Life insurance is inherently a business of trust between the insurer and the insured. Despite an optimistic start in the early part of the century, the industry has squandered away a golden opportunity to build trust.Read more
It is a story that is told innumerable times during the first three months of every New Year. Financial advisors of every hue would recount horror tales of how individuals who rush for ‘last minute tax planning” end up with an investment portfolio of “wrong products” that doesn’t serve any purpose. Read more
The insurance industry can make rapid strides in India if insurers sell only simple products and avoid mis-selling, Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram said after unveiling a new brand â€” â€˜PNB MetLifeâ€™ â€” in the Capital. Read more
The finance ministry is planning to offer tax relief of up to Rs 50,000 on savings in pension and insurance products over and above the exemption of Rs 1 lakh under Section 80C of the income tax act.Â The National Pension Scheme (NPS) and products approved by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority are likely to be made eligible for the new benefits. Read more
Globally, Indian consumers are known to be smart buyers â€” often called â€˜value seekersâ€™ by marketers.
Indians are always looking for the best deal and to maximise perceived price-value output. Purchase is preceded by a detailed understanding of the productâ€™s functionality, durability, features, performance rating, warranty, fit, colour and customisation. This behaviour is true for almost all product categories and across socio-economic segments. Read more