Note 3: Charges and Expenses
A. Mortality Risk and Expense Risk Charges
Mortality risk and expense risk charges are determined daily using an effective annual rate of 0.6%, 0.35%, 0.9% and 0.9% for VAL, VLI, SPVA and SPVL, respectively. Mortality risk is the risk that life insurance contract owners may not live as long as estimated or annuitants may live longer than estimated and expense risk is the risk that the cost of issuing and administering the policies may exceed related charges by Pruco Life of New Jersey. The mortality risk and expense risk charges are assessed through reduction in unit values.
B. Administrative Charges
Administrative charges are determined daily using an effective annual rate of 0.35% applied daily against the net assets representing equity of contract owners held in each subaccount for SPVA and SPVL. Administrative charges include costs associated with issuing the contract, establishing and maintaining records, and providing reports to contract owners. The administrative charge is assessed through reduction in unit values.
C. Cost of Insurance and Other Related Charges
Contract owner contributions are subject to certain deductions prior to being invested in the Account. The deductions for VAL and VLI are (1) state premium taxes; (2) sales charges, not to exceed 5% for VAL and 9% for VLI, which are deducted in order to compensate Pruco Life of New Jersey for the cost of selling the contract and (3) transaction costs, applicable to VAL, which are deducted from each premium payment to cover premium collection and processing costs. Contracts are subject to charges on each basic premium for assuming a guaranteed minimum death benefit risk. This charge compensates Pruco Life of New Jersey for the risk that an insured may die at a time when the death benefit exceeds the benefit that would have been payable in the absence of a minimum guarantee. These charges are assessed through the redemption of units.
D. Deferred Sales Charge
A deferred sales charge is imposed upon surrenders of certain variable life insurance contracts to compensate Pruco Life of New Jersey for sales and other marketing expenses. The amount of any sales charge will depend on the number of years that have elapsed since the contract was issued, but will not exceed 45% of one scheduled annual premium for VAL and 9% of the initial premium payment for SPVL. No sales charge will be imposed after the sixth and tenth year of the contract for SPVL and VAL, respectively. No sales charge will be imposed on death benefits. This deferred sales charge is assessed through the redemption of units. For SPVA, there is a deferred sales charge that applies at the time of a full or partial withdrawal, and the amount of the charge (which declines over time) depends on the number of years that have elapsed since the contract was issued.
E. Partial Withdrawal Charge
A charge is imposed by Pruco Life of New Jersey on partial withdrawals of the cash surrender value for VAL. A charge equal to the lesser of $15 or 2% will be made in connection with each partial withdrawal of the cash surrender value of a contract. This charge is assessed through the redemption of units.