|Publication: The Economic Times Mumbai;||Date: Sep 15, 2010;||Section: Personal Finance;||Page: 16|
THERE is a lot of hue and cry from life insurance companies that unit- linked insurance plans (Ulips) are set to lose their charm. I don’t think so, as Ulips will still continue to pay lucrative commissions for the first five years. However, competition seems to be forcing insurance companies to launch traditional life insurance products, as there is no cap on the cost of these products and it will allow life insurance companies to pay very high commissions. Yet again, the life insurance industry seems to be missing the point and the focus will be on products where there will be a higher commission payout.
So what are traditional plans? There are six types of traditional plans: endowment plan, money-back plan, whole-life plan, pension plan, children’s plan and term plan. Except for the term plan, the others are available in Ulips as well. Traditional plans are insurance policies where the policyholder has no control or choice over where the investments will be made, whereas in a Ulip a policyholder has around five to six choices based on different combinations of equity, debt and cash. » Read more..