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EDLI Scheme 2021: Features & Benefits

The scheme of the name EDLI or Employee Deposit Linked Insurance is not one that many are familiar with. It is a Life Insurance of Rs.2.5 lakh that is built into your EPF Life Insurance of 7 Lakh.

Earlier the maximum ceiling was Rs.6 lakh, Government increased the maximum limit to Rs.7 lakh with effect from 28th April 2021.

Features of EDLI Scheme 2021

  • All employees who are members of EPF are automatically eligible for EDLI.
  • This Life Insurance coverage is irrespective of whether the death occurred during working hours or non-working hours.
  • It covers the death of an employee, irrespective of the cause of death.
  • There are no exclusions under this plan.
  • Coverage and premium will be purely based on your salary but not on age or gender.
  • Earlier there was a condition that one must complete a year to be eligible for EDLI. Recently they removed such restrictions. Hence, you are covered from the first day itself.
  • There is no maximum age set for this insurance.
  • You no need to add nominees separately. Your EPF nomination itself is considered for this scheme.
  • Your Employers can also set up a separate insurance scheme for their employees with approvals from the EPFO if they find that the current coverage is low.
  • You get covered even if you shift jobs and work for another employer covered by the EDLI scheme before you complete one year of service. Earlier, 12 months’ service was applicable under one establishment.


EDLI Scheme 2021 – EPF Life Insurance of Rs. 7 Lakh

Under new changes, now EPF offers Life Insurance of Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.7 lakh. The employee will not contribute to EDLI. Only your employer will contribute to it. It is 0.5% of Rs.15,000 or Rs.75 per month to the maximum (based on your actual Basic+DA). The maximum amount payable by the employer is Rs.75.

How is Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance (EDLI) calculated?

The average monthly salary (Basic+DA) drawn (subject to a maximum of Rs 15,000), during the last 12 months preceding the month in which the employee dies, is first multiplied by 35 times (Earlier it was 30 times). This is added to 50% of the average balance in the account of the deceased in the provident fund during the preceding 12 months or during the period of his membership subject to a ceiling limit of Rs.1.75 lakh (previously it was Rs.1.5 lakh), is also paid to the beneficiary family. 

Note that Rs.15,000 is the ceiling under the EDLI scheme for the purpose of this calculation even if your basic salary exceeds this amount.

The minimum payable will now be Rs 2.5 lakh while the maximum will be Rs 6 lakh.

Let us assume that Mr.A’s salary (Basic+DA) at the time of death is Rs.10,000. Then assume his last 12 months’ average salary was Rs.10,000. Then we have to multiply this by 35. This will be Rs.3,50,000.

Now we have to add 50% of the average balance in the account of Mr.A during the preceding 12 months. Assume his EPF balance for the last 12 months is Rs.1 lakh. Then 50% of this is Rs.50,000. However, the maximum ceiling is Rs.1.75 lakh. Hence, his nominee will receive Rs.50,000 as a bonus but not Rs.1.75 lakh.

So in total, his nominee will receive Rs.3,50,000+Rs.50,000=Rs.4,00,000.

Now let us assume a simple calculation like one’s salary is Rs.15,000, then 35 times of Rs.15,000 is Rs.5,25,000 and the bonus added to the maximum is Rs.1,75,000. Hence, the total maximum benefit under the EDLI is Rs.7,00,000. The benefit will not go beyond this amount.

How to claim the EDLI Benefit?

  • A nominee can claim the amount.
  • In case there is no nomination, then the legal heir can claim the amount.
  • If the nominee or legal heir is a minor, then a guardian of the minor nominee can claim the amount.
  • You have to fill the forms like Form 20 (for EDLI), Form 10D/10C (for claiming the Provident Fund dues and Pension/Withdrawal Benefit as applicable).
  • All details should be in BLOCK LETTERS.
  • Provide bank details (better to attach a cancelled cheque copy for accuracy of bank details).
    Attach the death certificate of a deceased employee.
  • Guardianship certificate (If the claim is on behalf of a minor family member/nominee/legal heir is by other than the natural guardian.)
  • Succession certificate (in case of a claim by the legal heir).
  • In case the members were last employed under an establishment exempted under the EPF Scheme 1952, the employer of such establishment should furnish the PF details of the last 12 months under the Certificate part and also send an attested copy of the Member’s Nomination Form.
  • You have to send such a filled application to the EPFO Commissioner through the employer.
    In case the company closed or they are not cooperating for a claim, then you have to get the claim form to be attested by any one of the following officials-Magistrate, A Gazetted Officer, Post/Sub-Post Master, President of the Village Panchayat, where there is not Union Board, Chairman/Secretary/Member of Municipal/District Local Board, MLA or MP, Member of CBT/Regional Committee EPF, Manager of the Bank in which the Bank Account is maintained or Head of any recognized educational institution.
  • A claim must be settled with 30 days of such submission.
    However, if there is any fault in filling the form or processing, then you will receive the letter from EPFO for the same and that too within 30 days.
  • If EPFO does not settle the claim within 30 days, then EPFO Commissioner will be liable to pay the 12% per annum interest on such claim amount from the date of the set period for claim settlement.

Conclusion: For some, this Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.7 lakh insurance may be a small amount. However, for many families, in case of the sudden demise of an employee, this amount would help a lot.

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Things To Do After You Buy A Health Insurance

Hi there

Usually, we have health insurance and discuss how to get health insurance. In this article, we discuss things to do after you buy a health insurance plan.


1.  Understand claim procedures

In the case of emergency hospitalization and in the case of planned hospitalization find out the documents and steps necessary to intimate the insurer. Copy this information from the insurer or TPA’s website onto a word processor, print it, and keep it along with the policy document and policy ID card.


2. Recognise that ‘cashless’ is not a right!

Health insurance comes with a right to claim reimbursement. However, cashless claims are more of a privilege than a right. It is quite possible that the insurer may either deny cashless or allow it partially and ask the insured to claim the rest of the expenses via reimbursement after the hospitalization is complete.


3. Prepare for the next premium

Even if you choose not to increase the cover each year, do not assume the premium will be the same next year. The premium could increase due to other reasons – age of individuals, the risk profile of the entire group covered by the group, underwriting test, and perhaps medical checkups too. Start an online recurring deposit that matures 6-8 weeks before the premium is due.  If you are comfortable, you can choose to put money aside in a liquid fund for your insurances.


4. Understand the implications of sub-limits

There is nothing wrong with buying a policy with room-rent sub-limits. The only precaution is to ensure that the room-rent is always lower than that allowed by the sub-limit. This is because every kind of hospital fee (medicines, doctor fees, etc.) is linked to the room rent. So if you choose a room rent higher than that allowed by your policy, you will only be reimbursed (or paid via cashless) a portion of the hospital bill.


5. Recognize the impact of non-medical expenses

Hospitalization is not only about paying hospitalization fees! There is a huge list of non-medical expenses that any patient could incur. There are some administrative expenses, household expenses (while you are hospitalized), support staff expenses, and some expenses which get rejected in your insurance. Even if you believe that your health insurance cover is sufficient, these expenses have to be paid. This is where your emergency fund will come in handy. So ensure that you have one in place.


6. Health Cover for family members

If you are the earning member it is very crucial to have your own insurance but it is equally important to have health insurance for your family members, as any medical emergency for them would result in a financial setback for you and the entire family.

If the budget is a constraint you can consider taking up a family floater plan - watch our youtube video on this.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0JNvA5a_eQ&ab_channel=WealthCafeFinancial 

Health Insurance could be considered as one of the trickiest insurances to buy as the health issues are very different for each person and then each insurance company has varied insurance needs. As a practice, do understand the various clauses of your insurance and have an emergency fund in place to be stressfree of any unforeseen health issues.

Disclaimer: - The articles are for information purposes only. Information presented is general information that does not take into account your individual circumstances, financial situation, or needs, nor does it present a personalized recommendation to you. You must consult a financial advisor who understands your specific circumstances and situation before taking an investment decision.



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Indian Stock Market timings

Indian Stock Market Timings

Trade in the stock market can only be undertaken during a specific time interval in India. Retail customers have to perform such transactions through a brokerage agency between 9.15 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on weekdays. Most investors undertake the purchase/sale of securities listed on the major stock exchanges in India – Bombay stock exchange (BSE) and National Stock exchange (NSE). Indian stock market timings are the same for both these major stock exchanges.

 

Indian stock market timings for trade is divided into three segments:

Pre-opening Timing

This session lasts from 9.00 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. Orders to purchase or sell any securities can be placed during this time. It can be further classified into three sessions:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 9.08 a.m.

During this stock market opening time in India, orders for any transaction can be placed. The order entry is given preference when actual trading begins, as these orders are cleared off in the beginning. Any requests placed during this time can be changed or canceled according to need, which is beneficial to investors, and no orders can be placed after this period of 8 minutes during the pre-opening session.

  • 9:08 a.m. – 9.12 a.m.

This segment of Indian share market timing is responsible for the price determination of security. Price matching order is done by corresponding demand and supply prices to ensure accurate transactions among investors who want to purchase or sell a security, respectively Determination of final prices at which trading will begin during normal Indian stock market timing is done through a multilateral order matching system.

Price matching order plays a vital role in determining the price at which the security is transacted during a normal session of Indian stock market timing.

However, the benefits of modification of any order already placed in not available during this session.

 

  • 9:12 a.m. – 9.15 a.m.

This time acts as a transition period between preopening and normal Indian share market timing. No additional orders for transactions can be placed during this time. Also, existing bets already placed from 9.08 a.m. – 9.12 a.m. cannot be revoked as well.

Normal Session 

This is the primary Indian share market timing lasting from 9.15 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Any transactions made during this time follow a bilateral order matching system, wherein price determination is done through demand and supply forces. The bilateral order matching system is volatile, thereby inducing several market fluctuations which are ultimately reflected in security prices. To control this volatility, the multi-order system was formulated for the pre-opening session and was incorporated in Indian stock market timings.

Post-closing Session 

Stock market closing time in India is marked at 3.30 p.m. No exchange takes place after this period. However, the determination of closing price is done during this time, which has a significant effect on the following day’s opening security price.

Stock market closing time in India can be divided into two sessions –

  • 3:00 p.m. – 3.40 p.m.

The closing price is calculated using a weighted average of prices at securities trading from 3 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. in a stock exchange. For determining the closing prices of benchmark and sector indices such as Nifty, Sensex, S&P Auto, etc. weighted average prices of listed securities are considered.

  • 3:40 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This period is post stock market closing time when bids for the following day’s trade can be placed. Bids placed during this time are confirmed, provided adequate buyers and sellers are present in the market. These transactions are completed at a stipulated price, irrespective of changes in opening market price.

Thus, capital gains can be realized if the opening price exceeds the closing price by an investor who has already placed their bids. In case closing price exceeds opening share price, bids can be canceled during the narrow window of 9.00 a.m. – 9.08 a.m.

The overall stock market operating time in India can be demonstrated by the following table:

S. No. NameTime 
1.Pre-opening session9.00 a.m. – 9.15 a.m.
2.Normal session9.15 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
3.Closing session3.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Aftermarket Orders

Post this time frame. No transactions can take place. However, investors can place aftermarket orders, for securities of chosen companies, which would be allocated at opening market price the following day.

Muhurat’ Trading 

Indian stock market is generally closed for any transactions on Diwali, as it is a religious festival celebrated all across the country. However, a one-hour trading session is conducted from 5.30 p.m. to 6.40 pm as it is considered to be auspicious.

 



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Income-Tax Relief For Home Buyers

Hello fellow investors
 
As a part of various relief measures taken by the Government in response to the economic slowdown post-COVID-19, the Finance Minister (FM) has announced a very attractive income tax relief for home buyers (new residential properties of value up to Rs 2 crore). Here is what you need to know.  
 
Income Tax relief for home buyers 

In case the declared purchase consideration of the land/building is less than the stamp value (circle rate) by up to 20%, there will be no additional tax outgo for both the seller and the purchaser for the period 12th November 2020 to 30th June 2021. Earlier, the acceptable difference was 5% which was to be enhanced to 10% with effect from 01 st April 2021.

This move will also help developers in selling off their unsold inventory at up to 20% below the circle rate and the buyers in getting cheaper homes without any additional tax burden on either party. Let’s look at the relevant provisions of the Income Tax Act to understand the applicable tax relief.

Section 43CA of the Income-tax Act - for the seller

This section provided for deeming of the stamp duty value (circle rate) as sale consideration for the transfer of real estate inventory in the case the circle rate exceeded the declared consideration. The circle rate is the minimum rate per unit area fixed by the state governments for the sale of land or property and is
aimed at reducing stamp duty evasion by declaring lower sale values in the sale-purchase deeds.

Thus, even if the real estate was sold at a price below the circle rate, the circle rate was considered as the sale value for the calculation of the business profits of the seller. For example, if a house is sold by a developer for Rs 80 lakh but its value as per the circle rate is Rs 96 lakh, the developer is supposed to take Rs 96 lakh as the sale value for
calculating his profit.

Through Finance Act 2018, a difference of 5% between the two rates was declared to be acceptable. This was increased to 10% through Finance Act 2020. Now, the FM has raised this acceptable difference to 20%. Thus, in the above case, the difference is exactly 20% as seen below and the developer can consider Rs 80 lakh for calculating his profits from the sale. 

Section 56(2)(x) of the Income-tax Act for the buyer

This section is applicable to the buyer and provides for stamp duty value to be deemed as purchase consideration even if the purchase was made at a lower price. As per the above example, the buyer is deemed to have received Rs 16 lakh (the difference between the stamp value and the sale consideration) and was supposed to declare this amount as ‘Income from other sources and pay tax on the same. Now, he will not have to pay any tax if the difference is up to 20% as is the case in the above example.

 

In summary, this announcement by the FM comes as a major relief to real estate developers who were struggling to offload their inventory due to lower demand in the market. The benefit is applicable, however, only for the primary sale of residential properties and not for commercial and secondary sales.



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Health Insurance: Single Plan or a Family Floater Plan?

Hello fellow investors

With COVID-19, the one thing that everyone has realized is Health insurance is a must! We all need adequate Health Insurance cover and at a good price. Because whether to have Health Insurance or not is no longer a point of discussion. In fact, now we want to ensure that everyone in the family also has Health Insurance.

We have been asked many questions about whether you should opt for a stand-alone health plan or a family health plan; and whether to opt for a top-up plan afterwards. We are going to break down these concepts for you.


How much Insurance should you have?

Before getting into the discussion of what type of plan, it is important that you know how much insurance is enough for you. Ideally, if you live in a tier 2/3 city you must have a cover of at least 5 lakhs and if you are in a metro/tier 1 city you must have a cover of at least 10 lakhs. These are indicative numbers based on the cost of health incurred in different places and you can always take a higher cover.

 


What is an Individual Health Insurance policy?

In the case of individual cover, the policy provides specific health cover for each member covered in the policy. You can decide to have a higher cover for the working member and a smaller cover for the children. Each family member will have a dedicated sum assured under the policy.

For example, you can buy an Individual Health policy that gives a cover of INR 10 lakhs each to yourself and your spouse and INR 6 lakh for your elder kid aged 15 and INR 3 lakhs for your younger kid aged 10. The cover amount is specific to each person and not shared among the different members.


What is a family floater plan?

In the case of a family floater policy, all family members are covered in a single policy. Unlike individual policies where there is a dedicated sum assured, here there is a single “floater” sum assured which is shared between all members of the family. 

For example, if the family in the above example takes a family floater policy with a sum assured of INR 10 lakhs, all the four members of the family share the INR 10 lakhs sum assured. That means the insurer’s maximum liability towards the entire family for a particular year (irrespective of which individual gets hospitalized) stands at INR 10  lakhs.

Under the family floater policy, medical reimbursements can be availed by any or all of the members subject to the total sum Insured.

Let us compare the prices of family floater and individual policies to understand better:

Case 1 - A couple



Family floater plan premiums are determined based on the age of the older person. Given that this is a relatively younger couple, their premiums are not very different.


Case 2 - Parents with 2 children


In case 2, for older parents, there is a significantly higher premium being paid for a family floater plan. In case there is a predetermined illness that would further push the premium for the entire family. However, the 20 lakhs cover under the floater plan would be available to each family member thus increasing the cover amount at a higher premium.


However, where you have a cash crunch, you can go for a floater plan of 5 lakhs wherein the cover of 5 lakhs is available for all members with a reset clause for a cheaper price. You save around 10 K per annum in the premium costs where you go for a floater plan of 5 lakhs for the family. 

The reset clause: Family floater plans come with a reset clause that allows for a 100% reset of the sum insured once in a policy year. This option automatically comes into operation when the sum insured (including the accrued additional sum insured, if any) is already used by one insured person and hence is insufficient for the other. The reset of the policy happens only for an unrelated illness.

For example: In the case above if the husband is sick for malaria and makes a claim of 3 lakhs in a year and later wife gets admitted for a different health issue like blood pressure and has a hospital bill of 4 lakhs. The floater plan will cover it as it would have reset the sum assured. But if the wife is admitted for malaria itself and the bill is of 4 lakhs, only 2 lakhs (to the tune of the original sum assured of 5 lakhs less 3 lakhs claimed by husband) will be payable by the insurance company.

A Family floater policy is value for money and comes a bit cheaper compared to individual policies and that’s a plus especially for young families who are tight on budget for their insurance spending. 
 

No claim bonus: If you do not make any claims under the policy any year, a percentage of your sum insured, say 10%, is added each year to your sum assured. So if in 2019, I do not make any claims under my policy which has a sum assured of INR 5 lakhs, in 2020 when I renew it, my sum assured is increased to INR 5.5 lakhs without any increase in my premium amount. The negative of family floater plan that is that in case of a claim by even one member under a family floater, the entire No Claim Bonus (NCB) is nullified for the year under the policy whereas the same is not true for individual policies.



Top-Up Plan

A top-up plan is a regular health insurance policy that covers hospitalization costs but only after a threshold limit, known as a deductible, is crossed. A deductible is that portion of the claim amount that is not covered by the insurer and has to be paid by the policyholder before the benefits of the top-up policy can kick in.

A top-up plan, therefore, is a cost-effective way to increase your health insurance. You can take a base policy and a top-up over above that policy. This way you can use your base health insurance policy to make a claim up till the deductible amount and use your top-up plan for any payments over that.


Where you want to increase the sum assured of your policy, you can do that only when the policy is due. Top up gives you the option to increase the sum assured at a minimal cost during the year. Hence, Top-up helps you to increase the base sum assured amount for your insurance needs.

What should you do?

The health insurance that you would take would depend upon the age of the oldest member in your family, the number of members, and the premium you are comfortable paying for the same. It would be interesting to check various options and choose which one best suits your needs and pockets.

It is advisable to have separate health insurance for older people or those who are susceptible to illness/hospitalization. By doing that, you are protecting the no-claim bonus clause of the policy and also not paying a higher premium for other insurance.

Hope this helps you understand your insurance needs better.

Happy Investing!


Disclaimer: - The articles are for information purposes only. Information presented is general information that does not take into account your individual circumstances, financial situation, or needs, nor does it present a personalized recommendation to you. You must consult a financial advisor who understands your specific circumstances and situation before taking an investment decision.



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List of banks for your PPF investments

What is PPF?

Public provident fund is a popular investment scheme among investors courtesy of its multiple investor-friendly features and associated benefits. It is a long-term investment scheme popular among individuals who want to earn high but stable returns. Proper safekeeping of the principal amount is the prime target of individuals opening a PPF account.

Why open a PPF account?

public provident fund scheme is ideal for individuals with a low-risk appetite and is okay to invest their money in the long term. Since this plan is mandated by the government, it is backed up with guaranteed returns to protect the financial needs of the masses in India.

You can read more about PPF and things to note in PPF in our article.

Eligibility Criteria

Indian citizens residing in the country are eligible to open a PPF account in his/her name. Minors are also allowed to have a Public provident fund account in their name, provided it is operated by their parent.

Non-residential Indians are not permitted to open a new PPF account. However, any existing account in their name remains active till the completion of tenure. These accounts cannot be extended for 5 years – a benefit available to Indian residents.

Interest in a PPF Account

The interest payable on the public provident fund scheme is determined by the Central Government of India. It aims to provide higher interest than regular accounts maintained by various commercial banks in the country.

Interest rates currently payable on such accounts stand at 7.9% and are subject to quarterly updates at the discretion of the government.

How to Open a PPF Account

Both offline and online procedures are available for an individual provided he/she meets the requisite parameters mentioned in the eligibility criteria. Activating PPF online can be done by visiting the portal of a chosen bank or post office.

The following documents have to be produced at the time of activation of a public provident fund account –

  1. KYC documents verifying the identity of an individual, such as Aadhaar, Voter ID, Driver’s License, etc.
  2. PAN card.
  • Residential address proof.
  1. Form for nominee declaration.
  2. Passport-sized photograph.

Tax Benefits

Income tax exemptions are applicable on the principal amount invested in a PPF as an account. The entire value of an investment can be claimed for tax waiver under section 80C of the Income Tax Act of 1961. However, it should be kept in mind that the total principal that can be invested in one financial year cannot exceed Rs. 1.5 Lakh.

The total interest accrued on PPF investment is also exempt from any tax calculations.

Therefore, the entire amount redeemed from a PPF account upon completion of maturity is not subject to taxation. This policy makes the public provident fund scheme attractive to many investors in India.

List of Banks Offering PPF Accounts

  • Allahabad Bank
  • Corporation Bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • HDFC Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • Axis Bank
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • State Bank of India and its subsidiaries which include the following –
    • State Bank of Travancore
    • State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur
    • State Bank of Hyderabad
    • State Bank of Patiala
    • State Bank of Mysore
  • Canara Bank
  • Bank of India
  • Union Bank of India
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Central Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Dena Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • United Bank of India
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Vijaya Bank
  • IDBI Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Punjab and Sind Bank

These are some of the common PPF Account opening banks. There are other banks too and if you hold a savings account with another bank that is not on the list, you can find out whether the bank is a PPF Account opening bank or not.

 



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Importance of Travel Insurance post COVID

Not many people realize this but travel-related insurance is easily one of the most ignored aspects of international travel and with the entire COVID-19 scenario running roughshod on international travel, it will become all the more important. This kind of insurance has always been very necessary to cover different kinds of travel-related risks like missed connecting flights, lost baggage, injury or illness abroad, loss of travel documents, loss or damages caused because of weather-related problems, etc. With the evolving Corona Virus situation, however, things will continue to remain exceptionally unpredictable for the foreseeable future, leading to any factors which will lead to increased need and importance of insurance for travel purposes.

 

Factor 1: The lingering risk of Corona Virus infection:

There will be a few long months, maybe more than a year, before you can expect an effective vaccine for coronavirus infection. News shows that while some medicines have shown promising preliminary results in the treatment of Covid-19, a vaccine is always the best choice because it is a preventive measure and as the old adage goes, prevention is always better than a cure. International travel takes place in planes which are enclosed environments and people are too close for comfort in the planes. Did you know that even if you fly business class, you are still not far enough from other people in a plane for sensible social distancing to be possible? Imagine flying coach in such a scenario! This means that ​travel ​insurance​ is going to be extremely necessary for everyone.

 

Factor 2: Airlines services will continue to be shaky

Airlines are trying very hard across the globe to keep their systems operational but the situation was at one time so bad that they were not even able to find enough parking spaces for all the grounded planes. The fact of the matter is that airlines always run at paper-thin margins because of the highly competitive industry and extremely volatile cost structure. Once they are going to get things in the air once more, there will be a lot of turbulence. Many systems were working by duct tape and hammer blows and getting back these systems to operational level in an understaffed and risk-bearing situation will mean many people will miss connections, luggage will get lost many times and all such risks will be very high, creating a strong need for everyone to buy travel insurance online before they fly to anywhere out of the country.

 

Factor 3: You might get stuck out of India during lock-down

Let there be an assumption that you were able to travel to any country out of India and you landed there all safe and sound, but just before you were supposed to travel back, your host area encountered a sudden rise in infections, making it necessary for the government of that area to suspend all travel activities in and out. In such a situation, you will be stuck in your host country until the government of India can arrange for your return. Travel insurance will be your only help in such a case. It will cover all your extra expenses which you will have to bear during the lockdown.

 

All things said and done, for the coming few months, international travel will change like never before.

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What is travel insurance ?

With the increase in travel, one of the important things that travellers need to know about is Travel Insurance. This form of insurance helps cover a whole range of uncertainties and scenarios that can drain out a traveller’s finances. Most countries require mandatory Travel Insurance while applying for a visa. But choosing the right Travel Insurance which covers all the risks of travel is important.

 

What does Travel Insurance mean?

Travel Insurance is a type of insurance that covers different risks while travelling. It covers medical expenses, lost luggage, flight cancellations, and other losses that a traveller can incur while travelling.

Travel Insurance is usually taken from the day of travel till the time the traveller reaches back to India. Taking Travel Insurance ensures comprehensive coverage in case of any emergency in another country. Travel Insurance is also available for trips taken in the home country of the traveller like Bharat Bhraman & E-Travel, but it is a more popular option for travel abroad.

Some of the risks covered under Travel Insurance are:

  • Personal Accident Cover, which covers:
    • Insured’s Death
    • Permanent Total Disability
  • Accident & sickness medical expense reimbursement
  • Dental treatment relief
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Repatriation of remains in case of death
  • Baggage delay
  • Loss of checked baggage
  • Loss of passport
  • Flight delay
  • Hijack
  • Home burglary
  • Trip curtailment
  • Trip cancellation
  • Missed connection/missed departure
  • Bounced hotel/airline booking.

There may be more risks covered under individual policies depending on the requirements of the traveller. The amounts to which these risks are covered depends on the policy & plan that the traveller opts for. Travel Insurance also covers additional risks at an additional premium. Some of these risks are specific to the traveller or the place the person is travelling to.

 

Types of Travel Insurance:

There are single trip Travel Insurance policies meant for one journey. But for frequent travellers who travel abroad for business purposes, there is an option to buy a multi-trip Travel Insurance policy. Some policies last for an entire year and cover multiple trips to a particular destination. Opting for such policies is much more cost-effective for businessmen and frequent travellers to a particular destination. We also have student policies which are specially designed for students going abroad for studies at an affordable premium. The maximum trip length can last from 30, 45 and 60 days.

Another type of travel policy is a Group Travel Insurance policy. A group policy covers 7 or more travellers. These policies are cost-effective and offer similar benefits as single trip Travel Insurance policies. Group Travel Insurance policies are based on the age of the travellers which means it works out more cost-effective per traveller. Most travel companies opt for group Travel Insurance policies when they take groups across different countries on tours.

It is easy to pick out a policy once you know the Travel Insurance definition. While planning your trip abroad, pick out a Travel Insurance policy that provides exhaustive coverage with high coverage. It is possible to check the cost of Travel Insurance on insurance aggregators and pick out the best policy. HDFC Bank offers a variety of Travel Insurance policies through the bank’s website like Student Travel Insurance, Domestic, Senior Citizens, Family and even Individual Travel Insurance. You can easily pick out a policy that suits your need and provides the best value for money.

 

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Insurance is not Investment

When you Invest your money, you part with your money today to get something in return tomorrow. whereas when you get insurance for something, you expect to get financially covered in case an unforeseen event for which insurance is taken occurs.

Thus, term insurance is a pure insurance product, it is not for your living but in case you die, you get the money. According to us, Term Insurance is the cheapest and best way to insure your life.

However, many people feel otherwise and believe that they want to put money in insurance only when they are guaranteed that they shall get something in return either alive or dead. In this bargain, you are just investing (with insurance as add on) but not getting adequate insurance for yourself.

We have already discussed, how a Term Insurance must replace you Financially and how to compute the amount of your sum assured in the article – how to compute your sum assured.

In spite of this many people believe otherwise and want to get returns for their insurance.

Let us understand the same with an example

If you spending INR 5000 for your insurance needs each month.

Case 1 – Where you buy a Life insurance product in which you get an amount on maturity where you do not die like a basic money back policy or an endowment plan. 

Particulars Amount
Premium Per Month              5,000
Premium Per Annum            60,000
Number of years covered under the policy                   30
Total Premium Paid        18,00,000
Sum Assured under this Policy        70,00,000
Amount received on maturity if the person survives        55,30,890

The Rate of Return, in this case, is 6.5%

Case 2 – When you buy a Term Insurance and invest the balance amount in a mutual fund.

ParticularsAmount
Term Insurance Premium per month                    850
Term Insurance Premium per annum               10,200
SIP premium amount                 4,150
Mutual Funds Investment per annum               49,800
No of years covered under insurance and investment                      30
Total Investment Amount           14,94,000
Sum assured under this policy           10,00,000
Amount received if you survive
Term Insurance                      –
Mutual Funds Investment        3,46,16,398

The Rate of Return, in this case, is 15%

Comparison between the  2 cases are as under:

Wealth Cafe actionable – This article is to give you an idea of how important and cheap term insurance is. Buying endowment plans for your insurance needs could be expensive. However, getting an endowment plan for a low-risk investment option could be considered by you for your investment needs. It is important to know the exact return % you are getting from these investments and then, take a decision.



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