Two of three individuals intend to invest in ULIPs in coming year, says survey

NEW DELHI: Two out of every three Indians intend to invest in a unit-linked insurance plan (ULIPs) in the coming year, as per a survey conducted by Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co, with about 92% feeling that their affinity for these products rose post the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic as things returned to normal.

The study, conducted among 499 individuals in the age group of 21-50 years, was done in association with NielsenIQ. The key objective of the study was to explore customer perspectives on life goals investments in life insurance understcustomers’ affinity towards ULIPs.

In terms of top five goals in life, financial security for family was the most important for those surveyed at 41%, while retirement planning investing was second at 39%.

Life insurance was the most preferred product to plan for long-term goals such as retirement children’s education, as two in every three Indians said that they invest or intend to invest in these products to achieve long-term life goals.

For investment portfolio distribution, of the 499 surveyed, 23% of the allocation was in bank deposits such as savings, fixed deposits, recurring deposits; followed by 18% allocation in life insurance investment plans; 13% in health, general, accident insurance plans; 11% in equities or mutual funds.

When it came to reasons behind investing in market-linked products, good returns got the highest vote share, followed by income tax benefits fund performance. Notably, insurance coverage on death was the least preferred option for selecting market-linked products.

Specifically, the top three triggers for investing in ULIPs included a range of fund options, expert advice by the company, flexibility of partial withdrawals.

According to agents surveyed by the insurance company, flexibility control are the two key areas that act as major barriers to invest in ULIPs.

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