Don’t buy a term plan to cover retirement
This is how much a 35-year-old non-smoker male will pay to buy a Rs 1-crore term plan from Max Life Insurance.
|Age now||35 years||35 years|
|Tenure||20 years||40 years|
|Age at maturity||55 years||75 years|
|Annual premium (Rs)||9,204||14,514|
|Total outgo (Rs)||1.84 lakh||5.81 lakh|
Smart tip: A life cover is meant to replace your income and provide for your dependants in case of your death. Therefore, it is not needed after retirement. If you wish to leave behind a legacy, create a kitty over time instead.
For a salaried, male taking a Rs 75-lakh MCLR-based home loan with a 20-year tenure from SBI.
|Home loan interest rate||8.65%||8.75%|
|Interest outgo||82.92 lakh||84.07 lakh|
|Savings on interest outgo*||1.15 lakh||-|
Smart tip: While banks use their internal risk scoring mechanism to categorise borrowers, credit score is a key parameter. Borrowers with CIBIL credit scores of over 750 are considered least risky. Ensure you pay your credit card bills, EMIs and utility bills on time to boost your score.
Hike EMI nominally when interest rates go up
*Savings compared to higher interest outgo if EMI was not hiked.
Buy a longer term health cover
For a Rs 5 lakh cover with unlimited recharge from Religare Health
|Age||40 years||41 years|
|One-year premium (Rs)||7,386||9,103|
|Premium over 2 years if one does not lock into current rates at 40||16,849||-|
|Premium for 2 yrs if paid at one go at 40 (Rs)||13,665||-|
Smart tip: Your premium will rise steeply as you turn 41, as the age slab will change. You can save by buying a two- or three-year cover, by locking into the current slab’s premium. You can also pocket longer-tenure premium discount by paying at one go.
Invest in direct plans of mutual funds
Rs 2-lakh invested in an equity fund yielding 12% gross per annum with a 20-year investment horizon.
|Age||Regular plan||Direct plan|
|Final corpus after 20 years (Rs)||14.08 lakh||15.41 lakh|
|Difference (Rs)||-||1.33 lakh|
Smart tip: Investing through direct plans of mutual funds can make a substantial difference to your final corpus.
Don’t surrender Ulip in the fourth year
- Surrender charges in year 4: Rs 2,000
- Surrender charges year 5 onwards: Nil
Smart tip: Don't surrender Ulip after paying premiums in the fourth year. Hold on for a year. This will save you discontinuance charges, especially if you can afford to pay premium for another year.
Good health saves you more
- Annual premium for a 35-year-old healthy individual: Rs 6,300
- Annual premium for diabetes* patient: Rs 8,190
Smart tip: Premium loading depends on the insurer. It can range from 30-300%, as per Wellthy Therapeutics. Final premium depends on multiple factors.
Auto pay bills to avoid late charges
|Utility||Late payment fee (Rs)|
#For a bill amount of Rs 3,230.
Smart tip: Missing utility and credit card bill payments for a month could result in sizeable penalty outgo. Instead, opt for billpay and issue standard instructions for credit card bill payment to avoid these charges.
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2 Comments on this Story
Antz Geo550 days ago
CIBIL is a blackmail agent. You can pay CIBIL to get a better score.
Cyboy 551 days ago
CIBIL score is a sham. No one gets lower interest rate for having higher score.