Allianz Life Introduces New Features for Allianz Index Advantage+ Variable Annuities

Enhanced “Performance Lock” feature, additional term index options and more flexible withdrawal limits provide even more ways to plan for retirement

MINNEAPOLIS – May 1, 2023 – Today Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) introduced significant enhancements to its Allianz Index Advantage suite of Registered Index Linked Annuities (RILAs). Beginning today, Allianz Life is launching three refreshed products:

  • Allianz Index Advantage+SM Variable Annuity: Includes enhanced Performance Lock flexibility and simpler crediting method terminology.
  • Allianz Index Advantage + IncomeSM Variable Annuity: Income Multiplier Benefit allows investors to withdraw up to twice their annual maximum income payment to help pay for needed care.
  • Allianz Index Advantage+ NFSM Variable Annuity: Three- and six-year term index options with the Index Performance Strategy give clients long-term growth potential and participation rates that allow the potential for a higher Performance Credit than the index return.

“This refreshed set of products builds on Allianz Life’s 10 years of innovation in the RILA space,” said Corey Walther, President, Allianz Life Financial Services, LLC. “Clients are looking for growth potential with a flexible level of protection on the downside. Our Index Advantage + series offers all of that combined with enhanced flexibility and simplicity.”

 

Lock and Get Back In

All Allianz Index Advantage + products include an Early Reallocation feature: Lock and Get Back In. This feature allows clients who have executed a Performance Lock to reallocate their locked Index Option Values, beginning a new Term without having to wait until the next Index Anniversary. Rather than remaining locked through the end of the index year, clients can get back in and participate in Index Returns.

Performance Lock has been a feature of Allianz Life registered index-linked annuities for several years, and has helped thousands of investors1 lock in a level of return shielded from subsequent potential market downturns. Performance Lock allows investors to “lock in” their Index Option Value at a given point in time during their specified term, thus helping protect them from possible declining returns during the remainder of their index year.

But what about the possibility of improving market returns after an investor has “locked.” With Lock and Get Back In, investors can, in effect, “unlock” their locked index option(s) and reset their index value at a new level, which will be in effect for a specified term of their choice), plus whatever time is remaining in the current index year. Clients can lock and then get back in right away, or get back in during specified times during the remainder of the index year subject to certain restrictions. With Lock and Get Back In, investors get two chances to participate in potentially future upside market returns.

 

Income Multiplier Benefit

The Allianz Index Advantage + Income Variable Annuity also includes Income Multiplier Benefit, a unique feature that allows clients to withdraw up to twice their annual maximum income payment to pay certain acute and long-term care needs. Income Multiplier Benefit is automatically included at no additional cost with the Income Benefit rider that is automatically included with the contract for an additional 0.70% annual rider fee.

In addition, Allianz Index Advantage+ NF offers Index Performance Strategy Index Options that are not available on the current Allianz Index Advantage NF product, including a 3-year term with 20% buffer, and a 6-year term with 10% buffer.

“These new features are designed to make it easier for investors to feel confident about their opportunities to participate in market returns while ensuring a level of income in retirement,” said Walther. “Ten years after entering the RILA business, Allianz Life is continuing to bring new innovation and flexibility to the market.”



For more complete information about Allianz registered index-linked annuities and the variable option, 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 registered index-linked annuity and the variable option, which you should carefully consider. Please read the prospectuses thoroughly before sending money.

Executing a Performance Lock may result in the client receiving less than the Performance Credit they would have received had the client not locked the Index Option. It is possible to lock in a negative return. We will not provide advice or notify the client regarding whether they should execute a Performance Lock, the optimal time to do so, or if they execute a Performance Lock at a sub-optimal time. We are not responsible for any losses related to the client’s decision whether or not to execute a Performance Lock.

Clients could experience a loss during a term if the index declines more than the level of downside protection. Clients may not be able to participate fully in a market recovery if the index option is capped in subsequent terms.

  1. Total number of manual and automatic Performance Locks performed, average locked-in credits, and dollar amount of gains for clients who applied the Performance Lock feature between 9/16/2013 and 12/31/2022. The total number of contracts used for this analysis was 79,936. Potential credit varies by index strategy and index. Past performance is not an indication of future results

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

Products are issued by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America and distributed by its affiliate, Allianz Life Financial Services, LLC, member FINRA, 5701 Golden Hills Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55416-1297. 800.542.5427 www.allianzlife.com (L-40538-01)

This notice does not apply in the state of New York.

About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of the Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Companies®, has been trusted since 1896 to help millions of Americans prepare for financial uncertainties and retirement with a variety of innovative risk management solutions. In 2023, Allianz Life provided additional value to its policyholders via distributions of more than $13.73 billion. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, registered index-linked annuities, and fixed index universal life insurance, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with approximately 157,000 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.