How to choose a ULIP that works best for you
The wide range of ULIPs available in the market might make it difficult for a consumer to choose the correct ULIP. However if you were to follow a few simple steps choosing the right ULIP can be a smooth process.
- Understand the concept of ULIPs thoroughly
Do your homework well and read as much as you can about ULIPs as you can before investing. Read the literature available on ULIPs on the web sites and brochures circulated by insurance companies. This will help you know the benefits and structure of the ULIP.
- Focus on your requirements and risk profile
Identify a plan that is best suited for you keeping in mind your risk appetite. In case you have a high-risk appetite, opt for a more aggressive fund option (an option that invests higher percentage in equities) and vice versa.
- Understand the peculiarities of the plan
Understand all the charges levied on the product over its tenure, not just the initial charges. A complete charge structure would include the initial charges, the fixed administrative charges, fund management charges and mortality charges.
- Examine the performance of the plan:
Compare the performance of the plan with benchmark indices like BSE Sensex or Nifty in the past two or three years to get a better idea about the performance. Ensure that you can easily get information about your NAV when you need it. Thoroughly understand the flexibility and redemption conditions of an ULIP.
- Understand the charges levied on the product
Understand all the charges levied on the product over its tenure, not just the initial charges. A complete charge structure would include the initial charges, the fixed administrative charges, the fund management charges and mortality charges. You not only need to understand the charges in the first year but also through the term of the policy.
- Compare ULIP products of different insurance companies
Compare products of different insurance companies in terms of premium payments, cost structure, performance of the scheme (equity as well as debt schemes), additional facilities such as top-up premium and free switch between different fund options, flexibility in terms of increasing or decreasing protection, reporting structure and flexibility in redemption.
- Know about the Company
Last but not least, insure with a brand you can trust to honor its commitment and service in accordance to your requirements