Every parent earns to fulfil the needs of the family and future goals of their children like higher education and marriage, etc. As parents our happiness is tied to the children’s happiness and success in life. This is why you would earn, save and invest a major chunk of your income in long-term financial instruments.
Child saving plans are the best investment cum insurance plans that can ensure the financial security of children’s future goals.
Most insurers are offering child plans with market-linked and pure endowment products. ULIPs are the best investment plan for child education if you are open to investing in both debt and equity funds. Whereas a traditional endowment plan is a better option when you want a specific amount assured at maturity.
Here are five more tips that will help to choose the best child plans as per the child’s future goal:
Tip 1: Invest in Plans that Offer Premium Waiver Benefits
The best child insurance policies have the option for a premium waiver in case of the policyholder’s early death. Plans like Invest 4G ULIP plan and Guaranteed Savings Plan from Canara HSBC Life Insurance offer this feature. This feature allows the child to receive the financial support you intended for her at maturity despite your early demise.
For example, you have bought a ULIP plan with a life cover of Rs. 10 lakhs and an annual premium of Rs. 1 lakh. You want to accumulate Rs. 20 lakhs in 15 years and will be contributing throughout the policy term. But, in case of your demise in the seventh policy year, your family will still receive:
1. The life cover sum assured of Rs. 10 lakhs in the same policy year
2. Maturity value of approximately Rs. 20 lakh, as you intended, upon completion of the policy term of 15 years
This feature is called the premium protection option, and it ensures continuous investments from the insurer into the plan after your demise. Thus, the investment value of the plan keeps growing until maturity.
Tip 2: Choose Equity-linked Plans as per Risk Appetite
If you want to invest in equity funds and benefit from the high-risk high-growth possibility, you need to ensure a few things:
- You have sufficient time to stay invested in equity: Your goal should be at least 10 years away
- Invest in equity fund using systematic investment method: Invest in monthly mode, or use the automated allocation strategy to transfer systematically from debt fund to equity fund
- Make sure your plan has a systematic transfer plan: This will be important in the last few years of your investment when you need to withdraw from equity gradually and safeguard your capital
In case you don’t feel comfortable investing in equity funds, you can still use the safer debt funds option in the ULIP child plans. However, if you are looking for a guaranteed maturity value you can consider an endowment plan.
Read more about ULIP as an investment for your child.
Tip 3: Consider a Simple Endowment Plan
Endowment plans are one of the safest long-term investments. You can easily estimate your maturity value from these plans at the beginning of the investment. So, if you have a financial goal with a definite future value, these plans could be the best option for you.
For example, you want to provide a corpus of Rs. 15 lakhs to your daughter’s marriage 20 years from now. Using an endowment plan like Guaranteed Savings Plan you can decide an investment amount that will lead to that maturity value.
Additionally, these plans provide additional bonuses for long-term investors. So, if you are investing for 30 years, you can expect better growth of your funds than if you invest only for 15.
Tip 4: Estimate Total Sum Assured and Choose a Cover Accordingly
Understand that both of these plans are life insurance plans, and life insurance plays a crucial role in their performance. For instance, both the plans will offer a sum assured of life cover, which your family will receive immediately upon your death within the policy term.
If you need the plan to add to your family’s overall life cover umbrella, the plan’s life cover should be equal to or larger than this amount. Also, the life cover amount in a plan decides how much you can invest in that plan in a financial year without losing the tax benefits.
For example, if your ULIP plan’s life cover sum assured is Rs. 20 lakhs, your maximum annual investment in the plan should not exceed Rs. 2 lakhs (10% of S.A.).
Tip 5: Check the Premium Payment Terms
The size of the corpus you can build at the maturity of the child plan depends on the following three factors:
- Amount of money you invest each year
- Length of time you continue to invest in the plan, i.e., Premium Payment Term
- Length of time you stay invested in the plan, i.e., Policy Term
Premium payment term cannot exceed the policy term. But it can decide the amount of money you can invest in the plan. Thus, the premium payment term is an important factor to consider if you wish to achieve bigger goals.
Child Plans by Canara HSBC Life Insurance
Invest 4G ULIP plan and Guaranteed Savings Plan are two such plans from Canara HSBC Life Insurance, which offer all these features and more. Both plans offer added growth to long-term investors.
The ULIP plan offers automatic portfolio management strategies for aggressive investors. So that, you can manage your portfolio risk and allocation even when you are not looking into it.
So, if you have enough time on your side, why not give equity a chance to boost your funds over time with the right investment plan.