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Sun Permanent Life is a simple permanent protection solution. It offers guaranteed premium payment options, including three limited pay options. Sun Permanent Life provides guaranteed cash values beginning in policy year 3 and a guaranteed death benefit. The guaranteed return of premium on death optional benefit, available with the 15 and 20 pay options, gives Clients the opportunity for an increasing death benefit, with all premiums paid included in the death benefit.
Special quotes available for cases over $ 25,000,000.
|Premium options and issue ages||Premium option
0 - 85
0 - 85
0 - 85
0 - 80
18 - 85
18 - 85
18 - 85
18 - 80
Special quotes are available for amounts in excess of $10,000,000.
|Premium payment mode and policy fees||Premium mode
|Guaranteed cash values||
Guaranteed return of premium on death benefit (ROPD)
Accidental death benefit (ADB)
Child term benefit (CTB)
Total disability waiver benefit (TDB)
Owner waiver death benefit
Owner waiver disability benefit
Owner waiver death and disability benefit
Guaranteed insurability benefit (GIB)
Business value protection benefit (BVPB)
Term insurance benefit
|Issue ages:||Base Life||Additional life|
|T10:||18 - 75||0 - 75|
|T10 with RPB:||18 - 65||0 - 65|
|T15:||18 - 70||0 - 70|
|T20:||18 - 65||0 - 65|
|T30:||18 - 55||0 - 55|
This benefit is offered on Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada life insurance products and is a non-contractual arrangement that we may approve at our discretion on a case-by-case basis. If an insured person is diagnosed with a terminal illness, an application can be made by the policy owner for a lump sum advance of 50% of the insurance amount, to a maximum of $250,000. The lump sum, plus interest, is deducted from the death benefit when paid. This benefit follows the rules of the living benefit program in effect when the policy owner applies to receive the benefit.
We will now allow Clients to split their Joint life policies into new single life policies at attained age and current rates without providing new evidence of insurability. The following criteria must be met:
Sun Lifetime Alternative is a straightforward answer for permanent insurance protection. It offers affordable lifetime coverage with guaranteed level premiums for the first 10 years. After that, the premiums may be adjusted annually depending on mortality experience, intrest rates, investiment performance, expenses, taxes and other relevant factors, but a client will never pay more than the guaranteed maximim outlined in their contract.
In a recent review of Sun Lifetime Alternative, we've determined a pricing adjustment is required due to a decline in economic conditions since this product was originally introduced in September 2003. For clients who own this product, starting with the 2014 policy anniversaries, their Sun Lifetime Alternative premium will increase, as applicable under the terms of their contract.
There are two series of Sun Lifetime Alternative:
As outlined in the policy, Sun Lifetime Alternative has adjustable premiums after the 10-year guaranteed premium period and adjustable cash values. The decision for these policies was to increase premiums and make no change to the adjustable cash values.
Generally, the increases range from 15.5 per cent at the older issue ages to 27.5 per cent at the younger issue ages. As shown in the sample chart below, the premium increases are relatively low and will vary by risk class, issue age and smoking status.
|Sun Lifetime Alternative Series 2002
Average monthly premium increases - $50,000 death benefit
The death benefit for the principle insurance is guaranteed and, therefore, is not affected by this change. Premiums for any other benefits are guaranteed as outlined in their policy.
Since these policies are all still in the 10-year premium guarantee period until January 1, 2015, no adjustments to this series will occur at this time. We will re-assess this block based on the experience expectations at the time of our next review beginning in 2015.
How will customers find out about the increase in premium?
We will include an insert with the annual policyholder statement at the anniversary when the adjustment occurs. We will begin mailing information about these changes to clients next week, for those with a January 2014 anniversary date. The premium increase occurs on the policy anniversary between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
In addition to this insert, customers who pay by pre-authorized chequing (PAC) will also receive notification of the premium increase through their (PAC) notices.
Will I get a list of Sun Lifetime Alternative policies affected by these adjustments?
On December 9, 2013, you will receive an email list of the Sun Lifetime Alternative policies in your block of business. The email will include the policy number and the anniversary month/day so you can identify the policyholders who will be impacted by the premium increase.
Although these changes will affect the premium clients are required to pay, these policies continue to offer exceptional value.
Sun Lifetime Alternative is a straightforward answer for permanent insurance protection. It offers affordable lifetime coverage with guaranteed level premiums for the first 10 years. After that, the premiums may be adjusted annually depending on mortality experience, interest rates, investment performance, expenses, taxes and other relevant factors, but a client will never pay more than the guaranteed maximum outlined in their contract.
|single life||single life: 0 - 65 (unless the group plan allows for conversions past age 65)|
Band 1 $0 - $99,999
Band 2 $100,000 - $249,999
Band 3 $250,000+
(Note: When converting to Sun Lifetime Alternative, these benefits are available only if they were included on the policy being converted.)
|issue ages: 0 - 60|
|expiry: policy anniversary after age 70|
|minimum volume: $10,000|
|maximum volume: lesser of base amount or $250,000|
Adjustable cash value
The adjustable cash value can increase or decrease. In some situations it may be zero, depending on Sun Life Financial's experience with investment performance, mortality, expenses, taxes and other relevant factors.
For example, let's assume that based on current experience,the adjustable cash value in year 5 is $3,600. However, if within the same time frame, investment returns on the overall portfolio of investments decrease by 1%, mortality worsens by 10% and expenses increase by 10%, then the adjustable cash value would be $3,200.
No portion of the adjustable cash value is guaranteed at any duration.
What is the adjustable cash value based on?
Adjustable cash value is based on the average yield of a block of investments that's called the average money fund.
The fund is a long-term fund, consisting primarily of government and corporate bonds, loans, mortgages, equities and real estate. Performance is not consistent because volatile equity earnings can impact the average rates.
Once the costs of issuing a policy are recovered, a portion of each premium is invested into the average money fund. The fund currently has assets of more than $6 billion Cdn that were bought over a number of years.
No cancellation fee
An added incentive to quit smoking
Cash values differ for smokers and non-smokers to reflect the higher premiums that smokers are charged. If the client stops smoking and qualifies as a non-smoker, there is a partial refund of the adjustable cash value.
Additionally, the new non-smoker premium will be based on the client's age at issue.
Should the client not be able to make premium payments, these options can help prevent the policy from being terminated. These alternatives are available only if there is a buildup of the cash value in the policy.
Automatic policy loan
When a premium payment is missed, a loan is automatically taken against the adjustable cash value to pay overdue premiums and keep the policy active for as long as the cash value lasts. The amount of the automatic policy loan cannot be more than the adjustable cash value of the policy. We set the daily interest rate at the time the loan is taken. The rate may change annually. We add the accumulated daily interest to the balance of the policy loan at the end of each policy year. At that time, we notify the client of the outstanding balance. The client may repay the policy loan at any time.
Reduced paid-up at year 20
The client may choose to stop making payments after 20 years and the policy will remain in force for life with a reduced death benefit. The death benefit is determined by the net cash value available at the time a written request to stop payments is made. When changing to a paid-up plan, any additional benefits under the policy end - only the reduced principal insurance death benefit remains.
Paid-up extended term at year 20
The client may choose to stop making payments after 20 years and the policy will remain in effect for an extendedterm with the same principal death benefit. The length of the term insurance is determined by the net cashvalue available at the time a written request to stop payments is made.
When changing to a paid-up plan, any additional benefits under the policy end - only the principal insurance deathbenefit remains for a limited period of time.
Sun Lifetime Alternative is a permanent product solution available only for the conversion of Sun Life Financial group insurance coverage and conversions from Sun One Year Term or SunTerm to 65. The plan provides lifetime coverage and also offers a cash value. Premiums are guaranteed for the first 10 years with a guaranteed maximum premium after the first decade.
The coverage or benefit being converted will determine the base insurance coverage and benefits available to you. Additional insurance coverage or benefits illustrated will be subject to underwriting review and approval.
Sun Lifetime Alternative is a permanent product with a guaranteed 10-year premium then premiums may be adjusted annually subject to a guaranteed maximum.
The coverage or benefit being converted will determine the base insurance coverage and benefits available to you.
Adjustable cash values
Cash values aren’t guaranteed. They can increase or decrease depending on Sun Life Financial's experience with investment performance, mortality, expenses, taxes and other relevant factors.
Sun Lifetime Alternative provides the client with several alternatives that can prevent the policy from terminating when a premium is not paid.
The following policy wording is provided solely for your convenience and reference. It is incomplete and reflects only some of the general provisions that may be found in some of our insurance policies. We periodically make changes to policy wording and therefore this incomplete sample may not duplicate the wording of any actual issued policy. It is not to be construed or interpreted in any manner as a contract or an offer to contract. The actual policy issued to any given client will govern that relationship.
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