June 17, 2009

Q. – Is it better to go for an annuity like Jeevan Tarang of LIC or an MF with term insurance.Annuity offers returns for lifetime whereas MF does not.Also please tell me which is the best annuity available.My age is 39 and i am due to retire on age 58? – Vinod Pulari

ANS. – Dear Vinod Pulari, Plz. don’t opt Jeevan Tarang, for ur age the return from this policy r very poor. Sample this –
For a 5L cover, for ur age, the prem. for 20Y policy = 24610 Rs.

Hence total prem. paid over 20 years = 492200 Rs.
For past 4 years the LIC have announced 48 Rs. bonus per annum per 000 sum assured, so we can take this as benchmark for our calculation.
At the end of 20 year, u ‘ll get amount = 20*48*500 = 480000 Rs. or appx. ur prem. back.
From 21st year u ‘ll get 25000 Rs. (5% of 5L Rs.) as survival benefit every year tax free till u r alive.
After ur death, ur nominee ‘ll get the basic sum assured of 5L Rs. back as maturity benefit.
Now compare this with the combo of PPF+Term Plan (Anmol Jeevan from LIC).
Plz. note cheaper term insurance plans r available in market but i’m limiting it to LIC’s Anmol Jeevan for comparing of product within same Ins. co. The annual prem. for 5L cover for 20 Year plan = 3193 Rs.
difference in the prem. = 24610-3193 = 21417 Rs.
Invest this amt. every year in PPF, at the end of 20 year, the amt. in PPF = 10.58L

Withdraw from PPF amt. equal to bonus declared by LIC = 10.58L – 4.8L = 5.78L Rs.
This 5.78L Rs. ‘ll remain in PPF ‘ll earn interest for next year. After 1 year the interest on 5.78L Rs. = 46240 out of which u may withdraw 25K Rs. as tax free.
Balance amt. ‘ll remain with PPF & like vise every year, u ‘ll withdraw only 25K & the PPF amt. ‘ll keep on increasing.
Plz. note in this case even after 25 years or 30 years from now onwards or for ur age of 65-70, at ur death, ur nominee ‘ll receive more than what they ‘ll get in Jeevan Tarang (the basic sum assured of 5L Rs. only).
Now do tell me, what r u going to opt? Plz. note here i have not advised to invest in any Eq. MFs for betterment of return. U r already aware that PPF is one of the safest scheme.