485APOS 1 d236076d485apos.htm AXA EQUITABLE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY AXA EQUITABLE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY

                                                     REGISTRATION NO. 333-64749
                                                     REGISTRATION NO. 811-07659
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                      SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                            WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

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                                   FORM N-4
                            REGISTRATION STATEMENT
                                     UNDER
                        THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933                   [_]
                        PRE-EFFECTIVE AMENDMENT NO.                  [_]
                      POST-EFFECTIVE AMENDMENT NO. 54                [X]
                                    AND/OR
                            REGISTRATION STATEMENT
                                     UNDER
                     THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940              [_]
                             AMENDMENT NO. 271                       [X]
                       (CHECK APPROPRIATE BOX OR BOXES)

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                            SEPARATE ACCOUNT NO. 49
                                      OF
                     AXA EQUITABLE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
                          (EXACT NAME OF REGISTRANT)

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                     AXA EQUITABLE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
                              (NAME OF DEPOSITOR)

             1290 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10104
             (ADDRESS OF DEPOSITOR'S PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES)

       DEPOSITOR'S TELEPHONE NUMBER, INCLUDING AREA CODE: (212) 554-1234

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                                  DODIE KENT
                 VICE PRESIDENT AND ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL
                     AXA EQUITABLE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
             1290 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10104
                    (NAME AND ADDRESS OF AGENT FOR SERVICE)

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                 PLEASE SEND COPIES OF ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO:

                          CHRISTOPHER E. PALMER, ESQ.
                              GOODWIN PROCTER LLP
                           901 NEW YORK AVENUE, N.W.
                            WASHINGTON, D.C. 20001

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   Units of interest in Separate Account under variable annuity contracts.

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                                     NOTE

This Post Effective Amendment No. 54 ("PEA") to the Form N-4 Registration
Statement No. 333-64749 ("Registration Statement") of AXA Equitable Life
Insurance Company ("AXA Equitable") and its Separate Account No. 49 is being
filed for the purpose of including in the Registration Statement changes in the
fee features in the Accumulator(R) Series 11A Prospectus. Part C of this
Registration Statement has also been updated pursuant to the requirements of
Form N-4. The PEA does not amend or delete any other Prospectus or supplements
to any Prospectus or any other part of the Registration Statement except as
specifically noted herein.


The Accumulator® Series

 

A combination variable and fixed deferred annuity contract

 

Prospectus dated April 30, 2012

 

Please read and keep this Prospectus for future reference. It contains important information that you should know before purchasing or taking any other action under your contract. This Prospectus supersedes all prior Prospectuses and supplements. You should read the prospectuses for each Trust, which contain important information about the portfolios.

 

 

 

What is the Accumulator® Series?

 

The Accumulator® Series are deferred annuity contracts issued by AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. The series consists of Series B, Series CP®, Series L and Series C. The contracts provide for the accumulation of retirement savings and for income. The contracts offer income and death benefit protection. They also offer a number of payout options. You invest to accumulate value on a tax-deferred basis in one or more of our “investment options”: (i) variable investment options, (ii) the guaranteed interest option, or (iii) the account for special dollar cost averaging or the account for special money market dollar cost averaging (together, the “Special DCA programs”).(†)

 

For Series CP® contracts, we allocate a credit to your account value at the same time we allocate your contribution. Under the Series CP® contracts, a portion of the withdrawal charge and operations charge are used to recover the cost of providing the credit. The charge associated with the credit may, over time, exceed the sum of the credit and related earnings. Expenses for a contract with a credit may be higher than expenses for a contract without a credit.

 

This Prospectus is a disclosure document and describes all of the contract’s material features, benefits, rights and obligations, as well as other information. The description of the contract’s material provisions in this Prospectus is current as of the date of this Prospectus. If certain material provisions under the contract are changed after the date of this Prospectus in accordance with the contract, those changes will be described in a supplement to this Prospectus. You should carefully read this Prospectus in conjunction with any applicable supplements.

 

The contract may not currently be available in all states. In addition, certain features and benefits described in this Prospectus may vary in your state and may not be available at the time you purchase the contract. For a state-by-state description of all material variations to this contract, see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus. All features and benefits described in this Prospectus may not be available in all contracts or from all selling broker-dealers. You may contact us to purchase any version of the contract if a version is not offered by the selling broker-dealer. We have the right to restrict availability of any optional feature or benefit. Not all optional features and benefits may be available in combination with other optional features and benefits. We can refuse to accept any application or contribution from you at any time, including after you purchase the contract.

 

(†)

The account for special dollar cost averaging is only available with Series B and Series L contracts. The account for special money market dollar cost averaging is only available with Series CP® and Series C contracts.

Variable investment options

   

• AXA Balanced Strategy(1)

• AXA Conservative Growth Strategy(1)

• AXA Conservative Strategy(1)

• AXA Growth Strategy(1)

• AXA Moderate Growth Strategy(1)

• AXA Tactical Manager 2000

• AXA Tactical Manager 400

• AXA Tactical Manager 500

• AXA Tactical Manager International

• AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy(2)

• EQ/AllianceBernstein Dynamic Wealth Strategies

• EQ/AllianceBernstein Small Cap Growth

• EQ/AXA Franklin Small Cap Value Core

• EQ/Boston Advisors Equity Income

• EQ/Calvert Socially Responsible

• EQ/Capital Guardian Research

• EQ/Core Bond Index

• EQ/Davis New York Venture

• EQ/Equity Growth PLUS

• EQ/Franklin Core Balanced

• EQ/Franklin Templeton Allocation

• EQ/Global Bond PLUS

• EQ/Global Multi-Sector Equity

• EQ/Intermediate Government Bond Index

• EQ/International Core PLUS

• EQ/JPMorgan Value Opportunities

• EQ/Large Cap Core PLUS

 

• EQ/Large Cap Growth PLUS

• EQ/Large Cap Value PLUS

• EQ/Lord Abbett Large Cap Core

• EQ/MFS International Growth

• EQ/Mid Cap Value PLUS

• EQ/Money Market

• EQ/Montag & Caldwell

• EQ/Morgan Stanley Mid Cap Growth

• EQ/Mutual Large Cap Equity

• EQ/Oppenheimer Global

• EQ/PIMCO Ultra Short Bond

• EQ/Quality Bond PLUS

• EQ/T. Rowe Price Growth Stock

• EQ/Templeton Global Equity

• EQ/UBS Growth and Income

• EQ/Van Kampen Comstock

• EQ/Wells Fargo Omega Growth

• Multimanager Aggressive Equity

• Multimanager Core Bond

• Multimanager International Equity

• Multimanager Large Cap Core Equity

• Multimanager Large Cap Value

• Multimanager Mid Cap Growth

• Multimanager Mid Cap Value

• Multimanager Multi-Sector Bond

• Multimanager Small Cap Growth

• Multimanager Small Cap Value

• Multimanager Technology

(1) The “AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolios.”
(2) The AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option is part of the asset transfer program and is not part of Option A or Option B. You may not directly allocate a contribution to or request a transfer of account value into this investment option.
 

 

The SEC has not approved or disapproved these securities or determined if this Prospectus is accurate or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense. The contracts are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency. They are not deposits or other obligations of any bank and are not bank guaranteed. They are subject to investment risks and possible loss of principal.

 

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Each variable investment option is a subaccount of Separate Account No. 49. Each variable investment option, in turn, invests in a corresponding securities portfolio (“Portfolio”) of AXA Premier VIP Trust or the EQ Advisors Trust (the “Trusts”). Your investment results in a variable investment option will depend on the investment performance of the related Portfolio. At any time, we have the right to limit or terminate your contributions and allocations to any of the variable investment options and to limit the number of variable investment options which you may elect. The contract also includes a guaranteed interest option and a Special DCA program.

 

The contract includes investment restrictions. You must allocate amounts under either Option A — Asset Allocation (“Option A”) or Option B — Custom Selection (“Option B”), which are discussed later in this Prospectus. Option A requires that 100% of your account value be invested in the AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolios, the EQ/Money Market Portfolio, the guaranteed interest option or a Special DCA program. Option B permits allocation to additional variable investment options subject to certain category and percentage limitations. Consequently, a contract owner who is interested in having more investment options would elect Option B. If you elect the Guaranteed minimum income benefit I — Asset Allocation (“GMIB I — Asset Allocation”), your contract will be restricted to Option A. If you don’t elect a Guaranteed minimum income benefit or if you elect Guaranteed minimum income benefit II — Custom Selection (“GMIB II — Custom Selection”), you can choose either Option A or Option B. Because GMIB II — Custom Selection permits you to allocate amounts under either Option A or Option B, the fees associated with GMIB II — Custom Selection are higher than those associated with GMIB I — Asset Allocation. See “Allocating your contributions” later in this Prospectus for more information on the requirements related to Options A and B.

 

If you elect either GMIB or convert to the Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”), you are required to participate in the asset transfer program (“ATP”). The ATP helps us manage our financial exposure in providing the guaranteed benefits, by using predetermined mathematical formulas to move account value between the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option and the variable investment options. For more information, see “Asset transfer program (“ATP”)” in “Contract features and benefits” later in this Prospectus.

 

Types of contracts.  We offer the contracts for use as:

 

 

A nonqualified annuity (“NQ”) for after-tax contributions only.

 

 

An individual retirement annuity (“IRA”), either traditional IRA or Roth IRA.

 

 

Traditional and Roth Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract (“Inherited IRA”) (direct transfer and specified direct rollover contributions only).

 

 

An annuity that is an investment vehicle for a qualified plan (“QP”) (whether defined contribution or defined benefits; transfer contributions only).

 

Not all types of contracts are available with each version of the Accumulator® Series contracts. See “Rules regarding contributions to your contract” in “Appendix VII” for more information.

The registration statement relating to this offering has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The statement of additional information (“SAI”) dated April 30, 2012 is part of the reg- istration statement. The SAI is available free of charge. You may request one by writing to our processing office at P.O. Box 1547, Secaucus, NJ 07096-1547 or calling 1-800-789-7771. The SAI is incorporated by this reference into this Prospectus. This Prospectus and the SAI can also be obtained from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The table of contents for the SAI appears at the back of this Prospectus.

 

Contract variations.  Certain versions of the Accumulator® Series contracts are no longer being sold. In addition to the possible state variations noted above, you should note that your contract features, including Roll-up rates and charges, may vary depending on the date on which you purchased your contract. For more information about the particular features, charges and options applicable to you, please contact your financial professional or refer to your contract, as well as review Appendix X later in this Prospectus for contract variation information and timing. You may not change your contract or its features after issue.

 


Contents of this Prospectus

 

 

 

 

Definitions of key terms

     5   

Who is AXA Equitable?

     8   

How to reach us

     9   

The Accumulator® Series at a glance — key features

     11   
  
Fee table      14   

Examples

     16   

Condensed financial information

     17   
  

1. Contract features and benefits

     18   

How you can purchase and contribute to your contract

     18   

Owner and annuitant requirements

     18   

How you can make your contributions

     19   

What are your investment options under the contract?

     19   

Portfolios of the Trusts

     21   

Allocating your contributions

     26   

Dollar cost averaging

     29   

Credits (for Series CP® contracts only)

     31   

Guaranteed minimum death benefit and Guaranteed minimum income benefit base

     32   

Annuity purchase factors

     34   

Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)

     35   

Guaranteed minimum death benefit

     40   

Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)

     42   

How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits

     47   

Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract

     49   

Your right to cancel within a certain number of days

     50   
  

2.  Determining your contract’s value

     51   

Your account value and cash value

     51   

Your contract’s value in the variable investment options

     51   

Your contract’s value in the guaranteed interest option

     51   

Your contract’s value in the account for special dollar cost averaging

     51   

Insufficient account value

     51   
 

 

“We,”“our,” and “us” refer to AXA Equitable.

When we address the reader of this Prospectus with words such as “you” and “your,” we mean the person who has the right or responsibility that the Prospectus is discussing at that point. This is usually the contract owner.

When we use the word “contract” it also includes certificates that are issued under group contracts in some states.

 

 

 

Contents of this Prospectus     3   


3.  Transferring your money among investment options

     52   

Transferring your account value

     52   

Disruptive transfer activity

     53   

Rebalancing your account value

     53   
  

4. Accessing your money

     54   

Withdrawing your account value

     54   

How withdrawals are taken from your account value

     57   

Withdrawals treated as surrenders

     57   

Surrendering your contract to receive its cash value

     57   

When to expect payments

     58   

Your annuity payout options

     58   
  
5. Charges and expenses      61   

Charges that AXA Equitable deducts

     61   

Charges that the Trusts deduct

     65   

Group or sponsored arrangements

     65   

Other distribution arrangements

     65   
  
6. Payment of death benefit      66   

Your beneficiary and payment of benefit

     66   

Non-spousal joint owner contract continuation

     67   

Spousal continuation

     67   

Beneficiary continuation option

     68   
  
7. Tax information      70   

Overview

     70   

Contracts that fund a retirement arrangement

     70   

Transfers among investment options

     70   

Taxation of nonqualified annuities

     70   

Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs)

     72   

Traditional individual retirement annuities (traditional IRAs)

     73   

Roth individual retirement annuities (Roth IRAs)

     77   

Federal and state income tax withholding and information reporting

     80   

Special rules for contracts funding qualified plans

     81   

Impact of taxes to AXA Equitable

     81   
  
8. More information      82   

About Separate Account No. 49

     82   

About the Trusts

     82   

About the general account

     82   

About other methods of payment

     83   

Dates and prices at which contract events occur

     83   

About your voting rights

     84   

Misstatement of age

     84   

Statutory compliance

     84   

About legal proceedings

     84   

Financial statements

     84   

Transfers of ownership, collateral assignments, loans and borrowing

     85   

About Custodial IRAs

     85   

How divorce may affect your guaranteed benefits

     85   

How divorce may affect your Joint life GWBL

     85   

Distribution of the contracts

     86   
  
Appendices         
    
I     

Condensed financial information

     I-1   
II     

Examples of automatic payment plans

     II-1   
III     

Purchase considerations for QP contracts

     III-1   
IV     

Guaranteed benefit base examples

     IV-1   
V     

Hypothetical illustrations

     V-1   
VI     

Earnings enhancement benefit example

     VI-1   
VII     

Rules regarding contributions to your contract

     VII-1   
VIII     

Formula for asset transfer program for
Guaranteed minimum income benefit

     VIII-1   

IX

    

State contract availability and/or variations of certain features and benefits

     IX-1   
X     

Contract variations

     X-1   
       

Statement of additional information

Table of contents

        
 

 

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Definitions of key terms

 

 

 

Annual Roll-up amount — The “Annual Roll-up amount” is the amount credited to your Roll-up benefit base on each contract date anniversary if there has ever been a withdrawal from your contract.

 

Annual withdrawal amount — The “Annual withdrawal amount” is the amount you can withdraw without reducing your Roll-up benefit base. It is equal to the Annual Roll-up rate, multiplied by the Roll-up benefit base as of the most recent contract date anniversary.

 

Annuitant — The “annuitant” is the person who is the measuring life for determining the contract’s maturity date. The annuitant is not necessarily the contract’s owner. Where the owner of the contract is a non-natural person, such as a company or trust, the annuitant is the measuring life for determining benefits under the contract.

 

Applicable percentage — The “Applicable percentage” is the rate used to calculate your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount if you convert your GMIB to the GWBL on the contract date anniversary following age 85.

 

Asset transfer program — The asset transfer program (“ATP”) is a feature of the GMIB and, upon conversion, the GWBL. The ATP uses predetermined mathematical formulas to move account value between the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option and the variable investment options.

 

ATP exit option — Beginning in your second contract year if you elected a GMIB, the “ATP exit option” allows you to transfer 100% of your account value from the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option to your variable investment options.

 

ATP transfer — A transfer between the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option and the variable investment options.

 

Business Day — Our “business day” is generally any day the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) is open for regular trading and generally ends at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (or as of an earlier close of regular trading). If the Securities and Exchange Commission determines the existence of emergency conditions on any day, and consequently, the NYSE does not open, then that day is not a business day.

 

Cash Value — At any time before annuity payments begin, your contract’s “cash value” is equal to the account value less: (i) the total amount or a pro rata portion of the annual administrative charge and any optional benefit charges; and (ii) any applicable withdrawal charges.

 

Contract Date — The “contract date” is the effective date of the contract. This usually is the business day we receive the properly completed and signed application, along with any other required documents, and your initial contribution. Your contract date will be shown in your contract.

 

Contract date anniversary — The end of each 12-month period is your “contract date anniversary.” For example, if your contract date is May 1st, your contract date anniversary is April 30th.

 

Contract monthiversary — The “contract monthiversary” means the same date of the month as the contract date.

Contract Year — The “contract year” is the 12-month period beginning on your contract date and each 12-month period after that date.

 

Conversion effective date — The “Conversion effective date” is the date the contract converts from GMIB to GWBL and occurs on the contract date anniversary following the contract owner’s age 85.

 

Credit — An amount credited to your account value at the same time we allocate your contribution. The amount of the credit is either 3% or 4% of each contribution based on total first year contributions. The credit applies only to Series CP® contracts.

 

Customized payment plan — For contracts with GMIB, our “Customized payment plan” provides scheduled payments up to your Annual withdrawal amount. For contracts that convert from GMIB to GWBL, our “Customized payment plan” provides scheduled payments up to your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount.

 

Custom Selection Rules — The “Custom Selection Rules” are rules for the allocation of contributions to, and transfers among, the Option B investment options. These rules require that allocations be made according to certain categories and investment option limits.

 

Deferral Roll-up amount — The “Deferral Roll-up amount” is the amount credited to your Roll-up benefit base on each contract date anniversary provided you have never taken a withdrawal from your contract.

 

Earnings enhancement benefit — The “Earnings enhancement benefit” is an optional benefit that provides additional death benefit protection.

 

Excess withdrawal — For contracts with the GMIB, an “Excess withdrawal” is the portion of your cumulative withdrawals that exceeds your Annual withdrawal amount. For contracts that convert from the GMIB to the GWBL, an “Excess withdrawal” is the portion of your cumulative withdrawals that exceeds your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount.

 

Free look — If for any reason you are not satisfied with your contract, you may exercise your cancellation right under the contract to receive a refund, which will generally reflect any gain or loss in the investment options.

 

GMIB benefit base — The “GMIB benefit base” is used to determine your (i) lifetime payments upon exercise of the benefit and (ii) charge for the benefit. The GMIB benefit base is not an account value or cash value. The GMIB benefit base is the greater of two benefit bases — (1) the Roll-up benefit base and (2) the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base.

 

“Greater of” death benefit — The “Greater of” death benefit is an optional guaranteed minimum death benefit. The death benefit is calculated using the greater of two benefit bases — (1) the Roll-up benefit base and (2) the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base. There is an additional charge for the “Greater of” death benefit under the contract. This contract offers two different versions of the “Greater of” death benefit.

 

 

Definitions of key terms     5   


Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount — The “Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount” is the maximum annual amount you can withdraw without reducing your GWBL benefit base. It is equal to the Applicable percentage in effect at the time, multiplied by the GWBL benefit base as of the most recent contract date anniversary.

 

Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”) — The GMIB is an optional benefit that provides income protection for you during your life once you elect to annuitize your contract by exercising the benefit. There is an additional charge for the GMIB under the contract. This contract offers two different versions of the GMIB.

 

Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”) — The Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”) is not available at issue. The GWBL is only available to owners who have elected a GMIB. If you do not elect to exercise or terminate your GMIB, it will automatically convert to the GWBL as of the contract date anniversary following age 85. The GWBL guarantees that you can take withdrawals up to a maximum amount (“Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount”) each contract year following the conversion.

 

GWBL benefit base — The “GWBL benefit base” is calculated upon conversion from the GMIB on the contract date anniversary following age 85. The initial GWBL benefit base is your account value or GMIB benefit base on the Conversion effective date, whichever produces the higher Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount.

 

Highest Anniversary Value death benefit — The “Highest Anniversary Value death benefit” is an optional guaranteed minimum death benefit. The death benefit is calculated using your highest account value on any contract date anniversary up to the contract date anniversary following age 85. There is an additional charge for the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit under the contract.

 

Investment Simplifier — Our “Investment simplifier” allows for systematic transfers of amounts in the Guaranteed interest option to the variable investment options. There are two options under the program — the Fixed dollar option and the Interest sweep option.

 

Maturity date — The contract’s “maturity date” is generally the contract date anniversary that follows the annuitant’s 95th birthday.

 

Maximum payment plan — For contracts with GMIB, our “Maximum payment plan” provides scheduled payments of your Annual withdrawal amount. For contracts that convert from the GMIB to the GWBL, our “Maximum payment plan” provides scheduled payments of your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount.

 

Owner — The “owner” is the person who is the named owner in the contract and, if an individual, is the measuring life for determining contract benefits.

 

QP contract — An annuity contract that is an investment vehicle for a qualified plan.

 

Return of Principal death benefit — The “Return of Principal” death benefit is calculated based on the total contributions to your contract, adjusted for withdrawals. There is no additional charge for this death benefit.

 

Roll-up benefit base — The Roll-up benefit base is a component of the GMIB and “Greater of” death benefits. (The other component is the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base.) The Roll-up benefit base is also used to determine your Annual withdrawal amount. Your

Roll-up benefit base is created and increased by contributions to your contract. The Roll-up benefit base is not an account value or cash value.

 

Roll-up rate

 

 

The Annual Roll-up rate is the rate used to calculate the Annual withdrawal amount. It is also used to calculate amounts credited to your Roll-up benefit base once you take a withdrawal from your contract.

 

 

The Deferral Roll-up rate is used to calculate amounts credited to your Roll-up benefit base before you take your first withdrawal from your contract.

 

 

Both the Deferral Roll-up rate and the Annual Roll-up rate are 5%. This means that the rate used to calculate amounts credited to your Roll-up benefit base is the same before and after the first withdrawal is made from your contract.

 

 

Special DCA Programs — We use the term “Special DCA Programs” to collectively refer to our special dollar cost averaging program and our special money market dollar cost averaging program, which are described below:

 

 

Special dollar cost averaging — Our “Special dollar cost averaging program” allows for the systematic transfers of amounts in the account for special dollar cost averaging into the variable investment options and the guaranteed interest option. The account for special dollar cost averaging is part of our general account. This program is only available with Series B and Series L contracts.

 

 

Special money market dollar cost averaging — Our “Special money market dollar cost averaging program” allows for the systematic transfers of amounts in the account for special money market dollar cost averaging into the variable investment options and the guaranteed interest option. This program is only available with Series CP® and Series C contracts.

 

Valuation day — A “valuation day” is a scheduled date each month the contract is in effect that the asset transfer program formulas are calculated to determine whether a transfer is required.

 

Variable investment options — The “variable investment options” available under your contract differ depending on whether you elect Option A or Option B. Except where noted, when we refer to variable investment options we are not including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option, which is part of the ATP.

 

 

6    Definitions of key terms


To make this Prospectus easier to read, we sometimes use different words than in the contract or supplemental materials. This is illustrated below. Although we use different words, they have the same meaning in this Prospectus as in the contract or supplemental materials. Your financial professional can provide further explanation about your contract or supplemental materials.

 

Prospectus    Contract or Supplemental Materials
account value    Annuity Account Value
unit    Accumulation Unit
Deferral Roll-up amount    Deferral bonus Roll-up amount
Deferral Roll-up rate    Deferral bonus Roll-up rate

 

Definitions of key terms     7   


Who is AXA Equitable?

 

 

 

 

We are AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (“AXA Equitable”), a New York stock life insurance corporation. We have been doing business since 1859. AXA Equitable is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of AXA Financial, Inc., a holding company, which is itself an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of AXA SA (“AXA”). AXA is a French holding company for an international group of insurance and related financial services companies. As the ultimate sole shareholder of AXA Equitable, and under its other arrangements with AXA Equitable and AXA Equitable’s parent, AXA exercises significant influence over the operations and capital structure of AXA Equitable and its parent. AXA holds its interest in AXA Equitable through a number of other intermediate holding companies, including Oudinot Participations, AXA America Holdings, Inc. and AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC. AXA Equitable is obligated to pay all amounts that are promised to be paid under the contracts. No company other than AXA Equitable, however, has any legal responsibility to pay amounts that AXA Equitable owes under the contracts.

 

AXA Financial, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries managed approximately $             billion in assets as of December 31, 2011. For more than 150 years AXA Equitable has been among the largest insurance companies in the United States. We are licensed to sell life insurance and annuities in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Our home office is located at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104.

 

 

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How to reach us

 

Please communicate with us at the mailing addresses listed below for the purposes described. Certain methods of contacting us, such as by telephone or electronically, may be unavailable or delayed. For example, our facsimile service may not be available at all times and/or we may be unavailable due to emergency closing. In addition, the level and type of service available may be restricted based on criteria established by us. In order to avoid delays in processing, please send your correspondence and check to the appropriate location, as follows:

 

For correspondence with checks:

 

For contributions sent by regular mail:

 

Retirement Service Solutions

P.O. Box 1577

Secaucus, NJ 07096-1577

 

For contributions sent by express delivery:

 

Retirement Service Solutions

500 Plaza Drive, 6th Floor

Secaucus, NJ 07094

 

 

For correspondence without checks:

 

For all other communications (e.g., requests for transfers, withdrawals, or required notices) sent by regular mail:

 

Retirement Service Solutions

P.O. Box 1547

Secaucus, NJ 07096-1547

 

For all other communications (e.g., requests for transfers, withdrawals, or required notices) sent by express delivery:

 

Retirement Service Solutions

500 Plaza Drive, 6th Floor

Secaucus, NJ 07094

 

Your correspondence will be picked up at the mailing address noted above and delivered to our processing office. Your correspondence, however, is not considered received by us until it is received at our processing office. Where this Prospectus refers to the day when we receive a contribution, request, election, notice, transfer or any other transaction request from you, we mean the day on which that item (or the last thing necessary for us to process that item) arrives in complete and proper form at our processing office or via the appropriate telephone or fax number if the item is a type we accept by those means. There are two main exceptions: if the item arrives (1) on a day that is not a business day or (2) after the close of a business day, then, in each case, we are deemed to have received that item on the next business day. Our processing office is: 500 Plaza Drive, 6th Floor, Secaucus, New Jersey 07094.

 

 

Reports we provide:

 

 

written confirmation of financial transactions and certain nonfinancial transactions, including termination of a systematic withdrawal option;

 

 

statement of your contract values at the close of each calendar year, and any calendar quarter in which there was a financial transaction; and

 

annual statement of your contract values as of the close of the contract year, including notification of eligibility to exercise the GMIB and/or the Roll-up benefit base reset option and eligibility to convert the GMIB to the GWBL as of the contract date anniversary following age 85.

 

Telephone operated program support (“TOPS”) and Online Account Access (“OAA”) systems:

 

TOPS is designed to provide you with up-to-date information via touch-tone telephone. OAA is designed to provide this information through the Internet. You can obtain information on:

 

 

your current account value;

 

 

your current allocation percentages;

 

 

the number of units you have in the variable investment options;

 

 

the daily unit values for the variable investment options; and

 

 

performance information regarding the variable investment options (not available through TOPS).

 

You can also:

 

 

change your allocation percentages and/or transfer among the investment options, excluding (i) transfers into or out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy Portfolio and (ii) (for TOPS only), transfers out of the guaranteed interest option;

 

 

rebalance under Option A (through OAA only);

 

 

elect to receive certain contract statements electronically;

 

 

change your address (not available through TOPS);

 

 

change your TOPS personal identification number (“PIN”) (through TOPS only) and your OAA password (through OAA only); and

 

 

access Frequently Asked Questions and Service Forms (not available through TOPS).

 

TOPS and OAA are normally available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. You may use TOPS by calling toll free 1-888-909-7770. You may use OAA by visiting our website at www.axa-equitable.com. Of course, for reasons beyond our control, these services may sometimes be unavailable.

 

We have established procedures to reasonably confirm that the instructions communicated by telephone or the Internet are genuine. For example, we will require certain personal identification information before we will act on telephone or Internet instructions and we will provide written confirmation of your transfers. If we do not employ reasonable procedures to confirm the genuineness of telephone or Internet instructions, we may be liable for any losses arising out of any act or omission that constitutes negligence, lack of good faith, or willful misconduct. In light of our procedures, we will not be liable for following telephone or Internet instructions we reasonably believe to be genuine.

 

We reserve the right to limit access to these services if we determine that you engaged in a disruptive transfer activity, such as “market timing” (see “Disruptive transfer activity” in “Transferring your money among investment options” later in this Prospectus).

 

 

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Customer service representative:

 

You may also use our toll-free number (1-800-789-7771) to speak with one of our customer service representatives. Our customer service representatives are available on any business day from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

 

We require that the following types of communications be on specific forms we provide for that purpose (and submitted in the manner that the forms specify):

 

(1) authorization for telephone transfers by your financial professional;

 

(2) conversion of a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA contract;

 

(3) tax withholding elections (see withdrawal request form);

 

(4) election of the Beneficiary continuation option;

 

(5) IRA contribution recharacterizations;

 

(6) Section 1035 exchanges;

 

(7) direct transfers and rollovers;

 

(8) election of the ATP exit option;

 

(9) exercise of the GMIB or election of an annuity payout option;

 

(10) requests to reset your Roll-up benefit base by electing one of the following: one-time reset option, automatic annual reset program or automatic customized reset program;

 

(11) requests to opt out of or back into the Annual Ratchet of the GWBL benefit base;

 

(12) death claims;

 

(13) change in ownership (NQ only, if available under your contract);

 

(14) requests for enrollment in either our Maximum payment plan or Customized payment plan;

 

(15) purchase by, or change of ownership to, a nonnatural owner;

 

(16) requests to collaterally assign your NQ contract;

 

(17) requests to drop the GWBL or the GMIB;

 

(18) election to convert the GMIB to the GWBL as of the contract date anniversary following age 85;

 

(19) requests to add a Joint life after conversion of the GMIB to the GWBL as of the contract date anniversary following age 85;

 

(20) requests to transfer, re-allocate, rebalance and change your future allocations (except that certain transactions may be permitted through TOPS and the Online Account Access systems); and

 

(21) withdrawal requests.

 

We also have specific forms that we recommend you use for the following types of requests:

 

(1) beneficiary changes;

 

(2) contract surrender;

 

(3) Investment simplifier;

 

(4) special money market dollar cost averaging (if available); and

 

(5) special dollar cost averaging (if available).

To cancel or change any of the following, we require written notification generally at least seven calendar days before the next scheduled transaction:

 

(1) Investment simplifier;

 

(2) special money market dollar cost averaging (if available);

 

(3) special dollar cost averaging (if available);

 

(4) Maximum payment plan;

 

(5) Customized payment plan;

 

(6) substantially equal withdrawals;

 

(7) systematic withdrawals;

 

(8) the date annuity payments are to begin; and

 

(9) RMD payments from inherited IRAs.

 

To cancel or change any of the following, we require written notification at least 30 calendar days prior to your contract date anniversary:

 

(1) automatic annual reset program; and

 

(2) automatic customized reset program.

 

 

 

You must sign and date all these requests. Any written request that is not on one of our forms must include your name and your contract number along with adequate details about the notice you wish to give or the action you wish us to take.

 

Signatures:

 

The proper person to sign forms, notices and requests would normally be the owner. If there are joint owners, both must sign.

 

 

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The Accumulator® Series at a glance — key features

 

 

 

Four Contract Series   This Prospectus describes The Accumulator® Series contracts — Series B, Series CP®, Series L and Series C. Each series provides for the accumulation of retirement savings and income, offers income and death benefit protection, and offers various payout options. Also, each series offers the Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”), the Guaranteed minimum death benefits and the ability to convert from the GMIB to the Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”).
  Each series provides a different charge structure. For details, please see the summary of the contract features below, the “Fee table” and “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.
  Each series is subject to different contribution rules, which are described in “Contribution amounts” later in this section and in “How you can purchase and contribute to your contract” in “Contract features and benefits” and in “Rules regarding contributions to your contract” in Appendix VII later in this Prospectus.
  The chart below shows the availability of key features under each series of the contract.
      Series B    Series CP®    Series L    Series C
Special dollar cost averaging    Yes    No    Yes    No
Special money market dollar cost averaging    No    Yes    No    Yes
Credits    No    Yes    No    No
  Throughout the Prospectus, any differences among the contract series are identified.
    You should work with your financial professional to decide which series of the contract may be appropriate for you based on a thorough analysis of your particular insurance needs, financial objectives, investment goals, time horizons and risk tolerance.
Professional investment management   The Accumulator® Series’ variable investment options invest in different Portfolios managed by professional investment advisers.
Guaranteed interest option  

•    Principal and interest guarantees.

•    Interest rates set periodically.

Tax considerations  

•    No tax on earnings inside the contract until you make withdrawals from your contract or receive annuity payments.

 

•    No tax on transfers among investment options inside the contract.

    If you are purchasing or contributing to an annuity contract, which is an Individual Retirement Annuity (IRA) or to fund an employer retirement plan (QP or Qualified Plan), you should be aware that such annuities do not provide tax deferral benefits beyond those already provided by the Internal Revenue Code for these types of arrangements. Before purchasing or contributing to one of these contracts, you should consider whether its features and benefits beyond tax deferral meet your needs and goals. You may also want to consider the relative features, benefits and costs of these annuities compared with any other investment that you may use in connection with your retirement plan or arrangement. Depending on your personal situation, the contract’s guaranteed benefits may have limited usefulness because of required minimum distributions (“RMDs”).

 

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Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)  

The GMIB provides income protection for you during your life once you elect to annuitize the contract by exer- cising the benefit. If you elect GMIB I — Asset Allocation, your contract will be restricted to Option A. If you elect GMIB II — Custom Selection, you may allocate amounts under either Option A or Option B, and therefore, the fees associated with GMIB II — Custom Selection are higher than those associated with GMIB I — Asset Allocation. If you do not elect to exercise the GMIB, this benefit will automatically convert to the GWBL as of the contract date anniversary following age 85, unless you terminate the benefit.

 

If you elect GMIB, your investment allocations are subject to our asset transfer program (“ATP”). The ATP uses predetermined mathematical formulas to move account value between the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option and the variable investment options. Under these formulas, your account value may be transferred between the variable investment options which you have selected and the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option. For more information, please see “Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)” in “Contract features and benefits” later in this Prospectus and Appendix VIII to this Prospectus.

 

The GWBL guarantees that you can take withdrawals up to a maximum amount each contract year. Excess withdrawals can cause a significant reduction in your guaranteed benefit bases and in some cases result in a termination of your contract. The GWBL is available only upon a conversion from the GMIB on the contract date anniversary following age 85. If you have not elected to exercise the GMIB as of the con tract date anniversary following age 85, the GMIB will automatically convert to the GWBL effective on that date. Upon conversion to GWBL, you will continue to have the investment option choices that were available to you under your GMIB and your contract will continue to be subject to the ATP.

 

The Guaranteed benefits under the contract are supported by AXA Equitable’s general account and are subject to AXA Equitable’s claims paying ability. Contracts owner should look to the financial strength of AXA Equitable for its claims paying ability.

Contribution amounts   The chart below shows the minimum initial and additional contribution amounts under the contracts.
      Series B    Series CP®    Series L    Series C
NQ    $5,000($500)    $10,000($500)    $10,000($500)    $25,000($500)
Traditional IRA    $5,000($50)    $10,000($50)    $10,000($50)    $25,000($50)
Roth IRA    $5,000($50)    $10,000($50)    $10,000($50)    $25,000($50)
Inherited IRA Beneficiary Continuation contract (traditional IRA or Roth IRA) (“Inherited IRA”)    $5,000($1,000)    n/a    $10,000($1,000)    $25,000($1,000)
QP    $5,000($500)    $10,000($500)    $10,000($500)    n/a
 

•    No contributions will be accepted after the first contract year (other than QP contracts). For QP contracts, the maximum aggregate contributions for any contract year is 100% of first-year contributions.

•    Maximum contribution limitations apply to all contracts. For more information, please see “How you can purchase and contribute to your contract” in “Contract features and benefits” later in this Prospectus.

   

In general, contributions are limited to $1.5 million ($500,000 maximum for owners or annuitants who are age 81 and older at contract issue) under all Accumulator® Series and Retirement Cornerstone® Series contracts with the same owner or annuitant. Subsequent contributions are not permitted after conversion to the GWBL. Upon advance notice to you, we may exercise certain rights we have under the contract regarding contribu-tions, including our rights to (i) change minimum and maximum contribution requirements and limitations, and (ii) discontinue acceptance of contributions. Further, we may at any time exercise our rights to limit or terminate your contributions and transfers to any of the variable investment options and to limit the number of variable investment options which you may elect.

 

For more information, please see “How you can purchase and contribute to your contract” in “Contract features and benefits” and “Rules regarding contributions to your contract” in “Appendix VII” later in this Prospectus.

Credit
(Series CP® contracts only)
  We allocate your contributions to your account value. We allocate a credit to your account value at the same time that we allocate your contributions. The credit will apply to additional contribution amounts only to the extent that those amounts exceed total withdrawals from the contract. The amount of credit may be up to 4% of each contribution, depending on certain factors. The credit is subject to recovery by us in certain limited circumstances.

 

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Access to your money  

•    Partial withdrawals

•    Several withdrawal options on a periodic basis

•    Contract surrender

•    Maximum payment plan (only under contracts with GMIB or GWBL)

•    Customized payment plan (only under contracts with GMIB or GWBL)

You may incur a withdrawal charge for certain withdrawals or if you surrender your contract. You may also incur income tax and a tax penalty. Certain withdrawals will diminish the value of optional benefits.

Additional features  

•    Guaranteed minimum death benefit options

•    Dollar cost averaging

•    Automatic quarterly account value rebalancing (Option B only)

•    Free transfers

•    Waiver of withdrawal charge for certain withdrawals, disability, terminal illness, or confinement to a nursing home (not applicable to Series C contracts)

•    Earnings enhancement benefit, an optional death benefit available under certain contracts

•    Option to drop the GMIB after issue

•    Option to drop the GWBL after conversion

•    Spousal continuation

•    Beneficiary continuation option (IRA and NQ only)

•    Roll-up benefit base reset

•    Payout options

Fees and charges   Please see “Fee table” later in this section for complete details.
Owner and annuitant issue ages   Please see “Rules regarding contributions to your contract” in “Appendix VII” for owner and annuitant issue ages applicable to your contract.
Your right to cancel   To exercise your cancellation right you must mail the contract, with a signed letter of instruction electing this right, to our processing office within 10 days after you receive it. If state law requires, this “free look” period may be longer. See “Your right to cancel within a certain number of days” in “Contract features and benefits” later in this Prospectus for more information.
Insufficient account value   Your contract will terminate without value if your account value is insufficient to pay any applicable charges when due. Your account value could become insufficient due to withdrawals and/or poor market performance. Upon such termination, you will lose all your rights under your contract and any applicable guaranteed benefits, except as discussed under “Insufficient account value” in “Determining your contract’s value” later in this Prospectus.

 

The table above summarizes only certain current key features and benefits of the contract. The table also summarizes certain current limitations, restrictions and exceptions to those features and benefits that we have the right to impose under the contract and that are subject to change in the future. In some cases, other limitations, restrictions and exceptions may apply. The contract may not currently be available in all states. Certain features and benefits described in this Prospectus may vary in your state; all features and benefits may not be available in all contracts, in all states or from all selling broker-dealers. You may contact us to purchase any version of the contract if a version is not offered by the selling broker-dealer. Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for more information on state availability and/or variations of certain features and benefits.

 

For more detailed information, we urge you to read the contents of this Prospectus, as well as your contract. This Prospectus is a disclosure document and describes all of the contract’s material features, benefits, rights and obligations, as well as other information. The Prospectus should be read carefully before investing. Please feel free to speak with your financial professional, or call us, if you have any questions.

 

Other contracts

 

We offer a variety of fixed and variable annuity contracts. They may offer features, including investment options, credits, fees and/or charges that are different from those in the contracts offered by this Prospectus. Not every contract is offered through every selling broker-dealer. Some selling broker-dealers may not offer and/or limit the offering of certain features or options, as well as limit the availability of the contracts, based on issue age or other criteria established by the selling broker-dealer. Upon request, your financial professional can show you information regarding other AXA Equitable annuity contracts that he or she distributes. You can also contact us to find out more about the availability of any of the AXA Equitable annuity contracts.

 

You should work with your financial professional to decide whether an optional benefit is appropriate for you based on a thorough analysis of your particular insurance needs, financial objectives, investment goals, time horizons and risk tolerance.

 

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Fee table

 

 

 

The following tables describe the fees and expenses that you will pay when buying, owning, and surrendering the contract. Each of the charges and expenses is more fully described in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

The first table describes fees and expenses that you will pay at the time you surrender the contract or if you make certain withdrawals or transfers or apply your cash value to certain payout options. Charges designed to approximate certain taxes that may be imposed on us, such as premium taxes in your state, may also apply.(1)

 

Charges we deduct from your account value at the time you request certain transactions

Maximum withdrawal charge as a percentage of contributions withdrawn(2) (deducted if you surrender your contract or make certain withdrawals or apply your cash value to certain payout options).      Series B

7.00%

     Series  CP®

8.00%

   Series L

8.00%

     Series C

N/A

Charge for each additional transfer in excess of 12 transfers per contract year:(3)      Maximum Charge: $35

Current Charge: $0

        

Special service charges:(4)

    

•    Express mail charge

     Current and Maximum Charge: $35

 

•    Wire transfer charge

     Current and Maximum Charge: $90

 

•    Check preparation charge(5)

     Maximum Charge: $85
     Current Charge: $0

 

•    Charge for third party transfer or exchange(5)

     Maximum Charge: $125
     Current Charge: $65

 

•    Duplicate contract charge

     Current and Maximum Charge: $35

The next table describes the fees and expenses that you will pay periodically during the time that you own the contract, not including the underlying trust portfolio fees and expenses.

 

Charges we deduct from your account value on each contract date anniversary

Maximum annual administrative charge(6)

                   

If your account value on a contract date anniversary is less than $50,000(7)

     $30               

If your account value on a contract date anniversary is $50,000 or more

     $0               

Charges we deduct from your variable investment options expressed as an annual percentage of daily net assets(8)

Separate account annual expenses(9):      Series B      Series CP®      Series L      Series C
Operations      0.80%      0.95%      1.10%      1.10%
Administrative      0.30%      0.35%      0.30%      0.25%
Distribution      0.20%      0.25%      0.25%      0.35%
                           
Total Separate account annual expenses (“Contract fee”)      1.30%      1.55%      1.65%      1.70%

Charges we deduct from your account value each year if you elect any of the following optional benefits

Guaranteed minimum death benefit charge(15) (Calculated as a percentage of the applicable benefit base.(10) Deducted annually(11) on each contract date anniversary for which the benefit is in effect.)                    

Return of Principal death benefit

     no additional charge     

Highest Anniversary Value death benefit

     0.35% (current and maximum)     

“Greater of” GMDB I (only available if you also elect GMIB I — Asset Allocation)

                   

Maximum Charge (if you elect to reset the Roll-up benefit base, we reserve the right to increase your charge up to)

     1.25%               

Current Charge

     1.10%               

“Greater of” GMDB II (only available if you also elect GMIB II — Custom Selection)

                   

 

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Maximum Charge (if you elect to reset the Roll-up benefit base, we reserve the right to increase your charge up to)

     1.40%               

Current Charge

     1.25%                     
Guaranteed minimum income benefit charge(15) (Calculated as a percentage of the applicable benefit base.(10) Deducted annually(11) on each contract date anniversary for which the benefit is in effect.)                    

If you elect GMIB I — Asset Allocation

                   

Maximum Charge (if you elect to reset the Roll-up benefit base, we reserve the right to increase your charge up to)

     1.40%               

Current Charge

     1.10%               

If you elect GMIB II — Custom Selection

                   

Maximum Charge (if you elect to reset the Roll-up benefit base, we reserve the right to increase your charge up to)

     1.55%               

Current Charge

     1.25%                     
Earnings enhancement benefit charge (12) (Calculated as a percentage of the account value. Deducted annually(6) on each contract date anniversary for which the benefit is in effect.)      0.35%                     
Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life benefit charge(12)(13) (Available only upon conversion of the GMIB and calculated as a percentage of the GWBL benefit base(10) deducted annually(11) on each contract date anniversary for which the benefit is in effect.)                    

Conversion from GMIB I — Asset Allocation

                   

Maximum Charge (If you reset your GMIB prior to conversion or if your GWBL benefit base ratchets after conversion, we reserve the right to increase your charge up to)

     1.40%               

Current Charge

     1.10%               

Conversion from GMIB II — Custom Selection

                   

Maximum Charge (If you reset your GMIB prior to conversion or if your GWBL benefit base ratchets after conversion, we reserve the right to increase your charge up to)

     1.55%               

Current Charge

     1.25%               

 

You also bear your proportionate share of all fees and expenses paid by a “Portfolio” that corresponds to any variable investment option you are using. This table shows the lowest and highest total operating expenses charged by any of the Portfolios that you will pay periodically during the time that you own the contract. These fees and expenses are reflected in the Portfolio’s net asset value each day. Therefore, they reduce the investment return of the Portfolio and the related variable investment option. Actual fees and expenses are likely to fluctuate from year to year. More detail concerning each Portfolio’s fees and expenses is contained in the prospectus for the Portfolio.

 

Portfolio operating expenses expressed as an annual percentage of daily net assets(8)

Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses for 2011 (expenses that are deducted from Portfolio assets including management fees, 12b-1 fees, service fees, and/or other expenses)(14)      Lowest

 

        %

     Highest

 

        %

 

Notes:

 

(1) The current tax charge that might be imposed varies by jurisdiction and currently ranges from 0% to 3.5%.

 

(2) Deducted upon a withdrawal of amounts in excess of the 10% free withdrawal amount, if applicable:

 

The withdrawal charge percentage we use is determined by the contract year in which you make a withdrawal, surrender your contract to receive its cash value, or surrender your contract to apply your cash value to a non-life contingent annuity payout option. For each contribution, we consider the contract year in which we receive that contribution to be “contract year 1”)

 

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Contract Year

   Series B        Series CP®        Series L  

1

     7.00%           8.00%           8.00%   

2

     7.00%           8.00%           7.00%   

3

     6.00%           7.00%           6.00%   

4

     6.00%           6.00%           5.00%   

5

     5.00%           5.00%           0.00%   

6

     3.00%           4.00%           0.00%   

7

     1.00%           3.00%           0.00%   

8

     0.00%           2.00%           0.00%   

9

     0.00%           1.00%           0.00%   

10+

     0.00%           0.00%           0.00%   

 

(3) Currently, we do not charge for transfers among investment options under the contract. However, we reserve the right to charge for transfers in excess of 12 transfers per contract year. We will charge no more than $35 for each transfer at the time each transfer is processed. See “Transfer charge” under “Charges that AXA Equitable deducts” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

(4) These charges may increase over time to cover our administrative costs. We may discontinue these services at any time, with or without notice.

 

(5) The sum of these charges will never exceed 2% of the amount disbursed or transferred.

 

(6) If the contract is surrendered or annuitized or a death benefit is paid on any date other than the contract date anniversary, we will deduct a pro rata portion of the charge for that year.

 

(7) During the first two contract years this charge, if applicable, is equal to the lesser of $30 or 2% of your account value. Thereafter, the charge, if applicable, is $30 for each contract year.

 

(8) Daily net assets is the sum of the value of the amounts invested in all your portfolios before we deduct applicable contract charges, which are set forth in the tables above.

 

(9)

The separate account annual expenses compensate us for certain risks we assume and expenses we incur under the contract. We expect to make a profit from these charges. For Series CP® contracts, both the separate account annual expenses and the withdrawal charge compensate us for the expense associated with the credit.

 

(10)

The benefit base is not an account value or cash value. If you elect the GMIB and/or the Guaranteed minimum death benefit at issue, your initial benefit base is equal to your initial contributions to your contract. For Series CP® contracts, your initial benefit base does not include the credit. Subsequent adjustments to the applicable benefit base may result in a benefit base that is significantly different from your total contributions or account value. See “Guaranteed minimum income benefit and Guaranteed minimum death benefit base” and “GWBL benefit base” in “Contract features and benefits” later in this Prospectus.

 

(11) If the contract is surrendered or annuitized, or a death benefit is paid, or the benefit is dropped (if applicable), on any date other than the contract date anniversary, we will deduct a pro rata portion of the charge for that year.

 

(12) If you elect the Earnings enhancement benefit at issue, and your GMIB then converts to the GWBL, the Earnings enhancement benefit will continue in force after conversion, although it may be adversely affected by withdrawals under the GWBL.

 

(13) Please see “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” in “Contract features and benefits” for more information about this feature, including its benefit base and the Annual Ratchet provision, and “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life benefit charge” in “Charges and expenses,” both later in this Prospectus. This charge may be lower for certain contract owners. Please see Appendix X later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

(14) “Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses” are based, in part, on estimated amounts for options added during the fiscal year 2011 and for the underlying portfolios. In addition, the “Lowest” represents the total annual operating expenses of the EQ/Money Market Portfolio. The “Highest” represents the total annual operating expenses of the Multimanager Technology Portfolio. For more information, see the prospectuses for the Portfolios.

 

(15) This charge may be lower for certain contract owners. Please see Appendix X later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

Examples

 

These examples are intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the contract with the cost of investing in other variable annuity contracts. These costs include contract owner transaction expenses, contract fees, separate account annual expenses, and underlying trust fees and expenses (including the underlying portfolio fees and expenses). These examples do not reflect charges for any special service you may request.

 

The examples below show the expenses that a hypothetical contract owner (who has elected the “Greater of” GMDB II and the Earnings enhancement benefit with the GMIB II-Custom Selection) would pay in the situations illustrated. These examples use an average annual administrative charge based on the charges paid in 2011, which results in an estimated administrative charge calculated as a percentage of contract value, as follows: Series B 0.013%; Series CP® 0.010%; Series L 0.008%; and Series C 0.008%. The example assumes the maximum charges that would apply based on a 5% return for the “Greater of” GMDB II and the GMIB II — Custom Selection, both of which are calculated as a percentage of each benefit’s benefit base.

 

The guaranteed interest option and amounts allocated to the Special DCA programs (as available) are not covered by these examples. The annual administrative charge, any applicable withdrawal charge and the charge for any optional benefits do apply to the guaranteed interest option and amounts allocated to the Special DCA programs (as available).

 

These examples assume that you invest $10,000 in the contract for the time periods indicated, and that your investment has a 5% return each year. The example for Series CP® contracts assumes that a 3% credit was applied to your contribution. Other than the administrative charge and the charges for the guaranteed benefits (which are described immediately above), the example also assumes separate account annual expenses and total annual expenses of the Portfolios (before expense limitations). These examples should not be considered a representation of past or future expenses for each option. Actual expenses may be greater or less than those shown. Similarly, the annual rate of return assumed in

 

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the example is not an estimate or guarantee of future investment performance. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:

 

Series B  
     If you surrender your contract at the
end of the applicable time period
   

If you annuitize at the end of the

applicable time period and select a
non-life contingent period certain
annuity option with less than five
years

   

If you do not surrender your

contract at the end of the applicable

time period

 
     1 year     3 years     5 years     10 years     1 year      3 years      5 years      10 years     1 year     3 years     5 years     10 years  

(a)  assuming maximum fees and expenses of any of the Portfolios

  $ 1,271      $ 2,345      $ 3,466      $ 6,234        N/A       $ 2,345       $ 3,466       $ 6,234      $ 571      $ 1,745      $ 2,966      $ 6,234   

(b)  assuming minimum fees and expenses of any of the Portfolios

  $ 1,192      $ 2,116      $ 3,099      $ 5,579        N/A       $ 2,116       $ 3,099       $ 5,579      $ 492      $ 1,516      $ 2,599      $ 5,579   
Series L  
     If you surrender your contract at the
end of the applicable time period
    If you annuitize at the end of the
applicable time period and select a
non-life contingent period certain
annuity option with less than five
years
   

If you do not surrender your

contract at the end of the applicable
time period

 
     1 year     3 years     5 years     10 years     1 year      3 years      5 years      10 years     1 year     3 years     5 years     10 years  

(a)  assuming maximum fees and expenses of any of the Portfolios

  $ 1,407      $ 2,449      $ 3,130      $ 6,518        N/A       $ 2,449       $ 3,130       $ 6,518      $ 607      $ 1,849      $ 3,130      $ 6,518   

(b)  assuming minimum fees and expenses of any of the Portfolios

  $ 1,328      $ 2,222      $ 2,769      $ 5,887        N/A       $ 2,222       $ 2,769       $ 5,887      $ 528      $ 1,622      $ 2,769      $ 5,887   
Series  CP®  
     If you surrender your contract at the
end of the applicable time period
    If you annuitize at the end of the
applicable time period and select a
non-life contingent period certain
annuity option with less than five
years
   

If you do not surrender your

contract at the end of the applicable
time period

 
     1 year     3 years     5 years     10 years     1 year      3 years      5 years      10 years     1 year     3 years     5 years     10 years  

(a)  assuming maximum fees and expenses of any of the Portfolios

  $ 1,411      $ 2,563      $ 3,657      $ 6,590        N/A       $ 2,563       $ 3,657       $ 6,590      $ 611      $ 1,863      $ 3,157      $ 6,590   

(b)  assuming minimum fees and expenses of any of the Portfolios

  $ 1,331      $ 2,328      $ 3,280      $ 5,924        N/A       $ 2,328       $ 3,280       $ 5,924      $ 531      $ 1,628      $ 2,780      $ 5,924   
Series C  
      If you annuitize at the end of the
applicable time period
     If you surrender or do not
surrender your contract at the end of
the applicable time period
 
      1 year     3 years      5 years      10 years      1 year      3 years      5 years      10 years  

(a)  assuming maximum fees and expenses of any of the Portfolios

     N/A      $ 2,214       $ 3,504       $ 6,908       $ 612       $ 1,864       $ 3,154       $ 6,558   

(b)  assuming minimum fees and expenses of any of the Portfolios

     N/A      $ 1,987       $ 3,143       $ 6,281       $ 533       $ 1,637       $ 2,793       $ 5,931   

 

For information on how your contract works under certain hypothetical circumstances, please see Appendix V at the end of this Prospectus.

 

Condensed financial information

 

Please see Appendix I at the end of this Prospectus for the unit values and the number of units outstanding as of the end of the periods shown for each of the variable investment options available as of December 31, 2011.

 

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1. Contract features and benefits

 

 

 

How you can purchase and contribute to your contract

 

You may purchase a contract by making payments to us that we call “contributions.” We can refuse to accept any application or contribution from you at any time, including after you purchase the contract. We require a minimum contribution for each type of contract purchased. Maximum contribution limitations also apply. The tables in Appendix VII summarize our current rules regarding contributions to your contract, which rules are subject to change. In some states our rules may vary. Both the owner and the annuitant named in the contract must meet the issue age requirements shown in the table, and rules for contributions are based on the age of the older of the original owner and annuitant. Additional contributions may not be permitted in your state. Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus to see if additional contributions are currently permitted in your state.

 

Upon advance notice to you, we may exercise certain rights we have under the contract regarding contributions, including our rights to (i) change minimum and maximum contribution requirements and limitations, and (ii) discontinue acceptance of contributions. We may discontinue acceptance of contributions within the first year. Further, we may at any time exercise our rights to limit or terminate your contributions and transfers to any of the variable investment options and to limit the number of variable investment options which you may elect.

 

 

We reserve the right to change our current limitations on your contributions and to discontinue acceptance of contributions.

 

 

We may refuse to accept any contribution if the sum of all contributions under all Accumulator® Series and Retirement Cornerstone® Series contracts with the same owner or annuitant would then total more than $1,500,000 ($500,000 for owners or annuitants who are age 81 and older at contract issue). We may also refuse to accept any contribution if the sum of all contributions under all AXA Equitable annuity accumulation contracts with the same owner or annuitant would then total more than $2,500,000. We may waive these contribution limitations based on certain criteria, including benefits that have been elected, issue age, the total amount of contributions, variable investment option allocations and selling broker-dealer compensation. These contribution limitations may not be applicable in your state. Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus.

 

Subsequent contributions are not permitted after conversion to the Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”).

 

 

The “owner” is the person who is the named owner in the contract and, if an individual, is the measuring life for determining contract benefits. The “annuitant” is the person who is the measuring life for determining the contract’s maturity date. The annuitant is not necessarily the contract owner. Where the owner of a contract is a non-natural person such as a company or trust, the annuitant is the measuring life for determining contract benefits.

 

Owner and annuitant requirements

 

Under NQ contracts, the annuitant can be different from the owner. We do not permit partnerships or limited liability companies to be owners of the Series C contract. We also reserve the right to prohibit the availability of the Series C contract to other non-natural owners. A joint owner may also be named. Only natural persons can be joint owners. This means that an entity such as a corporation cannot be a joint owner.

 

For NQ contracts (with a single owner, joint owners, or a non-natural owner) we permit the naming of joint annuitants only when the contract is purchased through an exchange that is intended not to be taxable under Section 1035 of the Internal Revenue Code. In all cases, the joint annuitants must be spouses. In addition, a spouse may be added as a joint annuitant under a non-natural owner contract upon conversion to the GWBL with a Joint life option. See “Additional owner and annuitant requirements” under “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”).”

 

Under all IRA contracts, the owner and annuitant must be the same person. In some cases, an IRA contract may be held in a custodial individual retirement account for the benefit of the individual annuitant. See “Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract” later in this section for Inherited IRA owner and annuitant requirements.

 

For the Spousal continuation feature to apply, the spouses must either be joint owners, or, for single owner contracts, the surviving spouse must be the sole primary beneficiary. The determination of spousal status is made under applicable state law. Certain same-sex spouses or civil union partners may not be eligible for tax benefits under federal law and in some circumstances will be required to take post-death distributions that dilute or eliminate the value of the contractual benefit.

 

Series CP® and Series C contracts are not available for purchase by Charitable Remainder Trusts.

 

In general, we will not permit a contract to be owned by a minor unless it is pursuant to the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act or the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act in your state.

 

Under QP contracts, the owner must be the qualified plan trust and the annuitant must be the plan participant/employee. See Appendix III at the end of this Prospectus for more information on QP contracts.

 

Certain benefits under your contract, as described in this Prospectus, are based on the age of the owner. If the owner of the contract is not a natural person, these benefits will be based on the age of the annuitant. Under QP contracts, all benefits are based on the age of the annuitant. In this Prospectus, when we use the terms owner and joint owner, we intend these to be references to annuitant and joint annuitant, respectively, if the contract has a non-natural owner. If the Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”) converts to the GWBL, the terms owner and successor owner are intended to be references to annuitant and joint annuitant, respectively, if the contract has a non-natural owner. If the contract is jointly owned or is

 

 

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issued to a non-natural owner and the GWBL is not in effect, benefits are based on the age of the older joint owner or older joint annuitant, as applicable. There are additional owner and annuitant requirements if the GMIB converts to the GWBL. See “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” in “Contract features and benefits” later in this Prospectus.

 

Purchase considerations for a charitable remainder trust

 

(This section only applies to Series B and Series L contracts.)

 

If you are purchasing the contract to fund a charitable remainder trust and elect either the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit, a “Greater of” GMDB and/or the GMIB, which you may be able to convert to the GWBL as of the contract date anniversary following age 85, you should strongly consider “split-funding”: that is the trust holds investments in addition to this Accumulator® Series contract. Charitable remainder trusts are required to take specific distributions. The charitable remainder trust annual withdrawal requirement may be equal to a percentage of the donated amount or a percentage of the current value of the donated amount. If your Accumulator® Series contract is the only source for such distributions, the payments you need to take may significantly reduce the value of those guaranteed benefits. Such amount may be greater than the annual increase in the GMIB, and/or the Guaranteed minimum death benefit base and/or greater than the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount under GWBL. See the discussion of these benefits later in this section.

 

How you can make your contributions

 

Except as noted below, contributions must be by check drawn on a U.S. bank, in U.S. dollars, and made payable to AXA Equitable. We may also apply contributions made pursuant to an intended Section 1035 tax-free exchange or a direct transfer. We do not accept starter checks or travelers’ checks. All checks are subject to our ability to collect the funds. We reserve the right to reject a payment if it is received in an unacceptable form.

 

If your contract is sold by a financial professional of AXA Advisors, AXA Advisors will direct us to hold your initial contribution, whether received via check or wire, in a non-interest bearing “Special Bank Account for the Exclusive Benefit of Customers” while AXA Advisors ensures your application is complete and that suitability standards are met. AXA Advisors will either complete this process or instruct us to return your contribution to you within the applicable Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) time requirements. Upon timely and successful completion of this review, AXA Advisors will instruct us to transfer your contribution into our non-interest bearing suspense account and transmit your application to us, so that we can consider your application for processing.

 

 

The “contract date” is the effective date of a contract. This usually is the business day we receive the properly completed and signed application, along with any other required documents, and your initial contribution. Your contract date will be shown in your contract. The 12 month period beginning on your contract date and each 12 month period after that date is a “contract year.” The end of each 12 month period is your “contract date anniversary.” For example, if your contract date is May 1, your contract date anniversary is April 30.

 

 

If your application is in good order when we receive it for application processing purposes, your contribution will be applied within two business days. If any information we require to issue your contract is

missing or unclear, we will hold your contribution while we try to obtain this information. If we are unable to obtain all of the information we require within five business days after we receive an incomplete application or form, we will inform the financial professional submitting the application on your behalf. We will then return the contribution to you, unless you or your financial professional acting on your behalf, specifically direct us to keep your contribution until we receive the required information. The contribution will be applied as of the date we receive the missing information.

 

If your financial professional is with a selling broker-dealer other than AXA Advisors, your initial contribution must generally be accompanied by a completed application and any other form we need to process the payments. If any information is missing or unclear, we will hold the contribution, whether received via check or wire, in a non-interest bearing suspense account while we try to obtain this information. If we are unable to obtain all of the information we require within five business days after we receive an incomplete application or form, we will inform the financial professional submitting the application on your behalf. We will then return the contribution to you unless you or your financial professional on your behalf, specifically direct us to keep your contribution until we receive the required information. The contribution will be applied as of the date we receive the missing information.

 

 

Our “business day” is generally any day the New York Stock Exchange is open for regular trading and generally ends at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (or as of an earlier close of regular trading). A business day does not include a day on which we are not open due to emergency conditions determined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. We may also close early due to such emergency conditions. For more information about our business day and our pricing of transactions, please see “Dates and prices at which contract events occur.”

 

 

What are your investment options under the contract?

 

The contract provides the following investment options: the variable investment options, the guaranteed interest option and the account for special dollar cost averaging (for Series B and Series L contracts) or the account for special money market dollar cost averaging (for Series CP® and Series C contracts). This section lists each of the variable investment options and describes the guaranteed interest option. The next section, “Allocating your contributions,” discusses dollar cost averaging in general, including the Special DCA programs.

 

Your investment options depend on whether you select Option A or Option B. If you elect Guaranteed minimum income benefit I — Asset Allocation (“GMIB I — Asset Allocation”), your contract will be restricted to Option A. If you elect Guaranteed minimum income benefit II — Custom Selection (“GMIB II — Custom Selection”) or if you do not elect a GMIB, you can choose either Option A — Asset Allocation or Option B — Custom Selection. For additional information, see “Allocating your contributions” later in this Prospectus.

 

Variable investment options

 

Your investment results in any one of the variable investment options will depend on the investment performance of the underlying portfolios. You can lose your principal when investing in the variable investment options. In periods of poor market performance, the net

 

 

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return, after charges and expenses, may result in negative yields, including for the EQ/Money Market variable investment option. Listed below are the currently available Portfolios, their investment objectives and their advisers. We may, at any time, exercise our rights to limit or terminate your contributions, allocations and transfers to any of the variable investment options and to limit the number of variable investment options which you may elect.

 

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Portfolios of the Trusts

 

We offer affiliated Trusts, which in turn offer one or more Portfolios. AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AXA Equitable, serves as the investment manager of the Portfolios of AXA Premier VIP Trust and EQ Advisors Trust. For some Portfolios, AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC has entered into sub-advisory agreements with investment advisers (the “sub-advisers”) to carry out the day-to-day investment decisions for the Portfolios. As such, AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC oversees the activities of the sub-advisers with respect to the Trusts and is responsible for retaining or discontinuing the services of those sub-advisers. The chart below indicates the sub-adviser(s) for each Portfolio, if any. The chart below also shows the currently available Portfolios and their investment objectives.

 

You should be aware that AXA Advisors, LLC and AXA Distributors, LLC (together, the “Distributors”) receive 12b-1 fees from affiliated Portfolios for providing certain distribution and/or shareholder support services. These fees will not exceed 0.25% of the Portfolios’ average daily net assets. The Portfolios’ sub-advisers and/or their affiliates also contribute to the cost of expenses for sales meetings or seminar sponsorships that may relate to the contracts and/or the sub-advisers’ respective Portfolios. It may be more profitable for us to offer affiliated Portfolios than to offer unaffiliated Portfolios.

 

As a contract owner, you may bear the costs of some or all of these fees and payments through your indirect investment in the Portfolios. (See the Portfolios’ prospectuses for more information.) These fees and payments will reduce the underlying Portfolios’ investment returns. AXA Equitable may profit from these fees and payments.

 

AXA Equitable considers the availability of these fees and payment arrangements during the selection process for the underlying Portfolios. These fees and payment arrangements may create an incentive for us to select Portfolios (and classes of shares of Portfolios) that pay us higher amounts.

 

The AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolios offer contract owners a convenient opportunity to invest in other portfolios that are managed and have been selected for inclusion in the AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolios by AXA Equitable. AXA Advisors, LLC, an affiliated broker-dealer of AXA Equitable, may promote the benefits of such Portfolios to contract owners and/or suggest, incidental to the sale of the contract, that contract owners consider whether allocating some or all of their account value to such Portfolios is consistent with their desired investment objectives. In doing so, AXA Equitable, and/or its affiliates, may be subject to conflicts of interest insofar as AXA Equitable may derive greater revenues from the AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolios than certain other Portfolios available to you under your contract. In addition, the AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolios may enable AXA Equitable to more efficiently manage AXA Equitable’s financial risks associated with certain guaranteed benefits based on its selection of underlying Portfolios in which each AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolio invests. Please see “Allocating your contributions” later in this section for more information about your role in managing your allocations.

 

AXA Premier VIP Trust
Class B Shares
Portfolio Name
   Objective   

Investment Manager (or Sub-Adviser(s),

as applicable)

MULTIMANAGER AGGRESSIVE EQUITY

   Seeks long-term growth of capital.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    ClearBridge Advisors, LLC

•    Goodman & Co. NY Ltd.

•    Legg Mason Capital Management, Inc.

•    Marsico Capital Management, LLC

•    T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

•    Westfield Capital Management Company, L.P.

MULTIMANAGER CORE BOND

   Seeks a balance of high current income and capital appreciation, consistent with a prudent level of risk.   

•    BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.

•    Pacific Investment Management Company LLC

•    SSgA Funds Management, Inc.

MULTIMANAGER INTERNATIONAL EQUITY

   Seeks long-term growth of capital.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Earnest Partners, LLC

•    JPMorgan Investment Management Inc.

•    Marsico Capital Management, LLC

 

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AXA Premier VIP Trust —
Class B Shares
Portfolio Name
   Objective    Investment Manager (or Sub-Adviser(s),
as applicable)

MULTIMANAGER LARGE CAP CORE EQUITY

   Seeks long-term growth of capital.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    Janus Capital Management, LLC

•    Thornburg Investment Management, Inc.

MULTIMANAGER LARGE CAP VALUE

   Seeks long-term growth of capital.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    Institutional Capital LLC

•    MFS Investment Management

MULTIMANAGER MID CAP GROWTH

   Seeks long-term growth of capital.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Franklin Advisers, Inc.

•    Wellington Management Company, LLP

MULTIMANAGER MID CAP VALUE

   Seeks long-term growth of capital.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc.

•    Knightsbridge Asset Management, LLC

•    Tradewinds Global Investors, LLC

MULTIMANAGER MULTI-SECTOR BOND

   Seeks high total return through a combination of current income and capital appreciation.   

•    Pacific Investment Management Company LLC

•    Post Advisory Group, LLC

•    SSgA Funds Management, Inc.

MULTIMANAGER SMALL CAP GROWTH

   Seeks long-term growth of capital.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc.

•    NorthPointe Capital, LLC

•    Wells Capital Management Inc.

MULTIMANAGER SMALL CAP VALUE

   Seeks long-term growth of capital.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Franklin Advisory Services, LLC

•    Horizon Asset Management, Inc.

•    Pacific Global Investment Management Company

MULTIMANAGER TECHNOLOGY

   Seeks long-term growth of capital.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    RCM Capital Management, LLC

•    SSgA Funds Management, Inc.

•    Wellington Management Company, LLP

 

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EQ Advisors Trust
Class IB Shares
Portfolio Name
   Objective    Investment Manager (or Sub-Adviser(s),
as applicable)

AXA BALANCED STRATEGY(1)

   Seeks long-term capital appreciation and current income   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

AXA CONSERVATIVE GROWTH STRATEGY(1)

   Seeks current income and growth of capital, with a greater emphasis on current income.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

AXA CONSERVATIVE STRATEGY(1)

   Seeks a high level of current income.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

AXA GROWTH STRATEGY(1)

   Seeks long-term capital appreciation and current income, with a greater emphasis on capital appreciation.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

AXA MODERATE GROWTH STRATEGY(1)

   Seeks long-term capital appreciation and current income, with a greater emphasis on current income.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

AXA TACTICAL MANAGER 2000

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital with an emphasis on risk-adjusted returns and lower volatility over a full market cycle relative to traditional equity funds and equity market indexes, by investing in a combination of long and short positions on equity securities of small- capitalization companies, including securities in the Russell 2000 Index.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

    

    

    

AXA TACTICAL MANAGER 400

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital with an emphasis on risk-adjusted returns and lower volatility over a full market cycle relative to traditional equity funds and equity market indexes, by investing in a combination of long and short positions on equity securities of mid- capitalization companies, including securities in the Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400 Index.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

    

    

  

AXA TACTICAL MANAGER 500

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital with an emphasis on risk-adjusted returns and lower volatility over a full market cycle relative to traditional equity funds and equity market indexes, by investing in a combination of long and short positions on equity securities of large- capitalization companies, including securities in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Stock Price Index.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

    

    

  

AXA TACTICAL MANAGER INTERNATIONAL

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital with an emphasis on risk-adjusted returns and lower volatility over a full market cycle relative to traditional equity funds and equity market indexes, by investing in a combination of long and short positions on equity securities of foreign companies, including securities in the Morgan Stanley Capital International EAFE Index, ASX SPI 200 Index, Dow Jones EURO STOXX 50 Index, FTSE 100 Index and the Tokyo Stock Price Index.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

    

    

    

    

  

AXA ULTRA CONSERVATIVE STRATEGY(2)

   Seeks current income.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

EQ/ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN DYNAMIC WEALTH STRATEGIES

   Seeks to achieve total return from long-term growth of capital and income.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

    

EQ/ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN SMALL CAP GROWTH

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

    

EQ/AXA FRANKLIN SMALL CAP VALUE CORE

   Seeks to achieve long-term total return.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Franklin Advisory Services, LLC

 

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EQ Advisors Trust
Class IB Shares
Portfolio Name
   Objective    Investment Manager (or Sub-Adviser(s),
as applicable)

EQ/BOSTON ADVISORS EQUITY INCOME

   Seeks a combination of growth and income to achieve an above-average and consistent total return.   

•    Boston Advisors, LLC

    

EQ/CALVERT SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

   Seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation.   

•    Calvert Investment Management Inc.

EQ/CAPITAL GUARDIAN RESEARCH

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital.   

•    Capital Guardian Trust Company

EQ/CORE BOND INDEX

   Seeks to achieve a total return before expenses that approximates the total return performance of the Barclays Capital Intermediate U.S. Government/Credit Index, including reinvestment of dividends, at a risk level consis- tent with that of the Barclays Capital Intermediate U.S. Government/Credit Index.   

•    SSgA Funds Management, Inc.

    

EQ/DAVIS NEW YORK VENTURE

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital.   

•    Davis Selected Advisors, L.P.

EQ/EQUITY GROWTH PLUS

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Capital Management, Inc.

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

EQ/FRANKLIN CORE BALANCED

   Seeks to maximize income while maintaining prospects for capital appreciation.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Franklin Advisers, Inc.

EQ/FRANKLIN TEMPLETON ALLOCATION

   Primarily seeks capital appreciation and secondarily seeks income.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

EQ/GLOBAL BOND PLUS

   Seeks to achieve capital growth and current income.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    First International Advisors, LLC

•    Wells Capital Management, Inc.

EQ/GLOBAL MULTI-SECTOR EQUITY

   Seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc.

EQ/INTERMEDIATE GOVERNMENT BOND INDEX

   Seeks to achieve a total return before expenses that approximates the total return performance of the Barclays Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Bond Index, including reinvestment of dividends, at a risk level consistent with that of the Barclays Capital Intermediate U.S. Government Bond Index.   

•    SSgA Funds Management, Inc.

    

EQ/INTERNATIONAL CORE PLUS

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Hirayama Investments, LLC

•    Wentworth Hauser and Violich, Inc.

EQ/JPMORGAN VALUE OPPORTUNITIES

   Seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation.   

•    J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc.

 

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EQ Advisors Trust
Class IB Shares
Portfolio Name
   Objective    Investment Manager (or Sub-Adviser(s),
as applicable)

EQ/LARGE CAP CORE PLUS

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital with a secondary objective to seek reasonable current income. For purposes of this Portfolio, the words “reasonable current income” mean moderate income.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Institutional Capital LLC

EQ/LARGE CAP GROWTH PLUS

   Seeks to provide long-term capital growth.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Marsico Capital Management, LLC

EQ/LARGE CAP VALUE PLUS

   Seeks to achieve long-term growth of capital.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

EQ/LORD ABBETT LARGE CAP CORE

   Seeks to achieve capital appreciation and growth of income with reasonable risk.   

•    Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC

    

EQ/MFS INTERNATIONAL GROWTH

   Seeks to achieve capital appreciation.   

•    MFS Investment Management

EQ/MID CAP VALUE PLUS

   Seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Wellington Management Company, LLP

EQ/MONEY MARKET

   Seeks to obtain a high level of current income, preserve its assets and maintain liquidity.   

•    The Dreyfus Corporation

    

EQ/MONTAG & CALDWELL GROWTH

   Seeks to achieve capital appreciation.   

•    Montag & Caldwell, LLC

EQ/MORGAN STANLEY MID CAP GROWTH

   Seeks to achieve capital growth.   

•    Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc.

EQ/MUTUAL LARGE CAP EQUITY

   Seeks to achieve capital appreciation, which may occasionally be short-term, and secondarily, income.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Franklin Mutual Advisers, LLC

EQ/OPPENHEIMER GLOBAL

   Seeks to achieve capital appreciation.   

•    OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

EQ/PIMCO ULTRA SHORT BOND

   Seeks to generate a return in excess of traditional money market products while maintaining an emphasis on pres- ervation of capital and liquidity.   

•    Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC

    

EQ/QUALITY BOND PLUS

   Seeks to achieve high current income consistent with moderate risk to capital.   

•    AllianceBernstein L.P.

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

EQ/T. ROWE PRICE GROWTH STOCK

   Seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation and secondarily, income.   

•    T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

    

EQ/TEMPLETON GLOBAL EQUITY

   Seeks to achieve long-term capital growth.   

•    AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, LLC

•    BlackRock Investment Management, LLC

•    Templeton Investment Counsel, LLC

EQ/UBS GROWTH AND INCOME

   Seeks to achieve total return through capital appreciation with income as a secondary consideration.   

•    UBS Global Asset Management (Americas) Inc.

 

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EQ Advisors Trust
Class IB Shares
Portfolio Name
   Objective    Investment Manager (or Sub-Adviser(s),
as applicable)

EQ/VAN KAMPEN COMSTOCK

   Seeks to achieve capital growth and income.   

•    Invesco Advisers, Inc.

EQ/WELLS FARGO OMEGA GROWTH

   Seeks to achieve long-term capital growth.   

•    Wells Capital Management, Inc.

(1) The “AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolios”
(2) The AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option is part of the asset transfer program and is not part of Option A or Option B. You may not directly allocate a contribution to or request a transfer of account value into this investment option.

 

You should consider the investment objective, risks, and charges and expenses of the Portfolios carefully before investing. The prospectuses for the Trusts contain this and other important information about the Portfolios. The prospectuses should be read carefully before investing. In order to obtain copies of Trust prospectuses that do not accompany this Prospectus, you may call one of our customer service representatives at 1-800-789-7771.

Guaranteed interest option

 

The guaranteed interest option is part of our general account and pays interest at guaranteed rates. We discuss our general account under “More information” later in this Prospectus.

 

We credit interest daily to amounts in the guaranteed interest option. There are three levels of interest in effect at the same time in the guaranteed interest option:

 

(1) the minimum interest rate guaranteed over the life of the contract,

 

(2) the yearly guaranteed interest rate for the calendar year, and

 

(3) the current interest rate.

 

Based on the interest rates in effect at the time, we will apply the highest of the three interest rates described above to amounts allocated to the guaranteed interest option. Although the interest rate may vary over the course of your investment in the guaranteed interest option, the interest rate will never be lower than the lifetime minimum rate. For information regarding the interest rate currently in effect for the guaranteed interest option, call us or visit us online. See “How to reach us” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

Depending on the state where your contract is issued, the lifetime minimum rate ranges from 1.00% to 3.00%. The data page for your contract shows the lifetime minimum rate. The minimum yearly rate, which is set each calendar year, will never be less than the lifetime minimum rate. The minimum yearly rate for 2011 is 1.00%. Current interest rates, which may be set monthly, will never be less than the yearly guaranteed interest rate.

 

We set current interest rates periodically, based on our discretion and according to our procedures that we have in effect at the time. We reserve the right to change these procedures. All interest rates are effective annual rates, but before deduction of annual administrative charges, any withdrawal charges (if applicable) and any optional benefit charges. See Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for state variations.

 

We assign an interest rate to each amount allocated to the guaranteed interest option. This rate is guaranteed for a specified period. Therefore, different interest rates may apply to different amounts in the guaranteed interest option.

 

Generally, contributions and transfers into and out of the guaranteed interest option are limited. See “Transferring your money among the investment options” later in this Prospectus for restrictions on transfers to and from the guaranteed interest option.

For contracts with GMIB (or for contracts that have converted to the GWBL), ATP transfers are not taken out of or allocated to the guaranteed interest option. Please see “Asset transfer program (“ATP”)” later in this section.

 

The account for special dollar cost averaging is part of our general account. See “Special dollar cost averaging program” below for more information.

 

Allocating your contributions

 

Your allocation alternatives and procedures depend on whether you select Option A — Asset Allocation or Option B — Custom Selection, which we describe below. You must select either Option A — Asset Allocation or Option B — Custom Selection with your initial contribution. If you elect GMIB I — Asset Allocation, your contract is restricted to Option A. If you elect GMIB II — Custom Selection or if you don’t elect a GMIB, you can choose either Option A or Option B.

 

Subsequent contributions will be allocated according to the investment allocations on file. If you would like your subsequent contributions to be allocated differently, you must submit new allocation instructions on a form that we provide. We will not honor letters of instruction directing the allocation. If you submit new allocation instructions for subsequent contributions, those allocation instructions must comply with the Option rules that are in effect at the time that you submit the new allocation instructions.

 

Option A — Asset Allocation

 

Under Option A, the Asset Allocation option, all of your account value must be allocated to one or more of the following options: (1) the AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolios; (2) the EQ/AllianceBernstein Dynamic Wealth Strategies Portfolio; (3) the guaranteed interest option; (4) the EQ/Money Market Portfolio; and (5) a Special DCA program.

 

The AXA Strategic Allocation Portfolios are:

AXA Balanced Strategy

AXA Conservative Growth Strategy

AXA Conservative Strategy

AXA Growth Strategy

AXA Moderate Growth Strategy

 

Allocations must be in whole percentages, and you may change your allocations at any time. No more than 25% of any contribution may be allocated to the guaranteed interest option. The total of your allocations into all available investment options must equal 100%.

 

 

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Special DCA programs are available in connection with Option A, and they are discussed in “Dollar cost averaging” below.

 

You can rebalance your account value under Option A by submitting a request to rebalance your account value as of the date we receive your request, however, scheduled recurring rebalancing is not available. Therefore, any subsequent rebalancing transactions would require a subsequent rebalancing request. Your rebalance request must indicate the percentage you want rebalanced in each investment option (whole percentages only) and must comply with the limits regarding transfers into and out of the guaranteed interest option. You can rebalance only to the investment options available under Option A.

 

When we rebalance your account, we will transfer amounts among the investment options so that the percentage of your account value in each option at the end of the rebalancing date matches the most recent allocation instructions that we have on file. Rebalancing does not assure a profit or protect against loss, so you should periodically review your allocation percentages as your needs change. Amounts in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option are excluded from rebalancing, however, a one-time rebalancing request may trigger an off cycle ATP transfer if any amounts are moved out of the guaranteed interest option as a result of the rebalance. Please see “Asset transfer program (“ATP”)” later in this section.

 

Option B — Custom Selection

 

Under Option B, the Custom Selection option, all of your account value must be allocated to: (1) the variable investment options according to the category and investment option limits described below; or (2) a Special DCA program. The guaranteed interest option is not available under Option B.

 

If you do not elect a Special DCA program, all of your account value must be allocated among the investment options in the following four categories:

 

Category 1 — Fixed Income

EQ/Core Bond Index

EQ/Intermediate Government Bond Index

EQ/Money Market

EQ/Quality Bond PLUS

Multimanager Core Bond

 

Category 2 — Asset Allocation/Indexed

AXA Balanced Strategy

AXA Conservative Growth Strategy

AXA Conservative Strategy

AXA Growth Strategy

AXA Moderate Growth Strategy

AXA Tactical Manager 400

AXA Tactical Manager 500

AXA Tactical Manager International

AXA Tactical Manager 2000

EQ/AllianceBernstein Dynamic Wealth Strategies

 

Category 3 — Core Diversified

EQ/AXA Franklin Small Cap Value Core

EQ/Equity Growth PLUS

EQ/Franklin Core Balanced

EQ/Franklin Templeton Allocation

EQ/Global Bond PLUS

EQ/Global Multi-Sector Equity

EQ/International Core PLUS

EQ/Large Cap Core PLUS

EQ/Large Cap Growth PLUS

EQ/Large Cap Value PLUS

EQ/Mid Cap Value PLUS

EQ/Mutual Large Cap Equity

EQ/Templeton Global Equity

Multimanager Aggressive Equity

Multimanager International Equity

Multimanager Large Cap Core Equity

Multimanager Large Cap Value

Multimanager Mid Cap Growth

Multimanager Mid Cap Value

Multimanager Multi-Sector Bond

Multimanager Small Cap Growth

Multimanager Small Cap Value

 

Category 4 — Manager Select

EQ/AllianceBernstein Small Cap Growth

EQ/Boston Advisors Equity Income

EQ/Calvert Socially Responsible

EQ/Capital Guardian Research

EQ/Davis New York Venture

EQ/JPMorgan Value Opportunities

EQ/Lord Abbett Large Cap Core

EQ/MFS International Growth

EQ/Montag & Caldwell Growth

EQ/Morgan Stanley Mid Cap Growth

EQ/Oppenheimer Global

EQ/PIMCO Ultra Short Bond

EQ/T. Rowe Price Growth Stock

EQ/UBS Growth and Income

EQ/Van Kampen Comstock

EQ/Wells Fargo Omega Growth

Multimanager Technology

 

Your contributions in the four categories must also generally be allocated according to the following category and investment option limits.

 

Category and Investment option limits.  The chart below sets forth the general category and investment option limits of Option B — Custom Selection.

 

Category    1
Fixed
Income
  2
Asset
Allocation/
Indexed
  3
Core
Diversified
  4
Manager
Select
Maximum for category    100%   70%   50%   25%
Minimum for category    30%(1)   20%(1)   0%   0%
Maximum for each option    100%(2)   70%(3)   25%   15%
(1) You are required to invest a minimum of 30% of your account value in Category 1 at all times. In addition, a minimum of 20% of your account value is also required to be invested in Category 2 if any percentage of your account value is allocated to Category 3 and/or Category 4.
(2) The maximum option limit for the EQ/Money Market is 30%.
(3) AXA Tactical Manager 2000, AXA Tactical Manager 400, AXA Tactical Manager 500 and AXA Tactical Manager International have a 40% per option maximum limit.
 

 

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There are no minimum allocations for any one investment option. Allocations must be in whole percentages. The total of your allocations into all available investment options must equal 100%. Your ability to allocate contributions to investment options may be subject to restrictions in certain states. See Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for state variations.

 

Quarterly Rebalancing (Option B — Custom Selection only). Under Option B, your account value will be rebalanced automatically each quarter of your contract year. Rebalancing will occur on the same day of the month as your contract date. If that date is after the 28th of a month, rebalancing will occur on the first business day of the following month. If the date occurs on a date other than a business day, the rebalancing will occur on the next business day. The rebalance for the last quarter of the contract year will occur on the contract anniversary date. If this date occurs on a day other than a business day, the rebalance will occur on the business day immediately preceding the contract anniversary date. When we rebalance your account value, we will transfer amounts among the investment options so that the percentage of your account value in each option at the end of the rebalancing date matches the most recent allocation instructions that we have on file. For contracts with GMIB (or for contracts that have converted to the GWBL), any amounts in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option will be excluded from rebalancing. Please see “Asset transfer program (“ATP”)” later in this section. Rebalancing does not assure a profit or protect against loss, so you should periodically review your allocation percentages as your needs change. You may request a rebalancing on the transaction date of a subsequent contribution.

 

Transfers.  Generally, you may transfer your account value among the variable investment options. We may, at any time, exercise our right to terminate transfers to any of the variable investment options and to limit the number of variable investment options which you may elect. Under Option A, a transfer into the guaranteed interest option (other than a transfer pursuant to a Special DCA program) will not be permitted if such transfer would result in more than 25% of the account value being allocated to the guaranteed interest option, based on the account value as of the previous business day.

 

You may make transfers among the investment options available under Option B, provided that the transfer meets the category and investment option limits in place at the time of the transfer. In the remainder of this section, we explain our current Option B transfer rules, which we may change in the future. You may make a transfer from one investment option to another investment option within the same category provided the resulting allocation to the receiving investment option does not exceed the investment option maximum in place at the time of the transfer. You can make a transfer from an investment option in one category to an investment option in another category as long as the minimum rules for the transferring category, the minimum and maximum rules for the receiving category and the maximum rule for the receiving investment option are met. You may also request a transfer that would reallocate your account value based on percentages, provided those percentages are consistent with the category and investment option limits in place at the time of the transfer. In calculating the limits for any transfer, we use the account value percentages as of the date

prior to the transfer. Transfer requests do not change the allocation instructions on file for any future contribution or rebalancing, although transfer requests will be considered subject to the Custom Selection rules at the time of the request. An investment option transfer under Option B does not automatically change your allocation instructions for the rebalancing of your account on a quarterly basis. This means that upon the next scheduled rebalancing, we will transfer amounts among your investment options pursuant to the allocation instructions previously on file for your account. If you wish to change your allocation instructions for the quarterly rebalancing of your account, these instructions must meet the category and investment option limits in place at the time of the transfer and must be made in writing on a form we provide and sent to the processing office. Please note, however, that an allocation change for future contributions will automatically change the rebalancing instructions on file for your account. For more information about transferring your account value, please see “Transferring your money among investment options” later in this Prospectus.

 

For contracts with GMIB (or for contracts that have converted to the GWBL), you cannot contribute or initiate a transfer into the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option. On a limited basis, you can initiate a complete transfer out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option up to your contract date anniversary following age 85, subject to certain restrictions. We refer to this as the ATP exit option. Please see “Asset transfer program (“ATP”)” later in this section. Transfers into or out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option do not require new allocation instructions.

 

Allocation instruction changes.  You may change your instructions for allocations of future contributions. Any revised allocation instructions will also be used for quarterly rebalancing. Any revised allocation instructions must meet the category and investment limits in place at the time that the instructions are received.

 

Possible changes to the category and investment option limits.  We may in the future revise the category limits, the investment limits, the categories themselves, and the investment options within each category, as well as combine the investment options within the same or in different categories (collectively, “category and investment option limits”).

 

If we change our category and investment option limits, please note the following:

 

 

Any amounts you have allocated among the variable investment options will not be automatically reallocated to conform with the new category and investment option limits.

 

 

If your allocation instructions on file prior to a change to our category and investment option limits do not comply with our new category and investment option limits:

 

  you will not be automatically required to change your allocation instructions;

 

  if you make a subsequent contribution, you will not be required to change your allocation instructions;

 

  if you initiate a transfer, you will be required to change your instructions.
 

 

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Any change to your allocation instructions must comply with our new category and investment option limits. Your new allocation instructions will apply to all future transactions, including subsequent contributions, transfers and rebalancing.

 

Switching between options

 

If you elect the GMIB I — Asset Allocation, your contract will be restricted to Option A (even if you drop the Guaranteed minimum income benefit I — Asset Allocation). If you elect the GMIB I — Asset Allocation and convert to the GWBL, your contract will continue to be restricted to Option A at the time of the conversion.

 

If you do not have the GMIB I — Asset Allocation, you may select either Option A or Option B. In addition, you may switch between Option A and Option B. There are currently no limits on the number of switches between options, but the Company reserves the right to impose a limit. If you move from one option to another, you are subject to the rules applicable to the new option that are in place at the time of the switch.

 

For more information about allocation changes upon an automatic conversion to the GWBL, see “Automatic conversion” in “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” later in this Prospectus.

 

Your responsibility for allocation decisions

 

The contract is between you and AXA Equitable. The contract is not an investment advisory account, and AXA Equitable is not providing any investment advice or managing the allocations under your contract. In the absence of a specific written arrangement to the contrary, you, as the owner of the contract, have the sole authority to select investment allocations and make other decisions under the contract. (Your investment allocations may be subject to the ATP if you elect the GMIB or convert to GWBL, as described in “Asset transfer program (“ATP”)” later in this Prospectus.) If your financial professional is with AXA Advisors, he or she is acting as a broker-dealer registered representative, and is not authorized to act as an investment advisor or to manage the allocations under your contract. If your financial professional is a registered representative with a broker-dealer other than AXA Advisors, you should speak with him/her regarding any different arrangements that may apply.

 

Dollar cost averaging

 

We offer a variety of dollar cost averaging programs. Under Option A or Option B, you may participate in a Special DCA program. Under Option A, but not Option B, you may participate in one of two Investment simplifier programs. You may only participate in one program at a time. Each program allows you to gradually allocate amounts to available investment options by periodically transferring approximately the same dollar amount to the investment options you select. Under Option A, your dollar cost averaging transfer allocations to the guaranteed interest option cannot exceed 25% of your dollar cost averaging transfer allocations. Under Option B, dollar cost averaging transfer allocations must also meet Custom Selection guidelines. Regular allocations to the variable investment options will cause you to purchase more units if the unit value is low and fewer units if the unit value is high. Therefore, you may get a lower average cost per unit over the long term. These plans of investing, however, do not

guarantee that you will earn a profit or be protected against losses. We may, at any time, exercise our right to terminate transfers to any of the variable investment options and to limit the number of variable investment options which you may elect.

 

 

Units measure your value in each variable investment option.

 

 

We offer the following dollar cost averaging programs:

 

 

Special dollar cost averaging:

 

 

Special money market dollar cost averaging:

 

 

Investment simplifier.

 

Our Special DCA programs.  We currently offer the “Special dollar cost averaging program” with Series B and Series L contracts and the “Special money market dollar cost averaging program” with Series CP® and Series C contracts. Collectively, we refer to the special dollar cost averaging program and the special money market dollar cost averaging program as the “Special DCA programs”.

 

Special dollar cost averaging program

 

You may dollar cost average from the account for special dollar cost averaging, which is part of the general account. We pay interest at enhanced guaranteed rates in this account for specified time periods. However, we are under no obligation to offer enhanced guaranteed rates at any point in time. We credit daily interest, which will never be less than the guaranteed lifetime minimum rate for the guaranteed interest option, to amounts allocated to this account. The guaranteed lifetime minimum rate ranges from 1.00% to 3.00%, depending on the state where your contract is issued. There is no maximum rate. We guarantee to pay the current interest rate that is in effect on the date that your contribution is allocated to this account. That interest rate will apply to that contribution as long as it remains in this account. The guaranteed interest rate for the time period that you select will be shown in your contract for your initial contribution. We set the interest rates periodically, based on our discretion and according to procedures that we have. We reserve the right to change these procedures.

 

We will transfer amounts from the account for special dollar cost averaging into the investment options over an available time period that you select. If the special dollar cost averaging program is selected at the time of application to purchase the Accumulator® Series contract, a 60 day rate lock will apply from the date of application. Any contribution(s) received during this 60 day period will be credited with the interest rate offered on the date of application for the remainder of the time period selected at application. Any contribution(s) received after the 60 day rate lock period has ended will be credited with the then current interest rate for the remainder of the time period selected at application. Contribution(s) made to a special dollar cost averaging program selected after your contract has been issued will be credited with the then current interest rate on the date the contribution is received by AXA Equitable for the time period initially selected by you. Once the time period you selected has ended, you may select an additional time period if you are still eligible to make contributions under your contract. At that time, you may also select a different allocation for transfers to the investment options, or, if you wish, we will continue to use the selection that you have previously made.

 

 

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Special money market dollar cost averaging program

 

You may dollar cost average from the account for special money market dollar cost averaging option, which is part of the EQ/Money Market investment option.

 

Under both Special DCA programs, the following applies:

 

 

Initial contributions to a program must be at least $2,000; subsequent contributions to an existing program must be at least $250.

 

 

Subsequent contributions to an existing program do not extend the time period of the program.

 

 

Contributions into a program must be new contributions; you may not make transfers from amounts allocated to other investment options to initiate a program.

 

 

We offer time periods of 3, 6 or 12 months. We may also offer other time periods. You may only have one time period in effect at any time and once you select a time period, you may not change it.

 

 

Currently, your account value will be transferred from the program into the investment options on a monthly basis. We may offer these programs in the future with transfers on a different basis. Your financial professional can provide information in the time periods and interest rates currently available in your state, or you may contact our processing office.

 

 

Contributions to a program may be designated for the variable investment options and/or the guaranteed interest option, subject to the following:

 

  If you want to take advantage of one of our programs, 100% of your contribution must be allocated to that program. In other words, your contribution cannot be split between your Special DCA program and any other investment options available under the contract.

 

  You may designate up to 25% of your program to the guaranteed interest option, even if such a transfer would result in more than 25% of your account value being allocated to the guaranteed interest option. See “Transferring your account value” in “Transferring your money among investment options” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

Your instructions for the program must match your allocation instructions on file on the day the program is established. If you change your allocation instructions on file, the instructions for your program will change to match your new allocation instructions.

 

 

We will transfer all amounts by the end of the chosen time period. The transfer date will be the same day of the month as the contract date, but not later than the 28th day of the month. For a program selected after application, the first transfer date and each subsequent transfer date for the time period selected will be one month from the date the first contribution is made into the program, but not later than the 28th day of the month. The only transfers that will be made are your regularly scheduled transfers to the investment options. If you request to transfer or withdraw any other amounts from your program, we will transfer all of the value that you have remaining in the account to the investment

   

options according to the allocation percentages for the program that we have on file for you.

 

 

Except for withdrawals made under our Automatic RMD withdrawal service or our other automated withdrawal programs (systematic withdrawals and substantially equal withdrawals), or for the assessment of contract charges, any unscheduled partial withdrawal from your program will terminate your Special DCA program. Any amounts remaining in the account after the program terminates will be transferred to the destination investment options according to your program allocation instructions. Any withdrawal from a program will reduce your guaranteed benefit bases. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section.

 

 

For contracts with GMIB, ATP transfers are not taken out of amounts allocated to a Special DCA program. Please see “Asset transfer program (“ATP”)” later in this section.

 

 

If the GMIB converts to the GWBL, the Special DCA programs are not available.

 

 

You may cancel your participation in the program at any time by notifying us in writing. If you terminate your program, we will allocate any remaining amounts in your program pursuant to your program allocations instructions on file.

 

Investment simplifier

 

Under Option A, we offer two Investment simplifier options which are dollar cost averaging programs. You may not participate in an Investment simplifier option when you are participating in a Special DCA program. The Investment simplifier options are not available under Option B.

 

Fixed-dollar option.  Under this option you may elect to have a fixed-dollar amount transferred out of the guaranteed interest option and into the investment options available under Option A. Transfers may be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. You can specify the number of transfers or instruct us to continue to make transfers until all available amounts in the guaranteed interest option have been transferred out.

 

In order to elect the fixed-dollar option, you must have a minimum of $5,000 in the guaranteed interest option on the date we receive your election form at our processing office. The transfer date will be the same calendar day of the month as the contract date but not later than the 28th day of the month. The minimum transfer amount is $50. Unlike the account for special dollar cost averaging (available in Series B and Series L contracts only), this option does not offer enhanced rates. Also, this option is subject to the guaranteed interest option transfer limitations described under “Transferring your account value” in “Transferring your money among investment options” later in this Prospectus. While the program is running, any transfer that exceeds those limitations will cause the program to end for that contract year. You will be notified if such a transfer ends the program. You must send in a request form to resume the program in the next or subsequent contract years.

 

If, on any transfer date, your value in the guaranteed interest option is equal to or less than the amount you have elected to have transferred, the entire amount will be transferred, and the program will end. You may change the transfer amount once each contract year or cancel this program at any time.

 

 

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Interest sweep option.  Under this option, you may elect to have monthly transfers from amounts in the guaranteed interest option into the investment options available under Option A. The transfer date will be the last business day of the month. The amount we will transfer will be the interest credited to amounts you have in the guaranteed interest option from the last business day of the prior month to the last business day of the current month. You must have at least $7,500 in the guaranteed interest option on the date we receive your election. We will automatically cancel the interest sweep program if the amount in the guaranteed interest option is less than $7,500 on the last day of the month for two months in a row. For the interest sweep option, the first monthly transfer will occur on the last business day of the month following the month that we receive your election form at our processing office.

 

Interaction of dollar cost averaging programs with other contract features and benefits

 

You may only participate in one dollar cost averaging program at a time. See “Transferring your money among investment options” later in this Prospectus. If your GMIB converts to the GWBL, that will terminate any dollar cost averaging program you have in place at the time, and may limit your ability to elect a new dollar cost averaging program after conversion. See “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” later in this Prospectus. Also, for information on how the dollar cost averaging program you select may affect certain guaranteed benefits see “Guaranteed minimum death benefit and Guaranteed minimum income benefit base” below.

 

We do not deduct a transfer charge for any transfer made in connection with our dollar cost averaging programs. Not all dollar cost averaging programs are available in all states. See Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for more information on state availability.

 

Credits (for Series CP® contracts only)

 

A credit will also be allocated to your account value at the same time that we allocate your contribution. Credits are allocated to the same investment options based on the same percentages used to allocate your contributions. We do not include credits in calculating any of your benefit bases under the contract, except to the extent that any credits are part of your account value, which is used to calculate the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base or a Roll-up benefit base reset.

 

The amount of the credit will be 3% or 4% of each contribution based on your total first-year contributions.

 

First year total contributions
Breakpoints
  

Credit percentage

applied to

contributions

Less than $350,000    3%
$350,000 or more    4%

 

The percentage of the credit is based on your total first year contributions. This credit percentage will be credited to your initial contribution and each subsequent contribution made in the first contract year (after adjustment as described below). For QP contracts only, the credit percentage will also be credited for contributions in the second and later contract years. Please note that we may discontinue acceptance of contributions, including within the first contract year. Please also note that the credit percentage may be different for certain contract owners. Please see Appendix X later in this Prospectus for more information. The credit will apply to subsequent con-

tributions only to the extent that the sum of that contribution and prior contributions to which no credit was applied exceeds the total withdrawals made from the contract since the issue date. The credit will not be applied in connection with a partial conversion of a traditional IRA contract to a Roth IRA contract.

 

For example, assume you make an initial contribution of $100,000 to your contract and your account value is credited with $3,000 (3% x $100,000). After that, you decide to withdraw $7,000 from your contract. Later, you make a subsequent contribution of $3,000. You receive no credit on your $3,000 contribution since it does not exceed your total withdrawals ($7,000). Further assume that you make another subsequent contribution of $10,000. At that time, your account value will be credited with $180 [3% x (10,000 + 3,000 -7,000)].

 

Although the credit, as adjusted at the end of the first contract year, will be based upon first year total contributions, the following rules affect the percentage with which contributions made in the first contract year are credited during the first contract year:

 

 

Indication of intent: If you indicate in the application at the time you purchase your contract an intention to make contributions to equal or exceed $350,000 in the first contract year (the “Expected First Year Contribution Amount”) and your initial contribution is at least $175,000, your credit percentage will be as follows:

 

  For any contributions resulting in total contributions to date less than or equal to your Expected First Year Contribution Amount, the credit percentage will be the percentage that applies to the Expected First Year Contribution Amount based on the table above.

 

  If at the end of the first contract year your total contributions were lower than your Expected First Year Contribution Amount such that the credit applied should have been 3%, we will recover any Excess Credit. The Excess Credit is equal to the difference between the credit that was actually applied based on your Expected First Year Contribution Amount (as applicable) and the credit that should have been applied based on first year total contributions. Here, that would be 1%.

 

  The “Indication of intent” approach to first year contributions is not available in all states. Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for more information on state availability.

 

For example:

 

In your application, you include an Indication of intent to contribute $350,000 and make an initial contribution of $200,000. You do not make any subsequent contributions in the first contract year. Your account value will initially be credited with $8,000 (4% x $200,000). On your contract date anniversary, your account value will be reduced by $2,000 (1% x $200,000).

 

 

Upon advance notice to you, we may discontinue acceptance of contributions within the first contract year. Therefore, you may have less than a year to reach your Expected First Year Contribution Amount. We would recover any Excess Credit at the end of the first contract year.

 

 

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No indication of intent:

 

  For your initial contribution we will apply the credit percent- age based upon the above table.

 

  For any subsequent contribution that results in a higher applicable credit percentage (based on total contributions to date), we will increase the credit percentage applied to that contribution, as well as any prior or subsequent contributions made in the first contract year, accordingly.

 

In addition to the recovery of any Excess Credit, we will recover all of the credit or a portion of the credit in the following situations:

 

 

If you exercise your right to cancel the contract, we will recover the entire credit made to your contract (see “Your right to cancel within a certain number of days” later in this Prospectus). Also, you will not be reimbursed for any charges deducted before cancellation, except in states where we are required to return the amount of your contributions. In states where we are required to return your account value, the amount we return to you upon cancellation will reflect any investment gain or loss in the variable investment options (less the daily charges we deduct) associated with your contributions and the full amount of the credit. See “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

 

If you start receiving annuity payments within three years of making any contribution, we will recover the credit that applies to any contribution made within the prior three years.

 

 

If the owner (or older joint owner, if applicable) dies during the one-year period following our receipt of a contribution to which a credit was applied, we will recover the amount of such credit. (If the younger joint owner dies, we will not recover the amount of such credit. The contract would continue based on the older joint owner.)

 

For example:

 

You make an initial contribution of $100,000 to your contract and your account value is credited with $3,000 (3% x $100,000). If you (i) exercise your right to cancel the contract, (ii) start receiving annuity payments within three years of making the contribution, or (iii) die during the one-year period following the receipt of the contribution, we will recapture the entire credit and reduce your account value by $3,000.

 

We will recover any credit on a pro rata basis from the value in your variable investment options (including any amounts in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) and guaranteed interest option. If there is insufficient value or no value in the variable investment options (including any amounts in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) and guaranteed interest option, any additional amount of the withdrawal required or the total amount of the withdrawal will be withdrawn from the account for special money market dollar cost averaging. We do not include credits in the calculation of any withdrawal charge.

 

We do not consider credits to be contributions for purposes of any discussion in this Prospectus. We do not include credits in calculating any of your benefit bases under the contract, except to the extent that any credits are part of your account value, which is used to calculate

a reset of the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base or the Roll-up benefit base. Credits are included in the assessment of any charge that is based on your account value. Credits are also not considered to be part of your investment in the contract for tax purposes.

 

We use a portion of the operations charge and withdrawal charge to help recover our cost of providing the credit. We expect to make a profit from these charges. See “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus. The charge associated with the credit may, over time, exceed the sum of the credit and any related earnings. While we cannot state with any certainty when this will happen, we believe that it is likely that if you hold your Series CP® contract for 20 years, you may be better off in a contract without a credit, and with a lower operations charge. Your actual results will depend on the investment returns on your contract. Therefore, if you plan to hold the contract for an extended period of time, you may wish to consider purchasing a contract that does not include a credit. You should consider this possibility before purchasing the contract.

 

Any amount transferred from another AXA Equitable contract in which a credit was previously applied, is not eligible for an additional credit on the amount transferred to your Series CP® contract.

 

Guaranteed minimum death benefit and Guaranteed minimum income benefit base

 

The Guaranteed minimum death benefit base and Guaranteed minimum income benefit base (hereinafter, in this section called your “guaranteed benefit bases”) are used to calculate the Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”) and the Guaranteed minimum death benefits, as described in this section. The benefit base for a GMIB and Guaranteed minimum death benefit will be calculated as described below in this section whether these options are elected individually or in combination. Your benefit base is not an account value or a cash value. See also “Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)” and “Guaranteed minimum death benefit” below.

 

We refer to the following collectively, as the “Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)”: (i) GMIB I — Asset Allocation and (ii) GMIB II — Custom Selection.

 

We refer to the following, collectively, as “Guaranteed minimum death benefits:” (i) Return of Principal death benefit; (ii) the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit; and (iii) the “Greater of” death benefit, which includes both the “Greater of” GMDB I and the “Greater of” GMDB II.

 

As discussed immediately below, when calculating your guaranteed benefits, one or more of the following may apply: (1) the Return of Principal death benefit is based on the Return of Principal death benefit base; (2) the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit is based on the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base; (3) the “Greater of” death benefit is based on the greater of the Roll-up benefit base and the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base; (4) the GMIB is based on the GMIB benefit base, which is the greater of Roll-up benefit base and the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base.

 

For Series CP® contracts only, any credit amounts attributable to your contributions are not included in your guaranteed benefit bases.

 

For a description of how the ATP exit option will impact your guaranteed benefit bases, see “ATP exit option” below.

 

 

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See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section for a discussion of how withdrawals impact your guaranteed benefit bases. The amount of any withdrawal charge is described under “Withdrawal charge” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

Return of Principal death benefit base

 

Your Return of Principal death benefit base is equal to:

 

 

your initial contribution and any subsequent contributions to the contract; less

 

 

a deduction that reflects any withdrawals you make (including any applicable withdrawal charges). The amount of this deduction is described under “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section. The amount of any withdrawal charge is described under “Withdrawal charge” in “Charges and expenses” later in the Prospectus.

 

Please see Appendix IV for an example of how the Return of Principal death benefit base is calculated.

 

Highest Anniversary Value benefit base

(Used for the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit, GMIB I – Asset Allocation, “Greater of” GMDB I, GMIB II – Custom Selection and “Greater of” GMDB II)

 

The calculation of your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base will depend on whether you have taken a withdrawal from your contract.

 

If you have not taken a withdrawal from your contract, your benefit base is equal to the greater of either:

 

 

your initial contribution and any subsequent contributions to your contract,

 

-OR-

 

 

your highest account value on any contract date anniversary up to the contract date anniversary following the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) 85th birthday (plus any subsequent contributions made since the most recent “reset” of the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base that established your account value as your new Highest Anniversary Value benefit base).

 

If you have taken a withdrawal from your contract, your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base will be reduced from the amount described above.

 

At any time after a withdrawal, your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base is equal to the greater of either:

 

 

your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base immediately following the most recent withdrawal (plus any subsequent contributions made after any such withdrawal),

 

-OR-

 

 

your highest account value on any contract date anniversary after the withdrawal, up to the contract date anniversary following the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) 85th birthday (plus any subsequent contributions made since the most recent “reset” of the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base that established your account value as your new Highest Anniversary Value benefit base)

 

Please see Appendix IV for an example of how the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base is calculated.

Roll-up benefit base

(Used for the GMIB I – Asset Allocation, “Greater of” GMDB I, GMIB II – Custom Selection and “Greater of” GMDB II)

 

Your Roll-up benefit base is equal to:

 

 

your initial contribution and any subsequent contributions to your contract; less

 

 

a deduction that reflects any “Excess withdrawal” amounts (plus any applicable withdrawal charges); plus

 

 

“Deferral Roll-up amount” OR any “Annual Roll-up amount” minus a deduction that reflects any withdrawals up to the “Annual withdrawal amount.” (Withdrawal charges do not apply to amounts withdrawn up to the Annual withdrawal amount.)

 

The “Annual Roll-up amount” and the “Deferral Roll-up amount” are described under “Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)” later in this section.

 

The Roll-up benefit base stops rolling up on the contract date anniversary following the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) 85th birthday.

 

For contracts with non-natural owners, the Roll-up benefit bases will be based on the annuitant’s (or older joint annuitant’s) age.

 

Please see Appendix IV for an example of how the Roll-up benefit base is calculated.

 

 

Either the Deferral Roll-up amount or the Annual Roll-up amount is credited to the Roll-up benefit base on each contract date anniversary. These amounts are calculated by taking into account your Roll-up benefit base from the preceding contract date anniversary, the applicable Roll-up rate under your contract, subsequent contributions to your contract during the contract year and for the Annual Roll-up amount, any withdrawals up to the Annual withdrawal amount during the contract year. The calculation of both the Deferral Roll-up amount and the Annual Roll-up amount are discussed later in this section.

 

 

“Greater of” GMDB I, “Greater of” GMDB II, GMIB I – Asset Allocation and GMIB II – Custom Selection benefit bases

 

Your “Greater of” death benefit base and your GMIB benefit base are equal to the greater of:

 

 

The Roll-up benefit base; and

 

 

The Highest Anniversary Value benefit base.

 

Both of these are described immediately above.

 

The Roll-up benefit base is used to calculate (i) the Annual withdrawal amount (as described later in this section), (ii) the benefit bases for the GMIB and “Greater of” death benefit, and (iii) the charges for these guaranteed benefits. The Highest Anniversary Value benefit base is not used to calculate your Annual withdrawal amount, but is used to calculate the benefit bases for the GMIB and “Greater of” death benefit, as well as the charges for these guaranteed benefits.

 

For the GMIB, the benefit base is reduced by any applicable withdrawal charge remaining when the option is exercised prior to the

contract date anniversary following age 85. For more information, see

“Withdrawal charge” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

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Please see Appendix IV later in this Prospectus for an example of how the benefit bases for GMIB and the “Greater of” death benefit are calculated.

 

Your guaranteed benefit base(s) is not an account value. As such, the benefit base(s) cannot be split or divided in any proportion in connection with an event, such as a divorce or Roth IRA conversion.

 

Roll-up benefit base reset

 

As described in this section, you will be eligible to reset your Roll-up benefit base on certain contract date anniversaries. The reset amount will equal the account value as of the contract date anniversary on which you reset your Roll-up benefit base. The Roll-up continues to the contract date anniversary following age 85 on any reset benefit base.

 

If you elect GMIB with or without the “Greater of” GMDB, you are eligible to reset the Roll-up benefit base for these guaranteed benefits to equal the account value on any contract date anniversary starting with your first contract date anniversary and ending with the contract date anniversary following your 85th birthday.

 

If you elect both a “Greater of” death benefit and a GMIB, the Roll-up benefit bases for both guaranteed benefits are reset simultaneously when you request a Roll-up benefit base reset. You cannot elect a Roll-up benefit base reset for one benefit and not the other.

 

If you are not enrolled in one of our programs, we will send you a notice in each year that the Roll-up benefit base is eligible to be reset, and you will have 30 days from your contract date anniversary to request a reset. At any time, you may choose one of the three available reset methods: one-time reset option, automatic annual reset program or automatic customized reset program.

 

 

one-time reset option — resets your Roll-up benefit base on a single contract date anniversary.

 

automatic annual reset program — automatically resets your Roll-up benefit base on each contract date anniversary you are eligible for a reset.

 

automatic customized reset program — automatically resets your Roll-up benefit base on each contract date anniversary, if eligible, for the period you designate.

 

 

If your request to reset your Roll-up benefit base is received at our processing office more than 30 days after your contract date anniversary, your Roll-up benefit base will reset on the next contract date anniversary if you are eligible for a reset.

 

One-time reset requests will be processed as follows:

 

(i) if your request is received within 30 days following your contract date anniversary, your Roll-up benefit base will be reset, if eligible, as of that contract date anniversary. If your benefit base was not eligible for a reset on that contract date anniversary, your one-time reset request will be terminated;

 

(ii) if your request is received outside the 30 day period following your contract date anniversary, your Roll-up benefit base will be reset, if eligible, on the next contract date anniversary. If your benefit base is not eligible for a reset, your one-time reset request will be terminated.

 

Once your one-time reset request is terminated, you must submit a new request in order to reset your benefit base.

If you wish to cancel your elected reset program, your request must be received by our processing office at least 30 days prior to your contract date anniversary to terminate your reset program for such contract date anniversary. Cancellation requests received after this deadline will be applied the following year. A reset cannot be cancelled after it has occurred. For more information, see “How to reach us” earlier in this Prospectus. If you die before the contract date anniversary following age 85 and your spouse continues the contract, the benefit base will be eligible to be reset on each contract date anniversary until the contract date anniversary following the spouse’s age 85 as described above.

 

If you elect to reset your Roll-up benefit bases, we may increase the charge for the GMIB and the “Greater of” death benefit. There is no charge increase for the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit. See both “Guaranteed minimum death benefit charge” and “Guaranteed minimum income benefit charge” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

It is important to note that once you have reset your Roll-up benefit base, a new waiting period to exercise the GMIB will apply from the date of the reset. Your new exercise date will be the tenth contract date anniversary following the reset or, if later, the earliest date you would have been permitted to exercise without regard to the reset, but in no event will it be later than the contract date anniversary following age 85. See “Exercise rules” under “Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)” and “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” below for more information. Please note that in most cases, resetting your Roll-up benefit base will lengthen the exercise waiting period. Also, even when there is no additional charge when you reset your Roll-up benefit base, the total dollar amount charged on future contract date anniversaries may increase as a result of the reset since the charges may be applied to a higher benefit base than would have been otherwise applied. See “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

If you are a traditional IRA or QP contract owner, before you reset your Roll-up benefit base, please consider the effect of the waiting period on your requirement to take lifetime required minimum distributions with respect to the contract. If you convert from a QP contract to an IRA, your waiting period for the reset under the IRA contract will include any time that you were a participant under the QP contract. If you must begin taking lifetime required minimum distributions during the 10-year waiting period, you may want to consider taking the annual lifetime required minimum distribution calculated for the contract from another permissible contract or funding vehicle that you maintain. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section and “Lifetime required minimum distribution withdrawals” in “Accessing your money.” Also, see “Required minimum distributions” under “Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs)” in “Tax information” and Appendix III — “Purchase considerations for QP Contracts” later in this Prospectus.

 

Annuity purchase factors

 

Annuity purchase factors are the factors applied to determine your periodic payments under the GMIB and annuity payout options. The GMIB is discussed under “Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)” below and annuity payout options are discussed under

 

 

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“Your annuity payout options” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus. Annuity purchase factors are based on interest rates, mortality tables, frequency of payments, the form of annuity benefit, and the owner’s (and any joint owner’s) age and sex in certain instances. We may provide more favorable current annuity purchase factors for the annuity payout options.

 

Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)

 

This section describes the Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”).

 

The GMIB is available to owners ages 20–80 (ages 20-70 for Series CP® contracts). For owner ages 71–80 at issue, the “Greater of” GMDB I and the “Greater of” GMDB II are not available. See Appendix IX and Appendix X later in this Prospectus for more information. You may elect one of the following:

 

 

The Guaranteed minimum income benefit I — Asset Allocation (“GMIB I — Asset Allocation”).

 

 

The Guaranteed minimum income benefit II — Custom Selection (“GMIB II — Custom Selection”).

 

Both options include the ability to reset your Roll-up benefit base. See “Roll-up benefit base reset” earlier in this section. Under GMIB I — Asset Allocation, you are restricted to the investment options available under Option A — Asset Allocation. Under GMIB II — Custom Selection, you can choose either Option A — Asset Allocation or Option B — Custom Selection. You should not elect GMIB II — Custom Selection and invest your account value in Option A if you plan to never switch to Option B, since GMIB I — Asset Allocation’s optional benefit charge is lower and offers Option A.

 

If you elect the GMIB I — Asset Allocation, you may elect the Return of Principal death benefit, Highest Anniversary Value death benefit, or the “Greater of” GMDB I. You may not elect the “Greater of” GMDB II.

 

If you elect the GMIB II — Custom Selection, you may elect the Return of Principal death benefit, Highest Anniversary Value death benefit, or the “Greater of” GMDB II. You may not elect the “Greater of” GMDB I.

 

If the contract is jointly owned, the GMIB will be calculated on the basis of the older owner’s age. There is an additional charge for the GMIB which is described under “Guaranteed minimum income benefit charge” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

This feature is not available for an Inherited IRA. If you are using the contract to fund a charitable remainder trust (for Series B and Series L contracts only), you will have to take certain distribution amounts. You should consider split-funding so that those distributions do not adversely impact your GMIB. See “Owner and annuitant requirements” earlier in this section. If the owner was older than age 60 at the time an IRA or QP contract was issued, the GMIB may not be an appropriate feature because the minimum distributions required by tax law generally must begin before the GMIB can be exercised. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section.

 

If you elect the GMIB option and change ownership of the contract, this benefit will automatically terminate, except under certain circumstances. See “Transfers of ownership, collateral assignments, loans and borrowing” in “More information,” later in this Prospectus.

The GMIB guarantees you a minimum amount of fixed income under a life annuity fixed payout option. You choose whether you want the option to be paid on a single or joint life basis at the time you exercise your GMIB. An additional payout option may be available for certain contract owners. Please see Appendix IX and Appendix X for more information.

 

We may also make other forms of payout options available. For a description of payout options, see “Your annuity payout options” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

The Guaranteed minimum income benefit should be regarded as a safety net only.

 

 

When you exercise the GMIB, the annual lifetime income that you will receive will be the greater of (i) your GMIB which is calculated by applying your GMIB benefit base, less any applicable withdrawal charge remaining (if exercised prior to age 85), to guaranteed annuity purchase factors, or (ii) the income provided by applying your account value to our then current annuity purchase factors. The benefit base is applied only to the guaranteed annuity purchase factors under the GMIB in your contract and not to any other guaranteed or current annuity purchase rates. The amount of income you actually receive will be determined when we receive your request to exercise the benefit.

 

When you elect to receive annual lifetime income, your contract (including its death benefit and any account or cash values) will terminate and you will receive a new contract for the annuity payout option. For a discussion of when your payments will begin and end, see “Exercise of Guaranteed minimum income benefit” below.

 

Before you elect the GMIB, you should consider the fact that it provides a form of insurance and is based on conservative actuarial factors. Therefore, even if your account value is less than your benefit base, you may generate more income by applying your account value to current annuity purchase factors. We will make this comparison for you upon request.

 

Surrendering your contract will terminate your GMIB. Please see “Surrendering your contract to receive its cash value” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus.

 

Annual Roll-up rate

 

The Annual Roll-up rate is 5%. The Annual Roll-up rate is used to calculate your Annual withdrawal amount. It is also used to calculate amounts credited to your Roll-up benefit base for the contract year in which the first withdrawal is made from your contract and all subsequent contract years. The Roll-up rate used to calculate amounts credited to your Roll-up benefit base in the contract years prior to the first withdrawal from your contract is called the “Deferral Roll-up rate”.

 

Deferral Roll-up rate

 

The Deferral Roll-up rate is 5%. The Deferral Roll-up rate is only used to calculate amounts credited to your Roll-up benefit base through the end of the contract year that precedes the contract year in which the first withdrawal is made from your contract.

 

 

Both the Annual Roll-up rate and the Deferral Roll-up rate are 5%. This means that the rate used to calculate amounts credited to your Roll-up benefit base is the same before and after the first withdrawal is made from your contract.

 

 

 

 

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The Deferral Roll-up rate may be different for certain contract owners. Please see Appendix IX and Appendix X later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

Annual Roll-up amount and annual Roll-up benefit base adjustment

 

The Annual Roll-up amount is an amount credited to your Roll-up benefit base on each contract date anniversary once you take a withdrawal from your contract. This amount is calculated by taking into account your Roll-up benefit base from the preceding contract date anniversary, the Annual Roll-up rate, contributions to your contract during the contract year and any withdrawals up to the Annual withdrawal amount during the contract year.

 

Your Annual Roll-up amount at the end of the contract year is calculated, as follows:

 

 

your Roll-up benefit base on the preceding contract date anniversary, multiplied by:

 

 

5% (the Annual Roll-up rate); less

 

 

any withdrawals up to the Annual withdrawal amount resulting in a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the Annual Roll-up amount; plus

 

 

A pro-rated Roll-up amount for any contribution to your contract during the contract year.

 

A pro-rated Roll-up amount is based on the number of days in the contract year after the contribution.

 

The Roll-up benefit base, used in connection with the GMIB and the “Greater of” death benefit, stops rolling up on the contract date anniversary following the owner’s (or older joint owner, if applicable) 85th birthday.

 

In the event of your death, a pro-rated portion of the Annual Roll-up amount will be added to the Roll-up benefit base, if applicable.

 

Amounts withdrawn from your contract in excess of your Annual withdrawal amount, and all subsequent withdrawals from your contract in that contract year, will always reduce your Roll-up benefit base on a pro rata basis. For more information, see “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section.

 

Deferral Roll-up amount and annual Roll-up benefit base adjustment

 

The Deferral Roll-up amount is an amount credited to your Roll-up benefit base on each contract date anniversary before you take your first withdrawal from your contract. The amount is calculated by taking into account your Roll-up benefit base from the preceding contract date anniversary, the Deferral Roll-up rate and contributions to your contract during the contract year.

 

Your Deferral Roll-up amount at the end of the contract year is calculated as follows:

 

 

your Roll-up benefit base on the preceding contract date anniversary, multiplied by:

 

 

5% (the Deferral Roll-up rate); plus

 

 

A pro-rated Deferral Roll-up amount for any contribution to your contract during the contract year.

 

A pro-rated Deferral Roll-up amount is based on the number of days in the contract year after the contribution.

In the event of your death, a pro-rated portion of the Deferral Roll-up amount will be added to the Roll-up benefit base, if applicable.

 

Annual withdrawal amount

 

Your Annual withdrawal amount is calculated on the first day of each contract year beginning in the second contract year, and is equal to:

 

 

5% (the Annual Roll-up rate), multiplied by;

 

 

the Roll-up benefit base as of the most recent contract date anniversary.

 

You do not have an Annual withdrawal amount in the first contract year. Any withdrawal from your contract during the first contract year is treated as an Excess withdrawal and will reduce your Roll-up benefit base on a pro rata basis. The full Annual Roll-up amount is added to your Roll-up benefit base on the first contract date anniversary.

 

Beginning in the second contract year, you may withdraw up to your Annual withdrawal amount without reducing your Roll-up benefit base. Amounts withdrawn from your contract in excess of your Annual withdrawal amount, and all subsequent withdrawals from your contract in that contract year, will always reduce your Roll-up benefit base on a pro rata basis. Each such withdrawal is referred to as an “Excess withdrawal”. For an example of how a pro rata reduction works, see “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section. It is important to note that withdrawals in excess of your Annual withdrawal amount may have a harmful effect on your guaranteed benefit bases. An Excess withdrawal that reduces your account value to zero will cause your GMIB to terminate.

 

Please remember that the Roll-up benefit base is only one component of the benefit base for the GMIB I — Asset Allocation, GMIB II — Custom Selection, “Greater of” GMDB I and “Greater of” GMDB II. These benefit bases are equal to the greater of the Roll-up benefit base and the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base. This means if the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base is greater than the Roll-up benefit base at the time of a withdrawal, even if your Roll-up benefit base is not reduced as a result of the withdrawal, your GMIB benefit base and/or your “Greater of” death benefit base will be reduced. Your Annual withdrawal amount is based solely on your Roll-up benefit base; it is not impacted by your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base.

 

Your Annual withdrawal amount is calculated using the Annual Roll-up rate. Your Annual withdrawal amounts are not cumulative. If you withdraw less than your Annual withdrawal amount in any contract year, you may not add the remainder to your Annual withdrawal amount in any subsequent year.

 

Effect of an Excess withdrawal.  An Excess withdrawal will always reduce your Roll-up benefit base and your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base on a pro rata basis. This means that once a withdrawal is taken that causes the sum of the withdrawals from your contract to exceed the Annual withdrawal amount, that portion of the withdrawal that exceeds the Annual withdrawal amount and any subsequent withdrawals in that contract year will reduce your guaranteed benefit bases on a pro rata basis.

 

For an example of how your Annual withdrawal amount, Annual Roll-up amount, Deferral Roll-up amount and an Excess withdrawal affect your Roll-up benefit base see Appendix IV later in this Prospectus.

 

 

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Guaranteed minimum income benefit “no lapse guarantee”.  In general, if your account value falls to zero (except as discussed below), the GMIB will be exercised automatically, based on the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) current age and benefit base, as follows:

 

 

You will be issued a life only supplementary contract based on your life. Upon exercise, your contract (including its death benefit and any account or cash values) will terminate.

 

 

You will have 30 days from when we notify you to change the payout option and/or the payment frequency.

 

The no lapse guarantee will terminate under the following circumstances:

 

 

If your aggregate withdrawals during any contract year exceed your Annual withdrawal amount (or in the first contract year, exceed your Annual Roll-up rate times all contributions received in the first 90 days);

 

 

Upon the contract date anniversary following the owner (or older joint owner, if applicable) reaching age 85.

 

Please note that if you participate in our Automatic RMD service, an automatic withdrawal under that program will not cause the no lapse guarantee to terminate even if a withdrawal causes your total contract year withdrawals to exceed your Annual withdrawal amount.

 

Exercise of Guaranteed minimum income benefit.  On each contract date anniversary that you are eligible to exercise the GMIB, we will send you an eligibility notice illustrating how much income could be provided as of the contract date anniversary. You must notify us within 30 days following the contract date anniversary if you want to exercise the GMIB. You must return your contract to us, along with all required information within 30 days following your contract date anniversary, in order to exercise this benefit. Upon exercise of the GMIB, the owner (or older joint owner, if applicable) will become the annuitant, and the contract will be annuitized on the basis of the annuitant’s life. You will begin receiving annual payments one year after the annuity payout contract is issued. If you choose monthly or quarterly payments, you will receive your payment one month or one quarter after the annuity payout contract is issued. Under monthly or quarterly payments, the aggregate payments you receive in a contract year will be less than what you would have received if you had elected an annual payment, as monthly and quarterly payments reflect the time value of money with regard to both interest and mortality. You may choose to take a withdrawal prior to exercising the GMIB, which will reduce your payments. You may not partially exercise this benefit. See “Accessing your money” under “Withdrawing your account value” later in this Prospectus. Payments end with the last payment before the annuitant’s (or joint annuitant’s, if applicable) death.

 

Exercise rules.  The latest date you may exercise the GMIB is the 30th day following the contract date anniversary following your 85th birthday. Withdrawal charges, if any, will not apply when the GMIB is exercised at age 85. Other options are available to you on the contract date anniversary following your 85th birthday. See “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” later in this Prospectus. In addition, eligibility to exercise the GMIB is based on the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) age, as follows:

 

 

If you were at least age 20 and no older than age 44 when the contract was issued, you are eligible to exercise the GMIB within

   

30 days following each contract date anniversary beginning with the 15th contract date anniversary.

 

 

If you were at least age 45 and no older than age 49 when the contract was issued, you are eligible to exercise the GMIB within 30 days following each contract date anniversary after age 60.

 

 

If you were at least age 50 and no older than age 75 when the contract was issued, you are eligible to exercise the GMIB within 30 days following each contract date anniversary beginning with the 10th contract date anniversary.

 

Please note:

 

(i) if you were age 75 when the contract was issued or the Roll-up benefit base was reset when you were between the ages of 75 and 85, the only time you may exercise the GMIB is within 30 days following the contract date anniversary following your attainment of age 85;

 

(ii)

for Accumulator® Series QP contracts, the Plan participant can exercise the GMIB only if he or she elects to take a distribution from the Plan and, in connection with this distribution, the Plan’s trustee changes the ownership of the contract to the participant. This effects a rollover of the Accumulator® Series QP contract into an Accumulator® Series traditional IRA. This process must be completed within the 30-day time frame following the contract date anniversary in order for the Plan participant to be eligible to exercise. However, if the GMIB is automatically exercised as a result of the no lapse guarantee, a rollover into an IRA will not be effected and payments will be made directly to the trustee;

 

(iii) since no partial exercise is permitted, owners of defined benefit QP contracts who plan to change ownership of the contract to the participant must first compare the participant’s lump sum benefit amount and annuity benefit amount to the GMIB benefit base and account value, and make a withdrawal from the contract if necessary. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section;

 

(iv) if you reset the Roll-up benefit base (as described earlier in this section), your new exercise date will be the tenth contract date anniversary following the reset or, if later, the earliest date you would have been permitted to exercise without regard to the reset, but in no event will it be later than the contract date anniversary following age 85. Please note that in most cases, resetting your Roll-up benefit base will lengthen the waiting period;

 

(v)

a spouse beneficiary or younger spouse joint owner under Spousal continuation may only continue the GMIB if the contract is not past the last date on which the original owner could have exercised the benefit. In addition, the spouse beneficiary or younger spouse joint owner must be eligible to continue the benefit and to exercise the benefit under the applicable exercise rule (described in the above bullets) using the following additional rules. The spouse beneficiary or younger spouse joint owner’s age on the date of the owner’s death replaces the owner’s age at issue, for purposes of determining the availability of the benefit and which of the exercise rules applies. For example, if an owner is age 70 at issue, and he dies at age 79, and the spouse beneficiary is 86 on the date of his death, she will not be able to exercise the GMIB, even though she was 77 at

 

 

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  the time the contract was issued, because eligibility is measured using her age at the time of the owner’s death, not her age on the issue date. The original contract issue date will continue to apply for purposes of the exercise rules;

 

(vi) if the contract is jointly owned, you can elect to have the GMIB paid either: (a) as a joint life benefit or (b) as a single life benefit paid on the basis of the older owner’s age (if applicable); and

 

(vii) if the contract is owned by a trust or other non-natural person, eligibility to elect or exercise the GMIB is based on the annuitant’s (or older joint annuitant’s, if applicable) age, rather than the owner’s.

 

See “Effect of the owner’s death” under “Payment of death benefit” later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

Please see “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section and “Insufficient account value” in “Determining your contract’s value” and the section entitled “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus for more information on these guaranteed benefits.

 

Asset transfer program (“ATP”)

 

If you elect the GMIB or convert to GWBL, you are required to participate in the asset transfer program (“ATP”). The ATP helps us manage our financial exposure in providing the guaranteed benefits, by using predetermined mathematical formulas to move account value between the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option and the variable investment options. The formulas applicable to you may not be altered once you elect the benefit. In essence, we seek to preserve account value by transferring some or all of your account value to a more stable option (i.e., the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option). The formulas also contemplate the transfer of some or all of the account value from the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option to the variable investment options according to your allocation instructions on file. The formulas are described below and are also described in greater detail in Appendix VIII later in this Prospectus.

 

The AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option will only be used to hold amounts transferred out of your variable investment options in accordance with the formulas described below. The AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option is not part of Option A or Option B, and you may not directly allocate a contribution to the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option or request a transfer of account value into the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option. The ATP applies regardless of whether you elect Option A or

Option B. On a limited basis, you may request a transfer out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option, subject to the rules discussed below. For a summary description of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option, please see “Portfolios of the Trusts” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

Transfers into or out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option, if required, are processed on each valuation day. The valuation day occurs on each contract monthiversary. The contract monthiversary is the same date of the month as the contract date. If the contract monthiversary is not a business day in any month, the valuation day will be the preceding business day. For contracts with issue dates after the 28th day of the month, the valuation day will be on the first business day of the following month. In the twelfth month of the contract year, the valuation day will be on the contract date

anniversary. If the contract date anniversary occurs on a day other than a business day, the valuation day will be the business day immediately preceding the contract date anniversary.

 

In general, the formulas work as follows. On each valuation day, two formulas – the ATP formula and the transfer amount formula – are used to automatically perform an analysis with respect to your GMIB. For purposes of these calculations, amounts in the guaranteed interest option and any Special DCA program are excluded from amounts that are transferred into the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option.

 

The first formula, called the ATP formula, begins by calculating a contract ratio, which is determined by dividing the account value by the GMIB benefit base, and subtracting the resulting number from one. The contract ratio is then compared to predetermined “transfer points” to determine what portion of account value needs to be held in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option is required.

 

If the contract ratio is equal to or less than the minimum transfer point, all of the account value in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option, if any, will be transferred to the variable investment options according to your allocation instructions on file. If the contract ratio on the valuation day exceeds the minimum transfer point but is less than the maximum transfer point, amounts may be transferred either into or out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option depending on the account value already in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option, the guaranteed interest option and a Special DCA program. If the contract ratio on the valuation day is equal to or greater than the maximum transfer point, the total amount of your account value in the variable investment options, will be transferred into the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option.

 

ATP transfers into the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option will be transferred out of your variable investment options on a pro rata basis. ATP transfers out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option will be allocated among the variable investment options in accordance with your allocation instructions on file. Any amounts that would have been allocated to the guaranteed interest option, based on your allocation instructions on file, will be allocated among the variable investment options. No amounts will be transferred into or out of the guaranteed interest option or a Special DCA program as a result of any ATP transfer.

 

If you make a contribution after the contract date, that contribution will be allocated according to the instructions that you provide or, if we do not receive any instructions, according to the allocation instructions on file for your contract. If the contribution is processed on a valuation day, it will be subject to an ATP transfer calculation on that day. If the contribution is received between valuation days, the amount contributed will be subject to an ATP transfer calculation on the next valuation day.

 

A separate formula, called the transfer amount formula, is used to calculate the amount that must be transferred either into or out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option when the ATP formula indicates that such a transfer is required. For example, the transfer amount formula reallocates account value such that for every 1% by which the contract ratio exceeds the minimum transfer point after the transaction 10% of the account value will be invested in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option, the guaranteed

 

 

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interest option, and a Special DCA program. When the contract ratio exceeds the minimum transfer point by 10% (i.e., it reaches the maximum transfer point), amounts will be transferred into the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option such that 100% of account value will be invested in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option, the guaranteed interest option, and a Special DCA program. On the first day of your first contract year, the minimum transfer point is 10% and the maximum transfer point is 20%. The minimum and maximum transfer points increase each contract monthiversary. After the 20th contract year, the minimum transfer point is 50% and the maximum transfer point is 60%. See Appendix VIII for a list of transfer points.

 

On any day that a transfer (excluding a dollar cost averaging transfer) is made out of the guaranteed interest option into a variable investment option, the formulas described above will be run, which may in turn trigger an off cycle ATP transfer. Regardless of when this off cycle valuation occurs, an ATP valuation will again occur on the next valuation day. An off cycle valuation will not occur on a monthiversary. Cancellation of any dollar cost averaging program will not trigger an off cycle ATP transfer. For the purposes of any off cycle calculation, the ATP transfer formula will use the account value as of the previous business day. Off cycle calculations will use the transfer points for the most recent valuation day.

 

If you take a withdrawal from your contract and there is account value allocated to the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option, the withdrawal will be taken pro rata out of your variable investment options (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) and the guaranteed interest option, if applicable. If there is insufficient value or no value in those investment options, any additional amount of the withdrawal required or the total amount of the withdrawal will be withdrawn from the Special DCA program.

 

Subject to any necessary regulatory approvals and advance notice to affected contract owners, we reserve the right to utilize an investment option other than the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option as part of the ATP.

 

ATP exit option.  Apart from the operation of the formulas, you may request a transfer of account value in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option. You may wish to exercise the ATP exit option if you seek greater equity exposure and if it meets your investment goals and risk tolerance. This strategy may result in higher growth of your account value if the market increases which may also increase your benefit bases upon a reset. On the other hand, if the market declines, your account value will also decline which will reduce the likelihood that your benefit bases will increase. You should consult with your financial professional to assist you in determining whether exercising the ATP exit option meets your investment goals and risk tolerance.

 

The ATP exit option is subject to the following limitations:

 

 

You may not transfer out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option during the first contract year.

 

 

Beginning in the second contract year, you may make a transfer out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option only once per contract year.

 

You must elect the transfer on a specific transfer form we provide.

 

 

100% of your account value in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option must be transferred out. You cannot request a partial transfer. The transfer will be allocated to your variable investment options based on the instructions we have on file.

 

 

There is no minimum account value requirement for the ATP exit option. You may make this election if you have any account value in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option.

 

 

We are not able to process an ATP exit option on a valuation day or on a day where we process an off cycle transfer. If your transfer form is received in good order on a valuation day or a day on which we process an off cycle transfer, your ATP exit option will be processed on the next business day. If no account value remains in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option on that day, there will be no transfer and your election will not count as your one permitted ATP exit option for that contract year.

 

If we process an ATP exit option, we will recalculate your benefit bases. A transfer may result in a reduction in your benefit bases and therefore a reduction in the value of your benefits.

 

On the day the ATP exit option is processed, the current value of the Roll-up benefit base and the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base is compared to the new benefit base produced by the ATP exit option formula. Each benefit base (the Roll-up benefit base and the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base) is adjusted to the lesser of the current value of that benefit base or the new benefit base produced by the ATP exit option formula. There is the potential that the Roll-up benefit base will be adjusted without a corresponding adjustment to the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base and vice versa.

 

If the Roll-up benefit base is adjusted, there are no corresponding adjustments made to the Deferral Roll-up amount, the Annual Roll-up amount and the Annual withdrawal amount in that contract year. Any such amounts are added to your newly adjusted Roll-up benefit base.

 

The effect of the ATP exit option on the Guaranteed minimum death benefit bases is as follows:

 

 

“Greater of” GMDB: Both the Roll-up benefit base and the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base will be adjusted in the same manner as the GMIB benefit bases.

 

 

Highest Anniversary Value death benefit: The benefit base value for the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit will be the same as the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base for the GMIB.

 

 

Return of Principal death benefit: The Return of Principal death benefit base is not adjusted.

 

For information about the ATP exit option, please see Appendix VIII later in this Prospectus.

 

ATP continues after conversion to GWBL.  If the GMIB converts to the GWBL, the ATP will continue as described above, except that the ATP exit option will no longer be available. See Appendix VIII later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

 

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Dropping the Guaranteed minimum income benefit after issue

 

You may drop the GMIB from your contract after issue and prior to conversion to the GWBL, subject to the following restrictions:

 

 

For Series B, Series CP® and Series L contract holders:

 

  You may not drop the GMIB if there are any withdrawal charges in effect under your contract, including withdrawal charges applicable to subsequent contributions.

 

 

For Series C contract holders:

 

  You may not drop the GMIB until the fourth contract date anniversary.

 

 

The GMIB will be dropped from your contract on the date we receive your election form at our processing office in good order. If you drop the GMIB on a date other than a contract date anniversary, we will deduct a pro rata portion of the GMIB charge for the contract year on that date.

 

 

If you elect the “Greater of” GMDB I or “Greater of” GMDB II and the corresponding GMIB, and subsequently drop the GMIB prior to the contract date anniversary following age 85, we will no longer deduct the GMIB charge. We will also automatically terminate the Guaranteed minimum death benefit and its charge and apply the Return of Principal death benefit.

 

 

If you elect the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit with the GMIB and subsequently drop the GMIB prior to the contract date anniversary following age 85, we will no longer deduct the GMIB charge. Your contract will continue with the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit at the applicable charge. Withdrawals will now reduce your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base on a pro rata basis. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section.

 

 

If you drop the GMIB from your contract prior to the contract date anniversary following age 85, the ATP will no longer be in effect. Any account value in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option will be allocated to your variable investment options.

 

If a benefit has been dropped, you will receive a letter confirming that the benefit has been dropped. If you drop the GMIB you will not be permitted to add the GMIB to your contract again. See “Guaranteed minimum death benefit” below for more information regarding how dropping the GMIB will affect the Guaranteed minimum death benefit. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” below in this section for more information on how withdrawals are treated after the GMIB is dropped.

 

Guaranteed minimum death benefit

 

You may choose from three death benefit options:

 

 

Return of Principal death benefit;

 

 

Highest Anniversary Value death benefit;

 

 

“Greater of” death benefits:

 

  The “Greater of” GMDB I (available only if elected with the GMIB I — Asset Allocation); or
  The “Greater of” GMDB II (available only if elected with the GMIB II — Custom Selection).

 

The Return of Principal death benefit, if elected without a GMIB, is available at issue to all owners. If elected with a GMIB, the Return of Principal death benefit is issued to owners age 20-80 (age 20-70 for Series CP®). The Highest Anniversary Value death benefit, if elected without a GMIB, is issued to owners age 0-80 (age 0-70 for Series CP®). If elected with a GMIB, the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit is issued to owners age 20-80 (age 20-70 for Series CP®). The “Greater of” death benefit, which must be elected with a GMIB, is issued to owners age 20-70. Please note that the maximum issue age for the death benefit options may be different for certain contract owners. Please see Appendix IX and Appendix X later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

Your contract provides a Return of Principal death benefit. If you do not elect one of the “Greater of” death benefits or the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit described below when your contract is issued, the death benefit is equal to your account value as of the date we receive satisfactory proof of death, any required instructions for the method of payment, information and forms necessary to effect payment, OR the Return of Principal death benefit, whichever provides the higher amount. The Return of Principal death benefit is equal to your total contributions, adjusted for withdrawals (and any associated withdrawal charges, if applicable). The Return of Principal death benefit is available to all owners.

 

If you elect one of the “Greater of” death benefits or the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit, your death benefit is equal to your account value as of the date we receive satisfactory proof of the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) death, any required instructions for the method of payment, information and forms necessary to effect payment, or the benefit base of your elected “Greater of” death benefit or the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit on the date of the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) death, adjusted for any subsequent withdrawals (and associated withdrawal charges, if applicable), whichever provides the higher amount. Once your contract is issued, you may not change or voluntarily terminate your death benefit. However, dropping the GMIB can cause the corresponding “Greater of” death benefit to also be dropped. Please see below and “Payment of death benefit” later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

The Highest Anniversary Value death benefit can be elected by itself. Each “Greater of” death benefit is available only with the corresponding GMIB. Therefore, the “Greater of” GMDB I can only be elected if you also elect the GMIB I — Asset Allocation. The “Greater of” GMDB II can only be elected if you also elect the GMIB II — Custom Selection. There is an additional charge for the “Greater of” GMDB and the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit. There is no additional charge for the Return of Principal death benefit. See “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

If you elect to drop the GMIB prior to the contract date anniversary following age 85, the “Greater of” death benefit will be dropped automatically.

 

If the GMIB is dropped without converting to the GWBL within 30 days after the contract date anniversary following age 85, then the “Greater of” death benefit will be retained, along with the associated charges and withdrawal treatment. If a benefit has been dropped,

 

 

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you will receive a letter confirming that the drop has occurred. See “Dropping the Guaranteed minimum income benefit after issue” earlier in this section for more information.

 

If the “Greater of” death benefit is dropped, your death benefit value will be what the value of the Return of Principal death benefit would have been if the Return of Principal death benefit were elected at issue. If the “Greater of” death benefit is dropped on a contract anniversary, the charges will be taken, but will not be taken on future contract date anniversaries. If the “Greater of” death benefit is not dropped on a contract anniversary, then the pro rata portion of the fees will be charged.

 

If you elect one of the death benefit options described above and change ownership of the contract, generally the benefit will automatically terminate, except under certain circumstances. If this occurs, any death benefit elected will be replaced automatically with the Return of Principal death benefit. See “Transfers of ownership, collateral assignments, loans and borrowing” in “More information” later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

Subject to state availability (see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for state availability of these benefits), your age at contract issue, and your contract type, you may elect one of the death benefits described above.

 

For contracts with non-natural owners, the available death benefits are based on the annuitant’s age.

 

Each death benefit is equal to its corresponding benefit base described earlier in “Guaranteed minimum death benefit and Guaranteed minimum income benefit base.” Once you have made your death benefit election, you may not change it.

 

If you purchase a “Greater of” death benefit with a GMIB, you will be eligible to reset your Roll-up benefit base. See “Roll-up benefit base reset” earlier in this section.

 

Please see “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section and “Insufficient account value” in “Determining your contract’s value” and the section entitled “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus for more information on these guaranteed benefits.

 

If you are using your Series B or Series L contract to fund a charitable remainder trust, you will have to take certain distribution amounts. You should consider split-funding so that those distributions do not adversely impact your Guaranteed minimum death benefit. See “Owner and annuitant requirements” earlier in this section.

 

See Appendix IV later in this Prospectus for an example of how we calculate the guaranteed benefit bases.

 

Surrendering your contract will terminate your death benefit. Please see “Surrendering your contract to receive its cash value” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus.

 

Earnings enhancement benefit

 

Subject to state and contract availability (see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for state availability of these benefits), if you are purchasing a contract under which the Earnings enhancement benefit is available, you may elect the Earnings enhancement benefit at the time you purchase your contract. The Earnings enhancement benefit

provides an additional death benefit as described below. See the appropriate part of “Tax information” later in this Prospectus for the potential tax consequences of electing to purchase the Earnings enhancement benefit in an NQ or IRA contract. Once you purchase the Earnings enhancement benefit you may not voluntarily terminate this feature. If you elect the Earnings enhancement benefit at issue, and your GMIB then converts to the GWBL, the Earnings enhancement benefit will continue in force after conversion, although it may be adversely affected by withdrawals under the GWBL. See “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” later in this Prospectus.

 

If you elect the Earnings enhancement benefit described below and change ownership of the contract, generally this benefit will automatically terminate, except under certain circumstances. See “Transfers of ownership, collateral assignments, loans and borrowing” in “More information,” later in this Prospectus.

 

The additional death benefit will be 40% of:

 

the greater of:

 

 

the account value, or

 

 

any applicable death benefit

 

decreased by:

 

 

total net contributions

 

For purposes of calculating your Earnings enhancement benefit, the following applies: (i) “Net contributions” are the total contributions made (or if applicable, the total amount that would otherwise have been paid as a death benefit had the spouse beneficiary or younger spouse joint owner not continued the contract plus any subsequent contributions) adjusted for each withdrawal that exceeds your Earnings enhancement benefit earnings. “Net contributions” are reduced by the amount of that excess. Earnings enhancement benefit earnings are equal to (a) minus (b) where (a) is the greater of the account value and the death benefit immediately prior to the withdrawal, and (b) is the net contributions as adjusted by any prior withdrawals (for Series CP® contracts, credit amounts are not included in “net contributions”); and (ii) “Death benefit” is equal to the greater of the account value as of the date we receive satisfactory proof of death or any applicable Guaranteed minimum death benefit as of the date of death.

 

For Series CP® contracts, for purposes of calculating your Earnings enhancement benefit, if any contributions are made in the one-year period prior to death of the owner (or older joint owner, if applicable), the account value will not include any credits applied in the one-year period prior to death.

 

If the owner (or older joint owner, if applicable) is age 71 through 75 when we issue your contract (or if the spouse beneficiary or younger spouse joint owner is between the ages of 71 and 75 when he or she becomes the successor owner and the Earnings enhancement benefit had been elected at issue), the additional death benefit will be 25% of:

 

the greater of:

 

 

the account value, or

 

 

any applicable death benefit

 

decreased by:

 

 

total net contributions

 

 

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The value of the Earnings enhancement benefit is frozen on the first contract date anniversary after the owner (or older joint owner, if applicable) turns age 85, except that the benefit will be reduced for withdrawals on a pro rata basis. Reduction on a pro rata basis means that we calculate the percentage of the current account value that is being withdrawn and we reduce the benefit by that percentage. For example, if the account value is $30,000 and you withdraw $12,000, you have withdrawn 40% of your account value. If the benefit is $40,000 before the withdrawal, it would be reduced by $16,000 ($40,000 x 0.40) and the benefit after the withdrawal would be $24,000 ($40,000 – $16,000).

 

For an example of how the Earnings enhancement benefit is calculated, please see Appendix VI.

 

For contracts continued under Spousal continuation, upon the death of the spouse (or older spouse, in the case of jointly owned contracts), the account value will be increased by the value of the Earnings enhancement benefit as of the date we receive due proof of death. Your spouse beneficiary or younger spouse joint owner must be 75 or younger when he or she becomes the successor owner for the Earnings enhancement benefit that had been elected at issue to continue after your death. The benefit will then be based on the age of the surviving spouse as of the date of the deceased spouse’s death for the remainder of the contract. If the surviving spouse is age 76 or older, the benefit will terminate and the charge will no longer be in effect. The spouse may also take the death benefit (increased by the Earnings enhancement benefit) in a lump sum. See “Spousal continuation” in “Payment of death benefit” later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

The Earnings enhancement benefit must be elected when the contract is first issued: neither the owner nor the successor owner can add it after the contract has been issued. Ask your financial professional or see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus to see if this feature is available in your state.

 

Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)

 

For an additional charge, the Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”) guarantees that you can take withdrawals up to a maximum amount per year (your “Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount”). The GWBL is only available as a conversion option from the GMIB. The opportunity to convert from the GMIB to the GWBL is the contract date anniversary following age 85. You may elect to make this conversion only during the 30 days after the contract anniversary following the attainment of age 85.

 

 

The “Conversion effective date” is the contract date anniversary following the contract owner’s age 85, if applicable.

 

 

A benefit base reset for the GMIB does not extend the waiting period during which you can convert.

 

If you have neither exercised the GMIB nor dropped it from your contract as of the contract date anniversary following age 85 (“last exercise date”), you will have up to 30 days after that contract date anniversary to choose what you want to do with your GMIB. You will have three choices available to you:

 

 

You may affirmatively convert the GMIB to a GWBL;

 

You may exercise the GMIB, and begin to receive lifetime income under that benefit;

 

 

You may elect to terminate the GMIB without converting to the GWBL.

 

If you take no action within 30 days after the contract date anniversary following age 85, the GMIB will convert automatically to the Single life GWBL.

 

If you exercise the GMIB, it will function as described earlier in this Prospectus under “Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)”. If you elect to terminate the GMIB without converting to the GWBL, your contract will continue in force, without either benefit, but you will retain your Guaranteed minimum death benefit. If you take no action, or affirmatively convert the GMIB, your GMIB will be converted to the GWBL, retroactive to the Conversion effective date. Please note that if you exercise the GMIB prior to the Conversion effective date, you will not have the option to convert the GMIB to the GWBL. If you drop the GMIB prior to conversion, you will lose the “Greater of” GMDB and any withdrawals will now reduce your remaining death benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

The charge for the GWBL will be deducted from your account value on each contract date anniversary. Please see “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life charge” later in this Prospectus for a description of the charge.

 

You should not convert to the GWBL if:

 

 

You plan to take withdrawals in excess of your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount because those withdrawals may significantly reduce or eliminate the value of the benefit (see “Effect of Excess withdrawals” below in this section);

 

 

You are not interested in taking withdrawals prior to the contract’s maturity date; or

 

 

You are using the contract to fund a QP contract where withdrawal restrictions under the qualified plan may apply.

 

For traditional IRAs and QP contracts, you may take your lifetime required minimum distributions (“RMDs”) without losing the value of the GWBL, provided you comply with the conditions described under “Lifetime required minimum distribution withdrawals” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus, including utilizing our Automatic RMD service. The Automatic RMD service is not available under defined benefit QP contracts. If you do not expect to comply with these conditions, this benefit may have limited usefulness for you and you should consider whether it is appropriate. Please consult your tax adviser.

 

Additional owner and annuitant requirements

 

Converting the GMIB to the GWBL may alter the ownership of your contract. The options you may choose depend on the original ownership of your contract. You may only choose among the ownership options below if you affirmatively choose to convert the GMIB to the GWBL. If your benefit is converted automatically, your contract will be structured as a Single life contract. Your ability to add a Joint life is limited by the age and timing requirements described below under “Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount”.

 

Single owner.  If the contract has a single owner, and the owner converts the GMIB to the GWBL with the single life (“Single life”) option, there will be no change to the ownership of the contract. However, if the owner converts the GMIB to the GWBL with the joint life

 

 

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(“Joint life”) option, the owner must add his or her spouse as the successor owner. We will use the age of the younger spouse in determining the Joint life Applicable percentage. If the contract is an NQ contract, the owner may grant the successor owner ownership rights in the contract at the time of conversion.

 

Joint owners.  If the contract has joint owners and the GMIB converts to the GWBL with the Single life option, there will be no change to the ownership of the contract, unless the joint owners request that the younger joint owner be dropped from the contract. If the contract has spousal joint owners, and they request a Joint life benefit, we will use the younger spouse’s age in determining the Applicable percentage. If the contract has non-spousal joint owners, and the joint owners request a Joint life benefit, the younger owner may be dropped from the contract, and the remaining owner’s spouse added as the successor owner. We will use the age of the younger spouse in determining the Joint life Applicable percentage.

 

Non-natural owner.  Contracts with non-natural owners that convert to the GWBL will have different options available to them, depending on whether they have an individual annuitant or joint annuitants. If the contract has a non-natural owner and an individual annuitant, and the owner converts to the GWBL with the Single life option, there will be no change to the ownership of the contract. If the owner converts to the GWBL with the Joint life option under a contract with an individual annuitant, the owner must add the annuitant’s spouse as the joint annuitant. We will use the age of the younger spouse in determining the Joint life Applicable percentage.

 

If the contract has a non-natural owner and joint annuitants, and the owner converts to the GWBL with the Single life option, there will be no change to the ownership of the contract, unless the owner requests that the younger annuitant be dropped from the contract. If the owner converts to the GWBL on a Joint life basis, there will be no change to the ownership of your contract. We will use the age of the younger spouse in determining the Applicable percentage on a Joint life basis.

 

GWBL benefit base

 

Upon conversion, your GWBL benefit base is equal to either your account value or the applicable GMIB benefit base, as described below under “Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount”. It will increase or decrease, as follows:

 

 

Your GWBL benefit base may be increased on each contract date anniversary, as described below under “Annual Ratchet”.

 

 

Your GWBL benefit base is not reduced by withdrawals except any amounts withdrawn in excess of your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will always reduce your GWBL benefit base on a pro rata basis. This means that once a withdrawal is taken that causes the sum of the withdrawals from your contract to exceed the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, that portion of the withdrawal that exceeds the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount and any subsequent withdrawals in that contract year will reduce the GWBL benefit base on a pro rata basis. See “Effect of Excess withdrawals” below in this section.

 

Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount

 

The Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount may be withdrawn at any time during the contract year that begins on the Conversion effective date, or any subsequent contract year. You may elect one of

our automated payment plans or you may take partial withdrawals. The initial Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount is calculated as of the Conversion effective date. All withdrawals reduce your account value and Guaranteed minimum death benefit. Any withdrawals taken during the 30 days after the Conversion effective date will be counted toward the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount.

 

We will recalculate the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount on each contract date anniversary and as of the date of any Excess withdrawal, as described below under “Effect of Excess withdrawals”. The withdrawal amount is guaranteed never to decrease as long as there are no Excess withdrawals.

 

Your Guaranteed annual withdrawals are not cumulative. If you withdraw less than the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount in any contract year, you may not add the remainder to your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount in any subsequent year.

 

The withdrawal charge, if applicable, is waived for withdrawals up to the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, but all withdrawals are counted toward your free withdrawal amount. See “Withdrawal charge” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

Your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount is calculated based on whether the benefit is based on a Single Life or Joint Life as described below:

 

Single life.  If your GMIB is converted to a GWBL on a Single life basis, the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will be equal to (1) either: (i) your account value on the Conversion effective date or (ii) your GMIB benefit base on the Conversion effective date, multiplied by (2) the Applicable percentage.

 

Your initial GWBL benefit base and Applicable percentage will be determined by whichever combination of benefit base and percentage set forth in the table below results in a higher Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount.

 

A

Applicable percentage of account

value

  

B

Applicable percentage of GMIB
benefit base

6.0%    5.0%

 

For example, if on the Conversion effective date your GMIB I — Asset Allocation or GMIB II — Custom Selection benefit base is $115,000, and your account value is $100,000, the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount would be $6,000. This is because $115,000 (the GMIB benefit base) multiplied by 5.0% (the percentage in Column B) equals only $5,750, while $100,000 (the account value) multiplied by 6.0% (the percentage in Column A) equals $6,000. Under this example, your initial GWBL benefit base would be $100,000, and your Applicable percentage would be 6.0%.

 

On the other hand, if on the Conversion effective date your GMIB I — Asset Allocation or GMIB II — Custom Selection benefit base is $200,000, and your account value is $100,000, the initial Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount would be $10,000. This is because $100,000 (the account value) multiplied by 6.0% (the percentage in Column A) equals only $6,000, while $200,000 (the GMIB benefit base) multiplied by 5.0% (the percentage in Column B) equals $10,000. Under this example, your initial GWBL benefit base would be $200,000, and your Applicable percentage would be 5.0%.

 

 

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The initial GWBL benefit base can be increased by an Annual Ratchet on each subsequent contract date anniversary to equal the account value on that date if it is greater than the GWBL benefit base on that date. If the GWBL benefit base increases as the result of an Annual Ratchet, we reserve the right to increase the charge at the time of the Annual Ratchet. See “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life charge” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

If the initial GWBL benefit base and Applicable percentage are calculated using your GMIB benefit base on the Conversion effective date (Column B above), and the GWBL benefit base is increased by an Annual Ratchet, then the Applicable percentage will increase from 5.0% to 6.0%.

 

However, if the initial GWBL benefit base and Applicable percentage are calculated using your account value on the Conversion effective date (Column A above), then an Annual Ratchet will not affect the Applicable percentage.

 

If the GWBL benefit base and/or the Applicable percentage increases as the result of an Annual Ratchet, the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will also increase.

 

If you take a withdrawal during the 30 days following the Conversion effective date, and your GMIB is converted to the GWBL on a Single life basis, we will calculate whether that withdrawal exceeds the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount based on your GWBL benefit base and Applicable percentage. If the withdrawal exceeds the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount on a Single life basis, the conversion will still occur, but we will inform you that there is an Excess withdrawal.

 

Joint life/Successor owner.  If you hold an IRA or NQ contract, you may convert your GMIB to a Joint life GWBL. You must affirmatively request that the benefit be converted and your spouse must be at least age 70 on the Conversion effective date. If the younger spouse is younger than 70 as of the Conversion effective date, the election of Joint life will not be available, even if the contract was issued to spousal joint owners. The successor owner must be the owner’s spouse. For NQ contracts, the successor owner can be designated as a joint owner. See “Additional owner and annuitant requirements” earlier in this section for more information regarding the requirements for naming a successor owner. The automatic conversion of the GMIB to the GWBL will create a Single life contract with the GWBL, even if you and your spouse are joint owners of your NQ contract. You will be able to change your contract to a Joint life contract at a later date, before the first withdrawal is taken after the Conversion effective date. If you do add a Joint life contract, your spouse must submit any requested information.

 

For Joint life contracts, the percentages used in determining the Applicable percentage and the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will depend on your age or the age of your spouse, whoever is younger, as set forth in the following table.

 

Younger

spouse’s age

  

A

Applicable

percentage of

account value

  

B

Applicable

percentage of

GMIB benefit base

85+    5.5%    4.0%
80-84    5.0%    3.5%
75-79    4.5%    3.0%
70-74    4.0%    2.5%

For example, if on the Conversion effective date your account value is $100,000, your GMIB I — Asset Allocation or GMIB II — Custom Selection benefit base is $150,000, and the younger spouse is age 72, the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount would be $4,000. This is because $100,000 (the account value) multiplied by 4.0% (the percentage in Column A for the younger spouse’s age band) equals $4,000, while $150,000 (the GMIB benefit base) multiplied by 2.5% (the percentage in Column B for the younger spouse’s age band) equals $3,750. Under this example, your initial GWBL benefit base would be $100,000, and your Applicable percentage would be 4.0%.

 

The initial GWBL benefit base can be increased by an Annual Ratchet on each subsequent contract date anniversary to equal the account value on that date if it is greater than the GWBL benefit base on that date. If the GWBL benefit base increases as the result of an Annual Ratchet, we reserve the right to increase the charge at the time of the Annual Ratchet. See “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life charge” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

If the initial GWBL benefit base and Applicable percentage are calculated using your GMIB benefit base on the Conversion effective date (Column B above), and the GWBL benefit base is increased by an Annual Ratchet, then the Applicable percentage will increase to the percentage listed in Column A. In addition, if the younger spouse has entered a new age band at the time of a ratchet, the Applicable percentage will increase to the percentage listed in Column A for that age band. Similarly, if the initial GWBL benefit base and Applicable percentage are calculated using your account value on the Conversion effective date (Column A above), and the GWBL benefit base is increased by an Annual Ratchet in a year that the younger spouse has entered a new age band, the Applicable percentage will increase to the percentage listed in Column A for that age band.

 

Using the example above, if the account value is $160,000 on the contract date anniversary that the younger spouse is age 77, then the GWBL benefit base would ratchet to $160,000, the applicable percentage would increase to 4.5%, and your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount would increase to $7,200.

 

You may elect Joint life at any time before you begin taking withdrawals. If the GMIB has already converted to the GWBL on a Single life basis, the calculation of the initial Applicable percentage and Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will be based on the younger spouse’s age as of the Conversion effective date, not at the time you elect Joint life, even if the younger spouse is in a different age band at that time.

 

You can elect Joint life until the later of 30 days following conversion or your first withdrawal from the GWBL. We will recalculate your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount based on the younger spouse’s age as of the Conversion effective date. If the withdrawal does not exceed the recalculated Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, we will set up the GWBL on a Joint life basis. If the withdrawal exceeds the recalculated Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, we will offer you the option of either: (i) setting up the benefit on a Joint life basis and treating your withdrawal as an Excess withdrawal, or (ii) setting up the benefit on a Single life basis.

 

Under a Joint life contract, lifetime withdrawals are guaranteed for the life of both the owner and the successor owner.

 

For Joint life IRA or NQ contracts, a successor owner may only be named before the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date, if your spouse is at least 70 on the

 

 

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Conversion effective date. (Withdrawals taken during the applicable period following the Conversion effective date will not bar you from selecting a Joint life contract, but may affect your ability to elect Joint life if the withdrawals are too large as described earlier in this section.)

 

If you and the successor owner are no longer married, you may either: (i) drop the original successor owner or (ii) replace the original successor owner with your new spouse. This can only be done before the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date. If the successor owner is dropped before the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date, the Applicable percentage will be based on the owner’s life on a Single life basis. After the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date, the successor owner can be dropped but cannot be replaced. If the successor owner is dropped after the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date, the Applicable percentage will continue to be based on the Joint life calculation described earlier in this section. The Applicable percentage will not be adjusted to a Single life percentage.

 

For Joint life contracts owned by a non-natural owner, a joint annuitant may be named. This can only be done before the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date. The annuitant and joint annuitant must be spouses. If the annuitant and joint annuitant are no longer married, you may either: (i) drop the joint annuitant or (ii) replace the original joint annuitant with the annuitant’s new spouse. This can only be done before the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date. If the joint annuitant is dropped before the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date, the Applicable percentage will be based on the annuitant’s life on a Single life basis. After the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date, the joint annuitant may be dropped but cannot be replaced. If the joint annuitant is dropped after the first withdrawal is taken after the 30th day following the Conversion effective date, the Applicable percentage will continue to be based on the Joint life calculation described earlier in this section.

 

Joint life QP contracts are not permitted in connection with this benefit. This benefit is not available under an Inherited IRA contract. If you are using your Series B or Series L contract to fund a charitable remainder trust, you will have to take certain distribution amounts. You should consider split-funding so that those distributions do not adversely impact your GWBL. See “Owner and annuitant requirements” earlier in this section.

 

Effect of Excess withdrawals

 

For any withdrawal that causes cumulative withdrawals in a contract year to exceed your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, that portion of the withdrawal that exceeds the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount and each subsequent withdrawal in that contract year are considered Excess withdrawals.

 

An Excess withdrawal can cause a significant reduction in both your GWBL benefit base and your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount. If you make an Excess withdrawal, we will recalculate your GWBL benefit base and the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, as follows:

 

 

Amounts withdrawn in excess of your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will always reduce your GWBL benefit base on a

   

pro rata basis. This means that once a withdrawal is taken that causes the sum of the withdrawals from your contract to exceed the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, that portion of the withdrawal that exceeds the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount and any subsequent withdrawals in that contract year will reduce the GWBL benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

 

The Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount is recalculated on the following contract date anniversary to equal the Applicable percentage multiplied by the reset GWBL benefit base. You no longer have a Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount for the remainder of the contract year in which you have taken an Excess withdrawal.

 

You should not convert your GMIB to a GWBL if you plan to take withdrawals in excess of your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount as such withdrawals may significantly reduce or eliminate the value of the GWBL benefit. If your account value is less than your GWBL benefit base (due, for example, to negative market performance), an Excess withdrawal, even one that is only slightly more than your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, can significantly reduce your GWBL benefit base and the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount.

 

For example, assume your GWBL benefit base (based on the Guaranteed minimum income benefit base) is $100,000 and your account value is $80,000 when you decide to begin taking withdrawals at age 86, on a Single life basis. Your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount is equal to $5,000 (5.0% of $100,000). You take an initial withdrawal of $8,000. Your Excess withdrawal amount is $3,000 ($8,000 minus $5,000) and it is 3.75% of your account value.

 

As your benefit base is $100,000 before the withdrawal, it would be reduced by 3.75% or $3,750 (3.75% of $100,000) as your excess portion of withdrawal. Your new benefit base would be $96,250 ($100,000 minus $3,750). In addition, your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount is reduced to $4,813 (5.0% of $96,250), instead of the original $5,000. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section.

 

Withdrawal charges, if applicable, are applied to the amount of the withdrawal that exceeds the greater of (i) the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount or (ii) the 10% free withdrawal amount. A with- drawal charge would not be applied in the example above since the $8,000 withdrawal (equal to 10% of the contract’s account value as of the beginning of the contract year) falls within the 10% free withdrawal amount. Under the example above, additional withdrawals during the same contract year could result in a further reduction of the GWBL benefit base and the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, as well as an application of withdrawal charges, if applicable. See “Withdrawal charge” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

You should note that an Excess withdrawal that reduces your account value to zero terminates the contract, including all benefits, without value. See “Insufficient account value” in “Determining your contract’s value” later in this Prospectus.

 

In general, if your contract is a traditional IRA and you participate in our Automatic RMD service, an automatic withdrawal under that program will not cause an Excess withdrawal, even if it exceeds your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount. For more information, see “Lifetime required minimum distribution withdrawals” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

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Annual Ratchet

 

Your GWBL benefit base is recalculated on each contract date anniversary to equal the greater of: (i) the account value and (ii) the most recent GWBL benefit base. If your account value is greater, we will ratchet up your GWBL benefit base to equal your account value. For Joint life contracts, if your GWBL benefit base ratchets on any contract date anniversary after you begin taking withdrawals, your Applicable percentage may increase based on the younger spouse’s attained age at the time of the ratchet. For Single life contracts, if the initial GWBL benefit base and Applicable percentage are calculated using your GMIB benefit base on the Conversion effective date and the GWBL benefit base is increased by an Annual Ratchet, then the Applicable percentage will increase from 5.0% to 6.0%. For both Single life and Joint life contracts, your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will also be increased, if applicable, to equal your Applicable percentage times your new GWBL benefit base.

 

If your GWBL benefit base ratchets, we may increase the charge for the benefit. Once we increase the charge, it is increased for the life of the contract. We will permit you to opt out of the ratchet if the charge increases. If you choose to opt out, your charge will stay the same but your GWBL benefit base will no longer ratchet. Upon request, we will permit you to accept a GWBL benefit base ratchet with the charge increase on a subsequent contract date anniversary. For a description of the charge increase, see “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life benefit charge” later in this Prospectus.

 

Subsequent contributions

 

Subsequent contributions are not permitted after the Conversion effective date.

 

Investment options

 

While the GWBL is in effect, investment options will be restricted to the investment options that were available to you when your GMIB was in effect. If you convert from GMIB I — Asset Allocation, your investment option will remain restricted to Option A. If you convert from GMIB II — Custom Selection, you will continue to have access to both Option A and Option B investment options. You will be able to reallocate your account value, at any time after the conversion, subject to the applicable allocation limitations. The ATP will remain in effect on your contract after conversion to the GWBL, but you will no longer be able to elect the ATP exit option.

 

Dollar cost averaging

 

Any dollar cost averaging program in place on the date of conversion will be terminated.

 

You may elect a new Investment simplifier program after conversion, but the Special DCA programs will not be available after conversion. See “Dollar cost averaging” in “Allocating your contributions” earlier in this section.

 

Earnings enhancement benefit

 

If you elected the Earnings enhancement benefit, it will continue in force after conversion, although it may be adversely affected by withdrawals under the GWBL.

 

Guaranteed minimum death benefit

 

The Guaranteed minimum death benefit that is in effect before the conversion of the GMIB to the GWBL will continue to be in effect

after the conversion, but there will be no further Annual Ratchets or Roll-ups of the death benefit as of the contract anniversary following age 85. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” later in this section and “Spousal continuation” in “Payment of death benefit” later in this Prospectus.

 

If you convert your GMIB to a GWBL on a Joint life basis, the Guaranteed minimum death benefit that would otherwise have been payable at the death of the owner (or the older joint owner or the annuitant or older joint annuitant if the contract is owned by a non-natural owner) will be payable at the death of the second to die of the owner and successor owner (or both joint annuitants if the contract is owned by a non-natural owner). Under certain circumstances, Roll-ups and Annual Ratchets may resume after the death of the older spouse, depending on the age of the younger spouse. See “Spousal continuation” in “Payment of death benefit” later in this Prospectus.

 

Annuity maturity date.  If your contract is annuitized at maturity, we will offer an annuity payout option that guarantees you will receive payments for life that as of your maturity date are at least equal to the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount that you would have received under the GWBL. Any remaining Guaranteed minimum death benefit value will be terminated. See “Annuity maturity date” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus.

 

Effect of your account value falling to zero

 

If your account value falls to zero due to an Excess withdrawal, we will terminate your contract and you will receive no further payments or benefits. If an Excess withdrawal results in a withdrawal that equals more than 90% of your cash value or reduces your cash value to less than $500, we will treat your request as a surrender of your contract even if your GWBL benefit base is greater than zero.

 

However, if your account value falls to zero, either due to a withdrawal or surrender that is not an Excess withdrawal or due to a deduction of charges, please note the following:

 

 

Your Accumulator® Series contract terminates and you will receive a supplementary life annuity contract setting forth your continuing benefits. The owner of the Accumulator® Series contract will be the owner and annuitant. The successor owner, if applicable, will be the joint annuitant. If the owner is non-natural, the annuitant and joint annuitant, if applicable, will be the same as under your Accumulator® Series contract.

 

 

If you were taking withdrawals through the “Maximum payment plan,” we will continue the scheduled withdrawal payments on the same basis.

 

 

If you were taking withdrawals through the “Customized payment plan” or in unscheduled partial withdrawals, we will pay the balance of the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount for that contract year in a lump sum. Payment of the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will begin on the next contract date anniversary.

 

 

Payments will continue at the same frequency for Single or Joint life contracts, as applicable, or annually if automatic payments were not being made.

 

 

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annuity contract. The death benefit will no longer grow and will be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis as payments are made. If there is any remaining death benefit upon the death of the owner and successor owner, if applicable, we will pay it to the beneficiary.

 

 

The charge for the GWBL and any Guaranteed minimum death benefit will no longer apply.

 

 

If at the time of your death the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount was being paid to you as a supplementary life annuity contract, your beneficiary may not elect the Beneficiary continuation option.

 

Other important considerations

 

 

This benefit is not appropriate if you do not intend to take withdrawals prior to annuitization.

 

 

Amounts withdrawn in excess of your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount may be subject to a withdrawal charge, as described in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus. In addition, all withdrawals count toward your free withdrawal amount for that contract year. Excess withdrawals can significantly reduce or completely eliminate the value of the GWBL. See “Effect of Excess withdrawals” above in this section.

 

 

Withdrawals are not considered annuity payments for tax purposes. See “Tax information” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

All withdrawals reduce your account value and Guaranteed minimum death benefit. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” below and “How withdrawals are taken from your account value” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

If you withdraw less than the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount in any contract year, you may not add the remainder to your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount in any subsequent year.

 

 

The GWBL benefit terminates if the contract is continued under the beneficiary continuation option or under the Spousal continuation feature if the spouse is not the successor owner.

 

 

If you surrender your contract to receive its cash value and your cash value is greater than your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, all benefits under the contract will terminate, including the GWBL benefit. See “Surrendering your contract to receive its cash value” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

If you transfer ownership of the contract, you terminate the GWBL benefit. See “Transfers of ownership, collateral assignments, loans and borrowing” in “More information” later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

 

Withdrawals are available under other annuity contracts we offer and the contract without purchasing a withdrawal benefit.

 

 

If you elect GWBL on a Joint life basis and subsequently get divorced, your divorce will not automatically terminate the contract. For both Joint life and Single life contracts, it is possible that the terms of your divorce decree could significantly reduce or completely eliminate the value of this benefit. Any withdrawal made for the purpose of creating another contract for your ex-spouse will reduce the benefit base(s) as described in “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” below, even if pursuant to a divorce decree.

 

The Federal Defense of Marriage Act precludes same-sex married couples, domestic partners, and civil union partners from being considered married under federal law. Such individuals, therefore, are not entitled to the favorable tax treatment accorded spouses under federal tax law. As a result, mandatory distributions from the contract must be made after the death of the first individual. Accordingly, a Joint life GWBL will have little or no value to the surviving same-sex spouse or partner. You should consult with your tax adviser for more information on this subject.

 

Dropping the Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life after conversion

 

You may drop the GWBL from your contract after conversion from the GMIB, subject to the following restrictions:

 

 

You may not drop the GWBL if there are any withdrawal charges in effect under your contract, including withdrawal charges applicable to subsequent contributions. If there are no withdrawal charges in effect under your contract on the Conversion effective date, you may drop the GWBL at any time.

 

 

The GWBL will be dropped from your contract on the date we receive your election form at our processing office in good order. If you drop the GWBL on a date other than a contract date anniversary, we will deduct a pro rata portion of the GWBL charge for that year, on that date.

 

 

After the GWBL is dropped, the withdrawal treatment for the Guaranteed minimum death benefit will continue to be on a pro rata basis.

 

 

Generally, only contracts with the GWBL can have successor owners. However, if your contract has the GWBL with the Joint life option, the successor owner under that contract will continue to be deemed a successor owner, even if you drop the GWBL. The successor owner will continue to have precedence over any designated beneficiary in the event of the owner’s death.

 

 

After the GWBL is dropped, the ATP will no longer be in effect. Any account value in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option will be allocated to your variable investment options.

 

After your request has been processed, you will receive a letter confirming that the GWBL has been dropped.

 

How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits

 

Withdrawals affect your guaranteed benefit bases, as follows:

 

If the GMIB is elected at issue in combination with any Guaranteed minimum death benefit:

 

 

In the first contract year, all withdrawals reduce your Roll-up benefit base and Highest Anniversary Value benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

 

Beginning in the second contract year, withdrawals up to your Annual withdrawal amount will not reduce your Roll-up benefit base. Instead, such withdrawals reduce your Annual Roll-up amount on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

 

 

Beginning in the second contract year, withdrawals up to your Annual withdrawal amount will reduce your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

 

 

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An Excess withdrawal will always reduce your Roll-up benefit base and your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base on a pro rata basis. This means that once a withdrawal is taken that causes the sum of the withdrawals from your contract to exceed the Annual withdrawal amount, that portion of the withdrawal that exceeds the Annual withdrawal amount and any subsequent withdrawals in that contract year will reduce your guaranteed benefit bases on a pro rata basis.

 

 

All withdrawals from your contract always reduce your Return of Principal death benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

If the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit is elected at issue without the GMIB:

 

 

All withdrawals from your contract always reduce your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

If you have the Return of Principal death benefit (with or without the GMIB):

 

 

All withdrawals from your contract reduce your Return of Principal death benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

If the GMIB is dropped after issue before you are eligible to convert to the GWBL:

 

 

If you had the Return of Principal death benefit prior to dropping the GMIB, the Return of Principal death benefit will continue to be in effect and withdrawals will continue to reduce your Return of Principal death benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

 

If you had the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit prior to dropping the GMIB, the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit will continue to be in effect and withdrawals will reduce the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base on a pro rata basis as of the date you drop the GMIB.

 

 

If you had the “Greater of” GMDB prior to dropping the GMIB, the “Greater of” GMDB will automatically be dropped and convert to the Return of Principal death benefit. The value of the Return of Principal death benefit base would be adjusted to reflect what the Return of Principal death benefit base would have been had your contract been issued with the Return of Principal death benefit. All withdrawals will reduce the Return of Principal death benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

If the GMIB is dropped without converting to GWBL within 30 days after the contract date anniversary following age 85:

 

 

All withdrawals from your contract always reduce your Return of Principal death benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

 

If the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit is still effective, withdrawals are taken on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to 5% of the beginning of year Highest Anniversary Value benefit base. The portion of any withdrawal over this amount and all subsequent withdrawals in that contract year will reduce the benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

 

If the “Greater of” GMDB is still effective, the Roll-up benefit base and the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base are each reduced by withdrawals on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to 5% of the beginning of contract year Roll-up benefit base. The portion of any withdrawal over this amount and all subsequent withdrawals in that contract year will reduce the respective benefit bases on a pro rata basis.

If your GMIB converts to GWBL:

 

 

Withdrawals up to your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will not reduce your GWBL benefit base.

 

 

An Excess withdrawal will always reduce your GWBL benefit base on a pro rata basis. This means that once a withdrawal is taken that causes the sum of the withdrawals from your contract to exceed the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, that portion of the withdrawal that exceeds the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount and any subsequent withdrawals in that contract year will reduce your GWBL benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

If your GMIB converts to GWBL, and you have a “Greater of” GMDB, the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit or the Return of Principal death benefit:

 

 

All withdrawals from your contract reduce your Roll-up benefit base, Highest Anniversary Value benefit base and Return of Principal death benefit base on a pro rata basis.

 

See “Dropping the Guaranteed minimum income benefit after issue” described earlier in this section.

 

Please consider that the GWBL is not beneficial to you unless you intend to take withdrawals.

 

How a pro rata reduction is calculated

 

Reduction on a pro rata basis means that we calculate the percentage of your current account value that is being withdrawn and we reduce your current benefit base by the same percentage. If you take a withdrawal that reduces your guaranteed benefit base on a pro rata basis and your account value is less than your guaranteed benefit base, the amount of the guaranteed benefit base reduction will exceed the amount of the withdrawal.

 

For example, if your account value is $30,000 and you withdraw $12,000, you have withdrawn 40% of your account value. If your benefit was $40,000 before the withdrawal, it would be reduced by $16,000 ($40,000 x .40) and your new benefit after the withdrawal would be $24,000 ($40,000 – $16,000). If your account value is greater than your guaranteed benefit base, the amount of the guaranteed benefit base reduction will be less than the amount of the withdrawal.

 

For purposes of calculating the adjustment to your guaranteed benefit bases, the amount of the withdrawal will include the amount of any applicable withdrawal charge. Using the example above, the $12,000 withdrawal would include the withdrawal amount paid to you and the amount of any applicable withdrawal charge deducted from your account value. For more information on the calculation of the charge, see “Withdrawal charge” later in the Prospectus.

 

Prior to conversion, when an RMD withdrawal using our RMD program occurs, the entire withdrawal amount will reduce the Roll-up benefit base and the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Reduction on a dollar-for-dollar basis means that your Roll-up benefit base and your Highest Anniversary Value benefit base will be reduced by the dollar amount of the withdrawal. After conversion, the RMD amount, if greater than the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, will not reduce the GWBL benefit base.

 

For QP contracts, after the first contract year, additional contributions made during the contract year do not affect the amount of the withdrawals that can be taken on a dollar-for-dollar basis in that contract year.

 

 

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Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract

 

(For Series B, Series L and Series C contracts only)

 

The Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract is intended to provide options to beneficiaries in complying with federal income tax rules. There are a number of limitations on who can purchase the contract, how the contract is purchased, and the features that are available under the contract. A prospective purchaser should seek tax advice before making a decision to purchase the contract.

 

We offer the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract to eligible beneficiaries under individual retirement arrangements (traditional or Roth) where the original individual retirement account or annuity was not issued by AXA Equitable. The beneficiary may want to change the investments of the “original IRA” inherited from the now-deceased IRA owner, but must take post-death required minimum distribution (“RMD”) payments from an IRA that was inherited. The Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract has provisions intended to meet post-death RMD rules, which are similar to those of the Beneficiary continuation option (“BCO”) restricted to eligible beneficiaries of contracts issued by AXA Equitable. See “Beneficiary continuation option for traditional IRA and Roth IRA contracts only” under “Beneficiary continuation option” in “Payment of death benefit” later in this Prospectus. Further, since the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract is intended to replace the investment originally selected by the now-deceased IRA owner, a prospective purchaser should carefully consider the features and investments available under the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract, and the limitations and costs under the contract in comparison with the existing arrangement before making any purchase decision. Finally, the contract may not be available in all states. Please speak with your financial professional for further information.

 

Who can purchase an Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract

 

The Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract is offered only to beneficiaries of non-AXA Equitable contracts as follows:

 

 

beneficiaries of IRAs who are individuals (“IRA beneficiaries”); and

 

 

eligible non-spousal individual beneficiaries of deceased plan participants in qualified plans, 403(b) plans and governmental employer 457(b) plans (“Non-spousal Applicable Plan beneficiaries”). The purpose is to enable such beneficiaries to elect certain post-death RMD payment choices available to them under federal income tax rules, which may not be offered under the Applicable Plan.

 

Certain trusts with only individual beneficiaries are treated as individuals and are eligible to purchase the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract if such trust is either an IRA beneficiary or a Non-spousal Applicable Plan beneficiary.

 

How an Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract is purchased

 

IRA Beneficiary.  A traditional Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract can only be purchased by a direct transfer of the beneficiary’s interest under the deceased owner’s original traditional IRA. An Inherited Roth IRA beneficiary continuation contract can only be purchased by a direct transfer of the beneficiary’s interest under the

deceased owner’s original Roth IRA. In this discussion, “you” refers to the owner of the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract. The owner of the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract owns the contract in his/her capacity as beneficiary of the original traditional or Roth IRA, and not in his/her own right. For this reason, the contract must also contain the name of the deceased owner.

 

Non-spousal Applicable Plan beneficiary.  In the case of a non-spousal beneficiary under a deceased plan participant’s Applicable Plan, the Inherited IRA can only be purchased by a direct rollover of the death benefit under the Applicable Plan. In this discussion, “you” refers to the owner of the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract. The owner of the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract owns the contract in his/her capacity as beneficiary of the deceased plan participant, and not in his/her own right. For this reason, the contract must also contain the name of the deceased plan participant. In this discussion, references to “deceased owner” include “deceased plan participant”; references to “original IRA” include “the deceased plan participant’s interest or benefit under the Applicable Plan”, and references to “individual beneficiary of a traditional IRA” include “individual non-spousal beneficiary under an Applicable Plan.”

 

Limitations on certain features under the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract

 

This contract is intended for beneficiaries who plan to take payments at least annually over their life expectancy. These payments generally must begin no later than December 31st of the calendar year following the year the deceased owner died. Beneficiaries who do not want to take scheduled payments and want to wait until the 5th year after death to withdraw the entire amount of the Inherited IRA funds should not purchase this contract. Because of the contract’s focus on payments, certain features noted below more suitable to long-term accumulation vehicles are not available under this contract.

 

When the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract is owned by an IRA beneficiary:

 

 

The Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract can be purchased even though you have already begun taking post-death RMD payments of your interest as a beneficiary from the deceased owner’s original IRA. You should discuss with your own tax adviser when payments must begin or must be made.

 

 

The initial contribution must be a direct transfer from the deceased owner’s original IRA and is subject to minimum contribution amounts. See Appendix VII later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

 

Subsequent contributions of at least $1,000 are permitted but must be direct transfers of your interest as a beneficiary from another IRA with a financial institution other than AXA Equitable, where the deceased owner is the same as under the original IRA contract. Subsequent contributions (for Series B and Series L contracts only) are limited to the first contract year only.

 

 

The Inherited IRA contract is designed to pay you at least annually (but you can elect to receive payments monthly or quarterly). Payments are generally made over your life expectancy determined in the calendar year after the deceased owner’s death and determined on a term certain basis. If you maintain another IRA of the same type (traditional or Roth) of the same deceased

 

 

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owner and you are also taking distributions over your life from that inherited IRA, you may qualify to take an amount from that other inherited IRA which would otherwise satisfy the amount required to be distributed from the AXA Equitable Inherited IRA contract. If you choose not to take a payment from your Inherited IRA contract in any year, you must notify us in writing before we make the payment from the Inherited IRA contract, and we will not make any future payment unless you request in writing a reasonable time before we make such payment. If you choose to take a required payment from another inherited IRA, you are responsible for calculating the appropriate amount and reporting it on your income tax return.

 

When the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract is owned by a Non-spousal Applicable Plan beneficiary:

 

 

The initial contribution must be a direct rollover from the deceased plan participant’s Applicable Plan and is subject to minimum contribution amounts. See Appendix VII later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

 

There are no subsequent contributions.

 

 

You must receive payments at least annually (but can elect to receive payments monthly or quarterly). Payments are generally made over your life expectancy determined in the calendar year after the deceased owner’s death and determined on a term certain basis.

 

 

You must receive payments from the Inherited IRA contract even if you are receiving payments from another IRA derived from the deceased plan participant.

 

Features of the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract which apply to either type of owner:

 

 

The beneficiary of the original IRA (or the Non-spousal Applicable Plan beneficiary) will be the annuitant under the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract. In the case where the beneficiary is a “see-through trust,” the oldest beneficiary of the trust will be the annuitant.

 

 

An inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract is not available for owners over age 70.

 

 

You may make transfers among the investment options.

 

 

You may choose at any time to withdraw all or a portion of the account value. Any partial withdrawal must be at least $300. Withdrawal charges will apply as described in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus. Please note that withdrawal charges do not apply to Series C contracts.

 

 

The GMIB I — Asset Allocation, GMIB II — Custom Selection and the “Greater of” death benefits, Spousal continuation and systematic withdrawals are not available under the Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract.

 

 

If you die, we will pay to a beneficiary that you choose the greater of the account value or the applicable death benefit.

 

 

Upon your death, your beneficiary has the option to continue taking required minimum distributions based on your remaining life expectancy or to receive any remaining interest in the contract in a lump sum. The option elected will be processed when we receive satisfactory proof of death, any required instructions for the

   

method of payment and any required information and forms necessary to effect payment. If your beneficiary elects to continue to take distributions, we will increase the account value to equal the applicable death benefit if such death benefit is greater than such account value as of the date we receive satisfactory proof of death and any required instructions, information and forms. Thereafter, withdrawal charges will no longer apply. Your Guaranteed minimum death benefit will also no longer be in effect and any applicable charges for such benefit will stop.

 

Your right to cancel within a certain number of days

 

If for any reason you are not satisfied with your contract, you may return it to us for a refund. To exercise this cancellation right you must mail the contract, with a signed letter of instruction electing this right, to our processing office within 10 days after you receive it. If state law requires, this “free look” period may be longer. Other state variations may apply. Please contact your financial professional and/or see Appendix IX to find out what applies in your state.

 

Generally, your refund will equal your account value under the contract on the day we receive notification to cancel the contract and will reflect (i) any investment gain or loss in the variable investment options, including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option (less the daily charges we deduct), (ii) any guaranteed interest in the guaranteed interest option and (iii) any interest in the account for special dollar cost averaging (if applicable), through the date we receive your contract. Some states, however, require that we refund the full amount of your contribution (not reflecting (i), (ii), or (iii) above). For any IRA contract returned to us within seven days after you receive it, we are required to refund the full amount of your contribution.

 

For Series CP® contract owners, please note that you will forfeit the credit by exercising this right of cancellation.

 

We may require that you wait six months before you may apply for a contract with us again if:

 

 

you cancel your contract during the free look period; or

 

 

you change your mind before you receive your contract whether we have received your contribution or not.

 

Please see “Tax information” later in this Prospectus for possible consequences of cancelling your contract.

 

If you fully convert an existing traditional IRA contract to a Roth IRA contract, you may cancel your Roth IRA contract and return to a traditional IRA contract. Our processing office, or your financial professional, can provide you with the cancellation instructions.

 

In addition to the cancellation right described above, you have the right to surrender your contract, rather than cancel it. Please see “Surrendering your contract to receive its cash value,” later in this Prospectus. Surrendering your contract may yield results different than canceling your contract, including a greater potential for taxable income. In some cases, your cash value upon surrender may be greater than your contributions to the contract. Please see “Tax information” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

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2. Determining your contract’s value

 

 

Your account value and cash value

 

Your “account value” is the total of the values you have in: (i) the variable investment options (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option); (ii) the guaranteed interest option; and (iii) a Special DCA program.

 

Your contract also has a “cash value.” At any time before annuity payments begin, your contract’s cash value is equal to the account value, less: (i) the total amount or a pro rata portion of the annual administrative charge and any optional benefit charges; and (ii) any applicable withdrawal charges. Please see “Surrendering your contract to receive its cash value” in “Accessing your money” later in this Prospectus.

 

Your contract’s value in the variable investment options

 

Each variable investment option (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) invests in shares of a corresponding Portfolio. Your value in each variable investment option (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) is measured by “units.” The value of your units will increase or decrease as though you had invested it in the corresponding Portfolio’s shares directly. Your value, however, will be reduced by the amount of the fees and charges that we deduct under the contract.

 

The unit value for each variable investment option (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) depends on the investment performance of that option, less daily charges for:

 

(i) operations expenses;

 

(ii) administrative expenses; and

 

(iii) distribution charges.

 

On any day, your value in any variable investment option (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) equals the number of units credited to that option, adjusted for any units purchased for or deducted from your contract under that option, multiplied by that day’s value for one unit. The number of your contract units in any variable investment option (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) does not change unless they are:

 

(i)

increased to reflect additional contributions (plus the credit for Series CP® contracts);

 

(ii) decreased to reflect a withdrawal (plus withdrawal charges if applicable); or

 

(iii) increased to reflect a transfer into, or decreased to reflect a transfer out of, a variable investment option.

 

In addition, when we deduct any Guaranteed minimum death benefit, GMIB, GWBL and/or Earnings enhancement benefit charges, the number of units credited to your contract will be reduced. Your units

are also reduced when we deduct the annual administrative charge. A description of how unit values are calculated is found in the SAI.

 

Your contract’s value in the guaranteed interest option

 

Your value in the guaranteed interest option at any time will equal: your contributions and transfers to that option, plus interest, minus withdrawals out of the option, and charges we deduct.

 

Your contract’s value in the account for special dollar cost averaging

 

(For Series B and Series L contracts only)

 

Your value in the account for special dollar cost averaging at any time will equal your contribution allocated to that option, plus interest, less the sum of all amounts that have been transferred to the variable investment options you have selected.

 

Insufficient account value

 

Your contract will terminate without value if your account value is insufficient to pay any applicable charges when due. Your account value could become insufficient due to withdrawals and/or poor market performance. Upon such termination, you will lose all your rights under your contract and any applicable guaranteed benefits, except as discussed below.

 

See Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for any state variations with regard to terminating your contract.

 

Guaranteed minimum income benefit no lapse guarantee.  In certain circumstances, even if your account value falls to zero, your GMIB will still have value. Please see “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus for information on this feature.

 

Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life.  If your GMIB converts to the GWBL and your account value falls to zero due to an Excess withdrawal, we will terminate your contract and you will receive no payment or supplementary life annuity contract, even if your GWBL benefit base is greater than zero. If, however, your account value falls to zero, either due to a withdrawal or surrender that is not an Excess withdrawal or due to a deduction of charges, the benefit will still have value. See “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

 

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3. Transferring your money among investment options

 

 

 

Transferring your account value

 

At any time before the date annuity payments are to begin, you can transfer some or all of your account value among the investment options, subject to the following:

 

 

You may not transfer any amount to a Special DCA program.

 

 

Under Option A, a transfer into the guaranteed interest option (other than a dollar cost averaging transfer) will not be permitted if such transfer would result in more than 25% of the account value being allocated to the guaranteed interest option, based on the account value as of the previous business day.

 

 

Under Option B, you may make a transfer from one investment option to another investment option within the same category provided the resulting allocation to the receiving investment option does not exceed the investment option maximum in place at the time of the transfer. You can make a transfer from an investment option in one category to an investment option in another category as long as the minimum rules for the transferring category, the minimum and maximum rules for the receiving category and the maximum rule for the receiving investment option are met. You may also request a transfer that would reallocate your account value based on percentages, provided those percentages are consistent with the category and investment option limits in place at the time of the transfer. In calculating the limits for any transfer, we use the account value percentages as of the date prior to the transfer. Transfer requests do not change the allocation instructions on file for any future contribution or rebalancing, although transfer requests will be considered subject to the Custom Selection rules at the time of the request. In connection with any transfer, you should consider providing new allocation instructions, which would be used in connection with future rebalancing. A transfer must comply with transfer rules described under “Allocating your contributions” earlier in the Prospectus.

 

 

You may not transfer any amount to the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option.

 

 

Beginning in the second contract year and until the contract date anniversary following age 85, you may elect to have 100% of your account value in the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option transferred out and allocated according to your allocation instructions on file. You may only initiate this transfer once per contract year and you must make this election using our required form. This election is called the ATP exit option. See “Asset transfer program (“ATP”)” in “Contract features and benefits” for more information.

 

 

If you transfer amounts from the guaranteed interest option, not in connection with a dollar cost averaging program, to the variable investment options, the ATP formula will be triggered. This could result in a transfer of account value either in to or out of the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option.

 

We may charge a transfer charge for any transfers in excess of 12 transfers in a contract year. For more information, see “Transfer charge” under “Charges that AXA Equitable deducts” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

We reserve the right to restrict transfers into and among variable investment options, including limitations on the number, frequency, or dollar amount of transfers. We may, at any time, change our transfer rules. We may also, at any time, exercise our right to terminate transfers to any of the variable investment options and to limit the number of variable investment options which you may elect.

 

 

Our current transfer restrictions are set forth in the “Disruptive transfer activity” section below.

 

 

The maximum amount that may be transferred from the guaranteed interest option to any investment option in any contract year is the greatest of:

 

  (a) 25% of the amount you have in the guaranteed interest option on the last day of the prior contract year;

 

  (b) the total of all amounts transferred at your request from the guaranteed interest option to any of the investment options in the prior contract year; or

 

  (c) 25% of amounts transferred or allocated to the guaranteed interest option during the current contract year.

 

Some states may have additional transfer restrictions. Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus.

 

From time to time, we may remove the restrictions regarding transferring amounts out of the guaranteed interest option. If we do so, we will tell you. We will also tell you at least 45 days in advance of the day we intend to reimpose the transfer restrictions. When we reimpose the transfer restrictions, if any dollar cost averaging transfer out of the guaranteed interest option causes a violation of the 25% outbound restriction, that dollar cost averaging program will be terminated for the current contract year. If you are eligible, a new dollar cost averaging program can be started in the next or subsequent contract years.

 

You may request a transfer in writing or through Online Account Access. Under Option A, you may also request a transfer by telephone using TOPS. You must send in all written transfer requests directly to our processing office. Transfer requests should specify:

 

(1) the contract number;

 

(2) the dollar amounts or percentages of your current account value to be transferred; and

 

(3) the investment options to and from which you are transferring.

 

We will confirm all transfers in writing.

 

Please see “Allocating your contributions” in “Contract features and benefits” for more information about your role in managing your allocations.

 

 

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Disruptive transfer activity

 

You should note that the contract is not designed for professional “market timing” organizations, or other organizations or individuals engaging in a market timing strategy. The contract is not designed to accommodate programmed transfers, frequent transfers or transfers that are large in relation to the total assets of the underlying portfolio.

 

Frequent transfers, including market timing and other program trading or short-term trading strategies, may be disruptive to the underlying portfolios in which the variable investment options invest. Disruptive transfer activity may adversely affect performance and the interests of long-term investors by requiring a portfolio to maintain larger amounts of cash or to liquidate portfolio holdings at a disadvantageous time or price. For example, when market timing occurs, a portfolio may have to sell its holdings to have the cash necessary to redeem the market timer’s investment. This can happen when it is not advantageous to sell any securities, so the portfolio’s performance may be hurt. When large dollar amounts are involved, market timing can also make it difficult to use long-term investment strategies because a portfolio cannot predict how much cash it will have to invest. In addition, disruptive transfers or purchases and redemptions of portfolio investments may impede efficient portfolio management and impose increased transaction costs, such as brokerage costs, by requiring the portfolio manager to effect more frequent purchases and sales of portfolio securities. Similarly, a portfolio may bear increased administrative costs as a result of the asset level and investment volatility that accompanies patterns of excessive or short-term trading. Portfolios that invest a significant portion of their assets in foreign securities or the securities of small-and mid-capitalization companies tend to be subject to the risks associated with market timing and short-term trading strategies to a greater extent than portfolios that do not. Securities trading in overseas markets present time zone arbitrage opportunities when events affecting portfolio securities values occur after the close of the overseas market but prior to the close of the U.S. markets. Securities of small-and mid-capitalization companies present arbitrage opportunities because the market for such securities may be less liquid than the market for securities of larger companies, which could result in pricing inefficiencies. Please see the prospectuses for the underlying portfolios for more information on how portfolio shares are priced.

 

We currently use the procedures described below to discourage disruptive transfer activity. You should understand, however, that these procedures are subject to the following limitations: (1) they primarily rely on the policies and procedures implemented by the underlying portfolios; (2) they do not eliminate the possibility that disruptive transfer activity, including market timing, will occur or that portfolio performance will be affected by such activity; (3) the design of market timing procedures involves inherently subjective judgments, which we seek to make in a fair and reasonable manner consistent with the interests of all contract owners; and (4) these procedures do not apply to the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy Portfolio.

 

We offer investment options with underlying portfolios that are part of AXA Premier VIP Trust and EQ Advisors Trust (together, the “trusts”). The trusts have adopted policies and procedures regarding disruptive transfer activity. They discourage frequent purchases and redemptions of portfolio shares and will not make special arrangements to accommodate such transactions. They aggregate inflows and outflows for each portfolio on a daily basis. On any day when a portfolio’s net inflows or outflows exceed an established monitoring threshold, the trust obtains from us contract owner trading activity. The trusts currently consider transfers into and out of (or vice versa) the same variable

investment option within a five business day period as potentially disruptive transfer activity. Each trust reserves the right to reject a transfer that it believes, in its sole discretion, is disruptive (or potentially disruptive) to the management of one of its portfolios. Please see the prospectuses for the trusts for more information.

 

As of the date of this Prospectus, we do not offer investment options with underlying portfolios that are part of an outside trust (an “unaffiliated trust”). Should we offer such investment options in the future, each unaffiliated trust may have its own policies and procedures regarding disruptive transfer activity, which would be disclosed in the unaffiliated trust prospectus. If an unaffiliated trust advises us that there may be disruptive activity from one of our contract owners, we will work with the unaffiliated trust to review contract owner trading activity. Any such unaffiliated trust would also have the right to reject a transfer that it believes, in its sole discretion, is disruptive (or potentially disruptive) to the management of one of its portfolios.

 

When a contract is identified in connection with potentially disruptive transfer activity for the first time, a letter is sent to the contract owner explaining that there is a policy against disruptive transfer activity and that if such activity continues certain transfer privileges may be eliminated. If and when the contract owner is identified a second time as engaged in potentially disruptive transfer activity under the contract, we currently prohibit the use of voice, fax and automated transaction services. We currently apply such action for the remaining life of each affected contract. We or a trust may change the definition of potentially disruptive transfer activity, the monitoring procedures and thresholds, any notification procedures, and the procedures to restrict this activity. Any new or revised policies and procedures will apply to all contract owners uniformly. We do not permit exceptions to our policies restricting disruptive transfer activity.

 

It is possible that a trust may impose a redemption fee designed to discourage frequent or disruptive trading by contract owners. As of the date of this Prospectus, the trusts had not implemented such a fee. If a redemption fee is implemented by a trust, that fee, like any other trust fee, will be borne by the contract owner.

 

Contract owners should note that it is not always possible for us and the underlying trusts to identify and prevent disruptive transfer activity. In addition, because we do not monitor for all frequent trading at the separate account level, contract owners may engage in frequent trading which may not be detected, for example, due to low net inflows or outflows on the particular day(s). Therefore, no assurance can be given that we or the trusts will successfully impose restrictions on all potentially disruptive transfers. Because there is no guarantee that disruptive trading will be stopped, some contract owners may be treated differently than others, resulting in the risk that some contract owners may be able to engage in frequent transfer activity while others will bear the effect of that frequent transfer activity. The potential effects of frequent transfer activity are discussed above.

 

Rebalancing your account value

 

If you elect Option A for your investment options, a recurring optional rebalancing program is not available, instead you can rebalance your account value by submitting a request to rebalance your account value as of the date we receive your request. Any subsequent rebalancing transactions would require a subsequent rebalancing request. If you elect Option B, we require an automatic quarterly rebalancing program. For more information about Options A and B and the rebalancing program under Option B, see “Allocating your contributions” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

 

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4. Accessing your money

 

 

 

Withdrawing your account value

 

You have several ways to withdraw your account value before annuity payments begin. Withdrawals will be deducted pro rata from the applicable investment options. The table below shows the methods available under each type of contract. More information follows the table.

 

Please see “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” in “Contract features and benefits” and “Insufficient account value” in “Determining your contract’s value” earlier in this Prospectus for more information on how withdrawals affect your guaranteed benefits and could potentially cause your contract to terminate.

 

Method of withdrawal
Contract(1)   Auto-
matic
payment
plans
   Partial    Syste-
matic
  

Pre-age
59 1/2
sub-

stantially

equal

  

Lifetime
required
minimum

distribu-

tion

NQ   Yes    Yes    Yes    No    No
Traditional IRA   Yes    Yes    Yes    Yes    Yes
Roth IRA   Yes    Yes    Yes    Yes    No
Inherited IRA   No    Yes    No    No    (2)
QP(3)   Yes    Yes    No    No    No
(1)

Please note that not all contract types are available under the Accumulator® Series of contracts.

(2) The contract pays out post-death required minimum distributions. See “Inherited IRA beneficiary continuation contract” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus.
(3) All payments are made to the plan, as the owner of the contract. See “Appendix III: Purchase considerations for QP contracts” later in this Prospectus.

 

 

All requests for withdrawals must be made on a specific form that we provide. Please see “How to reach us” under “Who is AXA Equitable?” earlier in this Prospectus for more information.

 

 

Partial withdrawals

(All contracts)

 

You may take partial withdrawals from your account value at any time. The minimum amount you may withdraw is $300.

 

Partial withdrawals will be subject to a withdrawal charge if they exceed the 10% free withdrawal amount. For more information, see “10% free withdrawal amount” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

 

Any request for a partial withdrawal that results in an Excess withdrawal will terminate your participation in the Maximum payment plan or Customized payment plan. Any partial withdrawal request will terminate the systematic withdrawal option.

 

Automatic payment plans

 

You may take automatic withdrawals under either the Maximum payment plan or the Customized payment plan, as described below. Under either plan, you may take withdrawals on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. The first payment date cannot be more than one full

payment period from the date the enrollment form is received at our processing office. If a later date is specified, we will not process your enrollment form. You may change the payment frequency of your withdrawals at any time, and the change will become effective on the next contract date anniversary. All withdrawals from an automatic payment plan count towards your free withdrawal amount.

 

You may elect either the Maximum payment plan or the Customized payment plan beginning after the first contract date anniversary. We will make the withdrawals on any day of the month that you select as long as it is not later than the 28th day of the month.

 

Each scheduled payment cannot be less than $50. If scheduled payments would be less than $50, the program will be terminated. This applies even if an RMD withdrawal causes the reduction of scheduled amounts below $50. Scheduled payments are taken pro rata from all variable investment options (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) and the guaranteed interest option. Scheduled payments are not taken out of the Special DCA programs.

 

When we use the term “Annual withdrawal amount” in this discussion of the automatic payment plans, we intend this also to be a reference to (i) the “Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount” that is available upon conversion to the GWBL or (ii) 5% of the beginning of contract year Roll-up benefit base for contracts that do not convert to the GWBL and continue with the “Greater of” GMDB after the contract date anniversary following age 85 or (iii) 5% of the beginning of contract year Highest Anniversary Value benefit base for contracts that do not convert to GWBL and continue with the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit after the contract date anniversary following age 85.

 

If you take a partial withdrawal while an automatic payment plan is in effect:

 

 

After scheduled payments begin, a partial withdrawal (together with all withdrawals to date in the contract year) that exceeds the Annual withdrawal amount will terminate the program. You may set up a new program immediately, but it will not begin until the next contract year.

 

 

After scheduled payments begin, a partial withdrawal (together with all withdrawals to date in the contract year) that is less than or equal to the Annual withdrawal amount may cause payments to be suspended until the next contract year once the full Annual withdrawal amount for that contract year has been paid out. After a partial withdrawal is taken, you will continue to receive scheduled payments without a disruption in payments until the Annual withdrawal amount is paid out. After the full Annual withdrawal amount has been paid out, the program will be suspended for the remainder of the year.

 

Maximum payment plan.  Our Maximum payment plan provides for the withdrawal of the Annual withdrawal amount in scheduled payments. The amount of the withdrawal will increase on contract date anniversaries if there is a reset (for contracts with GMIB) or an Annual Ratchet (for contracts with GWBL).

 

 

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For monthly or quarterly payments, the Annual withdrawal amount will be divided by 12 or 4 (as applicable). The program is designed to pay the entire Annual withdrawal amount in each contract year, regardless of whether the program is started at the beginning of the contract year or on some other date during the contract year. Consequently, a program that commences on a date other than a contract date anniversary will account for any payments that would have been made since the beginning of the contract year, as if the program were in effect on the contract date anniversary. A catch-up payment will be paid for the accrued scheduled payments for all missed payments for the number of payment dates that have elapsed from the beginning of the contract year up to the date the enrollment is processed. The catch-up payment is made immediately when the Maximum payment plan enrollment is processed. Thereafter, scheduled payments will begin one payment period later.

 

A partial withdrawal taken in the same contract year prior to enrollment in the Maximum payment plan will have the following effect:

 

 

If the amount of the partial withdrawal is more than the Annual withdrawal amount, we will not process your enrollment form.

 

 

If the amount of the partial withdrawal is less than the Annual withdrawal amount, then the partial withdrawal will be factored into the Maximum payment plan payments for that contract year.

 

 

Annual frequency: If the amount of the partial withdrawal is less than the Annual withdrawal amount, the remaining Annual withdrawal amount is paid on the date the enrollment form is processed or a later date selected by the owner. You may not select a date later than the next contract date anniversary.

 

 

A partial withdrawal that is taken after you are enrolled in the program but before the first payment is made terminates the program.

 

Customized payment plan.  Our Customized payment plan provides for the withdrawal of a fixed amount not greater than the Annual withdrawal amount in scheduled payments. The amount of the withdrawal will not be increased on contract date anniversaries with a reset (for contracts with GMIB) or an Annual Ratchet (for contracts with GWBL). You must elect to change the scheduled payment amount.

 

You can request any of the following as scheduled payments:

 

 

Fixed percentage: A fixed percentage not to exceed the Annual Roll-up rate (or the Applicable percentage for contracts with GWBL or 5% of the beginning of contract year benefit base for contracts that do not convert to the GWBL and continue with either the “Greater of” GMDB or Highest Anniversary Value death benefit after the contract date anniversary following age 85). The specified percentage is applied to the Roll-up benefit base (or GWBL benefit base or death benefit base, as applicable) as of the most recent contract anniversary.

 

 

Fixed dollar amount: A fixed dollar amount not to exceed the Annual withdrawal amount.

 

A partial withdrawal taken in the same contract year prior to enrollment in the Customized payment plan will have the following effect:

 

 

If the amount of the partial withdrawal is more than the Annual withdrawal amount, we will not process your enrollment form.

 

 

If the amount of the partial withdrawal is less than the Annual withdrawal amount, you will receive the requested Customized

   

payment plan scheduled payments. If during the course of the contract year, a scheduled payment would exceed the Annual withdrawal amount, payment will be made for an amount up to the Annual withdrawal amount and payments will be suspended for the remainder of the contract year.

 

If you elect the ATP exit option while the Customized payment plan is in effect and the Roll-up benefit base is adjusted, the Customized payment plan will operate in the same manner as though a partial withdrawal had been taken and may cause payments to be suspended in the next contract year if a scheduled payment would exceed the Annual withdrawal amount.

 

Systematic withdrawals

(All contracts except Inherited IRA and QP)

 

You may take systematic withdrawals of a particular dollar amount or a particular percentage of your account value. Systematic withdrawals may cause Excess withdrawals. If you want to avoid Excess withdrawal treatment, use the Maximum payment plan or Customized payment plan.

 

You may take systematic withdrawals on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis as long as the withdrawals do not exceed the following percentages of your account value on the date of the withdrawal: 0.8% monthly, 2.4% quarterly and 10.0% annually. The minimum amount you may take in each systematic withdrawal is $250. If the amount withdrawn would be less than $250 on the date a withdrawal is to be taken, we will not make a payment and we will terminate your systematic withdrawal election.

 

If the withdrawal charges on your contract have expired, you may elect a systematic withdrawal option in excess of your percentages of your account value as of the beginning of the contract year, as described in the preceding paragraph, up to 100% of your account value. However, if you elect a systematic withdrawal option in excess of these limits, and make a subsequent contribution to your contract, the systematic withdrawal option will be terminated. You may then elect a new systematic withdrawal option within the limits described in the preceding paragraph.

 

We will make the withdrawals on any day of the month that you select as long as it is not later than the 28th day of the month. If you do not select a date, we will make the withdrawals on the same calendar day of the month as the contract date. You must wait at least 28 days after your contract is issued before your systematic withdrawals can begin.

 

You may elect to take systematic withdrawals at any time. If you own an IRA contract, you may elect this withdrawal method only if you are between ages 59 1/2 and 70 1/2.

 

You may change the payment frequency, or the amount or percentage of your systematic withdrawals, once each contract year. However, you may not change the amount or percentage in any contract year in which you have already taken a partial withdrawal. You can cancel the systematic withdrawal option at any time.

 

If you take a partial withdrawal while you are taking systematic withdrawals, your systematic withdrawal option will be terminated. You may then elect a new systematic withdrawal option.

 

Systematic withdrawals are not subject to a withdrawal charge, except to the extent that, when added to a partial withdrawal previously taken in the same contract year, the systematic withdrawal exceeds the 10% free withdrawal amount.

 

 

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Systematic withdrawals are not available if the GMIB has converted to the GWBL. If you are taking systematic withdrawals at the time the GMIB converts to the GWBL, the conversion will not terminate your systematic withdrawals. Continuing your systematic withdrawals after conversion may result in an Excess withdrawal. You should consider terminating your systematic withdrawals and electing an automatic payment plan at the time of the conversion to the GWBL, and you will be advised to cancel this election in the Systematic withdrawal election form and in the GMIB exercise notice.

 

Substantially equal withdrawals

(traditional IRA, Roth IRA contracts)

 

We offer our “substantially equal withdrawals option” to allow you to receive distributions from your account value without triggering the 10% additional federal income tax penalty, which normally applies to distributions made before age 59 1/2. Substantially equal withdrawals are also referred to as “72(t) exception withdrawals”. See “Tax information” later in this Prospectus. We use one of the IRS-approved methods for doing this; this is not the exclusive method of meeting this exception. After consultation with your tax adviser, you may decide to use another method which would require you to compute amounts yourself and request partial withdrawals. In such a case, a withdrawal charge may apply. Once you begin to take substantially equal withdrawals, you should not (i) stop them; (ii) change the pattern of your withdrawals for example, by taking an additional partial withdrawal; or (iii) contribute any more to the contract until after the later of age 59 1/2 or five full years after the first withdrawal. If you alter the pattern of withdrawals, you may be liable for the 10% federal tax penalty that would have otherwise been due on prior withdrawals made under this option and for any interest on the delayed payment of the penalty.

 

In accordance with IRS guidance, an individual who has elected to receive substantially equal withdrawals may make a one time change, without penalty, from one of the IRS-approved methods of calculating fixed payments to another IRS-approved method (similar to the required minimum distribution rules) of calculating payments which vary each year.

 

You may elect to take substantially equal withdrawals at any time before age 59 1/2. We will make the withdrawal on any day of the month that you select as long as it is not later than the 28th day of the month. We will calculate the amount of your substantially equal withdrawals using the IRS-approved method we offer. The payments will be made monthly, quarterly or annually as you select. These payments will continue until (i) we receive written notice from you to cancel this option; (ii) you take an additional partial withdrawal; or (iii) you contribute any more to the contract. You may elect to start receiving substantially equal withdrawals again, but the payments may not restart in the same calendar year in which you took a partial withdrawal or added amounts to the contract. We will calculate the new withdrawal amount.

 

Substantially equal withdrawals that we calculate for you are not subject to a withdrawal charge, except to the extent that, when added to a partial withdrawal previously taken in the same contract year, the substantially equal withdrawal exceeds the free withdrawal amount. See “10% free withdrawal amount” in “Charges and expenses” later in this Prospectus.

For contracts with GMIB, substantially equal withdrawals could cause an Excess withdrawal. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus. Also, the substantially equal withdrawal program is not available if the GMIB converts to the GWBL.

 

Lifetime required minimum distribution withdrawals

(traditional IRA and QP contracts only — See “Tax information” later in this Prospectus)

 

We offer our “automatic required minimum distribution (RMD) service” to help you meet lifetime required minimum distributions under federal income tax rules. This is not the exclusive way for you to meet these rules. After consultation with your tax adviser, you may decide to compute RMDs yourself and request partial withdrawals. In such a case, a withdrawal charge may apply. Before electing this account based withdrawal option, you should consider whether annuitization might be better in your situation. If you have elected one or more guaranteed benefits, amounts withdrawn from the contract to meet RMDs will reduce the benefit base(s) and may limit the utility of the benefit(s). Also, the actuarial present value of additional contract benefits must be added to the account value in calculating RMD payments from annuity contracts funding qualified plans and IRAs, which could increase the amount required to be withdrawn. Please refer to “Tax information” later in this Prospectus.

 

This service is not available under defined benefit QP contracts.

 

You may elect this service in the year in which you reach age 70 1/2 or in any later year. The minimum amount we will pay out is $250. Currently, RMD payments will be made annually. See “Required minimum distributions” in “Tax information” later in this Prospectus for your specific type of retirement arrangement.

 

This service does not generate automatic RMD payments during the first calendar year. Therefore, if you are making a rollover or transfer contribution to the calendar after age 70 1/2, you must take any RMDs before the rollover or transfer. If you do not, any withdrawals that you take during the first contract year to satisfy your RMDs may be subject to withdrawal charges, if applicable, if they exceed the free withdrawal amount.

 

 

For traditional IRA contracts, we will send a form outlining the distribution options available in the year you reach age 70 1/2 (if you have not begun your annuity payments before that time).

 

 

We do not impose a withdrawal charge on RMD payments if you are enrolled in our automatic RMD service except if, when added to a partial withdrawal previously taken in the same contract year, the RMD payments exceed the 10% free withdrawal amount.

 

If you elect systematic withdrawals AND our automatic RMD service, any RMD payment made while the systematic withdrawal program is in effect will terminate the systematic withdrawal program.

 

For contracts with GMIB or GWBL.  Generally, if you elect our automatic RMD service, any lifetime RMD payment we make to you, starting in the first contract year, (i) (for contracts with GMIB) will reduce your guaranteed benefit bases on a dollar-for-dollar basis, but will not be treated as Excess withdrawals; (ii) (for contracts with GWBL), will not reduce your GWBL benefit base and will not be treated as Excess withdrawals.

 

 

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If you elect either the Maximum payment plan or the Customized payment plan (together, “automatic payment plans”) AND our automatic RMD service, we will make an extra payment, if necessary, in December that will equal your lifetime RMD amount less all payments made through November and any scheduled December payment. If the combined automatic payment plan and RMD payments to date in that contract year are equal to or exceed the Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, the automatic payment plan will be suspended for the contract year on the date of the RMD payment. The portion of the RMD payment in excess of the Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount will not be treated as an Excess withdrawal. If the combined automatic payment plan and RMD payments to date in that contract year do not exceed the Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, then during the course of the contract year, if a scheduled payment would exceed the Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, payment will be made for an amount up to the Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount and additional scheduled payments will be suspended for the remainder of the contract year. Payments under the automatic payment plan will resume in the next contract year.

 

If you take any partial withdrawals in addition to your RMD and automatic payment plan payments, your applicable automatic payment plan will be terminated if the partial withdrawal causes an Excess withdrawal to occur. If the partial withdrawal does not cause an Excess withdrawal, it may cause a suspension of your automatic payment plan if a later scheduled payment would have caused an Excess withdrawal to occur. Any partial withdrawal may cause an Excess withdrawal and may be subject to a withdrawal charge. You may enroll in the plan again at any time, but the scheduled payments will not resume until the next contract date anniversary. Further, your benefit base(s) and Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount may be reduced. See “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

If you elect our automatic RMD service and elect to take your Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount in partial withdrawals without electing one of our available automatic payment plans, we will make a payment, if necessary, in December that will equal your RMD less all withdrawals made through November. If prior to December you make a partial withdrawal that exceeds your Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, but not your RMD amount, that partial withdrawal will be treated as an Excess withdrawal, as well as any subsequent partial withdrawals made during the same contract year. However, if by December your withdrawals have not exceeded your RMD amount, the RMD payment we make to you will not be treated as an Excess withdrawal.

 

If you elect systematic withdrawals AND our automatic RMD service, any RMD payment made while the systematic withdrawal program is in effect will terminate the systematic withdrawal program. If a previous systematic withdrawal taken in a contract year had already exceeded the Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount prior to a payment from our automatic RMD service, the RMD payment will not be treated as an Excess withdrawal. However, previous systematic withdrawals that exceeded the Annual withdrawal amount or Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount would be treated as Excess withdrawals.

For contracts with the Guaranteed minimum income benefit. The no lapse guarantee will not be terminated if a RMD payment using our automatic RMD service causes your cumulative withdrawals in the contract year to exceed your Annual withdrawal amount (or in the first contract year, 5% of all contributions received within the first 90 days).

 

Owners of tax-qualified contracts (IRA and QP) should consider the effect of resetting the Roll-up benefit base if RMD payments must begin before the end of the new exercise waiting period. See “Roll-up benefit base reset” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

How withdrawals are taken from your account value

 

We will subtract your withdrawals on a pro rata basis from your account value in the variable investment options (including any amounts allocated to the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) and the guaranteed interest option. If there is insufficient value or no value in the in the variable investment options (including any amounts allocated to the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) and the guaranteed interest option, any additional amount of the withdrawal required or the total amount of the withdrawal will be withdrawn from a Special DCA program. A partial withdrawal from a Special DCA program will terminate the program.

 

Withdrawals treated as surrenders

 

If you request to withdraw more than 90% of a contract’s current cash value, we will treat it as a request to surrender the contract for its cash value. In addition, we have the right to pay the cash value and terminate the contract if no contributions are made during the last three completed contract years, and the account value is less than $500, or if you make a withdrawal that would result in a cash value of less than $500. The rules in the preceding sentence do not apply if the GMIB no lapse guarantee is in effect on your contract. See “Surrendering your contract to receive its cash value” below. For the tax consequences of withdrawals, see “Tax information” later in this Prospectus.

 

Special rules for the Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life.   We will not treat a withdrawal request that results in a withdrawal in excess of 90% of the contract’s cash value as a request to surrender the contract unless it is an Excess withdrawal. In addition, we will not terminate your contract if either your account value or cash value falls below $500, unless it is due to an Excess withdrawal. In other words, if you take an Excess withdrawal that equals more than 90% of your cash value or reduces your cash value to less than $500, we will treat your request as a surrender of your contract even if your GWBL benefit base is greater than zero. Please also see “Insufficient account value” in “Determining your contract’s value” earlier in this Prospectus. Please also see “Effect of your account value falling to zero” under “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus, for more information on how withdrawals affect your guaranteed benefits and could potentially cause your contract to terminate.

 

Surrendering your contract to receive its cash value

 

You may surrender your contract to receive its cash value at any time while an owner is living (or for contracts with non-natural owners,

 

 

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while the annuitant is living) and before you begin to receive annuity payments. For a surrender to be effective, we must receive your written request and your contract at our processing office. We will determine your cash value on the date we receive the required information. All benefits under the contract will terminate as of the date we receive the required information, including the GWBL (if applicable) if your cash value is greater than your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount remaining that year. If your cash value is not greater than your Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount remaining that year, then you will receive a supplementary life annuity contract. For more information, please see “Effect of your account value falling to zero” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus. Also, if the GMIB no lapse guarantee is in effect, the benefit will terminate without value if your cash value plus any other withdrawals taken in the contract year exceeds your Annual withdrawal amount. For more information, please see “Insufficient account value” in “Determining your contract’s value” and “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

You may receive your cash value in a single sum payment or apply it to one or more of the annuity payout options. See “Your annuity payout options” below. For the tax consequences of surrenders, see “Tax information” later in this Prospectus.

 

When to expect payments

 

Generally, we will fulfill requests for payments out of the variable investment options (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) within seven calendar days after the date of the transaction to which the request relates. These transactions may include applying proceeds to a variable annuity, payment of a death benefit, payment of any amount you withdraw (less any withdrawal charge, if applicable) and, upon surrender, payment of the cash value. We may postpone such payments or applying proceeds for any period during which:

 

(1) the New York Stock Exchange is closed or restricts trading,

 

(2) the SEC determines that an emergency exists as a result of which sales of securities or determination of the fair value of a variable investment option’s assets is not reasonably practicable, or

 

(3) the SEC, by order, permits us to defer payment to protect people remaining in the variable investment options (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option).

 

We can defer payment of any portion of your value in the guaranteed interest option and the account for special dollar cost averaging (other than for death benefits) for up to six months while you are living. Please note that the account for special dollar cost averaging is available to Series B and Series L contract owners only. We also may defer payments for a reasonable amount of time (not to exceed 10 days) while we are waiting for a contribution check to clear.

 

All payments are made to a bank account designated by you or by check which will be mailed to you (or the payee named in a tax-free exchange) by U.S. mail, if you request that we do so subject to any charges. We can also send any payment to you by using an express delivery or wire transfer service at your expense.

Your annuity payout options

 

The following description assumes annuitization of your entire contract. For partial annuitization, see “Partial annuitization” below.

 

Deferred annuity contracts such as those in the Accumulator® Series provide for conversion to annuity payout status at or before the contract’s “maturity date.” This is called annuitization. Upon annuitization, your account value is applied to provide periodic payments as described in this section; the contract and all its benefits terminate; and you receive a supplementary contract for the periodic payments (“payout option”). The supplementary contract does not have an account value or cash value.

 

You may choose to annuitize your contract at any time, which generally is at least 13 months (five years for Series CP® contracts) after the contract issue date. Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for information on state variations. The contract’s maturity date is the latest date on which annuitization can occur. If you do not annuitize before the maturity date and at the maturity date have not made an affirmative choice as to the type of annuity payments to be received, we will convert your contract to the default annuity payout option described in “Annuity maturity date” later in this section.

 

In general, your periodic payment amount upon annuitization is determined by the account value or cash value of your Accumulator® Series contract at the time of annuitization, the form of the annuity payout option you elect and the annuity purchase rate to which that value is applied, as described below. Alternatively, if you have a GMIB, you may exercise your benefit in accordance with its terms. Once begun, annuity payments cannot be stopped unless otherwise provided in the supplementary contract. Your contract guarantees that upon annuitization, your account value will be applied to a guaranteed annuity purchase rate for a life annuity. We reserve the right, with advance notice to you, to change guaranteed annuity purchase rates any time after your fifth contract date anniversary and at not less than five-year intervals after the first change. (Please see your contract and SAI for more information.) In the event that we exercise our contractual right to change the guaranteed annuity purchase factors, we would segregate the account value based on contributions and earnings received prior to and after the change. When your contract is annuitized, we would calculate the payments by applying the applicable purchase factors separately to the value of the contributions received before and after the rate change. We will provide you with 60 days advance written notice of such a change.

 

In addition, you may apply your total account value or cash value, whichever is applicable, to any other annuity payout option that we may offer at the time of annuitization. We have the right to require you to provide any information we deem necessary to provide an annuity payout option. If an annuity payout is later found to be based on incorrect information, it will be adjusted on the basis of the correct information.

 

You can currently choose from among the payout annuity options listed below. Restrictions may apply, depending on the type of contract you own or the owner’s and annuitant’s ages at contract issue. Other than life annuity with period certain, we reserve the right to add, remove or change any of these annuity payout options at any time. In addition, if you are exercising your GMIB, your choice of payout options are those that are available under the GMIB (see “Guaranteed minimum income benefit (“GMIB”)” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus). If the GWBL is in effect

 

 

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and you choose to annuitize your contract before the maturity date, the GWBL will terminate without value even if your GWBL benefit base is greater than zero. Payments you receive under the payout annuity option you select may be less than you would have received under GWBL. See “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus for further information.

 

Fixed annuity payout options

   Life annuity

Life annuity with period certain

Life annuity with refund certain
Period certain annuity

 

Life annuity: An annuity that guarantees payments for the rest of the annuitant’s life. Payments end with the last monthly payment before the annuitant’s death. Because there is no continuation of benefits following the annuitant’s death with this payout option, it provides the highest monthly payment of any of the life annuity options, so long as the annuitant is living. It is possible that the Life annuity option could result in only one payment if the annuitant dies immediately after annuitization.

 

 

Life annuity with period certain: An annuity that guarantees payments for the rest of the annuitant’s life. If the annuitant dies before the end of a selected period of time (“period certain”), payments continue to the beneficiary for the balance of the period certain. The period certain cannot extend beyond the annuitant’s life expectancy. A life annuity with a period certain is the form of annuity under the contract that you will receive if you do not elect a different payout option. In this case, the period certain will be based on the annuitant’s age and will not exceed 10 years.

 

 

Life annuity with refund certain: An annuity that guarantees payments for the rest of the annuitant’s life. If the annuitant dies before the amount applied to purchase the annuity option has been recovered, payments to the beneficiary will continue until that amount has been recovered.

 

 

Period certain annuity: An annuity that guarantees payments for a specific period of time, usually 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. This guaranteed period may not exceed the annuitant’s life expectancy. This option does not guarantee payments for the rest of the annuitant’s life. It does not permit any repayment of the unpaid principal, so you cannot elect to receive part of the payments as a single sum payment with the rest paid in monthly annuity payments.

 

The life annuity, life annuity with period certain, and life annuity with refund certain payout options are available on a single life or joint and survivor life basis. The joint and survivor life annuity guarantees payments for the rest of the annuitant’s life, and after the annuitant’s death, payments continue to the survivor. We may offer other payout options not outlined here. Your financial professional can provide you with details.

 

We guarantee fixed annuity payments will be based either on the tables of guaranteed annuity purchase factors in your contract or on our then current annuity purchase factors, whichever is more favorable for you.

The amount applied to purchase an annuity payout option

 

(For the purposes of this section, please note that withdrawal charges do not apply to Series C contracts.)

 

The amount applied to purchase an annuity payout option varies, depending on the payout option that you choose, and the timing of your purchase as it relates to any withdrawal charges that apply under your Accumulator® Series contract.

 

There is no withdrawal charge imposed if you select a life annuity, life annuity with period certain or life annuity with refund certain. The withdrawal charge applicable under your Accumulator® Series contract is imposed if you select a non-life contingent period certain payout annuity. If the period certain is more than 5 years, then the withdrawal charge deducted will not exceed 5% of the account value.

 

Partial annuitization.  Partial annuitization of nonqualified deferred annuity contracts, as described in “Partial Annuitization” in “Tax Information”, is permitted under certain circumstances. You may choose from the annuity payout options described here, but if you choose a period certain annuity payout, the certain period must be for 10 years or more. We require you to elect partial annuitization on the form we specify. You may not partially exercise your GMIB. For purposes of this contract we will effect any partial annuitization as a withdrawal applied to a payout annuity. Partial annuitization is available until your annuity maturity date. See “How withdrawals are taken from your account value” earlier in this section.

 

Selecting an annuity payout option

 

When you select a payout option, we will issue you a separate written agreement confirming your right to receive annuity payments. We require you to return your contract before annuity payments begin. The contract owner and annuitant must meet the issue age and payment requirements.

 

You can choose the date annuity payments begin but it may not be earlier than thirteen months from your contract date or not earlier than five years from your Series CP® contract date (in a limited number of jurisdictions this requirement may be more or less than five years). Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for information on state variations. You can change the date your annuity payments are to begin at any time. The date may not be later than the annuity maturity date described below.

 

For Series CP® contracts, if you start receiving annuity payments within three years of making any contribution, we will recover the credit that applies to any contribution made within the prior three years. Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for information on state variations.

 

The amount of the annuity payments will depend on the amount applied to purchase the annuity and the applicable annuity purchase factors, discussed earlier. The amount of each annuity payment will be less with a greater frequency of payments, or with a longer duration of a non-life contingent annuity or a longer certain period of a life contingent annuity. Once elected, the frequency with which you receive payments cannot be changed.

 

 

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If, at the time you elect a payout option, the amount to be applied is less than $2,000 or the initial payment under the form elected is less than $20 monthly, we reserve the right to pay the account value in a single sum rather than as payments under the payout option chosen. If you select an annuity payout option and payments have begun, no change can be made.

 

Annuity maturity date

 

Your contract has a maturity date by which you must either take a lump sum payment or select an annuity payout option. The maturity date is based on the age of the original annuitant at contract issue and cannot be changed other than in conformance with applicable law even if you name a new anniutant. For contracts with joint annuitants, the maturity age is based on the older annuitant. The maturity date is generally the contract date anniversary that follows the annuitant’s 95th birthday. We will send a notice with the contract statement one year prior to the maturity date. If you do not respond to the notice within the 30 days following the maturity date, your contract will be annuitized automatically. The notice will include the date of maturity, describe the available annuity payout options, state the availability of a lump sum payment option, and identify the default payout option if you do not provide an election by the time of your contract maturity date. If GWBL is not in effect, the default payout option is the Life annuity with period certain not to exceed 10 years.

 

If the GWBL is in effect under your contract and your contract is annuitized at maturity, we will offer an annuity payout option that guarantees you will receive payments for life that as of your maturity date are at least equal to the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount that you would have received under the GWBL. At annuitization, you will no longer be able to take withdrawals in addition to the payments under this annuity payout option.

 

At maturity, the annuity payout will be the higher of two amounts that are calculated as that date. The annuity payout will be the higher of: (1) the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount and (2) the amount that the contract owner would have received if the annuity account value had been applied to a life annuity without a period certain, using either (a) the guaranteed annuity rates specified in your contract, or (b) the applicable current individual annuity rates as of the contract date anniversary, applying the rate that provides a greater benefit to the payee.

 

Any death benefit you had under your contract will no longer be in effect. You will not be permitted to make any additional withdrawals.

 

Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for variations that may apply in your state.

 

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5. Charges and expenses

 

 

 

Charges that AXA Equitable deducts

 

We deduct the following charges each day from the net assets of each variable investment option. These charges are reflected in the unit values of each variable investment option:

 

 

An operations charge

 

 

An administrative charge

 

 

A distribution charge

 

We deduct the following charges from your account value. When we deduct these charges from your variable investment options (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option), we reduce the number of units credited to your contract:

 

 

On each contract date anniversary — an annual administrative charge, if applicable.

 

 

At the time you make certain withdrawals or surrender your contract — a withdrawal charge (if applicable).

 

 

On each contract date anniversary — a charge for each optional benefit in effect under your contract: a death benefit (other than the Return of Principal death benefit); the GMIB; the GWBL; and the Earnings enhancement benefit.

 

 

At the time annuity payments are to begin — charges designed to approximate certain taxes that may be imposed on us, such as premium taxes in your state.

 

 

At the time you request a transfer in excess of 12 transfers in a contract year — a transfer charge (currently, there is no charge).

 

 

Charge for third-party transfer or exchange (currently, there is no charge).

 

More information about these charges appears below. We will not increase these charges for the life of your contract, except as noted. We may reduce certain charges under group or sponsored arrangements. See “Group or sponsored arrangements” later in this section.

 

The charges under the contracts are designed to cover, in the aggregate, our direct and indirect costs of selling, administering and providing benefits under the contracts. They are also designed, in the aggregate, to compensate us for the risks of loss we assume pursuant to the contracts. If, as we expect, the charges that we collect from the contracts exceed our total costs in connection with the contracts, we will earn a profit. Otherwise, we will incur a loss.

 

The rates of certain of our charges have been set with reference to estimates of the amount of specific types of expenses or risks that we will incur. In most cases, this Prospectus identifies such expenses or risks in the name of the charge; however, the fact that any charge bears the name of, or is designed primarily to defray, a particular expense or risk does not mean that the amount we collect from that charge will never be more than the amount of such expense or risk. Nor does it mean that we may not also be compensated for such expense or risk out of any other charges we are permitted to deduct by the terms of the contracts.

To help with your retirement planning, we may offer other annuities with different charges, benefits, and features. Please contact your financial professional for more information.

 

Separate account annual expenses

 

Operations charge.  We deduct a daily charge from the net assets in each variable investment option to compensate us for operations expenses, a portion of which compensates us for mortality and expense risks, including the Return of Principal death benefit. Below is the daily charge shown as an annual rate of the net assets in each variable investment option for each contract in the Accumulator® Series:

 

Series B:

   0.80%

Series CP®:

   0.95%

Series L:

   1.10%

Series C:

   1.10%

 

The mortality risk we assume is the risk that annuitants as a group will live for a longer time than our actuarial tables predict. If that happens, we would be paying more in annuity income than we planned. We also assume a risk that the mortality assumptions reflected in our guaranteed annuity payment tables, shown in each contract, will differ from actual mortality experience. Lastly, we assume a mortality risk to the extent that at the time of death, the Guaranteed minimum death benefit exceeds the cash value of the contract. The expense risk we assume is the risk that it will cost us more to issue and administer the contracts than we expect.

 

For Series CP® contracts, a portion of this charge also compensates us for the contract credit. For a discussion of the credit, see “Credits” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus. We expect to make a profit from this charge.

 

Administrative charge.  We deduct a daily charge from the net assets in each variable investment option. The charge, together with the annual administrative charge described below, is to compensate us for administrative expenses under the contracts. Below is the daily charge shown as an annual rate of the net assets in each variable investment option:

 

Series B:

   0.30%

Series CP®:

   0.35%

Series L:

   0.30%

Series C:

   0.25%

 

Distribution charge.  We deduct a daily charge from the net assets in each variable investment option to compensate us for a portion of our sales expenses under the contracts. Below is the daily charge shown as an annual rate of the net assets in each variable investment option:

 

Series B:

   0.20%

Series CP®:

   0.25%

Series L:

   0.25%

Series C:

   0.35%
 

 

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Account value charges

 

Annual administrative charge.  We deduct an administrative charge from your account value on each contract date anniversary. The charge is to compensate us for the cost of providing administrative services in connection with the contract. We deduct the charge if your account value on the last business day of the contract year is less than $50,000. If your account value on such date is $50,000 or more, we do not deduct the charge. During the first two contract years, the charge is equal to $30 or, if less, 2% of your account value. The charge is $30 for contract years three and later.

 

We will deduct this charge from your value in the variable investment options (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) and the guaranteed interest option (see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus to see if deducting this charge from the guaranteed interest option is permitted in your state) on a pro rata basis. If those amounts are insufficient, we will deduct all or a portion of the charge from a Special DCA account.

 

If the contract is surrendered or annuitized or a death benefit is paid on a date other than a contract date anniversary, we will deduct a pro rata portion of the charge for that year.

 

If your account value is insufficient to pay this charge, your contract will terminate without value and you will lose any applicable guaranteed benefits except as noted under “Insufficient account value” in “Determining your contract’s value” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

Transfer charge

 

Currently, we do not charge for transfers among investment options under the contract. However, we reserve the right to charge for any transfers in excess of 12 per contract year. The charge is to compensate us for the expense of processing the transfer. We will provide you with advance notice if we decide to assess the transfer charge, which will never exceed $35 per transfer. The transfer charge (if applicable), will be assessed at the time that the transfer is processed. Each time you request a transfer from one investment option to another, we will assess the transfer charge (if applicable). Separate requests submitted on the same day will each be treated as separate transfers. Any transfer charge will be deducted from the investment options from which the transfer is made. We will not charge for transfers made in connection with one of our dollar cost averaging programs. Also, transfers from our automated programs do not count toward your number of transfers in a contract year for the purposes of this charge.

 

Special service charges

 

We deduct a charge for providing the special services described below. These charges compensate us for the expense of processing the special service. Except for the duplicate contract charge, we will deduct from your account value any withdrawal charge that applies and the charge for the special service provided.

 

Duplicate contract charge. We charge $35 to provide a duplicate contract. We deduct this charge for providing this special service. This charge compensates us for the expense of processing the special service.

 

Wire transfer charge.  We charge $90 for wire transfers.

 

Express mail charge.  We charge $35 for express mail delivery.

 

Check preparation charge.  The standard form of payment for all withdrawals is direct deposit. If direct deposit instructions are not provided, payment will be made by check. Currently, we do not

charge for check preparation, however, we reserve the right to impose a charge. We reserve the right to charge a maximum of $85.

 

Charge for third-party transfer or exchange.  Currently, we charge $65 for each third-party transfer or exchange. We deduct a charge for direct rollovers or direct transfers of amounts from your contract to a third party, such as in the case of a trustee-to-trustee transfer for an IRA contract, or if you request that your contract be exchanged for a contract issued by another insurance company. We reserve the right to increase this charge to a maximum of $125. Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for variations in your state.

 

Withdrawal charge

(For Series B, Series CP® and Series L contracts only )

 

A withdrawal charge applies in two circumstances: (1) if you make one or more withdrawals during a contract year that, in total, exceed the 10% free withdrawal amount, described below, or (2) if you surrender your contract to receive its cash value or to apply your cash value to a non-life contingent annuity payout option. The withdrawal charge applicable under your contract is imposed if you select a non-life contingent period certain payout annuity. If the period certain is more than 5 years, then the withdrawal charge deducted will not exceed 5% of the account value. For more information about the withdrawal charge if you select an annuity payout option, see “Your annuity payout options — The amount applied to purchase an annuity payout option” in “Accessing your money” earlier in the Prospectus. For Series CP® contracts, a portion of this charge also compensates us for the contract credit. For a discussion of the credit, see “Credits” in “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus. We expect to make a profit from this charge.

 

The withdrawal charge equals a percentage of the contributions withdrawn even if the account value is less than total net contributions. For Series CP® contracts, we do not consider credits to be contributions. Therefore, there is no withdrawal charge associated with a credit.

 

The percentage of the withdrawal charge that applies to each contribution depends on how long each contribution has been invested in the contract. We determine the withdrawal charge separately for each contribution according to the following table:

 

Withdrawal charge as a % of contribution Contract Year  
      1      2      3      4      5     6      7      8     9      10+  

Series B

     7%         7%         6%         6%         5%        3%         1%         0% (1)                

Series CPSM

     8%         8%         7%         6%         5%        4%         3%         2%        1%         0% (2) 

Series L

     8%         7%         6%         5%         0% (3)                                       
(1) Charge does not apply in the 8th and subsequent contract years following contribution.
(2) Charge does not apply in the 10th and subsequent contract years following contribution.
(3) Charge does not apply in the 5th and subsequent contract years following contribution.

 

For purposes of calculating the withdrawal charge, we treat the contract year in which we receive a contribution as “contract year 1,” and the withdrawal charge is reduced or expires on each applicable contract date anniversary. Amounts withdrawn up to the free withdrawal amount are not considered withdrawals of any contribution. We also treat contributions that have been invested the longest as

 

 

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being withdrawn first. We treat contributions as withdrawn before earnings for purposes of calculating the withdrawal charge. However, federal income tax rules treat earnings under your contract as withdrawn first. See “Tax information” later in this Prospectus.

 

Please see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus for possible withdrawal charge schedule variations in your state.

 

In order to give you the exact dollar amount of the withdrawal you request, we deduct the amount of the withdrawal and the withdrawal charge from your account value. Any amount deducted to pay withdrawal charges is also subject to that same withdrawal charge percentage. We deduct the charge in proportion to the amount of the withdrawal subtracted from each investment option. The withdrawal charge helps cover our sales expenses.

 

For purposes of calculating reductions in your guaranteed benefits and associated benefit bases, the withdrawal amount includes both the withdrawal amount paid to you and the amount of the withdrawal charge deducted from your account value. For more information, see “Guaranteed minimum death benefit and Guaranteed minimum income benefit base” and “How withdrawals affect your Guaranteed benefits” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

We may offer a version of the contract that does not include a withdrawal charge.

 

The withdrawal charge does not apply in the circumstances described below.

 

10% free withdrawal amount.  Each contract year you can withdraw up to 10% of your account value without paying a withdrawal charge. The 10% free withdrawal amount is determined using your account value at the beginning of each contract year. In the first contract year, the 10% free withdrawal amount is determined using all contributions received in the first 90 days of the contract year. Additional contributions during the contract year do not increase your 10% free withdrawal amount (contributions after the first contract year are allowed in QP contracts only). The 10% free withdrawal amount does not apply if you surrender your contract except where required by law.

 

For Series B and Series L NQ contracts issued to a charitable remainder trust, the free withdrawal amount will equal the greater of: (1) the current account value less contributions that have not been withdrawn (earnings in the contract) and (2) the 10% free withdrawal amount defined above.

 

Certain withdrawals.  If you elected the GMIB with or without the “Greater of” death benefit, beginning on the first day of the 2nd contract year we will waive any withdrawal charge for any withdrawal during the contract year up to the Annual withdrawal amount, even if such withdrawals exceed the free withdrawal amount. However, each withdrawal reduces the free withdrawal amount for that contract year by the amount of the withdrawal. Also, a withdrawal charge does not apply to a withdrawal that exceeds the Annual withdrawal amount as long as it does not exceed the free withdrawal amount. Withdrawal charges, if applicable, are applied to the amount of the withdrawal that exceeds both the free withdrawal amount and the Annual withdrawal amount.

 

If the GWBL is in effect, we will waive any withdrawal charge for any withdrawals during the contract year up to the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, even if such withdrawals exceed the free with-

drawal amount. However, each withdrawal reduces the free withdrawal amount for that contract year by the amount of the withdrawal. Also, a withdrawal charge does not apply to a withdrawal that exceeds the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount as long as it does not exceed the free withdrawal amount. Withdrawal charges, if applicable, are applied to the amount of the withdrawal that exceeds both the free withdrawal amount and the Guaranteed annual withdrawal amount.

 

Withdrawal charges will not apply when the GMIB is exercised on the contract date anniversary following age 85.

 

Disability, terminal illness, or confinement to nursing home.  There are specific circumstances (described below) under which the withdrawal charge will not apply. At any time after the first contract date anniversary, you may submit a claim to have the withdrawal charge waived if you meet certain requirements. You are not eligible to make a claim prior to your first contract date anniversary. Also, your claim must be on the specific form we provide for this purpose.

 

The withdrawal charge does not apply if:

 

(i) We receive proof satisfactory to us (including certification by a licensed physician) that an owner (or older joint owner, if applicable) is unable to perform three of the following “activities of daily living”:

 

  “Bathing” means washing oneself by sponge bath; or in either a tub or shower, including the task of getting into or out of the tub or shower.

 

  “Continence” means the ability to maintain control of bowel and bladder function; or, when unable to maintain control of bowel or bladder function, the ability to perform associated personal hygiene (including caring for catheter or colostomy bag).

 

  “Dressing” means putting on and taking off all items of clothing and any necessary braces, fasteners or artificial limbs.

 

  “Eating” means feeding oneself by food into the body from a receptacle (such as a plate, cup or table) or by a feeding tube or intravenously.

 

  “Toileting” means getting to and from the toilet, getting on and off the toilet, and performing associated personal hygiene.

 

  “Transferring” means moving into or out of a bed, chair or wheelchair.

 

(ii) We receive proof satisfactory to us (including certification by a licensed physician) that an owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) life expectancy is six months or less; or

 

(iii) An owner (or older joint owner, if applicable) has been confined to a nursing home for more than 90 days (or such other period, as required in your state) as verified by a licensed physician. A nursing home for this purpose means one that is (a) approved by Medicare as a provider of skilled nursing care service, or (b) licensed as a skilled nursing home by the state or territory in which it is located (it must be within the United States, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands) and meets all of the following:

 

  its main function is to provide skilled, intermediate, or custodial nursing care;
 

 

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  it provides continuous room and board to three or more persons;

 

  it is supervised by a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse;

 

  it keeps daily medical records of each patient;

 

  it controls and records all medications dispensed; and

 

  its primary service is other than to provide housing for residents.

 

Some states may not permit us to waive the withdrawal charge in the above circumstances, or may limit the circumstances for which the withdrawal charge may be waived. Your financial professional can provide more information or you may contact our processing office.

 

Guaranteed benefit charge

 

Return of Principal death benefit.  There is no additional charge for this death benefit.

 

Highest Anniversary Value death benefit.  If you elect the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit, we deduct a charge annually from your account value on each contract date anniversary for which it is in effect. The charge is equal to 0.35% of the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base.

 

“Greater of” GMDB I.  We deduct a charge annually from your account value on each contract date anniversary for which it is in effect. The charge is equal to 1.10% of the greater of the Roll-up benefit base or the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base.

 

If you opt to reset your Roll-up benefit base on the first or later contract date anniversary, we reserve the right to increase the charge for this benefit up to a maximum of 1.25%. You will be notified of the increased charge at the time we notify you of your eligibility to reset. The increased charge, if any, will apply as of the next contract date anniversary following the reset and on all contract date anniversaries thereafter.

 

“Greater of” GMDB II.  We deduct a charge annually from your account value on each contract date anniversary for which it is in effect. The charge is equal to 1.25% of the greater of the Roll-up benefit base or the Highest Anniversary Value benefit base.

 

If you opt to reset your Roll-Up benefit base on the first or later contract date anniversary, we reserve the right to increase the charge for this benefit up to a maximum of 1.40%. You will be notified of the increased charge at the time we notify you of your eligibility to reset. The increased charge, if any, will apply as of the next contract date anniversary following the reset and on all contract date anniversaries thereafter.

 

Death benefit under converted GWBL.  If your GMIB converts to the GWBL, we will continue to deduct the charge for the Guaranteed minimum death benefit that is in effect prior to the conversion, including any increased fees resulting from a reset.

 

If the contract is surrendered or annuitized or a death benefit is paid on a date other than a contract date anniversary, we will deduct a pro rata portion of the charge for that year.

 

Guaranteed minimum income benefit charge  If you elect the GMIB, we deduct a charge annually from your account value on each contract date anniversary until such time as you exercise the GMIB, drop the GMIB, elect another annuity payout option, or the contract

date anniversary after the owner (or older joint owner, if applicable) reaches age 85, whichever occurs first. For the GMIB I — Asset Allocation, the charge is equal to 1.10% of the benefit base. For the GMIB II — Custom Selection, the charge is equal to 1.25%of the benefit base.

 

If you opt to reset your Roll-up benefit base on the first or later contract date anniversary, we reserve the right to increase the charge for this benefit up to a maximum of 1.40% for the GMIB I — Asset Allocation and 1.55% for the GMIB II — Custom Selection. You will be notified of the increased charge at the time we notify you of your eligibility to reset. The increased charge, if any, will apply as of the next contract date anniversary following the reset and on all contract date anniversaries thereafter.

 

Earnings enhancement benefit charge.  If you elect the Earnings enhancement benefit, we deduct a charge annually from your account value on each contract date anniversary for which it is in effect. The charge is equal to 0.35% of the account value on each contract date anniversary.

 

Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life benefit charge.  If your GMIB converts to the GWBL, we deduct a charge for the GWBL that is equal to a percentage of your GWBL benefit base. This initial percentage is equal to the percentage of your GMIB benefit base that we were deducting as the GMIB charge on the Conversion effective date. The dollar amount of the charge, however, may be different, depending upon whether your initial GWBL benefit base is calculated using your account value or GMIB benefit base. See “Guaranteed withdrawal benefit for life (“GWBL”)” earlier in this Prospectus. After conversion, we deduct this charge annually from your account value on each contract date anniversary. This charge is the same for the Single life and Joint life options. This charge may increase as the result of an Annual Ratchet, up to a percentage equal to a maximum charge of 1.40% for GMIB I — Asset Allocation or 1.55% for GMIB II — Custom Selection. We will permit you to opt out of the ratchet if the charge increases. If the contract is surrendered or annuitized, or a death benefit is paid or the GWBL is dropped on a date other than a contract date anniversary, we will deduct a pro rata portion of the charge for that year. See “Guaranteed minimum income benefit charge” earlier in this section.

 

When we deduct these charges.  We will deduct these guaranteed benefit charges from your value in the variable investment options (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) and the guaranteed interest option on a pro rata basis (see Appendix IX later in this Prospectus to see if deducting this charge from the guaranteed interest option is permitted in your state). If those amounts are insufficient, we will deduct all or a portion of these charges from amounts in the Special DCA program.

 

If the contract is surrendered or annuitized, or a death benefit is paid on a date other than a contract date anniversary, we will deduct a pro rata portion of the charge for that year.

 

If your account value is insufficient to pay this charge, your contract will terminate without value and you will lose any applicable guaranteed benefits except as noted under “Insufficient account value” in “Determining your contract’s value” earlier in this Prospectus.

 

Charges for state premium and other applicable taxes

 

We deduct a charge designed to approximate certain taxes that may be imposed on us, such as premium taxes in your state. Generally, we

 

 

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deduct the charge from the amount applied to provide an annuity payout option. The current tax charge that might be imposed varies by jurisdiction and ranges from 0% to 3.5%.

 

Some of the charges described above may be different for certain contract owners. Please see Appendix IX and Appendix X later in this Prospectus for more information.

 

Charges that the Trusts deduct

 

The Trusts deduct charges for the following types of fees and expenses:

 

 

Management fees.

 

 

12b-1 fees.

 

 

Operating expenses, such as trustees’ fees, independent public accounting firms’ fees, legal counsel fees, administrative service fees, custodian fees and liability insurance.

 

 

Investment-related expenses, such as brokerage commissions.

 

These charges are reflected in the daily share price of each Portfolio. Since shares of each Trust are purchased at their net asset value, these fees and expenses are, in effect, passed on to the variable investment options (including the AXA Ultra Conservative Strategy investment option) and are reflected in their unit values. Certain Portfolios available under the contract in turn invest in shares of other Portfolios of the Trusts and/or shares of unaffiliated portfolios (collectively, the “underlying portfolios”). The underlying portfolios each have their own fees and expenses, including management fees, operating expenses, and investment related expenses such as brokerage commissions. For more information about these charges, please refer to the prospectuses for the Trusts.

 

Group or sponsored arrangements

 

For certain group or sponsored arrangements, we may reduce the withdrawal charge (if applicable under your Accumulator® Series contract) or the daily contract charge, or change the minimum initial contribution requirements. We also may change the guaranteed benefits, or offer variable investment options that invest in shares of the Trusts that are not subject to the 12b-1 fee. We may also change the crediting percentage that applies to contributions. Credits are subject to recovery under certain circumstances. See “Credits (for Series CP® contracts)” under “Contract features and benefits” earlier in this Prospectus. Group arrangements include those in which a trustee or an employer, for example, purchases contracts covering a group of individuals on a group basis. Group arrangements are not available for IRA contracts. Sponsored arrangements include those in which an employer allows us to sell contracts to its employees or retirees on an individual basis.

 

Our costs for sales, administration and operations generally vary with the size and stability of the group or sponsoring organization, among other factors. We take all these factors into account when reducing charges. To qualify for reduced charges, a group or sponsored arrangement must meet certain requirements, such as requirements for size and number of years in existence. Group or sponsored arrangements that have been set up solely to buy contracts or that have been in existence less than six months will not qualify for reduced charges.

We will make these and any similar reductions according to our rules in effect when we approve a contract for issue. We may change these rules from time to time. Any variation will reflect differences in costs or services and will not be unfairly discriminatory.

 

Group or sponsored arrangements may be governed by federal income tax rules, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) or both. We make no representations with regard to the impact of these and other applicable laws on such programs. We recommend that employers, trustees, and others purchasing or making contracts available for purchase under such programs seek the advice of their own legal and benefits advisers.

 

Other distribution arrangements

 

We may reduce or eliminate charges when sales are made in a manner that results in savings of sales and administrative expenses, such as sales through persons who are compensated by clients for recom- mending investments and who receive no commission or reduced commissions in connection with the sale of the contracts. We will not permit a reduction or elimination of charges where it would be unfairly discriminatory.

 

 

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6. Payment of death benefit

 

 

 

 

Your beneficiary and payment of benefit

 

You designate your beneficiary when you apply for your contract. You may change your beneficiary at any time during your lifetime and while the contract is in force. The change will be effective as of the date the written request is executed, whether or not you are living on the date the change is received in our processing office. We are not responsible for any beneficiary change request that we do not receive. We are not liable for any payments we make or actions we take before we receive the change. We will send you a written confirmation when we receive your request.

 

Under jointly owned contracts, the surviving owner is considered the beneficiary, and will take the place of any other beneficiary. Under a contract with a non-natural owner that has joint annuitants, the surviving annuitant is considered the beneficiary, and will take the place of any other beneficiary. In a QP contract, the beneficiary must be the trustee. Where an NQ contract is owned for the benefit of a minor pursuant to the Uniform Gift to Minors Act or the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act, the beneficiary must be the estate of the minor. Where an IRA contract is owned in a custodial individual retirement account, the custodian must be the beneficiary.

 

The death benefit is equal to your account value or, if greater, the applicable Guaranteed minimum death benefit. In either case, the death benefit is increased by any amount applicable under the Earnings enhancement benefit. We determine the amount of the death benefit (other than the applicable Guaranteed minimum death benefit) and any amount applicable under the Earnings enhancement benefit, as of the date we receive satisfactory proof of the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) death, any required instructions for the method of payment, forms necessary to effect payment and any other information we may require. For Series CP® contracts, the account value used to determine the death benefit and the Earnings enhancement benefit will first be reduced by the amount of any credits applied in the one-year period prior to the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) death. The amount of the applicable Guaranteed minimum death benefit will be such Guaranteed minimum death benefit as of the date of the owner’s (or older joint owner’s, if applicable) death adjusted for any subsequent withdrawals. Payment of the death benefit terminates the contract.

 

 

When we use the terms owner and joint owner, we intend these to be references to annuitant and joint annuitant, respectively, if the contract has a non-natural owner. If the contract is jointly owned or is issued to a non-natural owner and the GWBL is not in effect, the death benefit is payable upon the death of the older joint owner or older joint annuitant, as applicable. Under contracts with GWBL, the terms owner and successor owner are intended to be references to Annuitant and Joint Annuitant, respectively, if the contract has a non-natural owner.

 

 

Subject to applicable laws and regulations, you may impose restrictions on the timing and manner of the payment of the death benefit to your beneficiary. For example, your beneficiary designation may specify the form of death benefit payout (such as a life annuity), provided the payout you elect is one that we offer both at the time of

designation and when the death benefit is payable. In general, the beneficiary will have no right to change the election.

 

You should be aware that (i) in accordance with current federal income tax rules, we apply a predetermined death benefit annuity payout election only if payment of the death benefit amount begins within one year following the date of death, which payment may not occur if the beneficiary has failed to provide all required information before the end of that period, (ii) we will not apply the predetermined death benefit payout election if doing so would violate any federal income tax rules or any other applicable law, and (iii) a beneficiary or a successor owner who continues the contract under one of the continuation options described below will have the right to change your annuity payout election.

 

In general, if the annuitant dies, the owner (or older joint owner, if applicable) will become the annuitant, and the death benefit is not payable. If the contract had joint annuitants, it will become a single annuitant contract.

 

Effect of the owner’s death

 

In general, if the owner dies while the contract is in force, the contract terminates and the applicable death benefit is paid. If the contract is jointly owned, the death benefit is payable upon the death of the older owner. For Joint life contracts with GWBL, the death benefit is paid to the beneficiary at the death of the second to die of the owner and successor owner.

 

There are various circumstances, however, in which the contract can be continued by a successor owner or under a Beneficiary continuation option. For contracts with spouses who are joint owners, the surviving spouse will automatically be able to continue the contract under the “Spousal continuation” feature or under our Beneficiary continuation option, as discussed below. For contracts with non-spousal joint owners, the joint owner will be able to continue the contract as a successor owner subject to the limitations discussed below under “Non-spousal joint owner contract continuation.” If you are the sole owner and your spouse is the sole primary beneficiary, your surviving spouse can continue the contract as a successor owner under “Spousal continuation” or under our Beneficiary continuation option, as discussed below.

 

If the surviving joint owner is not the surviving spouse, or, for single owner contracts, if the beneficiary is not the surviving spouse, federal income tax rules generally require payments of amounts under the contract to be made within five years of an owner’s death (the “5-year rule”). In certain cases, an individual beneficiary or non-spousal surviving joint owner may opt to receive payments over his/her life (or over a period not in excess of his/her life expectancy) if payments commence within one year of the owner’s death. Any such election must be made in accordance with our rules at the time of death. If the beneficiary of a contract with one owner or a younger non-spousal joint owner continues the contract under the 5-year rule, in general, all guaranteed benefits and their charges will end. For more information on non-spousal joint owner contract continuation, see the section immediately below.

 

 

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Non-spousal joint owner contract continuation

 

Upon the death of either owner, the surviving joint owner becomes the sole owner.

 

Any death benefit (if the older owner dies first) or cash value (if the younger owner dies first) must be fully paid to the surviving joint owner within five years. The surviving owner may instead elect to receive a life annuity, provided payments begin within one year of the deceased owner’s death. If the life annuity is elected, the contract and all benefits terminate.

 

If the older owner dies first, we will increase the account value to equal the Guaranteed minimum death benefit, if higher, and by the value of the Earnings enhancement benefit. The surviving owner can elect to (1) take a lump sum payment; (2) annuitize within one year; (3) continue the contract for up to five years; or (4) continue the contract under the Beneficiary continuation option. For Series CP® contracts, if any contributions are made during the one-year period prior to the owner’s death, the account value will first be reduced by any credits applied to any such contributions. If the contract continues, the Guaranteed minimum death benefit and charge and the GMIB and charge will then be discontinued. Withdrawal charges, if applicable under your Accumulator® Series contract, will no longer apply, and no additional contributions will be permitted.

 

If the younger owner dies first, the surviving owner can elect to (1) take a lump sum payment; (2) annuitize within one year; (3) continue the contract for up to five years; or (4) continue the contract under the Beneficiary continuation option. If the contract continues, the death benefit is not payable, and the Guaranteed minimum death benefit and the Earnings enhancement benefit, if applicable, will continue without change. If the GMIB cannot be exercised within the period required by federal tax laws, the benefit and charge will terminate as of the date we receive proof of death. Withdrawal charges, if applicable under your Accumulator® Series contract, will continue to apply and no additional contributions will be permitted. If the GMIB converts to the GWBL, the provisions described in this paragraph will apply at the death of the younger owner, even though the GWBL is calculated using the age of the surviving older owner.

 

Spousal continuation

 

If you are the contract owner and your spouse is the sole primary beneficiary or you jointly own the contract with your younger spouse, or if the contract owner is a non-natural person and you and your younger spouse are joint annuitants, your spouse may elect to continue the contract as successor owner upon your death. Spousal beneficiaries (who are not also joint owners) must be 85 or younger as of the date of the deceased spouse’s death in order to continue the contract under Spousal continuation. The determination of spousal status is made under applicable state law. However, in the event of a conflict between federal and state law, we follow federal rules.

 

Upon your death, the younger spouse joint owner (for NQ contracts only) or the spouse beneficiary (under a single owner contract) may elect to receive the death benefit, continue the contract under our Beneficiary continuation option (as discussed below in this section) or continue the contract, as follows:

 

 

As of the date we receive satisfactory proof of your death, any required instructions, information and forms necessary, we will increase the account value to equal the elected Guaranteed minimum death benefit as of the date of your death if such death

   

benefit is greater than such account value, plus any amount applicable under the Earnings enhancement benefit, and adjusted for any subsequent withdrawals. For Series CP® con- tracts, if any contributions are made during the one-year period prior to the owner’s death, the account value will first be reduced by any credits applied to any such contributions. The increase in the account value will be allocated to the investment options according to the allocation percentages we have on file for your contract.

 

 

In general, withdrawal charges will no longer apply to contribu- tions made before your death. Withdrawal charges, if applicable, will apply if additional contributions are made.

 

 

The applicable Guaranteed minimum death benefit, including the Guaranteed minimum death benefit under contracts in which the GMIB has converted to the GWBL, may continue as follows:

 

  If you elected the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit (either without GMIB or combined with the GMIB) and your spouse is age 80 or younger on the date of your death, and you were age 84 or younger at death, the Guaranteed minimum death benefit continues and will continue to grow according to its terms until the contract date anniversary following the date the surviving spouse reaches age 85. If you were age 85 or older at death, we will reinstate the Guaranteed minimum death benefit you elected. The benefit base (which had previously been frozen at age 85) will now continue to grow according to its terms until the contract date anniversary following the date the surviving spouse reaches age 85.

 

  If you elected the Highest Anniversary Value death benefit (either without GMIB or combined with the GMIB) and your surviving spouse is age 81 or older on the date of your death, the Guaranteed minimum death benefit and charge will be discontinued.

 

  If you elected either the “Greater of” GMDB I or “Greater of” GMDB II (combined with the GMIB) and your spouse is age 70 or younger on the date of your death, and you were age 84 or younger at death, the Guaranteed minimum death benefit continues and will continue to grow according to its terms until the contract date anniversary following the date the surviving spouse reaches age 85. If you were age 85 or older at death, we will reinstate the Guaranteed minimum death benefit you elected. The benefit base (which had previously been frozen at age 85) will now continue to grow according to its terms until the contract date anniversary following the date the surviving spouse reaches age 85.

 

  If you elected either the “Greater of” GMDB I or “Greater of” GMDB II (combined with the GMIB) and your surviving spouse is age 71 or older on the date of your death, the Guaranteed minimum death benefit and charge will be discontinued.

 

  If the Guaranteed minimum death benefit continues, the Roll-Up benefit base reset, if applicable, will be based on the surviving spouse’s age at the time of your death. The next available reset will be based on the contract issue date or last reset, as applicable. The next available reset will also account for any time elapsed before the election of the Spousal continuation. This does not apply to contracts in which the GMIB has converted to the GWBL.
 

 

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