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.
I attended NTUC Income’s event this morning for the launch of VivoCare, a whole life policy that primarily focuses on providing early stage critical illness cover.
Traditional critical illness policies typically define critical illnesses as “late stage” conditions. For instance, a payout will be made only if both kidneys have failed. Under an “early payout” policy, the surgical removal of a single kidney can be admitted for a claim.
I read another adviser’s article talking about the “dangers” of term insurance, specifically the non-payment of premiums, accidental or otherwise.
The writer tries to drive home the point by including anecdotes of term policy owners forgetting to pay premiums, and even a case of an “improper” GIRO arrangement leading to the term policy lapsing and dramatically just when the person needed it the most.