With the tax treatment of endowment plans changing recently, we take a look at whether there is any merit left in buying one of these plans.
Episode 08 of the Prime Podcast
Understanding the tax change for life insurance policies brought about by Budget 2023 via the recent CBDT guideline.
This policy does not have sub-limits and co-payments, contributing to more comprehensive coverage compared to competitors.
Sometimes health insurers provide similar policies that are difficult to differentiate. It is the finer points of the policies that make the difference. An example here is HDFC Optima Restore and Optima Secure.
We at PrimeInvestor, recommend reinforcing your insurance arsenal with a critical illness cover in addition to a hospitalization plan in order to secure your finances against medical emergencies. We have covered what you should look for when shopping for a critical illness cover in our earlier article titled ‘What to look for in a critical illness health plan’. We have also shortlisted a few critical illness covers in the market based on these criteria and reviewed them in detail.
The plans we have reviewed so far are:
Activ Secure Critical Illness Plan by Aditya Birla Health Insurance,
Criti Care policy by Bajaj Alianz General Insurance,
IFFCO Tokio’s Critical Illness Benefit Policy and
Star Critical Illness Multipay Insurance Policy.
Here, we add to this list with our review of Tata AIG’s Criti-MediCare Insurance.
Often, researching for your health insurance doesn’t stop at finding a good insurer and policy. The sub plans, options, and addons under a policy warrant more research to find out the best combination for you and to help you squeeze out the most benefit from your policy. Today, we take up Bajaj Allianz Health Guard, with a wide range of sub-options that can make it better.
With the Budget plugging the tax break on guaranteed income plans from insurers, annuity plans are back in the picture as the go-to option for investors seeking guaranteed payouts after retirement. LIC has recently relaunched its popular deferred annuity plan as New Jeevan Shanti (Plan No. 858).
Let’s see how good the plan is and how it stands against competition in today’s Prime review.
Some of us may be hoarse from shouting about why tax benefits should not be the reason we buy insurance. Shouting notwithstanding, tax treatment remains a key consideration when buying insurance of almost any sort and this is what we look at in this article.
There are two points in time when the tax aspect will have to be kept in mind:
First at the time of premium payment
Second, at the time of a payout in the form of a claim being met or maturity benefits being paid out.
In September 2022, LIC launched a new pension product. LIC’s New Pension Plus – LIC’s NPP(plan number: 867) with features similar to NPS. In the case of NPS, the default retirement age is 60. But in the case of LIC’s NPP, you can choose the policy maturity age and this can be as early as 35. So, does the LIC’s NPP score over NPS? Let’s find out!
To secure your finances against health emergencies, Primeinvestor recommends combing a hospitalization plan with a critical illness cover. Our earlier article has discussed ‘What to look for in a critical illness health plan’ in detail. We subsequently shortlisted a few critical illness covers, from which we reviewed Activ Secure Critical Illness Plan by Aditya Birla Health Insurance, Criti Care policy by Bajaj Alianz General Insurance and IFFCO Tokio’s Critical Illness Benefit Policy. Here, we review the Star Critical Illness Multipay Insurance Policy. We think this plan has a good structure without being over-complicated.