You cannot change a term plan’s specifications after buying it

Published in Mint on Jan 19 2017, Written by Abhishek Bondia   What is an adjustable life insurance plan? Can this be done for a term plan? —Gautam Chopra An adjustable life insurance gives the option of changing the plan’s specifications during the term of a plan. Changes can be made to the sum assured, […]

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Conflicts of interest hurt the business of insurance

Published in Mint on 6 December 2015, Written by Kapil Mehta Businesses deal with conflicts of interest routinely. Most such conflicts are harmless. The worst outcome of a pushy, incentive-driven salesperson is that like P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster you, too, may end up with horrible purple socks never to be worn. In some cases, though, […]

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What is the meaning of Insurance?

What is the meaning of Insurance? The concept of insurance originates from the principle of sharing the risks by a large group to reduce the burden on the few. Insurance also refers to ‘Risk Transfer’ in the language of risk management techniques. Insurance is a legal contract involving two parties, where one party proposes to […]

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What are the different Types of Life Insurance Policies?

Similar to health insurance, life insurance policies are of two types: Individual Life Insurance Group Term Cover Unlike health insurance there is no family life insurance cover, although, there can be joint life covers. Group term cover is a simple term plan which is provided to a large homogenous group of people. Only difference is […]

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76,000 LIC agents call it quits, private insurers add 50,000 agents

Published in Cafemutual on 26th August, 2016 Agent attrition has been an ongoing issue in the life insurance industry. A recent data provided by Life Insurance Council (LIC) shows that around 27000 agents have left the distribution of life insurance policies. LIC is a trade body of the life insurance industry. Surprisingly, state owned LIC […]

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Joint term life policies offer limited advantages

Published in Mint on Aug 2 2016, Written by Abhishek Bondia I am getting married soon. My to-be wife plans to get a term plan after the marriage. Should I buy a combined cover then or an individual plan now? —Ravi Saxena You should buy an individual term life plan now and not wait to buy […]

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Portability is not allowed for life insurance policies

Published in Mint on May 17 2016, Written by Abhishek Bondia Is it possible to change the frequency of premium payments from monthly to annual? —Kaushal Verma Yes. You can change the frequency of premium payment. You would need to place a written request with your insurer for it. Typically, such changes are incorporated on […]

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