Insurance Plans Reviews and Articles

Reliance Mutual Fund Introduces Fixed Maturity Plan

Posted in Mutual Funds by kishosingh on April 14, 2010

Recently, Reliance Mutual Fund unveiled fixed maturity plan. The news came in light through ET online news paper.

The online news portal, economictimes.indiatimes.com, writes about the fixed maturity plan of Reliance Mutual Fund, “Reliance Mutual Fund has come up with a fixed maturity plan —Fixed Horizon Fund – XIV – Series 9. As per the scheme information docu-ment, the primary investment objective is to generate regular returns and growth of capital by investing in central and state government se-curities and other fixed income or debt securities, normally maturing in line with the scheme’s maturity, with the objective of limiting in-terest rate volatility.”

So, the Mutual Fund has come with a fixed maturity plan. It belongs to a series of Fixed Horizon Fund – XIV – Series 9. Reliance Mutual Fund will generate regular returns and growth of capital by fixed maturity plan investing in central and state government securities and other fixed income.

The statement makes the objective of fixed maturity plan very clear. With the fixed maturity plan, Reliance Mutual Fund will try to generate fixed money investing capital in government sectors.

Reliance Mutual Fund unveils fixed maturity plan for a limited period. About the period, ET writes, “The close-ended scheme, which opened for sub-scription from April 7, 2010, will close on April 15, 2010. The mini-mum subscription amount for the scheme is Rs 5,000.”

So, Reliance Mutual Funds offer the fixed maturity plan for just a month only. Subscriber can buy it between the date periods. A subscriber can invest a minimum amount of fund also that is Rs. 5,000 in this scheme.

Reliance Mutual Funds has made the fixed maturity plan very comfortable with Rs. 5,000. The scheme has been launched broadly to attract almost all classes of people.

We already have seen the performance of Reliance Life with Highest NAV Guarantee plan. Now, Reliance Mutual Funds tries to collect some huge money from market by fixed maturity plan.

SEBI has banned 14 life insurance companies from issuing ULIP

Posted in life insurance by kishosingh on April 11, 2010

Recently, market regulator SEBI banned 14 life insurance companies from issuing ULIP. ET writes about those companies who have been banned by SEBI, “The 14 companies mentioned in this order include; Aegon Religare, Aviva, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, Bharti AXA, Birla Sun Life, HDFC Standard Life, ICICI Prudential, ING Vyasa Life, Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life, Max New York Life, Metlife India, Reliance Life, SBI Life, TATA AIG Life.”

J Harinarayan who is the chairman of IRDA said, “After due consultation with the members of the consultative committee all the 14 insurance companies which are mentioned in the order of Sebi are directed to note that notwithstanding the said order of the Sebi, they shall continue to carry out insurance business as usual including offering, marketing and servicing ULIPs in accordance with the Insurance Act 1938.”

The statement was published in economictimes.indiatimes.com, an online news portal about economy and business.

Further the news portal quotes another statement of IRDA, “The IRDA Act `99 is specifically enacted to provide for an authority to protect the interests of holders of insurance policies, to regulate, promote and ensure the orderly growth of the insurance industry.”

In an analysis the news portal quotes some data of IRDA, “Sebi’s order has more far reaching implications than a press release or a circular. Since the order has been issued under Section 34(i) (a) and (b) of the insurance Act. IRDA has said that in the year `08-09 ULIP policies involving a total premium of Rs 90,645 cr were in force. In fiscal `09-10 upto February 16.7 lakh policies have been sold with a premium of Rs 44,611crores.”

Now, the whole things are very clear from the above mentioned data. It is nothing but regulatory battle in insurance segment of India. It is the biggest news in life insurance segments for insurance companies just like M&A guidelines for insurance companies.