Interest rates are on the rise, but what if they remain as low as they've been indefinitely?...

|By:, SA News Editor

Interest rates are on the rise, but what if they remain as low as they've been indefinitely? MetLife's (MET) run the numbers and expects no required reserve strengthening on a statutory basis, and only modest GAAP charges, including no one-time loss recognition or goodwill impairment. What about a sharp rise? No impact from an economic standpoint because the insurer is "duration-matched," but from an accounting basis, it's sure to hit book value. Regulators and management are focused on economics. (presentation and webcast from DB conference)