That was quick – mere weeks after Aviva launched its whole life policy, Tokio Marine has announced revisions to its flagship policy – TM Legacy Plus.
The biggest change would probably be the upgrade in the Minimum Benefit, or Minimum Protection Value, which I have touched on before. The MB factor used to be 2.5 for people 24 years and below, meaning a $100,000 policy will cover the person for $250,000. It was 2.0 for someone between 25 to 29, 1.8 between 30 – 34 and decreases for people in older age groups.
While whole life policies can be a relatively pricey way to obtain insurance coverage, there are some people who may be more inclined towards such policies. I will always point out the alternative strategy of buying term and investing the rest, highlighting the pros and cons of both strategies. A small allocation to a whole life policy and heavier emphasis on term coverage can often be a good way to deal with one’s insurance coverage.
Aviva is introducing MyLifeChoice, a new participating whole life insurance policy that features a Minimum Protection Value (MPV) and Guaranteed Extra Protection (GEP) option amongst other new features. Aviva MyLifeChoice replaces IdealLiving, Aviva’s previous whole life offering, and marks the extinction of guaranteed premium rates for critical illness coverage in the market.
Aviva’s MyShield is currently the only Medisave-approved integrated Medishield policy of the 5 offered in the market to offer Moratorium Underwriting alongside the more traditional Full Medical Underwriting option. Full Medical Underwriting requires the applicant to fully disclose material facts of his medial history and conditions. The insurer will then decide whether to exclude declared pre-existing conditions or even decline the application.