Claim settlement ratio does not matter if your life insurance policy is at least 3-years old!

Claim settlement ratio does not matter anymore from 2015 if your life insurance policy is at least 3-years old because IRDA has amended the section 45 of insurance act  such that any life insurance policy which is at least 3-years old cannot be denied claim  “on the ground of misrepresentation or suppression of a material…

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No insurer will hand life insurance claim amount on a platter!

Do not assume that your insurer will hand out your life insurance amount (term, endowment, ulip etc.) on a platter to your nominee! Deepak Shenoy of capital mind posted about how ICICI Pru Life bitterly fought a claim settlement and delayed it by about 7 years. http://capitalmind.in/2015/07/has-icici-prudential-life-taken-to-fake-doctors-prescriptions-to-avoid-paying-out-claims/ This led to the swift clamour that one should not…

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Notes on Financial Fortification

Life insurance, health insurance, accident insurance and critical illness insurance  are tailor-made fortification products that help a family tackle unpleasant and unexpected developments. Be it expenses due to hospitalization, or loss or decrease  in income due to death, accident or a critical illness.  I refer to them as fortification products because they protect the families…

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Here is why you should not mix insurance and investment

A discussion on why  one should not mix insurance and investment and buy pension plans, endowment plans, moneyback policies or even ULIPs. As far as regular freefincal readers are concerned this post is preaching to the choir. Most of you guys know and understand why insurance and investment should not be mixed. Annoucement: My second book, Gamechanger: Forget Start-ups,…

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Download a do it yourself financial planning guide by Rajesh Dalmia

Rajesh Dalmia a certified financial planner and director of Mandar Learning Academy has authored an impressive do it yourself financial planning guide for investors to understand the basic features of insurance planning and goal-based investing. The guide has four excellent calculation charts that enable one to calculate Necessary life insurance cover Corpus’s needed for retirement,…

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OMG! Just Realized My Insurance Policies are Worthless! What do I do?

Thanks to the untiring efforts of many personal finance bloggers, the message “Don’t mix insurance and investments” is spreading fast and creating awareness.  The message is intended primarily for those who are thinking about buying a pension-plan, child-plan, ULIP, endowment plan etc. but have not yet done so. Unfortunately the message strikes fear and panic…

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