Smart Money: HDFC Life’s Click2Invest ulip could be a game-changer

fe Bureau Posted online: Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 0000 hrs
If you are net-savvy and can actively manage your funds, HDFC Life’s Click2Invest, a unit-linked insurance plan (Ulip), could be a game-changer for you. One has to pay a fund management charge of 1.35% of the fund value, and a mortality charge depending on the age of the policyholder and the level of the cover. Apart from these two, there are no other charges levied in this policy, usually associated with other Ulips, such as premium allocation, policy administration and policy discontinuance. The online plan comes with a bouquet of eight different investment options — equity plus, equity diversified, blue chip, opportunities, balanced, income, bond and conservative funds. Policyholders will have the flexibility to switch funds four times each policy year without any charges, and subsequent switches will attract a charge of R250 per switch or just R25 if the policyholder executes it through the company’s web portal. Premiums can be paid through single, quarterly, half-yearly or even monthly modes, like one does in a systematic investment plan of a mutual fund. The term of the policy ranges from 5 to 20 years for age group of 0-65 years. Partial withdrawal to meet financial emergencies are allowed after the mandatory five-year lock-in. The policyholder can revive a discontinued policy within two years from the date of discontinuance, subject to payment of dues and unpaid premium. If one surrenders before the lock-in, the insurer will move the fund value to the discontinued policy fund, and it will be paid out to the policyholder after the lock-in. However, one cannot avail any loan by pledging the policy.

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Deutsche MF launches fixed maturity plan

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