PRUActive Life (II) Review: A Thorough 2021 Analysis
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PRUActive Life II Review

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Criteria

PRUActive Life II is a life insurance policy that allows you to choose a commitment term of between 5 to 35 years. A plus point about this policy is the variety of benefits you can include in your policy, enhancing your protection in customisable ways.

Basic Product Features

Coverage

Before you know what types of coverage PRUActive Life II offers, one of their main features is the life benefit multiplier.

The life benefit multiplier will allow you to boost your coverage against death, terminal illness, total and permanent disability, and critical illness at different stages of life.

The percentage of coverage will be determined by your preference and should be declared at the commencement of your policy date.

The following reflects the different multiplier amounts you can opt for:

pruactive life multiplier benefit

Death

There are 2 occurrences that can happen in the case of death:

Occurrence  Payout 
 

The policyholder has added the multiplier benefit prior or dies before the selected multiplier benefit expiry age

 

Higher of:

  • Sum assured for death with all bonuses included, if applicable or
  • The amount for multiplier Benefit
 

The policyholder did not add the multiplier benefit or has passed away above the multiplier benefit expiry age

 

Sum assured as reflected in the certificate of death assurance, including any bonuses added.

Do note that the sum assured for death benefit will only be paid in full in the following circumstances:

  • If the policyholder has not made a prior claim for Accelerated Terminal Illness, Accelerated Disability, Crisis Care, or Early Crisis Care Benefit.
  • If the death was not due to suicide within a year from the commencement of the policy
  • If the policyholder did not die directly or indirectly from a special term or condition declared in the certificate of life assurance

 

After a claim is being made for death coverage and the payout has been completed, the whole policy will automatically end.

Accelerated Terminal Illness

A terminal illness will be defined as a condition that will most possibly lead to death within a year, as advised by a doctor – whose opinion will be subjected to approval by Prudential. Where required, a medical examination may be carried out for the company’s certification.

In this case, the policyholder will receive:

Occurrence  Payout 
The policyholder has added the multiplier benefit prior or dies before the selected multiplier benefit expiry age Higher of:

  • Sum assured for terminal illness with all bonuses included, if applicable or
  • The amount for multiplier Benefit
The policyholder did not add the multiplier benefit or has been diagnosed above the multiplier benefit expiry age Sum assured as reflected in the certificate of terminal illness assurance, including any bonuses added.

Should the Terminal Illness benefit be lower than the sum assured of the death benefit, the bonuses will be pro-rated to the sum assured for the former.

Again, there are certain terms that must be adhered to:

  • The symptoms should not have existed during the commencement of this policy
  • The terminal illness should not have been caused by: self-inflicted injuries, AIDS-related infection by HIV (with exception of blood transfusion), using unprescribed drugs, or any special exclusions stated in the certificate of life assurance prior.

 

Once the Accelerated Terminal Illness claim has been claimed, the benefit will end.

Accelerated Disability Benefit

This benefit protects against total and permanent disability, as long as the policyholder is below 70 years old.

There are different categories of definitions for the accelerated disability benefit, as according to the age of the life assured:

Age of life assured Circumstance
28 days to 15 years old When life assured requires constant care and medical attention for at least 6 months
16 to 65 years old Unable to work for income

Total and permanent loss of:

  1. Both eyes
  2. Any 2 limbs (each above wrist or ankle)
  3. 1 eye and 1 limb at or above the wrist or ankle
66 years old to end of the cover date Total and permanent loss of:

  1. Both eyes
  2. Any 2 limbs (each above wrist or ankle)
  3. 1 eye and 1 limb at or above the wrist or ankle

Inability to perform three and above of any following daily living activities: washing, dressing, feeding, toileting, mobility and transferring

In the case where the multiplier benefit has been added:

Age of Life Assured During Date of Disability  Payout 
Below 1 year old 20% of multiplier benefit
1 year old to before the end of the cover date The higher of:

  • Sum assured for Accelerated disability plus bonuses, if applicable
  • Multiplier benefit

 

This amount will only be paid out six months after the confirmation of a total and permanent disability unless the life assured has a total loss of sight in one or both eyes, or physical loss in one or both limbs.

If the multiplier benefit was not added, the sum assured for Accelerated Disability – as reflected in the certificate of life assurance – will be paid.

Do note that the Accelerated Disability benefit is capped at $2 million. With anything above this amount, Prudential will pay the balance either when the life assured dies, or a year from the date of the first lump sum payment.

Surrender Benefit

The surrender benefit allows policyholders to receive their guaranteed surrender value, alongside the non-guaranteed surrender value – if the policy’s premium has been paid for at least 3 years.

In the case that the policyholder terminates the policy before the stipulated commitment date, the surrender value might be either none at all or less than the total premiums paid.

Other Features and Benefits

Besides these basic benefits, there are also other features of PRUActive Life II which you can consider, should you face any changes in life events:

Purchasing another policy for a loved one 

You can choose to purchase another whole life, endowment, or term policy for a loved one, should there be any changes in life events and there is someone else the policyholder would like to assure (e.g. a newly-adopted child, a newborn, child entering primary school, etc.).

This is only allowed, however, if the new life assured is below 50 years old.

Loans 

Some loans that PRUActive Life II offers are automatic premium loan, policy loans, and surgical and nursing loans.

Automatic Premium Loan 

This allows for Prudential to deduct any outstanding premiums from the policy value when premiums are due – this ensures that the policyholder can prevent a case of policy lapse, should he be unable to pay during the stipulated term.

Policy Loan

With this loan, Prudential can use the cash value of your life insurance policy as collateral. However, this carries the danger of having your money withdrawn from the death benefit, should you be unable to repay this loan.

Currently, it has an interest rate of 5.75% per year, which might vary accordingly to notice by Prudential.

Surgical and Nursing loan 

Something unique about the PRUActive Life II is perhaps its Surgical and Nursing loan, which is an interest-free loan that allows you to pay for your medical bills first – with the exception of dental treatments, cosmetic surgeries, pregnancies, and AIDS conditions.

While there are a couple of loans here that PRUActive Life II offers, do note that these do come with consequences. It is not desirable if the value of your policy depletes just because you were unable to repay them punctually.

Kinship Booster Benefit 

The kinship booster benefits will add an additional 10% benefit to your basic death assured sum when an immediate family member purchases PRUActive Life II as well.

Once again, there are some terms to this benefit:

  • When your immediate family purchases this policy, you must be below 55 years of age.
  • No claims have been made on your policy yet.
  • The booster benefit does not apply to multiplier benefit and does not have any surrender value.

 

Premium Defer Benefit 

This benefit allows you to postpone paying premiums for 2 years if the surrender value of the policy is at least 100% of 2 years’ premiums.

During the 2 years (or remaining premium term), an interest-free policy loan will be provided by PRUActive Life II instead so your surrender value will not be affected. Do note that interest will, however, be charged after the deferment period.

Add-on riders

Crisis Care Benefit

This benefit provides critical illness coverage and protects you from any of the following 56 Critical Illnesses:

pruactive life critical illness coverage

In this case, the policyholder will receive:

Occurrence  Payout 
The policyholder has added the multiplier benefit prior or dies before the selected multiplier benefit expiry age Higher of:

  • Sum assured for Crisis Care with all bonuses included, if applicable or
  • Amount for multiplier Benefit
The policyholder did not add the multiplier benefit or has been diagnosed above the multiplier benefit expiry age Sum assured as reflected in the certificate of Crisis Care assurance, including any bonuses added.

Should the policyholder undergo invasive treatment for coronary artery, Prudential will pay 10% of the multiplier benefit if it is before the multiplier benefit expiry age, and 10% of sum assured of Crisis Care benefit if it is after the multiplier benefit expiry age.

Either way, the maximum receivable amount is $25,000 – with the total payout being reduced from sums assured from death, accelerated disability, accelerated terminal illness, and crisis care.

Crisis Care Accelerator Benefit

The crisis care accelerator benefit takes into consideration the same 56 medical conditions for Crisis Care. In this case, PruActive Life II will pay 50% from the Crisis Care benefit should the life assured:

  • Undergone surgery due to an illness or accident for the heart, lung, brain, kidney, or liver
  • Is admitted for a minimum of 3 days in Intensive Care Unit due to a surgery

 

For each policy, only one claim is allowed – and only up to $100,000. However, there is a list of terms which the policyholder must abide by as well – for example, the surgery cannot be potentially foreseen circumstances such as organ donations, for research purposes, self-inflicted injuries, sex-change operations, misuse of drugs or alcohol, etc.

To better understand the full list of exclusions for this benefit, it will be helpful to read the full clause as provided by PruActive Life II.

Once the claim has been made, the Crisis Care benefit will continue with the remaining sum assured.

Due to the existing conditions, the sum assured for death, accelerated terminal illness, and accelerated disability benefits will all be reduced as well.

Early Crisis Care Benefit

The Early Crisis Care benefit provides coverage for early to intermediate critical illnesses and special benefits such as the Juvenile Medical Conditions.

Unfortunately, we are unable to find the table of early critical illnesses that they cover under this benefit.

Bonus features

PRUActive Life II offers guaranteed and non-guaranteed benefits. The guaranteed benefits ensure that policyholders receive a certain amount regardless of how the fund performs. On the other hand, non-guaranteed benefits come as 2 different types of bonuses.

Reversionary bonuses

This bonus will be added to the policy annually at the start of the year after the policy has entered its second year.

For illustration purposes, the reversionary bonus will offer $7.30 per $1,000 sum assured and $16.40 per $1,000 on accumulated reversionary bonuses. The difference between this reversionary bonus and the performance bonus lies wherein the former is cumulative while the latter is not.

Performance bonus

The performance bonus is a one-off occurrence which will be paid during the surrender of policy or when any claims are made for basic benefits.

These bonuses come from a percentage of the accumulated reversionary bonus, and will be reviewed annually.

Participating fund performance

PRUActive Life II’s participating funds include a couple of sub-funds that are managed separately. To get a better idea of how the rate of returns has been like in the past years for regular premium life sub-funds, take a look at the table below:

pruactive life par fund performance

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.

insurers geometric average

As seen above, Prudential has consistently achieved the top 3 positions over the years as compared to other insurers in Singapore.

Expense Ratio

There are also total expenses incurred by the participating funds – costs such as investment, management, distribution, taxation, etc. are factored into the total premiums which you will be paying for your policy. This is important as the total expense ratio might vary from year to year, which will affect your proportion of non-guaranteed benefits.

pruactive life expense ratio

Although performing at the top 3 positions based on geometric average, Prudential is also in the top 3 highest average expense ratios 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

In order to maximise long-term returns for policyholders, PRUActive Life II manages its funds with a balanced mix as shown below:

pruactive life investment allocation

*However, do note that these figures shown above might not be indicative of future performances.

For greater peace of mind, Prudential will keep you updated on the performance of your plans each year so you can better understand its future outlook, bonuses you will receive that year, and any potential changes in your future bonuses.

My take on PRUActive Life II

Overall, Prudential’s PRUActive Life II seems like a comprehensive policy that covers some of the most common risks – critical illness, terminal illness, and total permanent disability.

If having this coverage does not provide enough assurance for you, there are a variety of added benefits and riders you can further consider for different stages of your life.

However, do take a close read to the terms and conditions to better understand specific exclusions to claims and benefits.

The PruActive Life II has been mentioned in our comparison amongst the best life insurance plans in Singapore.

This policy might be suitable for you if you like the customisability of an insurance plan, and are also able to commit long-term investing in its participating funds to maximise your returns.

On the flip side, due to the commitment needed, you might not want to take this policy up if you foresee yourself needing some degree of flexibility of liquidity for your insurance plan as penalties might incur.

Otherwise, the Manulife LifeReady Plus II, the AXA Life Treasure II, or China Taiping’s i-Secure III are available alternatives.

Before purchasing this policy, remember to do your thorough research to understand how other funds are performing and the coverage that other products are offering as well. It will be good to speak to a trusted financial advisor to understand more.

Disclaimer: Each article written obtained its information from reliable sources and should be purely used for informational purposes only. The information provided by Singapore Financial Planners and its affiliated parties is not meant to be construed as financial advice. Singapore Financial Planners shall not be held liable for any inaccuracies, mistakes, omissions, and losses incurred should you act upon any information listed on this website. We recommend readers to seek financial planning advice from qualified financial advisors. 

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