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All you wanted to know about term plans

Term plans are life insurance policies that can be availed for a fixed term, ranging from 10-40 years. You can get high amount of life cover at a comparatively smaller premium.

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Life Insurance is a formal contract between an individual and an insurance company where the individual pays regular payments, while the insurance company promises to pay a pre-determined amount to the person's dependents in case he is no longer there. Life insurance companies offer several types of insurance plans. One of the most popular and cost-effective type of life insurance is term insurance.

Q - I have been hearing about Term Plans. What are these?

A -Term plans are life insurance policies that can be availed for a fixed term, generally ranging from 10-50 years. The key feature that differentiates term insurance from other types of life insurance policies is that you can get a high amount of life cover at a comparatively smaller premium.

Term insurance is a highly cost-effective option as it is a pure protection plan, which means that if the life insured dies during the policy term, his/her loved ones receive a cover amount as a one-time whole payment. However, there are no maturity benefits.

Q - Why should I buy a term plan?

A - There are 5 broad reasons why you should buy a term plan:

All of us have a Human Life Value which is the amount of money you are likely to earn during your working life. This value is calculated basis your age, demography (skill, education, etc.) and habits (smoking/ drinking).

A term plan helps you ascertain that even in your absence; your dependents' financial needs will be taken care of so that they can continue to lead the life they would have.

The second important reason to avail a term insurance policy is to cover for loans and liabilities, to safeguard your family's financial goals, and milestones. Some term plans also act as monthly income replacement for your family in your absence.

If you already have an insurance policy and want to enhance the total live cover without spending too much, a term plan will suit you best.

In addition to the life cover, the premium paid towards term insurance can be claimed as a deduction from your taxable income.

Q - How expensive are term plans?

A - As discussed, term insurance plans are highly cost-effective. The primary benefit of a term plan is a protection to your family from the financial uncertainties they could face in your absence. Let us understand this with an example

A 28-year old non-smoking male can get a life cover of Rs. 1 Crore for a 30-year term, at justRs. 6400 a year*. This means you get a life cover which is almost 42 times of the total premium paid. It sounds like a great deal, doesn't it? You can also add a rider that will provide you additional coverage against accidental death etc.

Q - So how do I get started? Can I buy a term plan online?

A - Yes, you can buy a term plan online. You can begin by getting a quick premium quote basis for your insurance need. A general rule of thumb to follow is that life cover should be at least 10 times your current annual income. In case you aren't sure how much coverage you need, use our Insurance calculator to find out.

Once, you have generated a quote, you need to fill in your details in the proposal form (Basic, Lifestyle, Health, etc.) and make the payment. All this can be done in one go, or during multiple sessions as per your convenience.

*(Exclusive of all taxes & cess as applicable)

MAX LIFE ONLINE TERM PLAN PLUS (UIN - 104N092V04 ). A  Non-Linked Non-Participating Individual Pure Risk Life Insurance Plan. 

Life Insurance coverage is available in this product. This plan is a pure term insurance plan that provides only death benefit and no maturity or surrender benefit. Insurance is a subject matter of solicitation.

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