485BPOS 1 d497985d485bpos.htm NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL VARIABLE LIFE ACCOUNT (VLI) NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL VARIABLE LIFE ACCOUNT (VLI)
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Registration No. 002-89972

Registration No. 811-03989

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM N-6

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES

        ACT OF 1933

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NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL VARIABLE LIFE ACCOUNT

 

(Exact Name of Registrant)

THE NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY

 

(Name of Depositor)

 

    720 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin              53202
  (Address of Depositor’s Principal Executive Offices)              (Zip Code)

Depositor’s Telephone Number, including Area Code 414-271-1444

RAYMOND J. MANISTA, General Counsel and Secretary

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

720 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

 

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

Copy to:

Chad E. Fickett, Assistant General Counsel

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

720 East Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

414-665-1209

Approximate Date of Proposed Public Offering             Continuous                                 

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Prospectus

May 1, 2013

Variable Life

Whole Life

Extra Ordinary Life

Single Premium Life

Issued by The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

and the Northwestern Mutual Variable Life Account

 

 

This prospectus describes three Variable Life Insurance Policies (each a “Policy”, together the “Policies”). You may choose to invest your Net Premiums in up to six Divisions of the Northwestern Mutual Variable Life Account (the “Separate Account”), each of which invests in one of the corresponding Portfolios listed below:

 

Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc.   
Growth Stock Portfolio    International Growth Portfolio
Focused Appreciation Portfolio    Research International Core Portfolio
Large Cap Core Stock Portfolio    International Equity Portfolio
Large Cap Blend Portfolio    Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio
Index 500 Stock Portfolio    Money Market Portfolio
Large Company Value Portfolio    Short-Term Bond Portfolio
Domestic Equity Portfolio    Select Bond Portfolio
Equity Income Portfolio    Long-Term U.S. Government Bond Portfolio
Mid Cap Growth Stock Portfolio    Inflation Protection Portfolio
Index 400 Stock Portfolio    High Yield Bond Portfolio
Mid Cap Value Portfolio    Multi-Sector Bond Portfolio
Small Cap Growth Stock Portfolio    Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio*
Index 600 Stock Portfolio    Balanced Portfolio
Small Cap Value Portfolio    Asset Allocation Portfolio
Fidelity® Variable Insurance Products    Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust
VIP Mid Cap Portfolio    Socially Responsive Portfolio
VIP Contrafund® Portfolio   
Russell Investment Funds   

Russell Investment Funds LifePoints®

Variable Target Portfolio Series

Multi-Style Equity Fund   
Aggressive Equity Fund    Moderate Strategy Fund
Global Real Estate Securities Fund    Balanced Strategy Fund
Non-U.S. Fund    Growth Strategy Fund
Core Bond Fund    Equity Growth Strategy Fund

 

* Please note that the Separate Account has requested approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to remove the Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio as an investment option in the Policy. Following our receipt of the SEC’s approval we will set a date to automatically transfer any Invested Assets you have in the Division investing in the Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio to the Division investing in the Commodity Return Strategy Portfolio, a portfolio of Credit Suisse Trust (the “Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio”). See “Substitution of Fund Shares and Other Changes” for more information. Once this date has been determined, we will provide you with written notice notifying you of the date. You will receive a prospectus or summary prospectus for the Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio prior to the date of the Substitution. The Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio is not currently available as an investment option in the Policy and will only be available as of the date of the Substitution following SEC approval.

Please note that the Policies and the Portfolios are not guaranteed to achieve their goals

and are not federally insured. The Policies and the Portfolios have not been endorsed by any bank or government agency and are subject to risks, including loss of the principal amount invested.

Each Policy is subject to the law of the state in which it is issued. Some of the terms of a Policy may differ from the terms of a Policy delivered in another state because of state specific legal requirements. Areas where state specific Policy provisions may apply include, but are not limited to:

 

    certain investment options and certain policy features; and
    portfolio transfer rights.

Please read carefully this prospectus and the accompanying prospectuses for the corresponding Portfolios and keep them for future reference. These prospectuses provide information that you should know before investing in the Policies. No person is authorized to make any representation in connection with the offering of the Policies other than those contained in these prospectuses.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has not approved or disapproved the Policies or determined

that this prospectus is accurate or complete. It is a criminal offense to state otherwise.

We no longer issue the three Policies described in this prospectus. The variable life policies we presently offer are described in separate prospectuses.

 

 

 

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Contents for this Prospectus

 

 

     Page  

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS AND RISKS

     1   

Benefits of the Policies

     1   

Death Benefit

     1   

Access to Your Values

     1   

Flexibility

     1   

Optional Benefits

     1   

Income Plan Options

     1   

Tax Benefits

     1   

Risks of the Policies

     1   

Investment Risk

     1   

Default Risk

     1   

Policy for Long-Term Protection

     1   

Policy Lapse

     1   

Policy Loan Risks

     1   

Limitations on Access to Your Values

     2   

Adverse Tax Consequences

     2   

Risk of an Increase in Current Fees and Expenses

     2   

FEE AND EXPENSE TABLES

     2   

Transaction Fees

     2   

Periodic Charges (Other than Portfolio Operating Expenses)

     3   

Whole Life Policy

     3   

Extra Ordinary Life Policy

     4   

Single Premium Life Policy

     5   

Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses

     6   

THE COMPANY

     9   

THE SEPARATE ACCOUNT

     9   

THE FUNDS

     10   

Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc.

     10   

Fidelity® Variable Insurance Products

     11   

Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust

     12   

Russell Investment Funds

     12   

Payments We Receive

     12   

INFORMATION ABOUT THE POLICIES

     13   

Premiums

     13   

Whole Life Policy

     13   

Extra Ordinary Life Policy

     14   

Single Premium Life Policy

     14   

Grace Period

     14   

Allocating Premiums to the Separate Account

     14   

Transfers Between Divisions

     15   

Short-Term and Excessive Trading

     15   

Deductions and Charges

     16   

Deductions from Premiums for Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies

     16   

Deductions for Single Premium Life Policies

     17   

Charges Against the Separate Account Assets

     18   

Optional Benefits

     18   
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Guarantee of Premiums, Deductions and Charges

     18   

Death Benefit

     18   

Variable Insurance Amount

     19   

Whole Life Policy and Single Premium Life Policy

     20   

Extra Ordinary Life Policy

     20   

Cash Value

     21   

Annual Dividends

     22   

Policy Loans and Automatic Premium Loans

     22   

Policy Loans

     22   

Automatic Premium Loans

     22   

General Loan Terms

     22   

Extended Term and Paid-Up Insurance

     23   

Reinstatement

     23   

Reinvestments After Surrender

     24   

Right to Exchange for a Fixed Benefit Policy

     24   

Modifying a Policy

     24   

Other Policy Provisions

     24   

Owner

     24   

Beneficiary

     24   

Incontestability

     25   

Misstatement of Age or Sex

     25   

Collateral Assignment

     25   

Optional Benefits

     25   

Income Plans

     25   

Deferral of Determination and Payment

     25   

Voting Rights

     25   

Substitution of Fund Shares and Other Changes

     25   

Reports and Financial Statements

     26   

Special Policy for Employers

     26   

Householding

     27   

Abandoned Property Requirements

     27   

Legal Proceedings

     27   

Speculative Investing

     27   

Owner Inquiries

     27   

Illustrations

     27   

TAX CONSIDERATIONS

     28   

General

     28   

Life Insurance Qualification

     28   

Tax Treatment of Life Insurance

     28   

Modified Endowment Contracts (MEC)

     29   

Estate and Generation Skipping Taxes

     30   

Business-Owned Life Insurance

     30   

Policy Split Right

     30   

Split Dollar Arrangements

     30   

Valuation of Life Insurance

     31   

Other Tax Considerations

     31   

DISTRIBUTION OF THE POLICY

     31   

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

     32   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

     34   
 


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Variable Life

 

    Whole Life
    Extra Ordinary Life
    Single Premium Life

Summary of Benefits and Risks

 

The following summary identifies some of the benefits and risks of the three Policies described in this prospectus. It omits important information which is included elsewhere in this prospectus, in the attached mutual fund prospectuses, and in the terms of the Policies. Unless clear from their context or otherwise appropriate, all of the capitalized terms used in this prospectus are defined herein or at the end of this prospectus in the Glossary of Terms.

Benefits of the Policies

Death Benefit     The primary benefit of each Policy is the life insurance protection that it provides. For each Policy the Death Benefit includes a guaranteed amount which will not be reduced during the lifetime of the Insured so long as you pay premiums when they are due and no Policy Debt is outstanding. The remainder of the Death Benefit is the variable insurance amount which fluctuates in response to actual investment results and is not guaranteed. The Extra Ordinary Life Policy also provides some term insurance during the early Policy Years. The Death Benefit is increased by the amount of any paid-up additions which you have purchased with any dividends that we pay, except that for Extra Ordinary Life Policies, variable insurance amount and paid-up additions will first be used to replace term insurance before increasing the Death Benefit. The relationships among the guaranteed and variable amounts and any paid-up additions and term insurance depend on the design of the particular Policy.

Access to Your Values     The Policy provides access to Cash Value during the lifetime of the Insured. You may surrender your Policy for the Cash Value at any time during the lifetime of the Insured. We will permit a Death Benefit reduction so long as the Policy that remains meets our minimum size requirements. Under some circumstances there may be a release of Cash Value upon the reduction of your Death Benefit. You may borrow up to 90% of your Policy’s Cash Value using the Policy as security.

Flexibility     You may direct the allocation of your premiums and apportion the Separate Account assets supporting your Policy among the various Divisions of the Separate Account, using as many as six Divisions at any time. Subject to certain limits, you may transfer accumulated amounts from one Division to another as often as four times in a Policy Year.

Optional Benefits     Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies may include two optional benefits: a Waiver of Premium Benefit and an Additional Purchase Benefit. These optional benefits are not available for all Issue Ages and underwriting classifications, and may not be available in all states.

Income Plan Options     There are several ways of receiving proceeds under the Death Benefit and surrender provisions of the Policy, other than in a lump sum. More detailed information concerning these options is included elsewhere in this prospectus. You may also call our Income Benefits Department at 1-866-269-2950 for more information.

Tax Benefits     You are generally not taxed on your Policy’s investment gains until you surrender the Policy.

Risks of the Policies

Investment Risk     Your Policy allows you to participate in the investment experience of the Divisions you select. You bear the corresponding investment risks. You will be subject to the risk that the investment performance of the Divisions will be unfavorable and that, due both to the unfavorable performance and the resulting higher insurance charges, the Policy Value and Cash Value will decrease. You could lose everything you invest. You may find a comprehensive discussion of these investment risks in the attached mutual fund prospectuses. You will also be subject to the risk that the investment performance of the Divisions you choose may be less favorable than that of other Divisions, and in order to keep the Extra Life Protection of an Extra Ordinary Life Policy from decreasing, you may be required to pay more premiums than originally planned.

Default Risk     Because certain guarantees under the Policies are guaranteed by the Company’s General Account assets, the ability to make good on these guarantees depends on the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the Company. Therefore, guaranteed benefits in excess of Invested Assets in the Separate Account are subject to the risk of default to the extent the Company is unable to satisfy some or all of these guarantees.

Policy for Long-Term Protection     Your Policy is designed to serve your need for long-term life insurance protection. It is not a suitable investment for short-term goals. We have not designed the Policies for frequent trading.

Policy Lapse     Your Whole Life or Extra Ordinary Life Policy will lapse unless you pay the premiums when they are due, unless the Policy is continued as extended term insurance or a reduced amount of paid-up insurance.

Policy Loan Risks     A loan, whether or not repaid, will affect your Policy Value and Cash Value over time because the amounts borrowed do not participate in the investment performance of the Divisions; in addition, a charge is deducted from your Policy Value while there is Policy Debt. The effect of a loan may be either favorable or unfavorable,

 

 

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depending on whether the earnings rate credited to the loan amount is higher or lower than the investment performance of the unborrowed amounts left in the Divisions. The Death Benefit is reduced by the amount of any Policy Debt outstanding. If you surrender the Policy or allow it to lapse while Policy Debt is outstanding, the amount of the loan, to the extent it has not previously been taxed, will be considered as an amount you received and taxed accordingly.

Limitations on Access to Your Values     The Policies permit access to Cash Value by Policy loans and by surrender of the Policy. A partial withdrawal of the Cash Value is not permitted, except to the extent there is a reduction of Death Benefit which leads to a release of Cash Value.

Adverse Tax Consequences     Our understanding of the principal tax considerations for the Policy under current tax law is set forth in this prospectus. There are areas of some uncertainty under current law, and we do not address the likelihood of future changes in the law or interpretations thereof. Among other risks, your Policy may become a modified endowment contract. A modified endowment contract (“MEC”) is a life insurance contract that is taxed less favorably on lifetime distributions than other life insurance

contracts because the contract is considered too investment oriented. A Policy will be classified as a MEC if cumulative premiums paid during the first seven Policy years after issue exceed a “seven-pay” limit defined in the Internal Revenue Code. Distributions, including loans, from a Policy classified as a MEC are taxable to the extent of the gain in the Policy and may be subject to a 10% premature withdrawal penalty if taken before the Owner attains age 59 12. Moreover, excessive Policy loans could cause a Policy to terminate with no value with which to pay the tax liability. In addition, please note that you may no longer change Insureds on your Policy, unless you exchange your Policy for a new Policy with mortality tables recognized by the Internal Revenue Service when satisfying the definitional test for life insurance. (See “Tax Treatment of Policy Benefits”). Death Benefit proceeds may be subject to state and/or inheritance taxes.

Risk of an Increase in Current Fees and Expenses     Certain fees and expenses are currently assessed at less than their maximum levels. We may increase these current charges in the future up to the guaranteed maximum levels. If fees and expenses are increased, you may need to increase the amount of premiums to keep the Extra Life Protection of an Extra Ordinary Life Policy from decreasing.

 

 

Fee and Expense Tables

The following tables describe the fees and expenses that you will pay when owning or surrendering a Policy. See “Deductions and Charges” for a more detailed description.

Transaction Fees1

This table describes the fees and expenses you will pay when you pay premiums, surrender the Policy or transfer amounts between the Divisions.

 

    Charge   When Charge is Deducted   Current Amount Deducted   Maximum Amount Deducted
Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies   Premium Taxes   When you pay premiums   2% of the basic premium2   2% of the basic premium2
  Sales Load   When you pay premiums  

Year 1: 30% of basic premium2

Years 2-4: 10% of basic premium2

Years 5-on: Not more than 7% of basic premium2

  Same as the current amount
  Charge for Issuance Expenses   When you pay premiums—first Policy Year only   Not more than $5 for each $1,000 of insurance   Same as the current amount
Single Premium Life Policy   Administrative Charge   When we issue the Policy   $150   $150
  Surrender Charge   When you surrender the Policy during the first ten Policy Years   0%   Not more than 9% of the premium paid for the Policy3
All Policies   Fee for Transfer of Assets   When you transfer assets among the Divisions   Currently waived   The fee will not exceed our administrative costs of transfers

 

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    Charge   When Charge is Deducted   Current Amount Deducted   Maximum Amount Deducted
Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies   Extra Premium for Insureds Who Do Not Qualify as Select Risks   When you pay premiums   The amount depends on the underwriting classification  

Same as current amount4;

Variable Whole Life;

 

Maximum: $52.70 per $1,000 of face amount;

 

Variable Extra Ordinary Life Policies;

 

Maximum: $58.71 per $1,000 of face amount

All Policies   Expedited Delivery Charge5   When express mail delivery is requested   $15 per delivery (up to $45 for next day, a.m. delivery)   $50 per delivery (up to $75 for next day, a.m. delivery) adjusted for inflation6
  Wire Transfer Fee5   When a wire transfer is requested   $25 per transfer (up to $50 for international wires)   $50 per transfer (up to $100 for international wires) adjusted for inflation6

 

1  Some fees and expenses, such as fees applicable in Policy Years prior to your current Policy Year, may no longer apply because the Policies are no longer issued.
2  The basic premium for a Policy is the gross premium which would be payable if you paid the premium annually, less the annual deduction for administrative costs. See “Deductions and Charges” for more information.
3  This charge no longer applies because you have owned your Policy for longer than ten years.
4  This charge will vary depending on underwriting classification of the Insured.
5  This fee may increase over time to cover our administrative or other costs but will not exceed the maximum charge. We may discontinue this service at any time, with or without notice.
6  The maximum amount deducted is subject to a consumer price index adjustment in order to accommodate future increases in the costs associated with these requests. The maximum amount deducted will equal the maximum charge shown above multiplied by the CPI for the fourth month prior to the time of the charge, divided by the CPI for April, 2009. “CPI” means the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, United States City Average, All Items, as published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. If the method for determining the CPI is changed, or it is no longer published, it will be replaced by some other index found by the Company to serve the same purpose.

Periodic Charges (Other than Portfolio Operating Expenses)

These tables describe the fees and expenses, other than operating expenses for the Portfolios, that you will pay periodically during the time that you own a Policy. Please refer to the table specific to your Policy.

Whole Life Policy

 

Charge   When Charge is Deducted   Current Amount Deducted   Maximum Amount Deducted
Charge for Administrative Costs   Annually, on the Policy Anniversary   $35   $35
Charge for Death Benefit Guarantee   Annually, on the Policy Anniversary   1 12 % of the basic premium1   1  12 % of the basic premium1
Charge for Mortality and Expense Risks   Daily   Annual rate of .50% of the Separate Account Assets   Annual rate of .50% of the Separate Account Assets
Charge for Federal Income Taxes   Daily   Annual rate of .05% of the Separate Account Assets   A rate which reflects that portion of our actual tax expenses which is fairly allocable to the Policies
Cost of Insurance   Calculated at least annually on the Policy Anniversary  

Maximum: $1,000 per $1,000 of net amount at risk (Attained Age 99)2

 

Minimum: $0.69 per $1,000 of net amount at risk (Attained Age 10 female)2

 

Representative: $7.30 per $1,000 of net amount at risk (Attained Age 51 male)

  Same as current amount, without the current dividend
Charge for Mortality and Expense Risks and Expenses for Loans   Daily   Annual rate of .85% of the borrowed amount3   Annual rate of 1.00% of the borrowed amount3

 

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Charge   When Charge is Deducted   Current Amount Deducted   Maximum Amount Deducted
Waiver of Premium Benefit4   Annually, on the Policy Anniversary, if this benefit is attached to your Policy and the Attained Age is less than 65  

Maximum: $2.05 per $1,000 of face amount (Issue Age 58)

 

Minimum: $0.13 per $1,000 of face amount (Issue Age 0-6)

 

Representative: $0.37 per $1,000 of face amount (Issue Age 35)

  Same as current amount
Additional Purchase Benefit5  

Annually, on the Policy Anniversary, if this benefit is attached to your Policy and the Attained Age is less

than 40

 

Maximum: $2.21 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit (Issue Age 38)5

 

Minimum: $0.54 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit (Issue Age 0)5

 

Representative: $0.54 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit (Issue Age 0)

  Same as current amount

 

1  The basic premium for a Policy is the gross premium which would be payable if you paid the premium annually, less the annual deduction for administrative costs. See “Deductions and Charges” for more information.
2  The Policy includes no provisions for explicit deductions or charges for the cost of insurance, but this cost is reflected in the table of Cash Values at the front of the Policy and in the table of net single premiums we use to determine the variable insurance amount. The variable insurance amount is used to calculate both the Death Benefit and the Cash Value. The cost of insurance is based on factors including but not limited to the Insured’s Attained Age, the 1980 CSO Mortality Table and the net insurance amount at risk. The net insurance amount at risk is the Death Benefit minus the sum of the Cash Value and any Policy Debt. The rates shown in the table may not be representative of the charge a particular Owner may pay. The amount you pay for the cost of insurance is effectively reduced by the dividends, if any, we currently pay on your Policy. You may ask your Financial Representative for the current dividend amount. Future dividends are not guaranteed. (See “Annual Dividends”).
3  The charge is applied to the Policy Debt. The charge shown is a loan interest spread that is deducted from the Invested Assets. We add unpaid interest to the amount of the loan. Interest on a Policy loan accrues and is payable on a daily basis at an annual effective rate of 8% or an alternative variable rate based on a bond yield index. The amount of the Policy loan will be transferred from the Divisions to our General Account and credited on a daily basis with an annual earnings rate equal to the Policy loan interest rate less the charge shown.
4  The charges shown in the table may not be representative of the charge that a particular Owner may pay. The charge does not vary by sex. Generally, the charge increases for older Issue Ages. In addition, higher rates may apply to substandard underwriting classifications. The charge for the Waiver of Premium Benefit is less for Extra Ordinary Life Policies than for Whole Life Policies, all other factors being equal.
5  The maximum benefit amount is $100,000. The charges shown in the table may not be representative of the charge that a particular Owner may pay. The charge does not vary by sex. The charge increases for older Issue Ages.

Extra Ordinary Life Policy

 

Charge   When Charge is Deducted   Current Amount Deducted   Maximum Amount Deducted
Charge for Mortality and Expense Risks   Daily   Annual rate of .50% of the Separate Account Assets   Annual rate of .50% of the Separate Account Assets
Charge for Federal Income Taxes   Daily   Annual rate of .05% of the Separate Account Assets   A rate which reflects that portion of our actual tax expenses which is fairly allocable to the Policies
Cost of Insurance   Calculated at least annually on the Policy Anniversary  

Maximum: $1,000 per $1,000 of net amount at risk (Attained Age 99)1

 

Minimum: $0.85 per $1,000 of net amount at risk (Attained Age 15 female)1

 

Representative: $11.46 per $1,000 of net amount at risk (Attained Age 56 male)

  Same as current amount, without the current dividend
Charge for Mortality and Expense Risks and Expenses for Loans   Daily   Annual rate of .85% of the borrowed amount2   Annual rate of 1.00% of the borrowed amount2
Charge for Dividends3   Annually, on the Policy Anniversary   Maximum: 17% of the gross annual premium4   Same as current amount
Extra Premium for Extra Life Protection (after the expiry of the guaranteed period)   Annually, after the expiry of the guaranteed period, on the Policy Anniversary5  

Maximum: $283.64 per $1,000 of term insurance6 (Attained Age 99 male standard)

 

Minimum: $1.93 per $1,000 of term insurance6 (Attained Age 52 female select)

 

Representative: $5.11 per $1,000 of term insurance6 (Attained Age 62 male select)

 

Maximum: $1,000 per $1,000 of term insurance, without the current dividend

 

Minimum: $6.27 per $1,000 of term insurance, without the current dividend

 

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Charge   When Charge is Deducted   Current Amount Deducted   Maximum Amount Deducted
Charge for Administrative Costs   Annually, on the Policy Anniversary   $35   $35
Charge for Death Benefit Guarantee   Annually, on the Policy Anniversary   1 12 % of the basic premium7   1  12 % of the basic premium7
Waiver of Premium Benefit8   Annually, on the Policy Anniversary, if this benefit is attached to your Policy and the Attained Age is less than 65  

Maximum: $1.48 per $1,000 of face amount (Issue Age 48)

 

Minimum: $0.10 per $1,000 of face amount (Issue Age 15)

 

Representative: $0.24 per $1,000 of face amount (Issue Age 35)

  Same as current amount
Additional Purchase Benefit9   Annually, on the Policy Anniversary, if this benefit is attached to your Policy and the Attained Age is less than 40  

Maximum: $2.21 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit (Issue Age 38)9

 

Minimum: $1.06 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit (Issue Age 15) 9

 

Representative: $1.33 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit (Issue Age 25)9

  Same as current amount

 

1  The Policy includes no provisions for explicit deductions or charges for the cost of insurance, but this cost is reflected in the table of Cash Values at the front of the Policy and in the table of net single premiums we use to determine the variable insurance amount. The variable insurance amount is used to calculate both the Death Benefit and the Cash Value. The cost of insurance is based on factors including but not limited to the Insured’s Attained Age, the 1980 CSO Mortality Table and the net insurance amount at risk. The net insurance amount at risk is the Death Benefit minus the sum of the Cash Value and any Policy Debt. The rates shown in the table may not be representative of the charge a particular Owner may pay. The amount you pay for the cost of insurance is effectively reduced by the dividends, if any, we currently pay on your Policy. You may ask your Financial Representative for the current dividend amount. Future dividends are not guaranteed. (See “Annual Dividends”).
2  The charge is applied to the Policy Debt. The charge shown is a loan interest spread that is deducted from the Invested Assets. We add unpaid interest to the amount of the loan. Interest on a Policy loan accrues and is payable on a daily basis at an annual effective rate of 8% or an alternative variable rate based on a bond yield index. The amount of the Policy loan will be transferred from the Divisions to our General Account and credited on a daily basis with an annual earnings rate equal to the Policy loan interest rate less the charge shown.
3  This charge will vary by Issue Age of the Insured.
4  The charge for dividends is approximately 7% to 17% of the gross annual premium.
5  After the guaranteed period expires, if the sum of positive variable insurance amount plus the paid-up additions is less than the initial amount of Extra Life Protection, we may reduce the amount of term insurance for the Policy Year. Alternatively, you may choose to have the coverage maintained by paying a larger premium based on the term insurance rates described here. Your right to continue to purchase term insurance on this basis will terminate as of the first Policy Anniversary when you fail to pay the additional premium when due.
6  Estimated year-end dividends have the effect of reducing the term insurance amounts on which the charges are based.
7  The basic premium for a Policy is the gross premium which would be payable if you paid the premium annually, less the annual deduction for administrative costs. See “Deductions and Charges” for more information.
8  The charges shown in the table may not be representative of the charge that a particular Owner may pay. The charge does not vary by sex. Generally, the charge increases for older Issue Ages. In addition, higher rates may apply to substandard underwriting classifications. The charge for the Waiver of Premium benefit is less for Extra Ordinary Life Policies than for Whole Life Policies, all other factors being equal.
9  The maximum benefit amount is $100,000. The charges shown in the table may not be representative of the charge that a particular Owner may pay. The charge does not vary by sjex. The charge increases for older Issue Ages.

Single Premium Life Policy

 

Charge   When Charge is Deducted   Current Amount Deducted   Maximum Amount Deducted
Charge for Mortality and Expense Risks   Daily   Annual rate of .50% of the Separate Account assets   Annual rate of .50% of the Separate Account Assets
Charge for Federal Income Taxes   Daily   Annual rate of .05% of the Separate Account assets   A rate which reflects that portion of our actual tax expenses which is fairly allocable to the Policies
Cost of Insurance   Calculated at least annually on the Policy Anniversary  

Maximum: $1,000 per $1,000 of net amount at risk (Attained Age 99)1

 

Minimum: $0.69 per $1,000 of net amount at risk (Attained Age 10 female)1

 

Representative: $14.77 per $1,000 of net amount at risk (Attained Age 59 male)

  Same as current amount, without the current dividend

 

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Charge   When Charge is Deducted   Current Amount Deducted   Maximum Amount Deducted
Charge for Mortality and Expense Risks and Expenses for Loans   Daily   Annual rate of .85% of the borrowed amount2   Annual rate of 1.00% of the borrowed amount2

 

1  The Policy includes no provisions for explicit deductions or charges for the cost of insurance, but this cost is reflected in the table of Cash Values at the front of the Policy and in the table of net single premiums we use to determine the variable insurance amount. The variable insurance amount is used to calculate both the Death Benefit and the Cash Value. The cost of insurance is based on factors including but not limited to the Insured’s Attained Age, the 1980 CSO Mortality Table and the net insurance amount at risk. The net insurance amount at risk is the Death Benefit minus the sum of the Cash Value and any Policy Debt. The rates shown in the table may not be representative of the charge a particular Owner may pay. The amount you pay for the cost of insurance is effectively reduced by the dividends, if any, we currently pay on your Policy. You may ask your Financial Representative for the current dividend amount. Future dividends are not guaranteed. (See “Annual Dividends”).
2  The charge is applied to the Policy Debt. The charge shown is a loan interest spread that is deducted from the Invested Assets. We add unpaid interest to the amount of the loan. Interest on a Policy loan accrues and is payable on a daily basis at an annual effective rate of 8% or an alternative variable rate based on a bond yield index. The amount of the Policy loan will be transferred from the Divisions to our General Account and credited on a daily basis with an annual earnings rate equal to the Policy loan interest rate less the charge shown.

Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses

The table below shows the range (minimum and maximum) of total operating expenses, including investment advisory fees, distribution (12b-1) fees and other expenses of the Portfolios that you may pay periodically during the time you own the Policy. The first line of this table lists expenses that do not reflect fee waivers or expense limits and reimbursements, nor do they reflect short-term trading redemption fees, if any, charged by the Portfolios. The information is based on operations for the year ended December 31,2012. More details concerning these fees and expenses are contained in the attached prospectuses for the Funds.

 

     Minimum     Maximum  

Range of Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses include investment advisory fees, distribution (12b-1) fees, and other expenses as a percentage of average Portfolio assets)*

     0.22     1.50

Range of Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses After Contractual Fee Waiver or Reimbursement**

     0.22     1.50

 

* For certain Portfolios, certain expenses were reimbursed or fees waived during 2012. It is anticipated that these voluntary expense reimbursement and fee waiver arrangements will continue past the current year, although certain arrangements may be terminated at any time. After taking into account these arrangements and any contractual fee waiver or expense reimbursement arrangements, Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses would have ranged from a minimum of 0.22% to a maximum of 1.50%.
** The “Range of Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses After Contractual Fee Waiver or Reimbursement” line in the above table shows the minimum and maximum fees and expenses charged by all of the Portfolios after taking into account contractual fee waiver or reimbursement arrangements in place. Those contractual arrangements are designed to reduce Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses for Owners and will continue for at least one year from the date of this prospectus. For more information about which Portfolios currently have such contractual reimbursement or fee waiver arrangements in place, see the prospectuses of the underlying Funds.

The following table shows total annual operating expenses of each Portfolio available for investment under the Policy. Operating expenses are expressed as a percentage of average net assets for the year ended December 31, 2012, except as otherwise set forth in the notes to the table. The Russell Investment Funds LifePoints® Variable Target Portfolio Series are funds of funds and because of their two-tiered structure, may have fees that are higher than other funds. The Portfolio expenses used to prepare the table were provided to the Company by the Portfolios. The expenses shown are based on expenses incurred for the year ended December 31, 2012, or restated to reflect current expenses (see attached prospectuses for the Funds). Current or future expenses may be higher or lower than those shown, especially in periods of market volatility.

 

Portfolio

   Investment
Advisory
Fees
     Other
Expenses
     12b-1
Fees
     Acquired Fund
Fees and
Expenses
     Total
Operating
Expenses
     Fee Waivers &
Reimbursements
    Total Net
Operating
Expenses
 

Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc.

                   

Growth Stock Portfolio(2)

     0.43%         0.02%         0.00%         0.00%         0.45%         0.00%        0.45%   

Focused Appreciation Portfolio(1)(3)

     0.76%         0.03%         0.00%         0.00%         0.79%         (0.06%     0.73%   

Large Cap Core Stock Portfolio(4)

     0.44%         0.03%         0.00%         0.00%         0.47%         0.00%        0.47%   

Large Cap Blend Portfolio(1)

     0.77%         0.11%         0.00%         0.00%         0.88%         (0.03%     0.85%   

Index 500 Stock Portfolio

     0.20%         0.02%         0.00%         0.00%         0.22%         0.00%        0.22%   

Large Company Value Portfolio(1)

     0.72%         0.11%         0.00%         0.00%         0.83%         (0.03%     0.80%   

Domestic Equity Portfolio(1)

     0.56%         0.03%         0.00%         0.00%         0.59%         0.00%        0.59%   

Equity Income Portfolio(1)

     0.65%         0.03%         0.00%         0.00%         0.68%         0.00%        0.68%   

Mid Cap Growth Stock Portfolio(5)

     0.53%         0.02%         0.00%         0.00%         0.55%         (0.02%     0.53%   

Index 400 Stock Portfolio(6)

     0.25%         0.04%         0.00%         0.01%         0.30%         0.00%        0.30%   

Mid Cap Value Portfolio(1)(7)

     0.85%         0.09%         0.00%         0.01%         0.95%         0.00%        0.95%   

Small Cap Growth Stock Portfolio(8)

     0.56%         0.04%         0.00%         0.01%         0.61%         0.00%        0.61%   

Index 600 Stock Portfolio(1)

     0.25%         0.19%         0.00%         0.07%         0.51%         (0.09%     0.42%   

 

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Portfolio

   Investment
Advisory
Fees
     Other
Expenses
     12b-1
Fees
     Acquired Fund
Fees and
Expenses
     Total
Operating
Expenses
     Fee Waivers &
Reimbursements
    Total Net
Operating
Expenses
 

Small Cap Value Portfolio(1)(9)

     0.85%         0.04%         0.00%         0.20%         1.09%         0.00%        1.09%   

International Growth Portfolio(1)

     0.67%         0.13%         0.00%         0.00%         0.80%         0.00%        0.80%   

Research International Core Portfolio(1)

     0.86%         0.26%         0.00%         0.00%         1.12%         0.00%        1.12%   

International Equity Portfolio(10)

     0.66%         0.07%         0.00%         0.00%         0.73%         (0.06%     0.67%   

Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio(1)

     1.14%         0.36%         0.00%         0.00%         1.50%         0.00%        1.50%   

Money Market Portfolio(11)

     0.30%         0.02%         0.00%         0.00%         0.32%         0.00%        0.32%   

Short-Term Bond Portfolio(1)(12)

     0.34%         0.07%         0.00%         0.00%         0.41%         0.00%        0.41%   

Select Bond Portfolio

     0.30%         0.02%         0.00%         0.00%         0.32%         0.00%        0.32%   

Long-Term U.S. Government Bond Portfolio(1)

     0.55%         0.12%         0.00%         0.00%         0.67%         0.00%        0.67%   

Inflation Protection Portfolio(1)

     0.56%         0.07%         0.00%         0.00%         0.63%         0.00%        0.63%   

High Yield Bond Portfolio(13)

     0.44%         0.05%         0.00%         0.00%         0.49%         0.00%        0.49%   

Multi-Sector Bond Portfolio(1)

     0.78%         0.09%         0.00%         0.00%         0.87%         0.00%        0.87%   

Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio(1)(14)

     0.80%         0.16%         0.00%         0.07%         1.03%         (0.08%     0.95%   

Balanced Portfolio(15)

     0.30%         0.01%         0.00%         0.35%         0.66%         (0.08%     0.58%   

Asset Allocation Portfolio(1)(16)

     0.54%         0.11%         0.00%         0.48%         1.13%         (0.25%     0.88%   

Fidelity® Variable Insurance Products

                   

VIP Mid Cap Portfolio

     0.56%         0.09%         0.25%         0.00%         0.90%         0.00%        0.90%   

VIP Contrafund® Portfolio

     0.56%         0.08%         0.25%         0.00%         0.89%         0.00%        0.89%   

Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust

                   

Socially Responsive Portfolio(17)

     0.85%         0.19%         0.00%         0.00%         1.04%         0.00%        1.04%   

Russell Investment Funds

                   

Multi-Style Equity Fund

     0.73%         0.13%         0.00%         0.00%         0.86%         0.00%        0.86%   

Aggressive Equity Fund(18)

     0.90%         0.18%         0.00%         0.00%         1.08%         (0.05%     1.03%   

Global Real Estate Securities Fund

     0.80%         0.15%         0.00%         0.00%         0.95%         0.00%        0.95%   

Non-U.S. Fund(18)

     0.90%         0.16%         0.00%         0.00%         1.06%         (0.05%     1.01%   

Core Bond Fund(18)

     0.55%         0.17%         0.00%         0.00%         0.72%         (0.05%     0.67%   

Russell Investment Funds LifePoints® Variable Target Portfolio Series

                   

Moderate Strategy Fund(19)

     0.20%         0.16%         0.00%         0.78%         1.14%         (0.26%     0.88%   

Balanced Strategy Fund(19)

     0.20%         0.12%         0.00%         0.91%         1.23%         (0.22%     1.01%   

Growth Strategy Fund(19)

     0.20%         0.14%         0.00%         0.99%         1.33%         (0.24%     1.09%   

Equity Growth Strategy Fund(19)

     0.20%         0.24%         0.00%         1.05%         1.49%         (0.34%     1.15%   

 

(1)  Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc.’s investment adviser, Mason Street Advisors, LLC (“MSA”) has contractually agreed to waive the management fee and absorb certain other operating expenses of the below portfolios to the extent necessary so that Total Operating Expenses for such portfolios will not exceed the following annual rates of each portfolio’s respective average net assets. These fee waivers may be terminated at any time after April 30, 2014.

 

Portfolio

   Expense
Limitation
 

Focused Appreciation

     0.90

Large Cap Blend

     0.85

Large Company Value

     0.80

Domestic Equity

     0.75

Equity Income

     0.75

Mid Cap Value

     1.00

Index 600 Stock

     0.35

Small Cap Value

     1.00

International Growth

     1.10

Research International Core

     1.15

Emerging Markets Equity

     1.50

Short-Term Bond

     0.45

Long-Term U.S. Government Bond

     0.65

Inflation Protection

     0.65

Multi-Sector Bond

     0.90

Commodities Return Strategy

     0.95

Asset Allocation

     0.75

 

(2)  Growth Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.60% on the Portfolio’s first $50 million of assets, 0.50% on the next $50 million, 0.40% of the next $400 million and 0.35% on assets in excess of $500 million. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(3)  Focused Appreciation Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.75% on the Portfolio’s first $100 million of assets, 0.70% on the next $200 million, 0.65% on the next $200 million and 0.60% on assets in excess of $500 million. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.

 

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(4)  Large Cap Core Stock Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.60% on the Portfolio’s first $50 million of assets, 0.50% on the next $50 million, 0.40% of the next $400 million and 0.35% on assets in excess of $500 million. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(5)  Mid Cap Growth Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.80% on the Portfolio’s first $50 million of assets, 0.65% on the next $50 million, 0.50% of the next $400 million and 0.45% on assets in excess of $500 million. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(6)  Index 400 Stock Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.25% on the Portfolio’s first $500 million of assets and 0.20% on assets in excess of $500 million. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(7)  Mid Cap Value Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.85% on the Portfolio’s first $150 million of assets, 0.80% of the next $150 million and 0.75% on assets in excess of $300 million. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(8)  Small Cap Growth Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.80% on the Portfolio’s first $50 million of assets, 0.65% on the next $50 million, 0.50% of the next $400 million and 0.45% on assets in excess of $500 million. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(9)  Small Cap Value Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.85% on the Portfolio’s first $500 million of assets and 0.80% on assets in excess of $500 million. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(10)  International Equity Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee for the Portfolio is 0.80% on the Portfolio’s first $50 million of assets, 0.60% on the next $950 million, 0.58% on the next $500 million and 0.51% on assets in excess of $1.5 billion. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(11)  Money Market Portfolio—MSA has voluntarily agreed to waive its entire management fee on a temporary basis. This voluntary waiver will be reviewed periodically by MSA in light of market and economic developments and may be revised or discontinued at any time without advance notice.
(12)  Short-Term Bond Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.35% on the Portfolio’s first $100 million of assets, 0.33% on the next $150 million, 0.30% of the next $250 million and 0.28% on assets in excess of $500 million. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(13)  High Yield Bond Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.60% on the Portfolio’s first $50 million of assets, 0.50% on the next $50 million, 0.40% of the next $900 million and 0.35% on assets in excess of $1 billion. MSA may terminate this fee waiver agreement at any time after April 30, 2014.
(14)  Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive its management fee in an amount equal to the management fee paid to it by the Portfolio’s wholly owned Cayman Islands subsidiary fund. The fee waiver agreement will remain in effect for as long as the Portfolio remains invested in the subsidiary fund. We have requested approval from the SEC to remove the Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio as an investment option in the Policy. Following our receipt of the SEC’s approval, we will set a date to automatically transfer any Invested Assets you have in the Division investing in the Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio to the Division investing in the Commodity Return Strategy Portfolio, a portfolio of Credit Suisse Trust (the “Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio”). See “Substitution of Fund Shares and Other Changes” for more information. The Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio is not currently available as an investment option in the Policy and will only be available as of the date of the Substitution following SEC approval.
(15)  Balanced Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that its management fee on assets invested in the Large Cap Core, Mid Cap Growth, Small Cap Growth, International Growth, Research International Core Portfolio, International Equity Portfolio, and Emerging Markets Portfolio (“Underlying Portfolios”) is 0.05%.
(16)  Asset Allocation Portfolio—MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that the management fee is 0.55% on the Portfolio’s first $100 million of assets, 0.45% on the next $150 million, and 0.35% on assets in excess of $250 million. In addition, MSA has agreed to waive a portion of its management fee such that its management fee on assets invested in and Underlying Portfolios is 0.05%. MSA may terminate these fee waiver agreements at any time after April 30, 2014.
(17)  Neuberger Berman Management LLC (“NBM”) has undertaken through December 31, 2016 to waive fees and/or reimburse certain operating expenses, including the compensation of NBM and excluding taxes, interest, and extraordinary expenses, brokerage commissions and transaction costs that exceed, in the aggregate 1.30% of the average daily net asset value of the Socially Responsive Portfolio. The expense limitation arrangements for the Portfolio are contractual and any excess expenses can be repaid to NBM within three years of the year incurred, provided such recoupment would not cause a Portfolio to exceed its respective limitation.
(18)  Russell Investment Management Company (“RIMCo”) has contractually agreed, until April 30, 2014, to waive 0.05% of its advisory fee on the Aggressive Equity Fund, Non-U.S. Fund and Core Bond Fund. These waivers may not be terminated during the relevant period except with Board approval.
(19)  For each of the Russell Investment Funds LifePoints® Variable Target Portfolio Series funds individually, RIMCo has contractually agreed to waive up to the full amount of its 0.20% advisory fee and then to reimburse the Fund for other direct Fund-level expenses to the extent that direct Fund-level expenses exceed 0.10% of the average daily net assets of the Fund on an annual basis. Direct Fund-level expenses do not include extraordinary expenses or the expenses of other investment companies in which the Fund invests, including the Underlying Funds, which are borne indirectly by the Fund. This waiver and reimbursement may not be terminated during the relevant period except with Board approval.

 

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The Company

 

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company is a mutual life insurance company organized by a special act of the Wisconsin Legislature in 1857. It is licensed to conduct a conventional life insurance business in the District of Columbia and in all states of the United States. The total assets of Northwestern Mutual were over $202 billion as of December 31, 2012. The Home Office of Northwestern Mutual is located at 720 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202.

“Northwestern Mutual,” “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our” in this prospectus mean The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

General Account assets are used to guarantee the payment of certain benefits under the Policies, including death benefits. To the extent that we are required to pay you amounts under these benefits that are in addition to Invested Assets in the

Separate Account, such amounts will come from General Account assets. Thus, Owners must look to the strength of the Company and its General Account with regard to guarantees under the Policies. The General Account is exposed to the risks normally associated with the operation of a life insurance company, including insurance pricing, asset liability management and interest rate risk, operational risks, and the investment risks of a portfolio of securities that consists largely, though not exclusively, of fixed-income securities. Some of the risks associated with such a portfolio include interest rate, option, liquidity, and credit risk. The financial statements contained in the Statement of Additional Information include a further discussion of risks inherent within the General Account investments. The assets in the General Account are subject to the claims of the Company’s general creditors.

 

 

 

The Separate Account

 

We established the Separate Account by action of our Trustees on November 23, 1983, in accordance with the provisions of Wisconsin insurance law. The Separate Account is registered with the SEC as a unit investment trust under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”). We own the assets in the Separate Account and we are obligated to pay all benefits under the Policies. We may use the Separate Account to support other variable life insurance policies we issue. We have divided the Separate Account into Divisions, each of which invests in shares of one Portfolio of the Funds.

Under Wisconsin law, Separate Account assets are held separate from our other assets and are not part of our General Account. Income, gains, and losses, whether or not realized, from assets allocated to the Separate Account will be credited to or charged against the Separate Account without regard to our other income, gains, or losses. Income, gains, and losses credited to, or charged against, a Division reflect that Division’s own investment performance and not the investment performance of our other assets. We may not use the Separate Account’s assets to pay any of our liabilities other than those arising from the Policies and any other variable life insurance Policies funded by the Separate Account. We may, however, use all of our assets (except those held in certain other separate accounts) to satisfy our obligations under your Policy.

Where permitted by law and subject to any required regulatory approvals or votes by Owners, we reserve the right to:

 

    operate the Separate Account or a Division either as a unit investment trust or a management investment company under the 1940 Act, or in any other form permitted by law, if deemed by the Company to be in the best interest of Owners;
    invest current and future assets of a Division in securities of another Portfolio as a substitute for shares of a Portfolio already purchased or to be purchased;

 

    transfer cash from time to time between the General Account and the Separate Account as deemed necessary or appropriate and consistent with the terms of the Policy, including but not limited to transfers for the deduction of charges and in support of payment options;

 

    transfer assets of the Separate Account in excess of reserve requirements applicable to the Policies supported by the Separate Account to the General Account (Invested Assets remaining in the Separate Account necessary to fulfill its obligations under the Policy are not subject to claims against or losses in the General Account);

 

    register or deregister the Separate Account under the 1940 Act or change its classification under that Act;

 

    create new separate accounts;

 

    add, delete or make substitutions for the securities and other assets held or purchased by the Separate Account;

 

    restrict or eliminate any voting rights of Owners or other persons having voting rights as to the Separate Account; and

 

    make any changes to the Separate Account to conform with, or required by any change in, federal tax law, the 1940 Act and regulations promulgated thereunder, or any other applicable federal or state laws.

In the event that we take any of these actions, we may make an appropriate endorsement of your Policy and take other actions necessary to comply with applicable law.

 

 

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The Funds

 

A variety of investment options are offered under the Policy for the allocation of your premiums. However, the Company does not endorse or recommend a particular option, nor does it provide investment advice. You are responsible for choosing your investment options and should make your choices based on your individual situation and risk tolerances. After making your initial allocation decisions, you should monitor your allocations and periodically review the options you select and the amounts allocated to each to ensure your selections continue to be appropriate. The amounts you invest in a particular Division are not guaranteed and, because both principal and any return on the investment are subject to market risk, you can lose money.

The assets of each Division are invested in a corresponding Portfolio that is a series of one of the following mutual funds: Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc.; Fidelity® Variable Insurance Products; Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust; and the Russell Investment Funds. The Separate Account buys shares of the Portfolios at their respective net asset values without sales charge. The Portfolios are available

for investment only by separate accounts supporting variable insurance products and are not publicly traded. Their performance can differ substantially from publicly traded mutual funds with similar names. The specific Portfolios available under your Policy may change from time to time, and not all Portfolios in which assets of the Separate Account are invested may be available under your Policy. Your ability to invest in a Portfolio may be affected by the actions of such Portfolio, such as when a Portfolio closes.

The investment objectives of each Portfolio are set forth below. There is no assurance that any of the Portfolios will achieve its stated objective(s). You can find more detailed information about the Portfolios, including a description of each Portfolio, in the attached Portfolio prospectuses. Read the prospectuses for the Portfolios carefully before investing. Note: If you received a summary prospectus for a Portfolio listed below, please follow the directions on the first page of the summary prospectus to obtain a copy of the full fund prospectus.

 

 

Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc. (the “Series Fund”)

The principal investment adviser for the Portfolios of the Series Fund is Mason Street Advisors, LLC (“MSA”), our wholly-owned company. The investment advisory agreements for the respective Portfolios provide that MSA will provide services and bear certain expenses of the Series Fund. MSA employs a staff of investment professionals to manage the assets of the Series Fund and the other advisory clients of MSA. We provide related facilities and personnel, which MSA uses in performing its investment advisory functions. MSA has retained and oversees a number of asset management firms under investment sub-advisory agreements to provide day-to-day management of the Portfolios indicated below. Each such sub-adviser may be replaced without the approval of shareholders. Please see the attached prospectuses for the Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc. for more information.

 

Portfolio   Investment Objective   Sub-adviser (if applicable)
Growth Stock Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital; current income is a secondary objective   N/A
Focused Appreciation Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital   Janus Capital Management LLC
Large Cap Core Stock Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital and income   N/A
Large Cap Blend Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital and income   Fiduciary Management, Inc.
Index 500 Stock Portfolio   Investment results that approximate the performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500® Composite Stock Price Index   N/A
Large Company Value Portfolio   Long-term capital growth; income is a secondary objective   American Century Investment Management, Inc.
Domestic Equity Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital and income   Delaware Management Company, a series of Delaware Management Business Trust,
Equity Income Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital and income   T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
Mid Cap Growth Stock Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital   N/A
Index 400 Stock Portfolio   Investment results that approximate the performance of the S&P MidCap Stock Price 400® Index   N/A
Mid Cap Value Portfolio   Long-term capital growth; current income is a secondary objective   American Century Investment Management, Inc.
Small Cap Growth Stock Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital   N/A

 

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Portfolio   Investment Objective   Sub-adviser (if applicable)
Index 600 Stock Portfolio   Investment results that approximate the performance of the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600® Index   N/A
Small Cap Value Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital   T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
International Growth Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital   Janus Capital Management LLC
Research International Core Portfolio   Capital appreciation   Massachusetts Financial Services Company
International Equity Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital   Templeton Investment Counsel, LLC
Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio   Capital appreciation   Massachusetts Financial Services Company
Money Market Portfolio   Maximum current income to the extent consistent with liquidity and stability of capital(1)   N/A
Short-Term Bond Portfolio   To provide as high a level of current income as is consistent with prudent investment risk   N/A
Select Bond Portfolio   To provide as high a level of total return as is consistent with prudent investment risk; a secondary objective is to seek preservation of shareholders’ capital   N/A
Long-Term U.S. Government Bond Portfolio   Maximum total return, consistent with preservation of capital and prudent investment management   Pacific Investment Management Company LLC
Inflation Protection Portfolio   Pursue total return using a strategy that seeks to protect against U.S. inflation   American Century Investment Management, Inc.
High Yield Bond Portfolio   High current income and capital appreciation(2)   N/A
Multi-Sector Bond Portfolio   Maximum total return, consistent with prudent investment management   Pacific Investment Management Company LLC
Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio(3)   Total return   Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC
Balanced Portfolio   To realize as high a level of total return as is consistent with prudent investment risk, through income and capital appreciation   N/A
Asset Allocation Portfolio   To realize as high a level of total return as is consistent with reasonable investment risk   N/A

 

(1)  Although the Money Market Portfolio seeks to preserve its value at $1.00 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in the Money Market Portfolio. An investment in a money market portfolio is neither insured nor guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any government agency. During extended periods of low interest rates, the yield of a money market portfolio may also become extremely low and possibly negative.
(2)  High yield bonds are commonly referred to as junk bonds.
(3)  We have requested approval from the SEC to remove the Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio as an investment option in the Policy. Following our receipt of the SEC’s approval, we will set a date to automatically transfer any Invested Assets you have in the Division investing in the Commodities Return Strategy Portfolio to the Division investing in the Commodity Return Strategy Portfolio, a portfolio of Credit Suisse Trust (the “Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio”). See “Substitution of Fund Shares and Other Changes” for more information. The Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio is not currently available as an investment option in the Policy and will only be available as of the date of the Substitution following SEC approval.

Fidelity® Variable Insurance Products

The Fidelity® VIP Mid Cap Portfolio and the Fidelity® VIP Contrafund® Portfolio are series of Variable Insurance Products Fund III and the Variable Insurance Products Fund II, respectively. The Separate Account buys Service Class 2 shares of the Portfolios, the investment adviser for which is the Fidelity Management & Research Company (FMR). The following affiliates of FMR also assist with foreign investments: Fidelity Management & Research (U.K.) Inc., Fidelity Management & Research (Hong Kong) Limited, and Fidelity Management & Research (Japan) Inc.

 

Portfolio   Investment Objective   Sub-adviser
VIP Mid Cap Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital   FMR Co., Inc.
VIP Contrafund® Portfolio   Long-term capital appreciation   FMR Co., Inc.

 

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Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust

The Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust Socially Responsive Portfolio is a series of the Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust. The Separate Account buys Class I shares of the Portfolio, the investment adviser for which is Neuberger Berman Management LLC.

 

Portfolio   Investment Objective   Sub-adviser
Socially Responsive Portfolio   Long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in securities of companies that meet the Portfolio’s financial criteria and social policy   Neuberger Berman LLC

 

Russell Investment Funds

The assets of each of the Portfolios comprising the Russell Investment Funds are invested by one or more investment management organizations researched and recommended by Frank Russell Company (“Russell”), and an affiliate of Russell, the Russell Investment Management Company (“RIMCo”). RIMCo is the investment adviser of the Russell Investment Funds. Russell is our majority-owned subsidiary.

 

Portfolio   Investment Objective
Multi-Style Equity Fund   Long-term growth of capital
Aggressive Equity Fund   Long-term growth of capital
Global Real EstateSecurities Fund   Current income and long-term growth of capital
Non-U.S. Fund   Long-term growth of capital
Core Bond Fund   Current income and, as a secondary objective, capital appreciation
LifePoints® Variable Target Portfolio Series Moderate Strategy Fund   High current income and moderate long-term capital appreciation
LifePoints® Variable Target Portfolio Series Balanced Strategy Fund   Above-average capital appreciation and a moderate level of current income
LifePoints® Variable Target Portfolio Series Growth Strategy Fund   High long-term capital appreciation with low current income
LifePoints® Variable Target Portfolio Series Equity Growth Strategy Fund   High long-term capital appreciation

Payments We Receive

We select the Portfolios offered through this Policy based on several criteria, including asset class coverage, the strength of the investment adviser’s or sub-adviser’s reputation and tenure, brand recognition, performance, and the capability and qualification of each investment firm. Another factor we consider during the selection process is whether the Portfolio’s investment adviser or an affiliate will make payments to us or our affiliates. We review the Portfolios periodically and may remove a Portfolio or limit its availability to new premiums and/or transfers of accumulated amounts if we determine that the Portfolio no longer meets one or more of the selection criteria, and/or if the Portfolio has not attracted significant allocations from Owners. The

Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc. and the Russell Investment Funds have been included in part because they are managed by subsidiaries of the Company.

We do not provide any investment advice and do not recommend or endorse any particular Portfolio. You bear the risk of any decline in the Policy Value of your Policy resulting from the performance of the Portfolios you have chosen.

Owners, through their indirect investment in the Portfolios, bear the costs of the investment advisory or management fees that the Portfolios pay to their respective investment advisors (see the Portfolios’ prospectuses for more information). As described above, an investment adviser of a Portfolio, or its affiliates, may make payments to the Company and/or certain of our affiliates, which is generally a positive factor when selecting Portfolios. However, the amount of such payments is not determinative as to whether a Portfolio is offered through the Policy. These payments may be derived, in whole or in part, from the advisory fee deducted from Portfolio assets. The amount of the compensation is based on a percentage of assets of the Portfolios attributable to the Policies and certain other variable insurance products that the Company issues. The percentages differ and some investment advisers (or other affiliates) may pay more than others. The percentages currently range up to 0.25%. These payments may be used for any corporate purpose, including payment of expenses that the Company and/or its affiliates incur for services performed on behalf of the Policies and the Portfolios. The Company and its affiliates may profit from these payments.

Certain Portfolios have adopted a Distribution (and/or Shareholder Servicing) Plan under Rule 12b-1 of the 1940 Act, which is described in more detail in the Portfolios’ prospectuses. These payments, which may be up to 0.25%, are deducted from assets of the Portfolios and are paid to our distributor, Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC. These payments decrease a Portfolio’s investment return.

Additionally, an investment adviser or sub-adviser of a Portfolio (or of an underlying fund in which a Portfolio invests) or its affiliate may provide the Company with wholesaling services that assist in the distribution of the Policies and may pay the Company and/or certain of our affiliates amounts to participate in sales meetings. These amounts may be significant and may provide the investment adviser or sub-adviser (or their affiliate) with increased access to persons involved in the distribution of the Policies.

 

 

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Information About the Policies

 

We are no longer issuing these Policies.

This prospectus describes the material provisions of the Policies. You should consult your Policy for more information about its terms and conditions, and for any state specific variations that may apply to your Policy.

Premiums

For Whole Life Policies and, except as explained below, for Extra Ordinary Life Policies, premiums are level, fixed and payable in advance during the Insured’s lifetime on a monthly, quarterly, semiannual or annual basis. You may change the premium frequency. The change will be effective when we accept the premium on the new frequency. The amount of the premium depends on the amount of insurance for which the Policy was issued and the Insured’s age and underwriting classification. The amount of the premium also reflects the sex of the Insured except where state or federal law requires that premiums and other charges and values be determined without regard to sex. We send a notice to the Owner not less than two weeks before each premium is due. If you select the monthly premium frequency, we may require that you make Premium Payments through an automatic payment plan arranged with your bank.

Premiums you pay other than on an annual basis are increased to (1) reflect the time value of money, based on a 12% interest rate, and (2) cover the administrative costs to process the additional Premium Payments. You may obtain information from your Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative about annual percentage rate (APR) calculations for premiums paid other than annually. The APR calculation is also available through www.northwesternmutual.com.

Premium added to the Separate Account will increase your Policy Value according to a formula specified in your Policy that takes into account certain actuarially determined values and the 1980 CSO mortality tables.

If the Insured dies after payment of the premium for the period which includes the date of death, we will refund the portion of

the premium for the remainder of that period as part of the Policy proceeds.

You may send Premium Payments to our Home Office or to a payment center designated by us. All payments must be made in U.S. Dollars payable through a U.S. financial institution. We accept Premium Payments by check or electronic funds transfer (“EFT”). We generally will not accept cash, money orders, traveler’s checks or “starter” checks; however, in limited circumstances, we may accept some cash equivalents in accord with our anti-money laundering procedures. If you make a Premium Payment with a check or bank draft and, for whatever reason, it is later returned unpaid or uncollected, or if a Premium Payment by EFT is reversed, we reserve the right to reverse the transaction. If mandated under applicable law, we may be required to reject a Premium Payment. We may also be required to provide information about you and your account to government regulators.

We accept Premium Payments via our website if eligible. Electronic payments via our website must be made in accordance with our current procedures. However, we are not required to accept electronic payments, and we will not be responsible for losses resulting from transactions based on unauthorized electronic payments, provided we follow procedures reasonably designed to verify the authenticity of electronic payments. For more information on electronic payments see “Owner Inquiries.” We reserve the right to limit, modify, suspend or terminate the ability to make payments via our website at any time.

Whole Life Policy    The following table for Whole Life Policies shows representative premiums for male select, standard plus, and standard risks for various face amounts of insurance. Premiums you pay other than on an annual basis are increased to (1) reflect the time value of money, based on a 12% interest rate and (2) cover the administrative costs associated with additional Premium Payments. For example, two semi-annual payments will total more than an annual premium payment.

 

 

Age at Issue

   Face Amount      Annual Premium      Monthly Premium      Annual Sum of
Monthly Premiums*
     Annual Sum of
Monthly Premiums Minus
the Annual Premium
 
           SELECT         

15

   $ 50,000       $ 382.50       $ 33.60       $ 403.20       $ 20.70   

35

     100,000         1,536.00         135.10         1,621.20         85.20   

55

     100,000         3,766.00         331.10         3,973.20         207.20   
        STANDARD PLUS      

15

   $ 50,000       $ 406.00       $ 35.60       $ 427.20       $ 21.20   

35

     100,000         1,683.00         148.10         1,777.20         94.20   

55

     100,000         4,125.00         363.10         4,357.20         232.20   
           STANDARD         

15

   $ 50,000       $ 491.50       $ 43.10       $ 517.20       $ 25.70   

35

     100,000         1,912.00         168.10         2,017.20         105.20   

55

     100,000         4,587.00         404.10         4,849.20         262.20   

 

*  In some cases for policies with smaller premiums, the sum of 12 monthly premiums may be less than the sum of other periodic premium amounts due to lower administrative costs.

 

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Extra Ordinary Life Policy    The following table for Extra Ordinary Life Policies shows representative annual premiums for male select, standard plus and standard risks for various amounts of insurance. Premiums you pay other than on an annual basis are increased to (1) reflect the time value of money, based on a 12% interest rate and (2) cover the administrative costs associated with additional Premium Payments. For example, two semi-annual payments will total

more than an annual premium payment. The amounts of insurance shown in the table are the total amounts in effect when the Extra Ordinary Life Policy is issued, including both the guaranteed minimum death benefit noted in your Policy (“Minimum Death Benefit”), which we guarantee for the lifetime of the Insured, and the Extra Life Protection, which we guarantee for a shorter period. (See “Death Benefit” and “Extra Ordinary Life Policy”).

 

 

Age at Issue

   Face Amount      Annual Premium      Monthly Premium      Annual Sum of
Monthly Premiums*
     Annual Sum of
Monthly Premiums Minus
the Annual Premium
 
           SELECT         

15

   $ 50,000       $ 261.50       $ 23.10       $ 277.20       $ 15.70   

35

     100,000         1,014.00         89.10         1,069.20         55.20   

55

     100,000         2,612.00         230.10         2,761.20         149.20   
        STANDARD PLUS      

15

   $ 50,000       $ 285.00       $ 25.10       $ 301.20       $ 16.20   

35

     100,000         1,161.00         102.10         1,225.20         64.20   

55

     100,000         2,971.00         261.10         3,133.20         162.20   
           STANDARD         

15

   $ 50,000       $ 357.50       $ 31.60       $ 379.20       $ 21.70   

35

     100,000         1,377.00         121.10         1,453.20         76.20   

55

     100,000         3,425.00         301.10         3,613.20         188.20   

 

*  In some cases for policies with smaller premiums, the sum of 12 monthly premiums may be less than the sum of other periodic premium amounts due to lower administrative costs.

 

Single Premium Life Policy    The Single Premium Life Policy was available only for applicants who met select or standard plus underwriting criteria as we determined. The premiums for these Policies are the same for both select and standard plus risks, but we expect that the dividends will be lower for Policies issued to Insureds in the standard plus classification.

The following table for Single Premium Life Policies shows representative gross single premiums for male select and standard plus risks for various face amounts of insurance:

 

Age at

Issue

   Face Amount
of Insurance
     Gross Single
Premium
 

15

   $ 10,000       $ 1,498.40   

35

     25,000         6,443.25   

55

     50,000         23,502.00   

Grace Period

For the Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies there is a grace period of 31 days for any premium that is not paid when due. The Policy remains in force during this period. If you do not pay the premium within the grace period, the Policy will terminate as of the date when the premium was due and will no longer be in force, unless it is continued as extended term or paid-up insurance (see “Extended Term and Paid-Up Insurance”), or the Automatic Premium Loan provision is currently in effect (see “Policy Loans and Automatic Premium Loans”) to pay any overdue premiums and the premium due is less than the maximum amount allowable. If the Insured dies during the grace period we will deduct any overdue premium from the proceeds of the Policy. If the Insured dies after payment of the premium for the period which includes the date of death, we will refund the portion of the premium for the remainder of that period as part of the Policy proceeds.

Allocating Premiums to the Separate Account

We place the net annual premium for a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy in the Separate Account on the Policy Date and on the Policy Anniversary each year. The net annual premium is the annual premium less the deductions. See “Deductions and Charges” for more information.

You determine how the net annual premium for a Whole Life or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy is apportioned among the Divisions. If you direct any portion of a premium to a Division, the Division must receive at least 10% of that premium. You may change the apportionment for future premiums by written request at any time, but the change will be effective only when we place the net annual premium in the Separate Account on the next Policy Anniversary, even if you are paying premiums other than on an annual basis. Your Financial Representative may provide us with instructions on your behalf involving the allocation of amounts among available Divisions, subject to our rules and requirements, including the restrictions on short-term and excessive trading.

Eligible Owners may also submit allocation requests via Northwestern Mutual Express (1-800-519-4665) or via our website at www.northwesternmutual.com (“Electronic Instructions”) in accordance with out then-current procedures for Electronic Instructions provided you have properly authorized us to accept Electronic Instructions in advance of your request. For more information see “Owner Inquiries.” However, we are not required to accept Electronic Instructions, and we will not be responsible for losses resulting from transactions based on unauthorized Electronic Instructions, provided we follow procedures reasonably designed to verify the authenticity of Electronic Instructions.

 

 

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For a Single Premium Policy we placed the entire single premium, less an administrative charge of $150, in the Separate Account on the Policy Date, and we apportioned the amount among the Divisions as you determined.

You may apportion the Separate Account assets supporting your Policy among as many as six Divisions at any time.

Transfers Between Divisions    Subject to the short-term and excessive trading limitations described below, you may transfer accumulated amounts from one Division to another so long as you are invested in no more than six Divisions at a time. Transfer requests will be effective after our receipt of your request in Good Order at our Home Office. If we receive your request for transfer before the close of trading (typically, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on the NYSE, we will deem your request to be received and effective that day. If we receive your request for transfer on or after the close of trading on the NYSE, we will deem your request to be received and effective on the next regular trading session of the NYSE. If your request is not in Good Order, either we or your Financial Representative may notify you in writing, by telephone or by email in an effort to conform your request to our then-current requirements.

In order to take full advantage of these features, you should carefully consider, on a continuing basis, which investment options are best suited to your long-term investment needs. Although no fee is presently charged, we reserve the right where allowed by state law to charge a fee that will cover the administrative costs of transfers. In addition, certain Portfolios in which the Divisions invest may impose redemption fees. These fees are described in the Portfolios’ prospectuses. Transfer requests must be in whole percentages and in amounts greater than or equal to 1% of Invested Assets or the request will not be processed. When a transfer is made from any Division, the resulting allocation of Invested Assets must be in whole percentages in all Divisions that have any Invested Assets as a result of the transfer. Your Financial Representative may provide us with instructions on your behalf involving the transfer of accumulated amounts among available Divisions, subject to our rules and requirements, including the restrictions on short-term and excessive trading discussed below.

You may request the transfer in writing at our Home Office, via Northwestern Mutual Express (1-800-519-4665) or, if eligible, via our website at www.northwesternmutual.com. The submission of transfer instructions by telephone or through our website (“Electronic Instructions”) must be made in accordance with our current procedures for Electronic Instructions and you must properly authorize us to accept Electronic Instructions in advance of your request. For more information see “Owner Inquiries.” However, we are not required to accept Electronic Instructions, and we will not be responsible for losses resulting from transactions based on unauthorized Electronic Instructions, provided we follow procedures reasonably designed to verify the authenticity of Electronic Instructions. We reserve the right to limit, modify, suspend or terminate the ability to make transfers via Electronic Instructions.

Short-Term and Excessive Trading    Short-term and excessive trading (sometimes referred to as “market timing”) may present risks to a Portfolio’s long-term investors, such as Owners and other persons who may have material rights under the Policy (e.g., beneficiaries), because it can, among other things, disrupt Portfolio investment strategies, increase Portfolio transaction and administrative costs, require higher than normal levels of cash reserves to fund unusually large or unexpected redemptions, and adversely affect investment performance. These risks may be greater for Portfolios that invest in securities that may be more vulnerable to arbitrage trading, including foreign securities and thinly traded securities, such as small cap stocks and non-investment grade bonds. These types of trading activities also may dilute the value of long-term investors’ interests in a Portfolio if it calculates its net asset value using closing prices that are no longer accurate. Accordingly, we discourage market timing activities.

To deter short-term and excessive trading, we have adopted and implemented policies and procedures which are designed to control abusive trading practices. We seek to apply these policies and procedures uniformly to all Owners. Any exceptions must be either expressly permitted by our policies and procedures or subject to an approval process described in them. We may also be prevented from uniformly applying these policies and procedures under applicable state or federal law or regulation. Because exceptions are permitted, it is possible that investors may be treated differently and, as a result, some may be allowed to engage in trading activity that might be viewed as market timing.

Among the steps we have taken to reduce the frequency and effect of these practices are monitoring trading activity and imposing trading restrictions, including the prohibition of more than twelve transfers among Divisions under a single Policy during a Policy Year. Multiple transfers with the same effective date made by the same Owner will be counted as a single transfer for purposes of applying the twelve transfer limitation. Further, an investor who is identified as having made a transfer in and out of the same Division, excluding the Money Market Division, (“round trip transfer”) in an amount in excess of $10,000 within fourteen calendar days will be restricted from making additional transfers after making two more such round trip transfers within any Policy Year, including the year in which the first such round trip transfer was made. The restriction will last until the next Policy Anniversary and the Policy Owner will be sent a letter informing him or her of the restriction. An Owner who is identified as having made one round trip transfer within thirty calendar days aggregating more than one percent (1%) of the total assets of the Portfolio underlying a Division, excluding the Money Market Division and the Divisions corresponding to the Portfolios of the Russell Investment Funds LifePoints® Variable Target Portfolio Series, will be restricted from making additional transfers after making one more such round trip transfer within any Policy Year, including the year in which the first such round trip transfer was made. The restriction will last until the next Policy Anniversary and the Policy Owner will be sent a letter informing him or her of the

 

 

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restriction. These limitations do not apply to automatic asset transfers, scheduled or systematic transactions involving portfolio rebalancing, dollar cost averaging, initial allocations or changes in future allocations. Once a Policy is restricted, we will allow one additional transfer into the Money Market Division until the next Policy Anniversary. Additionally, in accordance with our procedures, we may modify some of these limitations to allow for transfers that would not count against the total transfer limit but only as necessary to alleviate any potential hardships to Owners (e.g., in situations involving a substitution of an underlying fund).

Policies such as yours (or other Policies supported by the Separate Account) may be purchased by a corporation or other entity as a means to informally fund the liabilities created by the entity’s employee benefit or similar plan. These Policies may be aggregately managed to match liabilities under such plans. Policies sold under these circumstances may be subject to special transfer restrictions. Namely, transactions involving portfolio rebalancing programs may be exempt from the twelve transfers per Policy year limitation where: (1) the purpose of the portfolio rebalancing program is to match the Policy to the entity’s employee benefit or similar plan; (2) the portfolio rebalancing program adequately protects against short-term or excessive trading; and (3) the portfolio rebalancing program is managed by a third party administrator that meets our requirements. We reserve the right to monitor or limit transactions involving portfolio rebalancing programs where we believe such transactions may be potentially harmful to a Portfolio.

We may change these policies and procedures from time to time in our sole discretion without notice; provided, however, Owners will be given advance, written notice if the policies and procedures are revised to accommodate market timing. Additionally, the Funds may have their own policies and procedures described in their prospectuses that are designed to limit or restrict frequent trading. Such policies may be different from our policies and procedures, and may be more or less restrictive. As the Funds may accept purchase payments from other investors, including other insurance company separate accounts on behalf of their variable product customers and retirement plans, we cannot guarantee that the Funds will not be harmed by any abusive market timing activity relating to the retirement plans and/or other insurance companies that may invest in the Funds. The Funds’ policies and procedures may provide for the imposition of a redemption fee and, upon request from the Fund, require us to provide transaction information to the Fund (including an Owner’s tax identification number) and to restrict or prohibit transfers and other transactions that involve the purchase of shares of a Portfolio. In the event a Fund instructs us to restrict or prohibit transfers or other transactions involving shares of a Portfolio, you may not be able to make additional purchases in a Division until the restriction or prohibition ends. If you submit a request that includes a purchase or transfer into such a restricted Division, we will consider the request “not in Good Order” and it will not be processed. You may, however, submit a new transfer request.

If we believe your trading activity is in violation of, or inconsistent with, our policies and procedures or otherwise is potentially disruptive to the interests of other investors, you may be asked to stop such activities, and future investments and allocations or transfers by you may be rejected without prior notice. Because we retain discretion to determine what action is appropriate in a given situation, investors may be treated differently and some may be allowed to engage in activities that might be viewed as market timing.

We intend to monitor events and the effectiveness of our policies and procedures in order to identify whether instances of potentially abusive trading practices are occurring. However, we may not be able to identify all instances of abusive trading practices, nor completely eliminate the possibility of such activities, and there may be technological limitations on our ability to impose restrictions on the trading practices of Owners.

Deductions and Charges

The Net Premiums we place in the Separate Account for Whole Life, Extra Ordinary Life and Single Premium Life Policies are the gross premiums after the deductions described in the next two sections below. The Net Premiums for Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies exclude any extra premium we charge for Insureds who do not qualify as select risks and the extra premium for any optional benefits. We make a charge for mortality and expense risks against the assets of the Separate Account. There is also a charge for taxes. (See “Charges Against the Separate Account Assets”). In addition, the funds in which the Separate Account assets are invested pay an investment advisory fee and certain other expenses. (See “Fee and Expense Tables—Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses” and the attached Fund prospectuses.)

We may impose a fee for transfers that will not exceed our administrative costs associated with transfers. This fee is currently being waived.

You may have the option of receiving funds via wire transfer or priority mail. Currently, a fee of $25 is charged for wire transfers (up to $50 for international wires) and a $15 fee (up to $45 for next day, a.m. delivery) for priority mail. These fees are to cover our administrative costs or other expenses. We may discontinue the availability of these options at any time, with or without notice.

Deductions from Premiums for Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies    The deductions described in this section are for Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies only. The deductions for Single Premium Life Policies are described under the next caption below.

For the first Policy Year there was a one-time deduction of not more than $5 for each $1,000 of insurance, based on the face amount for Whole Life or the Minimum Death Benefit stated in the Policy for Extra Ordinary Life. This was for the costs of processing applications, medical examinations, determining insurability and establishing records.

 

 

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There is an annual deduction of $35 for administrative costs to maintain the Policy. Expenses include costs of premium billing and collection, processing claims, keeping records and communicating with Owners.

There is a deduction each year for sales costs. This amount may be considered a sales load. The deduction will be not more than 30% of the basic premium (as defined below) for the first Policy Year, not more than 10% for each of the next three years and not more than 7% each year thereafter. The basic premium for a Policy is the gross premium which would be payable if you paid the premium annually, less the annual deduction of $35 for administrative costs. The basic premium is based on the cost of insurance for Insureds who qualify as select risks and does not include any extra premium amounts for Insureds whom we place in other underwriting classifications. The basic premium does not include the extra premium for any optional benefits. For an Extra Ordinary Life Policy, the basic premium does not include any extra premium for the Extra Life Protection; the amount of term insurance included in the Extra Life Protection affects the dividends payable on the Extra Ordinary Life Policies. The current charge is a maximum of $1,000 per $1,000 of term insurance, without current dividend, and the minimum is $6.27 per $1,000 of the term insurance, without the current dividend, depending on the age and sex of the Insured.

The amount of the deduction for sales costs for any Policy Year is not specifically related to sales costs we incur for that year. We expect to recover our total sales expenses from the amounts we deduct for sales costs over the period while the Policies are in force. To the extent that sales expenses exceed the amounts deducted, we will pay the expenses from our other assets. These assets may include, among other things, any gain realized from the charge against the assets of the Separate Account for the mortality and expense risks we assume. (See “Charges Against the Separate Account Assets”). To the extent that the amounts deducted for sales costs exceed the amounts needed, we will realize a gain.

We make a deduction equal to 2% of each basic premium for state premium taxes. Premium taxes vary from state to state and currently range from 0% to 3.5% of life insurance premiums. The 2% rate is an average, and we charge the same percentage regardless of the state in which you live, which may be more or less than the percentage charged by your state of residence.

Provided that all premiums are paid when due, we guarantee that the Death Benefit, before adjustments, for a Whole Life Policy will never be less than the face amount of the Policy, regardless of the investment experience of the Separate Account and that, for an Extra Ordinary Life Policy, the Death Benefit, before adjustments, will never be less than the Minimum Death Benefit stated in the Policy. For both Policies, there is a deduction equal to 1.5% of each basic premium to compensate us for the risk that the Insured may die at a point in time when the Death Benefit that would ordinarily be paid is less than this guaranteed minimum amount.

For an Extra Ordinary Life Policy there is a deduction for dividends that may be paid or credited in accordance with the dividend scale in effect on the issue date of the Policy. This deduction will vary by age of the Insured and duration of the Policy, and we expect it to be in the range of approximately 7-17% of the gross annual premium. Future dividends are not guaranteed. (See “Annual Dividends”).

The following tables illustrate the amount of net annual premium, for select and standard risks, to be placed in the Separate Account at the beginning of each Policy Year after the deductions described above:

Whole Life

 

Beginning of

Policy Year

   Male Age 35—Select Risk
Annual Premium
 
   $500      $1,000      $5,000  

1

   $ 154.28       $ 320.16       $ 1,647.28   

2 through 4

     402.11         834.48         4,293.51   

5 and later

     416.05         863.41         4,442.36   

Beginning of

Policy Year

   Male Age 35—Standard Risk
Annual Premium
 
   $500      $1,000      $5,000  

1

   $ 123.37       $ 256.03       $ 1,317.30   

2 through 4

     321.57         667.33         3,433.44   

5 and later

     332.71         690.46         3,552.48   

Extra Ordinary Life

 

Beginning of

Policy Year

   Male Age 35—Select Risk
Annual Premium
 
   $500      $1,000      $5,000  

1

   $ 134.23       $ 278.56       $ 1,433.21   

2 through 4

     369.62         767.07         3,946.64   

5 and later

     383.58         796.05         4,095.74   

Beginning of

Policy Year

   Male Age 35—Standard Risk
Annual Premium
 
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $500      $1,000      $5,000  

1

   $ 97.92       $ 203.21       $ 1,045.54   

2 through 4

     269.65         559.59         2,879.11   

5 and later

     279.83         580.73         2,987.88   

Deductions for Single Premium Life Policies    For a Single Premium Life Policy, the only deduction from the single premium was an administrative charge of $150. The administrative costs for issuing and maintaining a Single Premium Life Policy are similar to those we incur with a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy, except for the costs of premium billing and collection. (See “Deductions from Premiums for Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies”). We placed the entire premium for a Single Premium Life Policy, after this deduction of $150, in the Separate Account when we issued the Policy without any of the other deductions which apply to premiums for Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies. There is no annual fee for a Single Premium Life Policy.

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the first Policy Year was not more than 9% of the Policy’s tabular Cash Value. (See “Cash Value”). The deduction decreased over time until it was eliminated at the end of the tenth Policy Year. We intended the deduction to recover the costs we incurred in distributing Single Premium Life Policies which were surrendered in their early years. The deduction was never more than 9% of the single premium paid for the Policy, excluding the administrative charge of $150.

The following table illustrates the schedule for the decreasing deduction for sales costs for a policy surrendered at the end of each of the first ten Policy Years. The illustration is for a Single Premium Life Policy, male age 35. The schedule varies slightly by age and sex and amount of insurance.

 

Policy Year End When

Policy Is Surrendered

   Deduction as % of
Tabular Cash Value
 

1

     7.9

2

     7.1   

3

     6.3   

4

     5.4   

5

     4.6   

6

     3.7   

7

     2.8   

8

     1.9   

9

     0.9   

10 and subsequent years

     0   

Charges Against the Separate Account Assets     There is a daily charge to the Separate Account for the mortality and expense risks that we have assumed. The charge is at the annual rate of .50% of the assets of the Separate Account. The mortality risk is that Insureds may not live as long as we estimated. The expense risk is that expenses of issuing and administering the Policies may exceed the estimated costs, including other costs such as those related to marketing and distribution. The actual mortality and expense experience under the Policies will be a factor used in determining dividends. (See “Annual Dividends”).

The Policies provide that we may make a charge for taxes against the assets of the Separate Account. Currently, we are making a daily charge for income taxes we incur at the annual rate of .05% of the assets of the Separate Account. We may increase, decrease or eliminate the charge for taxes in the future to reflect the portion of our actual tax expenses which is fairly allocable to the Policies.

Optional Benefits     There is a separate charge for any optional benefit you have selected. (See “Other Policy Provisions—Optional Benefits”). For a Whole Life Policy, the Waiver of Premium Benefit has a maximum charge of $2.05 per $1,000 of face amount and a minimum charge of $0.13 per $1,000 of face amount. The Additional Purchase Benefit has a maximum charge of $2.21 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit and a minimum charge of $0.54 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit.

For an Extra Ordinary Life Policy, the Waiver of Premium Benefit has a maximum charge of $1.48 per $1,000 of face amount and a minimum charge of $0.10 per $1,000 of face amount. The Additional Purchase Benefit has a maximum charge of $2.21 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit and

a minimum charge of $1.06 per $1,000 of Additional Purchase Benefit.

We will realize a gain from these charges to the extent they are not needed to provide benefits and pay expenses under the Policies, in which case the gain may be used for any Company purpose.

The Portfolios in which the assets that support your Policy are invested also bear expenses which reduce the investment rate of return. (See “Fee and Expense Tables—Range of Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses” and attached mutual fund prospectuses.)

Guarantee of Premiums, Deductions and Charges

We guarantee that the premiums, the amounts we deduct from premiums, and the charge for mortality and expense risks will not increase over time. These amounts will not increase regardless of future changes in longevity or increases in expenses. The Extra Ordinary Life Policy provides an opportunity to pay an additional amount of premium after the guaranteed period for the Extra Life Protection has expired if the total Death Benefit would otherwise fall below the initial amount of insurance. (See “Extra Ordinary Life Policy”).

Death Benefit

Your beneficiary may receive the Death Benefit as a cash settlement either by electing to receive a lump sum check or by electing the Northwestern Access Fund account (an interest-bearing account), if the case settlement amount meets our criteria. If no affirmative election is made, the beneficiary will receive the Death Benefit as a lump sum check. If a Northwestern Access Fund account is elected, payment of the full Death Benefit is accomplished by the opening of the Northwestern Access Fund account in the name of the beneficiary. Northwestern Access Fund account information, along with a book of drafts (which function much like checks from a checking account at a bank), will be sent to the beneficiary, and the beneficiary will have access to funds in the account simply by writing a draft for all or part of the amount of the Death Benefit (or other available balance), and depositing or using the draft as desired. When the draft is paid through the bank that administers the account for Northwestern Mutual, the bank will receive the amount the beneficiary requests as a transfer from the Company’s General Account. The Northwestern Access Fund is part of the Company’s General Account. Any interest paid within a Northwestern Access Fund may be taxable, so please consult your tax advisor. The Northwestern Access Fund is not a bank account, and it is not insured by the FDIC or any other government agency. As part of our General Account, the Northwestern Access Fund is backed by the financial strength of the Company, although it is subject to the claims of our creditors. In addition, funds held in the Northwestern Access Fund are guaranteed by State Insurance Guarantee Associations. The Company may make a profit on all amounts held in the Northwestern Access Fund. We may discontinue the Northwestern Access Fund at any time, with or without notice.

 

 

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If an Income Plan was not previously elected by the Owner and in lieu of a lump sum payment, Death Benefits, less any Policy Debt, may be paid under an Income Plan selected by your beneficiary after the death of the Insured. Available Income Plans include an interest income plan, installment income plans, and life income plans. The Company may offer additional Income Plans. Generally, (1) an interest Income Plan accrues interest on the Death Benefit, the interest may be received monthly, and any remaining proceeds or interest may be withdrawn at any time; (2) an installment Income Plan pays the Death Benefit in installments for a fixed period of time, and any remaining proceeds may be withdrawn at any time; and (3) a life Income Plan makes payments monthly for a chosen period and after that, for the life of the person on whose life the payments are based (or two persons if the joint option is selected). Any proceeds added to increase the amount payable under a monthly income plan may be subject to a 2.00% expense charge plus any applicable state premium tax. The choice of income plans will vary depending on financial situation and the amount of income desired monthly for a chosen time period. The Owner may elect an Income Plan while the Insured is living or, if the Insured is not the Owner, during the first 60 days after the Insured’s date of death. An Income Plan that is elected by the Owner will take effect on the date of death of the Insured if the notice of election is received in our Home Office while the Insured is living. In all other cases, the Income Plan will take effect on the date of receipt of the notice of election. If no Income Plan is elected, the benefit is paid to the beneficiary with interest based on rates declared by the Company or as required by applicable state law on the date of death of the Insured.

The amount payable under the Death Benefit will be reduced by the amount of any Policy Debt. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Policy, the proceeds will be paid to a beneficiary or other payee after proof of the death of the Insured is received in our Home Office. The amount of proceeds will be determined as of the date of death. We will pay interest on the proceeds from that date until payment is made.

The Death Benefit for a variable life insurance policy is, in part, a guaranteed amount which will not be reduced during the lifetime of the Insured so long as you pay premiums when they are due and no Policy Debt is outstanding. The remainder of the Death Benefit is the variable insurance amount which fluctuates in response to actual investment results and is not guaranteed. The amount of any paid-up additions is also included in the total Death Benefit and, in addition, the Extra Ordinary Life Policy provides some term insurance during the early Policy Years. Paid-up additions are amounts of permanent insurance, paid for with dividends and added to a basic life insurance policy, and for which the premium for the entire lifetime of the Insured has been paid. Paid-up additions have Cash Value and loan value. The relationships among the guaranteed and variable amounts and any paid-up additions and term insurance depend on the design of the particular Policy. For a more detailed description of how the Death Benefit is calculated for your Policy, see “Whole Life Policy and Single Premium Life Policy” and “Extra Ordinary Life Policy” below.

Variable Insurance Amount    The variable insurance amount reflects, on a cumulative basis, the investment experience of the Divisions in which the Policy has participated. We adjust the variable insurance amount annually on each Policy Anniversary. For the first Policy Year the variable insurance amount was zero. For any subsequent year it may be either positive or negative. If the variable insurance amount is positive, subsequent good investment results will produce a larger variable insurance amount and therefore an increase in the Death Benefit. If the variable insurance amount is negative, subsequent good investment results will first have to offset the negative amount before the Death Benefit will increase.

In setting the premium rates for each Policy we have assumed that investment results will cause the Separate Account assets supporting the Policy to grow at a net annual rate of 4%. If the assets grow at a net rate of exactly 4% for a Policy Year, the variable insurance amount will neither increase nor decrease on the following Policy anniversary. If the net rate of growth exceeds 4%, the variable insurance amount will increase. If it is less than 4%, the variable insurance amount will decrease.

The method for calculating the changes in the Death Benefit is described in the Policy. The Policy includes a table of net single premiums used to convert the investment results for a Policy into increases or decreases in the variable insurance amount. The insurance rates in the table depend on the sex and the Attained Age of the Insured for each Policy Year. For a Whole Life Policy, the changes in the Death Benefit will be smaller for a Policy issued with a higher premium for extra mortality risk. The net single premium for a particular variable insurance amount is the price for that amount of paid-up whole life insurance based on the Insured’s age on the Policy Anniversary.

To illustrate how the variable insurance amount affects the Death Benefit for a Whole Life Policy, suppose that on your Policy Anniversary investment results since your last Policy Anniversary (excluding investment results on paid-up additions) were $500 less than the amount that would have been expected assuming a net annual growth rate of 4%. By way of example, if your net single premium (based on your underwriting classification as indicated in your Policy) per $1.00 of insurance was .40440, the variable insurance amount for the current year will decrease by $1,236 ($500/.40440), thereby decreasing the Death Benefit if the variable insurance amount had been positive. (See “Whole Life Policy and Single Premium Life Policy”).

Because the variable insurance amount is adjusted only on the Policy Anniversary, we bear the risk that the Insured may die before the next anniversary after an interim period of adverse investment experience. If investment experience during the interim period is favorable, you will forgo the benefit and we will realize a gain. However, if on the date of death of the Insured the value of the Policy, considered as a net single premium, would buy more Death Benefit than the amount otherwise determined under the Policy, we will pay this increased Death Benefit.

 

 

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The cost of life insurance increases with the advancing age of the Insured, and therefore a larger dollar amount of investment earnings is required to produce the same increase in the Death Benefit in the later Policy Years. In general, however, the effect of investment results on the Death Benefit will tend to be greater in the later Policy Years because the amount of assets invested for the Policy will tend to increase as the Policy remains in force.

The cost of providing insurance protection under a Policy is reflected in the Cash Value of the Policy. (See “Cash Value”). The cost is actuarially computed for each Policy each year, based on the Insured’s Attained Age, the 1980 Commissioners Standard Ordinary Mortality Table and the net insurance amount at risk under the Policy. The net insurance amount at risk is the Death Benefit for the Policy minus the sum of the Cash Value and any Policy Debt. The cost of insurance differs each year because the probability of death increases as the Insured advances in age, and the net insurance amount at risk decreases or increases from year to year depending on investment experience. The cost assumes that all Insureds are in the select underwriting classification. The differences in the mortality rates of the various underwriting classifications are reflected in the different premiums (or different dividend scales) for those underwriting classifications. The cost of insurance is based on the mortality table identified above and we guarantee it for the life of a Policy regardless of any future changes in mortality experience. Our revenues attributable to this charge may exceed our costs attributable to this charge, in which case we may realize a gain.

Whole Life Policy and Single Premium Life Policy     For a Whole Life Policy or a Single Premium Life Policy the Death Benefit is the face amount of the Policy plus any positive variable insurance amount in force. We adjust the Death Benefit on each Policy Anniversary when we determine the variable insurance amount for the following year. The total Death Benefit also includes the amount of insurance provided by any paid-up additions which you have purchased with dividends. The Death Benefit for a Whole Life Policy will not be less than the face amount so long as you pay premiums when they are due. For a Single Premium Life Policy the Death Benefit will not be less than the face amount. The amount payable at death is reduced by the amount of any Policy Debt outstanding.

Paid-up additions you have purchased with dividends are not counted for purposes of the guarantee that the Death Benefit of a Whole Life Policy or a Single Premium Life Policy will never be less than the face amount of the Policy. If the variable insurance amount is negative, the total Death Benefit will be the guaranteed face amount plus the amount of insurance provided by any paid-up additions. Paid-up additions are amounts of permanent insurance, paid for with dividends and added to a basic life insurance policy, and for which the premium for the entire lifetime of the Insured has been paid. Paid-up additions have Cash Value and loan value.

Extra Ordinary Life Policy    The Death Benefit for an Extra Ordinary Life Policy is affected by the amount of Extra Life Protection in force. Initially, the amount of Extra Life

Protection is 40% of the total amount of insurance and is in the form of one year term insurance; the amount of term insurance may be adjusted on each Policy Anniversary thereafter. Term insurance is life insurance which pays a Death Benefit only if the Insured dies during the term for which the insurance has been purchased. Term insurance is ordinarily purchased on an annual basis at a cost which rises with the increasing age of the Insured. It has no cash surrender value or loan value. Over time, positive variable insurance amounts and paid-up additions purchased with dividends will reduce the one year term insurance portion of the Extra Life Protection to an amount that (with variable insurance amounts and paid-up additions) will maintain the total Death Benefit at the amount for which the Policy was issued. The term insurance is eliminated at any time when the sum of positive variable insurance amount plus the paid-up additions equals or exceeds the initial amount of Extra Life Protection.

The amount of Extra Life Protection may increase over time but it will not decrease below the initial amount during the Policy’s guaranteed period, so long as you pay premiums when they are due, all dividends are applied to purchase paid-up additions and no paid-up additions are surrendered for their Cash Value. The length of the guaranteed period depends on the age of the Insured at issue. Please note that neither the actual investment results nor the dividends to be paid on the Policy are guaranteed. You may request an in-force illustration to illustrate the effect of various future rates of return on the amount of Extra Life Protection.

After the guaranteed period expires, if the sum of positive variable insurance amounts plus the paid-up additions is less than the initial amount of Extra Life Protection on any Policy Anniversary, we may reduce the amount of your term insurance for the Policy Year. We will give you notice of the reduction and you will have an opportunity to pay an additional amount of premium in order to keep the initial amount of insurance in force. The maximum premium rate is set forth in the Policy. Your right to continue the Extra Life Protection will terminate as of the first Policy Anniversary when you fail to pay the additional premium when due.

The Death Benefit for an Extra Ordinary Life Policy is the sum of the Minimum Death Benefit plus the amount of Extra Life Protection in force. The Minimum Death Benefit is 60% of the total amount of insurance for which the Policy was issued. We guarantee the Minimum Death Benefit for the lifetime of the Insured so long as you pay premiums when they are due.

The total Death Benefit is not affected by either investment results or the amount of dividends paid, so long as the Policy is within the guaranteed period of Extra Life Protection unless the term insurance has been eliminated by positive variable insurance amount and paid-up additions as described above. Good investment results and increases in dividends increase the likelihood that the total Death Benefit will begin to rise before the guaranteed period of Extra Life Protection expires. Adverse investment results or decreases in dividends could cause the total Death Benefit to fall below the amount of insurance which was initially in force, after the guaranteed

 

 

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period of Extra Life Protection expires, but it cannot fall below the Minimum Death Benefit so long as you pay premiums when they are due. In each case the amount payable at death is reduced by any Policy Debt outstanding.

The following three examples illustrate how Extra Life Protection operates during the guaranteed period. In each example the Policy was issued for a total amount of $250,000. The minimum death benefit is $150,000 (60% of $250,000) and the initial amount of Extra Life Protection is $100,000 (40% of $250,000).

 

    Example 1: On a Policy Anniversary, there is a total positive variable insurance amount of $10,000 and paid-up additions are $15,000. The Extra Life Protection for the following year would consist of term insurance in the amount of $75,000 ($100,000 minus the sum of $10,000 and $15,000) in order to maintain the initial amount of Extra Life Protection. There would be no effect on the current Death Benefit because the total of the variable insurance amount and paid-up additions has not exceeded the initial amount of Extra Life Protection.

 

    Example 2: On a Policy Anniversary, there is a total negative variable insurance amount of -$12,000 and paid-up additions are $15,000. The Extra Life Protection for the following year would consist of term insurance in the amount of $85,000, reflecting a reduction for paid-up additions but not negative variable insurance amounts. Again, there would be no effect on the current Death Benefit. In subsequent years positive variable insurance amounts will need to make up for the negative variable insurance amounts in order to affect the amount of term insurance.

 

    Example 3: On a Policy Anniversary, there is a total positive variable insurance amount of $60,000 and paid-up additions are $50,000. The Extra Life Protection for the following year would consist of no term insurance and would increase to $110,000 (the sum of $60,000 and $50,000). In this case the current Death Benefit would increase to reflect variable insurance amounts and paid-up insurance in excess of the Extra Life Protection (see “Variable Insurance Amount” above).

We have designed the Extra Ordinary Life Policy for a purchaser who intends to use all dividends to purchase paid-up additions. If you use dividends for any other purpose, or if any paid-up additions are surrendered for their Cash Value, the term insurance in force will immediately terminate, any remaining guaranteed period of Extra Life Protection will terminate and your right to continue the amount of Extra Life Protection as described above will terminate. The amount of Extra Life Protection thereafter will be the sum of positive variable insurance amount plus any paid-up additions which remain in force.

Cash Value

The Cash Value of a Policy is equal to the amount you are eligible to receive when you surrender the Policy. If investment results were a net level 4% every year, the Cash Value would increase each year according to a table in your

Policy (“tabular Cash Value”). However, the Cash Value for all Policies will change daily in response to investment results. For any given date, to calculate the Cash Value, the tabular Cash Value for the last Policy Anniversary is adjusted to reflect the time elapsed since the last Policy Anniversary. We then adjust the sum of the tabular Cash Value and the net single premium for the variable insurance amount (see the discussion of net single premiums under “Variable Insurance Amount”) to reflect investment results from the last Policy Anniversary to the date for which the calculation is being made. The Cash Value is increased by the value of any paid-up additions which have been purchased with dividends. If a portion of the premium for the current Policy Year has not been paid, the Cash Value of a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy will be reduced. The Cash Value for all Policies will be reduced by any Policy Debt outstanding. No minimum Cash Value is guaranteed.

If a portion of the premium for the current Policy Year has not been paid, the Cash Value of a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy will be reduced.

The Cash Value for the Whole Life Policy, the Extra Ordinary Life Policy and the Single Premium Life Policy will be reduced by the amount of any Policy Debt outstanding.

We determine the Cash Value for a Policy at the end of each valuation period (typically, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time each business day). Each business day, together with any non-business days before it, is a valuation period. A business day is any day on which the NYSE is open for trading. In accordance with the requirements of the 1940 Act, we may also determine the Cash Value for a Policy on any other day on which there is sufficient trading in securities to materially affect the value of the securities held by the Portfolios.

You may surrender a Policy for the Cash Value at any time during the lifetime of the Insured. We will surrender your Policy upon receiving a surrender request in Good Order at our Home Office. Requests for surrender received before the close of trading (typically, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on the NYSE are deemed to be received and effective that day. If received on or after the close of trading, requests are deemed to be received and effective as of the close of the next regular trading session of the NYSE. If your request is not in Good Order, either we or your Financial Representative may notify you in writing, by telephone or by email in an effort to conform your request to our then-current requirements. Alternatively, you may use the Cash Value of a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy to provide extended term insurance or a reduced amount of fixed or variable paid-up insurance. (See “Extended Term and Paid-Up Insurance”). Surrender proceeds may be paid under an Income Plan requested by an Owner at the time of surrender. Available Income Plans include an interest income plan, installment income plans, and life income plans. The Company may offer additional Income Plans.

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Policy’s Cash Value will result from any Death Benefit reduction. The refund of Cash Value will first be applied toward any existing loan balance. The remainder of the Cash Value refunded will be returned to the Owner. The remaining Policy will be based on the age and underwriting classification of the Insured at the time of issuance of the original Policy. We will allocate reductions among the Divisions in proportion to the amounts in the Divisions.

Annual Dividends

The Policies are eligible to share in the divisible surplus, if any, of the Company. Each year we determine, in our sole discretion, the amount and appropriate allocation of divisible surplus. Divisible surplus allocated to your Policy is referred to as a “dividend.” A Policy’s share, if any, will be credited as a dividend on the Policy Anniversary. We will not pay a dividend on a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy which is in force as extended term insurance. There is no guaranteed method or formula for the determination or allocation of divisible surplus. The Company’s approach is subject to change. There is no guarantee of a divisible surplus. Even if there is a divisible surplus, the payment of a dividend on a Policy is not guaranteed.

Illustrated dividends published at the time a life insurance policy is issued generally reflect the actual recent experience of the issuing company with respect to mortality and expenses and hypothetical investment results. State law generally prohibits a company from projecting or estimating future results.

If you receive dividends, you may use them to purchase variable paid-up additions, unless the Policy is in force as reduced fixed paid-up insurance. We will also pay dividends in cash, or you may use them to pay premiums or leave them to accumulate with interest (see “Tax Consideration—Tax Treatment of Life Insurance”); but unless you use all dividends we pay on an Extra Ordinary Life Policy to purchase paid-up additions, the term insurance portion of the Extra Life Protection will be terminated. (See “Extra Ordinary Life Policy”). We hold dividends you leave to accumulate with interest in our General Account and we will credit them with a rate of interest we determine annually. The interest rate will not be less than an annual effective rate of 3.5%. If a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy is in force as reduced fixed benefit paid-up insurance, dividends may be used to purchase fixed benefit paid-up additions. (See “Extended Term and Paid-Up Insurance”). Dividends used to purchase variable benefit paid-up additions will be allocated to the Divisions of the Separate Account according to the allocation of Net Premiums then in effect.

Policy Loans and Automatic Premium Loans

Described below are certain terms and conditions that apply when you borrow amounts under the Policy. For information on the tax treatment of loans, see “Tax Treatment of Policy Benefits” and consult with your tax advisor.

Policy Loans     You may borrow an amount that, when added to existing Policy Debt, is not more than the loan value. The

loan value is 90% of the sum of the Cash Value and any existing Policy Debt on the date of the loan. You may take loan proceeds in cash or, for the Whole Life and Extra Ordinary Life Policies, you may use them to pay premiums on the Policy. We normally pay the loan proceeds within seven days after we receive a proper loan request at our Home Office. Eligible Owners may also submit loan requests via the Variable Life Service Center (1-866-424-2609). Written and telephone requests will be processed based on the date and time they are received in the Home Office, provided the request is received in Good Order. If your request is not in Good Order, either we or your Financial Representative may notify you in writing, by telephone or by email in an effort to conform your request to our then-current requirements. Based on our administrative procedures, you may have the option of receiving funds via wire transfer or priority mail, and we may charge a fee for this service to cover our administrative costs. We may postpone payments of loans under certain conditions described in the “Deferral of Determination and Payment” section of this prospectus.

Automatic Premium Loans     If you have chosen the Automatic Premium Loan provision or it is currently in effect for your Policy, a premium loan, which is a form of Policy loan, will automatically be made to pay an overdue premium if the premium is less than the maximum amount available for a new loan. A confirmation statement will be sent each time an automatic premium loan occurs.

General Loan Terms     Interest on a loan accrues and is payable on a daily basis. We add unpaid interest to the amount of the loan. The Policy’s Cash Value is reduced by the amount of the loan. If the Cash Value decreases to zero, the Policy will terminate unless a sufficient portion of the loan is repaid. We will send you a notice at least 31 days before the termination date. The notice will show how much you must repay to keep the Policy in force.

You select the loan interest rate. The loan interest rate is applied to both the amount of the loan and accrued interest. A specified annual effective rate of 8% is one choice. (The specified annual effective rate may be lower in Arkansas.) The other choice is a variable rate based on a corporate bond yield index. We will adjust the variable rate annually. It will not be less than 5%.

We will take the amount of a loan, including interest as it accrues, from the Divisions in proportion to the amounts in the Divisions. We will transfer the amounts withdrawn to our General Account and will credit those amounts on a daily basis with an annual earnings rate equal to the loan interest rate less a charge for the mortality and expense risks we have assumed and for expenses, including taxes. The aggregate charge is currently at the annual rate of .85% for the 8% specified loan interest rate and .85% for the variable loan interest rate. For example, the earnings rate corresponding to an 8% loan interest rate is currently 7.15%. A loan, even if you repay it, will have a permanent effect on the Policy’s variable insurance amount and Cash Value because the amounts you have borrowed will not participate in the

 

 

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Separate Account’s investment results while the loan is outstanding. The effect may be either favorable or unfavorable depending on whether the earnings rate credited to the loan amount is higher or lower than the investment performance of the unborrowed amounts left in the Divisions of the Separate Account.

The amount payable at death will also be reduced by the amount of any Policy Debt outstanding. If you surrender or exchange the Policy or allow it to lapse while Policy Debt is outstanding, the amount of the loan, to the extent it has not previously been taxed, will be considered as an amount you received and taxed accordingly.

You may repay a loan, and any accrued interest outstanding, in whole or in part, at any time while the Insured is alive. If we receive a payment without specific instructions, we will first apply the payment to any premium due, with any remaining amount being applied to any outstanding loans. Payments in excess of outstanding debt and premiums due will be returned unless such amounts are deemed to be de minimis according to our procedures. Except as described below, if we receive your loan payments before the close of trading (typically, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on the NYSE, we will credit payments as of the date we receive them and transfer them from our General Account to the Divisions, in proportion to the amounts in the Divisions, as of the same date. If we receive your loan payments on or after the close of trading on the NYSE, we will credit payments as of the close of the next regular trading session of the NYSE and transfer them from our General Account to the Divisions, in proportion to the amounts in the Divisions, as of the date we credit the payment. Payments must be in Good Order to be processed. If your payment is not in Good Order, either we or your Financial Representative may notify you in writing, by telephone or by email in an effort to conform your payment to our then-current requirements.

Policy loan payments received within 34 days after the loan interest billing date will be credited as of the loan interest billing date. Automatic premium loans are effective as of the premium due date unless a loan payment is received between the premium due date and the date the Automatic Premium Loan is made. Automatic premium loan payments received up to 66 days after the loan interest billing date will be credited as of the Policy Anniversary, depending on your premium payment schedule. We will send you a notice indicating your loan interest billing date. Loan repayments are not subject to transaction fees.

Extended Term and Paid-Up Insurance

If a premium for a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy is not paid when due or within the 31-day grace period (see “Grace Period”), and you have not chosen the Automatic Premium Loan (APL) provision or do not have sufficient loan value to pay the premium, (see “Policy Loans and Automatic Premium Loans”), the Cash Value will purchase extended term insurance, or, at your request, a reduced amount of either fixed or variable benefit paid-up insurance.

If you use the Cash Value to provide a reduced amount of fixed benefit paid-up insurance or for extended term

insurance, we will transfer the amount of the Cash Value from the Separate Account to our General Account at the conclusion of the 31 day grace period. Thereafter the Policy will not participate in the Separate Account’s investment results unless the Policy is subsequently reinstated. (See “Reinstatement”). You may select variable benefit paid-up insurance only if the Policy has at least $1,000 of Cash Value. The minimum guaranteed death benefit (the face amount for Whole Life or the Minimum Death Benefit for Extra Ordinary Life) is not in effect for variable paid-up insurance.

For fixed paid-up insurance, you must have selected paid-up insurance within three months after the due date of your first unpaid premium. We determine the amount of paid-up insurance by the amount of Cash Value and the age and sex of the Insured, using the table of net single premiums at the Attained Age. Fixed benefit paid-up insurance has guaranteed cash and loan values. Paid-up insurance remains in force for the lifetime of the Insured unless the Policy is surrendered or the Cash Value is reduced to zero because of a Policy loan.

If the Policy remains in force as extended term insurance, the amount of insurance will equal the Death Benefit prior to the date the premium was due, less any Policy Debt. The amount of Cash Value and the age and sex of the Insured will determine how long the insurance continues. We will, upon your request, tell you the amount of insurance and how long the term will be. Extended term insurance is not available if the Policy was issued with a higher premium for extra mortality risk. Extended term insurance has a Cash Value but no loan value.

Reinstatement

If a premium for a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy is due and remains unpaid at the end of the grace period, the Policy will lapse. The Policy may be reinstated after lapse within five years after the premium due date. The Insured must provide satisfactory evidence of insurability. Any premium or other payment due, including any applicable interest, will also be required. If we approve your request for reinstatement and the request is received before the close of trading (typically, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on the NYSE, we will deem your request to be received and effective that day. If we receive your request on or after the close of trading on the NYSE, we will deem your request to be received and effective on the next regular trading session of the NYSE. Applications must be received in Good Order to be processed. If your request is not in Good Order, either we or your Financial Representative may notify you in writing, by telephone or by email in an effort to conform your request to our then-current requirements.

The Company may waive the requirement to provide satisfactory evidence of insurability if the reinstatement is applied for, and any premium or other payment due is paid, within 90 days after the premium due date and while the Insured is alive. Upon reinstatement, your Policy Date will not change. Therefore, fees and charges that vary by Policy year will take into account the period of time your Policy was terminated. In addition, following the reinstatement the Policy will have the same Death Benefit and amount in each Division as if all premiums had been paid when due. We will make an

 

 

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adjustment for any Policy Debt or the debt may be reinstated. A reinstatement may have important tax consequences. If you contemplate any such transaction you should consult a qualified tax adviser.

Reinvestments After Surrender

While Owners have no right to reinvestment after a surrender, we may, at our sole discretion, permit such reinvestments as described in this paragraph. In special limited circumstances, we may allow payments into a Policy in the form of returned surrender proceeds in connection with a request to void a surrender if the request is received by the Company within a reasonable time after the surrender proceeds are mailed. These payments may be processed without a sales load in the case of a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy. The period for which we will accept requests for the return of surrender proceeds after a surrender may vary in accordance with our administrative procedures. The returned surrender proceeds will be reinvested after our receipt of the reinvestment request in Good Order at our Home Office. If we receive your request before the close of trading (typically, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on the NYSE, we will deem your request to be received and effective that day. If we receive your request on or after the close of trading on the NYSE, we will deem your request to be received and effective on the next regular trading session of the NYSE. If your request is not in Good Order, either we or your Financial Representative may notify you in writing, by telephone or by email in an effort to conform your request to our then-current requirements. Proceeds will be applied to the same Division from which the surrender was made.

Depending on the Insured’s underwriting classification, we may not accept the reinvestment or we may accept the reinvestment with different charges and expenses under the Policy. We may refuse to process reinvestments where it is not administratively feasible. Decisions regarding requests for reinvestment will take into consideration differences in costs and services and will not be unfairly discriminatory. Policies with reinvested surrender proceeds will have the same Death Benefit as if the proceeds had not been surrendered, except the values will reflect the fact that amounts were not invested in the Separate Account during the period of time the surrender proceeds were not in the Policy as well as any changes in charges and expenses due to a change in underwriting classification. We will make an adjustment for any Policy Debt or the debt may be reinstated.

Right to Exchange for a Fixed Benefit Policy

It is currently Company practice to allow you to exchange your Policy for a policy that does not vary with the investment experience of the Separate Account (“Fixed Benefit Policy”). We may require evidence of insurability. The Fixed Benefit Policy will be on the life of the same Insured and at the time of the exchange will have the same Policy Date and Issue Age and a Death Benefit at least as great as the initial guaranteed Death Benefit of your Policy (assuming no reduction in Death Benefit prior to the exchange). The premiums and Cash Value

will be the same as those for fixed benefit policies that we issue on the issue date of the Fixed Benefit Policy. The exchange may be subject to an equitable cash adjustment, which will recognize the investment performance of the Policy through the effective date of the exchange, and may have tax consequences. An exchange will be effective when we receive a proper written request, as well as the Policy, and any amount due on the exchange. We may modify or terminate this accommodation at any time, with or without notice.

In addition, you may exchange a Policy for a Fixed Benefit Policy if, at any time, a Fund changes its investment adviser, if there is a material change in the investment objectives or restrictions of a Portfolio, or a Portfolio is substituted for another portfolio (see “Substitution of Fund Shares and Other Changes”). There may be a cost associated with the exchange. We will give you notice of any such change and you will have 60 days to make the exchange.

Modifying a Policy

Any Policy change that you request is subject to our then current insurability and processing requirements. Processing requirements may include, for example, completion of certain forms and satisfying certain evidentiary requirements.

If the Policy is changed or modified, we may make appropriate endorsements to the Policy, and we may require you to send your Policy to our Home Office for endorsement. Any modification or waiver of our rights or requirements under the Policy must be in writing and signed by an officer of the Company. No agent or other person may bind us by waiving or changing any provision contained in the Policy.

Upon notice to you, we may modify a Policy:

 

    to conform the Policy, our operations, or the Separate Account’s operations to the requirements of any law (including any regulation issued by a government agency) to which the Policy, the Company, or the Separate Account is subject;

 

    to ensure continued qualification of the Policy as a life insurance contract under the federal tax laws; or

 

    to reflect a change in the Separate Account’s operation.

Other Policy Provisions

Owner    The Owner is identified in the Policy. The Owner may exercise all rights under the Policy while the Insured is living. Ownership may be transferred to another. Written proof of the transfer must be received by Northwestern Mutual at its Home Office. In this prospectus “you” means the Owner of a Policy. Generally, only Owners are entitled to important information about the Policy. Other persons, such as beneficiaries or payors, are entitled to only limited information.

Beneficiary    The beneficiary is the person to whom the Death Benefit is payable. The beneficiary is named in the Application. You may change the beneficiary in accordance with the Policy provisions.

 

 

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Incontestability    We will not contest a Policy after it has been in force during the lifetime of the Insured for two years from the Date of Issue or two years from the effective date of a reinstatement.

Misstatement of Age or Sex    If the age or sex of the Insured has been misstated, we will adjust benefits under a Policy to reflect the correct age and sex.

Collateral Assignment    You may assign a Policy as collateral security. We are not responsible for the validity or effect of a collateral assignment and will not be deemed to know of an assignment before receipt of the assignment in writing at our Home Office.

Optional Benefits    If available in your state, there are two optional benefits available for purchase under the Whole Life Policy or Extra Ordinary Life Policy: (1) a Waiver of Premium Benefit; and (2) an Additional Purchase Benefit.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the benefit, the Waiver of Premium Benefit waives the payment of all premiums that come due during the total disability of the Insured if the disability is due to accident or sickness and it begins on or before the Policy Anniversary nearest the Insured’s 60th birthday. If the disability occurs after the Policy Anniversary nearest the Insured’s 60th birthday, the benefit waives the payment of all premiums that come due during the total disability of the Insured until the Policy Anniversary nearest the Insured’s 65th birthday.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the benefit, the Additional Purchase Benefit guarantees the right to buy more insurance without proof of insurability.

If you selected one or both of these optional benefits, you are subject to a separate charge. (See “Periodic Charges (Other than Fund Operating Expenses)” and “Deductions and Charges—Optional Benefits” for more information about the charges.) Any charge will continue to be assessed as long as the benefit remains in force. Once the Policy has been issued, an optional benefit may be issued only upon mutual agreement.

Income Plans    The Policy provides a variety of Income Plans for Policy benefits. Any Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative authorized to sell the Policies can explain these provisions on request.

Deferral of Determination and Payment    So long as premiums have been paid when due, we will ordinarily pay Policy benefits within seven days after we receive all required documents at our Home Office. However, we may defer determination and payment of benefits during any period when it is not reasonably practicable to value securities because the NYSE is closed, or the SEC, by order, either has determined that an emergency exists or permits deferral of the determination and payment of benefits for the protection of Owners. If a Whole Life Policy or an Extra Ordinary Life Policy is continued in force as extended term or reduced fixed benefit paid-up insurance, we have the right to defer payment of the Cash Value for up to six months from the date of a Policy loan or surrender. If payment of surrender proceeds is deferred

for 30 days or more, we will pay interest at an annual effective rate of 4%. If, under SEC rules, the Money Market Portfolio suspends payments of redemption proceeds in connection with a liquidation of the Portfolio, we will delay payment of any transfer, partial surrender, surrender, death benefit from the Money Market Division until the Portfolio is liquidated.

If you have submitted a check or draft to our Home Office, we have the right to defer payment of surrender proceeds, Cash Value resulting from a Death Benefit reduction, Death Benefit or loan proceeds or Income Plan benefits until the check or draft has been honored.

If mandated under applicable law, we may be required to block an Owner’s account and thereby refuse to pay any requests for transfer, Death Benefit reduction, surrender, loans, or Death Benefits, until instructions are received from the appropriate legal authority. We may also be required to provide additional information about an Owner and an Owner’s account to government authorities.

Voting Rights

As long as the Separate Account continues to be registered as a unit investment trust under the 1940 Act, and as long as Separate Account assets of a particular Division are invested in shares of a given Portfolio, we will vote the shares of that Portfolio held in the Separate Account in accordance with instructions we receive from Owners. Periodic reports relating to the Portfolios, proxy material, and a form on which one can give instructions with respect to the proportion of shares of the Portfolio held in the Separate Account corresponding to the Owner’s Policy Value, will be made available to the Owner(s). We will vote shares for which no instructions have been received and shares held in our General Account in the same proportion as the shares for which instructions have been received from Owners. The effect of such proportional voting is that a small number of Owners may control the outcome of a particular vote.

Substitution of Fund Shares and Other Changes

If, in our judgment, a Portfolio or Fund becomes unsuitable for continued use with the Policies because of a change in investment objectives or restrictions, we may substitute shares of another Portfolio or Fund or another mutual fund. Any substitution of shares will be subject to any required approval of the SEC, the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance or other regulatory authority. We have also reserved the right, subject to applicable federal and state law, to operate the Separate Account or any of its Divisions as a management company under the 1940 Act, or in any other form permitted, or to terminate registration of the Separate Account if registration is no longer required, and to change the provisions of the Policies to comply with any applicable laws. In the event we take any of these actions, we may make an appropriate endorsement of your Policy and take other actions to carry out what we have done.

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Return Strategy Portfolio of the Series Fund (the “Commodities Portfolio”) as an investment option under your Policy. Following the receipt of the SEC’s approval, we will set a date to automatically transfer any amounts you have in the Division investing in the Commodities Portfolio to the Division investing in the Commodity Return Strategy Portfolio, a portfolio of the Credit Suisse Trust (the “Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio”), as part of a transaction referred to as the “Substitution.” Allocations to the Commodities Portfolio through preexisting dollar-cost averaging programs, portfolio rebalancing elections, asset allocation models or other automatic transfers or scheduled or systematic transactions will be replaced with the Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio. Once the date of the Substitution has been determined, we will provide you with written notice notifying you of the date. You will receive a prospectus or summary prospectus for the Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio before the date of the Substitution. The Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio is not currently available as an investment option in the Policy and will only be available as of the date of the Substitution following SEC approval. If the SEC does not approve the Substitution, the Company will assess its options and consider other alternatives, including but not limited to (i) pursuing another substitution of a different portfolio with comparable investment objectives or a money market portfolio or (ii) making other changes in response to actions of the Commodities Portfolio, such as closing the Portfolio to new investments or changing its investment objectives and strategies via a proxy vote where required (see “Voting Rights”).

If we receive approval from the SEC, as of the date of the Substitution, the Commodities Portfolio will cease to be available under your Policy. The Substitution will not result in a change in your Policy Value or death benefit. You will not incur any fees or charges as a result of the Substitution, nor will your rights or our obligations under the Policy be altered. We or our affiliates will bear all expenses incurred in connection with the Substitution.

Except as noted below, you may continue to transfer amounts from the Division investing in the Commodities Portfolio to other Divisions until the date of the Substitution. The first transfer made from the Commodities Portfolio between May 1, 2013 and the Substitution will be free of charge and will not count toward your limit on transfers as part of our policies and procedures on short-term and excessive trading (see “Short-term and Excessive Trading”). For those Policy Owners with amounts in the Commodities Portfolio that were substituted to the Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio on the date of the Substitution, we will not charge a fee for the first transfer out of the Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio for 30 days after the Substitution and any such transfer will not count toward your limit on transfers as part our policies on short-term and excessive trading. Within five days after the Substitution, we will forward Policy Owners affected by the Substitution a written notice informing them of the details regarding the Substitution.

In addition to closing the Division investing in the Commodities Portfolio in response to the Portfolio’s decision to close the Portfolio to new investments irrespective of the Substitution (see “The Funds” section of the prospectus for more information regarding investments by a Division in a particular Portfolio), while it is not our present intention, in conjunction with the Substitution and the liquidation of the assets of the Commodities Portfolio in anticipation of the Substitution and in order to minimize any effect on the Portfolio’s ability to meet the Separate Account’s redemption request or transfer of assets to the Credit Suisse Commodity Portfolio as part of the Substitution transaction, we may also close the Commodities Portfolio and/or the Division investing in the Commodities Portfolio and not accept additional payments. In the case of a Portfolio closure, allocations or transfers to the Commodities Portfolio on or after the date of the close will be deemed not in Good Order and either we or your Financial Representative may notify you in writing, by telephone or by email in an effort to conform your request. You will be given sufficient advance notice of any intent to close the Commodities Portfolio.

Reports and Financial Statements

For each Policy Year you will receive a statement showing the Death Benefit, Cash Value and any Policy loan (including interest charged) as of the Policy anniversary. We will also send you a confirmation statement when you transfer among Divisions, take a Policy loan, or surrender the Policy. The annual statement and confirmation statements will show your apportioned amounts among the Divisions. If the Policy is in force as extended term or fixed benefit paid-up insurance, statements and reports will be limited to an annual Policy statement showing the Death Benefit, Cash Value and any Policy loan.

Annually, we will send you a report containing financial statements of the Separate Account and semi-annually, we will send you reports containing financial information and schedules of investments for the Portfolios underlying the Divisions to which your Invested Assets are allocated. The financial statements of the Company appear in the Statement of Additional Information. To receive a copy of the Annual Report, Semi-Annual Report and/or the Statement of Additional Information, call 1-866-424-2609. Certain reports and other information can be obtained on our website at www.northwesternmutual.com.

Special Policy for Employers

The premium for the standard Policy is based in part on the sex of the Insured. The standard annuity rates for Income Plans which last for the lifetime of the payee are also based, in part, on the sex of the payee. However, if your Policy was issued in connection with an employer sponsored benefit plan or arrangement, federal law and the laws of certain states may require that premiums and annuity rates be determined without regard to sex. You are urged to review any questions in this area with qualified counsel.

 

 

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Householding

To reduce costs, we may send only a single copy of the same disclosure document(s) (such as prospectuses, prospectus supplements, reports, announcements, proxy statements, notices, and information statements) to each consenting household (rather than sending copies to each Owner residing in a household). If you are or become a member of such a household, you can revoke your consent to “householding” at any time, and can begin receiving your own copy of such disclosure documents, by calling us at 1-866-424-2609.

Abandoned Property Requirements

Every state has unclaimed property laws which generally declare insurance contracts/policies to be abandoned after a period of inactivity of three to five years from the contract’s/policy’s maturity date, the date the death benefit is due and payable, or in some states, the date the insurer learns of the death of the insured. For example, if the payment of the death benefit has been triggered, but, if after a thorough search, we are still unable to locate the beneficiary, or if the beneficiary does not come forward to claim the death benefit proceeds in a timely manner, the death benefit proceeds will be paid to the abandoned property division or unclaimed property office of the state in which the beneficiary or you last resided, as shown on our books and records, or to our state of domicile. This “escheatment” is revocable, however, and the state is obligated to pay the death benefit proceeds (without interest) if your beneficiary steps forward to claim it with the proper documentation. To prevent such escheatment, it is important that you update your beneficiary designations, including addresses, if and as they change. Please contact your Financial Representative or call 1-866-424-2609 for assistance in making such changes.

Legal Proceedings

Northwestern Mutual, like other life insurance companies, is generally involved in litigation at any given time. Although the outcome of any litigation cannot be predicted with certainty, we believe that, as of the date of this prospectus, there are no pending or threatened lawsuits that will have a materially adverse impact on the ability of Northwestern Mutual to meet its obligations under the Policy, on the Separate Account, or on Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, the principal underwriter for the Separate Account, and its ability to perform its duties as underwriter for the Separate Account.

Speculative Investing

This Policy, or any of its riders, should not be used for any type of speculative collective investment scheme (including, for example, arbitrage). Your Policy is not intended to be traded on any stock exchange or secondary market, and attempts to engage in such trading may violate state and/or federal law.

Owner Inquiries

If eligible, you may get up-to-date information about your Policy at your convenience with your Policy number and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Call Northwestern Mutual Express toll-free at 1-800-519-4665 to review Policy values, make transfers among Divisions, change the allocation and obtain performance information. With your User ID and password, you can also visit our website www.northwesternmutual.com to access performance information, forms for routine service, and daily Policy values for Policies you own. Eligible Owners may also set up certain electronic payments, transfer accumulated amounts among Divisions and change the allocation of future contributions online, subject to our administrative procedures. For enrollment information, please visit our website www.northwesternmutual.com. Please note that electronic devices may not always be available. Any electronic device, whether it is yours, your service provider’s, your agent’s or ours, can experience outages or slowdowns for a variety of reasons, which may delay or prevent our processing of your request or payment. Although we have taken precautions to limit these problems, we cannot promise complete reliability under all circumstances. If you are experiencing problems, you should make your request or payment in writing at our Home Office. Electronic requests or payments are deemed to be received by us upon receipt at the electronic location designated by us in our procedures. If you have questions about surrendering your Policy, please call your Financial Representative or the Variable Life Service Center at 1-866-424-2609. To file a claim, please call your Financial Representative or Life Benefits at 1-800-635-8855.

Illustrations

Your Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative will provide you with an illustration for your Policy upon request. The illustration will reflect the performance of your Policy to date and will show how the amount payable at death and Cash Value would vary based on hypothetical future investment results.

Illustrations for variable life insurance policies do not project or predict investment results. The illustrated values assume that non-guaranteed elements such as dividends, policy charges and level investment returns will not change. Given the volatility of the securities markets over time, the illustrated scenario is unlikely to occur and the Policy’s actual Cash Value, amount payable at death, and certain expenses (which will vary with the investment performance of the Portfolios) will be more or less than those illustrated. In addition, the actual timing and amounts of payments, deductions, expenses and any values removed from the policy will also impact product performance. Due to these variations, even a Portfolio that averaged the same return as illustrated will produce values which will be more or less than those which were illustrated.

 

 

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Tax Considerations

 

General    The following discussion provides a general description of federal tax considerations relating to your Policy. The discussion is based on current provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) as currently interpreted by the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). The discussion is not exhaustive, it does not address the likelihood of future changes in federal tax law or interpretations thereof, and it does not address state or local tax considerations which may be significant in the purchase and ownership of a Policy.

This tax discussion is intended to describe the tax consequences associated with your Policy. It does not constitute legal or tax advice, and is not intended to be used and cannot be used to avoid any penalties that may be imposed on a taxpayer. Taxpayers should seek advice based on their particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

Life Insurance Qualification    Section 7702 of the Code defines life insurance for federal income tax purposes. Under Section 7702, a Policy will generally be treated as life insurance for federal tax purposes if at all times it meets either a guideline premium test or a cash value accumulation test. We have designed your Policy to comply with only the cash value accumulation test. We may take any action that may be necessary for the Policy to qualify as life insurance for tax purposes.

The definitional tests under the Code are based on the Commissioner’s Standard Ordinary (CSO) mortality tables in effect when the Policies were issued. For Policies issued or materially changed after 2008, the tests must be based on the 2001 CSO mortality tables. Because Policies issued based on the 1980 CSO mortality tables may not satisfy the definitional tests using the 2001 CSO mortality tables, certain changes to those Policies will not be permitted (as defined by IRS Notices 2004-61 and 2006-95). Special safe harbor calculation rules apply to life insurance after the Insured attains age 100. See IRS Rev. Proc. 2010-28.

As provided by Section 817(h) of the Code, the Secretary of the Treasury has set standards for diversification of the investments underlying variable life insurance policies. Failure to meet the diversification requirements would disqualify your Policy as life insurance for purposes of Section 7702 of the Code. We believe that your Policy complies with the provisions of Sections 7702 and 817(h) of the Code, but the application of these rules is not entirely clear. We may make changes to your Policy if necessary for the Policy to qualify as life insurance for tax purposes.

IRS Rev. Ruls. 2003-91 and 2003-92 provide guidance on when an Owner’s control of Separate Account assets will cause the Owner, and not the life insurance company, to be treated as the owner of those assets. Important indicators of investor control are the ability of the Owner to select the investment advisor, the investment strategy or the particular investments of the Separate Account. If the Owner of a Policy were treated as the owner of the mutual fund shares held in the

Separate Account, the income and gains related to those shares would be included in the Owner’s gross income for federal income tax purposes. We believe that we own the assets of the Separate Account under current federal income tax law.

Tax Treatment of Life Insurance    While your Policy is in force, increases due to investment experience are not subject to federal income tax until there is a distribution as defined by the Code. The Death Benefit received by a beneficiary will generally not be subject to federal income tax.

Unless the Policy is a MEC, as described below, a loan received under your Policy will not be treated as a distribution subject to current federal income tax. Interest paid by individual Owners of a Policy will ordinarily not be deductible. You should consult a qualified tax advisor as to the deductibility of interest paid, or accrued, by business Owners of a Policy. (See “Business-Owned Life Insurance”).

So long as your Policy is not classified as a MEC (see “Modified Endowment Contract”), as a general rule, the proceeds from a surrender or withdrawal will be taxable only to the extent that the proceeds exceed the basis of the Policy. The basis of the Policy is generally equal to the premiums paid less any amounts previously received as tax-free distributions. Dividends paid in cash (or, if allowable under your Policy, used to purchase additional insurance or used to pay premiums) are generally taxable as withdrawals with a resulting reduction in basis. However, when the dividend is applied to increase Cash Value or to pay premiums, the reduction in the basis of the Policy is offset by a corresponding increase in basis. In certain circumstances, a withdrawal of Cash Value during the first 15 Policy Years may be taxable to the extent that the Cash Value exceeds the basis of the Policy. This means that the amount withdrawn may be taxable even if that amount is less than the basis of the Policy.

Caution must be used when taking cash out of a Policy through policy loans. If interest is not paid annually, it is added to the principal amount and the total amount will continue to accrue for as long as the loan is maintained on the Policy. If the Policy remains in force until the death of the Insured or, in the case of joint life insurance, the second death, the loan will be repaid from the tax-free Death Benefit. However, if the Policy terminates by any method other than death, the loan will be repaid from the Cash Value of the Policy, and the total Cash Value, including the total amount of the loan, will be taxable to the extent it exceeds the basis of the Policy. If the extended term insurance nonforfeiture option is available in your Policy, and it lapses to extended term insurance, the loan will be repaid from Cash Value of the Policy and the loan repayment will be treated as income and taxable to the extent it exceeds the amount of premiums paid. In extreme situations, Owners can face what is called the “surrender squeeze.” The surrender squeeze occurs when the unborrowed value remaining in the Policy is insufficient to

 

 

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cover the interest payment required to keep the Policy in force or to cover the tax due if the Policy terminates. Either the interest would have to be paid annually or it would be added to the Policy loan, causing the Policy to terminate and any income tax due on the loan amount to be payable with other assets of the Owner.

Subject to the agreement of the Company, and the Owner meeting any conditions set by the Company, a Policy may be exchanged tax-free for another life insurance policy covering the same Insured (or, in the case of joint life insurance, covering the Insureds or a surviving Insured) or an annuity contract with the same owner. The Code also allows certain policies to be exchanged for stand-alone and combination long-term care policies on a tax-free basis. Policies that are exchanged for life insurance policies after 2008 may only be exchanged for life insurance policies using 2001 CSO mortality tables. Any cash received or loan repaid in an exchange will be taxed to the extent of the gain in the Policy (i.e., on gain-first basis).

Ownership of a Policy may be transferred to a new owner and is taxable to the extent the sales proceeds exceed the basis of the Policy. In Rev. Rul. 2009-13, the IRS ruled that, when a life insurance policy is sold to a person with no insurable interest in the insured, the taxable gain is calculated by reducing the basis of the policy by the annual cost of the insurance protection provided by the policy. Legislation has been proposed that would revoke this rule. The death benefit of a policy in excess of the basis also may become taxable as a result of a transfer, unless the new owner is the insured, a partner of the insured, a partnership in which the insured is a partner or a corporation in which the insured is a shareholder or officer. You should seek qualified tax advice if you plan a transfer of ownership.

For taxable years beginning in 2013, part or all of the taxable benefits from and sales of the Policies may be subject to an additional 3.8% Medicare tax. The tax will be assessed on the Owner’s net investment income for the year to the extent that the Owner’s adjusted gross income (with slight modifications) exceeds $250,000 (married filing jointly or surviving spouse), $125,000 (married filing separately) or $200,000 (other filers) (not indexed). Although the term “net investment income” does not specifically refer to life insurance, there is a possibility that it could be construed to include transfers of and/or distributions from life insurance, to the extent they are taxable. The Treasury has recently issued proposed regulations, however, that indicate in the preamble that “net investment income” would not include transfers of, or distributions from, life insurance contracts other than periodic payments under payment plans.

Modified Endowment Contracts (MEC)    A modified endowment contract (“MEC”) is a life insurance contract that is taxed less favorably on lifetime distributions than other life insurance contracts because the contract is considered too investment oriented. A Policy may be classified as a MEC if cumulative premiums paid during the first seven Policy Years after issue exceed a “seven-pay” limit defined in section 7702A of the Internal Revenue Code. The seven-pay limit is

the sum of the premiums (net of expense and administrative charges) that would have to be paid in order for the Policy to be fully paid for after seven level annual payments based on defined interest and mortality assumptions. A Policy will be treated as a MEC unless any excess premiums are reversed from the Policy and returned with interest within 60 days after the end of the Policy Year in which they are paid. If excess premium is reversed, all Policy values are recalculated as though the excess premium had never been paid.

Whenever there is a “material change” under a Policy, it will generally be treated as a new contract for purposes of determining whether the Policy is a MEC, and it will be subjected to a new seven-pay period and a new seven-pay limit. The new seven-pay limit would be determined taking into account the value of the Policy at the time of such change. A materially changed Policy would be considered a MEC if it failed to satisfy the new seven-pay limit. A material change could occur as a result of certain changes to the benefits or terms of the Policy, such as a change in a death benefit option or a change in the Insured, if allowable under your Policy. A material change could occur as a result of an increase in the death benefit, the addition of a benefit or the payment of a premium after the seven-pay period, which could be considered “unnecessary” under the Code.

If the benefits under the Policy are reduced during the first seven Policy Years after entering into the Policy (or within seven years after a material change) or, in the case of joint life Policies, the lifetime of either Insured, the seven-pay premium limit will be redetermined based on the reduced level of benefits and applied retroactively for purposes of the seven-pay test. If the premiums previously paid are greater than the recalculated seven-pay premium level limit, the Policy will become a MEC. A reduction in benefits includes a decrease in the amount of coverage, a withdrawal or any other action resulting in a surrender of Cash Value to you according to the terms of the Policy, an election of the paid-up option or, in some cases, a lapsing of the Policy where the Policy is not reinstated within 90 days. A life insurance policy which is received in exchange for a MEC will also be considered a MEC.

If a Policy is a MEC, any distribution from the Policy will be taxed on a gain-first basis. Distributions for this purpose include a loan (including any increase in the loan amount to pay interest on an existing loan or an assignment or a pledge to secure a loan), a withdrawal of Cash Value or a surrender of the Policy. Distributions taken within the two-year period prior to the Policy becoming a MEC may also be taxed under the MEC tax rules. If a Policy terminates while there is a Policy loan, the cancellation of the loan and accrued loan interest also will be treated as a distribution to the extent not previously treated as such. Any such distributions will be considered taxable income to the extent the Cash Value exceeds the basis in the Policy. For MECs, the basis would be increased by the amount of any prior loan under the Policy that was considered taxable income. For purposes of determining the taxable portion of any distribution, all MECs issued by Northwestern Mutual to the same Owner (excluding

 

 

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certain qualified plans) during any calendar year are to be aggregated. The Secretary of the Treasury has authority to prescribe additional rules to prevent avoidance of gain-first taxation on distributions from MECs.

A 10% penalty tax will apply to the taxable portion of a distribution from a MEC. The penalty tax will not, however, apply to distributions (i) to taxpayers 59 12 years of age or older, (ii) in the case of a disability (as defined in the Code) or (iii) received as part of a series of substantially equal periodic annuity payments for the life (or life expectancy) of the taxpayer or the joint lives (or joint life expectancies) of the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s beneficiaries. The exceptions generally do not apply to life insurance policies owned by corporations or other entities.

Estate and Generation Skipping Taxes    The amount of the Death Benefit will generally be includible in the Owner’s estate for federal estate tax purposes and any applicable state inheritance tax. If your Policy is a joint life Policy, the Life Insurance Benefit will be includible in the Owner’s estate if the second of the Insureds to die owns the Policy, and the fair market value of the Policy will be includible in the Owner’s estate if the Owner is not the last surviving Insured. An unlimited marital deduction permits deferral of federal estate and gift taxes until the death of the Owner’s surviving spouse.

If ownership of a Policy is transferred, either directly or in trust, to a person two or more generations younger than the Owner, the value of the Policy may be subject to a generation skipping transfer tax.

For tax years beginning after December 31, 2012, an exemption limit of $5 million (single)/$10 million (married) (with inflation indexing after 2011) and a maximum rate of 40% will apply for purposes of the estate, gift and generation skipping transfer taxes. In addition, any unused estate exemption limit may be carried over to the surviving spouse.

Business-Owned Life Insurance    Business-owned life insurance may be subject to certain additional rules. Section 101(j) of the Code provides that the Death Benefit payable under business-owned life insurance in which the business is also the beneficiary will be taxable unless (i) the Insured is an eligible employee and (ii) the employee is given notice of the insurance and the maximum face amount and consents to be insured and to the continuation of the insurance after the employee terminates service with the employer. Generally, an eligible employee is an officer, a director, a person who owns more than 5% of the business, an employee earning more than $110,000 annually (increased for cost of living) or an employee who is among the highest paid 35% of employees. The law also imposes an annual reporting and record-keeping obligation on the employer. Increases in Policy or Cash Value may also be subject to tax under the corporation alternative minimum tax provisions.

Section 264(a)(1) of the Code generally disallows a deduction for premiums paid on Policies by anyone who is directly or indirectly a beneficiary under the Policy. Section 264(a)(4) of the Code limits the Owner’s deduction for interest on loans taken against life insurance policies to interest on an aggregate

total of $50,000 of loans per covered life only with respect to life insurance policies covering key persons. Generally, a key person means an officer or a 20% owner. However, the number of key persons will be limited to the greater of (a) five individuals, or (b) the lesser of 5% of the total officers and employees of the taxpayer or 20 individuals. Deductible interest for these Policies will be subject to limits based on current market rates.

In addition, Section 264(f) of the Code disallows a proportionate amount of a business’s interest deduction on non-life insurance indebtedness based on the amount of unborrowed Cash Value of non-exempt life insurance policies held in relation to other business assets. Exempt policies include policies held by natural persons unless the business is a direct or indirect beneficiary under the policy and policies owned by a business and insuring an individual who at the time the policy is issued is an employee, director, officer or 20% owner (as well as joint policies insuring 20% owners and their spouses). The IRS ruled in 2011 that a policy received in a tax-free exchange is newly issued for this purpose.

The IRS ruled privately in 2009 that losses in business-owned life insurance could be deducted upon the surrender of the policy if there was no reasonable prospect of recovery, but that the losses would be calculated by reducing the basis of the policy by the annual cost of the insurance protection provided by the policy. Private rulings apply only to the taxpayer who receives the ruling but may be indicative of the IRS’s thinking on an issue.

IRS Notice 2007-61 has established a safe harbor under which the annual increase in the cash value of life insurance policies owned by life insurance companies is not taxable provided the policies cover no more than 35% of the company’s employees, directors, officers and 20% owners. The Notice adds that there is an unresolved issue whether cash value increases of other policies owned by life insurance companies may be taxable.

Policy Split Right    If your Policy is a joint life Policy, your Policy permits the Owner to exchange the Policy for two policies, one on the life of each Insured, without evidence of insurability, if a change in the federal estate tax law results in either the repeal of the unlimited marital deduction or a 50% or greater reduction in the maximum estate tax rate set forth in the law. The exchange must be made while both Insureds are alive (and neither Insured is classified as a Joint Insurable). The request for exchange must be received no later than 180 days after the earlier of the enactment of the law repealing the unlimited marital deduction or the enactment of the law reducing the estate tax rate by at least 50%.

The IRS has ruled with respect to one taxpayer that such a transaction would be treated as a non-taxable exchange. If not so treated, such a split of the Policy could result in the recognition of taxable income.

Split Dollar Arrangements    Life insurance purchased under a split dollar arrangement is subject to special tax rules. IRS Notice 2002-8 provides that (1) the value of the current life insurance protection provided to the employee under the

 

 

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arrangement is taxed to the employee each year and, until the issuance of further guidance, can be determined using the government’s Table 2001 rates or the insurer’s lower one year term rates (which, for arrangements entered into after January 28, 2002, must satisfy additional sales requirements); and (2) for split dollar arrangements entered into on or before September 17, 2003, taxation of the equity (cash surrender value in excess of the amount payable to the employer) is governed by prior law and is subject to the following three safe harbors: (a) the annual accrual of income will not, by itself, be enough to trigger a taxable transfer; (b) equity will not be taxed regardless of the level of the employer’s economic interest in the life insurance policy as long as the value of the life insurance protection is treated and reported as an economic benefit; and (c) the employee can elect loan treatment at any time, provided all premiums paid by the employer are treated as a loan entered into at the beginning of the first year in which payments are treated as loans.

The Treasury and IRS regulations regarding the taxation of split dollar arrangements apply only to arrangements entered into or materially changed after September 17, 2003. The regulations provide that such split dollar arrangements must be taxed under one of two mutually exclusive tax regimes depending on the ownership of the underlying life insurance policy. Collateral assignment split dollar arrangements, in which the employee owns the policy, must be taxed under a loan regime. Where such an arrangement imposes a below market interest rate or no interest rate, the employee is taxed on the imputed interest under Section 7872 of the Code. Endorsement split dollar arrangements, in which the employer owns the policy, must be taxed under an economic benefit regime. Under this regime, the employee is taxed each year on (i) the value of the current life insurance protection provided to the employee, (ii) the increase in the amount of policy Cash Value to which the employee has current access, and (iii) the value of any other economic benefits provided to the employee during the taxable year.

Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, it is a criminal offense for an employer with publicly traded stock to extend or arrange a personal loan to a director or executive officer after July 30, 2002. One issue that has not been clarified is whether each premium paid by such an employer under a split dollar arrangement with a director or executive officer is a personal loan subject to the new law.

Section 409A of the Code imposes requirements for nonqualified deferred compensation plans with regard to the

timing of deferrals, distribution triggers, funding mechanisms and reporting requirements. Nonqualified deferred compensation plans that fail to meet these conditions are taxed currently on all compensation previously deferred and interest earned thereon and assessed an additional 20% penalty. The law does not limit the use of life insurance as an informal funding mechanism for nonqualified deferred compensation plans, but IRS Notice 2007-34 treats certain split dollar arrangements as nonqualified deferred compensation plans that must comply with the new rules. The effective date of these rules was December 31, 2008. Congress has also considered limiting an individual’s annual aggregate deferrals to a nonqualified deferred compensation plan to $1,000,000.

Valuation of Life Insurance    Special valuation rules apply to life insurance contracts distributed from a qualified plan to a participant or transferred by an employer to an employee. IRS Notice 2005-25 provides safe harbor formulas for valuing variable and non-variable life insurance under which the value is the greater of the interpolated terminal reserve increased by a pro rata portion of the estimated dividends for the Policy Year or the cash value without reduction for any surrender charges (but adjusted by a surrender factor for policies distributed from qualified plans). These rules do not apply to split dollar arrangements entered into on or before September 17, 2003 and not materially modified thereafter.

Other Tax Considerations    Taxpayers are required by regulation to annually report all “reportable transactions” as defined in the regulations. “Reportable transactions” include transactions that are offered under conditions of confidentiality as to tax treatment and involve an advisor who receives a fee of $250,000 or more, or transactions that include a tax indemnity. Rev. Proc. 2003-25 further held that the purchase of life insurance policies by a business does not, by itself, constitute a “reportable transaction.”

Depending on the circumstances, the exchange of a Policy, a Policy loan (including the addition of unpaid loan interest to a Policy loan), or a change in ownership or an assignment of the Policy may have federal income tax consequences. In addition, federal, state and local transfer, estate, inheritance, and other tax consequences of Policy ownership, premium payments and receipt of Policy proceeds depend on the circumstances of each Owner or beneficiary. If you contemplate any such transaction you should consult a qualified tax adviser. In addition, a Death Benefit under the Policy may be subject to federal estate tax and state inheritance taxes.

 

 

 

Distribution of the Policy

 

We sell the Policy through our Financial Representatives who also are registered representatives of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (“NMIS”). NMIS, our wholly-owned company, was organized under Wisconsin law in 1998 and is located at 611 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. NMIS is a registered broker-dealer under

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. NMIS is the principal underwriter and distributor of the Policy and has entered into a Distribution Agreement with us.

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representatives and cannot be held with or transferred to an unaffiliated broker-dealer. Except in limited circumstances, NMIS registered representatives are required to offer Northwestern Mutual variable insurance and annuity products. The amount and timing of sales compensation paid by insurance companies varies. The commissions, benefits, and other sales compensation that NMIS and its registered representatives receive for the sale of a Northwestern Mutual variable insurance or annuity product might be more or less than that received for the sale of a comparable product from another company.

The maximum commission payable to the registered representative who sold the Whole Life or Extra Ordinary Life Policy is 55% of the premium during the first Policy Year; 9% of the premium in Policy Years 2-3; 6% of the premium in Policy Years 4-7; 3% of the premium in Policy Years 8-10; and 2% of Premium Payments thereafter. For the Single Premium Life Policy, commissions were 2.75% of the premium. Registered representatives may receive less than the maximum commission or no commission in certain circumstances according to pre-established guidelines. We may also pay new registered representatives differently during a training period. The entire amount of sales commissions paid to registered representatives is passed through NMIS to the registered representative who sold the Policy and to his or her managers. The Company pays compensation and bonuses for the management team of NMIS, and other expenses of distributing the Policies.

 

Because registered representatives of NMIS are also our appointed agents, they may be eligible for various cash benefits, such as bonuses, insurance benefits, retirement benefits, and non-cash compensation programs that we offer, such as conferences, achievement recognition, prizes, and awards. In addition, registered representatives of NMIS who meet certain productivity, persistency, and length of service standards and/or their managers may be eligible for additional compensation. For example, registered representatives who meet certain annual sales production requirements with respect to their sales of Northwestern Mutual insurance and annuity products may qualify to receive additional cash compensation for their other sales of investment products and services. Sales of the Policies may help registered representatives and/or their managers qualify for such compensation and benefits. Certain registered representatives of NMIS may receive other payments from us for the recruitment, training, development, and supervision of financial representatives, production of promotional literature and similar services.

Commissions and other incentives and payments described above are not charged directly to Owners or to the Separate Account. We intend to recoup commissions and other sales expenses through fees and charges deducted under the Policy. NMIS registered representatives receive ongoing servicing compensation related to the Policies, but may be ineligible to receive ongoing servicing compensation paid by issuers of other investment products for certain smaller accounts.

 

 

 

Glossary of Terms

 

APPLICATION

The form completed by the applicant when applying for coverage under the Policy. This includes any:

1. amendments or endorsements;

2. supplemental Applications;

3. reinstatement Applications; and

4. Policy change Applications.

ATTAINED AGE

The Insured’s Issue Age listed in the Policy, plus the number of complete Policy Years that have elapsed since the Policy Date.

CASH VALUE

The amount available in cash if the Policy is surrendered.

DATE OF ISSUE

The date on which insurance coverage takes effect as shown in the Policy.

DEATH BENEFIT

The gross amount payable to the beneficiary upon the death of the Insured, before the deduction of Policy Debt and other adjustments.

DIVISION

A subdivision of the Separate Account. We invest each Division’s assets exclusively in shares of one Portfolio.

 

FINANCIAL REPRESENTATIVE

An individual who is authorized to sell you the Policy and who is both licensed as a Northwestern Mutual insurance agent and registered as a representative of our affiliate, Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, the principal underwriter of the Policy.

FUND

Each Fund is registered under the 1940 Act as an open-end management investment company or as a unit investment trust, or is not required to be registered under the Act. Each Portfolio of the Funds is available as an investment option under the Policy. The assets of each of the Divisions of the Separate Account are used to purchase shares of the corresponding Portfolio of a Fund.

GENERAL ACCOUNT

All assets of the Company, other than those held in the Separate Account or in other separate accounts that have been or may be established by the Company.

GOOD ORDER

Your request or payment meets all the current requirements necessary for us to process it. For certain requests this may include, as applicable, the return of proceeds, evidence of insurability, underwriting, MEC-limit (or insurance qualification) requirements or any premium payments due.

 

 

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HOME OFFICE

Our office at 720 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202-4797.

INCOME PLAN

An optional method of receiving the Death Benefit, maturity benefit, surrender proceeds or withdrawal proceeds of an insurance policy or annuity contract through a series of periodic payments. An Income Plan may also be known as a “payment plan.”

INSURED

The person named as the Insured on the Application and in the Policy.

INVESTED ASSETS

The sum of all amounts in the Divisions of the Separate Account.

ISSUE AGE

The Insured’s age on his or her birthday nearest the Policy Date.

MEC

Modified endowment contract as described in section 7702A of the Internal Revenue Code. A modified endowment contract is a life insurance contract that is taxed less favorably on lifetime distributions than other life insurance contracts because the contract is considered too investment oriented. A Policy will be classified as a MEC if cumulative premiums paid during the first seven Policy years after issue exceed a “seven-pay” limit defined in the Internal Revenue Code.

NET PREMIUM

The amount of Premium Payment remaining after Premium charges have been deducted.

NYSE

New York Stock Exchange.

OWNER (You, Your)

The person named in the Application as the Owner, or the person who becomes Owner of a Policy by transfer or succession.

POLICY ANNIVERSARY

The same day and month as the Policy Date in each year following the first Policy Year.

POLICY DATE

The date shown in the Policy from which the following are computed, among other things:

1. Policy Year;

2. Policy Anniversary;

3. the Issue Age of Insured; and

4. the Attained Age of the Insured.

POLICY DEBT

The total amount of all outstanding Policy loans, including both principal and accrued interest.

POLICY VALUE

The sum of Invested Assets and Policy Debt less applicable charges.

POLICY YEAR

A year that starts on the Policy Date or on a Policy Anniversary.

PORTFOLIO

A series of a Fund available for investment under the Policy, which corresponds to a particular Division of the Separate Account.

PREMIUM PAYMENTS

All payments you make under the Policy other than loan repayments and transaction charges.

SEPARATE ACCOUNT

Northwestern Mutual Variable Life Account.

 

 

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Additional Information

More information about the Separate Account is included in a Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”), which is dated the same day as this prospectus and is available free of charge from the Company. To request a free copy of the Separate Account’s SAI, or current annual report, call us toll-free at 1-866-424-2609. Information about the Separate Account (including the SAI) can be reviewed and copied at the Public Reference Room of the SEC in Washington, DC. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-202-551-8090. Reports and other information about the Separate Account are available on the SEC’s Internet site at http://www.sec.gov, or they may be obtained, upon payment of a duplicating fee, by writing the Public Reference Section of the SEC, 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549-0102.

Your Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative will provide you with illustrations for your Policy free of charge upon your request. The illustrations show how the Death Benefit, Invested Assets and cash surrender value for the Policy would vary based on hypothetical investment results. Your Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative will also respond to other inquiries you may have regarding the Policy, or you may contact the Variable Life Service Center at 1-866-424-2609.

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STATEMENT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

May 1, 2013

VARIABLE LIFE

Whole Life

Extra Ordinary Life

Single Premium Life

Issued by The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

and

Northwestern Mutual Variable Life Account

We no longer issue the three Policies described in this Statement of Additional Information.

The Policies we currently offer are described in separate Prospectuses and

Statements of Additional Information.

 

 

This Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) is not a prospectus, but supplements, and should be read in conjunction with the prospectus for the Policies identified above and dated the same date as this SAI. The prospectus may be obtained by writing The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (“Northwestern Mutual”), 720 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202, or by calling telephone number 1-866-424-2609.

 

 

 

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DISTRIBUTION OF THE POLICIES

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EXPERTS

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FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF THE ACCOUNT

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FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL

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DISTRIBUTION OF THE POLICIES

The Policies are offered on a continuous basis exclusively through individuals who, in addition to being life insurance agents of Northwestern Mutual, are registered representatives of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (“NMIS”). NMIS is our wholly-owned company. The principal business address of NMIS is 720 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202.

NMIS is the principal underwriter of the Policies for purposes of the federal securities laws. We paid the following amounts to NMIS with respect to sales of variable life insurance policies issued in connection with the Account during each of the last three fiscal years representing commission payments NMIS made to our agents and related benefits. None of these amounts was retained by NMIS and no amounts were paid to other underwriters or broker-dealers. We also paid additional amounts to NMIS in reimbursement for other expenses related to the distribution of variable life insurance policies

 

Year

   Amount  

2012

   $ 12,321,208   

2011

   $ 15,981,855   

2010

   $ 22,325,029   

NMIS also provides certain services related to the administration of payment plans under the Policies pursuant to an administrative services contract with Northwestern Mutual. In exchange for these services, NMIS receives compensation to cover the actual costs incurred by NMIS in performing these services.

EXPERTS

The financial statements of the Account, and the related notes and report of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, included in this Statement of Additional Information and the consolidated financial statements of Northwestern Mutual, and the related notes and report of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP included in this Statement of Additional Information are so included in reliance on the reports of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP given on the authority of said firm as experts in auditing and accounting. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP provides audit services for the Account. The address of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is 100 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1800, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202.

 

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Annual Report December 31, 2012

Northwestern Mutual Variable Life Account

Financial Statements

 

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Statements

 

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Statements of Assets and Liabilities

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Statements of Operations

     F-9   

Statements of Changes in Net Assets

     F-12   

Notes to Financial Statements

     F-19   

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

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Statements of Assets and Liabilities

 

Northwestern Mutual Variable Life Account

December 31, 2012

(in thousands, except accumulation unit values)

 

     

Growth

Stock

Division

    

Focused

Appreciation

Division

    

Large Cap

Core Stock

Division

    

Large Cap

Blend

Division

    

Index 500

Stock

Division

    

Large

Company
Value
Division

 

Assets:

                 

Investments, at value (1)

                 

Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc

   $ 284,685       $ 96,087       $ 191,924       $ 3,615       $ 785,477       $ 3,112   

Fidelity Variable Insurance Products

                                               

Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust

                                               

Russell Investment Funds

                                               

Due from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

                                     57           
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Assets

     284,685         96,087         191,924         3,615         785,534         3,112   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities:

                 

Due to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

     97                 21                           
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

  

 

 

 

97

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

21

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Net Assets

  

 

$

 

284,588

 

  

  

 

$

 

96,087

 

  

  

 

$

 

191,903

 

  

  

 

$

 

3,615

 

  

  

 

$

 

785,534

 

  

  

 

$

 

3,112

 

  

  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Assets:

                 

Variable Life Policies Issued

                 

Before October 11, 1995

                 

Policyowners’ Equity

   $ 25,207       $ 6,890       $ 21,416       $ 146       $ 114,495       $ 520   

Northwestern Mutual Equity

     511         112         478         3         1,952         4   

Variable CompLife Policies Issued Between

                 

October 11, 1995 and December 31, 2008 (2)

                 

Policyowners’ Equity

     239,806         78,836         155,523         3,141         607,057         2,487   

Northwestern Mutual Equity

     9,225         3,429         6,061         102         23,146         90   

Variable Executive Life Policies Issued Between

                 

March 2, 1998 and December 31, 2008 (3)

                 

Policyowners’ Equity

     4,416         3,227         4,232         204         16,817           

Variable Joint Life Policies Issued Between

                 

December 10, 1998 and December 31, 2008 (4)

                 

Policyowners’ Equity

  

 

 

 

5,423

 

  

  

 

 

 

3,593

 

  

  

 

 

 

4,193

 

  

  

 

 

 

19

 

  

  

 

 

 

22,067

 

  

  

 

 

 

11

 

  

  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Net Assets

  

 

$

 

284,588

 

  

  

 

$

 

96,087

 

  

  

 

$

 

191,903

 

  

  

 

$

 

3,615

 

  

  

 

$

 

785,534

 

  

  

 

$

 

3,112

 

  

  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
                 

(1) Investments, at cost

   $ 230,751       $ 80,654       $ 162,689       $ 3,451       $ 725,318       $ 2,979   

Mutual Fund Shares Held

     121,349         45,932         143,440         4,361         276,674         3,709   

(2) Accumulation Unit Value

   $ 2.690097       $ 2.245328       $ 2.155410       $ 1.080633       $ 3.043500       $ 1.120811   

Units Outstanding

     92,573         36,639         74,967         3,001         207,065         2,299   

(3) Accumulation Unit Value

   $ 36.785012       $ 23.543734       $ 29.198468       $ 9.155103       $ 69.136117       $ 9.343226   

Units Outstanding

     120         137         145         22         243           

(4) Accumulation Unit Value

   $ 36.785012       $ 23.543734       $ 29.198468       $ 9.155103       $ 69.136117       $ 9.343226   

Units Outstanding

     147         153         144         2         319         1   

The Accompanying Notes are an Integral Part of the Financial Statements.

 

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Statements of Assets and Liabilities

 

Northwestern Mutual Variable Life Account

December 31, 2012

(in thousands, except accumulation unit values)

 

     

Domestic

Equity

Division

    

Equity

Income
Division

    

Mid Cap

Growth

Stock
Division

    

Index 400

Stock
Division

    

Mid Cap

Value
Division

    

Small Cap

Growth

Stock

Division

 

Assets:

                 

Investments, at value (1)

                 

Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc

   $ 134,621       $ 90,309       $ 374,575       $ 213,742       $ 39,419       $ 185,205   

Fidelity Variable Insurance Products

                                               

Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust

                                               

Russell Investment Funds

                                               

Due from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

     7                 23         2                   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Assets

     134,628         90,309         374,598         213,744         39,419         185,205   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities:

                 

Due to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

             9                         88         137   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

             9                         88         137   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Net Assets

   $ 134,628       $ 90,300       $ 374,598       $ 213,744       $ 39,331       $ 185,068   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Assets:

                 

Variable Life Policies Issued

                 

Before October 11, 1995

                 

Policyowners’ Equity

   $ 12,283       $ 7,423       $ 53,782       $ 10,630       $ 2,543       $ 8,524   

Northwestern Mutual Equity

     231         133         1,093         162         45         153   

Variable CompLife Policies Issued Between

                 

October 11, 1995 and December 31, 2008 (2)

                 

Policyowners’ Equity

     107,803         72,999         299,402         183,091         33,001         160,391   

Northwestern Mutual Equity

     4,901         2,878         11,187         7,022         1,478         6,782   

Variable Executive Life Policies Issued Between

                 

March 2, 1998 and December 31, 2008 (3)

                 

Policyowners’ Equity

     4,213         2,989         3,450         6,093         901         2,899   

Variable Joint Life Policies Issued Between

                 

December 10, 1998 and December 31, 2008 (4)

                 

Policyowners’ Equity

     5,197         3,878         5,684         6,746         1,363         6,319   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Net Assets

   $ 134,628       $ 90,300       $ 374,598       $ 213,744       $ 39,331       $ 185,068   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
                 

(1) Investments, at cost

   $ 136,572       $ 82,577       $ 324,604       $ 192,260       $ 37,007       $ 184,662   

Mutual Fund Shares Held

     137,790         67,244         114,830         143,163         30,253         98,409   

(2) Accumulation Unit Value

   $ 1.419182       $ 1.864547       $ 2.733618       $ 2.643527       $ 2.019864       $ 2.434726   

Units Outstanding

     79,414         40,695         113,619         71,917         17,070         68,663   

(3) Accumulation Unit Value

   $ 15.037814       $ 19.550985       $ 75.402575       $ 29.923387       $ 21.179677       $ 31.582975   

Units Outstanding

     280         153         46         204         43         92   

(4) Accumulation Unit Value

   $ 15.037814       $ 19.550985       $ 75.402575       $ 29.923387       $ 21.179677       $ 31.582975   

Units Outstanding

     346         198         75         225         64         200   

The Accompanying Notes are an Integral Part of the Financial Statements.

 

Statements of Assets and Liabilities

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Table of Contents
                                  

Index 600

Stock

Division

   

Small Cap

Value

Division

    International
Growth
Division
   

Research
International

Core

Division

    International
Equity
Division
   

Emerging
Markets

Equity

Division

     Money
Market
Division
    

Short-Term
Bond

Division

 
               
               
$ 6,205      $ 143,950      $ 82,923      $ 12,231      $ 504,516      $ 21,471       $ 170,040       $ 6,957   
                                                       
                                                       
                                                       
  1        23               2                               3   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
  6,206        143,973        82,923        12,233        504,516        21,471         170,040         6,960   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
               
                82               35        2         100           

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
                82               35        2         100           

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
$ 6,206      $ 143,973      $ 82,841      $ 12,233      $ 504,481      $ 21,469       $ 169,940       $ 6,960   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
               
               
               
$ 448      $ 10,954      $ 4,203      $ 880      $ 61,399      $ 1,209       $ 11,625       $ 296   
  6        182        77        23        1,159        23         233         5   
               
               
  5,062        118,419        68,559        9,639        399,391        17,639         123,358         5,690   
  202        5,036        3,218        347        15,749        637         6,663         197   
               
               
  470        3,540        3,551        1,018        13,496        1,198         10,415         535   
               
               
  18        5,842        3,233        326        13,287        763         17,646         237   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
$ 6,206      $ 143,973      $ 82,841      $ 12,233      $ 504,481      $ 21,469       $ 169,940       $ 6,960   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
               
$ 6,038      $ 120,119      $ 93,873      $ 11,283      $ 459,722      $ 19,701       $ 170,041       $ 6,979   
  6,162        76,123        68,644        14,718        281,224        20,294         170,041         6,780   
$ 1.081019      $ 2.438620      $ 1.616718      $ 0.975017      $ 2.943691      $ 0.963548       $ 1.549943       $ 1.009629   
  4,869        50,625        44,396        10,242        141,028        18,968         83,888         5,831   
$ 11.903891      $ 25.839588      $ 17.130842      $ 9.205651      $ 4.474566      $ 11.369632       $ 41.497953       $ 12.076410   
  39        137        207        111        3,016        105         251         44   
$ 11.903891      $ 25.839588      $ 17.130842      $ 9.205651      $ 4.474566      $ 11.369632       $ 41.497953       $ 12.076410   
  2        226        189        35        2,969        67         425         20   

The Accompanying Notes are an Integral Part of the Financial Statements.

 

Statements of Assets and Liabilities

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Statements of Assets and Liabilities

 

Northwestern Mutual Variable Life Account

December 31, 2012

(in thousands, except accumulation unit values)

 

     

Select

Bond

Division

    

Long-Term U.S.

Government

Bond

Division

    

Inflation

Protection

Division

    

High Yield

Bond

Division

    

Multi-

Sector

Bond

Division

     Commodities
Return
Strategy
Division
 

Assets:

                 

Investments, at value (1)

                 

Northwestern Mutual Series Fund, Inc

   $ 268,346       $ 7,933       $ 10,670       $ 106,436       $ 18,873       $ 10,797   

Fidelity Variable Insurance Products

                                               

Neuberger Berman Advisers Management Trust

                                               

Russell Investment Funds

                                               

Due from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

                                               
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Assets

     268,346         7,933         10,670         106,436         18,873         10,797   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities:

                 

Due to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

     272                         166         1           
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

     272                         166         1           
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Net Assets

   $ 268,074       $ 7,933       $ 10,670       $ 106,270       $ 18,872       $ 10,797   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Assets:

                 

Variable Life Policies Issued

                 

Before October 11, 1995

                 

Policyowners’ Equity

   $ 25,647       $ 1,585       $ 597       $ 8,342       $ 887       $ 297   

Northwestern Mutual Equity

     449         12         9         128         14         6   

Variable CompLife Policies Issued Between