As filed with Securities and Exchange Commission on April 18, 2024

File Nos. 333-207276 and 811-23092

 

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM N-4

 

Registration Statement Under the Securities Act of 1933 ☒

Pre-Effective Amendment No. ☐

Post-Effective Amendment No. 9 ☒

and/or

Registration Statement Under the Investment Company Act of 1940 ☒

Amendment No. 23 ☒

 

 

 

MEMBERS Horizon Variable Separate Account

(Exact Name of Registrant)

 

MEMBERS Life Insurance Company

(Name of Depositor)

 

2000 Heritage Way

Waverly, Iowa 50677-9202

(Address of Depositor’s Principal Executive Offices)

 

(319) 352-4090

(Depositor’s Telephone Number)

 

Britney Schnathorst, Esq.

MEMBERS Life Insurance Company

2000 Heritage Way

Waverly, Iowa 50677-9202

(319) 352-4090

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 

 

 

COPY TO:
Stephen E. Roth, Esq.
Thomas E. Bisset, Esq.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 383-0100

 

Approximate Date of Proposed Public Offering: As soon as practicable after the effective date of this Registration Statement.

 

It is proposed that this filing will become effective (check appropriate box): 

Immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b) of Rule 485.
On May 1, 2024 pursuant to paragraph (b) of Rule 485.
60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(1) of Rule 485.
On (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(1) of Rule 485.

 

If appropriate, check the following box: 

This post-effective amendment designates a new effective date for previously filed post-effective amendment.

 

Title of Securities Being Registered: Units of interest in MEMBERS Horizon Variable Separate Account under the MEMBERS® Horizon flexible premium deferred variable annuity contract.

 

 

 

MEMBERS® Horizon Flexible Premium Deferred Variable
and Index Linked Annuity 

MEMBERS Horizon Variable Separate Account

 

Issued by: 

MEMBERS Life Insurance Company 

2000 Heritage Way 

Waverly, Iowa 50677

 

Telephone number: 800-798-5500

Offered Through: CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc.

 

May 1, 2024

 

This Prospectus describes the MEMBERS® Horizon Flexible Premium Deferred Variable and Index Linked Annuity, an individual or joint owned, flexible premium variable and index-linked deferred annuity contract issued by MEMBERS Life Insurance Company.

 

The Contract, which you may purchase with an initial Purchase Payment that is at least $5,000, is designed primarily for individuals, trusts, and certain retirement plans that qualify for the special federal income tax treatment associated with annuity contracts. The Contract provides for the accumulation of retirement savings by allocating your monies among various Variable Subaccounts and/or Risk Control Accounts, and also offers a number of payout options. The Contract is a complex insurance and investment vehicle. You should speak with a financial professional about the Contract’s features, benefits, risks and fees, and whether it is appropriate for you based upon your financial situation and objectives. We no longer issue new Contracts.

 

You may allocate your Purchase Payments among one or more Variable Subaccounts that each invest in an underlying Fund, and your investment results in a Variable Subaccount will depend on the investment performance of the related Fund. You bear the entire investment risk of any amounts you allocate to the Variable Subaccounts. This Prospectus is accompanied by a current prospectus for each underlying Fund. You should read a Fund’s prospectus carefully before investing. Additional information about each Fund is provided in Appendix A of this Prospectus.

 

You may allocate your Purchase Payments to one or more Risk Control Accounts. The Risk Control Accounts do not involve an investment in any underlying Fund, and instead are based in part on the investment experience of external Indices. Each Risk Control Account has a reference Index. We currently offer two reference indices: the S&P 500 Price Return Index (“S&P 500”) and the MSCI EAFE Price Return Index (“MSCI EAFE”). Each Risk Control Account has two investment options, a Secure Account Option and a Growth Account Option. We credit interest under each Risk Control Account at the end of each Risk Control Account Year during the five-year Risk Control Account Period based in part on the performance of the reference Index by comparing the change in the Index from each Risk Control Account Anniversary (the first day of the Risk Control Account Year) to the last day of the current Risk Control Account Year, subject to the applicable Index Rate Cap and Index Rate Floor. When funds are withdrawn from a Risk Control Account prior to the Risk Control Account Anniversary for a surrender, partial withdrawal, transfer, annuitization or payment of the Death Benefit, index interest is calculated up to the date of withdrawal. It is possible that you will not earn any interest in a Risk Control Account or that we may credit negative interest to the Growth Account. Contract Value allocated to a Risk Control Account must remain in such Account for the entire Risk Control Account Period to avoid imposition of a Surrender Charge and a Market Value Adjustment. Each Risk Control Account Period is five years. Only one Risk Control Account Period can be in force at any time. This would allow for both a Secure Account and Growth Account for both reference Indices (the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI EAFE Index) to be established for the same Risk Control Account Period. However, once a Risk Control Account(s) is in force, new Risk Control Accounts cannot be established until the termination of the existing Risk Control Accounts on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. Accordingly, no additional values can be transferred into a Risk Control Account and no additional Purchase Payments can be allocated to a Risk Control Account until the end of the current Risk Control Account Period.

 

The Secure Account option has an Index Rate Floor of 0%. The Index Rate Floor protects amounts allocated to the Secure Account from declines in the external Indices. This means that negative investment performance of the applicable Index would not reduce your Risk Control Account Value. The Secure Account

 

 

 

 

provides your Risk Control Account Value the most protection from negative investment performance of the reference Index. The Growth Account option has an Index Rate Floor of -10%. This means that negative investment performance of the applicable reference Index could result in a negative Index rate of return that would reduce your Risk Control Account Value. However, your Risk Control Account Value will not decline by more than 10% as a result of Index performance for any one-year period even if Index performance is less than -10%. In return for accepting some risk of loss to your Risk Control Account Value allocated to the Growth Account, the Index Rate Cap for the Growth Account is higher than the Index Rate Cap for the Secure Accounts, which allows for the potential for greater increases to your Risk Control Account Value allocated to the Growth Account. The Index Rate Caps place a limit on the positive performance of an Index and therefore limit the amount of Index interest that can be credited to an Owner’s investment in a Risk Control Account. The Index Rate Cap will never be less than 1% for either Risk Control Account. For funds allocated to the Growth Account there is a risk of loss of your principal and any previously credited interest because each year you agree to absorb all losses up to the 10% Index Rate Floor. In addition, the deduction of Contract charges, Surrender Charges, any negative Market Value Adjustment, Federal Income Taxes and additional taxes could result in a significant loss of principal and previously credited interest. It is possible in extreme circumstances to lose up to 100% of your principal and previously credited interest if you take a withdrawal or surrender your Contract.

 

We may make available additional Variable Subaccounts and Risk Control Accounts in the future. Not all Variable Subaccounts and Risk Control Accounts may be available in all markets where we offer the Contract.

 

The Contract offers two series: Series B and Series C. For Series B Contracts only, if you surrender your Contract or take a partial withdrawal during the Surrender Charge period, we will apply a Surrender Charge to the amount being surrendered or withdrawn that is in excess of the Annual Free Withdrawal Amount unless you qualify for the Nursing Home or Hospital waiver or Terminal Illness waiver, described in this Prospectus. The maximum Surrender Charge is 9% of the Purchase Payment withdrawn. Not all waiver benefits are available in all states. The terms under which the Surrender Charge will be waived may vary in some states and are described in Appendix C of this Prospectus. All other state variations are also described in Appendix C. Please review Appendix C for any variations from standard Contract provisions that may apply to your Contract based on the state in which your Contract was issued.

 

Surrender Charges do not apply to Series C Contracts. Series C Contracts impose a higher Contract Fee than Series B Contracts. Each Purchase Payment has an individual Surrender Charge schedule which begins when the Purchase Payment is credited to your Contract and continues for five years. In addition, for both Series B and Series C Contracts, if you surrender your Contract or take a partial withdrawal during the five years following allocation of a Purchase Payment, your Risk Control Account Value (if any) will be subject to a Market Value Adjustment. A surrender or partial withdrawal from a Risk Control Account on its Risk Control Account Maturity Date will not be subject to a Surrender Charge or Market Value Adjustment. See “Fees and Expenses,” “Market Value Adjustment” and “Access to Your Money”. The Market Value Adjustment may be either positive or negative, which means the Market Value Adjustment may increase or decrease the amount you receive upon surrender or partial withdrawal. If the Market Value Adjustment is negative, you may lose a portion of your principal and previously credited interest.

 

You have the right to cancel your Contract. If you are a new purchaser of a Contract, you may cancel your Contract within 10 days of receiving it without paying fees or penalties. In some states, this cancellation period may be longer. If you cancel your Contract, you will receive either a full refund of the amount you paid with your application or your total Contract value. You should review this prospectus, or consult with your investment professional, for additional information about the specific cancellation terms that apply. See “Getting Started – The Accumulation Period – Right to Examine.”

 

There are risks associated with the Contract. These risks include liquidity risks, investment risks, market risks, Company risks, and interest rate risks. The guarantees in this Contract are subject to the Company’s financial strength and claims-paying ability. Also, a Market Value Adjustment, and for Series B Contracts Surrender Charges, may apply for a number of years, so that the Contract should only be purchased for the long-term. Under some circumstances, you may receive less than the sum of your Purchase Payments and lose previously credited interest under the Contract. In addition, partial withdrawals and surrenders will be subject to income tax and may be subject to a 10% Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) additional tax if taken before age 59½. Accordingly, you should carefully consider your income and liquidity needs before purchasing a Contract. Additional information about these risks appears under “Principal Risks of Investing in the Contract”, on page 19, as well as under “Fees and Expenses”, and “Federal Income Tax Matters”. Please note that you could lose significantly more than 10% of your investment in a Risk Control Account under the Contract. For example, if you

 

 

 

 

invested $10,000 in a Series B Contract with a 1.50% Contract Fee and allocated your investment to the Growth Account and the Index then declined by 10% or more in each of three consecutive years, your investment in the Contract at the end of the third year would be equal to $6,932. If you surrendered the Contract at the end of that third year, you would pay a Surrender Charge equal to 7% of your investment or $700 which would leave you with $6,232. That amount would be reduced further if a negative MVA applied. In addition, if you were age 59½ or younger at the time of the surrender, a ten percent additional tax of $623 would apply and would reduce the amount you would have from the Contract to $5,608. This example, however, does not take into account your ability to allocate some or all of your initial investment to the Secure Account which has a floor that protects amounts allocated to that Account from declines in the Index or that you may purchase a Series C Contract which does not have a Surrender Charge.

 

The Company has the right to refuse or limit the amount and frequency of additional Purchase Payments allocated under the Contract and to refuse or limit the amount and frequency of additional Purchase Payments that may be allocated to the Risk Control Accounts. If we exercise this right, it will limit your ability to make further investments in the Contract and increase Contract Values and the Death Benefit through additional Purchase Payments.

 

The Contract is offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (“CBSI”), which is the principal underwriter. CBSI is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of our parent company, CMFG Life Insurance Company, and is registered as a broker-dealer with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as well as with the securities commissions in the states in which it operates, and is a member of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. The principal business address of CBSI is 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly, IA 50677. The principal underwriter is not required to sell any specific number or dollar amount of Contracts, but will use its best efforts to sell the Contracts. There are no arrangements to place funds in an escrow, trust, or similar account. The offering of the Contract is intended to be continuous.

 

This Prospectus provides important information you should know before investing including risks related to the Company’s business. Please see “Potential Risk Factors That May Affect Our Business and Our Future Results” for more information regarding these risks. Please keep this Prospectus for future reference.

 

Additional information about certain investment products, including variable annuities, has been prepared by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s staff and is available at Investor.gov.

 

Neither the SEC nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if this Prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense. The Contracts are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. They are not deposits or other obligations of any bank and are not bank guaranteed. They are subject to investment risks and possible loss of principal and previously credited interest and prior earnings.

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

GLOSSARY 1
Important Information YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ABOUT THE MEMBERS® HORIZON FLEXIBLE PREMIUM DEFERRED VARIABLE AND INDEX LINKED ANNUITY 6
OVERVIEW OF THE CONTRACT 10
How Your Contract Works 10
Contract Features 11
TABLE OF FEES AND EXPENSES 15
FEES AND EXPENSES 16
Other Information 19
PRINCIPAL RISKS OF INVESTING IN THE CONTRACT 19
THE GENERAL ACCOUNT 22
GETTING STARTED – THE ACCUMULATION PERIOD 22
Purchasing a Contract 22
Tax-Free Section 1035 Exchanges 23
Owner 23
Divorce 24
Annuitant 24
Beneficiary 24
Right to Examine 25
Thirty Day Period to Discontinue Initial Risk Control Accounts 25
Contract Value 25
ALLOCATING YOUR PURCHASE PAYMENT 26
Purchase Payment 26
Purchase Payment Allocation Options 26
Express Portfolios 28
Automatic Rebalance Program 29
Transfers 29
VARIABLE SUBACCOUNT OPTION 30
Funds 31
Availability of the Funds 31
Addition, Deletion, or Substitution of Investments 32
Frequent Transfers Procedures 32
Fund Frequent Trading Policies 33
Voting Rights 34
Variable Subaccount Value 34
RISK CONTROL ACCOUNT OPTION 35
Risk Control Account Value 36
Risk Control Account Maturity Date 43
Holding Account Value 44
MARKET VALUE ADJUSTMENT 46
Purpose of the Market Value Adjustment 46
Application and Waiver 47
Market Value Adjustment Formula 48

 

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ACCESS TO YOUR MONEY 49
Partial Withdrawals 49
Surrenders 49
SURRENDER VALUE 50
Partial Withdrawal and Surrender Restrictions 50
Right to Defer Payments 50
BENEFITS AVAILABLE UNDER THE CONTRACT 51
Death Benefit 51
Express Portfolios 53
Automatic Rebalance Program 54
Systematic Withdrawals 55
INCOME PAYMENTS – THE PAYOUT PERIOD 56
INCOME PAYOUT OPTIONS 56
Options 57
FEDERAL INCOME TAX MATTERS 58
Tax Status of the Contracts 58
Taxation of Non-Qualified Contracts 59
Taxation of Qualified Contracts 61
Federal Estate Taxes, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes 62
Medicare Tax 62
Same-Sex Spouses 62
Annuity Purchases By Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Corporations 62
Possible Tax Law Changes 63
OTHER INFORMATION 63
Important Information about the Indices 63
ICE BofAML Index 63
Distribution of the Contract 65
Authority to Change 66
Incontestability 66
Misstatement of Age or Gender 66
Conformity with Applicable Laws 66
Reports to Owners 66
Householding 67
Change of Address 67
Legal Proceedings 67
CORPORATE HISTORY OF THE COMPANY 68
Financial Information 69
Investments 69
Reinsurance 69
Policy Liabilities and Accruals 69
POTENTIAL RISK FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT OUR BUSINESS AND OUR FUTURE RESULTS 70
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 75
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information 76
Overview 76
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies 77

 

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Executive Summary 82
Results of Operations for the Years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 83
Financial Condition 83
Liquidity and Capital Resources 85
Statutory Dividend Restrictions 86
Contractual Obligations 86
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk 87
MANAGEMENT 88
Directors and Executive Officers 88
Transactions with Related Persons, Promoters and Certain Control Persons 89
Executive Compensation 91
Director Compensation 91
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 92
APPENDIX A:  PORTFOLIO COMPANIES AVAIALBLE UNDER THE CONTRACT A-1
APPENDIX B:  EXAMPLES OF PARTIAL WITHDRAWALS AND FULL SURRENDER WITH APPLICATION OF SURRENDER CHARGE AND MARKET VALUE ADJUSTMENT B-1
APPENDIX C:  STATE VARIATIONS C-1

 

The Contract may not be available in all states. This Prospectus does not constitute an offer to sell any Contract and it is not soliciting an offer to buy any Contract in any state in which the offer or sale is not permitted. We do not authorize anyone to provide any information or representations regarding the offering described in this Prospectus other than the information and representations contained in this Prospectus.

 

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GLOSSARY

 

We have tried to make this Prospectus as understandable as possible. However, in explaining how the Contract works, we have had to use certain terms that have special meanings. We define these terms below.

 

1940 Act – The Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

Accumulation Credit – A unit of measure used to calculate Risk Control Account Value.

 

Accumulation Credit Factor – A dollar value for each Accumulation Credit in a Risk Control Account on a given Business Day.

 

Accumulation Period – The phase of the Contract that begins on the Contract Issue Date and ends on the Payout Date, or the date the Contract is terminated if earlier.

 

Accumulation Unit – A unit of measure used to calculate Variable Subaccount Value.

 

Accumulation Unit Value – A dollar value for each Accumulation Unit in a Variable Subaccount on a given Business Day.

 

Adjusted Index Value – The Closing Index Value adjusted for the Index Rate Cap or Index Rate Floor for the current Risk Control Account Year.

 

Administrative Office – MEMBERS Life Insurance Company, 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly, Iowa 50677. Phone: 1-800-798-5500.

 

Age – Age as of last birthday.

 

Allocation Level – Specific levels identified in your Contract for the sole purpose of administering allocation instructions according to the requirements of the Contract.

 

Annuitant (Joint Annuitant) – The natural person(s) whose life (or lives) determines the amount of annuity payments under the Contract.

 

Authorized Request – A signed and dated request that is in Good Order. A request to change your allocation instructions must be signed by all Owners. A request to change a party to the Contract, change the Payout Date or request a partial withdrawal or full surrender of the Contract must be signed by all Owners and any irrevocable Beneficiary or an assignee.

 

Automatic Rebalance Program – A program to automatically transfer values among the Risk Control Accounts and/or Variable Subaccounts to achieve the balance of Contract Value equal to the Allocation Levels you requested.

 

Bailout Provision – If the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account is set below the bailout rate prominently displayed on your Contract Data Page attached to the front of the cover page of the Contract, the Bailout Provision allows you to transfer the Risk Control Account Value from that Risk Control Account during the 30-day period following the Risk Control Account Anniversary. A Market Value Adjustment will not apply to such transfer.

 

Beneficiary – The person(s) (or entity) you named to receive proceeds payable due to the death of the Owner. Before the Payout Date, if no Beneficiary survives the Owner, we will pay the Death Benefit proceeds to the Owner’s estate.

 

Business Day – Any day that the New York Stock Exchange is open for trading. All requests for transactions that are received at our Administrative Office in Good Order on any Business Day prior to market close, generally 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time, will be processed as of the end of that Business Day. However, with respect to a subaccount no valuation may be made on days that the subaccount’s corresponding fund does not value its share.

 

Closing Index Value – The closing value for an Index as of a Business Day.

 

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Company – MEMBERS Life Insurance Company; also referred to as “we”, “our” and “us”.

 

Contract – The MEMBERS® Horizon Flexible Premium Deferred Variable and Index Linked Annuity, an individual or joint owned, flexible premium deferred variable and index-linked annuity contract issued by MEMBERS Life Insurance Company.

 

Contract Anniversary – The same day and month as the Contract Issue Date for each year the Contract remains in force. If a Contract Anniversary does not fall on a Business Day, any transactions required as of that date will be processed on the next Business Day but will be effective as of that Contract Anniversary.

 

Contract Fee – A fee assessed against Contract Value allocated to the Variable Subaccounts and the Risk Control Accounts. The portion of the fee assessed to the Variable Subaccounts equals a percentage of the average daily value of the assets of the Variable Subaccounts to which the Variable Subaccount Value is allocated. The portion of the fee assessed to the Risk Control Accounts equals a percentage of the Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account at the start of a Risk Control Account Year. The Contract Fee is shown on your Contract Data Page. This fee compensates us for the expenses, expense risk, and mortality risk assumed by us.

 

Contract Issue Date – The date we use to determine Contract Years and Contract Anniversaries.

 

Contract Value – The total value of your annuity during the Accumulation Period. All values are calculated as of the end of a Business Day.

 

Contract Year – Any twelve-month period beginning on the Contract Issue Date or Contract Anniversary and ending on the next Contract Anniversary.

 

Data Page – Pages attached to your Contract that describe certain terms applicable to your specific Contract.

 

Death Benefit – The Contract Value as of the date Death Benefits are payable. We do not apply the Surrender Charge or Market Value Adjustment in determining the Death Benefit payable.

 

Earnings – Your Contract Value minus Purchase Payments not previously withdrawn.

 

Frequent Transfers Procedures – Policies and procedures that we have adopted in order to try to protect Owners and the Funds from potentially harmful trading activity.

 

Fund – Each investment portfolio or any other open-end management investment company or unit investment trust in which a Variable Subaccount invests.

 

General Account – All of the Company’s assets other than the assets in the Separate Accounts.

 

Good Order – A request or transaction generally is considered in “Good Order” if we receive it in our Administrative Office within the time limits, if any, prescribed in this Prospectus for a particular transaction or instruction, it includes all information and supporting legal documentation necessary for us to execute the requested instruction or transaction, and is signed by the individual or individuals authorized to provide the instruction or engage in the transaction. A request or transaction may be rejected or delayed if not in Good Order. This information and documentation necessary for a transaction or instruction generally includes, to the extent applicable: the completed application or instruction form; your contract number; the transaction amount (in dollars or percentage terms); the names and allocations to and/or from the Funds affected by the requested transaction; the signatures of all Owners (exactly as indicated on the Contract), if necessary; Social Security Number or Tax I.D.; and any other information or supporting documentation that we may require, including any consents. With respect to Purchase Payments, Good Order also generally includes receipt by us of sufficient funds to effect the purchase. We may, in our sole discretion, determine whether any particular transaction request is in Good Order, and we reserve the right to change or waive any Good Order requirement at any time. If you have any questions, you should contact us or your financial professional before submitting the form or request.

 

Holding Account – An account that holds each Purchase Payment pending investment in a Risk Control Account. The Holding Account cannot be elected as an Investment Option. The Holding Account is part of our General Account.

 

Holding Account Value – The value of the Contract in the Holding Account.

 

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Hospital – A facility that is licensed and operated as a hospital according to the law of the jurisdiction in which it is located.

 

Income Payout Option – The choices available under the Contract for payout of your Contract Value.

 

Index, Indices – The reference index (or indices) we use in determining interest credited to the Risk Control Account Value.

 

Index Rate Cap – The maximum annual Index rate of return the Company will use in calculating interest credited to Risk Control Account Value for a Risk Control Account Year. The Index Rate Cap does not reflect deduction of the Contract Fee.

 

Index Rate Floor – The minimum annual Index rate of return the Company will use in calculating interest credited to Risk Control Account Value for the life of the Contract. The Index Rate Floor does not reflect deduction of the Contract Fee.

 

Initial Index Value – The value for the reference Index as of the start of a Risk Control Account Year.

 

Internal Revenue Code – The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

Investment Options – The choices available under this Contract for allocation of your Purchase Payment(s) and Contract Value. Choices include the Risk Control Accounts (“Risk Control Account Option”) and the Variable Subaccounts (“Variable Subaccount Option”).

 

Irrevocable Beneficiary – A Beneficiary who has certain rights which cannot be changed unless he or she consents to the change.

 

Market Value Adjustment – The amount of an adjustment (increase or decrease) that may be applied to a full surrender or partial withdrawal from a Risk Control Account, also referred to as the MVA.

 

Multiple Source Waiting Period – The maximum period of time we will wait for multiple sources of payment to be received by us prior to allocation to a Risk Control Account. It applies only to the sources of payment indicated on your application. The Multiple Source Waiting Period cannot be longer than six months.

 

Non-Qualified Contract – An annuity contract that is independent of any formal retirement or pension plan.

 

Nursing Home – A facility that is licensed and operates as a nursing facility according to the law of the jurisdiction in which it is located.

 

Owner – The person(s) (or entity) who owns the Contract and whose death determines the Death Benefit. If there are multiple Owners, each Owner will be a joint Owner of the Contract and all references to Owner will mean joint Owners. The Owner has all rights, title and interest in the Contract. The Owner may exercise all rights and options stated in the Contract, subject to the rights of any Irrevocable Beneficiary or assignee. The Owner is also referred to as “you” or “your.”

 

Payee – The person(s) (or entity) who receives income payments during the Payout Period while the Annuitant is living. The Payee is the Owner, unless otherwise designated. A minor cannot be the Payee.

 

Payout Date – The date the first income payment is paid from the Contract to the Payee.

 

Payout Period – The phase the Contract is in once income payments begin.

 

Pro Rata – A method of allocating, withdrawing or transferring values across all Variable Subaccounts and/or Risk Control Accounts that is proportional to the value in each.

 

Proof of Death – Proof of Death may consist of a certified copy of the death record, a certified copy of a court decree reciting a finding of death or other similar proof.

 

Purchase Payment – Payment(s) made by or on behalf of the Owner for the Contract.

 

Qualified Contract – An annuity that is part of an individual retirement plan, pension plan or employer-sponsored retirement program that is qualified for special treatment under the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Risk Control Account – A subdivision of the Risk Control Account Option wherein two account types are available: the Secure Account and the Growth Account. Each Risk Control Account has an Index Rate Cap and Index Rate Floor.

 

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Risk Control Account Anniversary – The same day and month as a Risk Control Account Start Date for each year of a Risk Control Account Period. If a Risk Control Account Anniversary does not fall on a Business Day, any transactions required as of that date will be processed on the next Business Day.

 

Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee – The Contract Fee divided by the number of days in the Risk Control Account Year and then multiplied by the Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account at the start of a Risk Control Account Year.

 

Risk Control Account Maturity Date – The last day of a Risk Control Account Period. If a Risk Control Account Maturity Date does not fall on a Business Day, any transactions required as of that date will be processed on the next Business Day.

 

Risk Control Account Period – The period that begins on a Risk Control Account Start Date and ends on a Risk Control Account Maturity Date. Each Risk Control Account Period is five years.

 

Risk Control Account Start Date – The first day of a Risk Control Account Period. It must be a date that we offer as a Risk Control Account Start Date (as shown on your Contract Data Page). If a Risk Control Account Start Date does not fall on a Business Day, any transactions required as of that date will be processed on the next Business Day.

 

Risk Control Account Value – The value of the Contract in a Risk Control Account.

 

Risk Control Account Year – Any 12-month period beginning on a Risk Control Account Start Date or Risk Control Account Anniversary and ending on the next Risk Control Account Anniversary.

 

Risk Control Separate Account – The Separate Account for the Risk Control Accounts.

 

SAI – The statement of additional information relating to the variable annuity aspect of the Contract.

 

SEC – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

SAP – The statutory accounting principles and practices prescribed by the insurance regulatory authorities in the Company’s state of domicile.

 

Separate Account – A legally insulated investment account that is maintained separately from our General Account. The Separate Account established for the variable portion of the Contract is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”), while the Separate Account established for the index-linked aspect of the Contract is not registered under the 1940 Act.

 

Spouse – The person to whom you are legally married. The term Spouse includes the person with whom you have entered into a legally-sanctioned same-sex marriage that grants you the rights, responsibilities, and obligations married couples have in accordance with applicable state laws. Individuals who do not meet the definition of Spouse may have adverse tax consequences when exercising provisions under this Contract. Additionally, individuals in other arrangements that are not recognized as marriage under the relevant state law will not be treated as married or as Spouses as defined in this Contract for federal tax purposes. Consult with a tax adviser for more information on this subject and before exercising benefits under the Contract.

 

Surrender Charge – The charge associated with surrendering either some or all of the Contract Value from a Series B Contract. Surrender Charges do not apply to Series C Contracts.

 

Surrender Value – The amount you are entitled to receive if you elect to surrender the Contract during the Accumulation Period.

 

Terminally Ill, Terminal Illness – A life expectancy of 12 months or less due to any illness or accident.

 

Thirty Day Period to Discontinue Initial Risk Control Account – If a portion of the initial Purchase Payment is allocated to a Risk Control Account, a 30-day period beginning on the initial Risk Control Account Start Date will commence during which the Owner can discontinue the Risk Control Account(s) and transfer the entire Risk Control Account Value to the Variable Subaccounts without the application of a Market Value Adjustment.

 

Valuation Period – The period beginning at the close of one Business Day and continuing to the close of the next succeeding Business Day.

 

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Variable Separate Account – The Separate Account for the Variable Subaccounts.

 

Variable Subaccount – A subdivision of the Variable Separate Account, the assets of which are invested in a corresponding Fund.

 

Variable Subaccount Value – The value of the Contract in a Variable Subaccount.

 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ABOUT THE MEMBERS® HORIZON FLEXIBLE PREMIUM DEFERRED VARIABLE AND INDEX LINKED ANNUITY 

 
 
FEES AND EXPENSES LOCATION IN PROSPECTUS
Charges for Early Withdrawals

For Series B Contracts only, if you withdraw money from your Contract during the five years following allocation of a Purchase Payment, you may be assessed a Surrender Charge of up to 9% of the Purchase Payment withdrawn in excess of the Annual Free Withdrawal Amount.

 

For example, if you were to surrender your Contract during the first Contract Year, you could pay a surrender charge of up to $8,100 on a $100,000 investment.

 

Withdrawals from Risk Control Accounts prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date will also be subject to a Market Value Adjustment which may be positive or negative and could result in the loss of principal and previously credited interest. It is possible in extreme circumstances to lose up to 100% of your principal and previously credited interest if you take a withdrawal or surrender your Contract as a result of the Market Value Adjustment, Surrender Charges, federal income taxes, and a potential 10% additional tax. 

“Fees and Expenses”
Transaction Charges In addition to Surrender Charges and a Market Value Adjustment, you may also be charged for other transactions, such as transfers, wire transfers, use of express mail, providing a duplicate contract and information previously provided to you that requires research on our part. “Fees and Expenses”
Ongoing Fees and Expenses (annual charges) The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay each year, depending on the options you choose. Please refer to your Contract specifications page for information about the specific fees you will pay each year based on the options you have elected. “Fees and Expenses”
     
    Series B        
    Annual Fee Minimum Maximum    
   

Base Contract

(“Contract Fee”)(1)

1.50% 1.50%    
   

Investment Options (Fund fees and expenses)(2)

0.13% 2.13%    
             
    Series C        
    Annual Fee Minimum Maximum    
   

Base Contract

(“Contract Fee”)(1)

1.75% 1.75%    
   

Investment Options (Fund fees and expenses)(2)

0.13% 2.13%    
    (1)    As a percentage of average daily Variable Subaccount  

 

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    Value or as a percentage of the Risk Control Account Value at the start of the Risk Control Account Year, adjusted for any withdrawals. We do not assess a Contract Fee against Contract Value held in the Holding Account.    
    (2)    As a percentage of Fund assets.    
         
    Because your Contract is customizable, the choices you make affect how much you will pay. To help you understand the cost of owning your Contract, the following table shows the lowest and highest cost you could pay each year, based on current charges. This estimate assumes that you do not take withdrawals from the Contract, which could add Surrender Charges and a negative Market Value Adjustment that substantially increase costs.    
       
    Series B  
      Lowest Annual Cost:
$1,364
  Highest Annual Cost:
$2,986
   
      Assumes:   Assumes:    
      Investment of $100,000   Investment of $100,000    
      5% annual appreciation   5% annual appreciation    
      Least expensive combination of Fund fees and expenses   Most expensive combination of Fund fees and expenses    
      No additional purchase payments, transfers or withdrawals   No additional purchase payments, transfers or withdrawals    
                   
    Series C  
      Lowest Annual Cost:
$1,572
  Highest Annual Cost:
$3,155
   
      Assumes:   Assumes:    
      Investment of $100,000   Investment of $100,000    
      5% annual appreciation   5% annual appreciation    
      Least expensive combination of Fund fees and expenses   Most expensive combination of Fund fees and expenses    
      No additional purchase payments, transfers or withdrawals   No additional purchase payments, transfers or withdrawals    
RISKS LOCATION IN PROSPECTUS
Risk of Loss You can lose money by investing in the Contract, including loss of principal and previously credited interest because the Contract is designed to provide for the accumulation of retirement savings and income on a long-term basis. “Principal Risks of Investing in the Contract”
Not a Short-Term Investment

The Contract is not a short-term investment and is not appropriate if you need ready access to cash.

 

Withdrawals and surrenders may be subject to a Surrender Charge, a Market Value Adjustment, federal and state income taxes, and, if taken before age 59½, a 10% additional tax.

 

The benefits of tax deferral mean that the Contract is more

“Principal Risks of Investing in the Contract”

 

“Fees and Expenses”

 

“Market Value 

 

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  beneficial if you have a long time horizon.

Adjustment”

“Federal Income Tax Matters” 

Risks Associated with Investment Options An investment in the Contract is subject to the risk of poor investment performance and can vary depending on the performance of the investment options available under the Contract. Each investment option, including the Holding Account, the Risk Control Accounts, and the Variable Subaccounts, has its own unique risks. You should review the investment options carefully before making an investment decision.

“Principal Risks of Investing in the Contract”

 

“Variable Subaccount Option”

 

“Risk Control Account Option”

 

“Appendix A” 

Insurance Company Risks An investment in the Contract is subject to the risks related to MEMBERS Life Insurance Company. Any obligations (including under the fixed Holding Account and the Risk Control Account options), guarantees (such as the Death Benefit), or benefits are subject to the claims-paying ability of the Company. More information about the Company, including its financial strength ratings, is available upon request by calling 1-800-798-5500. “Principal Risks of Investing in the Contract”
RESTRICTIONS LOCATION IN PROSPECTUS
Investments

The Subaccount that invests in the Vanguard VIF Small Company Growth Portfolio is no longer available for new investments. However, Contract Owners with Contract Value already allocated to the Vanguard VIF Small Company Growth Subaccount can continue to invest in the Subaccount.

 

Contract Value in the Holding Account cannot be transferred to the Variable Subaccount options.

 

Partial withdrawals from the Risk Control Accounts are not permitted while there is Variable Subaccount Value, except for withdrawals from the Risk Control Accounts on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date (the end of each five-year Risk Control Account Period). Only one Risk Control Account Period can be in force at any time.

 

Contract Value in the Risk Control Accounts can only be transferred to the Variable Subaccount options on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date.

 

The Risk Control Account investment options are not available within five years of the Payout Date.

 

We reserve the right to make additions to, deletions from, or substitutions for the shares of a Fund that are held in the Variable Separate Account or that the Variable Separate Account may purchase, subject to applicable law.

 

We reserve the right to add or substitute an Index associated

“Appendix A”

 

“Risk Control Account Option – Holding Account Value”

 

“Allocating Your Purchase Payments – Transfers”

 

“Risk Control Account Option – Risk Control Account Maturity Date”

 

“Variable Subaccount Option – Addition, Deletion, or Substitution of Investments”

 

“Risk Control Account Option – Addition or Substitution of an

 

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with the Risk Control Accounts. If there is a delay between the date we remove the Index and the date we add a substitute Index, your Risk Control Account Value will be based on the value of the Index on the date the Index ceased to be available, which means market changes during the delay will not be used to calculate the index interest. 

 

We reserve the right, at our discretion, to restrict transfers into the Risk Control Account in the event the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account is less than the rate specified in the Bailout Provision (as shown on your Contract Data Page).

Index”

 

 

“Risk Control Account Option – Express Portfolios” 

Optional Benefits

Express Portfolios are only available at the time of purchase, and you must allocate all of your Purchase Payment to your selected Express Portfolio.

 

Systematic Withdrawals may be taken on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. The withdrawals must be at least $100 each. Unless taken to satisfy minimum required distributions, a Market Value Adjustment may be applied to Systematic Withdrawals taken from a Risk Control Account. If the Systematic Withdrawal exceeds the 10% Annual Free Withdrawal Amount, a Surrender Charge may also apply.  

“Benefits Available Under the Contract – Express Portfolios”

 

“Benefits Available Under the Contract – Systematic Withdrawals” 

TAXES LOCATION IN PROSPECTUS
Tax Implications You should consult with a tax professional to determine the tax implications of an investment in and Purchase Payments received under the Contract. There is no additional tax benefit if you purchase the Contract through a qualified retirement plan or individual retirement account (IRA). Withdrawals from the Contract are subject to ordinary income tax, and may be subject to a 10% additional tax if taken before age 59½. “Federal Income Tax Matters”
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST LOCATION IN PROSPECTUS
Investment Professional Compensation

Some investment professionals may receive compensation for selling the Contract to you in the form of commissions or other compensation. These other forms of compensation may include cash bonuses, insurance benefits and financing arrangements. Non-cash benefits may include conferences, seminars and trips (including travel, lodging and meals in connection therewith), entertainment, merchandise and other similar items. The Company may also pay asset-based commissions (sometimes called trail commissions) in addition to Purchase Payment-based commissions. Investment professionals may also receive other payments from us for services that do not directly involve the sale of the Contracts, including personnel recruitment and training, production of promotional literature and similar services.

 

As a result of these compensation arrangements, these investment professionals may have a financial incentive to offer or recommend the Contract over another investment. You should ask your investment professional for additional information about the compensation he or she receives in connection with your purchase of the Contract. 

“Other Information – Distribution of the Contract”

 

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Exchanges Some investment professionals may have a financial incentive to offer you a new contract in place of the one you already own. You should only exchange your contract if you determine, after comparing the features, fees, and risks of both contracts, that it is better for you to purchase the new contract rather than continue to own your existing contract. “Tax-Free Section 1035 Exchanges”

  

OVERVIEW OF THE CONTRACT

 

The following is a summary of the key features of the Contract. This summary does not include all of the information you should consider before purchasing a Contract. You should carefully read the entire Prospectus, which contains more detailed information concerning the Contract and the Company, before making an investment decision.

 

Contract Series

 

The Contract offers two series: Series B and Series C. The primary difference between the two series is that Series B Contracts are subject to a Surrender Charge and Series C Contracts are not. In addition, Series B Contracts have a Nursing Home and Hospital/Terminal Illness benefit, which provides for a waiver of the Surrender Charge if its conditions are met. The amount of the Contract Fee for Series B and Series C Contracts differs, with Series C Contracts subject to a higher Contract Fee. Beginning January 1, 2021, Series B Contracts are no longer available for purchase. For Owners who purchased Series B Contracts before January 1, 2021, your rights and obligations under your Series B Contract remain unchanged. Beginning May 1, 2022, Series C Contracts are no longer available for purchase. For Owners who purchased Series C Contracts before May 1, 2022, your rights and obligations under your Series C Contract remain unchanged.

 

You should work with your financial professional to decide which series of the Contract may be appropriate for you based on a thorough analysis of your particular insurance needs, financial objectives, investment goals, time horizons and risk tolerance.

 

The Company is not an investment adviser and does not provide any investment advice to you in connection with your Contract.

 

How Your Contract Works

 

Purpose. Your Contract is an individual or joint owned, flexible premium variable and index-linked deferred annuity contract. The Contract is designed for long-term investors and is not intended for someone who needs ready access to cash. Your Contract can help you save for retirement because it can allow your Contract Value to earn interest from the Risk Control Accounts and/or gains from the Variable Subaccounts on a tax-deferred basis and you can later elect to receive retirement income for life or a period of years. You generally will not pay taxes on your earnings until you withdraw them.

 

Contract Periods. There are two periods to your Contract: an Accumulation Period and a Payout Period. 

 

During the Accumulation Period of your Contract, you allocate your Contract Value to the Variable Subaccounts and/or the Risk Control Accounts.

 

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Each of these options is described below. Each Variable Subaccount invests its assets solely in the shares or units of designated Funds. Depending on the performance of the Funds underlying the Variable Subaccounts selected by you, you could lose money. Additional information about each Fund is provided in Appendix A of this Prospectus.

 

The portion of Contract Value allocated to a Risk Control Account is credited with interest based in part on the investment performance of external Indices (currently, the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI EAFE Index), subject to an Index Rate Cap and Index Rate Floor that is unique to each Risk Control Account. The S&P 500 Index is a stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 leading companies publicly traded in the U.S. stock market, as determined by Standard & Poor’s. The MSCI EAFE Index is a stock market index which is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets outside of the U.S. and Canada. The Indices can go up or down based on the stock prices of the companies that comprise the applicable Index. Neither Index includes dividends paid on the securities comprising the Index and therefore does not reflect the full investment performance of the underlying securities. The Index rate of return is determined on each Risk Control Account Anniversary and is measured over the Risk Control Account Year. Index interest is calculated on each Risk Control Account Anniversary. Because Index interest is calculated at a single point in time you may experience negative or flat performance even though the Index experienced gains through some, or most, of the Index Period. It is possible that you will not earn any interest in a Risk Control Account or that we may credit negative interest to the Growth Account. There is a risk of loss of principal and previously credited interest with the Growth Account of up to 10% (with an Index Rate Floor of -10%) each Risk Control Account Year due to negative Index performance.

 

The Accumulation Period begins on the Contract Issue Date and continues until the Payout Date.

 

During the Payout Period of your Contract, you can elect to receive income payments by applying Contract Value to the income options offered in your Contract. The Payout Period begins on the Payout Date and continues while income payments are paid. When the Payout Period begins, you will no longer be able to make withdrawals. The Death Benefit terminates when the Contract is applied to an Income Payout Option.

 

Please call your financial professional or the Company at 1-800-798-5500 if you have questions about how your Contract works.

 

Contract Features

 

Purchase Payments. You may purchase the Contract with an initial Purchase Payment of at least $5,000. Additional Purchase Payments can be made during the Accumulation Period, subject to certain restrictions, but are not required. We reserve the right in our sole discretion to refuse additional Purchase Payments and to limit the amount and frequency of additional Purchase Payments under the Contract or that may be allocated to the Risk Control Accounts at any time. See “Allocating Your Purchase Payments – Purchase Payment” for more details.

 

Allocation Options. There are four Allocation Levels for your Contract, among which you may allocate your Purchase Payment(s) and Contract Value: Level C (Contract Allocation Level), Level V (Variable Subaccount Allocation Level), Level I (Index Allocation Level), and Level R (Risk Control Allocation Level). Each is described below.

 

At Level C, the allocation is split between the Variable Subaccounts and the Risk Control Accounts;

 

At Level V, the allocation is split among the Variable Subaccounts;

 

Level I only applies to Risk Control Accounts, and the allocation is split between Risk Control Accounts based on the reference Index; and

 

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Level R only applies to Risk Control Accounts, and the allocation is split among Risk Control Accounts with the same reference Index.

 

Allocation Options
Level C Level V or Level I Level R Crediting Strategy*
Variable Subaccounts See Appendix A N/A N/A
Risk Control Accounts S&P 500 Index Secure Account 0% Floor, Cap
Growth Account -10% Floor, Cap
MSCI EAFE Index Secure Account 0% Floor, Cap
Growth Account -10% Floor, Cap

 

* The Floor will not change during the life of your Contract. We set the Cap each year for the next Contract Year. In return for accepting some risk of loss to your Risk Control Account Value allocated to the Growth Account, the Cap for the Growth Account is higher than the Cap for the Secure Account. The Cap will always be at least 1%.

 

Your Purchase Payments will be allocated according to your allocation instructions on file with us for the applicable Allocation Levels. See “Allocating Your Purchase Payments” for more details.

 

For each Variable Subaccount, the Accumulation Unit Value increases or decreases at the end of each Business Day to reflect the investment performance of the corresponding underlying Fund, including deductions for underlying Fund fees and expenses.

 

For each Risk Control Account, we credit interest at the end of each Risk Control Account Year during the five-year Risk Control Account Period based in part on the performance of the reference Index by comparing the change in the Index from each Risk Control Account Anniversary (the first day of the Risk Control Account Year) to the last day of the current Risk Control Account Year, adjusted for the Index Rate Cap or Index Rate Floor. Your Risk Control Account Value must remain in a Risk Control Account for the entire Risk Control Account Period (five years). To avoid the imposition of a Market Value Adjustment, withdrawals should be made on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date (the last day of the 5-year period).

 

Additionally, for Series B Contracts, a Surrender Charge may apply to withdrawals during the five years following the allocation of a Purchase Payment.

 

Express Portfolios. Rather than choosing amounts to be directed to particular Allocation Levels, you can select one of three asset allocation portfolios or “Express Portfolios” we make available. At the time you purchase the Contract, you may elect to allocate all of your Purchase Payments according to one of the Express Portfolios. Each Express Portfolio employs different investment styles and allocates your Purchase Payments among the Variable Subaccounts and Risk Control Accounts to match a specified level of risk tolerance (e.g., conservative, moderate and aggressive). See “Allocating Your Purchase Payments – Express Portfolios” for more details.

 

Automatic Rebalance Program. The Automatic Rebalance Program, which applies to all Contracts and may not be terminated, automatically transfers values between Risk Control Accounts and/or Variable Subaccounts to return your Contract Values to the Allocation Levels on file with us. Transfers that occur pursuant to the Automatic Rebalance Program will not count towards the number of transfers allowed in a Contract Year without incurring a transfer fee. Rebalancing occurs at set intervals depending on Allocation Level, subject to certain conditions. See “Allocating Your Purchase Payments – Automatic Rebalance Program” for more details. 

 

Variable Subaccount Option. You may allocate your Purchase Payments to the Variable Subaccount

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Option, which invests in the underlying Funds. The Funds currently available for investment are described in Appendix A to this Prospectus. Purchase Payments allocated to a Variable Subaccount become part of the total Variable Subaccount Value which fluctuates according to the investment performance of the selected Variable Subaccounts. See “Variable Subaccount Option” for more details.

 

Risk Control Account Option. Only one Risk Control Account can be in force at any time, which can include both a Secure Account and a Growth Account for each reference Index. Purchase Payments allocated to a Risk Control Account become part of the Risk Control Account Value and may be credited with interest based in part on the performance of the reference Index, subject to the applicable Index Rate Cap and Index Rate Floor. Once you have established a Risk Control Account you may not allocate your subsequent Purchase Payments or make transfers to a new Risk Control Account until the existing Risk Control Account matures at the end of five years. You may not allocate subsequent Purchase Payments to existing Risk Control Accounts (other than during 30 days prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date). You may transfer between Risk Control Accounts with the same reference Index as of each Risk Control Account Anniversary. You may allocate Risk Control Account Value from the maturity of a current Risk Control Account and Variable Subaccount Value to new Risk Control Accounts we make available. See “Risk Control Account Option” for more details.

 

The Index Rate Floor is the minimum Index rate of return for determining the value of a Risk Control Account, prior to the deduction of the Contract Fee. This rate will not change during the life of your Contract. The Secure Account has an Index Rate Floor of 0% and the Growth Account has an Index Rate Floor of -10%. For the Secure Account, this means that any negative investment performance of the Index would not reduce your Contract Value at the end of a Risk Control Account Year; and for the Growth Account, this means that any negative investment performance of the Index would not reduce your Contract Value at the end of a Risk Control Account Year by more than 10% even if such negative investment performance is worse than -10%. However, as noted on the cover page of this Prospectus, you could lose more than 10% of your investment in a Risk Control Account due to the application of Surrender Charges, Contract fees, negative MVAs, federal income taxes, and a 10% additional tax.

 

The Index Rate Cap is the maximum Index rate of return for determining the value of a Risk Control Account, prior to the deduction of the Contract Fee. For each Risk Control Account, we set an Index Rate Cap for the first Risk Control Account Year, which is made available at least two weeks in advance of the Risk Control Account Start Date. We may set a new Index Rate Cap prior to each Risk Control Account Anniversary for the subsequent Risk Control Account Year and will send you written notice at least two weeks prior to the Risk Control Account Anniversary.

 

The Index Rate Caps will always be positive and will range between 1% and 75%. In return for accepting some risk of loss to your Contract Value allocated to the Growth Accounts, the Index Rate Caps declared for the Growth Accounts will be higher than the Index Rate Cap declared for the Secure Account for the same period which allows the potential for a higher positive increase in Contract Value for the Growth Account.

 

The same Index will generally be used for each Risk Control Account for the duration of the Risk Control Account Period. However, if the publication of an Index is discontinued, or calculation of the Index is materially changed, we will substitute a suitable Index that will be used for the remainder of the Risk Control Account Period and will notify you of the change in advance. If we substitute an Index, the performance of the new Index may differ from the original Index, which may, in turn, affect your Contract Value.

 

Bailout Provision. If the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account is set below the bailout rate for that Risk Control Account, the Bailout Provision allows you to transfer the Risk Control Account Value from that Risk Control Account during the 30-day period following the Risk Control Account Anniversary by Authorized Request without the application of a Market Value Adjustment. If the bailout rate equals the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account, you will not be eligible to transfer your Risk Control Account value under the Bailout Provision. If at any time the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account is less

 

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than the bailout rate specified on your Contract Data Page, we may at our discretion restrict transfers into that Risk Control Account. See “Risk Control Account Option – Bailout Provision” for more details.  

 

Withdrawal Options. This Contract may not be appropriate for you if you intend to take partial withdrawals or surrender the Contract. However, the Contract offers the following liquidity features during the Accumulation Period:

 

Annual Free Withdrawal Amount – For Series B Contracts only, each Contract Year, you may withdraw up to 10% of the total Purchase Payments that are within the Surrender Charge period at the time of the withdrawal for that Contract Year without incurring a Surrender Charge (the “Annual Free Withdrawal Amount”). If the withdrawal is taken from a Risk Control Account, the Market Value Adjustment may apply. See “Fees and Expenses – Surrender Charge – Annual Free Withdrawal Amount” for more details.

 

Systematic Withdrawals – If elected at the time of the application or requested at any other time by Authorized Request in Good Order, you may elect to receive periodic partial withdrawals under our systematic withdrawal plan. Under the systematic withdrawal plan, we will make partial withdrawals (on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis), as specified by you. Surrender Charges and a Market Value Adjustment may apply. See “Benefits Available Under The Contract – Systematic Withdrawals” for more details.

 

Partial Withdrawal Option – You may make partial withdrawals during the Accumulation Period by Authorized Request, but a withdrawal of Risk Control Account Value is not permitted while there is Variable Subaccount Value. Any applicable Surrender Charge and/or Market Value Adjustment will affect the amount available for a partial withdrawal. Surrender Charges do not apply to Series C Contracts. For Series B Contracts, the maximum Surrender Charge is 9% of Purchase Payments withdrawn. See “Access To Your Money – Partial Withdrawals” for more details.

 

Full Surrender Option – You may surrender your Contract during the Accumulation Period by Authorized Request. Upon full surrender, a Surrender Charge and/or a Market Value Adjustment may apply. Surrender Charges do not apply to Series C Contracts. See “ACCESS TO YOUR MONEY – Surrenders” for more details.

 

Additionally, withdrawals from Risk Control Accounts prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date will be subject to a Market Value Adjustment which may be positive or negative and could result in the loss of principal and previously credited interest. Withdrawals and surrenders may also be subject to a Surrender Charge. Withdrawals and surrenders are subject to income taxes, and, if taken before the Owner is age 59½, a 10% additional tax may apply. It is possible in extreme circumstances to lose up to 100% of your principal and previously credited interest if you take a withdrawal or surrender your Contract. See “Federal Income Tax Matters”, “Fees and Expenses – Surrender Charges”, and “Market Value Adjustment” for more details.

 

Death Benefit. The Contract provides a Death Benefit if the Owner dies during the Accumulation Period. The Death Benefit is equal to the Contract Value as of the date Death Benefits are payable. We do not apply the Surrender Charge or Market Value Adjustment in determining the Death Benefit payable. See “Death Benefit” for more details.

 

Income Payout Options. You have several income options to choose from during the Payout Period. Income payments will start on the Payout Date, and continue based on the option you elect. See “Getting Started – The Accumulated Period – Right to Examine” for more details.

 

Right to Examine. You may cancel your Contract and receive either your Purchase Payments or your Contract Value depending upon applicable state law. See “Getting Started – The Accumulation Period – Right to Examine” for more details.

 

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TABLE OF FEES AND EXPENSES 

 

The following tables describe the fees and expenses that you will pay when buying, owning, and surrendering or making withdrawals from the Contract. Please refer to your Contract Data Page for information about the specific fees you will pay each year based on the options you have elected.

 

The first table describes the fees and expenses that you will pay at the time that you buy the Contract, surrender or make certain withdrawals from the Contract, or transfer Contract value between investment options, or request special services. State premium taxes may also be deducted.

 

Transaction Expenses Charge
Maximum Surrender Charge (as a percentage of Purchase Payment surrendered or withdrawn) (1) 9%
Market Value Adjustment (maximum potential loss applied to a full surrender or partial withdrawal from a Risk Control Account) 100%(2)
Transfer Fee(3) $25
Research Fee $50
Wire Transfer Fee $90
Express Mail Charge $35
Duplicate Contract Charge (per duplicate Contract) $30

 

(1) For Series B Contracts, if you surrender your Contract or make a partial withdrawal during the Accumulation Period, we may assess a Surrender Charge on Purchase Payments withdrawn during the five years following Purchase Payment allocation. We do not assess a surrender charge on the Annual Free Withdrawal Amount, withdrawals under the Nursing Home or Hospital/Terminal Illness waiver, required minimum distributions under the Internal Revenue Code that are withdrawn under a systematic withdrawal program and Risk Control Account Value withdrawn on a Risk Control Account Maturity Date. No Surrender Charge is assessed on death or and when values are applied on an Income Payout Option. For information about the Surrender Charge, see “Fees and Expenses – Surrender Charge.” Surrender Charges do not apply to Series C Contracts.

(2) The Market Value Adjustment may be positive or negative, increasing or decreasing the amount you receive from a partial withdrawal or your Surrender Value.

(3) Currently no fee is charged for transfers between the Risk Control Accounts and/or Variable Subaccounts. However, we reserve the right to impose a transfer fee of $25 per transfer after the first twelve transfers in a Contract Year.

 

The next table describes the fees and expenses that you will pay each year during the time that you own the Contract (not including Fund fees and expenses).

 

Annual Contract Expenses Series B Series C
Base Contract Expense (“Contract Fee”) (as a percentage of average daily Variable Subaccount Value or as a percentage of beginning of Risk Control Account Year Risk Control Account Value, adjusted for any withdrawals) (1) 1.50% 1.75%

 

(1) The Contract Fee is assessed against the Contract Value held in the Variable Subaccounts and Risk Control Accounts. We do not assess a Contract Fee against Contract Value held in the Holding Account. For information about the Contract Fee, see “Fees and Expenses – Contract Fee.”

 

The next item shows the minimum and maximum total operating expenses charged by the Funds that you may pay periodically during the time that you own the Contract. The range below is for the year ended December 31, 2023. The expenses may change from year to year. A complete list of the Funds available under the Contract, including their annual expenses, may be found in Appendix A of this Prospectus.

 

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Annual Fund Expenses 

(As of 12/31/23) 

Minimum Maximum
Annual Fund Expenses (expenses that are deducted from Fund assets, including management fees, distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees, and other expenses) 0.13% 2.13%
Annual Fund Expenses After Expense Reimbursements or Fee Waivers)(1) 0.13% 2.04%

 

(1) The annual fund expenses after expense reimbursements or fee waivers shows the minimum and maximum fees and expenses as of December 31, 2023, charged by the Funds after contractual reductions or expense reimbursements are considered. These contractual reductions or expense reimbursements are intended to reduce the overall expense of the Investment Options and will continue for at least one year from the date of this prospectus.

 

Examples

 

The Examples are intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Contract with the cost of investing in other variable annuity contracts. These costs include the Transaction Expenses, the Annual Contract Expenses, and the Annual Fund Expenses. These Examples do not reflect charges for any special services you may request.

 

The Examples assume that you invest $100,000 in the Contract for the time periods indicated, and that your investment has a 5% return each year with a Contract Fee of 1.50%. The Examples assume that all Contract Value is allocated to the MEMBERS Horizon Variable Separate Account. The Examples also assume (i) the maximum Annual Fund Expenses; and (ii) there is no waiver of any Surrender Charge. These Examples do not include transfer fees or premium taxes. Transfer fees and premium taxes are not currently charged to Contract holders.

 

Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:

 

  1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
If you surrender your Contract at the end of the applicable time period $11,755 $17,416 $18,782 $38,886
If you do not surrender your Contract $3,655 $11,116 $18,782 $38,886

 

FEES AND EXPENSES 

 

Surrender Charge. For Series B Contracts, we deduct a Surrender Charge from each Purchase Payment withdrawn during the five years following the allocation of such Purchase Payment that exceeds the Annual Free Withdrawal Amount. The deduction of the Surrender Charge will reduce the amount you receive from a partial withdrawal or surrender of the Contract during the Accumulation Period. Each Purchase Payment has an individual Surrender Charge schedule which begins when the Purchase Payment is credited to your Contract and continues for a period of five years, as shown in the table below. The amount of the Surrender Charge is determined separately for each Purchase Payment withdrawn and is expressed as a percentage of the Purchase Payment as follows:

 

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Number of Years Since Purchase Payment Credited Surrender Charge as a Percent of Purchase Payments Withdrawn
Less than 1 9%
At least 1 but less than 2 9%
At least 2 but less than 3 8%
At least 3 but less than 4 7%
At least 4 but less than 5 6%
5 or more 0%

 

For purposes of calculating the Surrender Charge, Purchase Payments are assumed to be withdrawn on a first-in-first-out basis. This means that Purchase Payments that were allocated to your Contract first are considered to be withdrawn first and Purchase Payments are considered to be withdrawn before Earnings. Therefore, withdrawals will be processed to occur in the following order: (1) Purchase Payments that are no longer subject to a Surrender Charge as of the date of the withdrawal; (2) your Annual Free Withdrawal Amount; (3) Purchase Payments that are subject to a Surrender Charge on a first-in-first-out basis; and (4) Earnings, if any, after all Purchase Payments have been withdrawn. We will deduct the Surrender Charge from your withdrawal proceeds. We will deduct the Surrender Charge before we apply any Market Value Adjustment to withdrawal proceeds from the Risk Control Accounts. For an example of how we calculate the Surrender Charge, see Appendix B of this Prospectus.

 

We will not assess the Surrender Charge on:

 

Withdrawals under the Nursing Home or Hospital/Terminal Illness waiver;

 

Required minimum distributions under the Internal Revenue Code that are withdrawn under the systematic withdrawal program provided by the Company;

 

Withdrawal of Risk Control Account Value on a Risk Control Account Maturity Date;

 

Purchase Payments that are no longer subject to a Surrender Charge as of the date of the partial withdrawal or full surrender;

 

Your Annual Free Withdrawal Amount;

 

Earnings, if any, after all Purchase Payments have been withdrawn;

 

Death;

 

At the time Contract Value is applied to an Income Payout Option; and

 

Transfers.

 

We will not deduct a Surrender Charge in the case of a partial withdrawal or surrender where the Owner or Annuitant qualifies for the Nursing Home or Hospital or Terminal Illness waiver, as described below. Before granting the waiver, we may request a second opinion or examination of the Owner or Annuitant by one of our examiners. We will bear the cost of such second opinion or examination. Each waiver may be exercised only one time.

 

Nursing Home or Hospital Waiver. We will not deduct a Surrender Charge in the case of a partial withdrawal or surrender where any Owner or Annuitant is confined to a licensed Nursing Home or Hospital, and has been confined to such Nursing Home or Hospital for at least 180 consecutive days after the latter of the Contract Issue Date or the date of change of the Owner or Annuitant. We require verification of confinement to the Nursing Home or Hospital, and such verification must

 

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  be signed by the administrator of the facility (not available in Massachusetts).

  

Terminal Illness Waiver. We will not deduct a Surrender Charge in the case of a partial withdrawal or surrender where any Owner or Annuitant has a life expectancy of 12 months or less due to illness or accident. As proof, we require a determination of the Terminal Illness. Such determination must be signed by the licensed physician making the determination after the latter of Contract Issue Date or the date of change of the Owner or Annuitant. The physician may not be a member of your or the Annuitant’s immediate family (not available in New Jersey).

 

The laws of your state may limit the availability of the Surrender Charge waivers and may also change certain terms and/or benefits under the waivers. You should consult Appendix C to this Prospectus and your Contract for further details on these variations. Also, even if you do not pay a Surrender Charge because of the waivers, a Market Value Adjustment may apply and you may be required to pay taxes on the amount withdrawn. You should consult a tax adviser to determine the effect of a partial withdrawal on your taxes.

 

Surrender Charges offset promotion, distribution expenses, and investment risks born by the Company. To the extent Surrender Charges are insufficient to cover these risks and expenses, the Company will pay for the costs that it incurs out of the Contract Fees it collects and from its General Account. Surrender Charges do not apply to Series C Contracts.

 

Annual Free Withdrawal Amount. Each Contract Year, you may withdraw up to 10% of the total Purchase Payments allocated within the five years preceding the time of the withdrawal for that Contract Year without incurring a Surrender Charge, although a Market Value Adjustment may apply. As long as the partial withdrawals you take during a Contract Year do not exceed the Annual Free Withdrawal Amount, we will not assess a Surrender Charge.

 

If you make a partial withdrawal of less than the Annual Free Withdrawal Amount, the remaining Annual Free Withdrawal Amount will be applied to any subsequent partial withdrawal which occurs during the same Contract Year. Any remaining Annual Free Withdrawal Amount will not carry over to a subsequent Contract Year. Partial annuitization will count toward the Annual Free Withdrawal Amount.

 

The Annual Free Withdrawal Amount is subtracted from full surrenders for purposes of calculating the Surrender Charge.

 

Market Value Adjustment (“MVA”). Withdrawals from Risk Control Accounts prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date will be subject to a Market Value Adjustment which may be positive or negative and could result in the loss of up to 100% of your principal and previously credited interest. See “Market Value Adjustment” for more details.

 

Contract Fee. We deduct a Contract Fee from your Contract Value in the Variable Subaccounts and Risk Control Accounts on a daily basis to compensate us for the expenses, expense risks, and mortality risk we assume under the Contract. The Contract Fee assessed against Contract Value held in the Variable Subaccounts is equal on an annual basis to the annual Contract Fee percentage multiplied by the average daily value of the Contract Value held in the Variable Subaccounts. The deduction of the Contract Fee reduces the Accumulation Unit Value for each Variable Subaccount in which you are invested.

 

The Contract Fee assessed against Contract Value held in the Risk Control Accounts is equal on an annual basis to the annual Contract Fee percentage multiplied by the Accumulation Credit Factor for each Risk Control Account at the start of the Risk Control Account Year. The deduction of the Contract Fee reduces the Accumulation Credit Factor for each Risk Control Account in which you are invested, thereby reducing the Index interest credited, if any, to values held in the Risk Control Accounts.

 

The annual Contract Fee percentage is 1.50% for Series B Contracts and 1.75% for Series C Contracts. We do not assess the Contract Fee against Contract Value held in the Holding Account.

 

Transfer Fee. Currently no fee is charged for transfers among the Risk Control Accounts and Variable Subaccounts. However, we reserve the right to impose a transfer fee of $25 per transfer after the first 12 transfers in a Contract Year. Each Written Request or telephone/fax authorization is considered to be one transfer, regardless of the number of Subaccounts affected by the transfer. The fee is deducted on a Pro

 

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Rata basis first from any Variable Subaccount, then, if there are insufficient funds, from the Risk Control Accounts on a Pro Rata basis after the other funds are exhausted. 

 

Research Fee. We may charge you a fee of up to $50 when you request information that is duplicative of information previously provided to you and requires research on our part. The fee is deducted on a Pro Rata basis according to the current values in the accounts, first from any Variable Subaccounts, then, if there are insufficient funds, from the Holding Account and then from the Risk Control Accounts on a Pro Rata basis after all the other funds are exhausted.

 

Wire Transfer Fee. We may charge you a fee of up to $90 when you request a wire transfer of funds from your Contract. The fee reimburses us for the costs we incur in sending funds by wire transfer. The wire transfer fee is deducted on a Pro Rata basis according to current values in the accounts, first from any Variable Subaccounts, then, if there are insufficient funds, from the Holding Account and then from the Risk Control Accounts on a Pro Rata basis after all the other funds are exhausted.

 

Express Mail Charge. We reserve the right to charge you a fee of up to $35 when you request that a check or other documents be sent via express mail. The express mail charge reimburses us for the costs we incur when sending materials by express mail. The fee is deducted on a Pro Rata basis according to current values in the accounts, first from any Variable Subaccounts, then, if there are insufficient funds, from the Holding Account and then from the Risk Control Accounts on a Pro Rata basis after all the other funds are exhausted.

 

Duplicate Contract Charge. You can obtain a summary of your Contract at no charge. However, we will assess a $30 charge for each copy of your Contract that you request. A request for a duplicate copy of the Contract must be made by a Written Request in Good Order. The fee is deducted on a Pro Rata basis according to current values in the accounts, first from any Variable Subaccounts, then, if there are insufficient funds, from the Holding Account and then from the Risk Control Accounts on a Pro Rata basis after all the other funds are exhausted.

 

Underlying Fund Fees and Expenses. There are fees and expenses charged by the mutual funds underlying the Variable Subaccounts. The fees and expenses incurred are described in the Funds’ prospectuses.

 

Premium Taxes. Charges designed to approximate certain taxes that may be imposed on us, such as premium taxes in your state, may also apply. However, premium taxes are not currently charged to Contract holders. State premium taxes currently range from 0% to 3.5% of Purchase Payments.

 

Other Information

 

We assume investment risks and costs in providing the guarantees under the Contract. These investment risks include the risks we assume in providing the Index Rate Floors for the Risk Control Accounts, the surrender rights available under the Contract, the Death Benefit and the income benefits. We must provide the rates and benefits set forth in your Contract regardless of how our General Account investments that support the guarantees we provide perform. To help manage our investment risks, we engage in certain risk management techniques. There are costs associated with those risk management techniques. You do not directly pay the costs associated with our risk management techniques. However, we take those costs into account when we set rates and guarantees under your Contract.

 

PRINCIPAL RISKS OF INVESTING IN THE CONTRACT 

 

Your Contract has various risks associated with it. We list these risk factors below, as well as other important information you should know before purchasing a Contract.

 

Variable Subaccount Risk. Your investment results in any one of the Variable Subaccounts will depend on the investment performance of the underlying Funds. The Variable Subaccounts are not part of the Risk Control Accounts and are not protected from losses. You could lose all of your principal and prior earnings when investing in the Variable Subaccounts and such losses could be significant. 

 

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it may or may not reduce your Risk Control Account Value. This depends on the Risk Control Account to which you allocated your Risk Control Account Value. Nevertheless, you always assume the investment risk that no index interest will be credited and therefore the Index rate of return will not increase your Risk Control Account Value. You also bear the risk that sustained declines in the relevant Index may cause the Index rate of return to not increase your Risk Control Account Value for a prolonged period. If your Risk Control Account Value is allocated to the Growth Account, you also assume the risk of a negative Index rate of return (crediting negative index interest), which means your Risk Control Account Value allocated to the Growth Account will decline. In addition, you assume the risk that the Index Rate Cap can be reduced to as little as 1%. Please note that in an increasing interest rate environment, the Market Value Adjustment could reduce the amount received to less than the protection provided by the Index Rate Floor. Performance of the relevant Index does not reflect dividends paid on the securities comprising the Index, and therefore calculation of Index performance under the Contract does not reflect the full Investment performance of the underlying securities. Ownership of a Contract does not provide ownership rights of the securities that are constituents of the Index.

 

If the performance of the reference Index is greater than the applicable Index Rate cap, the Index interest that you receive will be lower than the return you would have received on an investment in a mutual fund or exchange traded fund designed to track the performance of the selected reference Index. Because the Index interest is calculated at a certain point-in-time, an Owner may experience negative or flat performance even though a reference Index experienced gains through some or most of the Risk Control Account Year.

 

Liquidity and Withdrawal Risk. The Contract may not be appropriate for investors who plan to take withdrawals or surrender the Contract. It is possible in extreme circumstances to lose up to 100% of your principal and previously credited interest if you take a withdrawal or surrender your Contract. We designed your Contract to be a long-term investment that you may use to help save for retirement. Your Contract is not designed to be a short-term investment. While you are permitted to take partial withdrawals from the Contract or fully surrender the Contract during the Accumulation Period by Authorized Request, such withdrawals may be subject to a Surrender Charge and/or Market Value Adjustment (if applicable). The Market Value Adjustment may be positive or negative. If negative, it could result in the loss of principal and previously credited interest. Withdrawals are subject to income tax and, if taken before age 59½, a 10% additional tax may apply. You should consult your tax adviser before taking a withdrawal. See “Federal Income Tax Matters,” “Fees and Expenses – Surrender Charges”, and “Market Value Adjustment” for more information. We may defer payments made under your Contract with respect to a Risk Control Account and/or the fixed Holding Account for up to six months if the insurance regulatory authority of the state in which we issued the Contract approves such deferral. In addition, we may postpone payments made under this Contract with respect to a Variable Subaccount as permitted by the SEC.

 

Loss of Principal Risk. You could lose your investment. Investment in the Variable Subaccount and in the Risk Control-Growth Account could result in a loss of principal and previously credited interest. Although investment losses in the Growth Account are subject to an Index Rate Floor of -10%, losses of as much as -10% in one year and possibly greater than -10% over multiple years could result in a loss of previously credited interest and a loss of principal. Withdrawals and surrenders could also result in a loss of previously credited interest or principal even if performance has been positive because of Surrender Charges and/or the MVA.

 

Market Risk. The historical performance of an Index relating to a Risk Control Account or a Fund underlying a Variable Subaccount should not be taken as an indication of the future performance of the Index or the Fund. The performance of an Index or a Fund will be influenced by complex and interrelated economic, financial, regulatory, geographic, judicial, political and other factors that can affect the capital markets generally, and by various circumstances that can influence the performance of securities in a particular market segment.

 

The Russian/Ukraine conflict and the resulting responses by the United States and other governments could create economic disruption that results in increased market volatility and present economic uncertainty. The duration of these events and their future impact on the financial markets and global economy, are difficult to determine. Any such impact could adversely affect the performance of the

 

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securities that comprise the reference Indices and may lead to losses on your investment in the Allocation Options. 

 

Change of Index Risk. An Index which is associated with a Risk Control Account may be discontinued or may be materially changed. If an Index is eliminated or materially changed the Company may substitute a suitable Index that will be used for the remainder of the Risk Control Account Period. If we substitute an Index, the performance of the new Index may differ from the original Index. This, in turn, may affect the interest credited to the Risk Control Account and the interest you earn under the Contract. If a change in an Index is made during a Risk Control Account Year, index interest will be calculated from the Risk Control Account Start Date until the date that the Index ceased to be available and that index interest will be added to or subtracted from the index interest calculated for the substitute Index from the date of substitution until the next Risk Control Account Anniversary. If there is a delay between the date we remove the Index and the date we add a substitute Index, your Risk Control Account Value will be based on the value of the Index on the date the Index ceased to be available, which means market changes during the delay will not be used to calculate the index interest.

 

Risk Control Account Transfer Restriction. At any time the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account is less than the bailout rate specified on your Contract Data Page, we may, at our discretion, restrict transfers into that Risk Control Account. See “Risk Control Account Option – Bailout Provision” for more details.

 

Creditor and Solvency Risk. Our General Account assets support the guarantees under the Contract and are subject to the claims of our creditors. As such, the guarantees under the Contract are subject to our financial strength and claims-paying ability, and therefore, to the risk that we may default on those guarantees. You need to consider our financial strength and claims-paying ability in meeting the guarantees under the Contract. You may obtain information on our financial condition by reviewing our financial statements included in this Prospectus. Additionally, information concerning our business and operations is set forth in the section of this Prospectus entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”

 

We are exposed to risks related to natural and man-made disasters and catastrophes, such as storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, epidemics, pandemics, malicious acts, and terrorist acts, which could adversely affect our ability to conduct business. A natural or man-made disaster or catastrophe, including a pandemic (such as the coronavirus COVID-19), could affect the ability, or willingness, of our workforce and employees of service providers and third-party administrators to perform their job responsibilities. Even if our workforce and employees of our service providers and third-party administrators were able to work remotely, those remote work arrangements could result in our business operations being less efficient than under normal circumstances and lead to delays in our issuing Contracts and processing of other Contract-related transactions, including orders from Owners. Catastrophic events may negatively affect the computer and other systems on which we rely and may interfere with our ability to receive, pickup and process mail, our processing of Contract-related transactions, impact our ability to calculate Contract Value, or have other possible negative impacts. These events may also impact the issuers of securities in which the Funds invest, which may cause the Funds underlying your Contract to lose value. There can be no assurance that we or our service providers will avoid losses affecting your Contract due to a natural disaster or catastrophe.

 

Business Disruption and Cyber-Security Risks. We rely heavily on interconnected computer systems and digital data to conduct our variable and index-linked product business activities. Because our variable and index-linked product business is highly dependent upon the effective operation of our computer systems and those of our business partners, our business is vulnerable to disruptions from utility outages, and susceptible to operational and information security risks resulting from information systems failure (e.g., hardware and software malfunctions), and cyber-attacks. These risks include, among other things, the theft, misuse, corruption and destruction of data maintained online or digitally, interference with or denial of service, attacks on websites and other operational disruption and unauthorized release of confidential Owner information. Such systems failures and cyber-attacks affecting us, CBSI, the Funds and intermediaries may adversely affect us and your Contract Value. For instance, systems failures and cyber-attacks may interfere with our processing of Contract transactions, including the processing of orders with

 

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the Funds, impact our ability to calculate Contract Value, cause the release and possible destruction of confidential customer or business information, impede order processing, subject us and/or CBSI, the Funds and intermediaries to regulatory fines and financial losses and/or cause reputational damage. Cyber-security risks may also impact the issuers of securities in which the Funds invest, which may cause the Funds underlying your Contract to lose value. The risk of cyber-attacks may be higher during periods of geopolitical turmoil (such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the responses by the United States and other governments). There can be no assurance that we, CBSI, the Funds or intermediaries will avoid losses affecting your Contract due to cyber-attacks or information security breaches in the future.

 

Regulatory Protections. You should be aware of various regulatory protections that do and do not apply to the Contract. Your Contract is registered with the SEC as a security under the Securities Act of 1933. The issuance and sale of your Contract must be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933. In addition, the offer and sale of the Contract is subject to the provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

The Company is not an investment company and therefore we are not registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the protections provided by that Act are not applicable to the guarantees we provide. The MEMBERS Horizon Variable Separate Account, a Separate Account of the Company, is registered as an investment company. Any allocations you make to the Risk Control Accounts are not part of the MEMBERS Horizon Variable Separate Account. The Company is not an investment adviser and is not subject to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and does not provide investment advice to you in connection with the Contract.

 

The Contract is filed with and approved by each state in which the Contract is offered. State insurance laws provide a variety of regulatory protections.

 

THE GENERAL ACCOUNT 

 

The Company is responsible for all guarantees provided under the Contract, including our obligations under the fixed Holding Account and the Risk Control Account options, the Death Benefit, and the Income Payout Options. Our General Account assets support these guarantees. The assets of our General Account are subject to our general liabilities from business operations and the claims of our creditors. Accordingly, any obligations, guarantees or benefits are subject to our financial strength and claims-paying ability. You may obtain information on our financial condition by reviewing our financial statements included in this Prospectus. You may also call 1-800-798-5500 for more information about us, including our financial strength ratings.

 

GETTING STARTED – THE ACCUMULATION PERIOD 

 

The Prospectus describes all material rights, benefits and obligations under the Contract. All material state variations in the Contract are described in Appendix C to this Prospectus and in your Contract. We will include any such state variations in your Contract. Please review Appendix C for any variations from standard Contract provisions that may apply to your Contract based on the state in which your Contract was issued. Your financial professional can provide you with more information about those state variations.

 

Purchasing a Contract

 

We no longer issue new Contracts. We offer the Contract to individuals, certain individual retirement plans, and other entities. To purchase a Contract, you and the Annuitant must be no older than age 85.

 

We sell the Contract through financial professionals. To start the purchase process, you must submit an application to your financial professional. The initial Purchase Payment must either be paid at the Company’s Administrative Office or delivered to your financial professional. Your financial professional will then forward your completed application and Purchase Payment (if applicable) to us. After we receive a completed application, Purchase Payment, and all other information necessary to process a purchase

 

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order, in Good Order, we will begin the process of issuing the Contract. The selling firm’s determination of whether the Contract is suitable for you may delay our receipt of your application. Any such delays will affect when we issue your Contract. If the application for a Contract is properly completed and is accompanied by all the information necessary to process it, including payment of the initial purchase payment, the initial Purchase Payment, if any, will be allocated to Subaccount(s) you choose within two Business Days of receipt by us at our mailing address. If the application is not properly completed, we may retain the Purchase Payment for up to five Business Days while we attempt to complete the application. If information which completes the application is received after the close of regular business on the New York Stock Exchange (usually, 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time) on a Business Day, the initial Purchase Payment will be allocated within the next two Business Days. If the application is not complete at the end of the 5-day period, we will inform you of the reason for the delay and the initial Purchase Payment will be returned immediately, unless you specifically consent to us retaining the Purchase Payment until the application is complete. Once the application is complete, the initial Purchase Payment, if any, will be allocated as designated by the Owner within two Business Days. 

 

IMPORTANT: You may use the Contract with certain tax qualified retirement plans (“IRA”). The Contract includes attributes such as tax deferral on accumulated earnings. Qualified retirement plans provide their own tax deferral benefit; the purchase of this Contract does not provide additional tax deferral benefits beyond those provided in the qualified retirement plan. Accordingly, if you are purchasing this Contract through a qualified retirement plan, you should consider purchasing the Contract for its other features and other non-tax related benefits. Please consult a tax adviser for information specific to your circumstances to determine whether the Contract is an appropriate investment for you.

 

If mandated by applicable law, including Federal laws designed to counter terrorism and prevent money laundering, we may be required to reject your Purchase Payment. We may also be required to provide additional information about you or your Contract to government regulators. In addition, we may be required to block an Owner’s Contract and thereby refuse to honor any request for transfers, partial withdrawals, surrender, income payments, and Death Benefit payments, until instructions are received from the appropriate government regulator.

 

Tax-Free Section 1035 Exchanges

 

You can generally exchange one annuity contract for another in a “tax-free exchange” under Section 1035 of the Internal Revenue Code. Before making an exchange, you should compare both contracts carefully. Remember that if you exchange another contract for the one described in this Prospectus, you might have to pay a Surrender Charge or negative Market Value Adjustment on the existing contract. If the exchange does not qualify for Section 1035 tax treatment, you may have to pay federal income tax and a possible additional tax on your old contract. There will be a new Surrender Charge period for this Contract and other charges may be higher (or lower) and the benefits may be different. There may be delays in our processing of the exchange. You should not exchange another contract for this one unless you determine, after knowing all the facts that the exchange is in your best interest. In general, the person selling you this Contract will earn a commission from us.

 

Owner

 

The Owner is the person(s) (or entity) who own(s) the Contract and, in the case of a natural person(s), whose death determines the Death Benefit. The Owner is also the person(s) (or entity) who receives income payments during the Payout Period while the Annuitant is living. A non-natural person cannot jointly own a Contract. The Owner names the Annuitant or Joint Annuitants. All rights under the Contract may be exercised by the Owner, subject to the rights of any other Owner and any Irrevocable Beneficiary. Assignment of the Contract by the Owner is not permitted, unless the state in which the Contract is issued requires us to provide the Owner the right to assign the Contract, as identified in Appendix C to this Prospectus. In that case, the Owner must provide us with advance Written Notice of the assignment and the assignment is subject to our approval, unless those requirements are inconsistent with the law of the state in which the Contract is issued.

 

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The Owner may request to change the named owner at any time before the Payout Date. If a joint Owner is changed (or is named), he or she must be the Owner’s Spouse (or Partner if the state of issue is Illinois, New Jersey or Oregon). A Partner will not be treated as a spouse for federal tax purposes; however, and a tax adviser should be consulted before naming a Partner as a joint Owner. Any change in Owner must be made by Authorized Request and is subject to our acceptance. Unless otherwise specified by the Owner, such change, if accepted by us, will take effect as of the date the Authorized Request was signed. We are not liable for any payment we make or action we take before we receive the Authorized Request.

 

If an Owner who is a natural person dies during the Accumulation Period, the Beneficiary is entitled to the Death Benefit. The Death Benefit becomes payable at the death of the Owner (if there are joint Owners, the Death Benefit will become payable after the first joint Owner dies). If there is a surviving Owner and he or she is the Spouse of the deceased, the surviving Spouse (or surviving Partner Owner if the state of issue is New Jersey or Oregon) will be treated as the sole primary Beneficiary, and any other designated Beneficiary will be treated as a contingent Beneficiary.


 

Divorce

 

In the event of divorce, the former Spouse must provide a copy of the divorce decree (or a qualified domestic relations order if it is a qualified plan) to us. The terms of the decree/order must identify the Contract and specify how the Contract Value should be allocated among the former Spouses.

 

Annuitant

 

The Annuitant is the natural person(s) whose life (or lives) determines the income payment amount payable under the Contract. If the Owner is a natural person, the Owner may change the Annuitant at any time before the Payout Date by Authorized Request. A request to change the Annuitant must be received by us at least 30 days before the Payout Date. Unless otherwise specified by the Owner, such change will take effect as of the date the Authorized Request was signed. We are not liable for any payment we make or action we take before we receive the Authorized Request. If you change the Annuitant, the Payout Date will not change. If the Owner is not a natural person, the Annuitant cannot be changed. The Annuitant does not have any rights under the Contract.

 

Beneficiary

 

The Beneficiary is the person(s) (or entity) named by you when you apply for the Contract to receive the proceeds payable upon your death. If there are joint Owners and an Owner dies before the Payout Date, the surviving Spouse Owner (or Partner Owner if the Contract is issued in New Jersey or Oregon) will be treated as the sole primary Beneficiary and any other designated Beneficiary will be treated as a contingent Beneficiary. A Partner will not be treated as a spouse for federal tax purposes; however, and a tax adviser should be consulted before naming a Partner as a joint Owner. Prior to the Payout Date, if no Beneficiary survives the Owner, the proceeds will be paid to the Owner’s estate. If there is more than one Beneficiary, each Beneficiary will receive an equal share, unless otherwise specified by the Owner. If there are joint Owners and we are unable to determine that one of the joint Owners predeceased the other, it will be assumed that the joint Owners died simultaneously. Thereupon, one-half of the Death Benefit will be payable to each of the joint Owner’s estates.

 

You may change the Beneficiary by an Authorized Request sent to us, or you may name one or more Beneficiaries. A change of Beneficiary will take effect on the date the Authorized Request was signed. If there are joint Owners, each Owner must sign the Authorized Request. In addition, any Irrevocable Beneficiary or assignee must sign the Authorized Request. Any change is subject to payment or other actions we took before we received the request to change the Beneficiary at our Administrative Office.

 

Use care when naming Beneficiaries. If you have any questions concerning the criteria you should use when choosing Beneficiaries, consult your financial professional.

 

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Right to Examine

 

You may cancel your Contract and return it to your financial professional or to us within a certain number of days after you receive the Contract and receive a refund of either the Purchase Payments you paid less withdrawals or your Contract Value, depending on the state in which your Contract was issued. If the Contract Value exceeds your Purchase Payments, you will receive the Contract Value regardless of where the Contract was issued. If the Purchase Payments exceed the Contract Value, the refund will be your Contract Value unless the state in which the Contract was issued requires that the Purchase Payments less withdrawals be returned. If your Contract is an IRA, we will refund the greater of your Purchase Payment(s) less withdrawals or your Contract Value. Generally, you must return your Contract within 10 days of receipt (30 days if it is a replacement contract), but some states may permit a different period for you to return your Contract. Refunds will not be subject to a Surrender Charge or Market Value Adjustment and will be paid within seven days following the date of cancellation. State variations are described in Appendix C to this Prospectus. If you cancel your Contract by exercising your Right to Examine and attempt to purchase a substantially similar Contract the Company may refuse to issue the second Contract.

 

Thirty Day Period to Discontinue Initial Risk Control Accounts

 

If at the time the Contract is purchased a portion or all of the initial Purchase Payment, whether consisting of a single payment or multiple payments, is allocated to a Risk Control Account Option(s), the Risk Control Account portion of the initial Purchase Payment will be allocated to the Holding Account before it is transferred to a Risk Control Account. When the Holding Account Value is transferred to the Risk Control Account after our receipt of all funds that represent the initial Purchase Payment, we will notify you of the applicable Index Rate Cap for each Risk Control Account selected. The Index Rate Cap(s) may be different than the Index Rate Cap(s) at the time of your application. Therefore, you will have a 30-day period, beginning on the Risk Control Start Date to elect to discontinue your Risk Control Account and transfer the entire Risk Control Account Value to the Variable Subaccounts by Authorized Request. If you have multiple Risk Control Accounts, and you elect to exercise your right to discontinue your Risk Control Accounts, all of your Risk Control Accounts will be discontinued under this provision. This provision applies only to your initial Purchase Payment. Your election to discontinue your Risk Control Accounts can only be exercised one time.

 

If you elect to exercise your right under this provision, your entire Risk Control Account Value will be transferred to the Variable Subaccounts (according to the allocation instructions on file with us for Level V) on the Business Day that we receive your request in Good Order. For your request to be in Good Order, we will require you to provide Variable Subaccount allocation instructions (Level V) if none are on file with us, and to allocate 100% of your Contract Value to the Variable Subaccounts (Level C) with 0% for Risk Control Account Allocation Levels I and R. These allocation instructions (C, I and R) cannot be changed for at least 30 days, beginning on the date of transfer. This means that once discontinued, a new Risk Control Account cannot be established for at least 30 days. You can, however, change your Variable Subaccount allocation instructions (Level V) effective as of any Business Day.

 

The right to discontinue the Risk Control Account while funds are in the Holding Account is different than the Bailout Provision described in “Risk Control Account Option – Bailout Provision.”. The 30-day period to discontinue initial Risk Control Accounts as described here only applies to new Contracts where a portion of the initial Purchase Payment has been allocated to a Risk Control Account. The Bailout Provision applies if you allocated Contract Values to a Risk Control Account and the Index Rate Cap is set below the levels identified in your Contract.

 

Contract Value

 

On the Contract Issue Date, your Contract Value equals the initial Purchase Payment. After the Contract Issue Date, during the Accumulation Period, your Contract Value will equal the total Risk Control Account Value, plus the total Variable Subaccount Value, plus the Holding Account Value.

 

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ALLOCATING YOUR PURCHASE PAYMENTS 

 

Purchase Payment

 

If the application for a Contract is in Good Order, which includes our receipt of the initial Purchase Payment, we will issue the Contract on the Contract Issue Date. If the application is not in Good Order, we may retain the initial Purchase Payment for up to five Business Days while we attempt to complete the application. If the application is not complete at the end of the five Business Day period, we will inform you of the reason for the delay and the initial Purchase Payment will be returned immediately, unless you specifically consent to us retaining the Purchase Payment until the application is complete. Once the application is complete, we will allocate the initial Purchase Payment according to your allocation instructions.

 

The minimum initial Purchase Payment for a Non-Qualified or Qualified Contract is $5,000. Additional Purchase Payments can be made during the Accumulation Period but are not required. Each additional Purchase Payment may not be less than $50 and must be received at our Administrative Office prior to the oldest Owner’s 95th birthday, or the oldest Annuitant’s 95th birthday if the Owner is a non-natural person. Additional Purchase Payments are not allowed on Traditional IRA Contracts after the Owner has reached age 72. Purchase Payments that exceed $1 million in total, including multiple Contracts owned by the same individual where the sum of the Purchase Payments exceeds $1 million, require our prior approval, which may be withheld at our sole discretion.

 

We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to refuse additional Purchase Payments and to limit the amount and frequency of additional Purchase Payments under the Contract or amounts that may be allocated to the Risk Control Accounts at any time. If we exercise this right it will limit your ability to make further investments in the Contract and increase Contract Values and the Death Benefit through additional Purchase Payments.

 

Purchase Payment Allocation Options

 

There are four Allocation Levels available under the Contract, among which you may allocate your Purchase Payments and Contract Value: Level C (Contract Allocation Level), Level V (Variable Subaccount Allocation Level), Level I (Index Allocation Level), and Level R (Risk Control Allocation Level). You must specify the percentage of your Purchase Payment to be allocated to each Allocation Level on the Contract Issue Date. The amount you direct to a particular Allocation Level must be in whole percentages from 0% to 100% of the Purchase Payment and your total allocation must equal 100% at each Allocation Level.

 

Allocation Options
Level C Level V or Level I Level R Crediting Strategy*
Variable Subaccounts See Appendix A N/A N/A
Risk Control Accounts S&P 500 Index Secure Account 0% Floor, Cap
Growth Account -10% Floor, Cap
MSCI EAFE Index Secure Account 0% Floor, Cap
Growth Account -10% Floor, Cap

 

* The Floor will not change during the life of your Contract. We set the Cap each year for the next Contract Year. In return for accepting some risk of loss to your Risk Control Account Value allocated to the Growth Account, the Cap for the Growth Account is higher than the Cap for the Secure Account. The Cap will always be at least 1%.

 

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Your Purchase Payments will be allocated according to your allocation instructions on file with us for the applicable Allocation Levels.

 

For each Variable Subaccount, the Accumulation Unit Value increases or decreases at the end of each Business Day to reflect the investment performance of the corresponding underlying Fund, including deductions for underlying Fund fees and expenses.

 

For each Risk Control Account, we credit interest at the end of each Risk Control Account Year during the five-year Risk Control Account Period based in part on the performance of the reference Index by comparing the change in the Index from each Risk Control Account Anniversary (the first day of the Risk Control Account Year) to the last day of the current Risk Control Account Year, adjusted for the Index Rate Cap or Index Rate Floor. Your Risk Control Account Value must remain in a Risk Control Account for the entire Risk Control Account Period (five years). To avoid the imposition of a Market Value Adjustment, withdrawals should be made on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date (the last day of the 5-year period).

 

Additionally, for Series B Contracts, a Surrender Charge may apply to withdrawals during the five years following the allocation of a Purchase Payment.

 

Allocation of the Purchase Payment

 

If the application for the Contract is in Good Order, we will allocate the portion of the initial Purchase Payment you designate for the Variable Subaccounts to the Subaccount(s) you have identified in your allocation instructions within two Business Days. If the application is not in Good Order and you are required to provide us with additional information that completes the application and we receive that information prior to the close of a Business Day, we will allocate the portion of the initial Purchase Payment you designate for the Variable Subaccounts that Business Day or the next Business Day according to your allocation instructions. If we receive the information after the close of the Business Day, we will allocate the portion of the initial Purchase Payment you designate for the Variable Subaccounts within the next two Business Days. We will allocate the portion of any additional Purchase Payment you designate for the Variable Subaccounts according to your allocation instructions on the Business Day we receive the Purchase Payment. We process Purchase Payments allocated to the Variable Subaccounts on a Business Day at the Accumulation Unit Values next determined for the Variable Subaccounts.

 

The Risk Control Account portion of your initial Purchase Payment will be allocated to the Holding Account on your Contract Issue Date before it is transferred to the Risk Control Account. If there is one source of payment indicated on your application, the Holding Account Value will be transferred to the Risk Control Account(s) (according to the allocation instructions on file with us for Levels I and R) as of your initial Risk Control Account Start Date. Your initial Risk Control Account Start Date is the next available Risk Control Account Start Date following the Contract Issue Date (note: Risk Control Account Start Dates offered by the Company are currently the 10th and 25th of each month, or if a non-Business Day, the next Business Day). If there is more than one source of payment indicated on your application, the Holding Account Value will be transferred to the Risk Control Accounts (according to the allocation instructions on file with us for Levels I and R) as of the next available Risk Control Account Start Date following our receipt of all sources of payment. If all sources of payment are not received within the Multiple Source Waiting Period, the Holding Account Value will be transferred to the Risk Control Accounts (according to the allocation instructions on file with us for Levels I and R) as of the next available Risk Control Account Start Date following the last day of the Multiple Source Waiting Period. Any additional payments we receive after the last day of the Multiple Source Waiting Period will not be eligible to be added to the Risk Control Account. These funds will be treated as an additional Purchase Payment rather than an additional source of payment to establish a Risk Control Account. We will allocate any such additional Purchase Payments to the Variable Subaccounts according to the allocation instructions on file with us for Level V on the Business Day we receive the Purchase Payments. If there are no such allocation instructions on file with us or if you request that the additional Purchase Payment be allocated to the Risk Control Account, we will treat the request to allocate the additional Purchase Payment as not in Good Order and will return the additional Purchase Payment to you unless you provide Level V allocation instructions by 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time on the Business Day we receive the Purchase Payment.

 

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If there is no Risk Control Account in force, an additional Purchase Payment may be made in order to establish a Risk Control Account. However, if you exercised your right to discontinue your Risk Control Accounts, as described under “Getting Started – The Accumulation Period – Thirty Day Period to Discontinue Initial Risk Control Accounts,” a new Risk Control Account cannot be established for a period of 30 days. To establish a Risk Control Account, the number of years until the Payout Date, must be at least equal to the Risk Control Account Period, and you must change your allocation instructions for Levels C, I and R to include Allocation Level percentages for the Risk Control Account Option and Risk Control Accounts. Each Risk Control Account Period is five years. If these requirements have been met, we will allocate the portion of your Purchase Payment designated for the Risk Control Accounts to the Holding Account, and we will transfer your Holding Account Value to the Risk Control Accounts (according to your allocation instructions on file with us for Levels I and R) as of the next available Risk Control Account Start Date following our receipt of the Purchase Payment. If the number of years from the date we receive a Purchase Payment until the Payout Date is less than the Risk Control Account Period, the Purchase Payment will be allocated to the Variable Subaccounts according to the allocation instructions on file with us for Level V on the Business Day we receive the Purchase Payment. If there are no such allocation instructions on file with us or if you request that the additional Purchase Payment be allocated to the Risk Control Account, we will treat the request to allocate the additional Purchase Payment as not in Good Order and will return the additional Purchase Payment to you unless you provide Level V allocation instructions by 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time on the Business Day we receive the Purchase Payment.

 

Once a Risk Control Account is in force, you may allocate additional Purchase Payments to the Risk Control Account during a specific period of time prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. This period of time is defined as at least one Business Day, but no more than 30 days prior to a Risk Control Account Maturity Date. Any Purchase Payment we receive during this time will be allocated according to your allocation instructions on file with us for all four Allocation Levels. The portion of the Purchase Payment to be allocated to a Risk Control Account will first be allocated to the Holding Account. The Holding Account Value will be transferred to the Risk Control Accounts (according to the allocation instructions on file with us for Levels I and R) as of the Risk Control Account Maturity Date, which becomes the next Risk Control Account Start Date. Any Purchase Payments we receive outside of this period of time, either on a Risk Control Account Maturity Date, or more than 30 days prior to that date, will be allocated to the Variable Subaccounts according to the allocation instructions on file with us for Level V on the Business Day we receive the Purchase Payment.

 

Purchase Payments allocated to the Variable Subaccounts become part of the total Variable Subaccount Value, which fluctuates according to the investment performance of the selected Variable Subaccounts. Purchase Payments allocated to the Risk Control Accounts become part of the Risk Control Account Value and will reflect, in part, the investment performance of the reference Index(es), subject to the applicable Index Rate Caps and Index Rate Floors.

 

Transactions that are scheduled to occur on a day that the unit value for a Variable Subaccount or Risk Control Account is not available will be processed on the next Business Day at the Accumulation Unit Value for the Subaccount or Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account next determined.

 

Express Portfolios

 

Certain asset allocation portfolios or “Express Portfolios” are available to assist you in selecting investment options under the Contract. At the time you purchase the Contract, you may elect to allocate all of your Purchase Payments according to one of the Express Portfolios. Each Express Portfolio allocates your Purchase Payments among the Variable Subaccounts and Risk Control Accounts based on a specified allocation percentage for each investment option available under the Portfolio. Each Express Portfolio employs different investment styles and allocates Purchase Payments among investment options to match a specified level of risk tolerance (e.g., conservative, moderate and aggressive). There is no separate charge for selecting an Express Portfolio. See “Benefits Available Under the Contract – Express Portfolios” for more details.

 

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Automatic Rebalance Program

 

During the Accumulation Period, we will automatically rebalance your Contract Value among the Risk Control Accounts and/or Variable Subaccounts on specified dates based on your most recent allocation instructions that we have on file. See “Benefits Available Under the Contract – Automatic Rebalance Program” for more details.

 

Transfers

 

Transfers between Risk Control Accounts and/or Variable Subaccounts will occur automatically under the Automatic Rebalance Program. In addition, by Authorized Request, you may also transfer value:

 

Between Variable Subaccounts on any Business Day;

 

Between Risk Control Accounts with the same reference Index as of a Risk Control Account Anniversary;

 

From Risk Control Accounts to Variable Subaccounts under the Thirty Day Period to Discontinue Initial Risk Control Account;

 

Between Risk Control Accounts or between Risk Control Accounts and Variable Subaccounts as of a Risk Control Account Maturity Date; and

 

From a Variable Subaccount to a Risk Control Account as of the next available Risk Control Account Start Date if there is no Risk Control Account in force.

 

You may also make a transfer under the Bailout Provision, as described in “Risk Control Account Option – Bailout Provision.”

 

Transfer requests must be in Good Order. Transfers are permitted by telephone, internet or in writing. Transfer requests received at our Administrative Office in Good Order on a Business Day prior to the close of the New York Stock Exchange (usually, 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time) will be processed as of the end of that Business Day. Transfer requests received at our Administrative Office in Good Order on a Business Day after the close of the New York Stock Exchange will be processed as of the end of the next Business Day. We will not process a transfer request we receive on the Payout Date.

 

We reserve the right to impose a transfer fee, which, if imposed, will be deducted from the Variable Subaccount or Risk Control Account from which the transfer is made. If a transfer is made from more than one Variable Subaccount or Risk Control Account at the same time, the transfer fee will be deducted Pro Rata from the value in the Variable Subaccounts and/or Risk Control Accounts. We reserve the right to modify, suspend or terminate the transfer privilege for any Contract or series of Contracts at any time for any reason.

 

If there is no Risk Control Account in force, you may request to transfer value from a Variable Subaccount in order to establish a Risk Control Account by Authorized Request. However, if you exercised your right to discontinue your Risk Control Accounts, as described under “Getting Started – The Accumulation Period – Thirty Day Period to Discontinue Initial Risk Control Accounts,” a new Risk Control Account cannot be established for a period of 30 days.

 

To establish one or more Risk Control Accounts, the number of years from the Risk Control Account Start Date until the Payout Date must be at least equal to the Risk Control Account Period. Each Risk Control Account Period is five years. You must also provide allocation instructions for Levels I and R by Authorized Request at least one Business Day prior to a Risk Control Account Start Date to be effective as of that Risk Control Account Start Date. Allocation instructions received on a Risk Control Account Start Date will be effective as of the next available Risk Control Account Start Date. If these requirements are met, the transfer will occur on a Pro Rata basis from the Variable Subaccounts as of the next available Risk Control Account

 

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Start Date. The Variable Subaccount Value transferred to a Risk Control Account will be allocated according to the allocation percentages on file with us for Levels I and R.

 

If the number of years until the Payout Date is less than the Risk Control Account Period, transfers to a Risk Control Account will not be allowed. Each Risk Control Account Period is five years.

 

VARIABLE SUBACCOUNT OPTION

 

The Variable Separate Account is a segregated investment account to which we allocate certain assets and liabilities attributable to those variable annuity contracts that offer Variable Subaccounts. The Variable Separate Account is registered with the SEC as a unit investment trust under the 1940 Act and was formed on June 8, 2015. We own the assets of the Variable Separate Account and value the assets of the Variable Separate Account each Business Day. The obligations under the Contracts, including obligations related to the Variable Separate Account, are obligations of the Company.

 

The portion of the assets of the Variable Separate Account equal to the reserves and other liabilities of the Contracts supported by the Variable Separate Account will not be charged with liabilities arising from any other business that we may conduct. We have the right to transfer to our General Account any assets of the Variable Separate Account that are in excess of such reserves and other Contract liabilities. The income, gains and losses, realized or unrealized, from the assets allocated to the Variable Separate Account will be credited to or charged against the Variable Separate Account, without regard to our other income, gains or losses.

 

The Variable Separate Account is divided into Variable Subaccounts. Each Variable Subaccount invests its assets solely in the shares or units of designated Funds of underlying investment companies. Purchase Payments allocated and transfers to a Variable Subaccount are invested in the Fund supporting that Variable Subaccount.

 

Subject to obtaining approval or consent required by applicable law, we reserve the right to:

 

Combine the Variable Separate Account with any other variable separate accounts that are also registered as unit investment trusts under the 1940 Act;

 

Eliminate or combine any Variable Subaccounts and transfer the assets of any Variable Subaccount to any other Variable Subaccount;

 

Close certain Variable Subaccounts to the allocation of Purchase Payments or transfer of Contract Value;

 

 

Deregister the Variable Separate Account under the 1940 Act if such registration is no longer required;

Operate the Variable Separate Account as a management investment company under the 1940 Act (including managing the Variable Separate Account under the direction of a committee) or in any other form permitted by law;

 

Restrict or eliminate any voting rights of Owners or other persons having such rights as to the Variable Separate Account; and

 

Make any other changes to the Variable Separate Account or its operations as may be required by the 1940 Act or other applicable law or regulations.

 

In the event of any substitution or other change, we may make changes to the Contract as may be necessary or appropriate to reflect such substitution or other change.

 

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Funds

 

This prospectus is accompanied by a current prospectus for each Fund underlying a Variable Subaccount. You should read the Fund prospectuses carefully before investing. More information about the Funds is available in the prospectuses for the Funds, which can be found online at https://www.trustage.com/business-solutions/annuities/horizon-ii-annuity. You can also request this information at no cost by calling 1-800-798-5500 or by sending an email request to AnnuityAndPRTManagersMail@trustage.com.

 

We select the Funds based on several criteria, including asset class coverage, the strength of the investment adviser’s or subadviser’s reputation and tenure, brand recognition, performance, fees, and the capability and qualification of each investment firm. Another factor we consider during the selection process is whether the Fund, its investment adviser, its subadviser(s), or an affiliate will compensate us or our affiliates, as described below under “Availability of the Funds” and “Distribution of the Contract.” We review the Funds periodically and may remove or limit a Fund’s availability to new purchase payments and/or transfers of Variable Subaccount Value if we determine that the Fund no longer meets one or more of the selection criteria, and/or if the Fund has not attracted significant allocations from Owners.

 

Owners, through their indirect investment in the Funds, bear the costs of: (i) investment advisory or management fees that the Funds pay their respective investment advisers, and in some cases, subadvisers (see the Funds’ prospectuses for more information); (ii) administrative fees; (iii) 12b-1 service fees; and (iv) other expenses. As discussed above, an investment adviser or subadviser to a Fund, or its affiliates, may make payments to us and/or certain of our affiliates. These payments may be derived, in whole or in part, from the advisory (and in some cases, subadvisory) or other fees deducted from Fund assets.

 

From time to time, the Funds may reorganize or merge with other mutual funds. If that occurs, we may process any instructions to allocate to the Variable Subaccount investing in the merged Fund post-merger instead to the Variable Subaccount investing in the surviving Fund.

 

These mutual fund portfolios are not available for purchase directly by the general public, and are not the same as other mutual fund portfolios with very similar or nearly identical names that are sold directly to the public. However, the investment objectives and policies of certain portfolios available under the Contract may be very similar to the investment objectives and policies of other portfolios that are managed by the same investment adviser or manager. Nevertheless, the investment performance and results of the portfolios available under the Contract may be lower, or higher, than the investment results of such other (publicly available) portfolios. There can be no assurance, and no representation is made, that the investment results of any of the portfolios available under the Contract will be comparable to the investment results of any other mutual fund portfolio, even in the other portfolio has the same investment adviser or manager and the same investment objectives and policies, and a very similar name.

 

The names, investment objectives, investment advisers and subadvisers, current expenses, and performance information for each Fund in which the Variable Subaccounts invest are summarized in Appendix A to this Prospectus.

 

There is no guarantee that the stated objectives and policies of any of the Funds will be achieved. More detailed information concerning the investment objectives, policies and restrictions of the Funds, the expenses of the Funds, the risks attendant to investing in the Funds and other aspects of their operations can be found in the current prospectuses for the Funds and the current statement of additional information for each of the Funds. You may obtain a prospectus or a statement of additional information for any of the Funds by contacting the Company or by asking your financial professional. You should read the Funds’ prospectuses carefully before making any decision concerning the allocation of Purchase Payments or transfers among the Variable Subaccounts.

 

Availability of the Funds

 

The Variable Separate Account purchases shares of a Fund in accordance with a participation agreement.

 

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If a participation agreement terminates, the Variable Separate Account may not be able to purchase additional shares of the Fund(s) covered by the agreement. Likewise, in certain circumstances, it is possible that shares of a Fund may not be available to the Variable Separate Account even if the participation agreement relating to that Fund has not been terminated. In either event, Owners will no longer be able to allocate Purchase Payments or transfer Contract Value to the Variable Subaccount investing in the Fund. 

 

We have entered into agreements with the investment adviser or distributor of certain Funds pursuant to which the investment adviser or distributor pays us a servicing fee based upon an annual percentage of the average daily net assets invested by the Variable Separate Account in the Fund. These percentages vary and currently range from 0.00% to 0.25% of each Fund’s average daily net assets. The amount paid is based on assets of the particular Fund attributable to the Contract issued by us. The amounts we receive under the servicing agreements may be significant.

 

The service fees are for administrative services provided to the Funds by us and our affiliates. These payments may be derived, in whole or in part, from the investment management fees deducted from assets of the Funds. Owners, through their indirect investment in the Funds, bear the costs of the investment management fees.

 

In addition, certain Funds have adopted 12b-1 plans. Such plans allow the Fund to pay Rule 12b-1 fees to those who sell or distribute Fund shares and/or provide services to shareholders and Owners. Each of those Funds describes its Rule 12b-1 plan in its prospectus. Under certain Rule 12b-1 plans, we may receive 12b-1 fees for providing services to the Funds. Rule 12b-1 fees are deducted from Fund assets and, therefore, are indirectly borne by Owners.

 

Addition, Deletion, or Substitution of Investments

 

We may, subject to applicable law, make additions to, deletions from, or substitutions for the shares of a Fund that are held in the Variable Separate Account or that the Variable Separate Account may purchase. If the shares of a Fund are no longer available for investment or if, in our judgment, further investment in any Fund should become inappropriate, we may redeem the shares, if any, of that Fund and substitute shares of another Fund. Such other Funds may have different fees and expenses. We will not substitute any shares attributable to a Contract's interest in a Variable Subaccount without prior notice and approval of the SEC and state insurance authorities, if and to the extent required by the 1940 Act or other applicable law.

 

We also may establish additional Variable Subaccounts of the Variable Separate Account, each of which would invest in shares of a new corresponding Fund having a specified investment objective. We may, in our sole discretion, establish new Variable Subaccounts or eliminate or combine one or more Variable Subaccounts if marketing needs, tax considerations, or investment conditions warrant. Any new Variable Subaccounts may be made available to existing Owners on a basis to be determined by us. Also, certain Variable Subaccounts may be closed to certain customers. Subject to obtaining any approvals or consents required by applicable law, the assets of one or more Variable Subaccounts may be transferred to any other Variable Subaccount if, in our sole discretion, marketing, tax, or investment conditions warrant.

 

In the event of any such substitution or change, we (by appropriate endorsement, if necessary) may change the Contract to reflect the substitution or change.

 

Frequent Transfers Procedures

 

Frequent, large, or short-term transfers among Variable Subaccounts, such as those associated with market timing transactions, can adversely affect the Funds and the returns achieved by Owners. In particular, such transfers may dilute the value of Fund shares, interfere with the efficient management of the Funds, and increase brokerage and administrative costs of the Funds. These costs are borne by all Owners allocating Purchase Payments or Contract Value to the Variable Subaccounts and other Fund shareholders, not just the Owner making the transfers.

 

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In order to try to protect Owners and the Funds from potentially harmful trading activity, we have adopted certain Frequent Transfers Procedures.

 

We employ various means in an attempt to detect, deter, and prevent inappropriate frequent, large, or short-term transfer activity among the Variable Subaccounts that may adversely affect other Owners or Fund shareholders. We may vary the Frequent Transfers Procedures with respect to the monitoring of potential harmful trading activity from Variable Subaccount to Variable Subaccount, and may be more restrictive with regard to certain Variable Subaccounts than others. However, we will apply the Frequent Transfers Procedures, including any variance in the Frequent Transfers Procedures by Variable Subaccount, uniformly to all Owners. We also coordinate with the Funds to identify potentially inappropriate frequent trading, and will investigate any patterns of trading behavior identified by Funds that may not have been captured through operation of the Frequent Transfers Procedures. Please note that despite our best efforts, we may not be able to detect nor stop all harmful transfers.

 

If we determine under the Frequent Transfers Procedures that an Owner has engaged in inappropriate frequent transfers, we will notify such Owner that from that date forward, for three months from the date we mail the notification letter, transfer privileges for the fund(s) in which inappropriate transfers were made will be revoked. Second time offenders will be permanently restricted from buying into the fund(s).

 

In our sole discretion, we may revise the Frequent Transfers Procedures at any time without prior notice as necessary to (i) better detect and deter frequent, large, or short-term transfers that may adversely affect other Owners or Fund shareholders, (ii) comply with state or federal regulatory requirements, or (iii) impose additional or alternate restrictions on Owners who make inappropriate frequent transfers (such as dollars or percentage limits on transfers). We also may, to the extent permitted by applicable law, implement and administer redemption fees imposed by one or more of the Funds in the future. If required by applicable law, we may deduct redemption fees imposed by the Funds. Further, to the extent permitted by law, we also may defer the transfer privilege at any time that we are unable to purchase shares of the Funds. You should be aware that we are contractually obligated to prohibit purchases and transfers of Fund shares at the Fund’s request.

 

We currently do not impose redemption fees on transfers, or expressly allow a certain number of transfers in a given period, or limit the size of transfers in a given period; however, we may impose a transfer fee as discussed under “Fees and Expenses.” Redemption fees, transfer limits, and other procedures or restrictions may be more or less successful than our policies in deterring inappropriate frequent transfers or other disruptive transfers and in preventing or limiting harm from such transfers.

 

Our ability to detect and deter such transfer activity is limited by our operational and technological systems, as well as by our ability to predict strategies employed by Owners (or those acting on their behalf) to avoid detection. Accordingly, despite our best efforts, we cannot guarantee that the Frequent Transfers Procedures will detect or deter frequent or harmful transfers by such Owners or intermediaries acting on their behalf. We apply the Frequent Transfers Procedures consistently to all Owners without waiver or exception.

 

Fund Frequent Trading Policies

 

The Funds have adopted their own policies and procedures with respect to inappropriate frequent purchases and redemptions of their respective shares. The prospectuses for the Funds describe any such policies and procedures. The frequent trading policies and procedures of a Fund may be different, and more or less restrictive, than the frequent trading policies and procedures of other Funds and the policies and procedures we have adopted to discourage inappropriate frequent transfers. Accordingly, Owners and other persons who have material rights under the Contracts should assume that the sole protections they may have against potential harm from frequent transfers are the protections, if any, provided by the Frequent Transfers Procedures. You should read the prospectuses of the Funds for more details on their ability to refuse or restrict purchases or redemptions of their shares.

 

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Owners also should be aware that the purchase and redemption orders received by the Funds generally are “omnibus” orders from intermediaries such as retirement plans and separate accounts funding variable insurance contracts. The omnibus orders reflect the aggregation and netting of multiple orders from individual owners of variable insurance contracts and individual retirement plan participants. The omnibus nature of these orders may limit each Fund’s ability to apply its respective frequent trading policies and procedures.

 

You should be aware that we are required to provide to a Fund or its designee, promptly upon request, certain information about the transfer activity of individual Owners and, if requested by the Fund, to restrict or prohibit further purchases or transfers by specific Owners identified by the Fund as violating the frequent trading policies established for that Fund.

 

Voting Rights

 

In accordance with our view of current applicable law, we will vote Fund shares held in the Variable Separate Account at regular and special shareholder meetings of the Funds in accordance with instructions received from persons having voting interests in the corresponding Variable Subaccounts. If, however, the 1940 Act or any regulation thereunder should be amended, or if the present interpretation thereof should change, or we otherwise determine that we are allowed to vote the shares in our own right, we may elect to do so.

 

The number of votes that an Owner has the right to instruct will be calculated separately for each Variable Subaccount and may include fractional votes. An Owner holds a voting interest in each Variable Subaccount to which the Variable Subaccount Value is allocated.

 

The number of votes attributable to a Variable Subaccount will be determined by dividing the Variable Subaccount Value by the net asset value per share of the Fund(s) in which that Variable Subaccount invests.

 

The number of votes available to an Owner will be determined as of the date coincident with the date established by the Fund for determining shareholders eligible to vote at the relevant meeting of the Fund's shareholders. Voting instructions will be solicited by written communication prior to such meeting in accordance with procedures established for the Fund. Each Owner having a voting interest in a Variable Subaccount will receive proxy materials and reports relating to any meeting of shareholders of the Fund in which that Variable Subaccount invests.

 

Fund shares for which no timely instructions are received and shares held by us in a Variable Subaccount for which no Owner has a beneficial interest will be voted in proportion to the voting instructions which are received with respect to all Contracts participating in that Variable Subaccount. This means that a small number of Owners may determine the outcome of the vote. Voting instructions to abstain on any item to be voted upon will be applied to reduce the total number of votes eligible to be cast on a matter.

 

Variable Subaccount Value

 

Your total Variable Subaccount Value for any Valuation Period is the sum of all Variable Subaccount Values. The Variable Subaccount Value for each Variable Subaccount is equal to:

 

The number of the Variable Subaccount’s Accumulation Units credited to you; multiplied by

 

The Accumulation Unit Value for that Variable Subaccount at the end of the Valuation Period for which the determination is being made. As shown in formula below, the Accumulation Unit Value for a Variable Subaccount is based in part on the net asset value (also known as NAV) of the underlying Fund shares held by the Variable Subaccount as of the end of each Valuation Period (the end of each Business Day). This means the Accumulation Unit Value for each Subaccount increases or decreases at the end of each Business Day to reflect the investment performance of the corresponding underlying Fund, including deductions for underlying Fund fees and expenses

 

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   and underlying Fund taxes. In addition, the Accumulation Unit Value decreases to reflect the Contract Fee and increases or decreases to reflect tax charges or credits at the Variable Subaccount level.

  

Accumulation Unit Values. The Accumulation Unit Value for each Variable Subaccount was arbitrarily set initially at $10. Thereafter, the Accumulation Unit Value at the end of every Valuation Period is determined by subtracting (b) from (a) and dividing the result by (c) (i.e., (a - b) / c), where:

 

(a)= The net asset value of the shares of the underlying Fund held by the Variable Subaccount as of the end of the Valuation Period plus or minus the net charge or credit with respect to any taxes paid or any amount set aside by the underlying Fund as a provision for taxes during the Valuation Period;

 

(b)= The daily Contract Fee multiplied by the number of days in the Valuation Period; and

 

(c)= The number of Accumulation Units outstanding at the end of such Valuation Period.

 

Accumulation Units. For each Variable Subaccount, Purchase Payments or transferred amounts are converted into Accumulation Units. The number of Accumulation Units credited is determined by dividing the dollar amount directed to each Variable Subaccount by the Accumulation Unit Value for that Variable Subaccount at the end of the Valuation Period in which the Purchase Payment or amount is received. The number of your Accumulation Units in a Variable Subaccount is increased by additional Purchase Payments and transfers. The number of Accumulation Units does not change as a result of investment experience or deduction of the Contract Fee.

 

We will redeem Accumulation Units from a Variable Subaccount upon: (i) a partial withdrawal or full surrender (including deduction of any Surrender Charge, if applicable); (ii) a transfer from the Variable Subaccount; (iii) payment of the Death Benefit; (iv) the Payout Date; (v) the deduction of the transfer fee; (vi) the deduction of any fees imposed by a Fund as a redemption fee or liquidity fee in connection with the redemption of its shares or otherwise imposed by applicable law; and (vii) to pay fees for special services such as the wire transfers or express mail.

 

RISK CONTROL ACCOUNT OPTION

 

The Risk Control Separate Account is a non-registered Separate Account in which we hold reserves for our guarantees attributable to annuity contracts that offer Risk Control Accounts. The assets in the Risk Control Separate Account equal to the reserves and other liabilities of the Contract supported by the Risk Control Separate Account are not chargeable with liabilities arising out of any other business that we conduct. We have the right to transfer to our General Account any assets of the Risk Control Separate Account that are in excess of such reserves and other Contract liabilities. Our General Account assets are also available to meet the guarantees under the Contract, including the Risk Control Accounts, as well as our other general obligations. The guarantees in this Contract are subject to the Company’s financial strength and claims-paying ability.

 

You may allocate your Purchase Payments and Variable Subaccount Value to the Risk Control Accounts we currently make available. The portion of the Contract Value allocated to a Risk Control Account is credited with interest based in part on the investment performance of external indices. Currently, we offer two types of Risk Control Accounts: a Secure Account and a Growth Account. We hold reserves for the Index Rate Floor and Cap guarantees for amounts allocated to the Risk Control Accounts in the Risk Control Separate Account. Purchase Payments and Variable Subaccount Value you allocate to the Risk Control Accounts become part of your Risk Control Account Value. Your Risk Control Account Value reflects, in part, the performance of the reference Index, subject to the applicable Index Rate Cap and Index Rate Floor. Each Risk Control Account Anniversary prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date starts a new year for purposes of calculating Index interest. When funds are withdrawn from a Risk Control Account prior to the Risk Control Account Anniversary for a surrender, partial withdrawal, transfer, annuitization or payment of the Death Benefit index interest is calculated up to the date of withdrawal as

 

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described below. Your Risk Control Account Value must remain in a Risk Control Account for the entire Risk Control Account Period to avoid the imposition of Surrender Charges and a Market Value Adjustment. Each Risk Control Account Period is five years. Partial withdrawals from the Risk Control Accounts are not permitted if there is Variable Subaccount Value, except for withdrawals on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. Only one Risk Control Account Period can be in force at any time. This would allow for both a Secure Account and Growth Account for each reference Index to be established for the same Risk Control Account Period. However, once a Risk Control Account(s) is in force, new Risk Control Accounts cannot be established until the termination of the existing Risk Control Accounts on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. Accordingly, no additional values can be transferred into a Risk Control Account and no additional Purchase Payments can be allocated to a Risk Control Account until the end of the current Risk Control Account Period. 

 

At the time the Contract is purchased, if a portion of the initial Purchase Payment is allocated to a Risk Control Account, you have thirty days after the initial Risk Control Account Start Date to discontinue your Risk Control Accounts and transfer the total Risk Control Account Value to the Variable Subaccounts. See “Getting Started – The Accumulation Period – Thirty Day Period to Discontinuing Risk Control Accounts”. Risk Control Account Start Dates currently offered by the Company are the 10th and 25th of each month, or if a non-Business Day, the next Business Day.

 

The performance of each Index associated with the Risk Control Accounts does not include dividends paid on the securities comprising the Index, and therefore, the performance of the Index does not reflect the full performance of those underlying securities. The Index rate of return is determined on each Risk Control Account Anniversary and is measured over the Risk Control Account Year. Because Index interest is calculated on a single point in time you may experience negative or flat performance even though the Index experienced gains through some, or most, of the Index Period.

 

Risk Control Account Value

 

Your Contract Value allocated to the Risk Control Accounts for any Valuation Period is equal to the sum of your Risk Control Account Value in each Risk Control Account. The Risk Control Account Value for each Risk Control Account is equal to:

 

The number of that Risk Control Account’s Accumulation Credits credited to you; multiplied by

 

The Accumulation Credit Factor for that Risk Control Account at the end of the Valuation Period for which the determination is being made.

 

Accumulation Credit Factors. The Accumulation Credit Factor for each Risk Control Account is arbitrarily set initially at $10 as of each Risk Control Account Start Date. Thereafter, the Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account at the end of each Valuation Period is determined by multiplying (a) by (b) and subtracting (c) (i.e., a x b – c), where:

 

(a)= The Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account at the start of the Risk Control Account Year;

 

(b)= The Index rate of return (defined below); and

 

(c)= The Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee (defined below) multiplied by the number of
days that have passed since the last Risk Control Account Anniversary.

 

The “Index rate of return” for each Risk Control Account on any Business Day is equal to the change in the Index for the current Risk Control Account Year, adjusted for the Index Rate Cap or Index Rate Floor. Specifically, it is calculated as (A / B), where:

 

A = Adjusted Index Value (defined below) as of the current Business Day; and

 

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B = The Initial Index Value as of the start of the current Risk Control Account Year. If a Risk Control Account Start Date or Risk Control Account Anniversary does not fall on a Business Day, the Initial Index Value for the next Business Day will be used.

 

We use the Index rate of return to determine the interest we credit, if any, to Risk Control Account Value.

 

The “Adjusted Index Value” is the Closing Index Value adjusted for the Index Rate Cap or Index Rate Floor for the current Risk Control Account Year. The Adjusted Index Value is calculated each time the Index rate of return is calculated. This can be as frequently as daily and occurs on each Risk Control Account Anniversary or on any date when a partial withdrawal, surrender, Death Benefit or annuitization is processed. The Closing Index Value is the closing value of an Index as of a Business Day. If the closing value of the Index is not published on that date, we will use the closing value of the Index from the next day on which the closing value of the Index is published. The Adjusted Index Value for each Risk Control Account is calculated as follows:

 

If the Closing Index Value is greater than the Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Cap), then the Adjusted Index Value will equal the Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Cap).

 

If the Closing Index Value is less than the Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Floor), then the Adjusted Index Value will equal the Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Floor).

 

If the Closing Index Value is less than the Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Cap) but more than the Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Floor), then the Adjusted Index Value will equal the Closing Index Value.

 

For example, assume the following:

 

Initial Index Value = 1,000

 

Index Rate Cap = 15%

 

Index Rate Floor = -10%

 

At the time the Index rate of return is calculated, the Adjusted Index Value will be:

 

Scenario 1: Closing Index Value is greater than Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Cap)

Closing Index Value = 1,200

 

1,200 is greater than 1,150 (1,000 x (1 + 0.15)) so the Adjusted Index Value is equal to 1,150.

 

Scenario 2: Closing Index Value is less than Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Floor)

Closing Index Value = 850

 

850 is less than 900 (1,000 x (1 – 0.10)) so the Adjusted Index Value is equal to 900.

 

Scenario 3: Closing Index Value is less than Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Cap) but more than Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Floor)

Closing Index Value = 1,100

 

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1,100 is less than 1,150 (1,000 x (1 + 0.15)) and greater than 900 (1,000 x (1 – 0.10)) so the Adjusted Index Value is equal to 1,100.

  

The Adjusted Index Value will never exceed the Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Cap) and will never be lower than the Initial Index Value multiplied by (1 + Index Rate Floor).

 

The Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee is calculated as (a) the Contract Fee divided by (b) the number of days in the Risk Control Account Year multiplied by (c) the Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account at the start of the Risk Control Account Year (i.e., a / b x c).

 

For example, assume the following:

 

Contract Fee = 1.50%

 

Number of days in the Risk Control Account Year = 365

 

Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account at the start of the Risk Control Account Year = 10.00

 

Then, the Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee = 1.50% / 365 x 10.00 = 0.000410959.

 

Accumulation Credits. In order to establish a Risk Control Account, Purchase Payments and/or Variable Subaccount Value transferred to the Risk Control Accounts are converted into Accumulation Credits. The number of Accumulation Credits credited to each Risk Control Account is determined by dividing the dollar amount directed to each Risk Control Account by the Accumulation Credit Factor as of the end of the Valuation Period for which the Purchase Payment or Variable Subaccount Value transferred is received.

 

We will redeem Accumulation Credits from a Risk Control Account upon: (i) partial withdrawal or full surrender (including any applicable Surrender Charge and negative Market Value Adjustment); (ii) a transfer from the Risk Control Account; (iii) payment of the Death Benefit; (iv) the Payout Date; (v) the deduction of the transfer fee; and (vi) to pay fees for special services such as wire transfers or express mail. We redeem Accumulation Credits as of the end of the Valuation Period (or effective date of the transfer) in which we receive your request for surrender, partial withdrawal or transfer or your Beneficiary’s request for payment of the Death Benefit in Good Order unless you or your Beneficiary specify a later date. We redeem Accumulation Credits to cover the transfer fee at the time the transfer occurs.

 

Setting the Index Rate Cap and the Index Rate Floor for the Secure Account and the Growth Account. We consider various factors in determining the Index Rate Caps and Index Rate Floors, including investment returns available at the time that we issue the Contract, the costs of our risk management techniques, sales commissions, administrative expenses, regulatory and tax requirements, general economic trends, and competitive factors. We determine the Index Rate Cap and the Index Rate Floor at our sole discretion. For each Risk Control Account, we set an Index Rate Cap for the first Risk Control Account Year, which is made available at least two weeks in advance of the Risk Control Account Start Date. We may set a new Index Rate Cap prior to each Risk Control Account Anniversary for the subsequent Risk Control Account Year and will send you written notice at least two weeks prior to the Risk Control Account Anniversary. This notice will describe the Owner’s right to transfer Contract Value between Risk Control Accounts, as permitted by the Contract, and the right to exercise the Bailout Provision, if applicable. The Index Rate Cap will always be positive and will be subject to a guaranteed minimum of 1% and a maximum of 75%.

 

The Index Rate Floor is the minimum Index rate of return used as part of the Accumulation Credit Factor calculation for determining the value of a Risk Control Account prior to deduction of the Contract Fee. This rate will not change during the life of your Contract. The Secure Account has an Index Rate Floor of 0%, and the Growth Account has an Index Rate Floor of-10%. Although negative investment performance is limited by the Index Rate Floor for each Risk Control Account Year, you could lose more than 10% due to

 

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Contract Fees, Surrender Charges, a negative Market Value Adjustment, federal income taxes, and additional taxes. 

 

Bailout Provision. We will set a single bailout rate for all Risk Control Accounts under the Secure Account option and a single bailout rate for all Risk Control Accounts under the Growth Account option. The bailout rate for the Risk Control Account under the Secure Account Option may range from 1% - 10%, and the bailout rate for the Risk Control Account under the Growth Account Option may range from 1.5% - 25%. The bailout rate(s) will be prominently displayed on your Contract Data Page attached to the front of the cover page of the Contract and will not change during the life of your Contract. If the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account is set below the bailout rate for that Risk Control Account, the Bailout Provision allows you to transfer the Risk Control Account Value from that Risk Control Account to the Variable Subaccounts, during the 30-day period following the Risk Control Account Anniversary by Authorized Request without the application of a Market Value Adjustment. If the bailout rate equals the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account, you will not be eligible to transfer your Risk Control Account Value under the Bailout Provision. For example, if the bailout rate for the Secure Account is set at 1.00% and the Index Rate Cap for the Secure Account is set at 1.00%, you would not be eligible to transfer under the Bailout Provision. If you intend to withdraw Risk Control Account Value transferred from a Risk Control Account under the Bailout Provision, the Risk Control Account Value would first be transferred to the Variable Subaccounts according to your instructions and then withdrawn from the Variable Subaccounts without the application of a Market Value Adjustment. The amount withdrawn from the Variable Subaccounts may be subject to a Surrender Charge. Partial withdrawals and surrenders are also subject to income taxes, and if taken before age 59½, a 10% additional tax may apply. See “Federal Income Tax Matters.” We must receive your Authorized Request under the Bailout Provision in Good Order during the 30-day period following the Risk Control Account Anniversary. At any time the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account is less than the bailout rate specified on your Contract Data Page, we may, at our discretion, restrict transfers into that Risk Control Account.

 

The Bailout Provision applies to all Risk Control Accounts.

 

Examples. The following three examples illustrate how investment performance of the reference Index of the Secure and Growth Account is applied in crediting interest to the Risk Control Accounts through the Accumulation Credit Factor based on different levels of Index performance. The change in the value of the Accumulation Credit Factor reflects the application of the Index rate of return and a reduction for the Contract Fee. No withdrawals are assumed to occur under these examples and all values are determined on Risk Control Account Anniversaries. The examples assume the purchase of a Series B Contract and the Index Rate Caps remain unchanged since Contract issue. The examples illustrate hypothetical circumstances solely for the purpose of demonstrating Risk Control Account calculations and are not intended as estimates of future performance of the Index.

 

Example 1: This example illustrates how interest would be credited based on the return of the Index and subject to the Index Rate Cap and Index Rate Floor. In this example, the return on the Index is greater than the Index Rate Cap and Index Rate Floor.

 

Assume the following information: 

As of the Risk Control Account Start Date: 

Initial Index Value: 1,000 

Contract Fee: 1.50% 

S&P 500 Secure Account 

Account Value: $75,000 

Accumulation Credit Factor: $10 

Accumulation Credits: 7,500 

Index Rate Floor: 0.00% 

Index Rate Cap: 8.00%

 

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S&P 500 Growth Account 

Account Value: $25,000 

Accumulation Credit Factor: $10 

Accumulation Credits: 2,500 

Index Rate Floor: -10.00% 

Index Rate Cap: 18.00%

 

As of the Risk Control Account Anniversary: 

Closing Index Value: 1,200 

Days in Risk Control Account Year: 366

 

Step 1: Calculate the Adjusted Index Value 

The Initial Index Value is 1,000 and the Closing Index Value is 1,200. The Closing Index Value is greater than the Initial Index Value multiplied by the result of 1 plus the Index Rate Cap for both the Secure and Growth Accounts. Therefore, the Adjusted Index Value equals the Initial Index Value multiplied by the result of 1 plus the Index Rate Cap. For the Secure Account, this is calculated as 1,000 multiplied by the result of 1 plus 0.08 which equals 1,080. For the Growth Account, this is calculated as 1,000 multiplied by the result of 1 plus 0.18 which equals 1,180.

 

Step 2: Calculate the Index Rate of Return 

The Index rate of return is equal to the Adjusted Index Value divided by the Initial Index Value. For the Secure Account, this is calculated as 1,080 divided by 1,000 which equals 1.08 (8% increase from Initial Index Value). For the Growth Account, this is calculated as 1,180 divided by 1,000 which equals 1.18 (18% increase from Initial Index Value).

 

Step 3: Calculate the Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee 

The Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee is equal to the Contract Fee divided by the number of days in the Risk Control Account Year multiplied by the Accumulation Credit Factor at the start of the Risk Control Account Year. For both the Secure and Growth Accounts, this is equal to 1.50% divided by 366 multiplied by $10 which equals $0.000409836.

 

Step 4: Calculate the Accumulation Credit Factor 

The Accumulation Credit Factor is equal to the Accumulation Credit Factor at the start of the Risk Control Account Year multiplied by the Index rate of return less the result of the Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee multiplied by the number of days that have passed since the last Risk Control Account Anniversary. For the Secure Account, this is equal to $10 multiplied by 1.08 less the result of $0.000409836 multiplied by 366 which equals $10.65. For the Growth Account, this is equal to $10 multiplied by 1.18 less the result of $0.000409836 multiplied by 366 which equals $11.65.

 

Step 5: Calculate the Risk Control Account Value. 

The Risk Control Account Value is equal to the number of Accumulation Credits multiplied by the ending Accumulation Credit Factor. For the Secure Account, this is equal to 7,500 multiplied by $10.65 which equals $79,875. For the Growth Account, this is equal to 2,500 multiplied by $11.65 which equals $29,125. This is an increase of $4,875 for the Secure Account ($79,875 – $75,000 = $4,875) and an increase of $4,125 for the Growth Account ($29,125 – $25,000 = $4,125).

 

Example 2: This example illustrates how interest would be credited based on the return of the Index and subject to the Index Rate Cap and Index Rate Floor. In this example, the return on the Index is less than the Index Rate Cap and greater than the Index Rate Floor.

 

Assume the following information: 

As of the Prior Risk Control Account Anniversary: 

Initial Index Value: 1,200 

Contract Fee: 1.50%

 

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S&P 500 Secure Account 

Account Value: $79,875 

Accumulation Credit Factor: $10.65 

Accumulation Credits: 7,500 

Index Rate Floor: 0.00% 

Index Rate Cap: 8.00%

 

S&P 500 Growth Account 

Account Value: $29,125 

Accumulation Credit Factor: $11.65 

Accumulation Credits: 2,500 

Index Rate Floor: -10.00% 

Index Rate Cap: 18.00%

 

As of the Risk Control Account Anniversary: 

Closing Index Value: 1,236 

Days in Risk Control Account Year: 365

 

Step 1: Calculate the Adjusted Index Value 

The Initial Index Value is 1,200 and the Closing Index Value is 1,236. The Closing Index Value is less than the Initial Index Value multiplied by the result of 1 plus the Index Rate Cap, but it is more than the Initial Index Value multiplied by the result of 1 plus the Index Rate Floor for both the Secure and Growth Accounts. Therefore, the Adjusted Index Value equals the Closing Index Value which is 1,236.

 

Step 2: Calculate the Index Rate of Return 

The Index rate of return is equal to the Adjusted Index Value divided by the Initial Index Value. For both the Secure and Growth Accounts, this is calculated as 1,236 divided by 1,200 which equals 1.03 (3% increase from Initial Index Value).

 

Step 3: Calculate the Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee 

The Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee is equal to the Contract Fee divided by the number of days in the Risk Control Account Year multiplied by the Accumulation Credit Factor at the start of the Risk Control Account Year. For the Secure Account, this is equal to 1.50% divided by 365 multiplied by $10.65 which equals $0.000437671. For the Growth Account, this is equal to 1.50% divided by 365 multiplied by $11.65 which equals $0.000478767.

 

Step 4: Calculate the Accumulation Credit Factor 

The Accumulation Credit Factor is equal to the Accumulation Credit Factor at the start of the Risk Control Account Year multiplied by the Index rate of return less the result of the Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee multiplied by the number of days that have passed since the last Risk Control Account Anniversary. For the Secure Account, this is equal to $10.65 multiplied by 1.03 less the result of $0.000437671 multiplied by 365 which equals $10.80975. For the Growth Account, this is equal to $11.65 multiplied by 1.03 less the result of $0.000478767 multiplied by 365 which equals $11.82475.

 

Step 5: Calculate the Risk Control Account Value. 

The Risk Control Account Value is equal to the number of Accumulation Credits multiplied by the ending Accumulation Credit Factor. For the Secure Account, this is equal to 7,500 multiplied by $10.80975 which equals $81,073.13. For the Growth Account, this is equal to 2,500 multiplied by $11.82475 which equals $29,561.88. This is an increase of $1,198.13 for the Secure Account ($81,073.13 – $79,875 = $1,198.13) and an increase of $436.88 for the Growth Account ($29,561.88 – $29,125 = $436.88).

 

Example 3: This example illustrates how interest would be credited based on the return of the Index and subject to the Index Rate Cap and Index Rate Floor. In this example, the return on the Index is less than the Index Rate Floor.

 

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Assume the following information: 

As of the Prior Risk Control Account Anniversary: 

Initial Index Value: 1,236 

Contract Fee: 1.50% 

S&P 500 Secure Account 

Account Value: $81,073.13 

Accumulation Credit Factor: $10.80975 

Accumulation Credits: 7,500 

Index Rate Floor: 0.00% 

Index Rate Cap: 8.00% 

S&P 500 Growth Account 

Account Value: $29,561.88 

Accumulation Credit Factor: $11.82475 

Accumulation Credits: 2,500 

Index Rate Floor: -10.00% 

Index Rate Cap: 18.00% 


As of the Risk Control Account Anniversary: 

Closing Index Value: 988.8 

Days in Risk Control Account Year: 365

 

Step 1: Calculate the Adjusted Index Value 

The Initial Index Value is 1,236 and the Closing Index Value is 988.8. The Closing Index Value is less than the Initial Index Value multiplied by the result of 1 plus the Index Rate Floor for both the Secure and Growth Accounts. Therefore, the Adjusted Index Value equals the Initial Index Value multiplied by the result of 1 plus the Index Rate Floor. For the Secure Account, this is calculated as 1,236 multiplied by the result of 1 plus 0.00 which equals 1,236. For the Growth Account, this is calculated as 1,236 multiplied by the result of 1 plus -0.10 which equals 1,112.4.

 

Step 2: Calculate the Index Rate of Return 

The Index rate of return is equal to the Adjusted Index Value divided by the Initial Index Value. For the Secure Account, this is calculated as 1,236 divided by 1,236 which equals 1.00 (0% increase from the Initial Index Value). For the Growth Account, this is calculated as 1,112.4 divided by 1,236 which equals 0.90 (10% decrease from Initial Index Value).

 

Step 3: Calculate the Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee 

The Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee is equal to the Contract Fee divided by the number of days in the Risk Control Account Year multiplied by the Accumulation Credit Factor at the start of the Risk Control Account Year. For the Secure Account, this is equal to 1.50% divided by 365 multiplied by $10.80975 which equals $0.000444236. For the Growth Account, this is equal to 1.50% divided by 365 multiplied by $11.82475 which equals $0.000485949.

 

Step 4: Calculate the Accumulation Credit Factor 

The Accumulation Credit Factor is equal to the Accumulation Credit Factor at the start of the Risk Control Account Year multiplied by the Index rate of return less the result of the Risk Control Account Daily Contract Fee multiplied by the number of days that have passed since the last Risk Control Account Anniversary. For the Secure Account, this is equal to $10.80975 multiplied by 1.00 less the result of $0.000444236 multiplied by 365 which equals $10.647604. For the Growth Account, this is equal to $11.82475 multiplied by 0.90 less the result of $0.000485949 multiplied by 365 which equals $10.464904.

 

Step 5: Calculate the Risk Control Account Value. 

The Risk Control Account Value is equal to the number of Accumulation Credits multiplied by the ending Accumulation Credit Factor. For the Secure Account, this is equal to 7,500 multiplied by $10.647604 which equals $79,857.03. For the Growth Account, this is equal to 2,500 multiplied by $10.464904 which equals $26,162.26. This is a decrease of $1,216.10 for the Secure Account ($79,857.03 – $81,073.13 = -$1,216.10) and a decrease of $3,399.62 for the Growth Account ($26,162.26 – $29,561.88 = -$3,399.62).

 

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Addition or Substitution of an Index. The same Index will generally be used for each Risk Control Account for the duration of the Risk Control Account Period. However, there is no guarantee that the Index will be available during the entire time you own your Contract. If: (i) the Index is discontinued, or (ii) the calculation of that Index is materially changed, we may substitute a suitable Index that will be used for the remainder of the Risk Control Account Period. Examples of such material changes to the Index include, without limitation: a contractual dispute between us and the Index provider, changes that make it impractical or too expensive to purchase derivatives to hedge the Index, or changes that result in significantly different Contract Values or performance. If we substitute an Index, the performance of the new Index may differ from the original Index. This, in turn, may affect the interest credited to the Risk Control Account and the interest you earn under the Contract. We will not substitute an Index until that Index has been approved by the insurance department in your state.

 

We reserve the right to add or substitute the Index. If we substitute the Index, the performance of the new Index may differ from the original Index. This, in turn, may affect the index interest you earn. If there is a delay between the date we remove the Index and the date we add a substitute Index, your Risk Control Account Value will be based on the value of the Index on the date the Index ceased to be available, which means market changes during the delay will not be used to calculate the index interest.

 

In the unlikely event that we substitute the Index, we will attempt to add a suitable alternative index that is substantially similar to the Index being replaced on the same day that we remove the Index. If a change in an Index is made during a Risk Control Account Year, index interest will be calculated from the Risk Control Account Start Date until the date that the Index ceased to be available and that index interest will be added to or subtracted from the index interest calculated for the substitute Index from the date of substitution until the next Risk Control Account Anniversary. If we are unable to substitute a new Index at the same time as an Index ceases to be available there may be a brief interval between the date on which we remove the Index and add a suitable alternative index as a replacement, your Contract Value will continue to be allocated to the Risk Control Accounts. However, any credit to your Contract Value for that Risk Control Account Year will not reflect changes in the value of the Index or the replacement index during that interim period. If you take a partial withdrawal, surrender or annuitize the Contract, or die during the interim period, we will apply to your Contract Value allocated to a Risk Control Accounts based on the percentage change in the Index from the beginning of the Risk Control Account Year to the date on which the Index became unavailable under the Contract.

 

Please note that we may add or substitute an Index associated with the Risk Control Accounts by sending you written notice at your last known address stating the effective date on which the Index will be added or substituted. We will send you the notice in your annual report unless earlier written notice is necessary.

 

Risk Control Account Maturity Date

 

Rebalancing will occur automatically on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. You may also exercise one of the following options by Authorized Request, without incurring a Market Value Adjustment or Surrender Charge. Surrender Charges do not apply to Series C Contracts. If you intend to change allocation instructions, transfer values or make withdrawals from a Risk Control Account, an Authorized Request must be received by us at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date, otherwise your Risk Control Account Value will be allocated to a new Risk Control Account for another five-year term.

 

If the number of years until the Payout Date is at least equal to the Risk Control Account Period (five-year period), you may exercise any of the following options by Authorized Request:

 

Request a change to your allocation instructions as of the Risk Control Account Maturity Date for any or all of the Allocation Levels;

  

Request to transfer value (either a specific dollar amount or percentage) from the Risk Control

 

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  Account Option to the Variable Subaccount Option (Level C), or vice versa, as of the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. If you choose this option:

 

The transfer will occur Pro Rata from the Risk Control Accounts, or Variable Subaccounts, as applicable; and

 

Rebalancing at Levels I and R will occur as of the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. However, rebalancing at Level C and V will be discontinued, unless or until you elect to reinstate rebalancing at Level C.

 

Withdraw the total Risk Control Account Value as of the Risk Control Account Maturity Date; or

 

Withdraw a portion of the total Risk Control Account Value as of the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. If you choose this option, you may also change your allocation instructions or request to transfer value, as described above.

 

You may also allocate additional Purchase Payments to the Risk Control Accounts 30 days prior to a Risk Control Account Maturity Date. Such Funds will be held in the Holding Account until the Risk Control Account Start Date.

 

A new Risk Control Account Period, with a newly declared Index Rate Cap, will begin on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date unless there is no Risk Control Account Value remaining as a result of a change to your allocation instructions and/or withdrawal.

 

Your Authorized Request to change your allocation instructions, transfer value and/or withdraw Risk Control Account Value must be received at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date to take effect as of that date. If we do not receive such request at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date, the request is not in Good Order and no transfer or withdrawal will occur based on such request. A new Risk Control Account Period will begin and rebalancing will occur based on the allocation instructions on file with us.

 

If the number of years until the Payout Date is less than the Risk Control Account Period, a new Risk Control Account cannot be started. You may choose one of the following by Authorized Request:  

 

Request to transfer the Total Risk Control Account Value to one or more Variable Subaccounts as of the Risk Control Account Maturity Date;

 

Request to withdraw the total Risk Control Account Value as of the Risk Control Account Maturity Date; or

 

Request to transfer a portion of the Risk Control Account Value to one or more Variable Subaccounts and withdraw the remaining Risk Control Account Value as of the Risk Control Account Maturity Date.

 

Your Authorized Request to transfer Risk Control Account Value and/or withdraw Risk Control Account Value must be received at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. If we do not receive such request at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date, the request is not in Good Order and no transfer or withdrawal will occur based on such request. The total Risk Control Account Value will then be transferred to the Variable Subaccounts according to the allocation instructions on file with us for Level V or will be returned to you.

 

Holding Account Value

 

Funds are allocated to the Holding Account when a Purchase Payment is received pending investment in

 

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a Risk Control Account. Holding Account Value will remain in the Holding Account until the next Risk Control Account Start Date unless Holding Account Value is being held during a Multiple Source Waiting Period. The period that Holding Account Value is kept in the Holding Account cannot be longer than the Multiple Source Waiting Period of six months. If the maximum Multiple Source Waiting Period is reached, the Holding Account Value will be transferred to the Risk Control Accounts as of the next available Risk Control Account Start Date. Holding Account Value cannot be transferred from the Holding Account to the Variable Subaccounts. Once Holding Account Value attributable to the initial Purchase Payment is transferred from the Holding Account to the Risk Control Account there is the 30-day period to discontinue the Initial Risk Control Accounts as described in “Getting Started – The Accumulation Period – Thirty Day Period to Discontinuing Risk Control Accounts” which would allow Risk Control Account Value to be transferred to the Variable Subaccounts. We credit interest on Holding Account Value on a daily basis.

 

We do not assess a Contract Fee against Contract Value held in the Holding Account.

 

Surrenders or withdrawals of Holding Account Values are subject to a Surrender Charge.

 

The Holding Account Value at any time is equal to:  

 

The portion of the Purchase Payment(s) held in the Holding Account pending allocation to a Risk Control Account;

 

Plus interest credited; and

 

Less any prior partial withdrawal.

 

Surrenders or withdrawals of Holding Account Values are subject to a Surrender Charge.

 

We credit interest on a daily basis on Purchase Payments that will be allocated to one or more Risk Control Accounts for the duration those Purchase Payments remain in the Holding Account. If your initial Purchase Payments are held in the Holding Account during the Multiple Source Waiting Period, we will credit such amounts with the annual effective rate of interest shown on your Contract Data Page for the duration those amounts remain in the Holding Account. The credited rate of interest will not be less than the minimum guaranteed interest rate described below. Funds allocated to the Holding Account on different dates may be credited with a different rate of interest for the duration the funds remain in the Holding Account. We determine a new minimum guaranteed interest rate each calendar quarter (on each January 1 for the first calendar quarter, April 1 for the second calendar quarter, July 1 for the third calendar quarter, and October 1 for the fourth calendar quarter). For subsequent Purchase Payments, the minimum rate of interest credited on those amounts will be the minimum guaranteed interest rate we determine for the calendar quarter in which those Purchase Payments are allocated to the Holding Account. The minimum guaranteed interest rate will never be less than the lesser of:

 

An annual rate of interest of 3%; or

 

An annual rate of interest determined as follows:

 

The average of the three applicable monthly five-year Constant Maturity Treasury rates reported by the Federal Reserve (described below), and rounded to the nearest 0.05%;

 

Minus 1.25%; and

 

Subject to a minimum interest rate of 1.00%.

 

The three monthly five-year Constant Maturity Treasury rates used in the calculation above are as follows:

 

The prior September, October, and November monthly five-year Constant Maturity Treasury rates

 

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  will be used to determine the first quarter Minimum Guaranteed Interest Rate effective each January 1;

 

The prior December, January, and February monthly five-year Constant Maturity Treasury rates will be used to determine the second quarter Minimum Guaranteed Interest Rate effective each April 1;

 

The prior March, April, and May monthly five-year Constant Maturity Treasury rates will be used to determine the third quarter Minimum Guaranteed Interest Rate effective each July 1; and

 

The prior June, July, and August monthly five-year Constant Maturity Treasury rates will be used to determine the fourth quarter Minimum Guaranteed Interest Rate effective each October 1.

 

MARKET VALUE ADJUSTMENT 

 

The Market Value Adjustment only applies to withdrawals from the Risk Control Accounts and is calculated separately for each Risk Control Account. A surrender or partial withdrawal from a Risk Control Account on a Risk Control Account Maturity Date is not subject to a Market Value Adjustment. If you surrender your Contract or take a partial withdrawal from a Risk Control Account during the Accumulation Period, we will apply the Market Value Adjustment to the amount being surrendered or withdrawn. No withdrawals or surrenders can be taken once Contract Value has been allocated to an Income Payout Option, therefore no Market Value Adjustment will apply after the end of the Accumulation Period.

 

IMPORTANT: The Market Value Adjustment will either increase or decrease the amount you receive from a partial withdrawal or your Surrender Value. It is possible in extreme circumstances to lose up to 100% of your principal and previously credited interest due to the Market Value Adjustment regardless of the Risk Control Account to which you allocated Contract Value. You directly bear the investment risk associated with a Market Value Adjustment. You should carefully consider your income needs before purchasing the Contract.

 

Purpose of the Market Value Adjustment

 

The Market Value Adjustment is an adjustment that may be made to the amount you receive if you surrender the Contract or take a partial withdrawal from the Risk Control Accounts during the Accumulation Period. In general, if interest rate levels have increased at the time of surrender or partial withdrawal over their levels at the Risk Control Account Start Date, the Market Value Adjustment will be negative. Conversely, in general, if interest rate levels have decreased at the time of surrender or partial withdrawal over their levels at the Risk Control Account Start Date, the Market Value Adjustment will be positive. The Market Value Adjustment reflects, in part, the difference in yield of the Constant Maturity Treasury rate for a period consistent with the Risk Control Account Period beginning on the Risk Control Account Start Date and the yield of the Constant Maturity Treasury rate for a period starting on the date of surrender or partial withdrawal and ending on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. The Constant Maturity Treasury rate is a rate representing the average yield of various Treasury securities. The calculation also reflects in part the difference between the effective yield of the ICE BofA 1-10 Year US Corporate Constrained Index, Asset Swap Spread (the “ICE BofAML Index”), a rate representative of investment grade corporate debt credit spreads in the U.S., on the Risk Control Account Start Date and the effective yield of the ICE BofAML Index at the time of surrender or partial withdrawal. The greater the difference in those yields, respectively, the greater the effect the Market Value Adjustment will have. In general, if the Constant Maturity Treasury rate and ICE BofAML Index have increased at the time of surrender or partial withdrawal over their levels at the Risk Control Account Start Date, the Market Value Adjustment will be negative and will decrease the Surrender Value or amount you receive from a partial withdrawal. Similarly, if the Constant Maturity Treasury rate and ICE BofAML Index have decreased at the time of surrender or partial withdrawal over their levels at the Risk Control Account Start Date, the Market Value Adjustment will be positive and will increase the Surrender Value or amount you receive from a partial withdrawal.

 

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The Company uses both the Constant Maturity Treasury rate and ICE BofAML Index in determining any Market Value Adjustment since together both indices represent a broad mix of investments whose values may be affected by changes in market interest rates.

 

We will increase the amount you will be paid from a partial withdrawal by the amount of any positive Market Value Adjustment, and in the case of a surrender of the Contract, we will increase your Surrender Value by the amount of any positive Market Value Adjustment. Conversely, we will decrease the amount you will be paid from a partial withdrawal by the amount of any negative Market Value Adjustment, and in the case of a surrender of the Contract, we will decrease your Surrender Value by the amount of any negative Market Value Adjustment.

 

The amount of the Market Value Adjustment also reflects in part any change in the Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account(s) determined at the time of surrender or partial withdrawal. We use the change in the Accumulation Credit Factor measured from the last Risk Control Account Anniversary (prior Accumulation Credit Factor) to the date of surrender or partial withdrawal (current Accumulation Credit Factor) to increase or decrease the amount of the Market Value Adjustment. If the change in the Accumulation Credit Factor, the current Accumulation Credit Factor divided by the prior Accumulation Credit Factor, is positive (greater than one), we divide the amount of the withdrawal subject to the Market Value Adjustment by the change in the Accumulation Credit Factor, which will decrease the amount subject to the market value adjustment factor and thereby reduce the amount of any positive or negative Market Value Adjustment. Conversely, if the change is negative (less than one), we divide the amount of the withdrawal subject to the Market Value Adjustment by the change in the Accumulation Credit Factor, which will increase the amount subject to the market value adjustment factor and therefore increase the amount of any positive or negative Market Value Adjustment. If there is no change in the Accumulation Credit Factor (the current Accumulation Credit Factor divided by the prior Accumulation Credit Factor equals one), there will be no change in the amount of the withdrawal subject to the market value adjustment factor and in the amount of any positive or negative Market Value Adjustment.

 

The Market Value Adjustment helps protect us from market losses related to changes in the value of the fixed income investments and other investments we use to back the guarantees under your Contract from the Risk Control Account Start Date to the time of a surrender or partial withdrawal if we have to sell those investments early to pay the surrender or partial withdrawal.

 

Application and Waiver

 

For each Risk Control Account, we will calculate the Market Value Adjustment as of the date we receive your Authorized Request for surrender or partial withdrawal in Good Order at our Administrative Office. If the Market Value Adjustment is positive, we will increase your Surrender Value or amount you receive from a partial withdrawal by the amount of the positive Market Value Adjustment. If the Market Value Adjustment is negative, we will decrease the Surrender Value or amount you receive from a partial withdrawal by the amount of the negative Market Value Adjustment.

 

We will not apply a Market Value Adjustment to: 

 

1.Death Benefit proceeds;

 

2.Transfers;

 

3.Partial withdrawals taken as required minimum distributions under the Internal Revenue Code that are withdrawn under a systematic withdrawal program we provide;

 

4.Application of Contract Value to an Income Payout Option;

 

5.Partial withdrawals and surrenders from a Risk Control Account on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date; and

 

6.Partial withdrawals and surrenders from the Holding Account and the Variable Subaccounts.

 

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Market Value Adjustment Formula

 

The Market Value Adjustment applies during every Risk Control Account Period, for the entire Risk Control Account Period. This means it applies for the initial 5-year Risk Control Account Period, is zero on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date, and restarts for any subsequent 5-year Risk Control Account Period. A Market Value Adjustment is equal to the amount of the partial withdrawal or surrender from the Risk Control Account (W) divided by the result of the current Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account divided by the prior Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account then multiplied by the market value adjustment factor (MVAF) minus 1 or (W/(C/P))x(MVAF -1).

 

Where:

 

C = current Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account (i.e., as of the date of withdrawal); and

 

P = prior Accumulation Credit Factor for the Risk Control Account (i.e., as of the Risk Control Account Anniversary immediately preceding the date of withdrawal).

 

MVAF = ((1 + I + K)/(1 + J + L)) ^N where:

 

I = The Constant Maturity Treasury Rate as of the Risk Control Account Start Date for a maturity consistent with the Risk Control Account Period (each Risk Control Account Period is five years);

 

J = Constant Maturity Treasury Rate as of the date of withdrawal for a maturity consistent with the remaining number of years (whole and partial) in the Risk Control Account Period (each Risk Control Account Period is five years);

 

(if there is no corresponding maturity of the Constant Maturity Treasury Rate, then the linear interpolation of the Constant Maturity Treasury Rates with maturities closest to N will be used to determine I and J.)

 

K = The ICE BofAML Index as of the Risk Control Account Start Date;

 

L = The ICE BofAML Index as of the date of withdrawal; and

 

N = The number of years (whole and partial) from the date of withdrawal until the Risk Control Account Maturity Date.

 

We determine I based on the Risk Control Account Period. For example, the Risk Control Account Period is 5 years. I would correspond to the 5-year Constant Maturity Treasury rate on the Risk Control Account Start Date. We determine J when you take a partial withdrawal or surrender. For example, the Risk Control Account Period is 5 years and you surrender the Contract 2 years into the Risk Control Account Period, J would correspond to the Constant Maturity Treasury rate consistent with the time remaining in the Risk Control Account Period or 3 years (3 = 5 - 2). For I and J where there is no Constant Maturity Treasury rate declared, we will use linear interpolation between declared Constant Maturity rates to determine I and J.

 

The value of K and L on any Business Day will be equal to the closing value of the ICE BofAML Index on the previous Business Day.

 

If the publication of any component of the Market Value Adjustment indices is discontinued or if the calculation of the Market Value Adjustment indices is changed substantially, we may substitute a new index for the discontinued or substantially changed index, subject to approval by the insurance department in your state. Before we substitute a Market Value Adjustment index, we will notify you in writing of the substitution.

 

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For examples of how we calculate Market Value Adjustments, see Appendix B to this Prospectus.

 

ACCESS TO YOUR MONEY 

 

Partial Withdrawals

 

At any time during the Accumulation Period you may make partial withdrawals by Authorized Request in Good Order. The minimum partial withdrawal amount is $100. Although withdrawal of Risk Control Account Value is generally not permitted while there is Variable Subaccount Value, you may withdraw Risk Control Account Value on the Risk Control Account Maturity Date. You may provide specific instructions for withdrawal of Variable Subaccount Value. If you do not provide specific instructions, withdrawals will be processed on a Pro Rata basis from the value in all Variable Subaccounts. If there is insufficient Variable Subaccount Value, or no Variable Subaccount Value, Holding Account Value will be withdrawn. If there is insufficient Holding Account Value or no Holding Account Value, Risk Control Account Value will be withdrawn on a Pro Rata basis. Any applicable Surrender Charge and/or Market Value Adjustment will affect the amount available for a partial withdrawal. We will pay you the amount you request in connection with a partial withdrawal by redeeming Accumulation Units from the appropriate Variable Subaccounts withdrawing Holding Account Value, and/or redeeming Accumulation Credits from the appropriate Risk Control Accounts, if applicable.

 

To make a partial withdrawal, you must do so by Authorized Request in Good Order. Partial withdrawals for less than $25,000 and changes to systematic withdrawals are permitted by telephone and in writing. The written consent of all Owners and Irrevocable Beneficiaries must be obtained before we will process the partial withdrawal. If an Authorized Request in Good Order is received by 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time, it will be processed that day. If an Authorized Request in Good Order is received at or after 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time, it will be processed on the next Business Day. If a partial withdrawal would cause your Surrender Value to be less than $2,000, we will provide written notice that the Contract will be surrendered 15 Business Days following mailing of the notice unless the Surrender Value is increased to the minimum required value of $2,000.

 

The Contract may not be appropriate for investors who plan to take withdrawals or surrender the Contract. Partial withdrawals may be subject to Surrender Charges (for Series B Contracts only) and/or a Market Value Adjustment (for Risk Control Accounts only). See “Fees and Expenses” and “Market Value Adjustment” for more details. Partial withdrawals are subject to income tax and if taken before age 59½, a 10% additional tax may apply. You should consult your tax adviser before taking a partial withdrawal. See “Federal Income Tax Matters.”

 

Systematic Withdrawals. You may elect to receive periodic partial withdrawals under our systematic withdrawal plan. Under the systematic withdrawal plan, we will make partial withdrawals (on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis), as specified by you. See “Benefits Available Under the Contract – Systematic Withdrawals” for more details.

 

Surrenders

 

You may surrender your Contract for the Surrender Value at any time during the Accumulation Period by Authorized Request. If an Authorized Request in Good Order is received before 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time on a Business Day, it will be processed that day. If an Authorized Request in Good Order is received at or after 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time on a Business Day or on a non-Business Day, it will be processed on the next Business Day.

 

To surrender your Contract, you must make an Authorized Request in Good Order to our Administrative Office. The consent of all Owners and Irrevocable Beneficiaries must be obtained before the Contract is surrendered.

 

Surrender Charges and/or a Market Value Adjustment may apply to your Contract surrender. See “Market Value Adjustment” and “Fees and Expenses.” A surrender is subject to income tax and, if taken before age

 

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59½, a 10% additional tax may apply. You should consult a tax adviser before requesting a surrender. See “Federal Income Tax Matters.”

 

SURRENDER VALUE

 

Surrender Value. If you surrender the Contract, you will receive the Surrender Value, as of the Business Day, we received your Authorized Request in Good Order. The Surrender Value is equal to your Contract Value at the end of the Valuation Period in which we receive your Authorized Request, minus any applicable Surrender Charge, adjusted for any applicable Market Value Adjustment for Risk Control Accounts. Surrender Charges do not apply to Series C Contracts.

 

Upon payment of the Surrender Value, the Contract is terminated, and we have no further obligation under the Contract. We may require that the Contract be returned to our Administrative Office prior to making payment. The Surrender Value will not be less than the amount required by applicable state law. We will pay you the amount you request in connection with a full surrender by redeeming Accumulation Units from the Variable Subaccounts and/or Accumulation Credits from the Risk Control Accounts, and withdrawing Holding Account Value, if applicable.

 

Partial Withdrawal and Surrender Restrictions

 

Your right to make partial withdrawals and surrender the Contract is subject to any restrictions imposed by any applicable law or employee benefit plan.

 

Right to Defer Payments

 

Generally, the amount of any partial withdrawal or full surrender will be paid to you within seven days after we receive your Authorized Request in Good Order. With respect to the Risk Control Accounts and Holding Accounts, we reserve the right to postpone payment for up to six months after we receive your Authorized Request in Good Order, subject to obtaining prior written approval by the state insurance commissioner if required by the law of the state in which we issued the Contract. In the event of postponement as described above, we will pay interest on the proceeds if required by state law, calculated at the effective annual rate and for the time period required under state law.

 

With respect to Variable Subaccounts, to the extent permitted by applicable law, we reserve the right to postpone payment of any partial withdrawal or full surrender or death benefit proceeds for any period when: (i) the New York Stock Exchange is closed (other than customary weekend and holiday closings), or the SEC determines that trading on the exchange is restricted; (ii) the SEC determines than an emergency exists such that disposal of securities held in the Variable Separate Account, or the termination of their value, is not reasonably practicable; or (iii) the SEC, by order, permits us to defer payment in order to protect persons with interests in the Funds. In addition, pursuant to SEC rules, if the money market fund available as one of the Fund options (the “Money Market Fund”) suspends payment of redemption proceeds in connection with the liquidation of the Money Market Fund, we may delay a transfer or payment of any partial withdrawal or full surrender from the Variable Subaccount investing in the Money Market Fund (“Money Market Subaccount”) until the Money Market Fund is liquidated. Moreover, if the Money Market Fund suspends payment of redemption proceeds in connection with the implementation of liquidity gates by such Money Market Fund, we will delay transfer or payment of any partial withdrawal or full surrender from the Money Market Subaccount until the removal of such liquidity gates.

 

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BENEFITS AVAILABLE UNDER THE CONTRACT 

 

The following table summarizes information about the benefits available under the Contract.

 

Benefit Purpose Is Benefit Standard or Optional Maximum Fee Restrictions and Limitations
Death Benefit Provides a death benefit equal to the Contract Value if the Owner dies during the Accumulation Period. Standard No Charge None.
Express Portfolios Provides asset allocation portfolios to assist you in selecting investment options under the Contract. The Express Portfolio utilize the Risk Control Accounts and Variable Subaccounts to accommodate various risk tolerances. Optional No Charge Only available at the time of purchase.
Automatic Rebalance Program Returns your Contract Values to the Allocation Levels on file with us through a rebalancing schedule. Standard No Charge There is a set schedule of when rebalancing occurs at various levels of the Contract.
Systematic Withdrawals Provide payments on a schedule as set up by you. Optional No Charge Withdrawals may be subject to a Market Value Adjustment or Surrender Charge.

 

Death Benefit

 

Death of the Owner. If the Owner dies during the Accumulation Period (if there are joint Owners, the Death Benefit will become payable after the first joint Owner dies), a Death Benefit will become payable to the Beneficiary. We will pay the Death Benefit after we receive the following at our Administrative Office in a form and manner satisfactory to us:  

Proof of Death of the Owner while the Contract is in force;

 

our claim form from each Beneficiary, properly completed; and

 

any other documents we require.

 

The Death Benefit will equal your Contract Value on the date we receive all the documents listed above. If we receive Proof of Death before 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time, we will determine the amount of the Death Benefit as of that day. If we receive Proof of Death at or after 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time, we will determine the amount of the Death Benefit as of the next Business Day. The Death Benefit proceeds will be paid within 7 days after our receipt of due proof of death and all other required documents as described above.

 

No Surrender Charges or Market Value Adjustments will apply to the Death Benefit.

 

Within 60 days after we receive Proof of Death, the Beneficiary must elect the payment method for the Death Benefit. Those options are described below. We will pay the Death Benefit in a manner that complies with the requirements of Section 72(s) or 401(a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code, as applicable. If one or more Beneficiaries do not elect a payment method within 60 days of our receipt of due proof of death of the

 

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Owner, we will pay the Death Benefit proceeds to each Beneficiary under the payment method elected by the Beneficiary or in a single lump-sum payment if the Beneficiary has not elected a payment method.

 

Death of Annuitant While the Owner is Living. If an Owner is a natural person and the Annuitant dies during the Accumulation Period, the following will occur: (i) if there is a surviving Joint Annuitant, the surviving Joint Annuitant will become the Annuitant; and (ii) if there is no Joint Annuitant, the Owner (Primary Owner if Joint Owner) will become the Annuitant. If, however, the Owner is a non-natural person, and an Annuitant dies during the Accumulation Period the following will occur: (i) The death of any Annuitant will be treated as the death of the Owner and Death Benefit proceeds must be distributed in accordance with the Death Benefit Options; and (ii) if there is no Joint Annuitant, the Beneficiary must elect to receive the Death Benefit proceeds. If you have any questions concerning the criteria you should use when choosing Annuitants under the Contract, or the treatment of your Contract, consult your legal counsel or financial professional.

 

Death Benefit Payment Options. The following rules apply to the payment of the Death Benefit under a Non-Qualified Contract:

 

Spouses If the sole Beneficiary is the surviving Spouse of the deceased Owner, then he or she may choose to continue the Contract and become the new Owner (except under certain Qualified Contracts). At the death of the surviving Spouse, this provision may not be used again, even if that surviving Spouse remarries. In that case, the rules for non-Spouses will apply. A surviving Spouse may also elect to receive the Death Benefit proceeds in a lump sum, apply the proceeds to an Income Payout Option, or receive the Death Benefit proceeds within five years of the date of the Owner’s death.

 

Non-Spouses If the Beneficiary is not the surviving Spouse of the deceased Owner, then this Contract cannot be continued. Instead, upon the death of any Owner, the Beneficiary must choose one of the following:

 

Receive the Death Benefit (if the Beneficiary is a natural person) pursuant to one of the Income Payout Options. Payments under an Income Payout Option must begin within one year of the Owner’s death and must not extend beyond a period certain equal to the Beneficiary’s life expectancy;

 

Receive the Death Benefit in one lump sum following our receipt of Proof of Death; or

 

Receive the Death Benefit in one lump sum, deferred for up to five years from the date of the Owner’s death.

 

Upon receipt of Proof of Death, the Beneficiary must instruct us how to treat the proceeds subject to the distribution rules discussed above. Other minimum distribution rules apply to Qualified Contracts.

 

Death of Owner or Annuitant After the Payout Date. If an Annuitant dies during the Payout Period, remaining income payments or Death Benefit proceeds, if any, will be distributed as provided by the Income Payout Option in effect. The Income Payout Option in effect will determine whether additional income payments or a Death Benefit apply.

 

If an Owner dies during the Payout Period, any remaining income payments will be distributed at least as rapidly as provided by the Income Payout Option in effect.

 

Interest on Death Benefit Proceeds. Interest will be paid on lump sum Death Benefit proceeds if required by state law. Interest, if any, will be calculated at the rate and for the time period required by state law.

 

Abandoned Property Requirements. Every state has unclaimed property laws which generally declare annuity contracts to be abandoned after a period of inactivity of three to five years from the date the Death

 

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Benefit is due and payable. For example, if the payment of a Death Benefit has been triggered, but, if after a thorough search, we are still unable to locate the Beneficiary, or the Beneficiary does not come forward to claim the Death Benefit in a timely manner, the Death Benefit will be paid to the abandoned property division or unclaimed property office of the state in which the Beneficiary or you last resided, as shown on our books and records, or to our state of domicile. The “escheatment” is revocable, however, and the state is obligated to pay the Death Benefit (without interest) if your Beneficiary steps forward to claim it with the proper documentation. The distribution of annuity contracts to the state abandoned property division is subject to tax information reporting, federal income tax withholding and state income tax withholding, where applicable. To prevent such escheatment, it is important that you update your Beneficiary designations, including addresses, if and as they change. To make such changes, please contact us by writing to us or calling us at our Administrative Office.

 

Express Portfolios

 

Certain asset allocation portfolios or “Express Portfolios” are available to assist you in selecting investment options under the Contract. At the time you purchase the Contract, you may elect to allocate all of your Purchase Payments according to one of the Express Portfolios. Each Express Portfolio allocates your Purchase Payments among the Variable Subaccounts and Risk Control Accounts based on a specified allocation percentage for each investment option available under the Portfolio. Each Express Portfolio employs different investment styles and allocates Purchase Payments among investment options to match a specified level of risk tolerance (e.g., conservative, moderate and aggressive). You and your investment adviser can use an Express Portfolio as a tool to help select a menu of investment options under the Contract that matches your level of risk tolerance. There is no separate charge for selecting an Express Portfolio.

 

The Express Portfolios are only available on or before the Contract Issue Date. You may select only one Express Portfolio and you must allocate 100% of your initial Purchase Payment to that Express Portfolio. Each Express Portfolio contains several different investment options that in combination may create different degrees of exposure to market risks and corresponding opportunities for more potential growth while other combinations of investment options may offer different degrees of protection from market risks but lower growth potential. If you elect to invest according to one of the Express Portfolios, we will invest your initial Purchase Payment according to the specified allocation percentages of the Express Portfolio you selected.

 

If you make additional Purchase Payments, the Purchase Payments will be invested according to the allocation percentages of your Express Portfolio, subject to additional requirements described in the “Purchase Payment Allocation” section of this Prospectus. If you submit new allocation instructions after the Contract Issue Date, these instructions will replace your existing instructions and will terminate your participation in the Express Portfolio. Changes to instructions for the Variable Subaccounts will take effect on the date we receive the request. Changes to instructions for investments in the Risk Control Accounts will take effect following our receipt of the request in Good Order either on the next Risk Control Account Anniversary or Risk Control Maturity Date, depending on the change requested. In either case, you will not be able to select a new Express Portfolio. However, you can always submit new allocation instructions that replicate the allocation percentages under an existing Express Portfolio.

 

If you are interested in the Express Portfolios, you should consult your investment adviser. In providing these Express Portfolios, we are not providing investment advice. You are responsible for determining which Express Portfolio is best for you. The Express Portfolios are an allocation tool, and investing by means of an Express Portfolio does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. The compositions of the Express Portfolios may vary over time. The composition of the Express Portfolio you select will not change unless a Variable Subaccount or Risk Control Account option is discontinued, you terminate your Express Portfolio by amending your allocation instructions or you discontinue an Automatic Rebalance Program at levels C or V. We reserve the right to discontinue current Express Portfolios and making available new Express Portfolios in the future.

 

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Automatic Rebalance Program

 

During the Accumulation Period, we will automatically rebalance your Contract Value among the Risk Control Accounts and/or Variable Subaccounts on specified dates based on your most recent allocation instructions that we have on file. This means, for example, that if your allocation instructions require that 50% of your Contract Value should be allocated to a Variable Subaccount and 50% of your Contract Value should be allocated to a Risk Control Account, we will transfer your Contract Values between those Accounts so that 50% of your Contract Value is allocated to both the Variable Subaccount and Risk Control Account following the transfer. Transfers that occur as a result of rebalancing will not count towards the 12 transfers we allow each Contract Year without assessing a transfer fee.

 

Rebalancing at Level C (between Variable Subaccounts and Risk Control Accounts) will occur as of each Risk Control Account Maturity Date. This rebalancing will occur according to the allocation instructions on file with us, unless there is no Risk Control Account Value, you elect to discontinue rebalancing by Authorized Request, or you have requested to transfer value which results in rebalancing being discontinued at Levels C and V (among Variable Subaccounts) as of each Risk Control Account Maturity Date. Each Risk Control Account Period is five years.

 

You may change your allocation instructions for Level C prior to rebalancing on a Risk Control Account Maturity Date by Authorized Request, subject to the requirements described under the “Risk Control Account Option – Risk Control Account Maturity Date” section in this Prospectus. Your Authorized Request to change your allocation instructions must be received at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date to take effect as of that date. If we are not notified at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date, the request will not be in Good Order and no transfer will occur based on such request.

 

Rebalancing at Level V will occur as of each Contract Anniversary according to the allocation instructions on file with us, unless there is no Variable Subaccount Value. Rebalancing at Level V will also occur as of each Risk Control Account Maturity Date according to the allocation instructions on file with us, unless there is no Variable Subaccount Value or you have requested to transfer value which results in rebalancing being discontinued at Levels C and V as of each Risk Control Account Maturity Date. If rebalancing is discontinued, you may elect to reinstate rebalancing at Level C by Authorized Request, which will also reinstate rebalancing at Level V. Your Authorized Request to reinstate rebalancing must be received at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date to take effect as of that date. If we are not notified at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date, rebalancing at Level C will not occur until the next Risk Control Account Maturity Date.

 

You may change your allocation instructions for Level V at any time by Authorized Request, including prior to rebalancing on a Contract Anniversary or a Risk Control Account Maturity Date. A change to your Level V allocation instructions will take effect as of the Business Day that we receive the request in Good Order, unless otherwise specified by you.

 

Rebalancing at Level I (between Risk Controls Accounts with different reference Indices) will occur as of each Risk Control Account Maturity Date according to the allocation instructions on file with us. Each Risk Control Account Period is five years. Rebalancing at Level I will not occur if your Risk Control Account Value and allocation instructions are not split between Indices or there is no Risk Control Account Value.

 

You may change your allocation instructions for Level I prior to rebalancing on a Risk Control Account Maturity Date by Authorized Request, subject to the requirements described under the “Risk Control Account Option – Risk Control Account Maturity Date” section in this Prospectus. Your Authorized Request to change your allocation instructions must be received at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date to take effect as of that date. If we are not notified at least one Business Day prior to the Risk Control Account Maturity Date, the request will not be in Good Order and no transfer will occur based on such request.

 

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Rebalancing at Level R (between Risk Controls Accounts with the same reference Index) will occur as of each Risk Control Account Anniversary according to the allocation instructions on file with us. Rebalancing at Level R will not occur if your Risk Control Account Value and allocation instructions are not split between Risk Control Accounts with the same reference Index or there is no Risk Control Account Value.

 

You may change your allocation instructions for Level R prior to rebalancing on a Risk Control Account Anniversary by Authorized Request. Your request to change your allocation instructions must be received at our Administrative Office at least one Business Day prior to a Risk Control Account Anniversary for the instructions to take effect prior to rebalancing. If we do not receive your request at least one Business Day prior to a Risk Control Account Anniversary, your change in allocation instructions will not be effective until after that Risk Control Account Anniversary and after rebalancing has taken place. If you change your allocation instructions by Authorized Request and there is no Risk Control Account in force, a change to your allocation instructions for the applicable Allocation Levels will be required to establish a Risk Control Account. However, if there is no Risk Control Account in force because you exercised your right to discontinue your Risk Control Accounts, as described under “Getting Started – The Accumulation Period – Thirty Day Period to Discontinue Initial Risk Control Accounts,” you will not be allowed to change your allocation instructions to establish a Risk Control Account for at least 30 days.

 

Please note that at any time the Index Rate Cap for your Risk Control Account is less than the rate specified in the Bailout Provision (as shown on your Contract Data Page), we may, at our discretion, restrict transfers into that Risk Control Account and may not reallocate your Contract Value between Risk Control Accounts under the Automatic Rebalance Program. See “Risk Control Account Option – Bailout Provision” for more details.

 

Systematic Withdrawals

 

If elected at the time of the application or requested at any other time by Authorized Request in Good Order, you may elect to receive periodic partial withdrawals under our systematic withdrawal plan. Under the systematic withdrawal plan, we will make partial withdrawals (on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis), as specified by you. Such withdrawals must be at least $100 each. Generally, you must be at least age 59½ to participate in the systematic withdrawal plan. The withdrawals may be requested on the following basis:

 

As a specified dollar amount; or

 

In an amount equal to your required minimum distribution under the Internal Revenue Code.

 

For systematic withdrawals of Variable Subaccount Value, you may provide specific withdrawal instructions. If you do not provide instructions or if there is insufficient Variable Subaccount Value for the specified subaccounts, withdrawals will be processed on a Pro Rata basis from the value in all Variable Subaccounts. If there is insufficient Variable Subaccount Value, Holding Account Value will be withdrawn. If there is insufficient Holding Account Value, Risk Control Account Value will be withdrawn on a Pro Rata basis. No Surrender Charges or Market Value Adjustment will be deducted from systematic withdrawals to satisfy minimum required distributions established by the Internal Revenue Code. Other systematic withdrawals may be subject to Surrender Charges if they exceed the 10% Annual Free Withdrawal Amount. A Market Value Adjustment will be applied to all amounts taken from a Risk Control Account unless the systematic withdrawals are taken to satisfy minimum required distribution obligations.

 

Participation in the systematic withdrawal plan will terminate on the earliest of the following events:

 

The Surrender Value falls below the minimum required value of $2,000;

A termination date that you have specified is reached;

You request that your participation in the plan cease; or

 

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The Payout Date is reached.

 

There are federal income tax consequences to partial withdrawals through the systematic withdrawal plan and you should consult with your tax adviser before electing to participate in the plan. We may discontinue offering the systematic withdrawal plan at any time.

 

INCOME PAYMENTS – THE PAYOUT PERIOD 

 

Payout Date. When you purchase the Contract, we will set the Payout Date as the Contract Anniversary following the Annuitant’s 95th birthday. If there are Joint Annuitants, we will set the Payout Date based on the age of the oldest Joint Annuitant. Please refer to the Data Page of your Contract for details.

 

You may change the Payout Date by sending an Authorized Request in Good Order to our Administrative Office provided: (i) the request is made while an Owner is living; (ii) the request is received at our Administrative Office at least 30 days before the anticipated Payout Date; (iii) the requested Payout Date is at least two years after the Contract Issue Date; and (iv) the requested Payout Date is no later than the anticipated Payout Date as shown on your Contract Data Page. Any such change is subject to any maximum maturity age restrictions that may be imposed by law.

 

Payout Period. The Payout Period is the period of time that begins on the Payout Date and continues until we make the last payment as provided by the Income Payout Option chosen. On the first day of the Payout Period, your Contract Value will be applied to the Income Payout Option you selected. A Surrender Charge (in the case of Series B Contracts only) and Market Value Adjustment will not apply to proceeds applied to an Income Payout Option. You cannot change the Annuitant or Owner on or after the Payout Date for any reason. When the Payout Period begins, you will no longer be able to make withdrawals.

 

Terms of Income Payments. We use fixed rates of interest to determine the amount of fixed income payments payable under the Income Payout Options. Fixed income payments are periodic payments from us to the designated Payee, the amount of which is fixed and guaranteed by us. The amount of each payment depends on the form and duration of the Income Payout Option chosen, the age of the Annuitant, the gender of the Annuitant (if applicable), the amount applied to purchase the Income Payments and the applicable income purchase rates in the Contract. The income purchase rates in the Contract are based on a minimum guaranteed interest rate of 1%. We may, in our discretion and on a non-discriminatory basis, make Income Payments in an amount based on a higher interest rate. Once income payments begin, you cannot change the terms or method of those payments. We do not apply a Surrender Charge or Market Value Adjustment to income payments.

 

The Owner may name the person to receive income payments. If no person is named, payments will be made to the Owner.

 

We will make the first income payment on the Payout Date. We may require proof of age and gender (if the Income Payout Option rate is based on gender) of the Annuitant/Joint Annuitants before making the first income payment. To receive income payments, the Annuitant/Joint Annuitant must be living on the Payout Date and on the date that each subsequent payment is due as required by the terms of the Income Payout Option. We may require proof from time to time that this condition has been met.

 

INCOME PAYOUT OPTIONS 

 

Election of an Income Payout Option. You and/or the Beneficiary may elect to receive one of the Income Payout Options described below. The Income Payout Option and distribution, however, must satisfy the applicable distribution requirements of Section 72(s) or 401(a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code, as applicable.

 

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The election of an Income Payout Option must be made by Authorized Request. The election is irrevocable after the payments commence. The Payee may not assign or transfer any future payments under any option.

 

The amount applied under each option must be at least $2,500, or the amount required to provide an initial monthly income payment of $20. If the Contract Value is less than $2,500, we may make a lump sum payment equal to the Contract Value in lieu of income payments.

 

We will make income payments monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or annually for the Installment Option. Life Income and Joint Survivor options allow monthly income payments. We will also furnish the amount of such payments on request. Payments that are less than $20 will only be made annually.

 

If you do not select an Income Payout Option, we will make monthly payments on the following basis, unless the Internal Revenue Code requires that we pay in some other manner in order for this Contract to qualify as an annuity or to comply with Section 401(a)(9), in which case we will comply with those requirements;

 

Life Income Option with a 10-Year Guaranteed Period Certain (as described below) for Contracts with one Annuitant; and

 

Joint and Survivor Life Income Option with a 10-Year Guaranteed Period Certain (as described below) for Contracts with two Annuitants.

 

You may change your Income Payout Option any time before payments begin on the Payout Date.

 

Options. We offer the following Income Payout Options described below. The frequency and duration of income payments will affect the amount you receive with each payment. In general, if income payments are expected to be made over a longer period of time, the amount of each income payment will be less than the amount of each income payment if income payments are expected to be made over a shorter period of time. Similarly, more frequent income payments will result in the amount of each income payment being lower than if income payments were made less frequently for the same period of time.

 

Option 1 -- Installment Option. We will pay monthly income payments for a chosen number of years, not less than 10, nor more than 30. If the Annuitant dies before income payments have been made for the chosen number of years: (a) income payments will be continued for the remainder of the period to the Payee; or (b) the present value of the remaining income payments, computed at the interest rate used to create the Option 1 rates, will be paid to the Payee or to the Owner, if there is no surviving Payee. For purposes of the present value calculation, guaranteed rates will be used.

 

Option 2 -- Life Income Option -- Guaranteed Period Certain. We will pay monthly income payments for as long as the Annuitant lives. If the Annuitant dies before all the income payments have been made for the guaranteed period certain: (a) income payments will be continued for the remainder of the guaranteed period to the Payee; or (b) the present value of the remaining income payments, computed at the interest rate used to create the Option 2 rates, will be paid to the Payee or to the Owner, if there is no surviving Payee. For purposes of the present value calculation, guaranteed rates will be used. The guaranteed period certain choices are 0 (life income only), 5, 10, 15, or 20 years.

 

Option 3 -- Joint and Survivor Life Income Option -- Guaranteed Period Certain. We will pay monthly income payments for as long as either of the Annuitants lives. If at the death of the second surviving Annuitant, income payments have been made for less than 10 years: (a) income payments will be continued for the remainder of the guaranteed period certain to the Payee; or (b) the present value of the remaining income payments, computed at the interest rate used to create the Option 3 rates, will be paid to the Payee or to the Owner, if there is no surviving Payee. For purposes of the present value calculation, guaranteed rates will be used.

 

The Income Payout Options described above may not be offered in all states. Any state variations are described in Appendix C to this Prospectus. Further, we may offer other Income Payout Options. More than

 

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one option may be elected. If your Contract is a Qualified Contract, not all options may satisfy required minimum distribution rules. In addition, note that effective for Qualified Contract Owners who die on or after January 1, 2020, subject to certain exceptions, most non-spouse designated beneficiaries must now complete death benefit distributions within ten years of the Owner’s death in order to satisfy required minimum distribution rules. Consult a tax advisor. Option 2 and Option 3 pay monthly income payments. We do allow partial annuitization. Partial annuitization will count toward the Annual Free Withdrawal Amount.

 

FEDERAL INCOME TAX MATTERS

 

The following discussion is general in nature and is not intended as tax advice. Each person concerned should consult a competent tax adviser. No attempt is made to consider any applicable state or other income tax laws, any state and local estate or inheritance tax, or other tax consequences of ownership or receipt of distributions under a Contract.

 

When you invest in an annuity contract, you usually do not pay taxes on your investment gains until you withdraw the money—generally for retirement purposes. If you invest in an annuity as part of an individual retirement plan, pension plan or employer-sponsored retirement program, your contract is called a Qualified Contract. If your annuity is independent of any formal retirement or pension plan, it is termed a Non-Qualified Contract. The tax rules applicable to Qualified Contracts vary according to the type of retirement plan and the terms and conditions of the plan. See “Taxation of Non-Qualified Contracts - Non-Natural Person” below for a discussion of Non-Qualified Contracts owned by persons such as corporations and trusts that are not natural persons.

 

Tax Status of the Contracts

 

Tax law imposes several requirements that annuities must satisfy in order to receive the tax treatment normally accorded to annuity contracts.

 

Diversification Requirements. Section 817(h) of the Code provides that separate account investment underlying a contract must be “adequately diversified” in accordance with Treasury regulations in order for the Contract to qualify as an annuity contract under Section 72 of the Code. The Variable Account, through each Fund, intends to comply with the diversification requirements prescribed in regulations under Section 817(h) of the Code, which affect how the assets in the various Subaccounts may be invested. Although we do not have direct control over the Funds in which the Variable Account invests, we believe that each Fund in which the Variable Account owns shares will meet the diversification requirements, and therefore, the Contract will be treated as an annuity contract under the Code.

 

Owner Control. In certain circumstances, owners of variable annuity contracts have been considered for Federal income tax purposes to be the owners of the assets of the separate account supporting their contracts due to their ability to exercise investment control over those assets. When this is the case, the Contract Owners have been currently taxed on income and gains attributable to the variable account assets. There is limited guidance in this area, and some features of the Contract, such as the flexibility of an owner to allocate premium payments and transfer amounts among the investment divisions of the separate account, have not been explicitly addressed in published rulings. While we believe that the Contract does not give Owners investment control over separate account assets, we reserve the right to modify the Contract as necessary to prevent an Owner from being treated as the Owner of the separate account assets supporting the Contract.

 

Required Distributions. In order to be treated as an annuity contract for Federal income tax purposes, Section 72(s) of the Internal Revenue Code requires any Non-Qualified Contract to contain certain provisions specifying how your interest in the Contract will be distributed in the event of the death of an Owner of the Contract. Specifically, Section 72(s) requires that (i) if any Owner dies on or after the annuity starting date, but prior to the time the entire interest in the Contract has been distributed, the entire interest in the Contract will be distributed at least as rapidly as under the method of distribution being used as of the date of such Owner’s death; and (ii) if any Owner dies prior to the annuity starting date, the entire

 

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interest in the Contract will be distributed within five years after the date of such Owner’s death unless distributions are made over life or life expectancy, of such Beneficiary, beginning within one year of the death of the Owner. However, if the designated Beneficiary is the surviving spouse of the deceased Owner, the Contract may be continued with the surviving spouse as the new Owner.

 

The Non-Qualified Contracts contain provisions that are intended to comply with these Internal Revenue Code requirements, although no regulations interpreting these requirements have yet been issued. We intend to review such provisions and modify them, if necessary, to comply with the applicable requirements when such requirements are clarified by regulation or otherwise.

 

Other rules may apply to Qualified Contracts.

 

Taxation of Non-Qualified Contracts

 

Non-Natural Person. If a non-natural person (e.g., a corporation or a trust) owns a Non-Qualified Contract, the taxpayer generally must include in income any increase in the excess of the account value over the investment in the Contract (generally, the Purchase Payments or other consideration paid for the Contract) during the taxable year. There are some exceptions to this rule and a prospective Owner that is not a natural person should discuss these with a tax adviser.

 


The following discussion generally applies to Contracts owned by natural persons.

 

Withdrawals. When a withdrawal from a Non-Qualified Contract occurs, the amount received will be treated as ordinary income subject to tax up to an amount equal to the excess (if any) of the Contract Value, without adjustment for any applicable Surrender Charge, immediately before the distribution over the Owner’s investment in the Contract (generally, the Purchase Payments or other consideration paid for the Contract, reduced by any amount previously distributed from the Contract that was not subject to tax) at that time. The Contract Value immediately before a withdrawal may have to be increased by any positive Market Value Adjustment that results from a withdrawal. There is, however, no definitive guidance on the proper tax treatment of Market Value Adjustments and you should discuss the potential tax consequences of a Market Value Adjustment with your tax adviser. In the case of a surrender under a Non-Qualified Contract, the amount received generally will be taxable only to the extent it exceeds the Owner’s investment in the Contract.

 

In the case of a withdrawal under a Qualified Contract, a ratable portion of the amount received is taxable, generally based on the ratio of the “investment in the contract” to the individual’s total account balance or accrued benefit under the retirement plan. The “investment in the contract” generally equals the amount of any non-deductible Purchase Payment paid by or on behalf of any individual. In many cases, the “investment in the contract” under a Qualified Contract can be zero.

 

Additional Tax on Certain Withdrawals. In the case of a distribution from a Non-Qualified Contract and Qualified Contract, there may be an imposed an additional federal tax equal to ten percent of the amount treated as income. In general, however, this additional tax does not apply to distributions if:

 

you die;
you become disabled;
you receive a series of substantially equal periodic payments made (at least annually) for your life (or life expectancy) or the joint lives (or life expectancies) for you and your named beneficiary;

your withdrawal is a qualified reservist distribution; 

the distribution is due to any IRS levy; 

your withdrawal is due to a terminal illness distribution; or 

you withdraw funds up to the cap for domestic violence abuse distribution. 

 

Other exceptions may be applicable under certain circumstances and special rules may be applicable in connection with the exceptions enumerated above. Additional exceptions may apply to distributions from a

 

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Qualified Contract. You should consult a qualified tax adviser.

 

Substantially Equal Periodic Payments. Substantially equal periodic payments must continue until the later of reaching age 59½ or five years. Modification of payments during that time period will result in the retroactive application of the 10% additional tax. You should consult a qualified tax adviser before making a modification.

 

Income Payments. Although tax consequences may vary depending on the payout option elected under an annuity contract, a portion of each income payment is generally not taxed, and the remainder is taxed as ordinary income. The non-taxable portion of an income payment is generally determined in a manner that is designed to allow you to recover your investment in the Contract ratably on a tax-free basis over the expected stream of income payments, as determined when income payments start. Once your investment in the Contract has been fully recovered, however, the full amount of each income payment is subject to tax as ordinary income.

 

Partial Annuitization. If part of an annuity contract’s value is applied to an annuity option that provides payments for one or more lives or for a period of at least ten years, those payments may be taxed as annuity payments instead of withdrawals. The payment options under the Contract are intended to qualify for this "partial annuitization" treatment. Please consult a tax advisor if you are considering a partial annuitization.

 

Taxation of Death Benefit Proceeds. Amounts may be distributed from a Contract because of your death or the death of the Annuitant. Generally, such amounts are includible in the income of the recipient as follows: (i) if distributed in a lump sum, they are taxed in the same manner as surrender of the Contract, or (ii) if distributed under a payout option, they are taxed in the same way as income payments.

 

Transfers, Assignments or Exchanges of the Contract. A transfer or assignment of ownership of the Contract, the designation of an Annuitant other than the Owner, the selection of certain maturity dates, or the exchange of the Contract may result in certain tax consequences to you that are not discussed herein. An Owner contemplating any such transfer, assignment or exchange, should consult a tax advisor as to the tax consequences.

 

Withholding. Annuity distributions are generally subject to withholding for the recipient’s federal income tax liability and state income tax liability, where applicable. Recipients can generally elect, however, not to have tax withheld from distributions. The withholding rate varies according to the type of distribution and the Owner’s tax status. The Owner will be provided the opportunity to elect not have tax withheld from distributions. Certain limitations may apply. Please consult a tax advisor before making any withholding election.

 

“Eligible rollover distributions” from section 401(a), 403(b), and governmental 457 plans are subject to a mandatory federal income tax withholding of 20%. For this purpose, an eligible rollover distribution is any distribution to an employee (or employee' spouse or former spouse as Beneficiary or alternate Payee) from such a plan, except certain distributions such as distributions required by the Internal Revenue Code, distributions in a specified annuity form, or hardship distributions. The 20% withholding does not apply, however, to nontaxable distributions or if (i) the employee (or employee’s spouse or former spouse as Beneficiary or alternative Payee) the employee chooses a “direct rollover” from the plan to a tax-qualified plan, IRA or tax sheltered annuity or to a governmental 457 plan that agrees to separately account for rollover contributions; or (ii) a non-spouse Beneficiary chooses a “direct rollover” from the plan to an IRA established by the direct rollover.

 

Multiple Contracts. All Non-Qualified deferred annuity contracts that are issued by us (or our affiliates) to the same Owner during any calendar year are treated as one annuity contract for purposes of determining the amount includible in such Owner’s income when a taxable distribution occurs.

 

Further Information. We believe that the Contracts will qualify as annuity contracts for Federal income tax purposes and the above discussion is based on that assumption.

 

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Taxation of Qualified Contracts

 

The tax rules applicable to Qualified Contracts vary according to the type of retirement plan and the terms and conditions of the plan. Your rights under a Qualified Contract may be subject to the terms of the retirement plan itself, regardless of the terms of the Qualified Contract. Adverse tax consequences may result if you do not ensure that contributions, distributions and other transactions with respect to the Contract comply with the law. This Contract is available as a qualified contract as follows.

 

Individual Retirement Annuities (IRAs), as defined in Section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code, permit individuals to make annual contributions of up to the lesser of a specified dollar amount for the year or the amount of compensation includible in the individual’s gross income for the year. The contributions may be deductible in whole or in part, depending on the individual’s income. Distributions from certain retirement plans may be “rolled over” into an IRA on a tax-deferred basis without regard to these limits. Amounts in the IRA (other than nondeductible contributions) are taxed when distributed from the IRA. A 10% additional tax generally applies to distributions made before age 59½, unless an exception applies. Distributions that are rolled over to an IRA within 60 days are not immediately taxable, however only one such rollover is permitted each year. An individual can make only one rollover from an IRA to another (or the same) IRA in any 12-month period, regardless of the number of IRAs that are owned. The limit will apply by aggregating all of an individual’s IRAs, including SEP and SIMPLE IRAs as well as traditional and Roth IRAs, effectively treating them as one IRA for purposes of the limit. This limit does not apply to direct trustee-to-trustee transfers or conversation to Roth IRAs.

 

Roth IRAs, as described in Internal Revenue Code Section 408A, permit certain eligible individuals to contribute to make non-deductible contributions to a Roth IRA in cash or as a rollover or transfer from another Roth IRA or other IRA. A rollover from or conversion of an IRA to a Roth IRA is generally subject to tax and other special rules apply. The Owner may wish to consult a tax adviser before combining any converted amounts with any other Roth IRA contributions, including any other conversion amounts from other tax years. Distributions from a Roth IRA generally are not taxed, except that, once aggregate distributions exceed contributions to the Roth IRA, income tax and a 10% additional tax may apply to distributions made (i) before age 59½ (subject to certain exceptions), or (ii) during the five taxable years starting with the year in which the first contribution is made to any Roth IRA. A 10% additional tax may apply to amounts attributable to a conversion from an IRA if they are distributed during the five taxable years beginning with the year in which the conversion was made. Distributions that are rolled over to an IRA within 60 days are not immediately taxable, however only one such rollover is permitted each year. An individual can make only one rollover from an IRA to another (or the same) IRA in any 12-month period, regardless of the number of IRAs that are owned. The limit will apply by aggregating all of an individual’s IRAs, including SEP and SIMPLE IRAs as well as traditional and Roth IRAs, effectively treating them as one IRA for purposes of the limit. This limit does not apply to direct trustee-to-trustee transfers or conversions to Roth IRAs.

 

Other Tax Issues. Qualified Contracts have required minimum distribution rules that govern the timing and amount of distributions. You should refer to your Contract or consult a tax adviser for more information about these distribution rules.

 

The required beginning date for these distributions is based on your applicable age as defined in the tax law. You should refer to your Contract, retirement plan, adoption agreement, or consult a tax adviser for more information about these distribution rules.

 

Required Minimum Distributions. If distributions from your IRA are made in the form of an annuity, and the annuity payments in a year exceed the amount that would be required to be distributed for the year under the rules for non-annuitized contracts (determined by treating the IRA’s account balance as including the value of the annuity), the excess can be counted towards satisfying the required minimum distribution with respect to any non-annuitized account balance in your IRA(s). You should consult a tax adviser for if you want to use this special rule.

 

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Effective for Qualified Contract Owners who die on or after January 1, 2020, subject to certain exceptions, most non-spouse designated beneficiaries must now complete death benefit distributions within ten years of the Owner’s death in order to satisfy required minimum distribution rules. Consult a tax advisor.

 

If you fail to take your full RMD for a year, you will be subject to a 25% excise tax on any shortfall. This excise tax is reduced to 10% if a distribution of the shortfall is made within two years and prior to the date the excise tax is assessed or imposed by the IRS. If you fail to take your full RMD for a year, you should consult with a tax adviser for more information.

 

Federal Estate Taxes, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes

 

While no attempt is being made to discuss in detail the Federal estate tax implications of the Contract, a purchaser should keep in mind that the value of an annuity contract owned by a decedent and payable to a Beneficiary by virtue of surviving the decedent is included in the decedent’s gross estate. Depending on the terms of the annuity contract, the value of the annuity included in the gross estate may be the value of the lump sum payment payable to the contingent Owner or the actuarial value of the payments to be received by the Beneficiary. Consult an estate planning adviser for more information.

 

Under certain circumstances, the Internal Revenue Code may impose a generation-skipping transfer tax (“GST”) when all or part of an annuity contract is transferred to, or a Death Benefit is paid to, an individual two or more generations younger than the Owner. Regulations issued under the Internal Revenue Code may require us to deduct the tax from your Contract, or from any applicable payment, and pay it directly to the IRS. The federal estate tax, gift tax and GST tax exemptions and maximum rates may each be adjusted.

 

The potential application of these taxes underscores the importance of seeking guidance from a qualified adviser to help ensure that your estate plan adequately addresses your needs and those of your beneficiaries under all possible scenarios.

 

Medicare Tax

 

Distributions from non-qualified annuity policies will be considered “investment income” for purposes of the Medicare tax on investment income. Thus, in certain circumstances, a 3.8% tax may be applied to some or all of the taxable portion of distributions (e.g., earnings) to individuals whose income exceeds certain threshold amounts. Please consult a tax advisor for more information.

 

Same-Sex Spouses

 

The Contract provides that upon your death, a surviving Spouse may have certain continuation rights that he or she may elect to exercise for the Contract’s Death Benefit. All Contract provisions relating to spousal continuation are available only to a person who meets the definition of “spouse” under federal law. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that same-sex marriages must be permitted under state law and that marriages recognized under state law will be recognized for federal law purposes. Domestic partnerships and civil unions that are not recognized as legal marriages under state law, however, will not be treated as marriages under federal law. Consult a tax adviser for more information on this subject.

 

Annuity Purchases By Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Corporations

 

The discussion above provides general information regarding U.S. federal income tax consequences to annuity purchasers that are U.S. citizens or residents. Purchasers that are not U.S. citizens or residents will generally be subject to U.S. federal withholding tax on taxable distributions from annuity contracts at a 30% rate, unless a lower treaty rate applies. In addition, such purchasers may be subject to state and/or municipal taxes and taxes that may be imposed by the purchaser’s country of citizenship or residence. Additional withholding may occur with respect to entity purchasers (including foreign corporations, partnerships and trusts) that are not U.S. residents. Prospective purchasers are advised to consult with a qualified tax adviser regarding U.S., state, and foreign taxation with respect to an annuity contract purchase.

 

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What Acts may result in Penalties or Additional Taxes?

 

There are tax advantages to using an annuity for retirement savings. The tax advantages may be offset by additional taxes and penalties if you are not familiar with and follow the rules.

 

For example, there may be additions to regular tax for the following activities: 

Taking early distributions

Allowing excess amounts to accumulate for failing to tax required distributions.

Making excess contributions

 

There may be penalties for the following, without limitation:

Overstating the amount of nondeductible contributions

Not having enough tax withheld

Failing to report income

 

Please consult with your personal advisor to understand when additional tax or penalties may apply.

 

Possible Tax Law Changes

 

Although the likelihood of legislative changes is uncertain, there is always the possibility that the tax treatment of the Contract could change by legislation or otherwise. Consult a tax adviser with respect to legislative developments and their effect on the Contract.

 

We have the right to modify the Contract in response to legislative changes that could otherwise diminish the favorable tax treatment that annuity contract owners currently receive. We make no guarantee regarding the tax status of the Contract and do not intend the above discussion as tax advice.

 

OTHER INFORMATION 

 

Important Information about the Indices

 

ICE BofAML Index

 

The Contract is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (“BofA Merrill Lynch”). BofA Merrill Lynch has not passed on the legality or suitability of, or the accuracy or adequacy of descriptions and disclosures relating to, the Contract, nor makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the Owners of the Contract or any member of the public regarding the Contract or the advisability of investing in the Contract, particularly the ability of the ICE BofAML Index to track performance of any market or strategy. BofA Merrill Lynch’s only relationship to the Company is the licensing of certain trademarks and trade names and indices or components thereof. The ICE BofAML Index is determined, composed and calculated by BofA Merrill Lynch without regard to the Company or the Contract or its Owners. BofA Merrill Lynch has no obligation to take the needs of the Company or the Owners of the Contract into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the ICE BofAML Index. BofA Merrill Lynch is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices of, or quantities of the Contract to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Contract is to be priced, sold, purchased, or redeemed. BofA Merrill Lynch has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing, or trading of the Contract.

 

BOFA MERRILL LYNCH DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE ICE BOFAML INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND BOFA MERRILL LYNCH SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, UNAVAILABILITY, OR INTERRUPTIONS THEREIN. BOFA MERRILL LYNCH MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY THE COMPANY, HOLDERS OF THE PRODUCT OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE ICE BOFAML INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. BOFA

 

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MERRILL LYNCH MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE, WITH RESPECT TO THE ICE BOFAML INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL BOFA MERRILL LYNCH HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR LOST PROFITS, EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

 

The ICE BofAML Index is a trademark of Bank of America/Merrill Lynch or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by the Company.

 

S&P 500 Index. The Contract is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Standard & Poor’s, a division of the McGraw-Hill companies, Inc. (“S&P”). S&P makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Contract or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Contract particularly or the ability of the S&P 500 Index to track general stock market performance. S&P’s only relationship to the Company is the licensing of certain trademarks and trade names of S&P and of the S&P 500 Index which is determined, composed and calculated by S&P without regard to the Company or the Contract. S&P has no obligation to take the needs of the Company or the Owners of the Contract into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the S&P 500 Index. S&P is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the prices and amount of the Contract or the timing of the issuance or sale of the Contract or in determination or calculation of the equation by which the Contract is to be converted into cash. S&P has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of the Contract.

 

S&P DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE S&P 500 INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND S&P SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR INTERRUPTIONS THEREIN. S&P MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY THE COMPANY, OWNERS OF THE PRODUCT, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE S&P 500 INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. S&P MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE WITH RESPECT TO THE S&P 500 INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL S&P HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

 

The S&P 500 Index is a stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 leading companies publicly traded in the U.S. stock market, as determined by Standard & Poor’s. The S&P 500 Index can go up or down based on the stock prices of the 500 companies that comprise the Index. The S&P 500 Index does not include dividends paid on the stocks comprising the Index and therefore does not reflect the full investment performance of the underlying stocks.

 

The S&P 500 Index is a trademark of Standard & Poor’s or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by the Company.

 

MSCI EAFE Index. The Contract is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Morgan Stanley Capital International Inc. (“MSCI”). MSCI makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Contract or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Contract particularly or the ability of the MSCI EAFE Index to track general stock market performance. MSCI’s only relationship to the Company is in the licensing of certain trademarks and trade names of MSCI and of the MSCI EAFE Index which is determined, composed and calculated by MSCI without regard to the Company or the Contract. MSCI has no obligation to take the needs of the Company or the Owners of the Contract into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the MSCI EAFE Index. MSCI is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the prices and amount of the Contract or the timing of the issuance or sale of the Contract or in determination or calculation of the equation by which the Contract is to be converted into cash. MSCI has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of the Contract.

 

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MSCI DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE MSCI EAFE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND MSCI SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR INTERRUPTIONS THEREIN. MSCI MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY THE COMPANY, OWNERS OF THE PRODUCT, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE MSCI INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. MSCI MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE WITH RESPECT TO THE MSCI EAFE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL MSCI HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

 

The MSCI EAFE Index is an equity index which captures large and mid cap representation across developed markets countries around the world, excluding the U.S. and Canada. With 912 constituents, the MSCI EAFE Index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country.

 

The MSCI EAFE Index is a trademark of MSCI or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by the Company.

 

Distribution of the Contract

 

We no longer issue new Contracts. We have entered into a distribution agreement with our affiliate, CBSI, for the distribution of the Contract. CBSI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CUNA Mutual Investment Corporation (“CMIC”). The principal business address of CBSI is 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly, IA 50677.

 

We and CBSI enter into selling agreements with other broker-dealer firms (the "Selling Broker-Dealers") registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), who are members of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). Contracts are sold by registered representatives of Selling Broker-Dealers (“Selling Agents”). In those states where the Contract may be lawfully sold, the Selling Agents are licensed as insurance agents by applicable state insurance authorities and are appointed as our insurance agents. CBSI also offered securities to customers through CBSI registered representatives until May 2022. Through an agreement between LPL Financial (“LPL”) and CBSI, the majority of these former CBSI registered representatives, which primarily include employees of CBSI’s affiliates or the credit union where their FINRA registered branch is located, registered with LPL. LPL is one of the Selling Broker-Dealers. CBSI receives compensation from LPL for sales by certain LPL registered representatives pursuant to networking agreements with various credit unions, LPL and CBSI.

 

We and/or CBSI pay the Selling Broker-Dealers compensation for the promotion and sale of the Contract. The Selling Agents who solicit sales of the Contract typically receive a portion of the compensation paid to the Selling Broker-Dealers in the form of commissions or other compensation, depending on the agreement between the Selling Broker-Dealer and the Selling Agent. The amount and timing of commissions we may pay to Selling Broker-Dealers may vary depending on the selling agreement and the Contract sold but is not expected to be more than 7.25% of each Purchase Payment. We may also pay asset-based commission (sometimes called trail commissions) in addition to the Purchase Payment-based commission. We may pay or allow other promotional incentives or payments in the form of cash or other compensation to the extent permitted by FINRA rules and other applicable laws and regulations.

 

We also pay compensation to wholesaling broker-dealers or other firms or intermediaries, including payments to affiliates of ours, in return for wholesaling services such as providing marketing and sales support, product training and administrative services to the Selling Agents of the Selling Broker-Dealers. These allowances may be based on a percentage of each Purchase Payment.

 

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recognition of their marketing and distribution, transaction processing and/or administrative services support. These payments are not offered to all Selling Broker-Dealers, and the terms of any particular agreement governing the payments may vary among Selling Broker-Dealers depending on, among other things, the level and type of marketing and distribution support provided. Marketing and distribution support services may include, among other services, placement of the Company’s products on the Selling Broker-Dealers’ preferred or recommended list, increased access to the Selling Broker-Dealers’ registered representatives for purposes of promoting sales of our products, assistance in training and education of the Selling Agents, and opportunities for us to participate in sales conferences and educational seminars. The payments or reimbursements may be calculated as a percentage of the particular Selling Broker-Dealer’s actual or expected aggregate sales of our annuity contracts (including the Contract) and/or may be a fixed dollar amount. Broker-dealers receiving these additional payments may pass on some or all of the payments to the Selling Agent.

 

You should ask your Selling Agent for further information about what commissions or other compensation he or she, or the Selling Broker-Dealer for which he or she works, may receive in connection with your purchase of a Contract.

 

Commissions and other incentives or payments described above are not charged directly to you. We intend to recover commissions and other compensation, marketing, administrative and other expenses and costs of Contract benefits through the fees and charges imposed under the Contract.

 

Authority to Change

 

Only the President or Secretary of the Company may change or waive any of the terms of your Contract. Any change must be in writing and signed by the President or Secretary of the Company. You will be notified of any such change, as required by law.

 

Incontestability

 

We consider all statements in your application (in the absence of fraud) to be representations and not warranties. We will not contest your Contract.

 

Misstatement of Age or Gender

 

If an Annuitant’s date of birth is misstated, we will adjust the income payments under the Contract to be equal to the payout amount the Contract Value would have purchased based on the Annuitant’s correct date of birth. If an Annuitant’s gender has been misstated, and the Life Income Rate Type is based on gender, we will adjust the income payments under the Contract to be equal to the payout amount the Contract Value would have purchased based on the Annuitant’s correct gender. We will add any underpayments to the next payment. We will subtract any overpayment from future payments. We will not credit or charge any interest to any underpayment or overpayment.

 

Conformity with Applicable Laws

 

The provisions of the Contract conform to the minimum requirements of the state in which the Contract is delivered (i.e., the “state of issue”). The laws of the state of issue control any conflicting laws of any other state in which the Owner may live on or after the Contract Issue Date. If any provision of your Contract is determined not to provide the minimum benefits required by the state in which the Contract is issued, such provision will be deemed to be amended to conform or comply with such laws or regulations. Further, the Company will amend the Contract to comply with any changes in law governing the Contract or the taxation of benefits under the Contract.

 

Reports to Owners

 

At least annually, we will mail a report to you at your last known address of record, a report that will state the beginning and end dates for the current report period; your Contract Value at the beginning and end of

 

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the current report period; the amounts that have been credited and debited to your Contract Value during the current report period, identified by the type of activity the amount represents; the Surrender Value at the end of the current report period; and any other information required by any applicable law or regulation.

 

You also will receive confirmations of each financial transaction, such as transfers, withdrawals, and surrenders.

 

Householding

 

To reduce service expenses, the Company may send only one copy of certain mailings and reports per household, regardless of the number of contract owners at the household. However, you may obtain additional copies upon request to the Company. If you have questions, please call us at 1-800-798-5500, Monday through Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Central Time.

 

Change of Address

 

You may change your address by writing to us at our Administrative Office. If you change your address, we will send a confirmation of the address change to both your old and new addresses.

 

Inquiries

 

You may make inquiries regarding your Contract by writing to us or calling us at our Administrative Office.

 

Legal Proceedings

 

Like other insurance companies, we routinely are involved in litigation and other proceedings, including class actions, reinsurance claims and regulatory proceedings arising in the ordinary course of our business. In recent years, the life insurance and annuity industry, including us and our affiliated companies, has been subject to an increase in litigation pursued on behalf of both individual and purported classes of insurance and annuity purchasers, questioning the conduct of insurance companies and their agents in the marketing of their products. In addition, state and federal regulatory bodies, such as state insurance departments and attorneys general, periodically make inquiries and conduct examinations concerning compliance by us and others with applicable insurance and other laws. 

 

In connection with regulatory examinations and proceedings, government authorities may seek various forms of relief, including penalties, restitution and changes in business practices. The Company has established procedures and policies to facilitate compliance with laws and regulations and to support financial reporting. These actions are based on a variety of issues and involve a range of the Company's practices. We respond to such inquiries and cooperate with regulatory examinations in the ordinary course of business. In the opinion of management, the ultimate liability, if any, resulting from all such pending actions will not materially affect the financial statements of the Company, nor have a material adverse impact on the Variable Separate Account, on CBSI’s ability to perform its contract with the Variable Separate Account, nor the Company’s ability to meet its obligations under the Contracts.

 

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We do not file reports under the 1934 Act in reliance on Rule 12h-7 under the 1934 Act, which provides an exemption from the reporting requirements of Sections 13 and 15 of the 1934 Act.

 

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CORPORATE HISTORY OF THE COMPANY

 

We are a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of CMFG Life Insurance Company (“CMFG Life”). We were formed by CMFG Life on February 27, 1976, as a stock life insurance company under the laws of the State of Wisconsin for the purpose of writing credit disability insurance. The original name of the Company was CUDIS Insurance Society, Inc. On August 3, 1989, the Company’s name changed to CUMIS Life Insurance, Inc., and was subsequently changed to its current name on January 1, 1993. League Life Insurance Company (Michigan) merged into the Company on January 1, 1992 in connection with the concurrent merger of MEMBERS Life Insurance Company (Texas) into the Company. We re-domiciled from Wisconsin to Iowa on May 3, 2007. On February 17, 2012, we amended and restated our Articles of Incorporation to change our purpose to be the writing of any and all of the lines of insurance and annuity business authorized by Iowa Code Chapter 508 and any other line of insurance or annuity business authorized by the laws of the State of Iowa. Currently, we have no employees.

 

CMFG Life is a stock insurance company organized on May 20, 1935 and domiciled in Iowa. CMFG Life is one of the world’s largest direct underwriters of credit life and disability insurance, and is a major provider of qualified pension products to credit unions. Further, CMFG Life and its affiliated companies currently offer deferred and immediate annuities, individual term and permanent life insurance, and accident and health insurance. In 2012, CMFG Life was reorganized as a wholly-owned subsidiary of TruStage Financial Group, Inc. (f/k/a CUNA Mutual Financial Group, Inc.) which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CUNA Mutual Holding Company, a mutual holding company organized under the laws of the State of Iowa.

 

In August 2013, the Company began issuing an Index-Linked Annuity Contract under the name “MEMBERS® Zone Annuity”. In July 2016, the Company began issuing a flexible premium variable and index-linked deferred annuity contract under this Contract. In December 2018, the Company began issuing a flexible premium deferred variable and index linked annuity contract under the name “TruStage™ Horizon II Annuity” contract. In August 2019, the Company began issuing a single premium deferred modified guaranteed index annuity contract under the name “TruStage™ Zone Income Annuity”. In June 2021, the Company began issuing a single premium deferred annuity contract with index-linked interest options contract under the name “TruStage™ ZoneChoice Annuity”. These annuity contracts account for all the new product sales of the Company. The Company also serves previously existing blocks of individual and group life policies.

 

CMFG Life provides significant services required in the conduct of the Company’s operations. We have entered into a Cost Sharing, Procurement, Disbursement, Billing and Collection Agreement for the administration of our business pursuant to which CMFG Life performs certain administrative functions related to agent licensing, payment of commissions, actuarial services, annuity policy issuance and service, accounting and financial compliance, market conduct, general and informational services and marketing as well as share certain resources and personnel with us; and pursuant to which CMFG Life provides us with certain procurement, disbursement, billing and collection services.

 

You may write us at 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly, Iowa 50677-9202, or call us at 1-800-798-5500.

 

We share office space with our indirect parent, CMFG Life. CMFG Life occupies office space in Madison, Wisconsin and Waverly, Iowa that is owned by CMFG Life. Expenses associated with the facilities are allocated to us through the Amended and Restated Expense Sharing Agreement that we entered into with CMFG Life on January 1, 2015.

 

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Financial Information

 

Our financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting practices prescribed or permitted by the Iowa Department of Commerce, Insurance Division (“Insurance Department”). Prescribed statutory accounting practices are practices incorporated directly or by reference in state laws, regulations and general administrative rules and are applicable to all insurance enterprises domiciled in a particular state. The Insurance Department has identified the Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual as promulgated by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”), as a source of prescribed statutory accounting practices for insurers domiciled in Iowa. Permitted statutory accounting practices encompass all accounting practices not prescribed by the NAIC and are approved by the Insurance Department.

 

Investments

 

Our investment portfolio consists primarily of fixed income securities.

 

Reinsurance

 

We reinsure our life insurance exposure with an affiliated insurance company under a traditional indemnity reinsurance arrangement. We entered into a Coinsurance Agreement with CMFG Life in 2012. Under this agreement, we agreed to cede 95% of all insurance in force, as of October 31, 2012 to CMFG Life. On September 30, 2015, we amended the Coinsurance Agreement with CMFG Life and now cede 100% of our insurance policies in force to CMFG Life. In 2013, we entered into a second agreement to cede 100% of the business related to MEMBERS® Zone Annuity contracts to CMFG Life. On November 1, 2015, we entered into a Coinsurance and Modified Coinsurance Agreement with CMFG Life to cede 100% of the business related to the MEMBERS® Horizon Flexible Premium Deferred Variable and Index Linked Annuity Contracts. On October 15, 2018, we amended the Coinsurance and Modified Coinsurance Agreement with CMFG Life to cede 100% of the business related to TruStage™ Horizon II Annuity contracts. Effective January 1, 2019 an Amended and Restated Coinsurance and Modified Coinsurance Agreement with CMFG Life ceding 100% of the business relating to the MEMBERS Zone Annuity contracts, the MEMBERS Horizon Flexible Premium Deferred Variable and Index Linked Annuity Contracts, the TruStage™ Horizon II Annuity contracts and the TruStage™ Zone Income Annuity contracts was put in place. This Amended and Restated Coinsurance and Modified Coinsurance Agreement replaced all prior reinsurance agreements relating to the variable and index-linked annuity contracts issued by the Company. On August 19, 2019, we entered into a Coinsurance Agreement with CMFG Life to cede 100% of the business related to TruStage™ Zone Income Annuity contracts. These agreements do not relieve us of our obligations to our policyholders under contracts covered by these agreements. However, they do transfer all of the Company’s underwriting profits and losses to CMFG Life and require CMFG Life to indemnify the Company for all of its liabilities.

 

Policy Liabilities and Accruals

 

The applicable accounting standards and state insurance laws under which we operate require that we record policy liabilities to meet the future obligations associated with all of our outstanding policies.  

 

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POTENTIAL RISK FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT OUR BUSINESS AND OUR FUTURE RESULTS 

 

Risks Related to Global Capital Markets, Economy, Competition, and Events Outside Our Control

 

We are vulnerable to market uncertainty and financial instability. Conditions in the global capital markets and economy could deteriorate in the near future and affect our financial position and our level of earnings from our operations.

 

Markets in the United States and elsewhere are subject to volatility and disruption. Factors including the COVID-19 pandemic, wars and other armed conflicts, civil unrest, availability and cost of credit, geopolitical issues and trade disputes have contributed to increased volatility in worldwide capital and equity markets. These global factors also could impact business and consumer confidence and may lead to economic uncertainty, stay-at-home orders, trade disruptions, and business shutdowns, thereby causing a slowdown in economic activity. Changes in interest rates and credit spreads could result in fluctuations in the income derived from our investments and could cause a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. General economic conditions could also adversely affect the Company by decreasing demand for the Company’s products. For example, holders of interest-sensitive life insurance and annuity products may engage in an elevated level of discretionary withdrawals of contract-holder funds, which would adversely affect our business.

 

Any economic downturn or market disruption could negatively impact our investment ability. Specifically:

 

our investment portfolio could incur other-than-temporary impairments;

 

due to potential downgrades in our investment portfolio, we could be required to raise additional capital to sustain our current business in force and new sales of our annuity products, which may be difficult in a distressed market. If capital would be available, it may be at terms that are not favorable to us; or

 

our liquidity could be negatively affected. The principal sources of our liquidity are monthly settlements under the coinsurance agreements with CMFG Life, annuity deposits, investment income, proceeds from the sale, maturity and call of investments and capital contributions from CMFG Life. Without sufficient liquidity to pay our policyholder benefits and operating expenses, we could be forced to further limit our operations, and our business could suffer.

 

Events outside of our control may negatively affect our business continuity, results of operations and financial performance.

 

The occurrence of a disaster, such as a natural catastrophe, pandemic, industrial accident, blackout, terrorist attack, war, cyberattack, computer virus, insider threat, unanticipated problems with our disaster recovery processes, a support failure from external providers or other events outside of our control, could have an adverse effect on our ability to conduct business and on our results of operations and financial condition, particularly if those events affects our computer-based data processing transmission, storage, and retrieval systems or destroy data. If a significant number of employees were unavailable in the event of a disaster, our ability to effectively conduct business could be severely compromised. Our systems are also subject to compromise from internal threats. In addition to disruptions to our operations, periods of market volatility may occur in response to pandemics or other events outside of our control.

 

The failure to understand and respond effectively to the risks associated with global climate change could adversely affect our achievement of our long-term strategy.

 

Global climate change could pose a systemic risk to the financial system. Global climate change could increase the frequency and severity of weather-related disasters and pandemics. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming could impact global investment asset valuations. Some asset sectors could face significantly higher costs and adverse impacts on the value and future performance

 

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of investment assets as a result of global climate change and regulatory or other responses, including changing preferences of investment managers and investors and their evaluation of associated risk. Climate change could also impact other counterparties, including reinsurers and derivatives counterparties. A failure to identify and address these global climate issues could cause a material adverse effect on the achievement of our business objectives.

 

We operate in a highly competitive industry, which may impair our ability to attract new customers and impair our ability to retain customers, which could impact profitability and financial strength.

 

We face competition from companies that are substantially larger and enjoy substantially greater financial resources, claims-paying ability and financial strength, broader and more diversified product lines and more widespread distribution relationships. Our annuity products compete with fixed indexed, traditional fixed rate and variable annuities (and combinations thereof) sold by other insurance companies and also with mutual fund products, traditional bank investments and other investment and retirement funding alternatives offered by asset managers, banks and broker-dealers. Our annuity products also compete with products of other insurance companies, financial intermediaries and other institutions based on a number of factors, including crediting rates, policy terms and conditions, services provided to distribution channels and policyholders, ratings, reputation and distribution compensation.

 

Our ability to compete will depend in part on the performance of our products. We will not be able to accumulate and retain assets under management for our products if our products underperform the market or the competition, since such underperformance likely would result in asset withdrawals and reduced sales.

 

We compete for distribution sources for our products. Our distributors will generally be free to sell products from whichever providers they wish, which makes it important for us to continually offer distributors products and services they find attractive. If our products or services fall short of distributors' needs, we may not be able to establish and maintain satisfactory relationships with distributors of our annuity products. Our ability to compete will also depend in part on our ability to develop innovative new products and bring them to market more quickly than our competitors. In order for us to compete in the future, we will need to continue to bring innovative products to market in a timely fashion. Otherwise, our revenues and profitability could suffer.

 

The loss of key executives could disrupt our operations.

 

Our success depends in part on the continued service of key executives within our Company and CMFG Life’s ability to attract and retain additional executives and employees. The loss of key executives or CMFG Life’s inability to recruit and retain additional qualified personnel could cause disruption in our business and prevent us from fully implementing our business strategies, which could materially and adversely affect our business, growth and profitability.

 

Risks Related to Regulation

 

Our business is heavily regulated, which impacts our profitability and growth.

 

Our business is subject to extensive and potentially conflicting state and federal tax, securities, insurance and employee benefit plan laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we operate. These laws and regulations are complex and subject to change, which could have an unknown or adverse impact on us. Moreover, these laws and regulations are administered and enforced by a number of different governmental and self-regulatory authorities, including state insurance regulators, state securities administrators, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, banking regulators, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), the United States Department of Justice, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and state attorneys general, each of which exercises a degree of interpretive latitude. We are also subject to the laws and regulations from state insurance regulators and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”), who regularly re-examine existing laws and regulations

 

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applicable to insurance companies and their products. In some cases, these laws and regulations are designed to protect or benefit the interests of a specific constituency rather than a range of constituencies. In many respects, these laws and regulations limit our ability to grow and improve the profitability of our business.

 

Governmental initiatives intended to improve global and local economies may not be effective and may be accompanied by other initiatives that could materially affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity in ways that we cannot predict.

 

Regulatory authorities are or may in the future consider enhanced or new regulatory requirements intended to prevent future crises or otherwise assure the stability of institutions under their supervision. These authorities may also seek to exercise their supervisory or enforcement authority in new or more robust ways. All of these possibilities, if they occurred, could affect the way we conduct our business and manage our capital, and may require us to satisfy increased capital requirements, any of which in turn could materially affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

 

The application of, or changes in, state and federal regulation and oversight may affect our profitability.

 

We are subject to regulation under applicable insurance statutes, including insurance holding company statutes, in the various states in which we transact business. Insurance regulation is intended to provide safeguards for policyholders rather than to protect shareholders of insurance companies or their holding companies. A failure to meet these requirements could subject us to further examination or corrective action imposed by insurance regulators, including limitations on our ability to write additional business, increased regulatory supervision, or seizure or liquidation.

 

Regulators oversee matters relating to trade practices, product sales and distribution, policy forms, claims practices, guaranty funds, types and amounts of investments, reserve adequacy, insurer solvency, minimum amounts of capital and surplus, transactions with related parties, changes in control and payment of dividends.

 

State insurance regulators and the NAIC continually reexamine existing laws and regulations and may impose changes in the future.

 

We are subject to the NAIC's risk-based capital requirements which are intended to be used by insurance regulators as an early warning tool to identify deteriorating or weakly capitalized insurance companies for the purpose of initiating regulatory action. We also may be required, under solvency or guaranty laws of most states in which we do business, to pay assessments up to certain prescribed limits to fund policyholder losses or liabilities for insolvent insurance companies. A failure to meet these requirements could subject us to further examination or corrective action imposed by insurance regulators, including limitations on our ability to write additional business, increased regulatory supervision, or seizure or liquidation.

 

Federal legislation and administrative policies in several areas, including pension regulation, anti-discrimination regulation, financial services regulation, securities regulation and federal taxation, can significantly affect the insurance business.

 

For example, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) enacted in July 2010 made sweeping changes to the regulation of financial services entities, products and markets. Among other things, Dodd-Frank imposes a comprehensive regulatory regime on the over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivatives marketplace and grants joint regulatory authority to the SEC and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) over OTC derivatives. As a result, certain of the Company’s derivatives operations are subject to, among other things, recordkeeping, reporting and documentation requirements and clearing requirements for certain swap transactions (currently, certain interest rate swaps and index-based credit default swaps; cleared swaps require the posting of margin to a clearinghouse via a futures commission merchant and, in some case, to the futures commission merchant as well).

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In addition, in the latter part of 2015, U.S. federal banking regulators and the CFTC adopted regulations that require swap dealers, security-based swap dealers, major swap participants and major security-based swap participants (“Swap Entities”) to post margin to, and collect margin from, their OTC swap counterparties (the “Margin Rules”). The Margin Rules imposed phased-in requirements for the Company to exchange variation margin and initial margin with its derivatives counterparties that are Swap Entities.

 

Dodd-Frank also established various oversight regimes that impact our business:

 

The Federal Insurance Office (“FIO”) under the U.S. Treasury Department is authorized to, among other things, (1) monitor all aspects of the insurance industry and of lines of business other than certain health insurance, certain long-term care insurance and crop insurance and (2) recommend changes to the state system of insurance regulation to the U.S. Congress. The FIO was required to issue several reports to Congress on the insurance industry, most notably, (i) a report on “how to modernize and improve the system of insurance regulation in the United States”, and (ii) a report on “the breadth and scope of the global reinsurance market and the critical role such market plays in supporting insurance in the United States.”

 

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (the “FSOC”) is charged with identifying risks to the financial stability of the U.S. financial markets, promoting market discipline, and responding to emerging threats to the stability of the U.S. financial markets. The FSOC is empowered to make recommendations to primary financial regulatory agencies regarding the application of new or heightened standards and safeguards for financial activities or practices, and certain participation in such activities, that threaten the stability of the U.S. financial markets. In addition, the FSOC is authorized to determine whether an insurance company is a systematically important financial institution (“SIFI”) and to recommend that it should be subject to enhanced prudential standards and to supervision by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The Company’s assets, liabilities and operations do not currently satisfy the financial thresholds that serve as the first step of the three-stage process to designate a non-bank financial company as a SIFI. While it is unlikely that FSOC will be designating additional non-bank financial companies as systematically significant, there can be no assurance that it will not do so in the future.

 

Title II of Dodd-Frank provides that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), under certain circumstances, may be appointed receiver of a “covered financial company,” which could include an insurance company, for purposes of liquidating such company. This would apply to insurance companies in a limited context, where the relevant state insurance regulator has failed to act within 60 days after a determination has been made to subject the insurance company to the FDIC’s orderly liquidation authority, and resolution by the FDIC would be in accordance with state insurance law. The uncertainty about regulatory requirements could influence the Company’s product line or other business decisions with respect to some product lines.

 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is an independent division of the Department of Treasury with jurisdiction over credit, savings, payment, and other consumer financial products and services, but excluding investment products already regulated by the SEC or the CFTC. The CFPB has supervisory authority over certain non-banks whose activities or products it determines pose risks to consumers. In addition to promulgating rules that could impose compliance obligations on the Company, the CFPB continues to bring enforcement actions involving a growing number of issues, including actions brought jointly with state Attorneys General, which could directly or indirectly affect the Company. Additionally, the CFPB is exploring the possibility of helping Americans manage their retirement savings and is considering the extent of its authority in that area.

 

Many of the Dodd-Frank’s requirements could have adverse consequences for the financial services industry, including for the Company. Dodd-Frank could make it more expensive for the Company to conduct

 

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business, require the Company to make changes to its business model, or satisfy increased capital requirements.

 

Other regulatory requirements may indirectly impact us. For example, non-U.S. counterparties of the Company may also be subject to non-U.S. regulation of their derivatives transactions with the Company. In addition, counterparties regulated by the Prudential Regulators (which consist of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the FDIC, the Farm Credit Administration, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency) are subject to liquidity, leverage and capital requirements that impact their derivatives transactions with the Company. Collectively, these new requirements have increased the direct and indirect costs of our derivatives activities and may further increase them in the future.

 

Changes in state laws and federal laws regarding fiduciary/best interest standards may affect the Company’s operations and profitability.

 

The sales of our insurance products could also be adversely affected to the extent that some or all of the firms that distribute our products face heightened regulatory scrutiny, increased regulation and potentially heightened litigation risks that cause them to de-emphasize sales of the types of products issued by us.

 

The SEC adopted Regulation Best Interest (“Regulation BI”), which generally went effective on June 30, 2020. Among other things, Regulation BI imposes a standard of care on broker-dealers making recommendations to their customers of securities transactions. The changes under Regulation BI could increase our overall compliance costs. In addition, these changes may lead to greater exposure to legal claims in certain circumstances, including an increased risk of regulatory enforcement actions or potentially private claims. It remains unclear whether or to what extent Regulation BI, and the evolving nature of the enforcement and interpretation of the rules by the SEC, could ultimately affect distribution partners’ willingness to recommend our insurance products.

 

The DOL issued a proposed “retirement security rule” on October 31, 2023 that would significantly expand the investment advice and retirement investors subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Notably, the proposal broadens the circumstances under which financial institutions, including insurance companies, could be considered fiduciaries under ERISA. A final rule is expected in 2024; however, prior iterations of the rule, and similar DOL guidance has been subject to court challenges. We continue to analyze the impact of the proposed rule; while we cannot predict the rule’s impact, it could have an adverse effect on sales of annuities through our distribution partners. The rule may also lead to changes to our compensation practices and product offerings and increased litigation risk, which could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition. We may also need to take certain additional actions to comply with or assist our distributors in their compliance with the rule.

 

Various states are also developing rules raising the standard of care owed by insurance agents to their customers. For example, in February 2020, the NAIC adopted a model rule requiring a “best interest” standard of care in connection with sales of annuity products. Some state insurance regulators have adopted the NAIC model, or their own regulations that may impose similar obligations as the NAIC’s model. As a result, as this or similar changes are adopted by our state insurance regulator(s) and made applicable to us or the third-party firms that distribute our products, they could have an adverse impact on our business.

 

Changes in federal income taxation laws may affect sales of our products and profitability.

 

The annuity products that we market generally provide the policyholder with certain federal income tax advantages. For example, federal income taxation on any increases in non-qualified annuity contract values (i.e., the "inside build-up") is deferred until it is received by the policyholder. With other savings and investments, such as certificates of deposit and taxable bonds, the increase in value is generally taxed each year as it is earned.

 

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From time to time, various tax law changes have been proposed that could have an adverse effect on our business, including the elimination of all or a portion of the income tax advantages for annuities. If legislation were enacted to eliminate the tax deferral for annuities, such a change may have an adverse effect on our ability to sell non-qualified annuities. Non-qualified annuities are annuities that are not sold to a qualified retirement plan.

 

Distributions from non-qualified annuity policies have been considered "investment income" for purposes of the Medicare tax on investment income contained in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. As a result, in certain circumstances, a 3.8% tax ("Medicare Tax") may be applied to some or all of the taxable portion of distributions from non-qualified annuities to individuals whose income exceeds certain threshold amounts. This new tax may have an adverse effect on our ability to sell non-qualified annuities to individuals whose income exceeds these threshold amounts and could accelerate withdrawals due to this additional tax. The constitutionality of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 is currently the subject of multiple litigation actions initiated by various state attorneys general, and the Act is also the subject of several proposals in the U.S. Congress for amendment and/or repeal. The outcome of such litigation and legislative action as it relates to the 3.8% Medicare Tax is unknown at this time.

 

Risks Related to Regulatory Investigations and Litigation

 

We face risks relating to legal and regulatory investigations and litigation, which may adversely impact our business.

 

We may become involved in litigation, both as a defendant and as a plaintiff, relating to claims arising out of our operations in the normal course of business. In addition, state regulatory bodies, such as state insurance departments, the SEC, FINRA, DOL, and other regulatory bodies regularly make inquiries and conduct examinations or investigations of companies in the annuity business concerning compliance with, among other things, insurance laws, securities laws, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, and laws governing the activities of broker-dealers. Companies in the annuity business have faced litigation, including class action lawsuits, alleging improper product design, improper sales practices and similar claims. Litigation and actions, inquiries and investigations by governmental authorities and regulators are inherently unpredictable, and a substantial legal liability or a significant regulatory action against us could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations, including requiring significant time and expense. Moreover, even if we ultimately prevail in any litigation or any action or investigation by governmental authorities or regulators, we could suffer significant reputational harm.

 

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations reviews our financial condition at December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022; our results of operations for the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022 and 2021; and where appropriate, factors that may affect future financial performance. This discussion should be read in conjunction with our statutory basis financial statements and notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this Prospectus. The dollar amounts disclosed in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are in thousands.

 

The following discussion covers the year ended December 31, 2023 and year ended December 31, 2022. Please see the discussion that follows for a more detailed analysis of the fluctuations. Our comparative analysis of the year ended December 31, 2022 and the year ended December 31,2021 is included under the heading “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Form S-1 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the SEC on April 13, 2023.

 

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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

 

All statements, trend analyses and other information contained in this Prospectus and elsewhere (such as in press releases, presentations by us, our ultimate parent, CMIC, or CMFG Life as of January 1, 2024, our management or oral statements) relative to markets for our products and trends in our operations or financial results, as well as other statements including words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “plan”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, and other similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that these statements may vary from actual results and the differences between these statements and actual results can be material. Accordingly, the Company cannot assure you that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to these differences include, among other things:

 

general economic conditions and other factors, including prevailing interest rate levels and stock and credit market performance which may affect (among other things) our ability to sell our products, our ability to access capital resources and the costs associated therewith, the fair value of our investments, which could result in other than temporary impairments, and the lapse rate and profitability of policies;

customer response to new products and marketing initiatives;

changes in the Federal income tax laws and regulations which may affect the relative income tax advantages of our products;

increasing competition in the sale of annuities;

regulatory changes or actions, including those relating to regulation of financial services affecting (among other things) bank and credit union sales and underwriting of insurance products and regulation of the sale, underwriting and pricing of products; and

the risk factors or uncertainties disclosed in this Prospectus.

 

For a detailed discussion of these and other factors that might affect our performance, see the section entitled “Potential Risk Factors That May Affect Our Business and Our Future Results.”

 

Overview

 

During 2023, the Company was a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of CMIC. As of January 1, 2024, the Company is now a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of CMFG Life. This reorganization is not anticipated to have a material effect on the Company’s operations or statutory basis financial statements. The Company’s ultimate parent is CM Holding, a mutual insurance holding company organized under the laws of Iowa. On February 17, 2012, the Company amended and restated the Company’s Articles of Incorporation to change the Company’s purpose to be the writing of any and all of the lines of insurance and annuity business authorized by Iowa Code Chapter 508 as authorized by the laws of the State of Iowa.

 

The Company is authorized to sell life, health and annuity policies in all states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia, except New York. All life and health premiums of the Company in 2023 were generated in the United States with a significant portion in California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas. All annuity deposits of the Company in 2023 were received in the United States with a significant portion in California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. Premiums are related to the Company’s whole life product, along with our legacy life and health products. Premium deposits on annuities are related to the Company’s annuity contracts, including MEMBERS® Zone Annuity, MEMBERS® Horizon Flexible Premium Deferred Variable and Index-Linked Annuity, TruStage™ Horizon II Annuity, TruStage™ Zone Income Annuity and TruStage ZoneChoice Annuity (collectively, the “Registered Index Annuities”).

 

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As of December 31, 2023 and 2022, the Company had more than $387,000 and $346,000 in assets and more than $989,000 and $681,000 of life insurance in force, respectively.

 

The Company distributes the annuity contracts through multiple face-to-face distribution channels, including:

 

Selling Broker-Dealers: employees of CMFG Life and certain credit unions where a FINRA registered branch is located, are registered agents of LPL Financial (“LPL”) which is a Selling Broker-Dealer. LPL has an agreement with CBSI to distribute the Company’s products;

 

Dual Employee Agents: employees of credit unions who sell insurance and investment products to members of credit unions that have contracted with the Company and its affiliates to provide these services. These agents are registered representatives of LPL as described previously; and

 

Independent Agents: agents who also represent other insurance companies and, along with or through an unaffiliated broker-dealer, contract with the Company to offer its annuity products that are made available for distribution through this channel.

 

The Company has entered into reinsurance agreements to cede to CMFG Life 100% of the business related to the Registered Index Annuities and all insurance policies in force. These agreements do not relieve the Company of the Company’s obligations to the Company’s policyholders under contracts covered by these agreements. However, they do transfer all of the Company’s underwriting profits and losses to CMFG Life and require CMFG Life to indemnify the Company for all of its liabilities. As a result, the Company believes its profitability from insurance operations going forward will be minimal.

 

Prior to 2021, the Company only serviced existing closed blocks of individual and group life policies which were 100% ceded to CMFG Life. In 2021, the Company began selling a whole life policy under the name TruStage Advantage Whole Life (“TAWL”). The Company contracts with unaffiliated broker-dealers to distribute TAWL through the broker-dealer’s distribution channels. In 2021, the Company entered into a reinsurance agreement to cede 100% of the premium, expenses and benefits of TAWL to CMFG Life.

 

CMFG Life provides significant services required in the conduct of the Company’s operations pursuant to a Cost Sharing, Procurement, Disbursement and Billing and Collection Agreement. CMFG Life allocates expenses to the Company on the basis of estimated time spent by employees of CMFG Life on Company matters and the use of operational resources. Management believes the allocations of expenses are reasonable and that the results of the Company’s operations may have materially differed in a negative manner from the results reflected in the accompanying statutory basis financial statements if the Company did not have this relationship.

 

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

The complexity of the business environment and applicable authoritative accounting guidance requires us to closely monitor the Company’s accounting policies. The following summary of the Company’s significant accounting policies is intended to enhance the assessment of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations and the potential volatility due to changes in estimates.

 

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Use of Estimates - The preparation of the statutory basis financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the statutory basis financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates and, in some cases, the difference could be material. Investment valuations, policy reserve valuations, determination of other-than-temporary impairments (“OTTI”), deferred tax asset valuation reserves and reinsurance balances are most affected by the use of estimates and assumptions.

 

Investments - Investments are valued as prescribed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”).

 

Bonds and notes: Bonds and notes with an NAIC designation of 1 through 5 are generally stated at amortized cost. Bonds and notes with an NAIC designation of 6 are stated at the lower of amortized cost or fair value. Loan-backed securities may be carried at the lower of amortized cost or fair value if they receive an initial rating of 6 under the multiple-designation methodology. Prepayment assumptions for loan-backed securities are obtained from historical industry prepayment averages, industry survey values or internal estimates to determine the effective yield. Changes in the anticipated prepayments are incorporated when determining statement values. Changes in estimated cash flows from the previous assumptions are accounted for using the prospective method.

 

Fair Value - Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.

 

The fair value hierarchy prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value of assets and liabilities into three broad levels. The Company has categorized its financial instruments, based on the degree of subjectivity inherent in the valuation technique, as follows:

 

Level 1: Inputs are directly observable and represent quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets the Company has the ability to access at the measurement date.

Level 2: All significant inputs are observable, either directly or indirectly, other than quoted prices included in Level 1, for the asset or liability. This includes: (i) quoted prices for similar instruments in active markets, (ii) quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active, (iii) inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the instruments, and (iv) inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.

Level 3: One or more significant inputs are unobservable and reflect the Company’s estimates of the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, including assumptions about risk.

 

For purposes of determining the fair value of the Company’s assets and liabilities, observable inputs are those inputs used by market participants in valuing financial instruments, which are developed based on market data obtained from independent sources. In the absence of sufficient observable inputs, unobservable inputs, reflecting the Company’s estimates of the assumptions market participants would use in valuing financial assets and liabilities, are developed based on the best information available in the circumstances. The Company uses prices and inputs that are current as of the measurement date. In some instances, valuation inputs used to measure fair value fall into different levels of the fair value hierarchy. The category level in the fair value hierarchy is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.

 

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The following table summarizes the carrying amounts and fair values of the Company’s financial instruments for which it is practicable to estimate fair value by fair value measurement level at December 31, 2023.

 

  Carrying Amount  

Fair Value 

 

Level 1 

 

Level 2 

 

Level 3

                
Financial instruments recorded as assets:                
Bonds and notes   $ 43,036    $ 40,061    $    $ 40,061       
Cash equivalents     58,166      58,166      58,166            
Separate account assets     238,473      238,473           238,473       
Financial instruments recorded as liabilities:                          
Separate account liabilities     238,473      238,473           238,473       

 

The following table summarizes the carrying amounts and fair values of the Company’s financial instruments for which it is practicable to estimate fair value by fair value measurement level at December 31, 2022:

 

   Carrying Amount  

Fair Value 

 

Level 1 

 

Level 2 

 

Level 3 

Financial instruments recorded as assets:
                         
Bonds and notes   $ 45,855    $ 42,116    $    $ 42,116       
Cash equivalents     42,915      42,915      42,915            
Separate account assets     229,659      229,659           229,659       
Financial instruments recorded as liabilities:                          
Separate account liabilities     229,659      229,659           229,659       

 

The carrying amounts for accrued net investment income, and certain receivables and payables approximate fair value due to their short-term nature and have been excluded from the fair value tables above.

 

Other-Than-Temporary Investment Impairments - Investment securities are reviewed for OTTI on an ongoing basis. The Company creates a watchlist of securities primarily based on the fair value of an investment security relative to its amortized cost. When the fair value drops below the Company’s cost, the Company monitors the security for OTTI. The determination of OTTI requires significant judgment on the part of the Company and depends on several factors, including but not limited to:

 

The existence of any plans to sell the investment security.

 

The extent to which fair value is less than statement value.

The underlying reason for the decline in fair value (credit concerns, interest rates, etc.).

The financial condition and near term prospects of the issuer/borrower, including the ability to meet contractual obligations, relevant industry trends and conditions and cash flow analysis.

For mortgage-backed and structured securities, the Company’s intent and ability to retain our investment for a period of time sufficient to allow for an anticipated recovery in fair value.

The Company’s ability to recover all amounts due according to the contractual terms of the agreements.

 

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The Company’s collateral position in the case of bankruptcy or restructuring.

 

A bond or note is considered to be other-than-temporarily impaired when the fair value is less than the amortized cost basis and its value is not expected to recover through the Company’s holding period. When this occurs, the Company records a realized capital loss equal to the difference between the amortized cost and fair value. The fair value of the other-than-temporarily impaired security becomes its new amortized cost. If the bond is a loan-backed or structured security, it is considered to be other-than-temporarily impaired when the amortized cost exceeds the present value of cash flows expected to be collected and its value is not expected to recover through the Company’s holding period. The amount of the OTTI recognized in net income as a realized loss equals the difference between the investment's amortized cost basis and its expected cash flows.

 

Management believes it has made an appropriate provision for other-than-temporarily impaired securities owned at December 31, 2023 and 2022. Future declines in fair value may result in additional OTTI. Additional OTTI will be recorded as appropriate and as determined by the Company’s regular monitoring procedures of additional facts. In light of the variables involved, such additional OTTI could be significant.

 

Reinsurance - Reinsurance premiums, claims and benefits, commission expense reimbursements, and reserves related to reinsured business ceded are accounted for on a basis consistent with the accounting for the underlying direct policies issued and the terms of the reinsurance contracts. Premiums and benefits ceded to other companies have been reported as reductions of premium income and benefits in the accompanying statutory basis statements of operations. Policy and claim reserves are reported net of unbilled reinsurance recoverables. The Company has evaluated our reinsurance contracts and determined that all significant contracts transfer the underlying economic risk of loss. CMFG Life, which is a related party, is the only reinsurer and there is no concern of default on reinsurance receivable balances as CMFG Life is highly rated and well capitalized.

 

The Company entered into coinsurance and modified coinsurance agreements with the Company’s affiliate, CMFG Life, to cede 100% of our life, accident and health and annuity business as described previously in the Overview of this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. The Company entered into the agreements for the purpose of limiting our exposure to loss on any one single insured, diversifying its risk and limiting its overall financial exposure to certain products, and to meet our overall financial objectives. The Company retains the risk of loss in the event that CMFG Life is unable to meet the obligations assumed under the reinsurance agreements.

 

Separate Accounts - The Company issues Registered Index Annuities, the assets and liabilities of which are legally segregated and reflected in the accompanying statutory basis statements of admitted assets, liabilities and capital and surplus as assets and liabilities of the separate accounts. All separate account assets and liabilities are ceded to CMFG Life except the MEMBERS Life Variable Separate Account which is used to fund the variable accounts within the flexible premium variable and index linked deferred annuities.

 

Separate account assets for the variable annuity component of the flexible premium variable and index-linked deferred annuities are stated at fair value. Separate account liabilities are accounted for in a manner similar to other policy reserves. Separate account premium deposits, benefit expenses and contract fee income for investment management and policy administration are reflected by the Company in the accompanying statutory basis statements of operations.

 

The variable annuity contract holders of the flexible premium variable and index linked deferred annuity are able to invest in investment funds managed for their benefit. All of the flexible premium variable and index-linked deferred annuity separate account assets are invested in unit investment trusts that are registered with the SEC as of December 31, 2023 and 2022.

 

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CMFG Life, on behalf of MLIC, invests the single premium deferred index annuity, single premium deferred index-linked interest options annuity, single premium deferred modified guaranteed index annuity and flexible premium deferred variable premiums for the benefit of the contract holder. The single premium deferred index, single premium deferred modified guaranteed index and flexible premium variable and index linked deferred annuities have two risk control accounts, referred to as the Secure and Growth Accounts; the Secure Account has a yearly credited interest rate floor of 0% and the yearly Growth Account floor is -10%. The Secure and Growth Accounts both have credited interest rate caps that vary with issuance. The single premium deferred index-linked interest options annuity has risk control accounts, with either caps and floors or participation rates and buffers applied based on the performance of an external index. For positive index performance, accounts with caps limit the interest credited to the policyholder at the cap; accounts with participation rates credit the full index performance multiplied by the participation rate to the policyholder. For negative index performance, floors represent the maximum negative interest credited a policyholder can receive, while the buffer represents the maximum negative index return for an interest term that will not result in negative interest credited to the contract. Interest is credited at the end of each Contract Year during the selected index term based on the allocation between risk control accounts and the performance of an external index during that Contract Year.

 

Policy and Contract Claim Reserves - Liabilities established for unpaid benefits for life insurance contracts represent the estimated amounts required to cover the ultimate cost of settling reported and incurred but unreported losses. These estimates are adjusted in the aggregate for ultimate loss expectations based on historical experience patterns and current economic trends. Any change in the probable ultimate liabilities, which might arise from new information emerging, is reflected in the statutory basis statements of operations in the period the change is determined to be necessary. Such adjustments could be material.

 

The policy and contract claim reserves are 100% ceded to CMFG Life.

 

Policy Reserves - Life Insurance reserves: Traditional life insurance reserves are computed on either the net level reserve basis or the Commissioner’s Reserve Valuation Method basis dependent on product type and issue date using the applicable mortality table.

 

The Company waives deduction of deferred fractional premiums upon death of the insured and returns the portion of the final premium beyond the date of death. Surrender values are not promised in excess of legally computed reserves.

 

Extra premiums are charged for substandard lives, plus the gross premium for a rated age. Mean reserves are determined by computing the regular mean reserve for the plan at the rated age and holding, plus one-half of the extra premium charge for the year.

 

Tabular interest, tabular less actual reserves released, tabular cost and tabular interest on funds not involving life contingencies have all been determined by formulas prescribed by the regulator of the Company’s state of domicile (“Insurance Department”).

 

Individual annuity reserves: Policyholder reserves related to individual annuity contracts are computed using the Commissioner's Annuity Reserve Valuation Method (“CARVM”), along with Valuation Method (“VM”) 21 for equity indexed annuities, during the contract accumulation period and the present value of future payments for contracts that have annuitized. Policyholder reserves related to single premium deferred index annuity, single premium deferred modified guaranteed index annuity and flexible premium variable and index linked deferred annuity contracts are computed using CARVM, along with Actuarial Guideline (AG) 33 and 35 and VM 21 for policies greater than ten days after issue; for the first ten days, the reserve is equal to the return of premium. A reserve floor for all deferred annuities is set equal to the cash surrender value.

 

The policy reserves are 100% ceded to CMFG Life.

 

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Liability for Deposit-Type Contracts - The Company recognizes a liability for policyholder deposits that are not subject to policyholder mortality or longevity risk at the stated account value. The account value equals the sum of the original deposit plus accumulated interest, less any withdrawals and expense charges. Such deposits primarily represent annuity contracts without life contingencies.

 

The liability for deposit-type contracts is 100% ceded to CMFG Life.

 

Income Tax - Deferred income taxes are recognized, subject to an admissibility test for deferred tax assets, and represent the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the statutory basis financial statement carrying amount of assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Gross deferred tax assets are reduced by a statutory valuation allowance if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Recorded deferred tax amounts are adjusted to reflect changes in income tax rates and other tax law provisions as they are enacted. The net change in deferred taxes is recorded directly to unassigned surplus.

 

The Company is subject to tax-related audits. The Company accounts for any federal and foreign tax contingent liabilities in accordance with Statement of Statutory Accounting Principles (“SSAP”) No. 5R, Liabilities, Contingencies and Impairments of Assets as modified by SSAP No. 101, Income Taxes, and any state and other tax contingent liabilities in accordance with SSAP No. 5R.

 

Statutory Valuation Reserves - The Interest Maintenance Reserve (“IMR”) is maintained for the purpose of stabilizing the surplus of the Company against gains and losses on sales of investments that are primarily attributable to changing interest rates. The interest rate-related gains and losses are deferred and amortized into income over the remaining lives of the securities sold. If the IMR is calculated to be a net asset, the Company admits the IMR asset until it reaches 10% of the adjusted capital and surplus and is included in other assets on the Statutory Basis Statement of Admitted Assets, Liabilities and Capital and Surplus.

 

The Asset Valuation Reserve (“AVR”) is a formulaic reserve for fluctuations in the values of invested assets, primarily bonds and notes, mortgage loans, common stocks and limited partnerships. Changes in the AVR are charged or credited directly to unassigned surplus.

 

Other Liabilities - The Company issues Registered Index Annuities on the 10th and 25th of each month. The Company recognizes a liability on contracts for which it has received cash, but has not issued a contract. Other liabilities primarily consist of these customer funds pending completion of the policy issuance process. The customer funds, are released from other liabilities when the policy is issued and the application process is completed.

 

Recently Adopted Accounting Standard Update - The NAIC adopted INT 23-01 Net Negative (Disallowed) Interest Maintenance Reserve (“INT 23-01”), which is an interpretation that prescribes limited-time, optional, statutory accounting guidance as an exception to the existing guidance detailed in SSAP No. 7 Asset Valuation Reserve and Interest Maintenance Reserve. Under the INT 23-01, reporting entities are allowed to admit negative IMR if certain criteria are met. The adoption of this guidance allowed the Company to admit $685 of negative IMR at December 31, 2023. The Company recorded IMR in other assets on the Statutory Basis Statements of Admitted Assets, Liabilities and Capital and Surplus.

 

Executive Summary

 

The Company provides life and health insurance throughout the United States servicing its existing blocks of individual and group life policies. The Company markets and distributes our TAWL contracts through third-party distributors. The Company provides the Registered Index Annuities throughout the United States except in New York.

 

The Company cedes 100% of our insurance and annuity policies in force to CMFG Life. This does not relieve the Company of our obligations to our policyholders under contracts covered by these agreements. However, the reinsurance agreements transfer all of the Company’s underwriting profits and losses to CMFG Life and require CMFG Life to indemnify the Company for all of its liabilities. See Note 7 of the Notes

 

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to the Statutory Basis Financial Statements appearing elsewhere in this Prospectus for information on the effect of these agreements and information on commissions.

 

Results of Operations for the Years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022

 

Total revenues, which consisted mainly of investment income, reinsurance commissions and other income were $163,818 and $160,907 for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The increase in total revenues in 2023 as compared to 2022, was primarily due to an increase in reinsurance commissions due to an increase in renewal commissions and an increase in TAWL sales, partially offset by a decrease in other income, as described below. Total net investment income was $4,172 and $1,679 for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively, which represents an average yield earned of 4.3% and 1.8% for the same periods, respectively. The increase in 2023 as compared to 2022 primarily reflects an increase in interest rates on the Company’s bonds and notes along with an increase to the Company’s investments in cash equivalents. All premiums are 100% ceded to CMFG Life, resulting in no net premium in 2023 or 2022 due to the reinsurance agreements as described in the executive summary. The Company receives a commission equal to 100% of its actual expenses incurred for the Company’s Registered Index Annuities, which was $132,242 and $129,562, for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. All remaining commissions relate to the Company’s life and health products and totaled $51,828 and $33,910 for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The Company also records other income related to the modified coinsurance agreement, which represents the aggregate ceding allowance payable by the reinsurer to the Company in relation to its flexible premium deferred variable annuity contracts. The decrease in 2023 as compared to 2022 is due to a decrease in annuity sales and increased benefit payments, the two primary components of the ceding allowance.

 

Total benefits and expenses were $159,844 and $159,220 for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The increase in benefits and expenses in 2023 as compared to 2022 was primarily due to increases in the Company’s general insurance expenses related to increased TAWL sales and production of the Company’s current annuity products. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in the net transfers to (from) separate accounts related to the decrease in commission received on premium related to the Company’s variable annuity component of our Horizon products. This commission has decreased due to a decrease in annuity sales, and an increase in benefits on past sales. The net result of these changes is included in the transfers to (from) the separate accounts. CMFG Life provides significant services required in the conduct of the Company’s operations. Operating expenses incurred by the Company that are specifically identifiable are borne by the Company; other operating expenses are allocated from CMFG Life on the basis of estimated time and usage studies. Operating expenses are primarily employee costs such as wages and benefits, legal and other operating expenses such as rent, insurance and utilities. The increase in these expenses in 2023 as compared to 2022 was primarily due to increased salaries allocated to the Company and marketing costs related to the Company’s TAWL product.

 

Federal income tax expense was $1,894 and $1,142 for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively, which represents an effective tax rate of 47.7% and 67.7%, for the same periods, respectively. The effective tax rates differ from the statutory income tax rate of 21% primarily due to the following: 1) nondeductible IMR amortization; 2) dividends received deductions and foreign tax credits related to separate account investments; 3) expenses required to be capitalized and amortized for tax purposes; and 4) differences in timing of certain accrued expenses. The increase in 2023 as compared to 2022 was driven mainly by an increase in pre-tax income and an increase in expenses required to be capitalized and amortized for tax purposes.

 

Net income was $2,079 and $540 for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The increase in 2023 as compared to 2022 was due to an increase in revenue partially offset by a minor increase in benefits and expenses as discussed previously.

 

Financial Condition

 

The Company’s investment strategy is based upon a strategic asset allocation framework that considers the need to manage our General Account investment portfolio on a risk-adjusted spread basis for the

 

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underwriting of contract liabilities and to maximize return on retained capital. The Company’s investment in bonds and notes consists of U.S. government and agencies, industrial and miscellaneous, commercial mortgage-backed securities, residential mortgage-backed securities, and non-mortgage backed securities. The Company generally holds its bond portfolio to maturity.

 

Insurance statutes regulate the type of investments that the Company is permitted to purchase and limit the amount of funds that may be used for any one type of investment. In light of these statutes and regulations and our business and investment strategy, the Company generally seeks to invest in United States government and government-sponsored agency securities and bonds and notes rated investment grade by established nationally recognized rating organizations or in securities of comparable investment quality, if not rated.

 

The Company’s investment portfolio was comprised solely of bonds and notes at December 31, 2023 and 2022. The table below presents the carrying value of our total bonds and notes by type at December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022.  

 

   December 31,  
    2023     %     2022     %  
                     
U.S. government and agencies
  $ 8,719      20.3 %   $ 8,724      19.0 %
Industrial and miscellaneous     26,081      60.6      27,887      60.8  
Residential mortgage-backed securities     560      1.3      625      1.4  
Commercial mortgage-backed securities     3,871      9.0      3,863      8.4  
Non-mortgage asset-backed securities     3,805      8.8      4,756      10.4  
Total bonds and notes   $ 43,036      100.0 %   $ 45,855      100.0 %

 

The statement value and estimated fair value of bonds and notes by contractual maturity are shown below at December 31, 2023. Actual maturities may differ from contractual maturities because borrowers may have the right to call or prepay obligations with or without call or prepayment penalties.

 

   Statement Value   Estimated Fair Value
       
Due in one year or less   $ 5,991    $ 5,957  
Due after one year through five years     11,694      11,526  
Due after five years through ten years     8,395      7,735  
Due after ten years     8,720      6,967  
Commercial mortgage-backed securities     560      514  
Residential mortgage-backed securities     3,871      3,591  
Non-mortgage asset-backed securities     3,805      3,771  
Total bonds and notes   $ 43,036    $ 40,061  

 

At December 31, 2023, the Company owned 27 securities with a fair value of $32,372 in an unrealized loss position. There were 25 bonds and notes with a fair value of $29,809 in an unrealized loss position for twelve or more months. The aggregate severity of unrealized losses for bonds and notes with a loss period of twelve months or greater is approximately 9.2% of amortized cost. All the securities with unrealized losses as of December 31, 2023 are rated “investment grade” based on having an NAIC rating of 1 or 2.

 

At December 31, 2022, the Company owned 37 securities with a fair value of $42,116 in an unrealized loss position. The Company owned seven industrial and miscellaneous securities and one commercial mortgage-backed security of $1,073 and $229, respectively in unrealized loss positions greater than twelve months.

 

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The aggregate severity of unrealized losses for bonds and notes with a loss period of twelve months or greater is approximately 15.1% of amortized cost. All the securities with unrealized losses as of December 31, 2022 are rated “investment grade” based on having an NAIC rating of 1 or 2.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The Company cedes 100% of the Company’s insurance and annuity policies in force to CMFG Life. This does not relieve the Company of the Company’s obligations to our policyholders under contracts covered by these agreements. However, the agreements do transfer all of the Company’s underwriting profits and losses to CMFG Life and require CMFG Life to indemnify the Company for all of its liabilities.

 

As consideration for the reinsurance provided under these agreements, the Company transfers all of the Company’s revenues to CMFG Life. Specifically, CMFG Life receives 100% of all premiums and other amounts received on account of our existing business and new business. CMFG Life pays the Company a monthly expense allowance to reimburse the Company for expenses and costs incurred on account of its insurance business.

 

While the reinsurance transactions have a minimal impact on our capital and surplus, they substantially diminish our net liabilities and greatly decrease the amount of capital and liquidity needed within the Company.

 

Operating activities provided $16,018 and $12,641 of net operating cash flow for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The Company’s sources of funds include renewal premiums, sales of annuities and investment income. The Company’s primary use of funds includes the payment of benefits and related operating expenses as well as settlements related to the reinsurance agreements with CMFG Life. The Company issues Registered Index Annuities contracts on the 10th and 25th of each month. The Company recognizes a liability on contracts for which it has received cash, but has not issued a contract. The increase in operating cash flow in 2023 as compared to 2022 was primarily due to an increase in the net transfers from the separate account and an increase in reinsurance commissions received, offset by an increase in operating expenses paid and other income related to a decrease in the ceding commissions received.

 

Investing activities provided $3,063 and $1,205 of net cash flow for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The Company’s main investing activities include purchases and sales and maturity of bonds and notes. The Company had maturities on bonds and notes, which provided cash of $3,063 and $1,198 in 2023 and 2022, respectively. The increase in bond proceeds from maturities drove the net increase of cash from investing activities in 2023 as compared to 2022.

 

The Company’s financing activities used $3,287 and $4,799 of net cash flow for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The Company’s main financing activities include the collection of deposits and payment of withdrawals on deposit contracts. The decrease in financing activities in 2023 was primarily due to a decrease in contracts issued after the 25th of the month which are not issued until the 10th of the following month as compared to the prior year. Total cash provided or (used) for financing activities can vary based upon the timing of deposits received. The Company received $19,680 of securities and related tax benefits as a non-cash capital contribution in 2022 from CMFG Life.

 

As of December 31, 2023, the Company’s cash requirements were primarily for the payment of benefits, operating expenses as well as settlements with CMFG Life for reinsurance agreements. These liquidity requirements are met primarily through monthly settlements under the coinsurance and modified coinsurance agreements with CMFG Life. The Company anticipates receiving adequate cash flow from these settlements and investment income to meet its obligations. However, a primary liquidity concern going

 

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forward is the risk of an extraordinary level of early policyholder withdrawals. The Company includes provisions within its policies, such as Surrender Charges, that help limit and discourage early withdrawals.

 

The Company believes that cash flows generated from sources above will be sufficient to satisfy the near- term liquidity requirements of its operations, including reasonable foreseeable contingencies. However, the Company cannot predict future experience regarding benefits and surrenders since benefit and surrender levels are influenced by such factors as the interest rate environment, the Company’s claims paying ability and the Company’s financial credit ratings.

 

Most annuity deposits the Company will receive going forward are ceded to CMFG Life and will be invested in high quality investments, those identified by CMFG Life as investment grade, to fund future commitments. The Company believes that the settlement it receives under the reinsurance agreements with CMFG Life, the diversity of its investment portfolio and a concentration of investments in high quality securities should provide sufficient liquidity to meet the Company’s long-term cash requirements. Although there is no present need or intent to dispose of our investments, the Company could readily liquidate portions of our investments, if such a need arose.

 

Statutory Dividend Restrictions

 

Risk-based capital requirements promulgated by the NAIC and adopted by the Insurance Department require U.S. insurers to maintain minimum capitalization levels that are determined based on formulas incorporating asset risk, insurance risk, and business risk. The adequacy of the Company’s actual capital is evaluated by a comparison to the risk-based capital results, as determined by the formula. At December 31, 2023 and 2022, the Company’s adjusted capital exceeded the minimum capitalization requirements.

 

The Company is subject to statutory regulations as to maintenance of equity and the payment of dividends. Generally, ordinary dividends from an insurance subsidiary to its parent company must meet notice requirements promulgated by Insurance Department. Extraordinary dividends, as defined by state statutes, must be approved by the Insurance Department. The Company can pay $5,537 in stockholder dividends in 2024 without regulatory approval.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

On January 1, 2015, the Company entered into a Cost Sharing, Procurement, Disbursement, Billing and Collection Agreement with CMFG Life and certain other affiliated companies whereby CMFG Life has agreed to provide certain of our operational requirements. Additionally, the Company is allocated a certain portion of the total compensation of each of the Company’s executive officers and directors, based on various factors, the primary being the estimated time allocated to providing services to the Company. In exchange for providing these administrative functions and use of shared resources and personnel, the Company reimburses CMFG Life for the cost of providing such administrative functions, resources and personnel. The Company reimbursed CMFG Life $104,772 and $79,869 for these expenses for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. 

 

For detailed discussion of the management services agreement, the investment advisory agreement and the coinsurance agreements, see "Management – Transactions with Related Persons, Promoters and Certain Control Persons."

 

In the future, the Company may enter into financing transactions, lease agreements, or other commitments in the normal course of our business.

 

The Company has the following future minimum estimated claim and benefit payments that are 100% reinsured as of December 31, 2023.

 

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   Estimated Future Claim
and Benefit Payments
    
Due in one year or less