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AI Driven Personalized Life Insurance Premiums; Aye Or Nay ?


wealthymttersThe mortality risk is not the same across different sections of the population.So one of the ways in which life insurance companies have traditionally competed is by restricting their offerings to people who have lower risks of dying early and thus keeping premiums lower and/or bonuses higher.The classic example is the Postal Life Insurance plans of the past that were offered exclusively to government servants vs similar plans of the LIC that were open to all. In more  recent times,insurance companies target the more educated, affluent, urban ,financially successful professional/managerial class with better living standards and access to world-class healthcare.

Insurtech powered by AI can increase the ability of life insurance companies to make fine distinctions in mortality risks, resulting in more risk classes .So one of the merging trends in life insurance is the increasing number of risk classes as insurers seek to better match risk with premiums.Thus in theory, rather than dozens of risk classes, thousands of risk classes or even lakhs of risk classes are possible. In fact if the AI is astute at risk classification, its possible that each policyholder would be in his/her own risk class. In other words, we would have personalized premiums,designed and calculated on a custom basis for each insured person. Read more of this post

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Retirement Planning


wealthymatters.comAge is going to affect all of us differently.Some of us are going to live longer than others and in great good health.And each of us has a different idea of what would be a perfect lifestyle in our old age.Health permitting, there will always be the people who prefer to simply read or garden,others who would travel the world and the few who would pilot jets for fun.Knowing yourself and what you want and knowing your family and what they would prefer is the basis of retirement planning.

Next comes the question of when, if ever, you would like to retire.There are always the people who love what they do and  Buffett – like ‘skip to work’.The’d love to work as long as possible.However there are others who would dutifully eat their vegetables first and then treat retirement as well deserved dessert to be enjoyed at 25,35,40,45…….65 or any other age of their choice.Health and the economy however might force people to cut back irrespective of their wishes. Read more of this post

The Dam Analogy


wealthymatters.comA river and a dam across it is a nice way of visualizing one’s finances.A source of income is like a river.To save a bit of it is like building a dam across the income stream.

In real life dams are used to impound water in times of plenty so that it can be used when water is scarce.Deducting money from a salary cheque to fund one’s pension or investing regularly in a mutual fund  via a SIP , is like holding back water in the time of plenty to use when water is scarce.If a person comes by a windfall,say, by selling a business/ winning a lottery/receiving an inheritance etc. and saves/invests the money safely,it is akin to storing rainwater from a freak shower for use later. Read more of this post

Passive Income


wealthymatters.comOne of the most important takeaways I got from reading Kiyosaki was becoming aware of the fact that there were different types of incomes and that people in different quadrants of the cashflow quadrant earn different types of incomes.The trick then was to earn from as many quadrants as possible and to especially increase my passive sources of income to such an extent that I could live off them only.That would be the day I no longer had to work to keep myself but work because I wanted to.

Here is a list of passive incomes I have stored on my desktop to periodically remind me of the sort of incomes I should be focused on building. Read more of this post

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