How will the Investment Bond grow?
The Investment Bond does not pay interest on the lump sum you have paid in. Instead, the with profits Order Insurance Fund provides your Bond with the potential for growth by way of bonuses.
What are bonuses?
Any money paid into our Investment Bond is invested in our with profits Order Insurance Fund along with the other Order Insurance Fund policyholders (excluding those with ethical investments). Dependent on the performance of this fund, Foresters Friendly Society aim to add annual bonuses to increase the value of your Bond.
When the time comes and you cash-in your Bond in full, we also aim to add a final bonus to the value of the plan. This is done to ensure that the plan's payout reflects your fair share of the Order Insurance Fund.
In adverse market conditions, a Market Value Reduction (MVR) could be applied when you cash-in your Bond meaning that the amount you receive will be reduced and in some investment conditions you may not get back the full amount originally invested. We will only do this to ensure fairness between policyholders leaving the fund at different times. We will never apply an MVR on the death of the single policyholder or the death of the second policyholder for joint life policies.
The addition of any bonuses is not guaranteed.
How do bonuses work?
We aim to pay bonuses in two ways:
We aim to pay annual bonuses on the amount you have invested in the Bond. Any annual bonuses declared on the plan will then increase the plan's value for future year's bonus declarations. Bonuses are calculated daily which allows for the timing of any investments and withdrawals together with any previously allocated bonuses.
2. Final bonus on full cash-in of the Investment Bond:
When you cash-in your Investment Bond in full, we also aim to add a final bonus to the total value of your plan.
Example Investment Bond returns
A £10,000 Investment Bond taken out on 1st April 2006 and surrendered on 1st April 2016 received a pay out of £15,927.21, on the basis of no earlier withdrawals being taken. This is growth, after charges, of 59.3% or 4.8% per annum.
In the real-life example below, you can see how the payout is made up of:
- the original amount invested - (the blue section), plus
- the total amount of annual bonuses added to the plan over the 10 year timeframe (the red section), plus
- the addition of the final bonus when the plan was surrendered (the green section).
Past performance should not be seen as a reliable indicator of future results and the addition of annual and final bonuses is not guaranteed.
- The final bonus rate is based on the year the money was invested into the plan and can change at any time.
- The above graph is provided for information purposes. The potential for future bonuses depends on the performance of the Order Insurance Fund and how we distribute any profit.
The following annual bonus rates have been declared for the Bond:
||Annual Bonus Rates
The annual bonus rate is applied to the amount you have invested in your Bond to date (minus any withdrawals you may have made to your Bond) plus any previous bonuses that have been added.
The addition of any bonus is not guaranteed and you may not get back the full amount originally invested, dependent on the investment term and the conditions at withdrawal.
To find out more about the addition of bonuses and how we manage our fund please read our Principles and Practices of Financial Management (PPFM).
We may vary the design of a product to best meet the needs of our policyholders which may affect the timing and size of future bonuses. Therefore the above table is provided for information purposes only and should not be considered an indication of likely future performance.
The Investment Bond is classified as a 'Medium Risk'. This is suitable for medium risk investors, who can be classified as follows:
- You are willing to take a moderate amount of risk.
- You understand and accept that inflation could erode the value of your money over time.
- You understand that you could lose money on a 'Medium Risk' investment.
- You understand that Foresters Friendly Society regard a 'Medium Risk' product to be one which typically cannot predict the amount of money you may receive back.
For more details about the Investment Bond, please read the Investment Bond Key Features Document.
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