You are regularly pitched an insurance product by your relationship manager or a sales agent. And nothing confuses you more. You are clueless about how to evaluate the product. There are fancy tables and illustrations. There are emotional “what-ifs.” The keywords like “bonuses” and “loyalty additions” give the impression that the insurance company is doing you a favour. … [Read more...] about Being sold an insurance product? How to figure out what’s being sold?
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?
One big advantage that ULIPs have over equity mutual funds is that the maturity proceeds from ULIPs are exempt from tax. On the other hand, the long-term capital gains on the sale of equity mutual funds are taxed at 10%. LTCG on sale of debt mutual funds is taxed at 20% after indexation. In an earlier post, I highlighted why I still prefer mutual funds over ULIPs. I don’t deny … [Read more...] about If you are old, avoid ULIPs
You purchased a pension plan many years back. The plan is about to mature. You get a call from the insurance agent/salesperson that you can use the pension plan proceeds to purchase a Unit Linked Insurance plan. What will you do? I have received quite a few similar queries over the last few months. Perhaps, this always used to happen. Just that I got aware because of the … [Read more...] about Maturing Pension plans and purchasing new ULIPs
When we talk about Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs), the detractors point to higher charges that lead to lower returns. On the other hand, the proponents point to the favourable low-cost structure that came into existence after IRDA revised Unit Linked Regulations, 2010. Both seem to have a valid point. Higher charges do eat into the returns. On the other hand, the new-age … [Read more...] about In a ULIP, you pay more for the same life cover as compared to a Term plan (Mortality charges)
The tax on LTCG from equity funds was introduced in Budget 2018. This made ULIPs attractive to a number of investors. The insurance companies have jumped onto this opportunity and have launched a number of Unit-Linked Insurance Plans or ULIPs. In this post, let's look at the two broad categories of ULIPs. Type I and Type II ULIPs. The only difference between the two types … [Read more...] about Variants of ULIPs you must be aware of