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Met Protect Online Insurance Product Launched by MetLife

Posted in life insurance by kishosingh on October 14, 2010

MetLife India, a private sector insurer launched a product – Met Protect. It is the first such life cover plan by the company to be available online.

MetLife said in a statement, “Met Protect would allow customers within the age group of 21-45 years to avail of life cover protection through the Internet.” It was published in ET.

So, Met Protect would be available for age group of 21-45 years. It will cover life protection through the internet.

An online news portal – economictimes.indiatimes.com about business and economy, quotes a statement of MetLife Managing Director Rajesh Relan, “By launching Met Protect, we are taking yet another step to reach our customers and empower them to self-design their protection plan with least effort and time.”

So, the company has tried to reach its customers and empower them with least effort and time – Met Protect.

Further he said, “This is part of our larger strategy towards increasing our distribution reach and enabling us to maximize the benefits in order to provide value to the customers.”

Met Protect will be a part of MetLife’s larger strategy to maximize the benefits in order to provide value to the customers.

The news portal writes about Met Protect and MetLife, “Met Protect would offer customers single and semi-annual premium payment option, the first of its kind amongst all the term products available online.

MetLife currently has over 55,000 financial advisers and bank assurance distribution channel offering products to 17 million customers.

MetLife India is a joint venture between the US-based MetLife International Holdings, The Jammu and Kashmir Bank, M Pallonji and other private investors.”

Met Protect of MetLife comes with single and semi-annual premium payment option. MetLife India is a joint venture between the US-based MetLife International Holdings.

MetLife has introduced Met Protect which is one of the best products of the company after 3 new products of Aviva Life Insurance.

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3 New Products Launched by Aviva Life Insurance

Posted in life insurance by kishosingh on September 4, 2010

Recently, Aviva Life Insurance launched 3 new products including two unit-linked insurance plans (ULIPs). These plans are – Aviva Freedom Life Advantage, Aviva Life Saver Advantage and Aviva Life Shield Advantage.

An online news portal about business and economy – economictimes.indiatimes.com writes about it, “As per the new IRDA guidelines, the commission paid to distributors and expenses charged by insurers will no longer be front-loaded and will be distributed over the lock-in period of the schemes, which has been raised to five years from three years earlier.”

Now, there will no longer be front-loaded commission paid to distributors and expenses charged by insurers as per the IRDA guidelines.

As per the company press release, “The two ULIP plans – Aviva Freedom Life Advantage, Aviva Life Saver Advantage – offer enhanced value to the customers and meet the new ULIP guidelines.”

So, there are two ULIP plans – Aviva Freedom Life Advantage and Aviva Life Saver Advantage that offer enhanced value to the customers and these are compatible with new ULIP guidelines also.

Further the press release writes, “Besides, a term plan – Aviva Life Shield Advantage – offers a return on the premium, with optional protection against disease and disability.”

There is a term plan also – Aviva Life Shield Advantage that offers a return on the premium. It has an optional protection also against disease and disability.

In the conclusion, the news portal writes, “Aviva Life Insurance is a joint venture between Dabur Group and UK-based Aviva Group. Dabur Group is the 74 per cent shareholder, while Aviva Group holds 26 per cent.”

Aviva Group is an emerging group in life insurance sector. It has gained 26% share with Dabur Group. The UK based group tries to cover Indian insurance sector also offering the best ULIP plans and term plans.

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.”

Reliance Life Launched Traditional Investment Plan with Guaranteed Return

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on May 29, 2010

ADAG group company Reliance Life Insurance announced to launch a traditional investment plan. The plan provides life protection and regular savings with annual guaranteed investment returns.

About the insurance plan economictimes.indiatimes.com, an online news portal about business and economy quotes a statement of Life Insurance President Malay Ghosh, “The Reliance Life Traditional Investment Insurance Plan combines life protection and regular savings with complete transparency and flexibility features and advance guaranteed returns.”

So, the Reliance Life Traditional Investment Insurance Plan offers life protection and regular savings. The insurance plan has complete clarity and flexibility with advanced guaranteed returns.

Further the news portal quotes his statement about the plan, “The new scheme is a regular premium plan offering guaranteed investment returns, which are declared at the beginning of every financial year during the product term.”

Further the news portal writes about the availability of the plan, “The plan is available to children aged less than 30 days and senior citizens aged up to 70 years, with monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and yearly payment options available.”

So, the plan is available for almost all age group of customers. It has flexibility of monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and yearly payment option.

The news portal adds about the maturity and cover of the plan also, “Besides the maturity and tax benefits, the plan also offers a health-related cover, which will pay a lumpsum to the customer for as many as 33 specific surgeries including Open Heart, Kidney Transplant, and 25 critical conditions, respectively. These riders can be added by paying an additional premium.”

You can get the benefits of health-related cover also paying a lumpsum with this insurance plan.

In the series of fund investment, Reliance Mutual Fund already has launched fixed maturity plan. DLF Pramerica Life Insurance Dhan Suraksha policy is also one of the best policies like Reliance Life Traditional Investment Plan with Guaranteed Return.

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.

Tata AIG Launches Life InvestAssure Superstar ULIP

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on November 30, 2009

Recently, the biggest insurance company of private sector, TATA AIG launches life InvestAssure Superstar ULIP plan. ULIP is known as Unit-Linked Life Insurance Plan. The plan is dedicated to the children’s education. The plan is known as InvestAssure Superstar.

InvestAssure Superstar will pay the sum assured to the nominee in case of the parent’s or proposer’s demise unfortunately. In this case, the further premium will be paid by the company through the inbuilt Waiver of Premium. WOP pays the premium among other benefits also.

The claim fund will grow under the policy and would continue till maturity. This statement is proposed by the company, TATA AIG in an official statement.

The plan offers another benefit of investors Systematic Money Allocation and Regular Transfer. SMART of the plan will give a solution for managing investment.

SMART will give a path of choice for an investor of simple switching of a part of the customer’s investment from the accumulation to the target fund.

You can enjoy with Tata AIG Life InvestAssure Superstar’s flexible policy term which will be between 10-25 years.

Anyone can buy the policy whose age is between 18-55 years. The maximum maturity age for Tata AIG Life InvestAssure Superstar is 65 years.

Tata AIG launches Life InvestAssure Superstar which gives the maximum security in the plan about the maturity and premium. The child ULIP plan is better for any person because of WOP. The plan gives an investment opportunity also by SMART features.

Tata AIG launches Life InvestAssure Superstar that will create the biggest competition with HDFC children’s Plan. In the insurance market, it is the best plan by TATA AIG for Indian people.

In Indian insurance market, Apollo DKV health plan was the best. Apollo DKV had been launched recently as the health insurance plan. So, the both plans- Tata AIG Life InvestAssure Superstar and Apollo DKV health plan are the best plan for Indian customers.

TATA to Buy AIG in life insurance JV

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on August 6, 2009

There is the biggest news in insurance sector. TATA is to buy AIG in life insurance JV. Tata has planned to buy out AIG which is US insurer from the life JV, TATA AIG Life insurance. We have already published an analysis of life insurance industry in the comparison of AIG. According to our analysis AIG is facing crisis in the USA. About the loss of AIG we write in our previous post, banking and insurance sector loss,

“AIG’s loss amounts to 92 per cent of the $67.4 billion that Americans spent at world’s largest retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in the fourth quarter, which includes the holiday season. It would take a person spending $1 million per day, everyday, the next 169 years to spend as much money as AIG lost during the fourth quarter, which lasted just 92 days.”

About the deal ET writes,

“Initially, there were indications that AIG would sell its Asian life insurance business. Earlier this year, US’ Metlife, UK’s Prudential and French insurer Axa had shown interest in buying parts of AIG’s life insurance business. But this could have caused regulatory problems in India, as all three multinationals have a presence here through JVs.”

It means not only TATA but also there are many insurance companies who are trying to take a chance to buy some share of AIG.

There is another thing which has made TATA to buy AIG that is global economic slowdown. These days AIG is suffered from huge loss in the USA. You should know that the USA government has bought maximum shares of AIG to get from crisis but still the insurance company facing more problems to survive globally.

Another thing which is also most important, US government has decided to sell shares by its Asian business under AIA. You should know that AIA is an arm of AIG, a public offer.

TATA spokesperson doesn’t want to comment at all on this situation, “We do not wish to comment on such speculation.” It is the truth that AIG was able to infuse money into the Indian life insurance JV despite of, crisis.

AIG plans to invest in non-life business also that could be strong position for that company. TATA is still in confusion to choose it’s a reliable partner.

Guarantee Builder Launched by Bharti AXA Life

Posted in life insurance by kishosingh on June 9, 2009

Private life insurance joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and AXA, Bharti AXA Life Insurance, launched an innovative premium guarantee product – Guarantee Builder.

Nitin Chopra who is the CEO of Bharti AXA Life said,

“This premium guarantee product addresses the needs of those traditional and new investors who are wary of market volatility – as is the case currently – but would still like to participate in the Indian growth story.”

Guarantee Builder would be a package for long-term customer to get benefit, as per the Chopra statement. Guarantee Builder will provide customers the benefit of increasing GMV (guaranteed maturity value). It is a first-of-its-kind benefit product to Indian customers.

Economic Times online news paper writes about the premium,

“GMV is the sum of the investment premiums payable over the term of the policy. Guarantee Builder provides customers the comfort of the GMV increasing by 1% each year till it reaches 115% of GMV at maturity.”

Guarantee Builder would be the new guarantee fund to Build & Protect. It will provide customers the option for the long-term to remain invested in equity up to 40%. It gives the flexible option to move out of the guarantee to switch out of Build & Protect Fund.

At the end of the 10th and 15th year a special addition of 2.5% of average policy fund value will be provided customers the benefit of wealth creation over the long-term. Guarantee Builder will provide death benefit of sum assured plus fund value. It would be with sum assured for ten times on the annual investment premium.

Latest news shows that Bharti AXA Life has also plan to invest Rs 100 crore into the life company in the July-September quarter.

Bharti AXA Life has many plan and investment option nearly to the new customers. The company is trying to invest almost all growing industries.

Jivan Anand Life Insurance Policy from LIC and My Experience

Posted in life insurance by kishosingh on February 11, 2009

I have already told you in my previous post about my experience with corporate health insurance. Now, I want to share my own life insurance experience to you. I am 24 years old still I was not insured. Once day, I met with my teacher friend. We were talking with some different topic. Suddenly, we come to the insurance topic. He asked me about my life insurance. I told him that I don’t think about insurance and have not thought over the insurance policy.

Now, he was serious. He begins arguments with me about insurance. He gives one suitable argument that no car and motor bike run on road without insurance then you do you not think about your life insurance? “We also run on road every day then why should we don’t feel about our life insurance?”

After that logic I had no space for arguments. That time I decided to be an insured person. He was an insurance agent actually. That is why he wanted to make me insure. In spite of some reality was there. I asked him to tell me about best policy. He was my friend so he suggested for Jivan Anand Life Insurance of LIC.

He told me that JEEVAN ANAND is unique combination of ’’Whole Life’’ and ’’Endowment’’ policy. By this policy I was able to get an insurance of whole life without paying policy amount.

He told me that if you get a policy of Rs. 1 lakh then you have to pay only premium of Rs. one lakh. After that you will get endowment at the end of the selected term or on end of your life.

He told me about premium also that you are able to pay in term of yearly, half-yearly, quarterly or monthly. I saw an advertisement also nearly about Jivan Anand policy that if you take the policy then your life will be “ANAND HI ANAND”.

Now, I want to ask that let me know Jivan Anand is right for me or is there any other policy which is better for me?