The following requirements apply to the establishment and administration of variable life insurance separate accounts by any domestic insurer. (1) Establishment of separate accounts. Any domestic life insurance company issuing variable life contracts shall establish one or more separate accounts pursuant to the Insurance Code, Article 3.75. (A) If no law or other regulation provides for the custody of separate account assets and if such insurer is not the custodian of such separate account assets, all contracts for custody of such assets shall be in writing and the commissioner shall have authority to review and approve of both the terms of any such contract and the proposed custodian prior to the transfer of custody. (B) In connection with the handling of separate account assets, such insurer shall not without prior written approval of the commissioner, employ in any material manner any person who:
(i) within the last 10 years has been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor arising out of such person's conduct involving embezzlement, fraudulent conversion, or misappropriation of funds or securities or involving violation of 18 United States Code §§1341, 1342, or 1343, as amended; or (ii) within the last 10 years had been found by any state regulatory authority to have violated or has acknowledged violation of any provision of any state insurance law involving fraud, deceit, or knowing misrepresentation; or (iii) within the last 10 years has been found by federal or state regulatory authorities to have violated or has acknowledged violation of any provision of federal or state laws involving fraud, deceit, or knowing misrepresentation. (C) All persons with access to the cash, securities, or other assets allocated to or held by the separate account shall be under bond in the amount of not less
than $100,000. (2) Amounts in the separate account. The insurer shall maintain in each separate account assets with a value at least equal to the greater of the valuation reserves for the variable portion of the variable life insurance contracts or the benefit base for such contracts. (3) Investments by the separate account. (A) No sale, exchange, or other transfer of assets may be made by an insurer or any of its affiliates between any of its separate accounts or between any other investment account and one or more of its separate accounts unless: (i) in case of a transfer into a separate account, such transfer is made solely to establish the account or to support the operation of the contracts with respect to the separate account to which the transfer is made; and (ii) such transfer, whether into or from a separate account, is made by a transfer of cash; but other assets may be transferred
if approved by the commissioner in advance. (B) The separate account shall have sufficient net investment income and readily marketable assets to meet anticipated withdrawals under contracts funded by the account. (4) Limitations on ownership. (A) A separate account shall not purchase or otherwise acquire the securities of any issuer, other than securities issued or guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United States, if immediately after such purchase or acquisition the value of such investment, together with prior investment of such account in such security valued as required by these rules, would exceed 10% of the value of the assets of the separate account. Upon appropriate documentation by the company, which evidences that a waiver of this limitation will not render the operation of the separate account hazardous to the public or contractholders in this state, the commissioner may in writing waive this
limitation. (B) No separate account shall purchase or otherwise acquire the voting securities of any issuer if, as a result of such acquisition, the insurer and its separate accounts in the aggregate will own more than 10% of the total issued and outstanding voting securities of such issuer. Upon appropriate documentation by the company, which evidences that a waiver of this limitation will not render the operation of the separate account hazardous to the public or the contractholders in this state, the commissioner may in writing waive this limitation. (C) The percentage limitations specified in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph shall not be construed to preclude the investment of the assets of separate accounts in shares of investment companies registered pursuant to 15 United States Code §§80b-1-80b-21, as amended, or other pools of investment assets if the investments and investment policies of such investment companies or asset
pools comply substantially with the provisions of paragraph (3) of this section and other applicable portions of this regulation. (5) Valuation of separate account assets. Investments of the separate account shall be valued at their market value on the date of valuation, or at amortized cost if it approximates market value. (6) Separate account investment policy. The investment policy of a separate account operated by a domestic insurer filed under §3.803(2)(C) of this title (relating to Qualification of Insurer To Issue Variable Life Insurance) shall not be changed without first filing such change with the commissioner. (A) Any change filed pursuant to this paragraph shall be effective 60 days after the date it was filed with the commissioner, unless the commissioner notifies the insurer before the end of such 60-day period of his or her disapproval of the proposed change. At any time the commissioner may, after notice and
public hearing, disapprove any change that has become effective pursuant to this paragraph. (B) The commissioner may disapprove the change if he or she determines that the change would be detrimental to the interests of the contractholders participating in such separate accounts. (7) Charges against separate account. The insurer must disclose in writing, prior to or contemporaneously with delivery of the contract, all charges that may be made against the separate account, including, but not limited to, the following: (A) taxes or reserves for taxes attributable to investment gains and income of the separate account; (B) actual cost of reasonable brokerage fees and similar direct acquisition and sale costs incurred in the purchase or sale of separate account assets; (C) actuarially determined costs of insurance (tabular costs) and the release of separate account liabilities. The tabular costs
of insurance shall not exceed the mortality rate for the attained age of the insured in the table specified for the calculation of cash surrender values in the Insurance Code, Article 3.44a. Provided, for insurance issued on a substandard basis, the charge for mortality may be the mortality rate for the attained age of the insured in such other table as may be specified by the company and approved by the State Board of Insurance; (D) charges for administrative expenses and investment management expenses, including internal costs attributable to the investment management of assets of the separate account; (E) a charge, at a rate specified in the contract, for mortality and expense guarantees; (F) any amounts in excess of those required to be held in the separate accounts; (G) charges for incidental insurance benefits. (8) Standards of conduct. Every insurer seeking approval to enter into the
variable life insurance business in this state shall adopt by formal action of its board of directors a written statement specifying the standards of conduct of the insurer, its officers, directors, employees, and affiliates with respect to the purchase or sale of investments of separate accounts. Such standards of conduct shall be binding on the insurer and those to whom it refers. A code of ethics meeting the requirements of 15 United States Code §80a-17, as amended, and applicable rules and regulations thereunder shall satisfy the provisions of this paragraph. (9) Conflicts of interest. Rules under any provision of the Insurance Code or any regulation applicable to the officers and directors of insurance companies with respect to conflicts of interest shall also apply to members of any separate account's committee or or other similar body. (10) Investment advisory services to a separate account. An insurer shall not enter into a
contract under which any person undertakes, for a fee, to regularly furnish investment advice to such insurer with respect to its separate accounts maintained for variable life insurance contracts unless: (A) the person providing such advice is registered as an investment advisor under 15 United States Code §§80b-1-80b-21, as amended; (B) the person providing such advice is an investment manager under 29 United States Code §1001, et seq., as amended, with respect to the assets of each employee benefit plan allocated to the separate account; or (C) the insurer has filed with the commissioner and continues to file annually the following information and statements concerning the proposed advisor: (i) the name and form of organization, and its principal place of business; (ii) the names and addresses of its partners, officers, directors, and persons performing similar functions
or, if such an investment advisor be an individual, of such individual; (iii) a written standard of conduct complying in substance with requirements of paragraph (8) of this section which has been adopted by the investment advisor and is applicable to the investment advisor, its officers, directors, and affiliates; (iv) a statement provided by the proposed advisor as to whether the advisor or any person associated therewith: (I) has been convicted within 10 years of any felony or misdemeanor arising out of such person's conduct as an employee, salesman, officer or director of an insurance company, a banker, an insurance agent, a securities broker, or an investment advisor involving embezzlement, fraudulent conversion, or misappropriation of funds or securities, or involving the violation of 18 United States Codes §§1341, 1342, or 1343, as amended; (II) has been permanently or temporarily
enjoined by an order, judgment, or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction from acting as an investment advisor, underwriter, broker, or dealer, or as an affiliated person or as an employee of any investment company, bank, or insurance company, or from engaging in or continuing any conduct or practice in connection with any such activity; (III) has been found by federal or state regulatory authorities to have willfully violated or have acknowledged willful violation of any provision of federal or state securities laws or state insurance laws or of any rule or regulation under such laws; or (IV) has been censored, denied an investment advisor registration, had a registration as an investment advisor revoked or suspended, or been barred or suspended from being associated with an investment advisor by order of federal or state regulatory authorities; and (D) such investment advisory contract shall be in writing and provide
that it may be terminated by the insurer without penalty to the insurer or the separate account upon no more than 60 days' written notice to the investment advisor. The commissioner may, after notice and opportunity for hearing, by order require such investment advisory contract to be terminated if he or she deems continued operation thereunder to be hazardous to the public or the insurer's contractholders.
Source Note: The provisions of this §3.806 adopted to be effective June 5, 1985, 10 TexReg 1676.