Fixed Account Value
Fixed Account Value is equal to:
all purchase payments and Premium Credits allocated or value transferred to the Fixed Account plus the interest credited on those payments or amounts transferred; less
any prior partial withdrawals or transfers from the Fixed Account, including any applicable charges.
We credit interest daily. The interest we credit is based on an annual compound interest rate. It is credited to purchase payments and Premium Credits allocated to the Fixed Account at rates we declare for Guarantee Periods of one or more years from the month and day of allocation. Any rate we set will be at least 3% per year.
Our interest crediting method may result in each of your Guarantee Periods being subject to different rates. For purposes of this section, we treat Variable Account Value transferred to the Fixed Account and Fixed Account Value that is renewed or transferred to another Guarantee Period as a purchase payment allocation.
Application of Market Value Adjustment
No market value adjustment applies to Guarantee Periods of less than three years.
A market value adjustment applies to any Fixed Account Value surrendered, withdrawn, transferred, or applied to an Annuity Option from a Guarantee Period of three years or more, unless:
the transaction occurs at the end of the Guarantee Period, or
the Certificate is surrendered for the death benefit after the death of a Covered Person.
We apply the market value adjustment before we deduct any applicable surrender charges or taxes.
If a market value adjustment applies to a surrender or the application to an Annuity Option, we will add or deduct any positive or negative market value adjustment amount, respectively, to your Certificate Value.
If a market value adjustment applies to either a partial withdrawal or a transfer, we will add or deduct any positive or negative market value adjustment, respectively, to, the partial withdrawal or transfer amount after we have deducted the requested withdrawal or transfer amount from the Fixed Account Value. This means that the net amount may be more or less than the amount requested.
Effect of Market Value Adjustment
A market value adjustment reflects the change in prevailing current interest rates since the beginning of a Guarantee Period. The market value adjustment may be positive or negative. Any negative adjustment may be limited in amount (see "Market Value Adjustment Factor" below).
Generally, if the treasury rate (see "Treasury Rates" below) for your Guarantee Period is lower than the treasury rate for a new Guarantee Period with a length equal to the time remaining in your Guarantee Period, the market value adjustment will be negative and it will result in a reduction of the amount surrendered, withdrawn, transferred, or applied to an Annuity Option.
On the other hand, if the treasury rate for your Guarantee Period is higher than the treasury rate for a new Guarantee Period with a length equal to the time remaining in your Guarantee Period, then the market value adjustment will be positive and it will result in an increase in the amount surrendered, withdrawn, transferred, or applied to an Annuity Option.