Index credits are based on the change in the index value for the contract year. The point-to-point strategy compares two points – the value of the Barclays Focus50TM Index at the beginning of the contract year to the value of the end of the contract year. If the value is greater than the beginning value, you are credited with the percentage increase, multiplied by a participation rate.
Any point-to-point percentage increase is multiplied by a participation rate. The resulting amount is credited to your annuity’s Accumulation Value at the end of the contract year. The participation rate may be reset at the beginning of each contract 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.
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