Reopening of Comment Period for Updated Disclosure Requirements and Summary Prospectus for Variable Annuity and Variable Life Insurance Contracts
The Securities and Exchange Commission is reopening the comment period for a proposal to amend rules and forms to help investors make informed investment decisions regarding variable annuity and variable life insurance contracts. The proposal would permit persons to satisfy their prospectus delivery obligations under the Securities Act of 1933 for a variable annuity or variable life insurance contract and any associated portfolio companies by sending or giving a summary contract prospectus to investors and making the statutory and portfolio company prospectuses available online. In addition, the proposal would amend the registration forms for variable annuity and variable life insurance contracts to update and enhance the disclosures to investors in these contracts, and would require the Inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language (``Inline XBRL'') format for certain required disclosures in the variable contract statutory prospectus. The proposal would also make certain technical and conforming amendments to our rules and forms, as well as rescission of certain related rules and forms, and seek comments regarding parallel amendments to rules governing mutual fund summary prospectuses and registration forms applicable to other types of registered investment companies. The original comment period ended on February 15, 2019. The Commission is reopening the time period in which to provide the Commission with comments until March 15, 2019. This action will allow interested persons additional time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments.