An endowment plan is a Life Insurance policy which gives life cover and also helps the policyholder to save regularly over a specified period of time so that upon maturity, they can receive a lump sum amount on surviving the term. Endowment insurance allows you to insure yourself till you wish to be insured(for a certain period) and upon maturity, you receive the sum assured along with the bonus for the term of the endowment policy. Thus, endowment plans can be seen as a variant of Term Insurance plans. Jeevan Anand of LIC is one such endowment plan which offers life risk cover and maturity benefit.
Endowment plans can be broadly classified into the following categories:
In this type of insurance policy, in the case of the insured's death, the nominee receives the sum assured along with the bonus for the number of years the plan was active. Upon the survival of the term of the policy, the insured gets the sum assured plus the bonus for the term policy.
In this type, the beneficiary gets only the sum assured upon the death of the insured.
It is a fixed term saving policy with life coverage. In this, you can invest your savings in the capital markets and the return you get depends on the performance of the investment.
In a full endowment plan, the initial death benefit would be the sum assured. However, as one gets into the policy tenure, the money being invested grows! So essentially, the premium you pay is pooled in the company’s investment and each year a bonus is added to your credit. Thus, the final amount paid(on policy survival) may be much higher than the original sum assured.
In this endowment policy, the projected future growth rate of the money will meet the target amount and has the guaranteed life insurance cover. In case of death, this target money will be paid as the minimum sum assured.
There are many Insurance companies offering endowment plans. We have here a table of some of the best endowment plans in the year 2016.
There are various bonuses offered by the insurance companies on an endowment policy. A bonus is an extra amount which adds to the promised amount. The insured must have an endowment policy with profit to avail these profits offered by the insurance company.
The bonuses are categorised as:
Additional money is added to the promised amount upon death or maturity with profits plan. Once the reversionary has been declared, it cannot be withdrawn if the insurance plan completes the maturity or the insured meets a premature death.
A discretional sum of money added to the payments after maturity or on the death of the insured.
There are various rider benefits attached to the endowment plan. You can choose the rider benefit as per your requirement:
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If you are looking for an insurance policy that gives you a bit more than just a life cover, an endowment plan is the best possible option for you. It gives you a triple benefit of savings, gradual wealth creation, and insurance cover.