY COMMUNICATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ORAL OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (INCLUDING ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS) WITH RESPECT THERETO. S&P DOW JONES INDICES SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY DAMAGES OR LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR DELAYS THEREIN. S&P DOW JONES INDICES MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OR AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY ALLIANZ, OWNERS OF THE PRODUCTS, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE INDEX OR WITH RESPECT TO ANY DATA RELATED THERETO. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT WHATSOEVER SHALL S&P DOW JONES INDICES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, TRADING LOSSES, LOST TIME, OR GOODWILL, EVEN IF THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. THERE ARE NO THIRD-PARTY BENEFICIARIES OF ANY AGREEMENTS OR ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN S&P DOW JONES INDICES AND ALLIANZ OTHER THAN THE LICENSORS OF S&P DOW JONES INDICES.

The Russell 2000® Index is an equity index that measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000® Index, which is made up of 3,000 of the biggest U.S. stocks. The Russell 2000® Index is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased small-cap barometer and is completely reconstituted annually to ensure larger stocks do not affect the performance and characteristics of the true small-cap index.

The Russell 2000® Index (the “Index”) is a trademark of Frank Russell Company (“Russell”) and has been licensed for use by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (“Allianz”). Allianz products are not in any way sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Russell or the London Stock Exchange Group companies (“LSEG”) (together the “Licensor Parties”) and none of the Licensor Parties make any claim, prediction, warranty or representation whatsoever, expressly or impliedly, either as to (i) the results to be obtained from the use of the Index (upon which the Allianz product is based), (ii) the figure at which the Index is said to stand at any particular time on any particular day or otherwise, or (iii) the suitability of the Index for the purpose to which it is being put in connection with the Allianz product. None of the Licensor Parties have provided or will provide any financial or investment advice or recommendation in relation to the Index to Allianz or to its clients. The Index is calculated by Russell or its agent. None of the Licensor Parties shall be (a) liable (whether in negligence or otherwise) to any person for any error in the Index or (b) under any obligation to advise any person of any error therein.

Guarantees are backed by the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing company. Variable annuity guarantees do not apply to the performance of the variable subaccounts, which will fluctuate with market conditions.

• Not FDIC insured • May lose value • No bank or credit union guarantee • Not a deposit • Not insured by any federal government agency or NCUA/NCUSIF

Products are issued by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, 5701 Golden Hills Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55416-1297, and distributed by its affiliate, Allianz Life Financial Services, LLC, member FINRA, 5701 Golden Hills Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55416-1297. (L40538, L40538-NF, L40538-IAI)

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About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® and one of the Ethisphere 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies®, has been keeping its promises since 1896 by helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuity and life insurance products. In 2019, Allianz Life provided additional value to its policyholders via distributions of more than $10.4 billion. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with over 147,000 employees in more than 70 countries. Allianz Life is a proud sponsor of Allianz Field® in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United.