June 08, 2015
Nationwide Introduces First-Time Index Option for FIAs in Expanded New Heights Lineup
New Heights the only FIA to offer the J.P. Morgan MOZAIC Index as an index allocation strategy
Columbus, OH - Today, Nationwide® enhanced its New Heights® fixed indexed annuities (FIA) with the J.P. Morgan MOZAICSM Index (USD), a dynamic, multi-asset index from the award-winning index design team at J.P. Morgan. The Index is one of three index allocation strategies available on the expanded New Heights lineup of four products.
“The innovation behind New Heights FIAs is that they offer principal protection and earning potential beyond what's offered by traditional fixed indexed annuities,” said Eric Henderson, senior vice president of life insurance and annuities at Nationwide. “When you pair that opportunity with J.P. Morgan MOZAIC’s six-year track record of generating stable returns, New Heights FIAs present an attractive retirement income solution for clients looking for accumulation and capital preservation.”
J.P. Morgan MOZAIC is a multi-asset index designed to create consistent returns based on a combination of broad diversification, positive momentum and volatility smoothing. The Index rebalances a diverse range of asset classes and geographic regions each month to create positive returns with low volatility. Since it launched in April 2009, the index has generated an average annualized return of 4.9 percent.
Advisors and clients also have the choice of the S&P 500® or MSCI EAFE for index allocation.
Nationwide New Heights 8, 9, 10 and 12 offer advisors the flexibility to help match the individual planning needs of each client with product differentiations that include varying CDSC schedules and a range of strategy options with unique crediting factors.
Additionally, New Heights offers the choice of two optional riders for an additional cost, each available with a purchase payment bonus option1. The Nationwide High Point® 365 Lifetime Income Benefit rider helps clients meet their retirement income needs, while the Nationwide High Point® Enhanced Death Benefit rider provides legacy planning options2. Both riders offer clients the greater of potential growth of their contract value or a fixed rate increase on their premium.
Nationwide worked with Annexus, a leading fixed indexed annuity product designer, on the New Heights lineup enhancement. Annexus also distributes the products through independent marketing organizations. New Heights is available to Nationwide’s affiliated agency force, independent distributors and bank and wirehouse channels.
“Market volatility and low interest rates have increased client demand for principal protection, yet clients still want their investments to have the opportunity for growth,” said Ron Shurts, co-founder of Annexus. “Filling that need has driven our product development efforts the past few years. The New Heights suite reflects our expertise and Nationwide’s focus on stable, diversified growth.”
Visit www.nationwide.com or call 1-800-321-6064 for more information about Nationwide New Heights FIAs. IMO advisors should contact their Annexus representative with questions about New Heights.
Annexus is an industry-leading designer of indexed annuity and index universal life products. Working with design partners including Genesis Financial, Annexus products have attracted the attention of top insurance carriers including Nationwide due to their innovative hedging and crediting methodologies. The consumer benefit of the product designs has attracted an elite network of financial professionals to partner in distributing cutting edge retirement solutions to their clients planning for retirement.
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.