Life insurance: All you ever wanted to know

Sep 17 2013, 16:39 IST
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Life insurance doesn't have to be complicated, and there are lots of ways we can help you make the right choice. Reuters Life insurance doesn't have to be complicated, and there are lots of ways we can help you make the right choice. Reuters
SummaryHere's a handy reckoner to help you choose the right plan.

time you have to attain the financial goal you are planning for – If you have a mammoth capacity for taking investment risks and your financial horizon is over 10 years, you may choose ULIPs with an equity bias. These policies are subject to market risks and they allocate your premium amounts in equity and debt depending on the type of funds you choose ranging from equity, debt and balanced fund depending upon you risk profile.

For the risk averse, traditional plans make the most sense. For instance, if you are a parent of a growing child, a single plan may not serve the purpose of providing for your dependents. You will need a plan for their future needs as well and something specific for the child's education needs. A combination of products works the best. Likewise, you may initially have a policy with no additional cover for disability due to illness or accidents, but later in life you may feel the need for such a cover.  

Should I throw in a cover that includes various untoward incidents that may happen?

Policies with such a cover, say for disability or critical illness, are often viewed as ‘expensive’. Some see it as money spent on policy features they hope or think they will never use. Yet without adequate insurance, you run the risk of financial disaster should anything untoward happen to you. The key is to buy the right type of insurance with the right amount of cover at the right time. Don’t get sidetracked by anything – match the right insurance cover for the right stages of your life.

Make it a habit to review your life insurance needs and change your life insurance cover whenever there is a change in the financial situation, such as a rise in your income or a rise in financial responsibility by way of an additional family member or the need to take care of aging parents or a large house loan. Each of these situations calls for review of insurance cover to ensure you are adequately covered at all times with the right insurance policy.

Here’s to a more empowered and insurance savvy you.

By Anisha Motwani,

Director and Chief Marketing Officer

Max Life Insurance

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