Thus, for example, if your total purchase payments equal $10,000 and your Certificate Value equals $25,000, the increase in the death benefit would be limited to a percentage of $10,000, even though the Certificate Value exceeds purchase payments by $15,000. In this example, if on the Certificate Date you were less than age 76, the death benefit would be $25,000 (the Certificate Value) plus 40% of $10,000 (the amount by which Certificate Value exceeds purchase payments, capped at the amount of purchase payments), for a total death benefit of $29,000.
Under this formula, the Option 2 Death Benefit will be greater than the standard death benefit if the Certificate Value is greater than your total purchase payments. Conversely, if, by withdrawals or adverse investment performance, the Certificate Value is less than the amount of purchase payments, the Option 2 Death Benefit is no greater than the standard death benefit. Additionally, under the formula given above, the additional death benefit provided by Death Benefit Option 2 cannot exceed the applicable percentage of your total purchase payments. If you take withdrawals, this limit is reduced. You should consider your expected use of withdrawals and your investment expectations before electing Death Benefit Option 2.
You may add or replace any Covered Person. If the new Covered Person had attained age 85 as of the Certificate Date, Death Benefit Option 2 will not apply at the death of that new Covered Person. If the new Covered Person had not attained age 85 as of the Certificate Date, the Option 2 Death Benefit for that Covered Person will be the sum of the standard death benefit, plus 25% of the lesser of
purchase payments less withdrawals, and
Certificate Value less purchase payments. (minimum $0)
Note that the 40% applicable percentage never applies to a new Covered Person.
Charge for the Optional Death Benefits. The yearly charge for either Optional Death Benefit is .15% of the applicable "benefit base".
On each Certificate Anniversary prior to the Income Date, we calculate and deduct the dollar amount of the yearly charge as follows:
we identify the youngest Covered Person and determine the amount of the elected Option 1 or Option 2 Death Benefit; this amount is the "benefit base",
we multiply the benefit base by .15% to determine the dollar amount of the charge, and
we then deduct the dollar amount of the charge from your Certificate Value. We will deduct the charge from all Sub-accounts of the Variable Account in the ratio that the value in each Sub- account bears to the total Variable Account Value. If there is no or insufficient value in the Variable Account, we will deduct the charge amount, or the excess portion, from the Fixed Account in the ratio that each Guarantee Period's value bears to the total Fixed Account Value. If there is insufficient value in the Variable Account and the Fixed Account combined, the Certificate will be canceled.
If you surrender your Certificate during a Certificate Year before the Certificate Anniversary, we will deduct a pro- rata amount of the full yearly charge from your Certificate Value. We first determine the applicable full yearly charge. We will use the yearly charge we computed as of the prior Certificate Anniversary unless you have made any purchase payments and/or withdrawals since then. If so, we will use a yearly charge that may be higher or lower since we may adjust the applicable death benefit to reflect each purchase payment and withdrawal you made since the Anniversary. We will then calculate a pro-rata amount of the applicable yearly charge by multiplying it further by the ratio of the number of days from the Certificate Anniversary until the day of surrender to the total number of days (generally 365) in the Certificate Year of surrender.
No charge amount will be due:
upon surrender of the Certificate if the death benefit is being calculated at that time because the
Designated Beneficiary has elected to surrender the Certificate (see "Death of a Covered Person"), or