Tip Tuesdays: How To Spread Your “Risk of Trust” When Buying Term Life Insurance

When it comes to buying term life insurance, most discussions that I have had with friends and readers and that I have read online lead to a single question: “Can I really trust the insurance company to honor its commitment at the time of payout given that quite a bunch of them have a high claims rejection ratio?”

At the same time, most want to play it safe and stick with LIC given its sovereign guarantee (which, in my opinion and given the the state of world finance in general, isn’t something that you can honestly count upon).

A safe way out then would be to spread your “risk of trust.”

Suppose you’re looking for a cover of Rs 1 crore through term life insurance. Buy coverage of Rs 50 lacs from the insurer that you trust most and coverage of Rs 25 lacs each from two other insurers who you trust to a lesser extent. You get the same cover in total but you’ve also mitigated the risk to an extent.

What do you think?

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9 thoughts on “Tip Tuesdays: How To Spread Your “Risk of Trust” When Buying Term Life Insurance

  1. Hi, No i have not reached at your financial calculation part. i have a financial planner. have more interest in investing and investment with no debt/liability. you can say i am like hungry for the information on investing. i got your website from ‘Amit Agarwal’s Indian blog list”. and i click everyday on your website. thanks for sharing the information and advise on your website. i am really appreciate the way you put your thoughts. i am sure there are many people like me. thanks.

  2. Consider the following:
    I have three policies from A, B and C. I die. All three investigate my death. A finds a loophole (legitimate or otherwise; relevant or otherwise) which they can utilize. Either myself or my nominee would have to declare at some stage about existence of other policies. Since A,B,C can do invetisgate anything they want and are aware about other policies, B and C can fiind out the results of A’s investigations. All three can now hold up payment.
    Ombudsman can clear it (hopefully!) but it is thrice the hassle.

    The best way to avoid risk is to fill up the form ourselves and declare everything. Multiple policies may be a good idea for someone in 20s. Someone in 30s with some health issue it will be expensive and can lead to hassle to the nominee

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