BB&T adds a guaranteed lifetime income investment option to its suite of 401(k) offerings

New option protects participants' retirement income

Dec 06, 2010, 10:16 ET from BB&T Corporation

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today BB&T (NYSE: BBT) announced a new option for its 401(k) institutional offerings -- the guaranteed lifetime income investment option called ClearCourse®.  

ClearCourse is designed to protect 401(k) plan participants from retirement risks such as outliving assets, retiring during a down market, and the effects of inflation. ClearCourse provides a guaranteed source of lifetime income.

"ClearCourse allows us to offer plan sponsors and their participants a guaranteed level of retirement income with growth potential," said Ray McCulloch, BB&T Institutional Services Executive manager.  "Now more than ever, we see a need for products that provide participants with a sense of security through a lifetime income guarantee."

The addition of ClearCourse is an important milestone in BB&T Institutional Services' on-going efforts to provide flexible and customized 401(k) solutions. ClearCourse is a group variable annuity issued by Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company and is available to BB&T's Institutional Services client companies that elect it as an investment choice for their employees.

About BB&T Institutional Services

For more than 130 years, BB&T has provided small and large corporations, charitable organizations, foundations and endowments, and state and local governments with the services and support they need to achieve economic success and financial security. BB&T Institutional Services offers a complete range of employee benefits consulting, fiduciary, philanthropic, corporate trust and investment management services. For more information on the BB&T's retirement plan solutions, call 1-800-866-2288.  

About BB&T

BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with more than $157.2 billion in assets and market capitalization  of $16.7 billion, as of Sept. 30, 2010. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates approximately 1,800 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at www.BBT.com.

About Genworth Financial

Genworth Financial Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a leading Fortune 500 global financial security company. Genworth employs approximately 6,000 people with a presence in more than 25 countries. Its products and services help meet the investment, protection, retirement and lifestyle needs of more than 15 million customers.  For more information, visit www.genworth.com.

Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company, Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company.  The underlying portfolio will fluctuate and may lose value. Any decrease in value of the underlying portfolio from market performance will not reduce the guaranteed lifetime income amount.  Plan sponsors and participants may reference policy form MP 7164 2/06 for this product.

SOURCE BB&T Corporation



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