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When Does Buying A Term Insurance Makes Sense ?


Basically there are just 2 types of life insurance products anywhere in the world, though there are endless variants of both these types :

1.Term Insurance

2.Endowment Plans.

The second kind has a savings/investment component, the first doesn’t.

An oft repeated thumb-rule in the financial advisory trade, is to generally recommend that clients simply buy term insurance for their protection needs and look to mutual funds etc. for their investment needs. Combining protection and investment, according to this school of thought ,leads to sub-par results on both fronts.

My advice is a bit more nuanced. As long as a person can afford it, I recommend certain Endowment Plans, such as the now withdrawn Whole Life Policy of the LIC , over Term Plan+ MutualFunds or Term Plans+ PPF etc. I believe that such plans make for excellent investments returns-wise and tax-wise and allow people to enjoy predictability and stability in their wealth portfolio over many decades. Along with the flexibility to change plans as and when required.

However, I do believe that Term Plans have an extremely important place in one’s finances. Following are situations when you must absolutely opt for Term Plans:

1.If you are a wage/salary earner with a large number of dependents and have no large income from assets or businesses ,no stock-pile of assets that can be cashed in or otherwise tapped to provide for your dependents, the first thing you must do is sit down with a term insurance calculator and figure out just how much money you need to somehow find the money to afford the term insurance you need to provide for your dependants in case of your sad demise. You are ultimately their only hope for a better future.

2.Should you decide to become self-employed, or tap into assets such as your home to borrow the money to set up a business, make certain you have enough Term Insurance to cover your loans and business liabilities, especially if you have not thoroughly segregated your personal and family assets from your business assets.

3.Adequate keyman insurance for personnel crucial to the survival of your business.

4.If you are taking out  huge mortgages to finance home purchases, you can consider a term insurance to cover repayment in case of your demise. However, I find that mortgage insurance/home-loan insurance often works out cheaper and is often available to older people who might no longer be eligible for Term Insurance or larger sum assureds in case of Term Insurance.

So Term Insurance has its time and place in your financial life. Use it wisely as needed.

 

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Thoughts On Bajaj Allianz Life Future Wealth Gain


wealthymatters

Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance ,via their ULIPs offers you a total choice of  8 funds and their combinations.

The newly launched Future Wealth Gain ULIP and its variant Wealth Plus Care , offers you the chance to invest in 8 different funds, including the newly launched fund- Pure Stock Fund II.

Of all these funds which ones do I find attractive ?

-The Bond Fund to hold the money in and the Accelerator Mid Cap Fund II to invest the money in.

And the reasons ? Read more of this post

Life Insurance As An Asset Class


wealthymattersWe all need life insurance to take care of the economic loss to our families in case of our early demise.

In case we are taking on huge debts, it also makes good sense to purchase life insurance of a value high enough to cover them in case of your untimely demise.

However, beyond this, most people don’t bother to dwell on life insurance, because it’s acutely uncomfortable contemplating one’s own mortality and talking of the death of another. Its easy to just purchase a term cover and proceed with investing in say mutual funds.

However, if you can control yourself emotionally and go beyond  common financial dogmas that straightaway class all insurance products as bad and recommend a strict segregation of investment and insurance, you open your mind to the fascinating world of life insurance as an asset class and can start designing your own financial products that give you better returns, safety and control. Think. All insurance products are ultimately about inflows and outflows of money at various times. And only your own knowledge and imagination are limits on what you can build. Who says you can’t combine various insurance products? Or insurance and other financial products in any order? That way the blended rates of return, tax treatment, risk-reward ratio, lock-in periods and greater overall control and ability to make course-corrections are in your control to much greater extents. Read more of this post

Planning For The Best Medical Attention


wealthymattersHumans have not yet found the way to ensure immortality, but the advancements of modern medicine are such that , much of our life expectancy , and the quality of curative and palliative care we receive ,and ultimately our quality of life depends on what medical care we can afford and negotiate to receive.

Here’s how I’d recommend you go about putting in place the system to ensure that you get the best medical care of your choice. So that you are not constrained for lack of money or forced by insurers to pursue treatments that insurers rather than you would prefer.

First take an inventory of your own body, medical history, personal habits, lifestyle and environment to check if you are predisposing yourself to certain diseases. Then take an inventory of the diseases that other members of your family are having to live with or that they have finally succumbed to. These and related diseases are those you yourself are most likely to have to deal with. Read more of this post

Buying Life Insurance – A Balancing Act


wealthymattersThe conventional financial wisdom is that people best serve themselves by purchasing an online term insurance plan and investing the rest of the premium in diversified equity mutual funds. I have a slightly different take on the matter. Let me explain. Many readers have remarked on the difference between my stand and that of other experts.

If you are young, just started working, have little savings, come from a family with little savings, are the sole or main bread-winner of the family and have many dependents, an inexpensive term insurance plan is your best bet. Even as you work towards building wealth, you don’t put your loved ones at the risk of destitution, should something happen to you.

Also if you are older but have to provide for home and children and perhaps have mortgage and car loans etc. outstanding, you’d do well to increase insurance cover via a term plan for the duration of these loans to ensure that in your absence unpaid loans don’t add to your family’s miseries. Read more of this post

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