How To Compare Family Health Insurance Plans

wealthymattersIf you’re thinking about taking a family health insurance plan, there are a lot of things you need to consider before buying the right plan for your family. You have the option to choose from a variety of policies but if this is your first time buying an insurance policy, you’re probably not quite sure which one actually suits your needs.

Here’s an entire glossary on health insurance plans that will surely enlighten you on the nuances of procuring the perfect health insurance for your family.

Types of Health Insurance Plans

There are plenty of health insurance plans available in India to help you in times of medical emergencies. You should specifically focus on coverage, premiums, returns and a bunch of other stuff to make the right pick.
Here are the 6 health insurance policies readily available in the Indian insurance policy market: Read more of this post

Free Credit Scores In India

wealthymattersBefore a bank/other financial institute extends a loan to a potential borrower, it needs to take a decision on whether the person would be able to repay the interest and principal or default and how much  risk is involved in lending money to this person. Banks and other financial institutions rely on many factors to take this decision on credit-worthiness – including the person’s income and household income , the person’s other loans and EMIs, the person’s previous repayment history and defaults if any, etc.

In the past, the banks had to collect all this information from a potential borrower before analyzing it. But now, they make use of   credit reports and credit scores. A few years ago, the only credit reports and credit scores available were from CIBIL. At the time, I wrote about interpreting the CIBIL CIR and improving the Credit Score and How a Good Credit Score improves one’s chances of securing a loan on better terms. Link. Link.Link. Read more of this post

Effects Of Smoking On Health Insurance Premium


The visibility percentage of the omnipresent warning on all cigarette boxes — “Smoking is injurious to health” — has been increased from 40% to 85% in India, with effect from April 1, 2015. This stringent measure by the government is indicative of the rise in the percentage of major diseases due to smoking. Apart from being the root-cause of 30% of all cancer deaths, smoking has other serious perils — causative factor of 80% of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), 16-times higher risk of heart-attack, impotency or reduced fertility in men and decreased chances of conception, or eventual miscarriage among women. These are only a few of the many ailments triggered and enhanced by smoking.
If you think smoking only severely affects your health, well, the shocker is, it affects your pocket even worse! The material damage caused by smoking is to make you pay higher premiums for your health insurance. The rate of premium for smokers is 56% more than the non-smokers! Non-smokers even receive discounts or incentives from health insurance companies as against smokers who have to pay higher premiums due to raised health risks and shorter life expectancy.

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Food For Thought

wealthymattersSince 2000, over 61,000 high net worth individuals – all dollar millionaires – have relocated outside India. The millionaires who left India vastly outnumber the number of people declaring incomes above Rs 1 crore annually – just about 43,000.

Dodging A Haircut

wealthymattersThere are always going to be ants and grasshoppers. Unfortunately, after the grasshoppers have partied a country to the brink,on the day of reckoning, the ants will pay the price, for the grasshoppers have nothing to pay with. Savers pay when governments keep interest rates artificially low, savers pay when inflation eats away at the value of their savings and savers pay when currencies are devalued. It is harder for prudent ants to influence governments and society because saving and investing, to progress in an orderly manner, over a period of time is so unsexy. It is far easier to fall for the glamourous visions of grasshoppers that involve great expenses today, often borrowed, to ensure a many great parties tomorrow, that will be no big deal to pay for, given greater earnings in future.

The only recourse left to ants is to disconnect from the dominant ideas of the day and continue doing what their good sense tells them to do. And one skill that they had better cultivate, is to side-step the force that governments of grasshoppers can legitimately bring to bear. Read more of this post


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