(1) An insurer may use derivative instruments under this section to engage in hedging transactions and certain income generation transactions, as these terms may be further defined in rules promulgated by the commissioner.
(2) An insurer shall be able to demonstrate to the commissioner the intended hedging characteristics and the ongoing effectiveness of the derivative transaction or combination of the transactions through cash flow testing or other appropriate analyses.
(b) An insurer may enter into hedging transactions under this section if, as a result of and after giving effect to the transaction:
(1) The aggregate statement value of options, caps, floors and warrants not attached to another financial instrument purchased and used in hedging transactions does not exceed seven and one-half percent of its admitted assets;
(2) The aggregate statement value of options, caps and floors written in hedging transactions does not exceed three percent of its admitted assets; and
(3) The aggregate potential exposure of collars, swaps, forwards and futures used in hedging transactions does not exceed six and one-half percent of its admitted assets.
(c) An insurer may only enter into the following types of income generation transactions if as a result of and after giving effect to the transactions, the aggregate statement value of the fixed income assets that are subject to call or that generate the cash flows for payments under the caps or floors, plus the face value of fixed income securities underlying a derivative instrument subject to call, plus the amount of the purchase obligations under the puts, does not exceed ten percent of its admitted assets:
(1) Sales of covered call options on noncallable fixed income securities, callable fixed income securities if the option expires by its terms prior to the end of the noncallable period or derivative instruments based on fixed income securities;
(2) Sales of covered call options on equity securities, if the insurer holds in its portfolio, or can immediately acquire through the exercise of options, warrants or conversion rights already owned, the equity securities subject to call during the complete term of the call option sold;
(3) Sales of covered puts on investments that the insurer is permitted to acquire under this article, if the insurer has escrowed, or entered into a custodian agreement segregating, cash or cash equivalents with a market value equal to the amount of its purchase obligations under the put during the complete term of the put option sold; or
(4) Sales of covered caps or floors, if the insurer holds in its portfolio the investments generating the cash flow to make the required payments under the caps or floors during the complete term that the cap or floor is outstanding.
(d) An insurer shall include all counterparty exposure amounts in determining compliance with the limitations of section ten of this article.
(e) Pursuant to rules promulgated under section eight of this article, the commissioner may approve additional transactions involving the use of derivative instruments in excess of the limits of subsection (b) of this section or for other risk management purposes under rules promulgated by the commissioner, but replication transactions may not be permitted for other than risk management purposes.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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