ULIP Investment Plan to Manage Your Wealth


“How can I get rich?” “What is the easiest way to grow my money?” These are the questions that often run through your mind from time to time. But often, you fail to find a prompt answer to this.

However, the answer to the first question can be “Grow your money and you will become rich.” But what about the other question? How can you multiply your money?

Now, this one is a tricky and wily question. Many people believe that by commencing a new business they can grow their money manifold.

But the deal is “It takes money to make more money.”

So, not really having a considerable amount of money to invest in your pristine business, in the beginning, you can begin with investing in the capital market to multiply your money and meet your financial objects.

Investing in equity directly can be risky and perilous and would need a lot of investigation and steady monitoring of market by the one who is investing. However, there are a few other instruments at your disposal in the market that are both hassle-free and risk-free and cater income tax benefits. A few of such investments are Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) funds, Bank Fixed Deposits (FDs) and National Savings Certificates (NSCs), Public Provident Funds (PPFs) and Voluntary Provident Funds (VPFs), Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) etc.

Among all the above-mentioned options and choices, ULIPs are the second in the list, in terms of returns, transparency, flexibility, safety, costs, taxability of income and liquidity, according to the annual assessment report by the ‘The Economic Times’ for 2015.

As per the estimation, in the past three years, returns from the ULIPs have come up to 9.8 per cent. So, let us get acquainted with the ULIPs that are persistently ranking besides some of the best plans for investment in India.

The Spectacular Rise and Fall of ULIPs:

The dawn of Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) was considered to be an avant-garde affair in the Insurance sector. ULIP was Certainly Different, in a lot of ways, from any other available instruments of investment. On the other hand, the lion’s share of ULIP was that it effectuated a fusion between insurance and investment.

There was a time when ULIPs were the highly sold product; however gradually, the popularity of ULIPs started coming down compared to other instruments of investments such as mutual funds etc. Particularly in the year 2008, the major fall was noticed in the market.

A lot of factors contribute to the dramatic fall of ULIP. They were costly and often cannot keep up to cater the expected returns to its investors. Apart from this, the agents were ever-pursuing who drew in approaching consumers into purchasing ULIPs and promised them higher returns and did not disclose the high charges involved. So, a lot of those who were enticed into buying ULIPs were repentant heavily, making it one of the most hated investment products available in the market.

ULIPs rose to esteem again after September 2010 out of the blue, when Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) brought out new bylaws governing this plan of investment. According to the new regulations, ULIPs’ charges got capped, making it easy on the pocket. There was an expansion in the lock-in period from 3 years to 5 years, and the basic sum assured turned out to be 10 times the annualised premiums. These changes made by the IRDA have made them as one of the best plans for investment in India.

Why invest in ULIP?

“There are a number of investment tools, why should I invest in ULIP?” You must be wondering despite being a lot of options to invest why to invest in ULIPs. You are no alone to have this question. A large fraction of people consider buying a term insurance cover for life coverage and put their money in a mutual fund for the creation of wealth, separately. This isn’t a bad idea. However, the problem with the investment in the term plan insurance is that you get no returns if you survive until the policy term ends. Although a huge amount of money is paid to the beneficiary under a term plan only after your demise. You actually enjoy no profit if you invest in a term plan, apart from the tax benefits.

A mutual fund is an ideal investment tool. But it entails huge risks. Also, a mutual fund provides no tax benefits unless you plump for an Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) that is Mutual Fund’s special sub-category with at least 3 years of the lock-in period. So, if you wish to avail liquidity from a mutual fund, you receive no tax benefits.

Keeping all the limitations in mind, many financial confidants, these days, choose ULIP over other investment plans available in the market.

Is it true that ULIPs are actually better than other investment instruments?

Despite being fine similarities between ULIPs and mutual funds in terms of investments, there is a world of difference among the two. ULIP scores more than mutual funds in terms of tax benefits and returns. All the ULIP investors are allowed to enjoy tax benefits both on the sum assured and premiums under Section 80C and 10 (10D).

What’s more, ULIP is such an investment plan that caters life insurance cover also. So, in the case of your unforeseen demise, before the policy term gets completed, the selected beneficiary will get the lump sum assured as the death benefit. However, if you outlive the entire policy term, you will get the fund value as the maturity benefit.

How ULIP works?

ULIP, as already thrashed about, is an investment-cum-insurance plan that possesses all the best gears of both the instruments. One fraction of the premium paid by you is kept for the insurance and the remaining fraction is invested in capital markets.

You are allowed to branch out your assets among various funds reaching out from equities to debts via ULIPs. So, you are allowed to set your own strategy for investment depending on your risk appetite through this sort of investment planning. You are also permitted to freely swap your money from a high-risk fund to low-risk fund and vice-versa as per the market timings. ULIPs are, therefore less perilous as an investment plan.

A few charges might get deducted at the time of entry when you invest in a ULIP. These charges consist of fund management charge, Policy administration charge, mortality charges, surrender charges etc. You are paid back a few of these charges in the form of loyalty bonus, provided you make in investment for minimum 10 years or more.

Winding it up!

ULIP is one of the finest goal-based long-term investment-cum-insurance options. Although it was very high-priced a few years back, it has become relatively affordable, nowadays. Now, an ample number of insurers cater pocket-friendly and reasonable ULIP products, which help you in meeting your financial objectives easily and in quite a short period of time.

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This post was written by yours truly, Jon Elder. My mission is to help you succeed in your personal finance life. Join me on the journey to financial freedom! You can subscribe through RSS FEED or EMAIL updates. You can also find me on TWITTER and FACEBOOK . Happy investing 🙂

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