Insurance Plans Reviews and Articles

College Plan Launched by Max New York Life

Posted in life insurance by kishosingh on February 23, 2011

Recently, Max New York Life launched a traditional money back plan – College Plan. The plan offers bonuses and pays the money back to policyholder at pre-defined stages of the child’s life.

An online news portal about business and economy – economictimes.indiatimes.com, writes about the money back structure of Max New York Life College Plan, “The plan offers guaranteed money back aligned towards your child’s college education. The plan is structured in such a way that the premium payment term is completed during the school days and money-back stage starts at the age of 18, 19, 20 and 21 as the need is the highest at these stages. The insurer will pay back 40% of the sum assured when the child reaches 18 years and 21 years. It will pay the rest (20% of the sum assured) in the middle years of 19 and 20. The insurer’s logic is that the expenses are the highest during the first and the last year of college.”

Further the news portal writes about the reversionary and terminal bonus, “The product is bundled with dual bonuses – reversionary bonus and terminal bonus. Reversionary bonuses are declared every year from the end of the second year onwards. Usually these bonuses, which are compounded, are a certain percentage of the sum assured, which is decided by the insurer. The insurer may also declare a terminal bonus after the 10th policy anniversary as a percentage of reversionary bonuses. But this bonus is payable only once during the policy lifetime.”

The news portal gives an analytical calculation of Max New York Life College Plan, “Let us assume a 35-year-old father buys this plan for a sum assured of Rs 1 lakh for his five-year-old daughter. The base premium works to Rs 9,067 as per the company’s premium table. But since the insurance is on the child’s name, the father has to opt for the rider which gives him an insurance cover and the cost works to Rs 335.88. Further, the company has specified a formula to calculate the premium, which includes an addition of Rs 900 to the base premium. After factoring in all the charges, the premium works to Rs 10,302. Given the child is five-years old, the premium payment term works to 13 years and the total premium outgo for a Rs-1 lakh policy works to around Rs 1,33,937 lakh. Sure, there is a guaranteed pay out of 120% of sum assured. Still, it is an expensive affair.”

So, it is being considered as an expensive affair. In this plan, parents cover has to be bought at an extra cost. It is launched after Traditional Investment Plan with Guaranteed Return by Reliance Life.

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.

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.

Wealth Plus Insurance Policy from LIC

Posted in life insurance by kishosingh on March 16, 2010

Wealth Plus is a new offering of LIC. It is an 8-year fixed-term product. In this plan, LIC guarantees the highest Net Asset Value (NAV) recorded over the first seven years of the policy.

According to the economictimes.indiatimes.com, an online news portal, “Wealth Plus has two options — a single premium one and another plan where premium is payable for the first three years. The minimum annual premium is Rs 40,000 under the single premium option and Rs 20,000 under the 3-year premium paying term. The sum insured is a modest 1.25X the premium for single premium policies and 5X the annualised premium for policies with a 3-year payment term. The insurance cover continues for two years after the term of the policy.”

About the policy LIC states an example – “a 30-year old who invests a single premium of Rs 40,000 can look forward to getting back Rs 64,679 if the fund value appreciates 10% annually. If the appreciation is 6%, he can expect to get back Rs 47,377 at the end of eight years. On the other hand, if the same investor chooses to invest Rs 20,000 for the first three years, he can look forward to getting Rs 91,445 if the fund appreciates 10% and Rs 70,309 if the appreciation is 6%.”

In an analysis, the news portal writes, “In short, the working behind such products is that the highest NAV is assured by shifting assets to debt as timed by the fund manager. The downside is that the fund managers cannot allow spikes in the scheme’s NAV.”

Wealth Plus is the latest offering of Life Insurance Corporation. However, many other private life insurance companies have already launched the same plan in the insurance market.

Recently, Reliance has also launched highest NAV Guarantee Plan. We already have seen Guarantee Builder of Bharti AXA Life also. In this condition, Wealth Plus of LIC is only an insurance plan not a new plan.

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.

Jeevan Nischay Policy is to be launched by LIC

Posted in insurance by kishosingh on October 29, 2009

Recently, Life Insurance Corporation announced to launch Jeevan Nischay policy. It will be single premium granted plan of LIC. Jeevan Nischay policy will be very similar to Jeevan Aastha which was launched last year.

Still, the whole information has not taken place among us but LIC will declare more information about the policy soon. According to the insider’s information, an insurer would have to invest of Rs. 1 lakh for 10 years then he will get a maturity about Rs. 1.7 lakh.

Yield and additional loyalty will be declared soon after the launch of the policy. Jeevan Nischay policy will be sold for limited period till March, 2010.

Jeevan Nischay policy introduces maximum features such as single premium plan and the investment will be linked with to the extent of protection the individual already has purchased.

The ET has written, “According to sources, the main objective of the policy is to tap the maturity benefits offered under an older plan – Bima Gold, which sold more than 1 crore policies when it was launched. Jeevan Aashta had mobilised close to Rs 10,000 crore, as it offered a safe haven of guaranteed returns amidst the turmoil in the market.”

Jeevan Nischay policy will cover “the mandatory five times of the premium amount for the first year of insurance. For subsequent years, the sum insured will be equivalent to the premium paid.” The news was also published in Economic Times.

Till now, one time premium policy has proved its essence. Earlier, we have seen many single premium policies by LIC and Reliance that had gotten good popularity. Now, we can assume about Jeevan Nischay policy and about its effect.

Single premium policy gives insurer independency also. Jeevan Nischay policy will be just like an investment for 10 years with insurance cover that will surly attract customers.