A-CAP and AmeriLife announced the launch of the Accumulation Protector Plus (APP)

Business Wire | August 31, 2020

A-CAP and AmeriLife today announced the launch of the Accumulation Protector Plus℠ (“APP”) Annuity, a 10-year fixed indexed annuity. The APP Annuity is the latest addition to the industry-leading product lines of A-CAP’s two insurance subsidiaries, Sentinel Security Life Insurance Company and Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company. The APP Annuity is distinct in the industry, and gives contract holders exclusive access to the Credit Suisse Momentum Index (Bloomberg: CSEAMTM5 <Index>), as well as a unique 10-year guarantee of participation rates through the index. Principal protection and growth potential over a wide range of possible future financial conditions are fundamental features of the APP annuity. Contract holders can choose from eight flexible crediting strategies, including four strategies paired with the Credit Suisse Momentum Index, to create a custom growth plan that aligns with their retirement goals and protects their principal from market downturns.

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Atlas America is a comprehensive coverage plan for non-US citizens traveling outside the home country when travel includes the US and   Atlas America also covers during the international travel time. Atlas America is a very popular visitors insurance plan for relatives visiting the USA. Atlas America insurance participates in First Health PPO network.  When you visit the providers within the PPO network, they can recognize the insurance, bill the insurance company directly, and charge you the network negotiated fees. When you visit providers within the PPO network, after you pay the chosen deductible, Atlas America pays 100% up to the policy maximum for covered medical expenses.

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