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Buy a term plan or invest in FDs for a constant stream of income

Name of the product: Bharti AXA Life Insurance Co. Ltd’s Monthly Income Plan.

business Updated: Jul 08, 2011 21:10 IST

Name of the product: Bharti AXA Life Insurance Co. Ltd’s Monthly Income Plan.

What is it?
It is a traditional policy that guarantees a monthly income for a certain period during the policy term.

What do you get
Depending on the monthly income you want, you pay a premium for a limited term. Once you have paid all due premiums, you get a monthly income for the rest of the term.
The policy also gives a reversionary bonus depending on the performance of the insurance fund every year. This is calculated as a percentage of the total monthly income chosen by you on a simple interest basis and is paid on maturity. In case of the policyholder’s death, the reversionary bonus accumulated till then is paid upfront as a lump sum. Subsequently, the monthly payout starts immediately. For example, in a policy with a term of 15 years, the premium-paying term is seven years and you get monthly income for eight years. However, if the insured person dies in the third year, the monthly payouts will start immediately for the next eight years only.

What’s special
If you choose a term of 15 years and monthly income of at least Rs 5,000, you get a discount of up to 2% on your premium. However, over 25 years and 30 years and for a monthly income of at least Rs 3,000, the premium discount is up to 4%. The exact discount will depend on your age and gender.

What’s the cost
According to the brochure, for a monthly income of Rs 3,000 for eight years, a 30-year-old needs to pay an annual premium of Rs 33,324 for seven years over a 15-year term. This comes to a return of just 2.69% that is guaranteed. However, if you build in the non-guaranteed benefits, then assuming a gross return of 6%, your net return comes to 3.96%; on a 10% gross return, the net return comes to 6.62%.

Our take
If you are looking for a stream of income, the guaranteed return of 2.69% is poor. You can do better buying a term plan or investing in fixed deposits.