New insurance product

New insurance product
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First Published: Mon, Jun 18 2007. 12 37 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Jun 18 2007. 12 37 AM IST
Realizing that Indians prefer short pays, Birla Sun Life Insurance has launched a life insurance product where you need to pay a premium only for three years. Life insurance policies generally have a lock-in period of 7-10 years.
The product, Gold Plus Plan, also offers the option of reducing your premium amount from the first year onwards. It is a unit-linked insurance plan under which your premium money is invested in the stock markets.
Other features
Premium:Even if you reduce the premium amount from the first year, there will be no lowering of the assured sum. You can start your policy with a minimum annual pay of Rs10,000.
Fund offer:You can choose from seven kinds of funds that decide the proportion of exposure in equity and debt instruments. You can also change the allocation into the various funds any time during the term of the policy. The seven funds are— Assure, Protector, Builder, Enhancer, Creator, Magnifier and Maximiser.
Eligibility:Individuals between 18 and 70 years of age are eligible for the policy.
Tax benefits: You will get tax benefits under Section 80 C and Section 10 (10D) of the Income-Tax Act.
Top-up premium:You can increase your fund whenever you have additional savings prior to the maturity of the policy. The minimum top-up premium is Rs5,000.
Policy charges
Premium allocation charge:This is the percentage of the premium appropriated towards charges from the premium received. The balance, known as allocation rate, constitutes that part of the premium which is utilized to purchase units for the policy. For the first year, allocation charges are 8% for the policyholder and for the second and third year, 4%.
Fund management charge:This is the charge levied as a percentage of the fund value. Under this head, the company will cut 1.5% of the fund value every year.
Policy administration charge: The policy has a high administration charge. For the first three years, it is 18.4%. If you want to continue the policy for the fourth year, the rate is 14.4%.
Mortality charge:This is the cost of insurance cover. As you grow old, the mortality charge increases. It is age-specific and will be deducted every month. For instance, for a 25-year-old person, the mortality charge is 1% while for 65-year-old person, it is as high as 21%.
Surrender charge:If you plan to surrender your policy before three years, the surrender charges are 15%, 12.5% and 10% for first, second and third years, respectively. From the fourth year, the surrender charge will be zero. But, in case of surrender in the first three policy years, the benefits will be paid out only after the third policy year.
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First Published: Mon, Jun 18 2007. 12 37 AM IST