My first investment-linked insurance is purchased with John Hancock (later acquired by Manulife and now known as Manulife) in April 2000.
Every month, I have to pay RM120 to the insurance company for the sum assured of RM30,000, and the bank will charge me RM1 for auto-debit from my savings account to Manulife. I was told that Manulife does not accept auto premium payment by credit card. Anyhow, I have added in this RM1 to the cost of this insurance, so its monthly payment is RM121.
Of course, the sum assured of RM30,000 is too small an amount. I have a much larger sum assured in another whole life saving assurance with cash bonus policy to cover up my protection need, which is out of topic here.
Every end of year since 2007, I have the habit of login to Manulife eLITE Customer Service System to check and record down my investment-linked return, and here is my record from 2007 to 2013.
As you can see, every month my premium paid will be invested into Equity Fund (40%) and Managed Fund (60%). The admin fee, insurance fee, etc. will also be deducted from the invested units accordingly.
Today (31 December 2013), I have paid a total amount of RM18,513 for this investment-linked insurance, and my return is RM30,507.62 which translates to 64.79% gain of total premium paid, annualized to 5.08% per year. (This is a rough annualized calculation, the more precise annual return is around 5.58%)
This return is better than putting the money in fixed deposit, not to forget that on top of the actual return, I still have a protection of up to RM30,000 for death, TPD, etc.
However, it also shows that the actual return is lower than the projected return that the insurance agent shown to me 13 years ago.
My actual return in investment-linked insurance as shown in the table above should be good enough to tell you that, don't expect too much return from investment-linked insurance. As my age grow, the insurance charges will also become higher and higher, which will erode into the invested portion of premium paid. I probably will surrender this insurance policy and get back my return around the age of 55-60.
For me, the best investment option is still directly invest in stock market. I can't imagine after 13 years, the money still unable to double up. In my own stock market investment, that return figure should have added one more digit behind.