HSBC Life (Previously AXA) Wealth Harvest Review [2023]


HSBC Life (Previously AXA) Wealth Harvest Review

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The AXA Wealth Harvest is now called the HSBC Life Wealth Harvest.

If you are looking for a long-term wealth accumulation plan that offers a wide range of investment options, the HSBC Life Wealth Harvest could be a good option.

This investment-focused investment-linked plan (ILP) allows you access to up to 90 sub-funds, and the opportunity to earn both Start-up and Loyalty Bonuses.

Plus, you’ll be protected against Death and Terminal Illness during your policy term.

And with a range of investment-linked funds managed by financial experts, you can choose to invest in up to 10 different sub-funds.

Here’s our review of HSBC Life Wealth Harvest to help you decide if it’s the right policy to help you reach your financial goals.


  • Life assured: 1 month to 70 years old
  • Policyholder: 18 to 99 years old
  • Minimum investment period: 11 years
  • Minimum investment amount: $300


General Features

Premium Payments

You may pay regular monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or yearly premiums.

The following table is an illustration of the minimum investment amount every month:

Premium Frequency Amount (SGD) Amount (USD)
Monthly $300 Not allowed
Quarterly $900
Semi-annually $1,800
Annual $3,600

Premium Reduction

With this policy, you can reduce your regular premium by up to 25% at any point until the end of the policy tenure, as long as it meets the minimum investment amounts above.

Ad-hoc Top-ups

While you can’t increase your regular premium, the policy allows premium top-ups on an ad-hoc basis during your policy tenure – as long as you are below 70 years old.

There is a minimum top-up amount of S$250 or U$250 per month, and must be in multiples of $10.

Recurring Single Premium Top-Ups

Apart from single top-ups, you can opt for a recurring single premium top-up if your policy is in SGD.

The minimum single premium top-up is $50 monthly and must be in multiples of $50.

Single nor recurring single premium top-ups are not allowed during premium holiday.


Death Benefit

If you meet an untimely demise, your loved ones will receive a lump sum payment equal to 102% of your account value.

Once that payment is made, the policy will automatically come to a close.

Terminal Illness Benefit

If you are diagnosed with a terminal illness, you will receive a lump sum payment for the Terminal Illness Benefit.

This is an advance on the Death Benefit – so it’ll deduct from your total sum assured if the Terminal Illness Benefit is lower than your Death Benefit.

The amount payable is limited to either $3 million or the Death Benefit at the time of the terminal illness claim, whichever is lower.

Key Features

Start-up Bonus

During the first year of your policy, you will receive a Start-up Bonus of 35% upon every regular premium payment.

It doesn’t matter if you reduce your Basic Premiums within the first 11 years of your policy – you’ll still be eligible for this bonus.

Loyalty Bonus

As a policyholder, you’ll be rewarded with a monthly Loyalty Bonus of 0.0125% starting from your 10th year.

This bonus is a percentage of your account value and will continue throughout the life of your policy.

Life Replacement Option (LRO)

With this policy, you may request to change the life assured under the LRO.

Of course, specific requirements must be met – such as insurable interest in the new life assured at the point of request;

Premium Holiday

With the HSBC Life Wealth Harvest, you can go on a premium holiday as long as sufficient funds are in your account to pay the policy fees.

Take note that should there be insufficient funds to pay for the policy fee, your policy will lapse.

Partial Withdrawals

After the first year, you can partially withdraw your funds if the remaining balance is above $3,600.

The minimum partial withdrawal is S$250 or U$250 and must be in multiples of $10 and could impact your loyalty bonuses.

Regular Withdrawals

You can withdraw from your account regularly with options for annual, semi-annual, quarterly, or monthly payouts.

The minimum regular withdrawals are shown here:

Monthly Quarterly Semi-annually Annually
SGD 100 300 600 1,200
USD Not allowed

As long as your account holds its minimum holding amount, you can withdraw in increments of $10.

Keep in mind making partial or regular withdrawals may affect your loyalty bonus.

Fund Switching

The policy allows you to make fund switches to any available funds. The minimum value per switch is S$1,000.

HSBC Life Wealth Harvest Fees and Charges

Sales Charge

The HSBC Life Wealth Harvest levies a 5% sales charge every time you make adhoc top-ups or recurring single premium top-ups.

Account Maintenance Fee

A 3.5% p.a. fee is charged monthly on your total account value.

Bonus Recovery Charge (BRC)

This charge is imposed when you reduce your premium during the initial 11 years as shown here:

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Premium Holiday Charge (PHC)

If you decide to take a premium holiday between years 2 and 11, a Premium Holiday Charge will be imposed.

axa wealth harvest premium holiday charge

Partial Withdrawal Charge (PWC)

Every time you make a partial withdrawal from policy years 2 to 11, you will be charged the PWC.

axa wealth harvest premium withdrawal charge

Early Encashment Charge (EEC) / Surrender Charge

Should you decide to surrender your policy within the first 11 policy years, the following charges will be imposed:

aaxa wealth harvest surrender charge

Switching Fee

Currently, the switching fee is waived.

Fund-Related Charges

The HSBC Life invests in unit trusts; thus, these are the fees related to it.

Sales Charge

Each fund imposes a one-time sales charge (up to 5%) every time you invest in the fund.

Charges differ based on the funds selected by you/your financial advisor.

Fund Management Charge

Based on a quick glance, the HSBC Life Wealth Harvest’s funds charge a fund management fee between 0.55% to 2.04%.

These charges are already included in your returns. Thus, the returns you see from your funds are net charges.

Summary of the HSBC Life Wealth Harvest

Cash and Cash Withdrawal Benefits
Cash Value Yes
Cash Value Benefits Yes
Health and Insurance Coverage
Death Yes
Total Permanent Disability No
Terminal Illness Yes
Critical Illness No
Early Critical Illness No
Health and Insurance Coverage Multiplier
Death No
Total Permanent Disability No
Terminal Illness No
Critical Illness No
Early Critical Illness No
Optional Add-on Riders No

My review of the HSBC Life Wealth Harvest

The HSBC Life Wealth Harvest is a decent policy for you if you’re looking for help investing in the long term.

You can access retail and accredited investor funds as an HSBC Life Wealth Harvest investor. And I’ve looked at these funds; some are really good – similar to what the HSBC Life Pulsar offers.

However, I feel that the 11-year lock-up period can be a bit too long – it would be better if HSBC Life offers a range of minimum investment periods for you to choose from, something like the Manulife InvestReady III.

Also, the 3.5% account maintenance fee is high and will eat away at your investment. This charge is higher when compared to other options on the market.

Personally, if you’re looking for a long-term investment and don’t mind lock-in periods, I would think the FWD Invest First Plus as it charges the lowest fees in the market.

If you prefer liquidity, then the Manulife InvestReady III or the Singlife Savvy Invest are better options due to lower fees than the HSBC Life Wealth Harvest.

However, there are no perfect plans in the market. I suggest reading our post on the best ILPs in Singapore so that you can choose the one that’s best for you.

If you’re unsure or are looking for a second opinion, we partner with unbiased MAS-licensed financial advisors to help you.

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