The New BCA Elevate™ Fixed Indexed Annuity is a Powerful Solution for Retirement

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Annexus, a leading designer of retirement savings and income solutions, launched the BCA ElevateTM suite of fixed indexed annuities today. BCA Elevate features exclusive access to the Merrill Lynch RPM IndexTM, which leverages the positive momentum of six global asset classes, including equities, fixed income and real assets such as gold and real estate. Over the last 14 years, the Merrill Lynch RPM IndexTM would have produced 42% higher compounded annual returns over such period than the S&P 500® Price Index with less than one-third of the volatility.1

“Most of the FIAs on the market limit a client’s accumulation potential when electing a guaranteed income rider,” said Ron Shurts, co-founder of Annexus. “BCA Elevate offers one of the strongest combinations of both accumulation potential and guaranteed income available today.”

“This new FIA product design provides an unrivaled level of retirement income flexibility,” said Annexus co-founder Don Dady. “Three lifetime income riders within a single product offer more solutions to meet a broader range of client needs. And when clients are ready to begin taking lifetime income, they have the ability to choose from either level income payments or options that provide the opportunity for increasing lifetime income.”

BCA Elevate is issued by the Athene Annuity and Life Company of West Des Moines, IA, one of America’s leading providers of retirement solutions. Insurance professionals can find out more about BCA Elevate through the exclusive Annexus network of independent marketing organizations. If you’re planning for retirement, ask your insurance professional about BCA Elevate.

1 The RPM Index was established on 3/1/16. Performance shown before this date is back-tested by applying the index strategy, which was designed with the benefit of hindsight, to historical financial data. Back-tested performance is hypothetical and has been provided for informational purposes only. The S&P 500® Price Index results are actual performance for the full period. Past performance is not indicative of nor does it guarantee future performance. The foregoing performance information does not include any relevant costs and fees associated with the BCA Elevate or any other financial product linked to the Merrill Lynch RPM Index or S&P 500® Price Index. For questions regarding the S&P 500 Price Index, please contact a representative of S&P directly.

About Annexus
Annexus designs solutions to help Americans grow and protect their retirement savings. For over a decade, Annexus has developed market-leading fixed indexed annuities and indexed universal life insurance products. In close collaboration with design partner Genesis Financial, Annexus has forged partnerships with Athene, Securian, Barclays, Merrill Lynch and other leading insurance companies and investment banks. Find out more about Annexus and our products at www.annexus.com.

Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Product (“Product”) is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated or its affiliates (“BofA Merrill Lynch”). BofA Merrill Lynch has not passed on the legality or suitability of, or the accuracy or adequacy of descriptions and disclosures relating to, the Product, nor makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of Product or any member of the public regarding the Product or the advisability of purchasing the Product, particularly the ability of the Merrill Lynch RPM IndexTM (“Index”) to track performance of any market or strategy. BofA Merrill Lynch’s only relationship to Athene Annuity and Life Company (“Licensee”) is the licensing of certain trademarks and trade names and the Index or components thereof. The Index is determined, composed and calculated by BofA Merrill Lynch without regard to the Licensee or the Product or its holders. BofA Merrill Lynch has no obligation to take the needs of the Licensee or the holders of the Product into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Index. BofA Merrill Lynch is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices of, or quantities of the Product to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Product is to be priced, sold, or purchased, or redeemed. BofA Merrill Lynch has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration or marketing of the Product.

BOFA MERRILL LYNCH DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND BOFA MERRILL LYNCH SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, UNAVAILABILITY, OR INTERRUPTIONS THEREIN. BOFA MERRILL LYNCH MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY LICENSEE, HOLDERS OF THE PRODUCT OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. BOFA MERRILL LYNCH MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE, WITH RESPECT TO THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL BOFA MERRILL LYNCH HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR LOST PROFITS, EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

“BofA Merrill Lynch®” and the “Merrill Lynch RPM IndexTM” are trademarks of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated or its affiliates and have been licensed for use by Athene Annuity and Life Company.

The Merrill Lynch RPM IndexTM is the property of BofA Merrill Lynch, which has contracted with S&P Opco, LLC (a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC) to calculate and maintain the Index. The Index is not sponsored by S&P Dow Jones Indices or its affiliates or its third party licensors (collectively, “S&P Dow Jones Indices”). S&P Dow Jones Indices will not be liable for any errors or omissions in calculating the Index. “Calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices” and the related stylized mark(s) are service marks of S&P Dow Jones Indices and have been licensed for use by Licensee.

The S&P 500® (the “Index”) is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC or its affiliates (“SPDJI”), and has been licensed for use by Athene Annuity and Life Company. Standard & Poor’s® and S&P 500® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by Athene Annuity and Life Company.

Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, any of their respective affiliates (collectively, “S&P Dow Jones Indices”). S&P Dow Jones Indices makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products particularly or the ability of the S&P 500® to track general market performance. S&P Dow Jones Indices’ only relationship to Athene Annuity and Life Company with respect to the S&P 500® is the licensing of the S&P 500® and certain trademarks, service marks and/or trade names of S&P Dow Jones Indices and/or its licensors. The S&P 500® is determined, composed and calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices without regard to Athene Annuity and Life Company or the Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products. S&P Dow Jones Indices have no obligation to take the needs of Athene Annuity and Life Company or the owners of Athene annuity and Life Company’s Products into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the S&P 500®. S&P Dow Jones Indices are not responsible for and have not participated in the determination of the prices, and amount of Athene Annuity and Life Company’s products or the timing of the issuance or sale of Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which Athene Annuity and Life Company’s products are to be converted into cash, surrendered or redeemed, as the case may be. S&P Dow Jones Indices have no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of Athene Annuity and Life Company’s Products. There is no assurance that investment products based on the S&P 500® will accurately track index performance or provide positive investment returns. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC is not an investment advisor. Inclusion of a security within an index is not a recommendation by S&P Dow Jones Indices to buy, sell, or hold such security, nor is it considered to be investment advice.

S&P DOW JONES INDICES DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ADEQUACY, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA RELATED THERETO OR ANY COMMUNICATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ORAL OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (INCLUDING ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS) WITH RESPECT THERETO. S&P DOW JONES INDICES SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY DAMAGES OR LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR DELAYS THEREIN. S&P DOW JONES INDICES MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, OR MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OR AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY ATHENE ANNUITY AND LIFE COMPANY, OWNERS OF THE ATHENE ANNUITY AND LIFE COMPANY’S PRODUCTS, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE INDEX OR WITH RESPECT TO ANY DATA RELATED THERETO. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT WHATSOEVER SHALL S&P DOW JONES INDICES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, TRADING LOSSES, LOST TIME OR GOODWILL, EVEN IF THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. THERE ARE NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES OF ANY AGREEMENTS OR ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN S&P DOW JONES INDICES AND ATHENE ANNUITY AND LIFE COMPANY, OTHER THAN THE LICENSORS OF S&P DOW JONES INDICES.

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Source:Annexus Management Company