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Second-generation ForeRetirement variable annuity strengthens Forethought’s annuity platform

June 10, 2014



Innovative new withdrawal option anchors enhancements

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Counter to industry trends toward fewer variable annuity benefits, Forethought Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited, is offering additional attractive options for variable consumers, continuing to build upon its compelling ForeRetirement variable annuity suite.

The updated ForeRetirement variable annuities now offer Daily +4, another innovative, optional withdrawal benefit featuring daily step-up potential for income. Forethought stands apart as the only company in the industry with multiple daily step-up withdrawal options with Daily +4 alongside its predecessor, Daily 6.

“This second generation of our ForeRetirement variable annuity is the product of Forethought’s continued innovation and investment in the VA marketplace,” said Rob Arena, President of Forethought’s annuity division. “Forethought is helping more Americans successfully prepare for retirement with our comprehensive annuity platform, which includes variable and fixed annuities, as well as a long-term care annuity.”

Innovative New Withdrawal Option with Daily Step-Ups

The innovative Daily +4 breaks tradition with typical annuity withdrawal benefits. Instead of applying either a fixed deferral credit or performance-based increases, Daily +4 credits both. A 4% annual deferral credit applies on top of daily, performance-driven growth potential, or step-ups, for income purposes.

“By introducing Daily +4 alongside our more traditional Daily 6 optional withdrawal benefit, Forethought offers greater optionality for different types of investors,” said Paula Nelson, President of Forethought Distributors, LLC, the underwriting broker-dealer. “Daily 6 offers more downside protection with a higher deferral credit while the additive nature of Daily +4 provides greater growth potential when performance is strong.”

The benefits are offered at an additional charge. For both options, the deferral credit applies until the tenth contract anniversary or first withdrawal, if sooner.

Expanded Investment Platform

In addition, the ForeRetirement variable annuity investment platform has been enhanced with three new Forethought Variable Insurance Trust (FVIT) investment options from Forethought Investment Advisors, LLC. Among ForeRetirement’s more than 50 total investment choices, the FVIT investment options represent eight of nine managed-risk choices, offering volatility management alongside exposure to equities and fixed income investments for capital appreciation objectives.

National Availability

ForeRetirement variable annuities are offered in B, C and L share classes, sold through select national and regional financial institutions, including wirehouses, banks and independent broker-dealers. ForeRetirement is available is 49 states. Forethought does not issue in New York.

About Variable Annuities

Variable annuities are long-term investments intended for retirement purposes that offer tax-deferral, professionally managed investment options and flexible payouts. Values will fluctuate with investment performance, and the annuity may gain or lose value. Charges and fees will also reduce its value. Optional benefits are not available for purchase outside of a variable annuity and may be elected at an additional cost. A standard death benefit is included in the base product. Suitability and willingness to purchase the variable annuity must be considered prior to the potential benefits of any optional features.

About Forethought Life Insurance Company

Forethought Life Insurance Company provides a full suite of annuities and a leading preneed life insurance platform to help solve the pre-retirement, retirement and end-of-life challenges facing Americans today. A targeted strategy delivers multifaceted product lines to customers through key distribution relationships across the country. Experienced leadership and financial discipline underlie strong growth and success in the marketplace.

Variable annuities are sold by prospectus. The prospectus contains investment objectives, risks, fees, charges, expenses, and other information regarding the variable annuity contract and the underlying investments, which should be considered carefully before investing money. You can obtain a prospectus from your financial advisor or by visiting www.forethought.com.

Taxable distributions (including certain deemed distributions) are subject to ordinary income taxes, and if made prior to age 59½, may also be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Distributions received from a non-qualified contract before the Annuity Commencement Date are taxable to the extent of the income on the contract. Payments from IRAs are taxable in accordance with the normal rules surrounding taxation of payments from an IRA. Early surrender charges may also apply. Withdrawals will reduce the death benefit and any optional guaranteed amounts in an amount more than the actual withdrawal.

Forethought is Forethought Insurance Company and its affiliates, subsidiaries of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited. Annuities are issued by Forethought Life Insurance Company. ForeRetirement variable annuities are underwritten and distributed by Forethought Distributors, LLC, member FINRA.



Global Atlantic

Kathleen Redgate

Chief Operating Officer

212-389-2224

Kathleen.Redgate@gafg.com



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