01 Jul '11, 9pm

Factors to consider before taking up an investment-linked policy

An investment-linked policy (ILP) is a life insurance plan that can provide you with a combination of protection and investment. The premiums that you pay for ILPs typically provide life insurance protection and at the same time, allow you to invest in professionally-managed investment-linked funds. While you may have the flexibility to vary the level of insurance coverage for your ILPs, there is, however, a trade-off between the amount of insurance coverage provided and the amount available for investment. It is also important to note that investing in ILPs is a long-term commitment so you should ensure sufficient liquidity of your assets before purchasing an ILP. There are broadly two types of ILPs - single-premium and regular-premium. For single-premium ILPs, premiums are paid in one lump sum. For regular-premium ILPs, premiums are paid on a regular basis (monthly, quar...

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