The Finance Minister presented the final budget for FY2019-2020 on July 5, 2019. Here are the key highlights of the budget. Income Tax slabs unchanged; Surcharge increased for the rich There has been no change in the income tax slabs. There is a sharp increase in surcharge for those earning more than Rs 2 crores. We must understand the impact of the surcharge … [Read more...] about Final Budget 2019: Taxes for the Rich, Benefits for Buyers of Homes, Electric Vehicles
Over the last couple of weeks, I had interesting discussions with a relative and a client. Given their requirements, I had asked them to purchase term insurance plans. However, they couldn't reconcile with the fact that they wouldn't get anything back if they survived the policy term. I am sure they are not alone. Just the thought that you won’t get anything back if you … [Read more...] about Term Insurance plans with Return of Premium Benefit: Worth it?
In one of our previous posts, we had reviewed a traditional plan from HDFC Life Sanchay Plus. In this post, let’s look at another popular traditional plan, HDFC Life Super Income Plan. Traditional plans are opaque, provide low life cover and poor returns. Therefore, I do not hold a very high opinion of traditional life insurance plans. However, before writing off any … [Read more...] about Review: HDFC Life Super Income Plan: Makes sense?
Many people don’t trust insurance companies. You may pay the premium for many years but still can’t be sure if the insurance company will return the favour when you make a claim. This is a prominent reason why many choose not to purchase insurance despite being fully aware of the risks of staying uninsured. Insurance companies haven’t done themselves proud either. There is no … [Read more...] about Your Health Insurance claim won’t be rejected after 8 years
No parent wants to compromise on their child’s education. In fact, child education is one of the most prominent goals for almost all my clients. Many readers write with their queries about investing for their kids’ child education too. Many want a one-stop solution for their kids’ education. For this reason, many ask about the “Best Child plan” or the best child plan from … [Read more...] about Review: SBI Life Smart Champ Child Insurance Plan: Is it good enough?
ICICI Prudential Future Perfect is a traditional life insurance plan. A part of the maturity amount is guaranteed while the other part is variable and linked to the investment performance. In a way, it is a hybrid product where it retains some features of both non-participating and participating traditional plans. Let’s find out more about ICICI Prudential Future Perfect and … [Read more...] about Review: ICICI Prudential Future Perfect Plan: Not so perfect
LIC New Jeevan Nidhi (Plan 818) is a pension plan from LIC. You invest for a few years. At maturity, you utilize the accumulated funds to purchase an annuity plan. Simple, isn't it? Let’s find out more about LIC New Jeevan Nidhi and see if it warrants a place in your investment and insurance portfolio. LIC New Jeevan Nidhi: Key points Two premium payment options: Single … [Read more...] about Review: LIC New Jeevan Nidhi (818): Pension plan from LIC
HDFC Life Sanchay Plus is a Non-participating traditional life insurance plan. That means the payouts are guaranteed. There is no market risk or risk associated with varying annual bonuses. You know upfront what you are getting into. Moreover, it is a deferred payout plan i.e. maturity value is paid over a period of time. Let’s find out more about HDFC Life Sanchay Plus and … [Read more...] about Review: HDFC Life Sanchay Plus: The good and the bad
LIC has recently launched a new participating LIC Navjeevan plan in March 2019. It is a non-linked participating traditional life insurance plan. Regular readers will know that I am not a big fan of traditional life insurance. You get low life coverage and poor returns. By the way, this has nothing to do with LIC. Such plans from private insurers come with similar issues … [Read more...] about LIC NavJeevan Plan: Why the plan is structured this way?
In an earlier post on claim settlement ratio, I had delved into claims data of health insurance companies for FY2018. In this post, let’s look at the claims settlement ratio for the life insurance companies for FY2018. Understanding claims settlement data for life insurance companies is relatively easier since the insured event (death of the insured) is quite crisp. There … [Read more...] about Claims Settlement Ratio of Life Insurance Companies (FY2018)