NO – LTCG on equity does not make ULIPs better

Promotion Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) have always been aggressively positioned in India.  The recent (re)introduction of Long Term Capital Gains (LTCG) Tax on equity has added another dimension to the promotion of ULIPs. In this illustrative post, we look at how Equity mutual funds still provide better post-tax returns due to their flexibility and

LIC Jeevan Shanti Annuity – Should You Buy

Promotion Often, new products from LIC are widely promoted. This has been the case with the new Single Premium Annuity Plan – Jeevan Shanti. This is billed as a non-participating, non linked plan – which has to be the case with annuity plans. A key feature of the plan is the deferred annuity option. In

Annuity Plans – What, Why, and Why Bother

Promotion Summary An ‘Annuity’ is a (financial) product that provides a steady, periodic income, over many years,  to the buyer. This part of annuity makes it similar to a pension. Probably due to this, annuity plans are popular in India. In this short article we consider the factors of annuity and look at who it