Norwich Union Raises Bonuses
In a rare piece of good news, for some of those holding endowment policies, Norwich Union has announced that it will be raising bonuses on some of its with profits endowment policies.
This will be the first increase since 1991, that fact alone shows just how badly endowment policies have been performing.
As noted many times before; why were these polices, when they were obviously failing, still sold by the life assurance companies?
Norwich Union said that it had decided to raise the rates paid on certain with profits policies in the CGNU (which includes General Accident) and CULAC (Commercial Union) funds, on those with profits policies taken out before October 1998.
The bonus rates will be increased from 1% to 2% in the CGNU fund, and people in the CULAC fund will be paid 1.5% compared with 0.5% previously.
Norwich said all other bonus rates would remain unchanged, and that there would be no changes to the value of maturity payouts or the current levels of "market value reduction".