Term life insurance or term assurance is life insurance that provides coverage at a fixed rate of payments for a limited period of time, the relevant term. After that period expires, coverage at the previous rate of premiums is no longer guaranteed and the client must either forgo coverage or potentially obtain further coverage with different payments or conditions. If the life insured dies during the term, the death benefit will be paid to the beneficiary/nominee. Term insurance is typically the least expensive way to purchase a substantial death benefit on a coverage amount per premium rupee basis over a specific period of time.
Investment plans, as far as a lay person is concerned are life insurance plans which provide an insured individual, life insurance coverage while simultaneously providing return on investment for the premium invested.
Whole life insurance plans are life insurance plans which provides insurance coverage to the policyholder for the whole life i.e. up to 100 years of age.
Pension plans are also known as retirement plans are investment plans that allow an individual to set aside some part of their income over their working/earning life to ensure a regular income on retirement.
Unit Linked Insurance plans (ULIP’s) are plans offered by life insurance providers, which have dual benefits of providing life cover coupled with the benefit of investment. These plans also provide tax benefits under section 80C of the IT act.
An endowment policy is a life insurance contract designed to pay a lump sum after a specific term (on its 'maturity') or on death. Typical maturities are ten, fifteen or twenty years up to a certain age limit. Some policies also pay out in the case of critical illness.
A typical Child Education plan offers the combined benefits of savings and protection for the child. There are both Unit-linked and Endowment insurance plans that help the parents in building a corpus over a period of time for the financial security of the child.
Health Insurance plans have hitherto been the priority for most Stand alone Health Insurance companies and the General Insurance companies. Now the Life Insurance Industry have also started offering Health Insurance plans which typically offer coverage for a Life Threatening disease like Cancer apart from Critical Illness.
Guaranteed plan is designed specially to cater to the need of wealth accumulation, where the insured get extra benefits on higher premiums.
Money Back Money Back Insurance Plan is a non-linked, participating plan which provides the insured guaranteed payouts for 10 years and a lifecover beyond the Premium Payment Term.