Insurance Companies and the Federal Home Loan Banks - A Growing Relationship

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chart of insurance co membership and FHLB advances

chart of FHLBNY dividends

Note: There is no guarantee that the level of future dividends will
reflect the level of previous dividend payouts.

Insurance companies play a key role within the U.S. housing market. The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) promotes housing and economic development by providing low-cost, flexible liquidity to member financial institutions. This closely aligns with our insurance company members’ significant investments and participation in the mortgage market along with their economic development initiatives. Our insurance company members count on us to be a reliable and stable source of liquidity in any market condition. 

Membership and advances by insurance companies have increased exponentially as more and more realize the integral role the FHLBNY plays to insurers looking to converge liquidity and working capital needs (as shown in the chart to the right). Overall, the Federal Home Loan Bank System (FHLBanks) has over 400 insurance company members, while the percentage of all FHLBanks borrowings by insurance companies has more than quadrupled between 2007 and 2018.

Insurance companies typically capitalize on their membership to satisfy contingent and strategic funding needs, in addition to financing capital, acquisition costs, and new facilities. This enables them to manage their liquidity positions and obtain affordable financing to support lending, investing, daily operations and grow their business in order to support the housing markets and the communities they serve.

Since the FHLBNY is structured as a cooperative, our members are shareholders. Paid from 2018 income, we returned $417.6 million in dividends to our members for a full-year dividend rate of 6.76%. This high performance is a testament to our dedication to provide value to our members.

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FHLBNY Insurance Company Members

› American Home Assurance Company
› Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of NY
› AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company
› Build America Mutual Assurance Company
› Cumberland Mutual Fire Insurance Company
› Genworth Life Insurance Co. of New York
› Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America
› Horizon Healthcare of New Jersey, Inc.
› Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.
› Kingstone Insurance Company
› Merchants Mutual Insurance Company
› Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
› MONY Life Insurance Company
› New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co.
› New York Life Insurance Company
› Prudential Insurance Co. of America
› Security Mutual Life Insurance Co. of NY
› Selective Insurance Company of America
› Selective Insurance Company of New York
› Stratford Insurance Company
› Teachers Ins. & Annuity Assoc. of America
› The US Life Ins. Co. in the City of NY
› Ticonderoga Insurance Company
› Transamerica Financial Life Insurance Co.
› Transatlantic Reinsurance Company
› Tudor Insurance Company
› Utica Mutual Insurance Company
› Western World Insurance Company

Key Takeaways for Insurance Companies

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Benefits of Partnering with the FHLBNY

Flexible Funding Source

Membership at the FHLBNY affords insurance companies access to a wide range of liquidity tools through the use of our various credit products called “advances.”

Members can gain access to low-cost, wholesale funding for financial flexibility and backup liquidity to help meet unexpected cash flow needs and manage risk and profitability.

Explore FHLBNY funding solutions to:

  • Meet liquidity and working capital needs
  • Augment income streams
  • Benefit from letters of credit and other products that may enhance operating leverage

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Key Benefits

  • Increase earnings through strategic liquidity management and quarterly dividends
  • Finance capital, acquisition costs, or new facilities without liquidating earning assets
  • Manage cash flow needs
  • Grow investment income by reducing short-term liquidity balances and increasing invested asset balances
  • Fill liability maturity gaps and support match funding programs
  • Enhance operating leverage with letters of credit as an alternative form of collateral
  • Secure grant money for low-income housing or community development projects
  • Access discounted community investment funds
  • Demonstrate an enhanced liquidity position to regulators and rating agencies

How are Insurance Companies Taking Advantage of Membership?

They typically use membership to fulfill the following needs:

  • Contingent and strategic liquidity
  • Match funding or pool funding
  • Asset and liability management

We also offer exclusive resources to our members for beneficial insight and education.

Visit our Member Resource Center

More About Us and Becoming a Member

Strength in Numbers

The FHLBNY is a triple-A–rated, congressionally chartered, wholesale bank within the national Federal Home Loan Banks System.

As of December 31, 2018, the FHLBNY has recorded:

  • 337 member institutions including commercial banks, thrifts, credit unions, community development financial institutions, housing associates, and insurance companies in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • $144.4 billion in assets
  • $105.2 billion dollars in advances

Membership Eligibility Requirements

Your company will be:

  • Duly organized by law
  • Subject to inspection and regulation
  • Of sound financial condition
  • Committed to ensuring sound and economical financial policies
  • Able to purchase membership stock upon approval as outlined in the membership application

Tools to Help You Determine Eligibility

Eligibility Worksheet (HLB-009)

This worksheet will help calculate:

  • Eligibility
  • Initial FHLBNY stock subscription amount
  • Financial ratios & real estate collateral ratios


Application Process Checklist
Forms & Agreements for New Members

Contact a dedicated Calling Officer that will help determine your insurance company's membership needs (212) 441-6700.

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