LIC’s SIIP (852) – Unit Linked Plan – Monetize market opportunity

(Last Updated On: March 3, 2020)

LIC has introduced SIIP -Plan 852-(Systematic Investment Insurance Plan) with effect from 2nd March 2020. The intention is to provide an opportunity for the customers to monetize the investment opportunities provided by the market. LIC has decided to launch the product at a time when its non-linked insurance business performance has been excellent with more than 70 % market share. And the public sector insurance behemoth looks for sealing the lacunae in the market-linked policies sector with the launch of  SIIP (852) and Nivesh Plus (849)

SIIP – Plan 852 is a ‘Regular Premium, Unit Linked, Individual life insurance plan’ which offers insurance cum investment opportunities during the term of the policy. The plan is available offline as well as online.

SIIP (Systematic Investment Insurance Plan)- Plan 852 - Key features

Minimum Premium
Premium ModeYearlyHalf YearlyQuarterlyMonthly
Minimum Premium40,00022,00012,0004,000
LIC SIIP Premium payment

Regular premium Unit Linked Plan

Premium paid on a regular basis as per the mode chosen by the customer

Nivesh Plus

Refund of Mortality Charge

Mortality charges deducted to provide insurance cover shall be refunded at the time of maturity

LIC SIIP Guaranteed Additions

Eligible for Guaranteed Additions

Guaranteed additions shall be added and converted to units at pre-defined specific intervals.

Basic Sum Assured
AgeFor Age below 55 yearsFor age 55 years and above
Condition10 times Annualized Premium7 times the Annualized premium

LIC's SIIP - Plan 852 - How it works...

The term can be chosen anywhere between 10 to 25 Years.

The amount and premium mode decided by the customer.​

Insurance coverage will be 7 times if age is above 55 and 10 times for others.

Premium paid is converted to units as per the unit price on the date of payment.

Guaranteed Additions added to the policy at specific intervals and is converted to units.

Mortality Charges (to provide insurance coverage) and other charges deducted at regular intervals.

Fund value available as on date is paid, if the policyholder decide to surrender the policy (after the lock-in period of 5 years).

On death during the term of the plan, the higher of, sum assured or the fund value (less partial withdrawals in last 2 years) shall be paid.

On surviving the term of the policy, mortality charges deducted + fund value available is paid as maturity benefit.

Benefits payable under the policy

Death Benefit

Date of Commencement of Risk
AgeAge at entry less than 8 yearsAge at entry more than 8 years
ConditionThe risk will commence either of completion of 2 years from the date of commencement of policy or policy anniversary coinciding with or immediately following the completion of 8 years of age whichever is earlier.Risk will commence immediately from the date of commencement of the policy.

An amount equal to the unit fund value shall be payable.

An amount equal to the highest of the following shall be payable.

  1. Basic Sum Assured (less partial withdrawals in the last two years); or
  2. Unit Fund Value; or
  3. 105% of the total premiums received(less partial withdrawals in the last two years).

Maturity Benefit

On Life Assured surviving the term of the policy, an amount equal to the Unit Fund value will be payable.

Refund of Mortality Charge

On the life assured surviving the stipulated date of maturity, an amount equal to the total amount of mortality charges deducted in respect of life insurance cover shall be payable along with the maturity benefit.

Mortality charge refund will not be applicable for discontinued or paid up policies and while surrendering a policy.

Guaranteed Additions

Guaranteed additions as a percentage of one annualized premium as mentioned in the table below shall be added to the Unit Fund on completion of specific durations of policy years shall be paid, provided, the policy is in force.

End of policy yearGuaranteed additions (% of annualized premium)
65%
1010%
1515%
2020%
2525%

LIC's SIIP - Investment Funds Available

Fund TypeInvestment in Government/Government Guaranteed Securities/Corporate DebtShort -term Investments such as money market instrumentsInvestment in listed equity sharesObjectiveRisk Profile
Bond FundNot less than 60%Not more than 40%NilTo provide relatively safe and less volatile investment option mainly through accumulation of income through investment in fixed income securitiesLow risk
Secured FundNot less than 45% and not more than 85%Not more than 40%Not less than 15% and not more than 55%To provide steady income through investment in both equities and fixed income securitiesLower to medium risk
Balanced FundNot less than 30% and not more than 70%Not more than 40%Not less than 30% and not more than 70%To provide balanced income and growth through similar proportion investment in both equities and fixed income securitiesMedium risk
Growth FundNot less than 20% and not more than 60%Not more than 40%Not less than 40% and not more than 80%To provide long term capital growth through investment primarily in equitiesHigh Risk

Switching of funds

The policyholder can switch between any fund types mentioned above during the policy term. On switching, the entire amount is switched to the new fund opted for. During a given policy year 4 switches will be allowed free of charge and subsequent switchings will have a fixed charge of Rs. 100 per switch.

Read more: Fund switching techniques for ULIP policies – Guide

LIC's SIIP - Premium and benefit calculator

Online Premium and Benefit calculator provided below can help you to understand the benefit pattern of the plan easily. You can give the expected growth rate and get the approximate returns at the provided growth rate.

LIC's SIIP (ULIP Plan 852) -Charges applicable

Premium Allocation Charge

This is the percentage of the premium appropriated towards charges from the premium received and the balance amount is used to purchase the units of the policy.

Premium Allocation Charges (% of premium)
YearOffline SaleOnline sale
First Year8.00%3.00%
2nd to 5th Year5.50%2.00%
Thereafter3.00%1.00%

Mortality Charge

Mortality charge is the cost of insurance cover and will be taken at the beginning of each policy month by canceling the appropriate number of units. Mortality charge will depend on the sum at risk, which is the higher of (1)Basic Sum Assured (in-force policies)/Paid up sum assured(reduced paid-up policies) (2) Unit Fund value (3) 105% of all premium paid -(Minus) Unit fund value.

Example of Mortality Charges
AgeChargeAgeCharge
100.55506.18
201.116014.42
301.327032.32
402.258075.70

Fund Management Charges

Fund Management Charge
FundCharge applicable
Bond Fund, Secured Fund, Balanced Fund, Growth Fund1.35% of unit fund per year
Discontinued  Policy Fund0.50% of unit fund per year

This is the charge levied as a percentage of the value of assets for managing the funds under the policy.

Discontinuance Charges

This charge will be levied by canceling the appropriate number of units out of unit fund value as on the date of discontinuance of the policy.

Year of discontinuationAnnualized premium(AP) up to Rs.50,000Annualized premium (AP) above Rs.50,000
1Lower of 20% of AP or PV subject to a maximum of Rs.3,000Lower of 6% of AP or PV subject to a maximum of Rs.6,000
2Lower of 15% of AP or PV subject to a maximum of Rs.2,000Lower of 4% of AP or PV subject to a maximum of Rs.5,000
3Lower of 10% of AP or PV subject to a maximum of Rs.1,500Lower of 3% of AP or PV subject to a maximum of Rs.4,000
4Lower of 5% of AP or PV subject to a maximum of Rs.1,000Lower of 2% of AP or PV subject to a maximum of Rs.2,000
5 and on wardsNilNil

4 thoughts on “LIC’s SIIP (852) – Unit Linked Plan – Monetize market opportunity

  • March 1, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    Sir,
    What is the meaning and purpose of premium allocation charge and why LIC charges this at such high rates (3% of 40k=1200Rs for online plan)?

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    • March 2, 2020 at 11:45 am
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      All the premium amounts excluding the charges are invested in the market and the insurance company cannot touch that amount. All the expenses and the profit of the company should come from the charges alone. The rate you mentioned is applicable for the first year only. Thereafter it comes down to 1% from third year onwards. If you take the average allocation rate for the entire period it will be close to 1% only and that makes sense.

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  • March 14, 2020 at 1:31 pm
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    Sir
    The company charges 2% from 2nd to 5th year as premium allocation charges as seen above and not 1% as you suggested. They also charge 1.35% as fund management charge every year which will increase in rupee terms every year as the fund value increases and it is equivalent to any other mutual fund which is fair enough. So then why they have separate premium allocation charge?

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    • March 15, 2020 at 3:21 pm
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      Generally, ULIP charges are higher than mutual fund charges. If you go through the plan of any company it holds true. Well, I regret the mistake in my earlier comment. What I meant to say was the charges come down to 1% after the fifth year.

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