Thursday, August 11, 2011

Group Insurance

Group insurance offers life insurance protection under group policies to various groups such as employers-employees, professionals, co-operatives, weaker sections of society. Group insurance plans have low premiums. Such plans are particularly beneficial to those for whom other regular policies are a costlier proposition. Group insurance plans extend cover to large segments of the population including those who cannot afford individual insurance. A number of group insurance schemes have been designed for various groups. These include employer-employee groups, associations of professionals like doctors, lawyers, chartered accountants etc.

Group insurance coverage is seen as a major perk for employees from their employers. The premium payments are usually deducted automatically from the pay itself. Some companies will absorb the entire cost of the policy as a benefit for employees. The main advantages of the group insurance schemes are low premium and simple insurability conditions. Premiums are based upon age combination of members, occupation and working conditions of the group.

A major feature of group insurance is that the premium cost on an individual basis may not be risk-based. Instead it is the same amount for all the insured persons in the group. Another distinctive feature is that under group insurance a person will normally remain covered as long as he or she continues to work for a certain employer and pays their insurance premiums. This is different from the individual insurance policy where the insurance company often has the right to reject the renewal of a person's policy, depending on his risk profile.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Life Insurance: Endowment Policy

An endowment policy covers risk for a specified period. At the end of this policy the sum assured is paid back to the policyholder along with the bonus accumulated during the term of the policy. An endowment life insurance policy is designed primarily to provide a living benefit and only secondarily to provide life insurance protection. Therefore endowment policy is more of an investment than a whole life insurance policy. Endowment life insurance pays the face value of the policy either at the insured's death or at a certain age or after a number of years of premium payment. Endowment policy is an instrument of accumulating capital for a specific purpose and protecting this savings program against the saver's premature death.
Premium on endowment policies is payable for the full term of the endowment policy unless, the insurer dies earlier. When compared to whole life insurance policies, the premium rates for endowment policies are higher and the bonus rates lower. But one of the major attractions of endowment policies is that they provide a return on premium payments when the policy comes to an end. The endowment received at the maturity of the policy can be used for buying an annuity policy to generate a monthly pension for the whole life.
Endowment policies are one of the most popular insurance plans today. It not only provides financial risk cover in case the insurer's premature death but the insurance amount is also repaid once this risk is over.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Children's Life Insurance

Children’s Life Insurance is a tool many families use to give their children a financial foundation that they can draw upon when they are older. Children’s life insurance will cost you lowest as rates rise with age. The low rates make whole life insurance affordable for almost everyone. Because whole life premiums are locked in at the beginning, they will never increase with the child’s age, regardless of whatever health issues may arise. So this could be looked up as good investment and security.