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Will a life insurance claim be denied if the insured died in an accident where he was the driver without a valid driver's license or valid vehicle insurance? Thanks to a question by Ganapathy Krishnan at Facebook group, Asan Ideas for Wealth, I was able to obtain an authoritative answer to this question from the insurance ombudsman case files.

I am not one to beat around the bush. So the answer to the question is, NO, the life insurance claim will not be denied if the driver met with an accident without a valid drivers license and/or vehicle insurance. read more


Everyone wishes they were a crorepati and this seems apparent from the sum insured chosen for a  term life insurance policy! Why is everyone buying a "one crore" policy? Because it is a large sum? One followed by seven zeros (ten million) is just a number. It may or may not be the right number for your family. Here is why it is important to calculate to the life insurance policy cover you need before you purchase a term life insurance policy. read more


Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1748 that Time is Money in a note titled "Advice to a Young Tradesman”. This can be used in multiple ways and in this post, I use it to explain an important idea known as the Time Value of Money. Shall try to follow it up with other examples in future posts.

Journalist Yogita Khatri did an article for ET Wealth as to why traditional life insurance plans should be avoided (link below) that includes my inputs.  I expand on some of the numbers provided to her. read more


The charges associated with a Unit linked Insurance Plan (ULIP) can significantly impact the returns from the policy. A two-part discussion on ULIPS: first how charges reduce returns and then a category-wise study of ULIP returns and how to compare them with mutual funds.

This post is entirely due to an interesting thread started by Guru Rudagi at Facebook group Asan Ideas for Wealth with key comments from Ramesh Mangal (one of my personal finance influencers) and Butan Mohapatra who took the trouble of sending me his ULIP statement with a detailed explanation. read more


Here are some must-know facts about accident insurance policies in India that a buyer should be aware of. An accident insurance policy is one that provides

  • 100% of sum insured in case of accidental death,
  • 100% -50% of sum insured in case of permanent total disablement (eg. loss of both limbs, both eyes, both feet)*
  • Anywhere between 70% to 5% of sum insured in case of permanent partial disablement (loss of one limb, one eye …)*
  • About 1% of the sum insured for about 100 weeks (or so*) in case of temporary but TOTAL disablement.

(*) These features change from insurer to insurer.

Although inexpensive, accident insurance policies are not “simple” products. Here are some must-know facts about accident insurance policies in India.

Definition of an accident

An accident is a sudden, unforeseen and involuntary event caused by external and visible and violent means.  – Individual Personal Accident Policy Prospectus United India Insurance. read more