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Not so Obvious Reasons to Start Planning Sooner Rather Than Later

There are quite a few obvious and oft-repeated reasons why people should start financial planning now: insurance premiums increase when one decides to get it at an older age; health problems may set in making it more difficult to get insurance coverage; investing early allows one to enjoy the full magnitude of the compounding effect amongst other reasons.

These are actually rather minor concerns to me.

What is the absolute difference in premiums when one is 25 versus when one is 26, 27 or even 28? It is not very much actually. Delaying one’s investing by some time also do not make very significant difference. Of course, horror stories about bad things happening to even young people can be an effective way of getting people to sign on the dotted line, but to me, I think a few other factors are more pertinent.

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NTUC Income Relaunching Capital Plus, Again

NTUC Income is relaunching Capital Plus on 11th July 2011.

It is a 2-year single premium savings plan with a guaranteed return of 1.4% p.a. The minimum sum required is $10,000 cash or SRS, and the plan is available to all between 16 to 80 years of age.

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“Double Charges” in a Regular-Premium ILP

There are charges involved in both investing and getting insurance coverage. Purchasing stocks incurs a brokerage fee, and investing in unit trusts involves annual management fees and sales charges. Bulk of the first few years of premiums of an insurance policy goes to “distribution costs” (mainly commissions to the agent). Typically, distribution costs are highest in the first year and steps down over the next few years of a policy.

Regular-premium investment-linked policies (ILP) are touted by many agents to be for both insurance and investments, but do you know that many such policies charge the policyholder distribution costs (on top of investment charges) on his investments, and investment charges (on top of insurance charges) on his insurance?

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NTUC Income Relaunching Capital Plus

NTUC Income is relaunching Capital Plus on 18thFebruary 2011, Friday, which is today at the time of writing.

It is a 2-year single premium savings plan with a guaranteed return of 1.4% p.a. The minimum sum required is $10,000 cash or SRS, and the plan is available to all between 16 to 80 years of age.

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