multiplied by the "High Anniversary Value" immediately before the withdrawal.
On the second and each subsequent Certificate Anniversary until the Covered Person has attained age 86, we adjust the High Anniversary Value by comparing the then current Certificate Value with the then current High Anniversary Value, adjusted as described above. If the then current Certificate Value exceeds the adjusted High Anniversary Value, the then current Certificate Value will become the new High Anniversary Value.
After a Covered Person has attained age 86, we will no longer adjust the High Anniversary Value to reflect changes in the Certificate Value, except as set forth below with respect to adding or changing a Covered Person. Thereafter, however, until the date of death, we will continue to adjust, as described above, the High Anniversary Value to reflect purchase payments, Premium Credits and/or withdrawals.
Between the date of death and the calculation of the death benefit upon receipt of the Designated Beneficiary's request to surrender for the death benefit or continue the Certificate, we will further adjust the High Anniversary Value for each applicable Covered Person by adding purchase payments and Premium Credits and/or subtracting withdrawals. Withdrawals are subtracted on a dollar-for-dollar basis as described above with respect to the net purchase payment death benefit. We will not adjust the High Anniversary Value to reflect changes in the Certificate Value between the date of death and the previous Certificate Anniversary.
You may add or replace any Covered Person. If the new Covered Person had attained age 85 as of the Certificate Date, the High Anniversary Value will not apply at the death of the new Covered Person. Also, if at the time you add or replace a Covered Person all of the existing Covered Persons have survived until the Certificate Anniversary immediately preceding the date they attain age 86, the High Anniversary Value for the new Covered Person will equal the High Anniversary Value of the youngest of the other Covered Persons. We will adjust that High Anniversary Value only as described above to reflect the addition of purchase payments and Premium Credits and/or the subtraction of withdrawals.
If you elect this Death Benefit Option, we will charge an annual fee of .15% of the "benefit base", as described below, until either the death benefit is paid or the Income Date occurs. We will continue to impose this charge even after we cease to adjust the High Anniversary Value to reflect changes in Certificate Value because of the attained age of the Covered Persons. Thus you should consider the ages of all of the Covered Persons to decide whether this Death Benefit Option is right for you.
Death Benefit Option 2 Leveraged Earnings. When you purchase the Certificate you may elect in writing Death Benefit Option 2: Leveraged Earnings. Under this option, upon the death of any Covered Person who has not attained age 85 as of the Certificate Date, the death benefit will be the Option 2 Death Benefit. The standard death benefit applies upon the death of any Covered Person who has attained age 85 as of the Certificate Date.
The Option 2 Death Benefit equals the sum of:
the standard death benefit; plus
a percentage of the lesser of
purchase payments less withdrawals, and
Certificate Value less purchase payments. (minimum $0)
The applicable percentage depends on the attained age of the Covered Person as of the Certificate Date, as shown in the following table.
Attained Age as of the Certificate Date Less than attained age 76 Attained age 76 to attained age 84 Attained age 85 and older
Applicable Percentage 40% 25% 0%