Unit Linked Insurance Plans or ULIPs have always been the first preference of retail investors with low risk appetite. While all investment instruments have some pros and cons, ULIPs are considered among the best in terms of costs, returns, safety, transparency, flexibility and taxability of income. Post 2010, ULIPs got improved over the years. Now, ULIPs are offered by almost all insurance providers in India.
Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance has recently launched their latest ULIP product – Wealth Ultima. It is a type-1 ULIP product. Let us first discuss the difference between Type-1 and type-2 ULIP products. The main difference lies in the maturity benefits offered by the plans. Under type-1 ULIPs, the policyholder receives either the fund value or the maturity sum assured (whichever is higher). On the other hand, under Type-2 ULIPs, the policyholder receives both the fund value and the sum assured.
Now, let’s have a look at the various features of unit linked investment plan and benefits offered under Edelweiss tokio Wealth Ultima Plan.
Let’s now briefly discuss the several benefits offered by the plan. The maturity benefits are offered in both lump sum and instalments. There are two types of death benefits available – one in which the highest of the fund value or the sum assured or 105% of total premiums paid is offered as the death benefit. In the other, the highest of the top-up fund value or top-up sum assured and 105% of total premiums paid are offered as the death benefit. Moreover, one of the most important benefits of investing in ULIPs is that it offers income Tax exemption up to Rs. 150000/-
The structure of this new ULIP is very comprehensible. The premiums you pay get invested in the funds of your choice, after a certain amount of deduction of charges. There are some one-time charges while some charges are deducted every year. For example, the charge for premium allocation is deducted from the premium every year. However, the percentage of deduction keeps changing. For example, in the first year, it is 6%, from the second year till the fifth year, it is 4 %, and thereafter no charges are deducted till the end. Other charges include the fund management charge, which is 1.35% and mortality charge that depends on factors such as your age at the time of entry etc. For the first five years, the policy administration charge is 1.65% of the annual premium.
Let’s take an example to make it sound clearer. Say you are a 35 years old and you have bought a ULIP plan for a life cover of 20 years. So, for twenty years, the amount of premium you will have to pay will be Rs.43.50 lakh and you will get a return of at least 6.93% on your invested asset.
The structure of this plan includes investment strategies such as systematic Money Plan, Systematic Transfer and Systematic Withdrawals, which are ideal for customers who are confident enough to invest on their own without the help of a financial advisor. However, if you want a high level of flexibility, ULIPs are not ideal for you. But, this product is one of the most cost-effective ULIP as the loyalty additions help reduce the overall cost or charge of the plans. However, one thing you should keep in mind that is, ULIPs are front-loaded bundled products, so portability will be a challenge. Understanding the plan thoroughly before understanding is also very important. Though ULIPs are quite transparent in structure, but going through the fine prints of the plan carefully is required to decide whether you should buy this plan or not.
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