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Investment Planning with ULIPs - How to Better Your Financial Life

ULIP Investment Strategy: Top Tips to Improve Your ULIP Gains
October 05, 2023


In this policy, the investment risks in the investment portfolio is borne by the policyholder

In today’s fast-paced world, everybody needs to secure their financial future. Investment planning plays a pivotal role in helping us achieve our long-term goals. Unit-Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) offer a unique combination of insurance and investment, making them a popular investment option in India. Let’s explore the benefits of ULIPs and understand how investment planning enhances your financial life.

What Is Investment Planning?

Individuals must allocate their financial resources strategically to grow their wealth and achieve goals within a specific timeframe. To plan your investments, you must identify suitable investment avenues that align with your risk appetite, objectives, and timeline. Most people plan their finances to generate wealth and safeguard their family’s financial future. ULIPs offer the twin benefits of life insurance coverage and investment opportunities, making it a crucial financial planning tool.

Your Guide to Investment Planning

  • Goal Setting

    The first step in investment planning is setting clear and achievable financial goals. Whether it’s buying a house, funding your child’s education, or planning for retirement, defining your objectives will help you devise an effective investment strategy.

  • Risk Assessment

    Every investment carries some level of risk. Understanding your risk appetite is crucial in selecting appropriate investment options. ULIPs offer the advantage of switching between funds, allowing you to manage risk effectively.

  • Diversification

    Investment planning with ULIPs enables diversification across various asset classes. A diversified portfolio reduces the impact of market volatility on your investments, enhancing the potential for stable returns.

  • Regular Monitoring

    Investment planning is not a one-time process. It requires periodic review and adjustments. Regularly monitoring your investments and making necessary changes based on market conditions can help you stay on track to achieve your financial objectives.

Benefits of Financial Planning

  • Wealth Creation

    Planning your finances and investments helps create wealth over time. Investment options like ULIPs generate returns and grow your money to achieve your goals.

  • Tax Benefits

    ULIPs provide tax benefits under Section 80C# and 10(10D)# of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Premiums paid in a financial year towards premium of ULIP plans are eligible for deduction under Section 80C# up to the limit of Rs. 1,50,000/- in a financial year.

    Proceeds received on surrender/partial withdrawals/maturity of ULIP plan are exempt from tax subject to provisions mentioned in Section 10(10D) i.e if the premium payable for any of the years during the policy term does not exceed 10% of the death sum assured.

    In addition to the above, for policies issued after 1st Feb 2021 tax exemption on maturity proceeds will be available only if premium paid in any of the years towards such matured polices does not exceed Rs.2,50,000. Out of the total matured policies in a financial year, exemption u/s 10(10D) will be available only towards those polices who’s aggregate premium in any years does not exceed Rs. 2,50,000/.

    Rest policies exceeding the mentioned limit will be chargeable as capital gains.

    Death proceeds shall be exempt from tax for all ULIP plans.

  • Flexibility

    Investment planning with ULIPs provides flexibility in terms of fund selection. You can choose from equity, debt, or balanced funds based on your risk appetite and goals. ULIPs may allow you to switch between funds based on market conditions or changes in your investment strategy.

  • Life Insurance Coverage

    ULIPs offer life insurance coverage, providing financial protection to your family in case of unfortunate events. The sum assured works as a safety net, ensuring your loved ones remain financially secure in your absence.

Creating a Solid Investment Plan with ULIPs

ULIPs help you build wealth for the future. You can follow these steps to create a plan that includes ULIPs.

  • Assess Your Financial Situation

    Evaluate your current financial standing, income, expenses, debts, and investments. Understanding your financial health will help you set realistic goals and make informed investment decisions.

  • Define Your Goals

    Categorise your short-term, medium-term, and long-term financial goals. Assign each a timeline and determine the required investment amount.

  • Choose the Right ULIP

    Research different ULIP offerings from insurance providers. Consider factors such as charges, fund performance, flexibility, and the insurance company’s claim-settlement ratio before deciding.

  • Choose Your Asset Allocation

    Allocate your investments among equity, debt, and balanced funds based on your risk tolerance and goals. Investors with a higher risk appetite may prefer equity-oriented funds. Those with lower risk tolerance may opt for debt or balanced funds.

  • Pay Premiums Regularly

    Ensure you pay your premiums on time to maximise the benefits from your ULIP. Consistent contributions help your investments grow substantially over time.

Understanding Your Behavioural Biases and Emotions

While creating your investment plan, account for your behavioural biases and emotions. The most common biases include:

  • Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)

    This bias might lead you to invest in risky assets solely based on the fear of missing out on high returns. Stick to your investment strategy and avoid getting swayed by short-term market trends.

  • Loss Aversion

    The fear of losses can cause investors to make hasty decisions during market downturns. A well-thought-out investment plan can help you focus on your long-term goals, preventing emotional reactions.

  • Overconfidence

    Overconfidence in investment decisions may lead to excessive risk-taking, potentially harming your financial goals. Stay humble and rely on thorough research before making investment choices.

    Investment planning can significantly enhance your financial life. ULIPs offer a balanced mix of insurance protection and investment opportunities, boosting your ability to meet your goals. By setting clear financial goals, assessing your risk appetite, and maintaining a disciplined approach to investing, you can make the most of your ULIP investments. Consult with financial experts and leverage the benefits of ULIPs to create a solid investment plan that secures your financial future.

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Francis Rodrigues has a decade long experience in the insurance sector, and as SVP, E-Commerce and Digital Marketing, HDFC Life, manages the online sales channel, as well as digital and performance marketing. He has had hands-on experience in setting up sales channels and functional teams from scratch over a career spanning 2 decades.

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#Tax benefits are subject to conditions under Sections 80C, Section 10(10D) and other provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

# The afore stated views are based on the current Income-tax law. Tax Laws are also subject to change from time to time. Also, the customer is requested to seek tax advice from his Chartered Accountant or personal tax advisor with respect to his personal tax liabilities under the Income-tax law.

The Unit Linked Insurance products do not offer any liquidity during the first five years of the contract. The policyholders will not be able to surrender or withdraw the monies invested in Unit Linked Insurance Products completely or partially till the end of fifth year.

Unit Linked Life Insurance products are different from the traditional insurance products and are subject to the risk factors. The premium paid in Unit Linked Life Insurance policies are subject to investment risks associated with capital markets and the NAVs of the units may go up or down based on the performance of fund and factors influencing the capital market and the insured is responsible for his/her decisions. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited is only the name of the Insurance Company, The name of the company, name of the contract does not in any way indicate the quality of the contract, its future prospects or returns. Please know the associated risks and the applicable charges, from your Insurance agent or the Intermediary or policy document of the insurer. The various funds offered under this contract are the names of the funds and do not in any way indicate the quality of these plans, their future prospects and returns.