Index credits are based on the change in the index value for the policy year. The point-to-point strategy compares two points – the value of the index at the beginning of the policy year to the value of the end of the policy year. If the value is greater than the beginning value, you are credited with the percentage increase, multiplied by a participation rate.
The resulting amount is credited to your policy’s accumulation value at the end of the policy year. The participation rate may be reset at the beginning of each policy year at the discretion of EquiTrust, but can never be less than the guaranteed minimum participation rate.
Index credits for any crediting period can only be positive, or zero. Once added to your accumulation value, index credits are locked in. If the index is down for the year, the credited amount is zero. If index values decline in later years, any index credits previously added cannot be lost.
The S&P 500® Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices, LLC. (“S&P DJI”) and has been licensed for use by EquiTrust Life Insurance Company. S&P® and S&P 500® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, LLC. (“S&P”). These trademarks have been licensed for use by S&P DJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by EquiTrust Life Insurance Company. EquiTrust index annuities are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by S&P DJI, S&P, or any of their respective affiliates or third party licensors, and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of purchasing EquiTrust index annuities nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the S&P 500®.
Index annuities are not stock-market investments and do not directly participate in any equity investments. The market index does not include dividends paid on underlying stocks, and therefore does not reflect the total return of underlying stocks. Purchases of an index annuity are not direct investments in the S&P 500® Index. Withdrawals from an index annuity may be subject to surrender charges.
This index strategy is issued on form series ICC11-ET-1PP(11-11) and is included with annuity form series ICC12-ET-EIA-2000(01-12) and ET-EIA-2000(06-04); group form series ET-EIA-2000C(01-07). The guarantees expressed are based on the claims paying ability of EquiTrust Life Insurance Company. Products not available in all states.