Update – Sun Peso Provider is now replaced by Sun Smarter Life Elite

In one of the many presentations I’ve done lately, one person asks. “Aside from Variable Unit Linked (VUL) Insurance (referring to Sun Maxilink Prime), what limited, guaranteed pay insurance of Sun Life can you recommend? I want the ones that give endowment benefit and dividends. I’m sure Sun Life also have that, he added.

I paused for a second to think since almost all of my personal insurance policies are VUL (except one – Sun Life Assure). And then it hit me. I’ve actually recommended one to my friend Nelson before – Sun Peso Provider 10/ Sun Peso Provider 5. He too, also wanted something that is guaranteed, limited pay, with endownment benefit and have dividends.

Guaranteed vs. Variable

When we say guaranteed plan, these are actually traditional insurance policies that have fixed cash value no matter if the economy is good or bad. Unlike VUL plans where the fund value greatly benefits when the economy is good. And is affected when the economy is bad. And since it is guaranteed, one can only expect that it is a little expensive and the returns are not that high. Death benefit for both traditional and vul plans are guaranteed. Don’t be confused though. With traditional, cash values and death benefit are both guaranteed. With VUL plans, only the death benefit is guaranted. Fund values are not.

What’s endowment benefit?

When we say endowment benefit, there is an amount guaranteed to be paid out over a certain period of time. For example, starting on the 5th year of the plan and every 2 years thereafter, the policy owner is entitled to receive 6% of the face amount.

Or in layman’s term, say I get a 5 years to pay policy with a face amount of P1,000,000. On the 5th year of my payment, I will receive 6% of P1,000,000, which is P60,000.00. And it doesn’t end there. Every 2 years while I’m still living, I’m entitled to receive P60,000.00. Imagine if I get it at age 30 and I live up to age 80. The total amount that I’ll receive is around P1,440,000 in endowment alone. Not bad, isn’t it.

What about Dividends?

Dividends unlike endowment benefit are not guaranteed. More often, these are given yearly ranging from 4.00% to 5.25%. It used to be higher though.

Do they also have Fund Value like in VUL Plans?

Traditional or guaranteed insurance plans have Cash Value instead of Fund value. Guaranteed plans starts to have cash value at end of year 1. Unlike in VUL plans that you can partially withdraw the fund value, cash value in traditional plans are loaned. And when we say loan, you will be asked to pay later with interest.

 

Sun Peso Provider

Sun Peso Provider with Piolo Pascual

 

Sun Peso Provider

So much for that. Let’s discuss the details of Sun Peso Provider and why is it a good insurance and investment at the same time.

By definition and straight from Sun Life Financials’ website

Sun PesoProvider is a participating whole life insurance plan that provides lifetime insurance protection equal to 200% of the face amount and a guaranteed anticipated endowment benefit and with limited premium paying periods of 5 and 10 years.

Sun PesoProvider5 ( 5 year pay)

Sun PesoProvider10 (10 year pay)

This is a participating whole life insurance plan that provides lifetime insurance protection equal to 200% of the face amount and a guaranteed anticipated endowment benefit of 6% of the face amount starting at the end of the 4th year and every 2 years thereafter for life. The plan also provides cash value, which you can borrow for future needs. It also generates policy dividends* which can be withdrawn in cash, left to accumulate, used to increase coverage or used to reduce premium payments. Special premium rates are available for non-smokers^. Product is offered at a minimum face amount of P 200,000.

* Availability of dividends are dependent on the scale of dividends and rates of dividend accumulations which are likely to change during the policy’s lifetime.
^ A person who has not smoked a single stick within the last 12 months is considered a ‘non-smoker’.

 

Sun Peso Provider Rates

Example computation:

Male, Age 30, Non Smoker
Face Amount (FA) P200,000.00
Death Benefit P400,000.00 (times 2 the face amount)
Endowment Benefit (6% of FA) P12,000 (starting on the 5th year and every 2 years as long as the insured is alive )
Projected Accumulated Dividends

(not guaranteed)

P493,328.00 (5.25%)

P199,930.00 (4.00%)

Guaranteed Cash Value at age 65 P327,786.00
Total Living Benefit at age 65

(Cash value + endowment + dividends)

P1,306,559 (5.25%)

P911,301 (4%)

Your Payment (10 years) P40,886.00 annual or P3,405.50 per month

Another Example for 1M death benefit

Male, Age 30, Non Smoker
Face Amount (FA) P500,000.00
Death Benefit P1,000,000.00 (times 2 the face amount)
Endowment Benefit (6% of FA) P30,000 (starting on the 5th year and every 2 years as long as the insured is alive )
Projected Accumulated Dividends

(not guaranteed)

P1,233,321.00 (5.25%)

P499,826.00 (4.00%)

Guaranteed Cash Value at age 65 P819,465.00
Total Living Benefit at age 65

(Cash value + endowment + dividends)

P2,052,786 (5.25%)

P1,319,291(4%)

Your Payment (10 years) P101,615.00 annual or P8,468.00 per month

Advantage over VUL

And do you know what’s good about this Sun Life product? Aside from the fact that everything is guaranteed (except for dividends, of course). Traditional products like Sun Peso Provider, you may actually pay using your credit card. That way, you can also get to enjoy the freebies that your credit card gives you.

But then again, always be diligent in paying your credit card on time in full. Coz if not, you’re not doing a good job in investing thru credit and loans.

 

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