The with-profits funds explained
Fund information: unit linked plans in series 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9
The with-profits 100:0 fund gives policy holders all the fund's investment returns, but deduct contractual charges and for life contracts, tax to policyholders.The fund invests in fixed and variable interest investments, shares, cash and more complex financial instruments.
The investment mix for plans is shown here. The investment mix has not changed significantly in the 12 months to 31 December 2018 and there are no current plans to significantly change the asset mix in 2019. We expect the percentage invested in shares and options to remain close to 28%.
How did the fund perform in the 12 months to 31 December 2018?
The return achieved by the assets allocated to unit linked plans was -1.7% before tax and charges. This return is applicable to pension plans but increased to -1.2% for life plans and investment bonds before charges because of tax relief on investment losses. The charges for managing the fund are included in your plan charges. You can find out more about charges in your plan documents.
Previous performance figuresBefore tax and charges
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 7.3% 7.2% 5.1% 6.1% 4.3% 5.5% 1.3% 8.2% 4.6% -1.7%After tax 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 6.0% 6.2% 4.5% 5.3% 4.0% 4.7% 1.3% 6.9% 4.1% -1.2%
Current bonus ratesAll Plans (the rates below were declared on 14/01/2019)
Fund Series Regular Bonus Current Final Bonus/MVR 4 EL/4 EP 1.25/1.5% Varies daily 5 EL/5 EP 2.25/2.5% Varies daily 6 EL/6 EP 2.25/2.5% Varies daily 8 EL/8 EP 2.05/2.3% Varies daily 9 EL 2.05% Varies dailyThe final bonus or MVR will change daily as it's calculated with reference to the performance of the fund over the time you were invested. The final bonus added to plans when they end means everyone receives a fair share of the fund's performance. This is calculated by comparing the value of the plan's share in the fund based on fund performance (the 'asset share') which includes bonuses added since the plan started.
Now the fund is closed, we aim to give all remaining investors a fair share of the estate. The estate is the part of the fund we can use to help maintain bonus rates in poor times to meet unexpected payments. For 2019, unless plan guarantees are higher, we will include in the final bonus rate an estate distribution of 7% of asset share for investors leaving the fund. This rate can change at any time.
Any final bonus increases and any MVR reduces the total value of the with-profits units. Many plans have a date on which we guarantee not to apply any MVR. This date will be shown on your yearly statement, although since 6 September 2010 we have not applied an MVR to any withdrawals from, or cancellations to, plans investing in the with-profits funds.
Information we send to customers
From June 2015 yearly bonus information has been included with yearly statements.
A copy of the leaflets, showing information about fund performance over the previous 12 months can be found through the following links:
Bonus leaflets for year to:
How is the with-profits 100:0 fund managed?
The Principles and Practices of Financial Management’ (PPFM) shows how we manage the money in the with-profits 100:0 fund. This was last updated in April 2017.
How do I know you're managing the fund properly?
Zurich Assurance Ltd has to tell its with-profits policyholders each year if it has complied with its obligations in the PPFM (Principles and Practices of Financial Management). It does this through the annual report (last published in April 2019, next issue due April 2020) from the board of directors, including a separate report from the with-profits actuary on Zurich Assurance Ltd's compliance with the PPFM. In preparing the report, the directors seek the view of the independent person.
It is the opinion of the board of directors that during 2018:
- the company has complied with its obligation in the PPFM
- the way discretion was exercised was appropriate
- competing or conflicting rights, interests or expectations were addressed in a reasonable and proportionate manner.
The report contains further information on this, particularly for bonus rates, investment strategy, surrender values, expenses and charges, changes to the PPFM and customer communications. (you may wish to refer to the PPFM for the definition of technical terms).
The board of directors have appointed Steve Dixon to provide it with an independent assessment of compliance with the PPFM. Mr Dixon will also advise the board on how any competing or conflicting rights and interests of policyholders and shareholders have been addressed. The board have given Mr Dixon this Terms of Reference for his role.
My choicesYou may have been thinking about what to do with your plan, this section will help you understand the choices you have. You might also want to look at the guidance given by the Money Advice Service on their website. [Zurich is not responsible for the content of external websites]
Unit linked plans were sold after 1985 and generally offered a choice of funds to invest in, including the unit linked with-profits fund. The with-profits fund was closed to new customers in 2003 and is generally no longer available for new investments to existing plans. Payments to us buy units in the fund(s) of your choice. Bonuses are added to these plans by increasing the price of the with-profits units. We send customers a statement each year (near the plan anniversary) showing the value of the units in each fund. Each year, following the bonus declaration, we also send customers information about the fund performance together with a statement telling them what the bonus rate(s) are for the series invested in.
This section aims to provide answers to some of the questions we are asked by customers about their investment in with-profits.
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