Learn About The Online Term Insurance Plan

What is a Term Insurance Plan?


As compared to traditional insurance plans, Term insurance plan is a basic insurance plan wherein you pay a much lower premium to get a high sum assured. The other main difference is the death benefit which is provided only in case of death of the policy holder. It means that in case the policyholder survives the entire term of policy, nothing will be paid to the nominee hence there is no return on maturity of the term plan. A person of 35 years of age can buy a cover of Rs. 1 crore at around Rs.10,000/- per annum only.


Here is the table showing the best online term insurance plans in India (as on Oct-2015)

                                   Company                                Scheme Name Policy Term (Years)              Min        Max Min Age at Entry  Covers upto   (Max Age)   Sum Assured  (in Rs.)                                                             Min          Max         Premium (in Rs.)                           Claim Setting % (2014-2015)
ICICI Prudential iProtect 10     30 20 75 3 Lakh        NA 12,247 94.1
HDFC Life Click 2 Protect 10     30   18 65 10 Lakh 10Crore 11,910 94.0
LIC e-Term Plan 10     35 18 75 50 Lakh      NA 16,405 98.1
Max Life Max Life Online Term Plan 10     35 18 70 25Lakh100Crore 8,314 93.9
Kotak Life Preferred e-term 10    40 18 75 25           NA 8,287 90.7
SBI Life eShield 10    30 18 70 20           NA 13,135 91.1
Bajaj Allianz iSecure 10   30 18 70 20          NA 13,438 91.3
Aegon Religare iTerm Plan 5    40 18 75  10          NA 8,202 81.0

Why is it available so cheap?


Because there are no agents involved; it is similar to your online shopping wherein no shopkeeper/distributor is involved . All the amount which company have to pay towards commission/other payouts and even the other administrative costs are much lower. The same amount is passed back to the end user. The other statistically proved reason is the longevity of those buying online as the population is mostly between in between 30s and 40s and also more alert and conscious about their security & well being.

Advantages:


Term plan has many advantages than your traditional policies as follows:


  1. Lowest Premium (50-60% cheaper than offline) 
  2. Highest Coverage
  3. Faster process & Issuance 
  4. Less paperwork involved 
  5. Utmost Transparency 
  6. Flexible in selecting a required plan
  7. No medical checkup for certain age groups or up to Rs. 50 lakhs sum assured


Disadvantages:

Though there are lot of advantages as seen above for the policy buyer but ultimately it’s your nominee who is going to apply for the claim if arises. You have to make sure that the technology/lodging claim online and other filing process should not become a bottleneck for them because nominee in most cases would be either wife or parents. They should not be made run from pillar to post to get their due claim. This happens mainly because there is no agent or mediator who can help in all the paperwork (online) to get it done especially in times when they are under emotional trauma due to the death of their loved one. Even local office of insurance companies won’t be able to help because it is online and could be done online only.


Conclusion:

Online term insurance plans are the best if you can educate your dependents for the procedures and formalities involved in the claim and also keep them updated about your policy contract and jurisdiction. Enjoy your cup of coffee without comparing its cost to the term plan and don’t fall prey to marketing gimmicks, be smart and buy smart.

Learn about the home loan interest saver plans!

I am a corporate employee since 10 years. I started with a salary of Rs. 3,00,000 p.a. After two years, I started drawing Rs. 5,00,000 p.a. So, like any other individual, I wanted to fulfill my first wish in the list, owning a home. After many good discussion sessions with parents, relatives, friends, etc, I decided to buy a 3 bedroom flat for Rs. 30,00,000. When I applied for a loan, I got approval for Rs. 24,00,000. with 20 years tenure, paying Rs.25,000 as EMI. As years passed, my salary, savings,the interest rate of my home loan, and my EMI everything was on uptrend. The graph of expenses and expectations, as well, is going higher. My thoughts are :

  • First, close my home loan as fast as I can.
  • Next, have funds for unexpected expenses.

So, to close my home loan either I have to increase my EMI or reduce the tenure of the home loan. Since I am earning enough, I would like to increase my EMI. So what happens to my savings and other investments?  I don’t want to  move any of my investments. I want to have funds for the reasons unknown. What options do I have then?

Home loan interest saver plansYes, for those under this dilemma, home saver scheme is an option. Savings on Home loan interest can be done by depositing your surplus funds in an account. And this account will be used to pay your principal amount of your home loan or reduce the interest amount you pay and this in turn, helps you to reduce the tenure.

But the interest you pay will be relatively higher than you pay for a normal home loan. At present, there are five banks which offer this scheme. Each bank’s scheme has its own name. And, each scheme has its own advantages and dis-advantages.

Save while you pay the interest on Home loan. Here are the options for Savings  on Home loan interest.

Let us get into the details what home loan interest saver plans various banks have to offer:

  1. Savings on Home loan interest by SBI.

It enables the customers to earn optimal yield on their savings by reducing interest burden on Home Loans.

  • Eligibility – Salaried individuals 
  • Minimum Amount – 20 lakhs
  • Allowed to withdraw – Yes

HOME LOANS – INTEREST RATES With effect from 01.04.2016

(MCLR: 9.20%)     

Borrowers’ category Home Loan interest rate, irrespective of loan limit EMI per Lac for 30 year Tenor Maxgain above Rs. 20 lacs & upto Rs. 1 crore Maxgain above Rs. 1 crore CRE Maxgain, irrespective of loan limit
Women 20 bps above the MCLR i.e. 9.40% p.a Rs. 834 30 bps above the MCLR i.e. 9.50% p.a. 55 bps above the MCLR i.e. 9.75% p.a. 75 bps above the MCLR i.e. 9.95% p.a.
Others 25 bps above the MCLR i.e. 9.45% p.a. Rs. 838 35 bps above the MCLR i.e. 9.55% p.a. 60 bps above the MCLR i.e. 9.80% p.a. 80 bps above the MCLR i.e. 10.00% p.a

2. Savings on Home loan interest by IDBI.

Home Loan Interest Saver provides you the facility of linking your Home Loan account with the Flexi Current Account (The interest liability of your home loan comes down to the extent of surplus funds parked in the operative current account. You will be allowed to withdraw or deposit funds from this operative current account as and when required. Interest on Home loans will be calculated on outstanding balance of loan minus balance in the Current Account based on EOD balance. 

  • Eligibility – Salaried individuals Who crossed 22 yrs of age.
  • Allowed to withdraw – Yes

HOME LOANS – INTEREST RATES With effect from 01.04.2016

Tenor MCLR (in% )
Overnight 8.85
One Month 9.25
Three Month 9.35
Six Month 9.40
One Year 9.45

3. Savings on Home loan interest by Citi Bank.

Citi bank Home Credit Vanilla option Fast Track option

Citibank offers you 2 options in Home Credit loans that you can choose depending on your needs:

Home Credit Vanilla Option :

Home Credit Vanilla option gives you the option of maintaining liquidity. An overdraft line is set on the Home Credit account and interest savings arising out of the Home Credit facility go towards increasing this line, which is always available for withdrawal by you.

Home Credit Fast Track Option :

Home Credit Fast Track gives you the option of repaying your home loan faster. Interest saves are adjusted towards reducing your loan outstanding, which effectively reduce the tenure of your loan and help you close your home loan faster.

  • Eligibility – Salaried individuals with at least two years experience.
  • Minimum Amount – 25 Lakhs
  • Allowed to withdraw – Yes

HOME LOANS – INTEREST RATES With effect from 01.04.2016

  • Loans up to Rs. 25 lacs                                                  –   9.85%  to 10.00% p.a.
  •  Loans > Rs. 25 lacs (without home credit facility)      –   9.85%  to 10.25% p.a.
  • Loans > Rs. 25 lacs (with home credit facility)            –   9.95%  to 10.35% p.a. 

Home Loan Takeover with Enhancement/ Home Loan Top-up (with cash out portion within 100% of Home Loan amount) 9.90% p.a. to 10.65% p.a.

Tenor MCLR (in% )
Overnight 8.65
One Month 8.95
Three Month 9.00
Six Month 9.00
One Year 8.85

4. Savings on Home loan interest by Standard Chartered.

The surplus money in your Linked Transaction Account will be used to offset the principal of your home loan.Effectively, interest will be paid only on the difference between the outstanding loan amount and your surplus funds.

  • Minimum Amount – 5 Lakhs

HOME LOANS – INTEREST RATES With effect from 01.04.2016

Tenor MCLR (in% )
Overnight 8.45
One Month 9.20
Three Month 9.35
Six Month, 1 year

2 year, 3 year

9.45
>3 year 9.65

5. Savings on Home loan interest by HSBC.

HSBC Smart Home

Your Smart Home is operated through a Smart Home account that acts as a Current Account with an overdraft limit equal to the amount of the loan disbursed. Your home loan interest is calculated, on the principal outstanding minus the savings deposited in your Smart Home account every month, over and above your EMI. So,you can reduce the quantum of interest paid and thereby reduce the tenure of your loan.

  • Interest Calculated – At Present (MCLR) 10.05 to 10.10%
  • Eligibility –  21 years
  • Minimum Amount – 5 lakhs 

What Makes Smart Home or Home Saver option different from a Normal Home Loan / Advantages with Home Saver Option 

  • The interest component or the principal amount on your home loan decreases hence the tenure also decreases.
  • You can withdraw money when needed without any prior notice to the bank.
  • You are forever on a safe side as you save money for unexpected  necessities. 
  • It also helps to reduce tax burden. 
  • Calculations are done on a daily basis.
 Dis-advantages with the Home Saver Option
  • The interest you pay on your home loan is more than you pay for a normal home loan. 
  • You might always withdraw the idle money from the account for unnecessary expenses.
  • If you are not sure of savings during the tenure you might end up paying more interest on your home loan.
  • Banks (some branches) usually lengthen this loan process as the benefit is more to the customers than to the bank.

6. Savings on Home loan interest by AXIS Bank.

AXIS Bank Super Saver Home loans 

Super Saver Home loans is a unique financing solution that helps you save on the total interest payable on your home loan.

  • Loan tenure upto 20 years.
  • Loan Amount 1 cr and above.
  • Interest Rates – Salaried (MCLR + 0.45%), Self-employed (MCLR + 0.95%)

7. Savings on Home loan interest by PNB.

Punjab National Bank Flexible Housing Loan

Provides the borrowers the advantage of substantial savings on the interest component on account of facility to deposit the surplus funds in the overdraft account and withdraw the same as per the choice and needs.

  • Eligibility – Below 50 years
  • Allowed to withdraw – Yes

HOME LOANS – INTEREST RATES With effect from 01.04.2016

Tenor MCLR (in% )
Overnight 9.15
One Month 9.20
Three Month 9.30
Six Month 9.35
One Year 9.40


Best fit for – Salaried employees and self-employed individuals whose income is not constant.

Before you opt for a Home Saver option, please do know the eligibility and all the terms and conditions about the calculations to avoid confusion. For those who are confident of savings and for those whose return on other investments is lesser, can really try to work on this option for savings on Home loan interest. 

7 things you must know about top-up loan on home loan

What is a top-up loan.

A top-up loan is a loan given on an existing home loan. 

Infact, a top-up loan is an incremental loan on an existing home loan given to the existing customer at a current ‘rack rate’ of  the home finance company or bank. The rack rate is usually 1-1.5% higher than home loan rates.



1. Who is eligible for top-up loans.

top-up loan on home loan

The top-up loan is available for only the existing customers. The customers should have done atleast 6 or more repayments and should have a good track record of repayment.



2. How much top-up can you get.

It varies from lender to lender. 

  • Some  have a cap, say, they look at the current price of your property less the amount of home loan you owe. For e.g., Your property costs 60 lakhs and you got 80% loan at 10% interest. Then the loan amount is 40 lakhs. Supposing you repayed for three years. 

Then the top up is provided on (The amount of the initial home loan) – (outstanding principal amount). 

  • Some provide amount up to 100% of the original home loan. Like Standard Chartered, HSBC, Citi Bank, ICICI Bank.

3. Tenure

The tenure of the top-up loan can go up to 15-20 years, depending on your home loan’s term. As it is offered only to existing customers, the maximum tenure could be the same as the balance repayment period. 

4. Interest Rate

The interest rates are relatively higher when compared with home loans and lesser than the personal loans. Usually it is 1.00% to 1.50% higher than the home loan interest rate.

5. Fees

Banks usually charge a processing fee that is the same as that on their home loan offering. If you have been a good home loan borrower, which means you have paid your instalments on time and have a favourable credit report, the fees may even be waived by some banks.

6. Why Should you Opt for a Top-up loan / Advantages

  • If you are in urgent need of funds, like for education or child’s marriage or even if you want to renovate your house or furnish it, top-up loan is the best solution.
  • Compared to other alternatives such as personal loans, a top up gives you a better deal when it comes to interest rates and processing fees, so you can leverage your existing home loan to help you save costs
  •  A Top Up Loan allows you to repay over a longer tenure compared to a personal loan, helping you to keep your monthly outflow low.
  • The process is simple, quick and hassle-free as the documentation is already done earlier. 
  •  It does not require collateral.

7. Disadvantages

  • It is not approved for those who have a poor track records of repaying the loan.
  • It is the bank’s discretion to approve the loan and the number of EMI’s to be repaid before being eligible for getting the top loan.
  • Not all the banks have this option. 

              So you have an option to transfer your home loan to another lender and get a top-up loan. 

Hence, when you weigh the advantages and disadvantages, it is obvious that opting for a top-up is the best. The purpose may be anything either renovating your home or medical expenses or any emergency needs.There are banks who disburse top up loans equivalent to that of home loans while some have a cap on the amount being lent. Some banks may ask to mention the reason for top-up loan just to avoid illegal usage. So a careful and detailed research is to be done, on your purpose of top-up, as well on the banks you can consider, before going for a top-up loan.