What you need to know about the changes in investment-linked life insurance policies which has started in 2019 and 2020. Effects include medical repricing and higher premiums to be paid.

 

New Regulations on Investment-Linked Insurance

These changes were made after the consultation period of the Life Insurance and Family Takaful Framework (LIFE). Changes made are to strengthen requirements on the conduct of investment-linked (IL) business with the primary objective to protect the interests of consumers. The changes are effective for both conventional and Takaful Investment-Linked Policies (ILP).

Key Changes

  1. Implementation of standards on Minimum Allocation Rates to protect the account values of IL policy/certificate owners;
  2. Minimum standards on sustainability tests and communication to policy/certificate owners to improve long term persistency of IL policies/certificates and consumer awareness; and
  3. Strengthened disclosure standards on product illustration to facilitate more informed decision-making by consumers.

 

New Minimum Allocation Rate (MAR)

Effective: July 1, 2019 (For Takaful: effective July 1, 2020)

Change: New life insurance policies issued are required to comply with new Minimum Allocation Rate of at least 60% for ILP policies with contribution 20 years or longer. ILP policies with contribution 3 to 19 years are also capped on maximum allocation to non unit fund(s) based on the length of the contribution years.

Year of Premium ContributionMAR
1 to 360%
4 to 6