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U.S. Pension Risk Transfer Market Hits an Estimated $16 Billion in Q3, Second Largest Reported Quarter to Date

LGRA reports a record-breaking quarter for the US PRT Market fueled by jumbo deals

STAMFORD, CT / October 28, 2021 / Legal & General Retirement America (LGRA), a leading provider of pension risk solutions in the US, today released its third quarter Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) Monitor.

The Monitor, which examines PRT transaction volume in the United States, estimates more than $16 billion in sales occurred over the past three months. Fueled by strong equity returns and rising interest rates, third quarter transaction volume was nearly twice the combined $8.8 billion recorded during the first two quarters of 2021.

The third quarter was also reported to be the second highest single quarter to date, behind only the fourth quarter in 2012 when General Motors completed a transaction of $26 billion. With Q4 transactions projected to be between $10-15 billion, total annual market volume could be between $35-40 billion, potentially surpassing its previous high set in 2012 at $36 billion.

In contrast to the first half of 2021, lift-outs outpaced terminations in the third quarter. Due mostly to two jumbo transactions (deals over $1 billion) of $5 billion each, lift-outs consisted of nearly 90% of deals that closed by premium.

“The economy is slowly but surely recovering from the pandemic and as a result deal volumes and deal sizes should follow suit,” said George Palms, LGRA President. “We’ve seen five jumbo deals of more than $1 billion this year alone, reflecting the fact that plan sponsors are becoming more comfortable with PRT as a tool to manage their pension risk.”

The complete Q3 US PRT Market Overview can be found here.

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Legal & General Retirement America (LGRA) specializes in customized pension risk solutions for institutional clients in the US market. Established in 2015, Legal & General Retirement America is a business unit of Legal & General America, Urbana, MD. Legal & General America life insurance and retirement products are underwritten and issued by Banner Life Insurance Company, Urbana, MD and William Penn Life Insurance Company of New York, Valley Stream, NY. Banner products are distributed in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. William Penn products are distributed exclusively in New York; Banner does not solicit business there. The Legal & General America companies are part of the worldwide Legal & General Group. CN 10262021

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Carolyn Gasbarra
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Edelman Smithfield
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