Credit Suisse Index Disclosure

 

Attributions and Disclaimers with Respect to Credit Suisse

The Credit Suisse Momentum Index and the Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index (the “Indices”) and “Credit Suisse” are service marks of Credit Suisse Group AG, Credit Suisse International, or one of their affiliates (collectively, “Credit Suisse”).  Credit Suisse has no relationship to the Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company, other than certain hedging arrangements and the licensing of the Credit Suisse Momentum Index and the Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index and its service marks for use in connection with the Accumulation Protector PlusSM Annuity and is not a party to any transaction contemplated hereby.

The rules of the Credit Suisse Momentum Index and the Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index may be amended by Credit Suisse International (the “Index Creator”).  An amendment to the rules may result from, without limitation, a change to the construction or calculation rules for the Indices or from the Index Creator determining that a change to the rules is required or desirable in order to update them or to address an error, omission or ambiguity.  No assurance can be given that any such amendment would not affect parties to this document.

The Credit Suisse Momentum Index contains embedded transaction costs and holding costs.  The Credit Suisse Momentum Index is an excess return index, which means that it reflects the return of components net of the cost of funding a hypothetical investment in them. The Credit Suisse Momentum Index returns are likely to be negatively affected by such costs of funding. The Credit Suisse Momentum Index has a 0.5% per annum embedded fee deducted on a daily basis. The index fee will place a drag on the performance of the Index, offsetting any appreciation of its portfolio, exacerbating any depreciation of its portfolio and causing the level of the Index to decline steadily if the value of its portfolio remains relatively constant.

The Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index has a 0.5% per annum embedded fee deducted on a daily basis. The Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index also contains embedded transaction costs and holding costs. The Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index is an excess return index, which means that it reflects the return of components net of the cost of funding a hypothetical investment in them. The Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index returns are likely to be negatively affected by such costs of funding. These costs will reduce the performance of the index.

While volatility controls may result in less fluctuation in rates of return as compared to indices without volatility controls, they may also reduce the overall rate of return as compared to products not subject to volatility controls.

The end-of-day value of the Credit Suisse Momentum Index and the Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index are published subject to the provisions in the rules of the Indices. Neither the Index Creator nor any of its affiliates is obliged to publish any information regarding the index other than as stipulated in the rules of these Indices.

The Indices are the exclusive property of and currently sponsored by the Index Creator.

The Accumulation Protector PlusSM Annuity are not in any way sponsored, endorsed or promoted by Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse has no obligation to take the needs of any person into consideration in composing, determining or calculating the Indices (or causing the Indices to be calculated). In addition, Credit Suisse makes no warranty or representation whatsoever, express or implied, as to the results to be obtained from the use of the Indices and/or the level at which either of the Indices stands at any particular time on any particular day or otherwise or the advisability of or results to be obtained by using, investing in, or trading the Accumulation Protector PlusSM Annuity, and Credit Suisse shall not be liable, whether in negligence or otherwise, to any person for any errors or omissions in the Indices or in the calculation of the Indices or under any obligation to advise any person of any errors or omissions therein.  The Indices may be compiled, maintained and/or calculated by Credit Suisse.  However, Credit Suisse shall not be liable for the results obtained by using, investing in, or trading the Accumulation Protector PlusSM Annuity.

Credit Suisse has not created, published or approved this document and accepts no responsibility or liability for its contents or use. Obligations to make payments under the Accumulation Protector PlusSM Annuity are solely the obligation of Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company.

Tax Disclaimer: Credit Suisse does not provide any tax advice.  Any tax statement herein regarding any US federal tax is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding any penalties.  Any such statement herein was written to support the marketing or promotion of the transaction(s) or matter(s) to which the statement relates.  Each taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, each party (and each of their employees, representatives, or other agents) may disclose to any and all persons, without limitation of any kind, the U.S. tax treatment and U.S. tax structure of any transaction that may described or included within the information contained herein relating to such U.S. tax treatment and U.S. tax structure.  For this purpose, the tax treatment of a transaction is the purported or claimed U.S. federal income tax treatment of the transaction, and the tax structure of a transaction is any fact that may be relevant to understanding the purported or claimed U.S. federal income tax treatment of any transaction.

ERISA: You understand that (i) neither CS nor any of its affiliates has or exercises investment discretion with respect to any assets on behalf of any employee benefit plans or individual retirement accounts (collectively, “Plans”) that may be involved with the purchase, holding, or redemption of a security, (ii) Credit Suisse is not undertaking to provide impartial investment advice or give advice in a fiduciary capacity on behalf of such Plans within the meaning of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final regulation defining “investment advice” for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended and Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and (iii) the information or communication provided herein or otherwise to the Plans or a fiduciary on behalf of any of the Plans is intended to be, and should be construed as, general information, and it does not and will not take into account your legal, regulatory, tax, business, investment, financial, accounting or other needs or priorities with respect to any Plans.

The Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index referred to herein is based in part on an MSCI index. MSCI Indices are the exclusive property of MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”). MSCI and the MSCI index names are service mark(s) of MSCI or its affiliates and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by Credit Suisse. The Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index referred to herein is not sponsored, endorsed, or promoted by MSCI, and MSCI bears no liability with respect to such index. No purchaser, seller or holder of any financial products based on the Credit Suisse ESG Macro 5 Index, or any other person or entity, should use or refer to any MSCI trade name, trademark or service mark to sponsor, endorse, market or promote this financial product without first contacting MSCI to determine whether MSCI’s permission is required. Under no circumstances may any person or entity claim any affiliation with MSCI without the prior written permission of MSCI.

THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT IS NOT SPONSORED, ENDORSED, SOLD OR PROMOTED BY MSCI INC. (“MSCI”), ANY AFFILIATE OF MSCI OR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN, OR RELATED TO, MAKING OR COMPILING ANY MSCI INDEX (ALL OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES, THE “MSCI PARTIES”).  THE MSCI INDICES ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF MSCI.  MSCI AND THE MSCI INDEX NAMES ARE SERVICE MARK(S) OF MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES AND HAVE BEEN LICENSED FOR USE FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES BY CREDIT SUISSE.  NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO THE HOLDERS OF THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT OR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE ADVISABILITY OF INVESTING IN FINANCIAL PRODUCTS GENERALLY OR IN THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT PARTICULARLY OR THE ABILITY OF ANY MSCI INDEX TO TRACK CORRESPONDING STOCK MARKET PERFORMANCE.  MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES ARE THE LICENSORS OF CERTAIN TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS AND TRADE NAMES AND OF THE MSCI INDICES WHICH ARE DETERMINED, COMPOSED AND CALCULATED BY MSCI WITHOUT REGARD TO THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT OR THE ISSUER OR OWNER OF THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT.  NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES HAS ANY OBLIGATION TO TAKE THE NEEDS OF THE ISSUERS OR HOLDERS OF THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT INTO CONSIDERATION IN DETERMINING, COMPOSING OR CALCULATING THE MSCI INDICES.  NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OR HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE DETERMINATION OF THE TIMING OF, PRICES AT, OR QUANTITIES OF THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT TO BE ISSUED OR IN THE DETERMINATION OR CALCULATION OF THE EQUATION BY WHICH THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT IS REDEEMABLE FOR CASH.  NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES HAS ANY OBLIGATION OR LIABILITY TO THE OWNERS OR HOLDERS OF THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT IN CONNECTION WITH THE ADMINISTRATION, MARKETING OR OFFERING OF THIS FINANCIAL PRODUCT.

ALTHOUGH MSCI SHALL OBTAIN INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN OR FOR USE IN THE CALCULATION OF THE MSCI INDICES FROM SOURCES WHICH MSCI CONSIDERS RELIABLE, NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES WARRANTS OR GUARANTEES THE ORIGINALITY, ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF ANY MSCI INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN.  NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES MAKES ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY CREDIT SUISSE, CREDIT SUISSE’S CUSTOMERS OR COUNTERPARTIES, ISSUERS OF THE FINANCIAL PRODUCT, OWNERS OF THE FINANCIAL PRODUCT, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY, FROM THE USE OF ANY MSCI INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN IN CONNECTION WITH THE RIGHTS LICENSED HEREUNDER OR FOR ANY OTHER USE. NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES SHALL HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS OR INTERRUPTIONS OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY MSCI INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. FURTHER, NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES MAKES ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, AND THE MSCI PARTIES HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO ANY MSCI INDEX AND ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY OF THE MSCI PARTIES HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS) EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

There is currently no universal definition or exhaustive list defining the issues or factors that are covered by the concept of “ESG” (Environmental, Social, Governance). If not indicated otherwise, ‘ESG’ is used interchangeably with the terms ‘sustainable’ and ‘sustainability’. Unless indicated otherwise, the views expressed herein are based on CS’ own assumptions and interpretation of ESG at the time of drafting. CS’ views on ESG may evolve over time and are subject to change.

Where an index is identified as including elements which track environmental, social or governance (ESG) objectives, CS is, wholly or in part, reliant on third-party sources of information (including, but not limited to, such information produced by the issuing/manufacturing company itself) and external guidance. These sources of information may be limited in terms of accuracy, availability and timeliness. It is possible that the data from ESG data providers may be incorrect, unavailable (e.g. not existing, or absence of look-through), or not fully updated. CS has not sought to independently verify information obtained from public and third-party sources and makes no representations or warranties as to accuracy, completeness or reliability of such information. Additionally, as global laws, guidelines and regulations in relation to the tracking and provision of such data are evolving, all such disclosures are made on a non-reliance basis and are subject to change. Unless required by applicable law, CS is not obliged to provide updates on sustainability assessments. Any updates might be subject to a time lag, due to e.g. lack of available data.

An ESG assessment reflects the opinion of the assessing party (CS or external parties such as rating agencies or other financial institutions). In the absence of a standardized ESG assessment system, each assessing party has its own research and analysis framework/methodology. Therefore, ESG assessment or risk levels given by different assessing parties to the same index can vary.  Further, ESG assessment is limited to considering company performance against certain ESG criteria only and does not take into account the other factors needed to assess the value of a company.

Unless this has been explicitly communicated in the product or service documentation, no representation is given as to whether the product or service meets any specific regulatory framework or CS’ own criteria for internal sustainability frameworks.