Insurance Plans Reviews and Articles

Life insurers may be allowed to invest in infra bonds

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on June 25, 2010

Recently, a news came from IRDA that Life insurers may be allowed to invest in long-term infrastructure bonds proposed by the India Infrastructure Finance Co. They can invest for refinancing greenfield infrastructure projects. It is the decision of IRDA and the group has decided to allow insurers to invest in India Infrastructure Debt Fund bonds.

About this economictimes.indiatimes.com quotes a statement of R K Nair, “We found the Deepak Parekh Committee recommendations favourable for insurers and have forwarded our views to the government. The Deepak Parekh committee has recommended that insurance companies can invest in the proposed India Infrastructure Debt Fund.”

Further the news portal writes, “Long-term financial instruments will help life insurance companies develop their annuity business. Insurers have so far remained away from investing in greenfield infrastructure projects.

These were considered risky. However, insurance being a long term business, insurers have been looking for long term investment avenues, but there are none available other than 10-year government securities. Insurers are also not too comfortable with investing directly in greenfield infrastructure projects since these have a high rate of failure.

Hence, a mechanism that could take away the risk of failure, could be very helpful for insurers and also cater to their long-term investment requirements. As of now, debt financing for infrastructure projects has been largely confined to commercial banks who are increasingly finding it difficult to provide long-term debt due to their asset-liability mismatch.”

Further the news portal publishes a report of planning commission, “The committee said Rs 20,000 crore could come from domestic insurance and pension funds, while foreign insurance and pension funds may provide another Rs 10,000 crore. Rest would come from other sectors.”

“The planning commission had decided to set up a committee to look into the viability and modalities of creating India Infrastructure Debt Fund under the chairmanship of Deepak Parekh.”

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.

VISSS of IRDA and Subh Nivesh of SBI Life Insurance

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on September 22, 2009

There is the biggest news in insurance department of India related to VISSS and Subh Nivesh. VISSS is Vehicle Insurance Status SMS System and Subh Nivesh is a type of life insurance plan of SBI.

Currently, IRDA is working on VISSS project to create a large database about motor policy information by all insurance companies. This is a type of technology which will enable simple SMS query to ascertain whether a vehicle is insured or not. VISSS would provide an additional facility to police authority to verify insurance status of the vehicle.

So, VISSS will be an SMS technological system of IRDA where all vehicle information will be available from all insurance companies whether a motor insured or not.

There is other the most popular news about SBI Subh Nivesh policy which has been recently introduced. Subh Nivesh of SBI is a traditional life insurance plan. Subh Nivesh plan has been designed to savings, protection and income needs of customers which will cover risk-averse profile.

M N Rao who is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SBI Life Insurance, said in press release,

“Strengthening our product suite, the introduction of Shubh Nivesh is a step towards presenting customers a range of solutions which enables them to choose one that best suits their risk profile and financial needs. The product is available in two options. In endowment assurance option, the accrued bonus and the sum assured amount is payable during an unfortunate event of death during the endowment term or on survival at the end of term.”

So, the Subh Nivesh policy of SBI is not just very new, it is similar to JEEVAN ANAND policy of LIC. Subh Nivesh policy with endowment option will give a sum assured amount on an unfortunate event of death even after the completion of 100 years of age.

There is some very good attractive option with maturity payment options of Subh Nivesh of SBI life insurance.

M&A Guidelines Coming for Insurance Companies

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on July 11, 2009

Recently, IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority announced that within two months M&A (Merger and Acquisitions) guidelines will be available for insurance companies.

J Hari Narayan who is the chairman of IRDA said to the reports of ET in a function which was organized by FICCI,

“It (guidelines) would be out soon. It is most likely to be finalized in the next couple of months. We have not taken any view we are examining it. We are examining the possibility.”

Currently, there is no any specific guideline for M&A in insurance sector over the country. Now, here are 22 life insurance firms and 21 non-life insurance companies in the country.

According to the Narayan, today non-life insurance products are taking large share. A data represents that more than 300 health insurance products have been offered by over 30 insurance companies which are both – general and life insurance.

Related to the insurance products there is big news which state that now car insurance will be comprehensive. Recently, the news came in light that if you want a motor insurance then you needn’t to go motor insurance companies because it will be now through any insurance companies.

The Economic Times published the news,

An official at the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), while asking consumers to be more aware, says, “Dealers are neither agents, nor brokers’ insurers. What they quote is what they get from insurers. They can’t quote more or less than that.’’ Consumers should cross-check the price offered by various insurers, says the official. “Nobody should get carried away. No dealer can force you to get insurance.’’

Now, it is clear that in insurance sector a big change is going on. How much is effective the guidelines and car insurance feature, we will see in future. Still we are also looking some drastic changes in insurance products which may be useful for customers.