§ 240.3a69-1 Safe Harbor Definition of “security-based swap” and “swap” as used in sections 3(a)(68) and 3(a)(69) of the Act — insurance.  


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  • (a) This paragraph is a non-exclusive safe harbor. The terms security-based swap as used in section 3(a)(68) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(68)) and swap as used in section 3(a)(69) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(69)) do not include an agreement, contract, or transaction that:

    (1) By its terms or by law, as a condition of performance on the agreement, contract, or transaction:

    (i) Requires the beneficiary of the agreement, contract, or transaction to have an insurable interest that is the subject of the agreement, contract, or transaction and thereby carry the risk of loss with respect to that interest continuously throughout the duration of the agreement, contract, or transaction;

    (ii) Requires that loss to occur and to be proved, and that any payment or indemnification therefor be limited to the value of the insurable interest;

    (iii) Is not traded, separately from the insured interest, on an organized market or over the counter; and

    (iv) With respect to financial guaranty insurance only, in the event of payment default or insolvency of the obligor, any acceleration of payments under the policy is at the sole discretion of the insurer; and

    (2) Is provided:

    (i)(A) By a person that is subject to supervision by the insurance commissioner (or similar official or agency) of any State, as defined in section 3(a)(16) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(16)), or by the United States or an agency or instrumentality thereof; and

    (B) Such agreement, contract, or transaction is regulated as insurance under applicable State law or the laws of the United States;

    (ii)(A) Directly or indirectly by the United States, any State or any of their respective agencies or instrumentalities; or

    (B) Pursuant to a statutorily authorized program thereof; or

    (iii) In the case of reinsurance only by a person to another person that satisfies the conditions set forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, provided that:

    (A) Such person is not prohibited by applicable State law or the laws of the United States from offering such agreement, contract, or transaction to such person that satisfies the conditions set forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this section;

    (B) The agreement, contract, or transaction to be reinsured satisfies the conditions set forth in paragraph (a)(1) or (3) of this section; and

    (C) Except as otherwise permitted under applicable State law, the total amount reimbursable by all reinsurers for such agreement, contract, or transaction may not exceed the claims or losses paid by the person writing the risk being ceded or transferred by such person; or

    (iv) In the case of non-admitted insurance by a person who:

    (A) Is located outside of the United States and listed on the Quarterly Listing of Alien Insurers as maintained by the International Insurers Department of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; or

    (B) Meets the eligibility criteria for non-admitted insurers under applicable State law; or

    (3) Is provided in accordance with the conditions set forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this section and is one of the following types of products:

    (i) Surety bond;

    (ii) Fidelity bond;

    (iii) Life insurance;

    (iv) Health insurance;

    (v) Long term care insurance;

    (vi) Title insurance;

    (vii) Property and casualty insurance;

    (viii) Annuity;

    (ix) Disability insurance;

    (x) Insurance against default on individual residential mortgages; and

    (xi) Reinsurance of any of the foregoing products identified in paragraphs (i) through (x) of this section.

    (b) The terms security-based swap as used in section 3(a)(68) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(68)) and swap as used in section 3(a)(69) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(69)) do not include an agreement, contract, or transaction that was entered into on or before the effective date of this section and that, at such time that it was entered into, was provided in accordance with the conditions set forth in paragraph (a)(2) of this section.

    [77 FR 48356, Aug. 13, 2012]