The interest rates have been going down over the last year. If you are an investor who relies on interest income to meet expenses, this is not a happy scenario. In this post, I will demonstrate how you can smartly use annuity plans to increase your income without risk even in this low-interest rate regime. This is more applicable to retirement portfolios. Before we move … [Read more...] about How Retirees can generate high income without taking much risk?
LIC has launched a new deferred annuity plan, LIC New Jeevan Shanti (Plan 858). This replaces their existing deferred annuity plan, LIC Jeevan Shanti (Plan 850). A brief background. LIC Jeevan Shanti had started as both immediate and deferred annuity plan in 2018. Its immediate annuity variant was withdrawn in August 2020 with the launch of LIC Jeevan Akshay VII. Now, … [Read more...] about LIC New Jeevan Shanti (Plan 858): A New Deferred Annuity plan from LIC: Review
In Budget 2018, Long term capital gains tax on equity mutual funds was introduced. Prior to the change, the LTCG on sale of equity mutual funds was exempt from tax. This change brought an interesting taxation arbitrage. Taxation of maturity proceeds from Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs), offered by insurance companies, was left untouched and the maturity amount from ULIPs … [Read more...] about Tax-Free ULIPs vs. Mutual Funds with LTCG tax: Which is better?
LIC has launched a new immediate annuity plan LIC Jeevan Akshay VII (Plan 857). Moreover, the immediate annuity variants of LIC Jeevan Shanti (Plan 850) have been withdrawn. Thus, LIC Jeevan Shanti becomes a pure deferred annuity product. In this post, let us find out about LIC Jeevan Akshay VII in detail. While I have covered the basics of an annuity plan in another … [Read more...] about LIC Jeevan Akshay VII (857): Review: New Immediate Plan from LIC
Mis-selling is not uncommon during the sale of financial products. Many of us buy investment products with a false impression of the product. While salespersons/advisors are the culprits, we, the investors must share the blame too. We rely too much on the illustrations and pamphlets shared and do not care to look beyond those fancy documents. Advisors/salespersons, on their … [Read more...] about SBI Life Smart Elite: How do you mis-sell the plan?
Covid-19 has affected our lives in the ways we never imagined. Despite the lockdown and the precaution, the cases are on the rise. While it is paramount that you take precautions and avoid getting infected, given the pace of spread, you must also prepare for the financial burden if you or one of your family members gets infected and requires medical treatment. One of the … [Read more...] about Corona Kavach and Corona Rakshak: Standard Covid-19 Health Insurance Products
Many investors are worried about their debt fund investments. You cannot fault investors. Their hard-earned money is at stake. Moreover, when some of the AMC CEOs are busy peddling their credit risk funds despite the Franklin mess, it is not easy to trust the industry. Your confidence is likely to suffer. How do you build you fixed income portfolio without debt mutual … [Read more...] about Using ULIPs to build our Fixed Income Portfolio: A Smart Strategy?
LIC has launched two new ULIPs in March 2020, LIC Nivesh Plus (Plan 849) and LIC SIIP (LIC Systematic Investment Insurance Plan, Plan 852). LIC Nivesh Plus is a single premium ULIP and I reviewed the plan earlier in this post. On the other hand, LIC SIIP plan, it is a regular premium plan. As I see, the nomenclature has been chosen to ride the popularity of ULIPs. Though … [Read more...] about LIC SIIP Plan (852): Regular Premium ULIP from LIC: Should you invest?
LIC has launched two new Unit-Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) in March 2020, LIC Nivesh Plus (Plan 849) and LIC SIIP (LIC Systematic Investment Insurance Plan, Plan 852). LIC is a behemoth in traditional life insurance plans and has not been very active in the unit-linked products space. The private insurers have been super-active in the ULIP space and have shown a fair … [Read more...] about LIC Nivesh Plus (849): A New ULIP from LIC: Review
Most mutual fund schemes have not performed well since the start of 2018. This is broadly in line with the overall performance of the markets. Over the past few months, I have started receiving interesting queries from clients/readers. This happens more with clients who have started investing recently, i.e in the last 2-3 years. Should they start investing in ULIPs and … [Read more...] about Read this if you find merit in ULIPs and traditional plans over mutual funds