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As you traverse through life, you realize certain things that should have been done months or years ago. It could be a financial decision that would have benefited your life or a personal resolution. There may not be do-overs to change your personal mistakes but there certainly are for investment choices. If you are a policyholder, backdating your insurance policy could be a remedy to that delayed decision of buying life insurance. Let’s look at what backdating life insurance is, its advantages and the time you should avoid it.
Backdating insurance is changing or altering the date you bought the policy to an earlier one. You could be changing the date for a less expensive premium or for some other type of benefit. Backdating life insurance depends on your insurer and won’t cost you much if you are altering the date by a month or changing it to a date before the month of September. For example, if you have bought a policy on 22 June but you find out that purchasing it a month ago would have resulted to give better premium rates then you can backdate it.
There are several advantages of backdating your insurance policy, some of them are:
Your age plays a big role in the premium cost and backdating can aid in minimizing it by decreasing your age slab. If you are the age of 28 years and will be turning 29 in three
months, the insurer will consider your age as 29. But if you had bought the policy 2 months ago, you would have been 28 years and 5 months, putting you in the age slab of 28.
If you have bought life insurance in the year 2020 which will mature in 25 years, you can back date insurance policy for early maturity. By altering the year to 2019, the maturity time will decrease by a year. This is a lucrative option for you as a policyholder.
Money-Back returns mature after every five years in the policy term. So if you buy a plan in 2019, your first money-back will be credited in the year 2024. But if you back date
insurance policy to 2018, you will receive the maturity amount in 2023, a year early than the actual date.
You may not have bought life insurance at the right time but you can back date it so that it matures during important periods of your life like your child’s college education or a future loan payment date. This eases the pressure and makes your financial situation smoother.
If you do not have a steady flow of income and have a seasonal cash inflow, backdating your life insurance policy helps in altering the payment date to ease up future payment dates.
Even if the advantages of backdating are fruitful, there are certain instances when you should avoid going for this option. Here are some of them:
In the case of term insurance, backdating your policy is not useful as the aim of buying term plan is to ensure you have a life cover for a fixed period. If you end up backdating it, you lose the life cover for that period of time.
Backdating for a less expensive premium may not hold good if you are between the age of 20-25 years. When you are younger, the premium prices do not fluctuate much but tend to increase as your age increases. Hence, using this option will not benefit you at a younger age.
If you backdate your policy, you have to pay all the premiums of the backdated period. And it does not come cheap and can cost you a lot as your insurer might charge a considerable amount apart from the premiums.
- A Consumer Education Initiative series by Kotak Life