Canara HSBC OBC Life Grow Smart Plan

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Introduction/Overview

The Canara HSBC OBC Life Grow Smart Plan is a whole life Unit Linked Insurance Plan that has the option to pay premiums for a limited time. This policy does not have bonus facility. It helps policyholders to live confidently in the knowledge that they are providing financial security to both their loved ones if they are ever absent from their lives.

Key Features

  • The policy has a choice of five different funds in which policyholders may allocate their investments.
  • The policy provides high life coverage for the whole life of the policyholder.
  • The policyholder has a choice of premium payment term. He or she may choose to pay premiums regularly or for a limited time. Premiums may be paid for only ten years while enjoying coverage for the rest of the policyholder’s life.

Benefits

  • In the unfortunate event of the demise of the policyholder, the nominee receives a Death Benefit.  The Death Benefit payable is the higher of:
  1. The Fund Value, or
  2. The Sum Assured minus any partial withdrawals, or
  3. 105% of the premiums paid.
  • Based on the customer’s risk appetite, there is a choice of five Unit Linked Funds for investment.
  • Loyalty Additions are made from the end of the fifteenth policy year.
  • Liquidity is available in the form of partial withdrawals that are allowed after the first five policy years are completed. The minimum amount for partial withdrawals is Rs. 10000.
  • Tax benefits are available on the premium paid and Death Benefit as per sections 80(C) and 10 (10D) of the Income Tax Act.

Product Specification:

 

Minimum

Maximum

Entry Age of the Life Assured (Last Birthday)

7 years

65 years

Maturity Age (Last Birthday) of the Life Assured

-

99 years

Policy Term (PT) in years

Whole Life

Premium Paying Term (PPT) in years

10 years

99 – Entry Age

Premium Paying Frequency

Annual

Annual Premium

Rs. 25000

No limit

Sum Assured

Age less than 45 = 0.5 X T X Annual Premium (T = 70 – Age at entry)

 

Age more than 45 = 7 X Annual Premium

No limit

 Details About Premium

Benefit illustration for 40 year old male. Sum Assured = 15 X Annual Premium. Premium payment Term of 20 years.

Annual Premium (Rs.)

Sum Assured (Rs.)

Fund Value at the end of 20 years assuming Gross Investment Return of

4%

8%

30000

450000

18,26,764

45,66,911

75000

1125000

1,26,46,926

3,16,17,315

100000

1500000

6089214

4,21,56,420

250000

3750000

1,53,16,260

10,55,20,948

500000

7500000

3,09,06,208

21,16,44,464

Policy Details

Grace Period: The policy gives policyholders thirty days to pay all due premiums The policy will acquire a “Discontinued” status if payment is not made within the applicable timeframe.

Policy Termination or Surrender Benefit: If the policy is surrendered before the completion of 5 years, then the insurance cover ceases, and the Fund Value will be transferred to the Discontinued Policy Fund. Proceeds from this will be payable only after the fifth policy anniversary. In case of the death of the Life Assured during this period, only the accumulated fund value will be payable to the nominee. After completing five policy years, if it is surrendered, then there is no Surrender/Discontinuance Charges, the Fund Value is paid to the policyholder, and the policy will terminate immediately. If the policy is not reinstated within the revival period, the policy is terminated. Termination of the policy also occurs on payment of the Death Benefit. The policy will also automatically terminate if at any time the Fund Value falls below or become equal to one year’s regular premium because of poor market performance. In that case, the Fund Value is paid to the policyholder.

Free Look Period: Policyholders have a limited free look period of 15 days from the date of receiving policy documents to review the policy. If the policyholder does not wish to continue with the policy, then he or she can cancel the policy. The customer will receive the Fund Value plus the unallocated premium minus a proportionate premium for the risk borne by the company, including as any extra expenses, such as towards a medical examination or stamp duty charges.

Inclusions

  • Policyholders may opt to change the allocation of future premiums with the Premium Redirection facility.
  • The policyholder may switch between the five unit-linked funds at any point of time during the policy term. The minimum amount that can be switched is Rs. 10000.
  • The policyholder may increase or decrease the Sum Assured as per their changing life coverage. This change can be done from the sixth policy year onwards.

Additional Features or Riders

  • The revival of a lapsed or discontinued policy is possible if the policyholder submits a request for reinstatement within a timeframe of two years from the date of the first unpaid premium and pays all due premium.
  • The policyholder and the Life Insured can be two different individuals. However, all benefits in this policy are linked to the Life Insured. If the policyholder dies during the policy term, the Life Insured or the guardian of the Life Insured has to take responsibility for the premium payment. If premiums are not paid because of the death of the policyholder, the policy may be discontinued.
  • Various charges apply to this policy. They are as follows:
  1. Premium Allocation Charge, which is deducted from the Premium paid by the customer. The balance is invested in the investments chosen by the policyholder
  2. Policy Administration Charge is deducted at the start of each month.
  3. Fund Management Charges are deducted daily while calculating the NAV of the funds.
  4. At the beginning of each month, Mortality Charges are deducted by the cancellation of units from the fund value.
  5. Switching Charge – There is a limit of six free switches allowed in a single policy year. Subsequently each switch is charged at Rs. 250 per switch.
  6. Partial Withdrawal Charge – The first four partial withdrawals are free, while subsequent withdrawals are charged at Rs. 250 per withdrawal.
  7. Miscellaneous Charge is there for medical examination expenses in case of an increase in the Sum Assured.
  8. A Discountenance Charge is levied on policies that are discontinued before the end of the lock-in period of the first five years.

Exclusions

  • The term insurance cover is void if the person insured, whether sane or insane at the time, commits suicide within one year from the start of the policy cover. The company will refund the Fund Value as on the date of death.

Documents Required

The policyholder has to fill up an ‘Application form ’with identity proof, bank account proof, address proof and a recent photograph. Select cases may require income proof and medical examination.