GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect Series: 2021 Review
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GREAT (Complete) Flexi Living Protect 2 Review: Multiplier till 100!

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GREAT Eastern Complete Flexi Living Protect review

The GREAT Flexi Living Protect 2 and the GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect 2 is a life insurance policy policy that provides basic protection for death, total and permanent disability, accidental total and permanent disability, terminal illness, and critical illness.

The GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect 2 also includes the following benefits: special benefit, juvenile benefit, senior benefit, and benign tumour benefit.

As a participating policy, both plans accumulate cash value in the form of guaranteed and non-guaranteed bonuses.

Basic Product Features

Premium Payment Terms

The GREAT Flexi Living Protect 2 and GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect is a regular premium policy with payment term options of 20 years or up to the age of 65 years old.

Your final premium amount is determined by factors such as age, gender, smokers status, sum assured, policy type, and length of premium period.

Protection

Death Benefit

Upon the death of the insured, the sum assured plus any accumulated bonuses will be paid out after deduction of any payables.

The policy will automatically be terminated once the death benefit has been paid out.

Total and Permanent Disability Benefit (TPD)

Upon the diagnosis of Total and Permanent Disability (TPD), Great Eastern will pay out a lump sum as an advancement of the Death Benefit.

If the life assured is below 1 year old, 20% of the sum assured plus any accumulated bonuses will be paid out after deduction of any payables.

GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect TPD coverage

Accidental Total and Permanent Disability Benefit (ATPD)

A lump sum payout of the death benefit if you encounter TPD due to an accident, before the age of 80 years old.

If the life assured is below 1-years-old, 20% of the sum assured plus any accumulated bonuses will be paid out after deduction of any payables.

The maximum limit of SGD5,000,000 per life whichever is of lower value, including all other policies and riders with Great Eastern for the same assured life.

Terminal Illness Benefit (TI)

Upon diagnosis with Terminal Illness (TI), Great Eastern will payout a lump sum as an advancement of the Death Benefit.

To qualify for the TI Benefit, you are required to be diagnosed with an illness that results in death within 12 months.

The policy will automatically be terminated once the Terminal Illness benefit has been paid out.

Critical Illness Benefit (CI)

A lump sum payout of the death benefit, upon diagnosis of critical stage CI or critical stage CI-related procedures.

The CI Benefit will be paid only once regardless of the number of CI diagnosed.

The maximum limit of SGD3,000,000 per life whichever is of lower value, including all other policies and riders with Great Eastern for the same assured life.

However, payments made under the Additional Benefit, will not count towards the limit of SGD3,000,000.

The GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect 2 provides additional coverage for early and intermediate stage CIs.

The maximum limit for early and intermediate stage CI diagnosis or procedure is S$350,000 and S$1.05 million for all claims.

The below table shows the CI covered.

GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect critical illness

Other Features and Benefits (Riders)

Additional Benefit

This policy has 3 additional benefits: Special Benefit (i), Juvenile Benefit (ii) and Senior Benefit (iii).

However, there are specific conditions for the additional Benefits:

In order to receive additional benefits, the conditions may include, but do not limit to, the following:

  1. There can only be one Additional Benefit claim per condition under the policy.
  2. The Additional Benefit under the policy will be paid up to six claims.
  3. Additional Benefit claims are not subject to a waiting period.
  4. You must have survived at least 7 days after being diagnosed with the condition
  5. undergoing the procedure.
  6. There will not be any reduction in the basic sum assured if additional payments are made.

 

Special Benefit

Upon diagnosis of any of the below conditions or procedures (excluding angioplasty and other coronary artery invasive treatments), you will receive a payout of 25% of the basic sum assured subject to a maximum payout of S$25,000.

10% of the basic sum assured will be paid out for angioplasty or coronary artery invasive treatments, with a maximum payout of S$25,000.

The Special Benefit will only be paid once for the same condition or procedure.

GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect special benefits

Juvenile Benefit

The Juvenile Benefit applies to all life assured below the age of 18.

Upon diagnosis of any of the below conditions or procedures (excluding angioplasty and other coronary artery invasive treatments), the life assured will receive a payout of 25% of the basic sum assured subject to a maximum payout of S$25,000.

The Juvenile Benefit will only be paid once for the same condition or procedure.

GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect juvenile benefits

Senior Benefit

The Senior Benefit applies to all life assured above the age of 51.

Upon diagnosis of any of the below conditions or procedures (excluding angioplasty and other coronary artery invasive treatments), the life assured will receive a payout of 25% of the basic sum assured subject to a maximum payout of S$25,000.

The Senior Benefit will only be paid once for the same condition or procedure.

GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect senior benefit

Benign Tumor Benefit

A payout of 5% of the basic sum assured with a maximum amount of S$5,000 per organ and S$10,000 for the entire benefit when undergoing surgical excision of a solid tumour.

The Benign Tumor Benefit can only be claimed for a maximum of two different organs.

GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect benign tumour benefits

Bonus Features

Reversionary Bonuses

Great Eastern might allocate a reversionary bonus annually, but the bonus rate is not guaranteed.

Upon declaration, the reversionary bonus becomes guaranteed and will be paid out, regardless of the performance of the participating fund, less any payables to Great Eastern.

A withdrawal of the reversionary bonus in cash value is allowed, but the bonus payout will be less than the guaranteed accumulated reversionary bonus.

The cash value of the accumulated reversionary bonus will be determined by Great Eastern.

After withdrawal, the policy continues to be active with zero accumulated reversionary bonus.

Future reversionary bonuses can be added to the policy.

The table below illustrates the projected reversionary bonus offered by Great Eastern.

GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect reversionary bonus

The annual compounding rate determines the interest built up on reversionary bonuses.

Terminal Bonus

Upon policy termination due to a claim, surrender or maturity, you might receive an additional bonus if Great Eastern declares a non-guaranteed terminal bonus, less any payables to Great Eastern.

The terminal bonus is indicated as a percentage of the accumulated reversionary bonus surrender value and the bonus might vary, depending on when you surrender your policy.

Participating Fund Performance

The GREAT Flexi Living Protect 2 and GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect 2 is also a participating policy that allows you to accumulate cash value in the form of guaranteed and non-guaranteed bonuses.

Annual Investment Performance

Great Eastern’s Participating Fund in recent years has generally been performing well.

GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect investment returns

The table below illustrates the investment mix of Great Eastern based on strategic asset allocation.

GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect asset allocation

The actual asset allocation might slightly differ from the Strategic Asset Allocation indicated above but will fall between an asset allocation range stated in Great Eastern’s Investment Policy.

Geometric Average

The Geometric Average will be more suitable and accurate in calculating profits for investment portfolios such as that of participating funds.

Instead of just taking the average rate of return, the geometric average takes into account compounding and returns and losses, which has a part to play in the amount reinvested in the following years.

Great Eastern’s Participating Funds has not been performing as well as its competitors based on geometric average net investment returns, though steadily growing for the past decade and 5 years, it has been one of the weaker performing participating funds for the past 3 years (2017-2019), at 5.83%, lower than the group average of 6.69%.

insurers geometric average

Expense Ratio

Great Eastern has one of the lowest expense ratios against the average in the past 3 years. The expense ratio is one of the important factors to take note of as it can significantly affect the final profits generated for the participating fund.

insurers expense ratio

Overall Performance

Great Eastern has been one of the weaker performing participating funds over the past decade.

Despite weaker par funds performance, they managed to keep their expense ratio low, lower than the industry average in 2018 and 2019.

This might be a point to consider for policyholders who are looking for insurers with a steady and healthy participating fund record.

The results mentioned above are based on past fund performance and may not be indicative of future profits and results.

It is also important to understand that the final returns distributed to you are not the same as the funds’ rate of returns. The bonuses are decided and declared by Great Eastern.

My Take on GREAT Flexi Living Protect 2 and GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect 2

whole life plans in Singapore premium comparisons

In comparison with the annual premiums across the whole life plans, GREAT Complete Flexi Living Protect 2 has one of the most expensive but has one of the most comprehensive advanced critical illness coverage as compared to some of the other insurance companies.

NTUC Income Star Secure Manulife LifeReady Plus II Aviva MyWholeLife Plan (IV) AIA Guaranteed Protect Plus (III) Great Eastern Complete Flexi Living Protect 2 China Taiping i-Secure(II) AXA Life Treasure (II) Prudential PRUActive Life II
Early Critical Illness 142 125 72 150 35 42 41 74
Intermediate Critical Illness 33 40 37
AdvancedCritical Illness 59 52 55 56
Total CI Conditions 142 125 131 150 120 137 134 74
Additional Coverage
Special Benefits (Diabetic Complications, Osteoporosis, etc) 15 10 16 15 10 12 14
Juvenile Benefits (Kawasaki Disease, Severe Hemophilia, etc) 15 12 11 16 12 14
Total additional coverage 30 22 27 15 10+16+5(Senior Conditions)= 31 24 28 0
Total Conditions Covered 172 147 158 165 151 161 162 74

Comparison of the number of critical illnesses coverage and additional coverage.

On top of the above-mentioned benefits, Great Eastern also has decent performing participating funds, based on their other current existing products available in the market in recent years.

It also has the following benefits for consideration when choosing a whole life insurance best suited for your needs:

  • Multiplier benefit protection up till 100, as compared to the majority of other insurance providers offering only up to 70 or 75, some even only till 65 years old.
  • Has one of the most coverage for advanced critical illness (52) as compared to other insurance companies.
  • Has one of the lowest expense ratios for its participating funds.

 

The policy also has its downsides as well. These include:

  • Not as flexible premium payment options with only 20 years or up to the age of 65.
  • Lower guaranteed surrender value if the policy is surrendered in its early stages.
  • Has one of the weaker performing participating funds.
  • Expensive with lesser ECI/CI coverage as compared to AXA Life Treasure II
  • Low multiplier options of only 2X and 3X while other policies offer up to 5X
  • Does not include ADL in its TPD definitions

 

Before choosing any policies or investments, you should assess your insurance coverage and investment objectives.

For whole life policies, it is recommended to consider the coverage, par fund performance, and expense ratios, instead of just the policy premiums,

This is especially true when you’re purchasing for ECI/CI coverage. Check the definitions and whether what’s covered is in line with your past medical history and your family’s.

If you need help, our best whole life insurance plans in Singapore article will help you make a better decision.

References 

https://www.greateasternlife.com/sg/en/personal-insurance/our-products/life-insurance/great-flexi-protect-series.html

Product Brochure

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