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$1.9 billion to be paid in 2020.

While dividends are not guaranteed, New York Life’s Board of Directors recently approved a total expected dividend payout of $1.9 billion. That’s welcome news for clients who purchased participating whole life policies just a few years back as they will be able to use their dividends to meet today’s needs—or tomorrow’s. 

Want to see how helpful dividends can be?
This informative video is a great way to get started.

How can I use my dividends?

Dividends, as you will see, can be very helpful. When declared, you can use them to…

  • Buy more life insurance protection—and increase your cash value—with no additional underwriting.

  • Apply them to your premium payments to reduce your out-of-pocket costs.

  • Deposit them with New York Life where they can earn interest.3

  • Take them in cash to help meet current expenses.

Dividends add up over time.

Using dividends to buy more life insurance (what we call "paid-up additions") is popular with our policy owners because it’s an easy way to build financial security. You see, if you use your dividends to purchase more life insurance, these paid-up additions also become eligible to receive dividends—which in turn allows you buy even more coverage. Over time, this cycle can significantly increase the level of protection your family enjoys. 

Financial strength you—and your loved ones—can count on.    

As a mutual company, we aim to pay the highest-possible annual dividend, while maintaining our financial strength so that we can continue to meet current and future obligations. You can take comfort in the fact that New York Life enjoys the highest ratings for financial strength currently awarded to any U.S. life insurer by all four major rating agencies:3

Fitch Ratings
AAA
(Highest)

Standard & Poor's
AA+
(Highest)

A. M. Best
A++
(Highest)

Moody's Investors Service
AAA
(Highest)


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Our diverse business strategy is put to work for you

All New York Life policy owners benefit from our diversified business portfolio. These businesses can generate additional earnings to grow surplus—the capital above and beyond the funds already set aside to pay benefits—and help keep your company strong and growing. Our whole life policy owners also enjoy a distinct advantage from this business strategy: A portion of those earnings can also contribute to the dividend payout. And we have been able to do this while continuing to hold the highest ratings for financial strength currently awarded to any U.S. life insurer by the four major rating agencies.4 Said another way, our alignment with your interests pays dividends.

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Trust in the financial strength backing your plans

Life Insurance In Force and Assets Under Management charts


Life insurance is a product that has withstood the test of time. Regardless of the economic cycle
or whatever else may be going on in the world around us, it continues to have a place for those planning for a secure financial future.

If you own one of our individual life insurance products, you are part of a community of millions who collectively own more than $1 trillion in protection for their families and businesses. That’s money that can help pay for an education, secure a retirement, or protect the assets you’ve worked hard to accumulate.

The premiums and fees we collect on life insurance and annuity products are prudently invested and managed for the long term to ensure we fulfill the promises we make to you.

Operating Earnings & Surplus charts


As a life insurer with no shareholders, our interests are aligned with yours.

New York Life does not need to meet the quarterly demands of Wall Street. That’s why we make decisions and take actions with you in mind, whether it is paying dividends or enhancing our financial strength by growing surplus.

Surplus is one of the most important measures of an insurer’s financial strength since it shows the company’s ability to help secure your future. This is capital above and beyond the funds already set aside to pay the benefits we promise. Think of it as a cushion against potential future adverse economic events—money that further ensures we can continue to meet our obligations to you whenever you need us.

Trust in the solutions you choose

Insurance Sales, Annuity Sales, and Mutual Fund Sales charts


Protecting your family or business against the unexpected. Paying for college. Saving for retirement…and having the guaranteed income to enjoy it. Whatever your goals, we have the solutions that can help you achieve them. Our job is to provide guidance and help you assemble the plan you need and want. And as your goals evolve, you can count on us to help you continue to be free from worrying about your financial future.

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1. The guarantees of a life insurance policy are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer.

2. Dividends are payable after the first policy year. 

3. Source: Individual third-party ratings reports as of September, 12, 2019

4. The “highest ratings currently awarded” refers to the highest ratings currently awarded to any life insurer, specifically: A.M. Best A++ (as of 7/25/18), Fitch Ratings AAA (as of 6/1/18), Moody’s Aaa (as of 1/18/19), and Standard & Poor’s AA+ (as of 6/15/18). Source: third-party reports.

5. Individual life insurance in force is the total face amount of individual life insurance contracts (term, whole life and universal life) outstanding for NYLIC and its domestic insurance subsidiaries at a given time. The company’s individual life insurance in force totaled $1,029.3 billion at December 31, 2018 (including $175.3 billion for NYLIAC). 

6. Assets under management consist of cash and invested assets and separate account assets of the company’s domestic and international insurance operations, and assets the company manages for third-party investors, including mutual funds, separately managed accounts, retirement plans and assets under administration. The company’s general account investment portfolio totaled $256.10 billion as of December 31, 2018 (including $105.04 billion invested assets of NYLIAC). As of December 31, 2018, total assets equaled $311.46 billion (including $153.46 billion total assets of NYLIAC). Total liabilities, excluding the Asset Valuation Reserve (AVR), equaled $286.63 billion (including $143.66 billion total liabilities of NYLIAC). See Note 8 for total surplus.

7.  Operating earnings is the measure used for management purposes to track the company’s results from ongoing operations and the profitability of the business. This chart is based on accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) with certain adjustments we believe are more appropriate as a measurement approach (non-GAAP). Policy owners can view the GAAP-basis consolidated financial statements and a detailed reconciliation to our non-GAAP performance measures by visiting our website, www.newyorklife.com, beginning in mid-March. The New York State Department of Financial Services (the Department) recognizes only statutory accounting practices for determining and reporting the financial condition and results of operations of an insurance company, for determining its solvency under the New York Insurance Law, and for management determining whether its financial condition warrants the payment of a dividend to its policy owners. No consideration is given by the Department to financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP in making such determinations.

8. Total surplus, which includes the AVR, is one of the key indicators of the company’s long-term financial strength and stability and is presented on a consolidated basis of the company. NYLIC’s statutory surplus was $21.01 billion and $20.36 billion at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Included in NYLIC’s statutory surplus is NYLIAC’s statutory surplus totaling $8.59 billion and $9.19 billion at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. AVR for NYLIC was $2.59 billion and $2.65 billion at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. AVR for NYLIAC was $1.21 billion and $1.19 billion at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Policy owners can view the statutory financial statements applicable to their respective companies by visiting our website, www.newyorklife.com, beginning in mid-March. 

9.  Insurance sales represent annualized first-year premiums on participating issued whole life insurance, term life insurance, universal life insurance, long-term care insurance, and other health insurance products. A sale is generally counted when the initial premium is paid and the policy is issued. Adjustments are made to normalize non-recurring premiums to align with our annualized recurring premium methodology for insurance sales. Some examples are: single premium products sold through our agents and Advanced Markets Network retail and COLI distribution channel, our network of independent agents and brokers, are counted at 10 percent. Sales are generated from both domestic and Mexican operations.

10. Total annuity sales represent premiums on our deferred annuities (both fixed and variable) and on our guaranteed income annuities. Sales are generally recognized when premiums are received. Annuities are primarily issued by NYLIAC.

11. Mutual fund sales represent total cash deposited to new and existing accounts of the MainStay Funds, New York Life’s proprietary mutual funds. MainStay Funds are managed by New York Life Investment Management LLC and distributed through NYLIFE Distributors LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company.