Insurance Plans Reviews and Articles

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.

Highest NAV Guarantee Plan is launched by Reliance Life

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on February 24, 2010

Recently, the popular news about NAV Guarantee Plan came in light for the insurance investor. “Reliance Highest Net Asset Value Guarantee Plan” is a new unit linked insurance plan of Anil Ambani Group firm Reliance Life Insurance that enables the policy-holder to enjoy good returns.

Malay Ghosh who is the Reliance Life Insurance president says, “The new plan simply captures and guarantees the upside of the market with no risk of negative return. The customers can take advantage of market-linked returns with the satisfaction of getting the highest NAV during the policy term, while protecting his wealth from any downturn in the market.” The statement was published in ET online news paper.

Further Economic Times writes, “The key differentiator is that the Net Asset Value (NAV) in this case is calculated on a daily basis for the entire policy term and not on any fixed dates of the month, the company said in a release.

Under this plan, the premium paid by the policyholder (minus charges) is invested in the ‘Highest NAV Guarantee Fund’ and accordingly units are allocated based on the fund NAV.

On maturity the plan guarantees the highest ever returns — number of units on date multiplied by highest NAV– to the customer.”

Samaylive.com which is another online news paper, writes about the plan, “The plan is available under two minimum payment options Regular options that allows customers to pay Rs 20,000 annually which can also be paid in monthly, quarterly and half yearly option; and the Single Premium wherein the customer pays a minimum of Rs 30,000 only once at the inception during the tenure of the policy.”

Overall, the policy gives the highest returns on lower investment. Essence of the plan is introducing highest returns with the guarantee on the lowest investment. Recently, new ULIP plan was also launched by ICICI Prudential Life that was very attractive for insurance investor.

New ULIP Plan Launched by ICICI Prudential Life Insurance

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on December 29, 2009

Recently, Prudential Life Insurance launched a new ULIP plan that is called ICICI Pru LifeTime Maxima. The insurance policy follows two different portfolio strategies – fixed and trigger portfolio. Fixed portfolio strategy provides an option to choose from any of the seven funds — Opportunities Fund, Blue-chip Fund, Multi-Cap Growth Fund, Multi-Cap Balanced Fund, Income Fund, Money Market Fund and Return Guarantee Fund.

On the other hand, trigger portfolio strategy is a market base portfolio to generate good funds from the market.

If you invest your money in trigger portfolio strategy then your investments will be distributed between two funds: Multi-Cap Growth Fund and Income Fund in 75:25 ratios. In this plan, fund manager maintains the asset allocation between the Multi-Cap Growth Fund and Income Fund at 75:25.

First year premium allocation charge is 7.5% in this investment. Second and 3rd year charge will be only 3% while it is 0% from the fourth year onwards. In this investment, fund management charge would depend upon the choice of funds between 0.75-1.35 percent.

Administration charge for the policy will be necessary for 1st five years in this plan that would be 0.8-0.9 per cent.

The policy offers some good features such as changing of portfolio strategy once a year free of cost, top-up option and partial withdrawals from the sixth year up to a maximum of 20 per cent.

You can withdraw minimum Rs 2,000. You can withdraw your funds in a systematic way yearly, half yearly, quarterly or a monthly basis on maturity. During the settlement period, you can withdraw your entire fund.

You should go in trigger portfolio strategy because it works in a volatile market. Your fund is managed by professional fund manager who understands the vagaries of the stock market.

The analysis is taken from Economic Times. It is nothing but an investment with a secure policy. Basically, it is the market policy. Recently, TATA AIG had also launched Life InvestAssure Superstar ULIP but it was not market based plan.