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TM Nest Egg (SP – Guaranteed 3)

TM Asia Life has recently launched a new product in their TM Nest Egg series, the TM Nest Egg (SP-Guaranteed 3).

The TM Nest Egg (SP-Guaranteed 3) is a 5-year, non-participating single premium endowment with yearly cash dividends, designed to provide a higher interest compare to fixed deposits, while at the same time providing minimal coverage against death and total and permanent disability (TPD).

As this is a non-participating product, the returns are fixed and there is no danger of “bonus cuts”.

Product Specifics

  • Yearly cash dividends of 2.5% of the single premium will be paid out at the end of each year.
  • Maturity value will be equal to the invested amount.
  • 105% of single premium is payable on death or TPD. TPD coverage is till age 65 only.
  • Cash or SRS only
  • Duration – 5 years
  • Minimum premiums – $15,000
  • Maximum entry age – 65 next birthday
  • No medical underwriting required but pre-existing conditions shall be excluded

This product is clearly meant to compete against similar plans that have been recently launched in the market. One of them is the HSBC Guaranteed Saver Plus which gives a yield of 2.25% to 2.75% (depending on amount invested).

I suppose those who like such products will welcome the possible diversification with more options being offered.

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Withdrawal of TM Nest Egg (SP-Guaranteed 3) says 9 years ago

[…] TM Nest Egg (SP-Guaranteed 3) will be closed for subscription with effect on Tuesday, 21st July […]

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Fiona says 9 years ago

Hi. May I know how I can sign up for this endowment plan. It seems like a good deal if I can a fixed amount to save for the long haul, esp. when the Fixed Deposit interest rate is so low these days.

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Jasmin says 9 years ago

Would this type of single premium product become another complicated & toxic structured product?
Thanks.

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    lioninvestor says 9 years ago

    Hi Jasmin,

    Don’t think so. This is a fairly straight forward product with no bells and whistles.

    Furthermore, it is non-par so the returns are fixed and not dependent on the performance of the participating (pooled) funds.

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CC Lim says 9 years ago

Hi Martin
Thanks for the alert. Any idea when will it closes? Is the deposit guaranteed under the Insurance Deposit Act, something like that? With the experience of AIG, how secure TM Asia is although I heard it is supposed one of the top insurers in Asis. Thanks.

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    lioninvestor says 9 years ago

    Hi CC Lim,

    Let me check out the date for you.

    This is not a deposit and as such does not fall under the Singapore Deposit Insurance Act.

    However, for insurance products – the Insurance Act provides for the setting up of a Policy Owner’s Protection Fund (”PPF”) to compensate policy owners. Under the current provisions, the PPF will cover up to 90% of an insurer’s liability on any life policy.

    AIG is really the exception rather than the norm as it was bought down single-handedly by its unit which writes CDS.

    In general, insurance companies in Singapore operate under a very strict regulation regime. They are required to maintain a capital adequacy ratio of at least 120 per cent, and all the insurance companies in Singapore far exceed this adequacy ratio. Many go to 200 per cent and above.

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    lioninvestor says 9 years ago

    Hi CC Lim,

    Application for this product will close once S$20 million subscription has been received.

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    CC Lim says 9 years ago

    Hi Martin

    As S’pore is expected to be technically out of recession and the recent decent performance of market generally, would this product still be a good investment for $50K for 5 years. (Yearly cash dividends of 2.5% of the single premium will be paid out at the end of each year.) Previously TM Asia has launched a similar product in May 09 but the duration is only for 4 years. Would the extra year make any difference to the investor? If the person uses SRS to invest in this product, could he still receive the yearly cash dividends or it will be automatically channel to his SRS account? The investment is for 5 years, so it would not matter to him who is due for retirement in 2016, right? Anyway, he is not able to withdraw any amt from his SRS account until he is retired. Appreciate to receive your advice early. Thank you.

    Warm regards.

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      lioninvestor says 9 years ago

      Hi CC Lim,

      Sorry, I missed out your comment completely.

      Hope it didn’t affect your decision to get the product if it was suitable for you.

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      lioninvestor says 9 years ago

      Hi CC Lim,

      of course this product cannot be compared to a direct equity investment, which can give a potential much higher return (but with greater volatility and risk).

      It boils down to the individual as to the kind of investments he can manage without taking on excessive risk, and then do the asset allocation accordingly.

      Timing the market is near to impossible and trying to do so might result in always buying high and selling low.

      The returns from an investment funded using SRS will go back into SRS.

      Most of the time, a product that locks in you for a longer period of time should give you a higher yield compared to one that is shorter.

      If someone is due to retire in 2016 and buys a 5 year product now, he or she will have the issue of finding something (with a 2 year investment horizon) to invest in when 2014 comes along. (Assuming he or she intends to withdraw everything in 2014).

      If he intends to do a phrased withdrawal over 10 years (as most people would), then that is less of an issue and he can plan to have different products maturing at different time horizons.

      Something like constructing a bond ladder using different investment products.

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