Expert Zone

Tips on how to buy the right life insurance policy

By Deepak Yohannan
December 4, 2014

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Why traditional insurance plans will beat ULIPs during the tax-saving season

By Deepak Yohannan
November 12, 2014

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Most ULIPs (unit-linked insurance plans) are far better compared to traditional insurance plans. They are more flexible, more transparent and have the potential to generate bigger returns. But insurance sales do not necessarily follow simple logic. There are a variety of reasons why traditional plans are likely to fare better.

Long-term motor insurance might just work

By Deepak Yohannan
August 21, 2014

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A large number of two-wheelers on Indian roads are uninsured. This is not due to high annual premiums, but because the perceived benefits of taking an insurance policy are just not apparent.

LIC launches online term insurance plan, finally

By Deepak Yohannan
May 29, 2014

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There are 24 life insurance companies operating in India, and Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), the industry’s biggest player, was one of only five which did not have an online term plan, until now.

Third party premium for motor insurance increased

By Deepak Yohannan
April 16, 2014

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It is compulsory for every vehicle in India to have a third party insurance, which covers risks involving damage or loss to others caused by the vehicle you drive.

Health insurance sector poised for more growth

By Deepak Yohannan
March 21, 2014

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With the arrival of Cigna TTK, there are now five standalone health insurers offering products and services in India. Religare Health is also a recent entrant that started operations only last year.

Time for a relook at FDI in insurance intermediaries

By Deepak Yohannan
January 24, 2014

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Insurance companies in India have an FDI limit of 26 percent, which may be revised upwards in the coming months. The industry requires funds to grow and the revision can be an enabler, but the process may take some time as it requires legislative approval and there seems to be some opposition to the move.

Taking stock of the insurance sector

By Deepak Yohannan
November 26, 2013

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With half the financial year gone by, it’s time to take stock of the insurance sector. Let me start with life insurance.

New ways to distribute insurance policies

By Deepak Yohannan
July 26, 2013

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On a rainy day in Mumbai, I was chatting with the taxi driver. It was a prolonged journey, made worse by a never-ending traffic jam. We talked about insurance and I asked him about his insurance cover. I heard the familiar story of a man being cheated into buying an expensive plan; he escaped only after losing a lot of money.

Third-party motor insurance premiums fixed for new financial year

By Deepak Yohannan
April 3, 2013

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A motor insurance policy consists broadly of two parts — third-party cover, which is regulated; and an ‘own damage’ cover, the premium for which is left to market dynamics.