Life insurance is a must in today’s world. Modern living is an expensive business, and people have to bear the burden of huge costs like children’s education, EMIs on home loans, healthcare and so on. So it is important for every earning member to have a life insurance policy to protect the financial interests of his or her family. There are many benefits of life insurance policy, which we will look at in this article.
Features of life insurance
Let’s look at the features and advantages of life insurance policy:
- Protection: The first and foremost objective of a life insurance policy is to ensure the financial protection of your family, and this could include dependent parents, spouse, children or siblings. The demise of the sole earning member could put dependents to considerable hardship, especially since cost of living is very high these days. Life insurance gives you the assurance that your family members will be looked after in the event of your untimely demise.
- Contract: Life insurance is basically a contract between the insurers and the individual who takes out the policy. You pay premiums every quarterly/half yearly/yearly to the company. In return, the insurer will give a lump sum to your family in the event of your demise.
- Premiums: Premiums are paid quarterly / half yearly which you need to pay to get life insurance. The amount will vary from person to person, depending on the tenure of the policy, age of the policyholder, health and type of policy.
- Affordable: Life insurance is an affordable way of ensuring the financial well-being of your family. Premiums on policies, particularly term insurance, are quite low and worth your while for the protection they offer.
- Easy to buy: Buying insurance from company is quite easy. Insurance companies have specified persons, who will visit you at your home or office and help you with options and paperwork. You can also do it online at your convenience.
- Tax benefits: Another one of the benefits of life insurance policy is that you can deduct the premiums you have paid from your taxable income. Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.
- Savings: There are some life insurance products that combine savings and insurance. This can be a good way of saving for the future and protecting your family at the same time
Types of life insurance
Now that we’ve seen the essential features of life insurance policy, let’s look at the types:
This is the most basic, and most popular, of life insurance policies. You purchase a policy for a certain period for which you pay premiums. For example, if a policyholder wants a policy till the age of 60, he or she can take one. And if the policyholder passes away before 60, the nominee is paid the death benefits.
Unit-linked Insurance Plan
A Unit-Linked Insurance Plan (ULIP) combines investment with insurance. At the end of the policy, the policyholder gets a certain sum. This is unlike a term plan where the payout is made only on the death of the policyholder. Part of the premium is paid for life insurance, while the remainder is invested in either stocks or bonds, depending on the investor’s risk appetite and investment goals. The investments yield returns which are then given to the policyholder after the end of the policy period