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If you are serious in planning for your children’s University Education with an Endowment Plan, do you know that beside the traditional or usual types of plans that ask you to:
- Pay For ‘X’ number of years for the same ‘X’ years of coverage term
- Pay For ‘X-5’ number of years for ‘X’ years of coverage term plus the option to withdraw a certain percentage of the Sum Assured for the last three years (meant as a form of using it to service the child’s first year followed by second to third year of university education)…
There’s another type of Limited Pay Endowment Plan that allows you to service like 5 years only and the plan continues to the end of the coverage term (and most importantly… the maturity return can be like 40% – 60% potentially higher than those plans mentioned above)?
If you are unaware and you are interested to know more, do continue to read on…
What You Need To Know About This Type of Limited Pay Endowment Plan
As mentioned, the main attractive feature of this type of Limited Pay Endowment Plan is that you need to service like 5 years of Premium Term and the plan continues to enjoy the insurance company’s annual bonuses till the end of the coverage term (usually in the range of 15 years and beyond)
The next attractive feature is that the returns can be potentially higher than most of the usual endowment plans, including those termed as Education Funding Plans. And this is despite the fact that the total premiums paid for this versus others are mostly the same!
How Can This Type Of Limited Pay Endowment Plan Get You Potentially Higher Return?
If you are unaware… the CPF Board has just increased the Minimum Sum amount for 2012 which means that if you are in that particular eligible group – you have to ensure that your retirement account must be at least at the stated amount.
And if you are sighing and complaining that this is unfair… this trend is here to stay and I have also shared in my previous post on the rationale behind this annual increment.
So What Can You Do To Help Grow Your CPF Account And Better Prepare For Retirement?
For a start, at this point of writing, the economy is not in a good state and there’s a recent report that almost majority of CPF monies that have been taken out to invest (in plans like Unit Trust or other form of Equities) have yet to make profit (means these people are losing money) – which is a dangerous sign!
Why You Should Not Invest In Unit Trust With Your CPF Monies If You Are Not Too Sure Of The Future?
If you are currently served by a Financial Planner who is very keen to sell you some Unit Trusts using your CPF Monies -do you know that he/she gets to earn a one-time commission fee (certain percentage from the initial amount) and a trailer fee (certain percentage from the onset value, e.g. the amount after every 3 months period). And these fees are deducted regularly (until you decide to terminate) regardless of the economy. Therefore if your Unit Trust Fund is not performing and fees are deducted… it will just get harder for you to break even and make a profit!
I was on Facebook surfing around when I saw this Interesting Poll Question done up by AIA Singapore FB Page and this was what’s been asked…
And seems like there is a good number of people who are concerned about having enough to spend or to last through their Retirement, followed by the concern to provide enough for their Family Members.
So is this a concern for you as well? And if it is… how do you go about planning for it?
I would like to share a few pointers that may help you to get started…
But First… When Does Retirement Planning Really Start?
This post is a response to one of the readers who has recently posted a comment on this post. Therefore I do hope that, with this post, I can help to bring out some pointers on the cons of having the many of the same insurance policy types…
When Are There Cons To Having Too Many Of The Same Policy Types?
The existence of cons depends on the terms and conditions stated by various insurance companies. So it is always better to check with the Financial Planners representing each of them. Things worth checking out:
#1 The Maximum Amount Of Insurance Coverage
Some insurance companies tie the maximum amount of insurance coverage against Death and/or Critical Illnesses against a factor of one’s annual income. For example, some insurance companies may set 16 – 20 times of annual income as the maximum sum assured for a whole life or term insurance. So if you are earning $100,000 per year, the maximum amount of insurance coverage that you can get may be set as $2,000,000. Any amount beyond that may mean that you are over-insured and insurance companies may just pay up to that limit.
If you are thinking that it’s unfair since you have the means to pay the premiums, but do think of people who may take advantage, e.g. a person deeply in debt and unemployed but has some savings to tide him over… he decides to get a $1 million dollars term insurance to cover himself and he decides to commit suicide after a year (of which the premium paid is just a few thousands). This will be unfair to the Insurance Company and to the pool of policyholders, do you agree?