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Segregated Fund

Legally known as "individual variable insurance contracts", segregated funds are similar to mutual funds but they also come equipped with a guarantee. At least 75%, and in some cases up to 100%, of the initial investment is guaranteed upon the maturity of the premium deposits or the death of the planholder, regardless of what the funds are worth on the market at the time. Other key differences include creditor protection and the ability to avoid probate fees by naming a beneficiary.

Life insurance companies often partner with mutual fund or money management companies in offering these funds. The partnerships are structured so the money management company handles the investing of the money and the administration of the contracts and the insurance company issues the contracts and provides all the guarantees that are associated with them.

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