JEEVAN ANAND (TABLE -149)
Endowment plans were the darling of insurance companies, before ULIPs came into the picture. Over the years they might have lost their top slot but are not out of demand; conservative investors still prefer them for their survival benefits, which are missing in term plans. ‘LIC Jeevan Anand’ is one such popular endowment assurance plan which also comes with whole life benefits.
o It’s a unique endowment plan that offers whole life benefits at a little extra cost
o Whole life risk cover continues even after the premium paying term is over, till the death of the insured
o Double accident benefit is available during the premium paying term and thereafter up to age 70
LIC Jeevan Anand provides the dual benefit of endowment and whole life plans, for a little extra premium. A 30-year-old individual will have to pay an annual premium of Rs. 20,978 for Rs. 5-lakh cover with a term of 25 years. Let’s see what benefits he will receive. LIC Jeevan Anand has a good bonus history since its inception in Feb. 2002. On an average, it has declared an annual bonus of Rs. 46.5 per thousand. For our calculation, we will take the average bonus at Rs. 45 per thousand (refer Table 1). Considering that LIC has distributed Final (Additional) Bonus (FAB) in its other schemes consistently, we assume an FAB of Rs. 550 per thousand in Jeevan Anand (in line with other schemes under similar conditions) at the end of term. As per Table 1, net return in this case comes to 6.60 per cent (approx.). Besides, the policyholder enjoys an accidental benefit of Rs. 5 lakh till the age of 70 and death benefit of Rs. 5 lakh (similar to the initial cover) till the end of his life. If we take into account these benefits, the return (gross of charges) will further increase for the policyholder.
Now take a look at Table 2. It presents endowment plans by other insurers. These plans are cheaper than LIC Jeevan Anand and have similar benefits. But they do not offer the whole life benefit. Moreover, the bonus rates announced in these products are not at par with LIC Jeevan Anand.
Thus, at the outset, LIC Jeevan Anand looks a little expensive than plain vanilla endowment plans but given the benefits in later years, the additional cost is justified.
Equating with other products
We always advise against mixing insurance with investment. As there are no similar products available in the market, we will compare LIC Jeevan Anand with a combination of a term plan and PPF (based on their benefits). But the term plan will provide cover till the age of 65 only, unlike in Jeevan Anand where whole life benefits continue till the end of the individual’s life. One can also combine a whole life policy with PPF. But again the policyholder will need to pay premium till the end of his/her life. This sets LIC Jeevan Anand apart from other non-ulip policies. Now, let us turn to Table 3 for a comparative analysis between Jeevan Anand and other asset classes. The term plan (SBI Life Shield) has been taken for an individual of 30 years for a period of 25 years for a sum of Rs. 5 lakh at an annual premium of Rs. 1,632. An additional accident cum disability benefit (Royal Sundaram Accident Shield) for Rs. 5 lakh has been taken at Rs. 589 per year. The remaining amount of Rs. 18,757 has been invested in other asset classes for a period of 25 years as mentioned in the table 3.
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