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HDFC and Max Life Merger: Here’s What You Need In Order To Break Even

Max Life and HDFC Life are merging. This is great news! Except for one thing: No one clearly understands what the heck is going on. This post will unravel the ...
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Has ICICI Prudential Life Taken To Fake Doctors Prescriptions To Avoid Paying Out Claims?

So Manoj Nagpal highlights a consumer forum case in which: Mihan Kisku takes policies worth Rs. 13 lakh from ICICI Pru Life in August 2008 He dies of a heart ...

You Will Not Believe The Real Cost of the Subsidized Insurance and Pension Schemes In The Budget

There were three new “social” schemes in the budget. These sounded like big government expenditure and the devil is obviously in the details. We ...

The Disruption of Bankers: Technology makes them mis-sell, But their jobs are in trouble

Bank employment is getting disrupted by technology. As transactions get primarily enabled on cards and mobile (at least in cities) you find that that bank ...

Insurance Sector Slows Down, New Premiums Fall 6%

New premiums in Life Insurance companies are down about 6% in 2012-13, and that follows a tough year earlier. (From the RBI Financial Stability Report) ULIPs ...

Keyman Insurance Loophole Plugged: All Proceeds Will Be Taxed, No Exemption

Budget 2013 has plugged a loophole in the tax system. Consider a small company that wanted to pay its management a bonus based on a large profit it had ...

Insurance Profits from Surrenders, But Not *That* Much

LiveMint has an article by Monika Halan and Deepthi Bhaskaran talking about how investors lost Rs. 1.5 trillion (150,000 crore) rupees due to mis-selling. ...

New Business for Insurers Continues Decline in 2012

Insurers seem to be getting lesser new business, as new premiums (single premium policies + new regular premium policies) drop 4.2% in the first half of the ...

Insurance: Pay 3% or 1.5% Service Tax Now

Till last year, service tax was chargeable on the premium you paid for Term insurance policies. Even in ULIPs the service tax was only charged on the portion ...

Insurance: Full Tax on Surrender If Premium>10% of Sum Assured [Corrected]

Missed in the glory of the Budget 2012 are key changes in Life Insurance. No 80C deduction if your Premium’s greater than 10% of the sum assured Under ...