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Author: peppermintpatty Three stars, 500 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 76418  
Subject: Re: I dont like insurance companies Date: 2/2/2001 11:38 PM
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JoJoJackson -

<<I participate in my companies 401-K plan administrated through American United Life. The only index fund available is a fund called SSgA S&P 500 Flagship Fund. This fund is proprietary to the insurance industry and is not listed like a normal mutual fund with a symbol followed by an "X".

I do not like the fact that I cannot follow the share price of the fund. I can only track "unit" value. I can't get a straight answer what a unit represents from my company or from A.U.L. The best explanation they gave me is that a unit represents a fraction of a share. They don't know what % the fraction is. They claim that the only expenses are what is covered in the .25% Portfolio Expense Ratio.>>

You can follow the unit value - if the 401k uses a variable annuity package, you'll find annuity values listed at least weekly in the Wall Street Journal (Monday edition?), after all the stock markets & mutual funds... see "Variable Annuities" and look for American United Life, listed alphabetically!

<<I have an inherent distrust of all insurance companies and I would never even think about using any insurance product as an investment or of using any insurance company's investment services unless I have no choice. I have no choice with my 401-K. If I want to participate, I use A.U.L.>>

It's unfortunate you feel this way!

<<What I need help with is what specific questions do I need to ask and to whom do I ask them? I know someone at A.U.L. can answer my questions if I ask the right person and avoid the rank and file employee who really doesn't know the answers.>>

Ask your Human Resources manager who can answer your specific questions. A "Unit" is equivelent to a mutual fund "Share", so "Unit Value" is similar to "Share Value".

<<Am I being prudent in my distrust of insurance companies?>>

Yes.

<<Or am I too paranoid?>>


Yes.

Regards, PP


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