Basic Sum Assured

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Definition: Basic Sum Assured



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A term used in conjunction with policies such as low-cost endowment assurance and low start endowment assurance.

These sorts of policies operate on a ‘with-profits’ basis and often in conjunction with repayment of a loan or mortgage. If the policyholder dies during the term, a guaranteed death benefit repays the loan.

However, to guarantee to pay the entire loan at maturity would incur very high premiums. Accordingly, a policy with lower premiums guarantees to repay only a proportion of the loan amount at maturity (the basic sum assured). The expectancy then is that the balance will be repaid out of reversionary and (possibly) terminal bonuses.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Basic Sum Assured are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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