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  376.311.  Investment of capital reserve and surplus of life insurance companies in investment pools — definitions — qualifications — requirements. — 1.  In addition to the investments permitted by other provisions of the laws, the capital reserve and surplus of all life insurance companies of whatever kind and character, organized or doing business pursuant to this chapter, may be invested in an investment pool meeting the requirements set out below, and any other provision of law relating to investments made by life insurance companies.

  2.  As used in this section, the following terms mean:

  (1)  "Business entity", a corporation, limited liability company, association, partnership, joint stock company, joint venture, mutual fund trust, or other similar form of business organization, including such an entity when organized as a not-for-profit entity;

  (2)  "Qualified bank", a national bank, state bank or trust company that at all times is no less than adequately capitalized as determined by the standards adopted by the United States banking regulators and that is either regulated by state banking laws or is a member of the Federal Reserve System.

  3.  (1)  Qualified investment pools shall invest only in investments which an insurer may acquire pursuant to this chapter and other provisions of law.  The insurer's proportionate interest in these investments may not exceed the applicable limits of this section and other provisions of law.

  (2)  An insurer shall not acquire an investment in an investment pool pursuant to this subsection if, after giving effect to the investment, the aggregate amount of investments in all investment pools then held by the insurer would exceed thirty percent of its assets.

  (3)  For an investment in an investment pool to be qualified pursuant to this chapter, the investment pool shall not:

  (a)  Acquire securities issued, assumed, guaranteed or insured by the insurer or an affiliate of the insurer;

  (b)  Borrow or incur any indebtedness for borrowed money, except for securities lending and reverse repurchase transactions;

  (c)  Lend money or other assets to participants in the pool.

  (4)  For an investment pool to be qualified pursuant to this chapter, the manager of the investment pool shall:

  (a)  Be organized pursuant to the laws of the United States or a state and designated as the pool manager in a pooling agreement;

  (b)  Be the insurer; an affiliated insurer; a business entity affiliated with the insurer; a qualified bank; a business entity registered pursuant to the Investment Advisors Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. Sec. 80a-1 et seq.) as amended; or, in the case of a reciprocal insurer or interinsurance exchange, its attorney-in-fact.

  (5)  The pool manager, or an agent designated by the pool manager, shall compile and maintain detailed accounting records setting forth:

  (a)  The cash receipts and disbursements reflecting each participant's proportionate investment in the investment pool;

  (b)  A complete description of all underlying assets of the investment pool including amount, interest rate, maturity date (if any) and other appropriate designations; and

  (c)  Other records which, on a daily basis, allow third parties to verify each participant's investments in the investment pool.

  (6)  The pool manager shall maintain the assets of the investment pool in one or more custody accounts, in the name of or on behalf of the investment pool, under one or more custody agreements with a qualified bank.  Each custody agreement shall:

  (a)  State and recognize the claims and rights of each participant;

  (b)  Acknowledge that the underlying assets of the investment pool are held solely for the benefit of each participant in proportion to the aggregate amount of its investments in the investment pool; and

  (c)  Contain an agreement that the underlying assets of the investment pool shall not be commingled with the general assets of the qualified bank or any other person.

  (7)  The pooling agreement for each investment pool shall be in writing and shall provide that:

  (a)  An insurer and its affiliates shall, at all times, hold one hundred percent of the interests in the investment pool;

  (b)  The underlying assets of the investment pool shall not be commingled with the general assets of the pool manager or any other person;

  (c)  The aggregate amount of each pool participant's interest in the investment pool shall be in proportion to:

  a.  Each participant's undivided interest in the underlying assets of the investment pool; and

  b.  The underlying assets of the investment pool held solely for the benefit of each participant;

  (d)  A participant or, in the event of the participant's insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership, its trustee, receiver, conservator or other successor-in-interest may withdraw all or any portion of its investment from the investment pool under the terms of the pooling agreement;

  (e)  Withdrawals may be made on demand without penalty or other assessment on any business day, but settlement of funds shall occur within a reasonable and customary period thereafter, provided:

  a.  In the case of publicly traded securities, settlement shall not exceed five business days; and

  b.  In the case of all other securities and investments, settlement shall not exceed ten business days.  



Distributions pursuant to this paragraph shall be calculated in each case net of all then applicable fees and expenses of the investment pool.

  (8)  The pooling agreement shall provide that the pool manager shall distribute to a participant, at the discretion of the pool manager:

  (a)  In cash, the then fair market value of the participant's pro rata share of each underlying asset of the investment pool; or

  (b)  In-kind, a pro rata share of each underlying asset; or

  (c)  In a combination of cash and in-kind distributions, a pro rata share in each underlying asset;

  (9)  The pool manager shall make the records of the investment pool available for inspection by the director.

  4.  The pooling agreement and any other arrangements or agreements relating to an investment pool, and any amendments thereto, shall be submitted to the department of commerce and insurance for prior approval pursuant to section 382.195.  Individual financial transactions between the pool and its participants in the ordinary course of the investment pool's operations shall not be subject to the provisions of section 382.195. Investment activities of pools and transactions between pools and participants shall be reported annually in the registration statement required by section 382.100.


(L. 1997 H.B. 793, A.L. 2002 H.B. 1568 merged with S.B. 1009)

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