Mutual bonus for members

As a mutual we’re owned by our members, not shareholders. So, when we do well we’re able to reward and recognise eligible with-profits members for their support in the development and growth of our business.

We call this a mutual bonus.

Every year the LV= Board considers whether to declare a bonus and what it should be. For members who are eligible for a mutual bonus, it’ll be paid when their policy matures, when it’s cashed in, or on a death claim. For eligible annuity members, their regular income will increase, unless we’re paying guaranteed benefits.

Mutual bonus is not guaranteed to be paid each year and the amount can vary.

Our 2022 mutual bonus declaration

We’re pleased to announce that the LV= Board has declared a mutual bonus of £23m for 2022. 

This means that since 2011, we’ve given a total of £289m back to our eligible members.

Mutual bonus declared*Uplift payouts for eligible LV= with-profits policies
- LV= conventional with-profits policies
- With-profits annuities
- LV= accumulating and unitised with-profits policies (except Flexible Guarantee policies)

- Flexible Guarantee Bonds Series 1 and 2
- Flexi Guarantee Plan
- Flexible Guarantee Funds Series 1

- Flexible Guarantee Bonds Series 3
- Flexible Guarantee Funds Series 2
*The monetary figure shown in the above table is rounded.

Our past mutual bonus declarations

How the mutual bonus works

Each year the LV= Board decides whether to declare a mutual bonus and, if so, the level that will be awarded.

From 2020, for members who have recently received mutual bonuses of 1.0% or 0.5%, the level of future mutual bonuses will be based on things such as; what funds are still available from the sale of the LV= General Insurance business in 2019, how investment markets perform, the number of active members who are eligible to receive it and our current and projected financial strength.

This isn’t the case for our newer members, specifically those who hold Flexible Guarantee Bonds Series 3 or Flexible Guarantee Funds Series 2 policies, which since 2018 have received a mutual bonus of 0.2%. For these policies, and our newer Smoothed Managed Funds Bond, Smoothed Managed Funds Pension, Smoothed Managed Funds Trustee Investment Plan and LV= ISA, the decision to declare a mutual bonus for this group will still be based on factors like the performance of our business, smoothing profits and losses and our current and projected financial strength and the contribution made by various groups of members (for example risks they take in supporting the development and growth of LV=’s business). We won’t use the General Insurance sale proceeds towards maintaining mutual bonuses for these policies.

If the Board decide that it’s right to give a mutual bonus, after consulting with the With-Profits Committee and With-Profits Actuary, a percentage uplift will be applied to the value of eligible with-profits policies.

The decision to give a mutual bonus is at the sole discretion of the Board and is not guaranteed.

Members, or their beneficiaries, will be able to see the benefit of mutual bonuses when either their policy matures, is surrendered or pays out a death claim. So the longer a policy is in place the bigger the benefit could be. If a member has an annuity with us they will instead see the benefit of the mutual bonus through an increase in their regular income. However policyholders won’t see the benefit of a mutual bonus for policies where guaranteed benefits - or the underpin on conventional pension benefits paid as lump sums - are payable, as a mutual bonus is not added to these benefits.

Frequently asked questions

If you or your client have a question about our mutual bonus we've answered the most common questions here. Your Business Development Manager can help if you need more information.

Is my client eligible to receive a mutual bonus?

When will the mutual bonus be added to eligible policies?

Once a mutual bonus is declared, can it be taken away?

Book School Documents

Principles and Practices of Financial Management

Our Principles and Practices of Financial Management document details our approach to the financial management of our with-profits investments. It ensures your clients are treated fairly.

See how we manage the with-profits fund, including what it is, how it works and how bonuses are decided, here: