Those hapless with profits endowment policy holders have good reason to make a claim against the life assurance companies for false description of their products. The recent poor results from these companies show that these policies should be refereed to as "without profits".
Money Management magazine has identified a number of "stellar" under performers:
- Monthly premiums of £50 paid into a London Life with profits endowment for the past 10 years (ie £6000) would have a generated a payout of £5,544. Why not just set fire to your money instead?
Other 10 year policies paying out less than was paid in include Equitable Life, Pearl and Royal Life.
- In 1998, the average 25 year endowment policy paid £105,540 on a £50 per month premium. In 2003, the average payout was £65,776. Now the average 25 year policy pays out £45,330.
- Thirty five insurers are paying lower payouts on 25 year policies compared with this time last year.