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Term Life Insurance Policy – five things to know

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Term Life Insurance or Protection Insurance is the cheapest form of Life Insurance available in the market. Term Insurance offer you high-value protection on the occurrence of an unfortunate event and that too at an affordable cost.

Being said that, once you enter the insurance market in search of term plans, the plethora of products and options are likely to confuse you. Furthermore, as you are bound to stick to your purchased term plan for your life, choosing the plan wisely at the time of purchase is of utmost importance.

This article is intended to guide you in selecting your term plan, based on your insurance needs.

Specialties of  term insurance policies

  1. High Insurance coverage
  2. Very low premium
  3. Nil or very low maturity returns
  4. Nil or very fewer savings element in premium
  5. Additional protection options

1. Term Life Insurance Policy- why do you need it?

On studying the general variation of income with age, we can identify certain patterns or trends prevailing in everyone’s life. In the initial years of the career development, income will be low but the need for insurance will be high.

In the initial years of the career, as the purchasing power is low the only possible way to get sufficiently insured is through term Insurance policies.
Even though savings plans are good to accumulate wealth for future needs, the priority has to be given for term insurance in the initial years of the career.

Slowly as the person climbs up the career ladder, his income and purchasing power will increase. So in the later stages of his career, he can afford savings plans, which can provide protection and savings hand in hand.

2. How much term life insurance do I need?

First and the foremost thing to be considered before taking a term insurance plan is to determine the optimum insurance coverage requirement for you. Human Life Value Concept (HLV) developed by S S Hubener is followed throughout the world to quantify the required insurance coverage for any person at any point of time.

InsuranceFunda has created an easy and simple HLV Calculator which can be used to quantify your insurance needs. Click here to open the HLV Calculator.

3. How long do you require term life insurance coverage?

Term Insurance is intended to protect you and your family from unexpected and unfortunate events during your earning period. In other words, ideally, the term assurance should cover your entire income earning period.

For employees, the term insurance should at least cover the service period and can end by the period of retirement. On the other hand, for people with other income sources such as business and agriculture, term insurance period can be fixed in two ways.

  • Need-based coverage
  • Covering debts and liabilities

4. From where I shall get my term life insurance policy?

The prime intention behind purchasing a term insurance plan is to get the insured amount on the unfortunate death of the insured person. And hence, there is no need to add that, getting the claim settled in a prompt and speedy manner is of prime importance. Consequently, the track record of the insurance companies in settling the death claim is really important.

IRDA through its annual report gives a clear idea on the claim settlement ratio of insurance companies of India. Read more on the claim settlement ratio and detailed comparison of insurance companies in India, based on IRDA’s latest report.

Life Insurance Corporation(LIC) of India is setting standards in Claim Settlement by topping the chart with a claim settlement ratio of 98.33%.

Term Insurance Policies from LIC of India

Most popular term life insurance plans in India.

RankName of PolicyInsurance Company
1LIC’s Amulya JeevanLIC of India
2LIC’s e-Term PolicyLIC of India
3HDFC Life Click 2 Protect PlusHDFC Life
4Bajaj Allianz – iSecureBajaj Allianz
5SBI Life – eShieldSBI Life
6LIC’s Anmol JeevanLIC of India
7BhartiAxa Term Plan – eProtectBharatiAxa
8Reliance Online TermReliance Nippon Life
9Max life insurance – Term planMax life insurance
10Aviva I-LifeAviva Life Insurance

5. Term life insurance – online purchase

Of late, owing to the increase in insurance awareness and internet usage among the younger generation, online mode of policy purchase is gaining popularity. As the cost of sale is lower, Insurance companies are passing the benefit to policyholders as a reduction in premium.

Life Insurance Corporation of India has released the online term insurance plan with the name LIC e-Term which cheaper than its offline counterparts.

Most Popular Online Term Plans
RankName of PolicyInsurance Company
1LIC’s e-Term PolicyLIC of India
2HDFC Life Click 2 Protect PlusHDFC Life
3Bajaj Allianz – e Touch Online TermBajaj Allianz
4SBI Life – eShieldSBI Life
5ICICI Pru- iprotect smartICICI Prudential

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Anish L J

Anish L J is a 'Financial Planner' and member of Chartered Insurance Institute(CII), London and Insurance Institute of India. He is also a finance, insurance and software consultant. He thoroughly follows the developments in finance, insurance, and other related sectors.

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