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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of ULIP?

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  • 28th Feb 2022
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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of ULIP?

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Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) are insurance types that combine investing and insurance into one package. Policyholders must pay a premium monthly, semi-annually, or annually for a term of 5-15 years. The inclusion of long-term capital gains on equities and equity-related investments, tax-free at maturity, gives ULIPs a competitive advantage. In addition, it’s an exempt-exempt-exempt product. ULIP tax benefits allow investors to claim a tax deduction of up to ₹1.5 lakhs annually u/s 80C of the Income Tax Act, but only provided the premium does not exceed 10% of the total insured amount.

ULIPs are becoming more popular as an investment option. If you’re a first-time investor, ULIPs may be the best choice because they offer a lot of flexibility while still reducing your risks. However, before investing, it is only fair to understand the pros and cons of Unit-Linked Insurance Plans.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Unit-Linked Insurance Plan

Advantages of ULIPs

1. Long-Term Financial Investment

ULIPs are ideal for consumers who want to put money down for a long-term objective since short-term market volatility provides lower returns, but long-term market investments produce very attractive returns.

2. Tax-Free Income

Tax-free and tax-advantaged returns are available through ULIPs. The premiums paid for ULIPs are tax-deductible, and the death payments received are also tax-free. The assured payout or the fund’s value of investments is also available to the policyholder, and these returns are not taxed.

3. Withdrawals in Parts

After the lock-in period, policyholders can make partial withdrawals as long as they don’t exceed 20% of the policy’s fund value. Furthermore, these withdrawals are not subject to taxation.

4. High Profits

ULIPs can generate good returns depending on the fund in which one invests. For instance, if the fund invests heavily in the capital markets, it will benefit from rising stock prices.

5. Flexibility

Investors can swap between investment funds as their goals and needs change with ULIPs. They can profit from stock price fluctuations by rotating between equities, debt, and cash.

Disadvantages of ULIPs

1. Higher Initial Investment Costs

Due to expenses charged on the investor that go toward policy charges, ULIPs are more expensive in the first few years.

2. Market Volatility

Due to market fluctuations, investors should expect lower gains in the early years. So, if you’re aiming to make a short-term investment, ULIPs aren’t the best option.

3. Switches are Charged

Most insurers provide free switches up to a certain number of transactions, which are paid per transaction.

4. Term of Lock-In

ULIPs have a five-year lock-in term during which no withdrawals are allowed.

Unit-Linked Insurance Plans provide you with the best of both worlds: insurance and returns. If you have invested in a ULIP that holds a significant amount of money in shares, you are taking a risk. However, your fund could earn a higher return if capital markets perform well. On the other hand, if you are planning to make an investment in securities that provide a variety of rewards all in one place, ULIPs are ideal. However, because the functions of investments and insurance are so diverse, it is typically recommended that they be maintained separately.

With thoughtful investment planning, you can avoid the disadvantages of ULIPs and avail yourself of numerous benefits.

- A Consumer Education Initiative series by Kotak Life

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