Midland National Life Insurance Company Announces Essential Guaranteed Universal Life Product

WEST DES MOINES, IA - Aug. 21, 2019Midland National® Life Insurance Company, a member of Sammons® Financial Group and one of America’s leading insurance companies, today announced a new Essential Guaranteed® Universal Life (UL) insurance product with an added Premium Recovery Endorsement and new rates. These new features allow Midland National to help consumers secure guaranteed death-benefit protection1 that meets their needs. The new Essential Guaranteed UL also includes enhanced dial-a-guarantee pricing (selecting a no-lapse guarantee period that is shorter than a guarantee to maturity) for guarantees to age 100 or less and is strong in level pay, single pay and 10-pay scenarios.   

“In this era of low interest rates, a number of carriers are no longer offering a lifetime guaranteed universal life insurance product. People are living longer and need to be better prepared for the future,” says Jerry Blair, chief distribution officer of Sammons Financial Group’s Life Division. “Essential Guaranteed Universal Life provides customers and their families with support when they need it most.”  

Essential Guaranteed UL is the latest product innovation from Midland National that builds upon their reliability and commitment to their customers, who want to protect and provide for their families after they are gone or in case of an emergency. The new features of this lifetime guaranteed UL are: 

  • New Premium Recovery Endorsement: Essential Guaranteed allows policyowners to receive some or all of the total premiums paid when fully surrendering the policy following the 15, 20 or 25-year policy anniversary.2
  • Accelerated Death Benefit Endorsements: Policyowners may accelerate a portion of the policy’s death benefit, which pays an unrestricted cash benefit if the insured is diagnosed with a qualifying critical, chronic, or terminal illness.3
  • Guaranteed Exchange Privilege: This feature allows an exchange to an indexed universal life product at the same risk class with no underwriting and no surrender charge, subject to the terms of the policy.4
  • Additional Compliance: Essential Guaranteed UL is now compliant with Principal Based Reserves and 2017 CSO Mortality Tables.

This product is available with Midland National’s WriteAway® Accelerated Underwriting, which provides a faster and less invasive process for issuing a policy.  

Midland National is continually rated A+ by agencies including A.M. Best,Fitch and S&P Global Ratings, and they were named to Ward’s Top 50 list of top-performing life insurance companies for the past three years. To learn more about the new Midland National Essential Guaranteed Universal Life product, you can find an agent near you.


 About Midland National Life Insurance

 For more than 110 years, Midland National® Life Insurance Company (Midland National) has been an industry leader, crediting the company’s strength to its commitment to stability, innovation and dedicated customer service. Midland National is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and has earned an A+ (Superior) rating from A.M. Best, a large third-party independent reporting and rating company that rates an insurance company on the basis of the company's financial strength, operating performance and ability to meet its ongoing obligations to policyowners. This rating is the second highest out of 15 categories and was affirmed by A.M. Best for Midland National as part Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. on Aug. 7, 2019. 

Founded as Dakota Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1906, Midland National has protected families and preserved legacies for generations. Midland National is one of the leading insurance companies in the United States. Midland National is a member of Sammons Financial Group, a subsidiary of Sammons Enterprises, Inc. With its annuity division in West Des Moines, Iowa, and its life insurance operations in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Midland National operates in 49 states and the District of Columbia through its 12,000 licensed sales professionals. For more information, click here.

About Sammons® Financial Group, Inc.

The companies of Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. help families and businesses protect their future to enjoy life’s moments today. A subsidiary of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., Sammons Financial Group is privately owned with member companies that are among the most enduring and stable in the financial services industry. Our companies include Midland National® Life Insurance Company (including Sammons® Corporate Markets); North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®; and  Sammons Institutional GroupSM (including Midland Retirement Distributors® and  Sammons Retirement Solutions®). Together, we offer today’s most sought-after life insurance, annuity, and retirement planning products. Sammons Financial Group: With You for Every Moment®. 

1. Subject to payment requirements.

2. The Premium Recovery Endorsement allows the owner to fully surrender the policy during the premium recovery period and recover all or a portion of the total premiums paid less any policy debt or withdrawals, including withdrawal charges and processing fees. The owner may recover up to 50% of paid premiums if exercised following the 15-year anniversary, and up to 100% of paid premiums if exercised following the 20 or 25-year anniversaries. The maximum amount that can be recovered is capped at 50% of the lowest specified amount of the policy. Please reference the policy for complete details.

3. Subject to eligibility requirements. An administration fee is required at time of election of an accelerated death benefit. The death benefit amount will be reduced by the accelerated death benefit amount. Since benefits are paid prior to death, a discount will be applied to the death benefit amount accelerated. As a result, the actual amount received will be less than the amount of death benefit amount accelerated.

4. Allows policy owner the right to exchange the policy, without evidence of insurability and surrender charges, to one of our indexed universal life policies available at the time of exchange. The cash surrender value on the new policy may not be greater than the cash surrender value on the policy being exchanged. Not available for policy ages 76 and above or if there is an outstanding policy loan.

A.M. Best is a large third-party independent reporting and rating company that rates an insurance company on the basis of the company’s financial strength, operating performance and ability to meet its obligations to policyholders. A+ is the second highest rating out of 15 categories and was affirmed for Midland National as part of Sammons Financial Group on August 7, 2019. For the latest rating, access www.ambest.com.

S&P Global Ratings awarded its “A+” (Strong) rating for insurer financial strength on February 26, 2009 and affirmed on August 14, 2019 to Midland National, as part of Sammons Financial Group. The “A+” (Strong) rating is the fifth highest out of 22 available ratings.

Fitch Ratings, a global leader in financial information services and credit ratings, on April 17, 2019, assigned an Insurer Financial Strength Rating of A+ Stable for Midland National. This rating is the fifth highest of 19 possible rating categories. The rating reflects the organization’s strong business profile, low financial leverage, very strong statutory capitalization and strong operating profitability supported by strong investment performance. For more information, read the Fitch Ratings Report.

Life Health Wards 50® Companies analyze the financial performance of more than 700 life-health insurance companies domiciled in the United States and identify top performers.  Each Ward’s 50 company has passed all safety and consistency screens and have achieved superior performance over the five years analyzed (2014-2018) analyzed by the Ward Group.  The Ward Group is the leader of benchmarking and best practices services for the insurance industry. Since 1991, the firm has analyzed the financial performance of nearly 3,000 property-casualty insurance companies and more than 700 life-health insurance companies based in the U.S. Top performers in each segment are identified based on objective data and subjective quality measures. To learn more, visit ward.aon.com.



Agents offering, marketing, or selling accelerated death benefits for chronic illness in California must be able to describe the differences between benefits provided under an accelerated death benefit for chronic illness and benefits provided under long-term care insurance to clients. You must provide clients with the ADBE Consumer Brochure for California that includes this comparison. Comparison is for solicitation purposes only, not for conversions.

Essential Guaranteed (policy form series L146), Premium Recovery Endorsement (form series TR211), Accelerated Death Benefit Endorsement for Critical, Chronic and Terminal Illness (form series TR210), Accelerated Death Benefit Endorsement for Chronic and Terminal Illness (form series TR209), Accelerated Death Benefit Endorsement for Terminal Illness (form series TR208), Accelerated Death Benefit Endorsement for Critical Illness (form TR197, CA only), Accelerated Death Benefit Endorsement for Chronic Illness (form TR193, CA only) and Accelerated Death Benefit Endorsement for Terminal Illness (form series TR185, CA only) are issued by Midland National Life Insurance Company, Administrative Office, One Sammons Plaza, Sioux Falls, SD 57193. Products, features, endorsements, riders or issue ages may not be available in all states and jurisdictions. Limitations or restrictions may apply.