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Financial Planning: Importance Of Life Insurance For NRIs
WN Updated: Wednesday  22017 09:57 IST                           Change font size      Print this story     E-Mail this story
Indians have spread virtually to every corner of the globe and have made their mark in the chosen line of business or profession. As an Indian living abroad, it definitely makes a good financial sense to connect with the roots of your lineage and make wise investments back at home, especially when the country is in a developing phase.


Whether you are pursuing a dream job abroad and at some point wish to settle back in India post retirement, or if you have ageing parents living on their own in India and are dependent on you for financial support, it is prudent to take calibrated financial decisions -- especially at a time when uncertain economic conditions are prevailing in the more developed countries. It is also imperative to provide for long-term security and achieve financial goals for you and your dependents.

India is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and various economic estimates and research reports peg India's growth around 6% - 7% annually. This is significantly higher compared to other economies in the developed world where there is either nominal or no growth. This makes India an attractive investment destination for NRIs. Also, given the prevailing interest rate regime in India, an NRI will earn a lot more on his bank deposits in India compared to his country of residence. This also makes a compelling argument for the NRI to park his money in bank deposits in India.

An NRI has various options to choose from when he / she is structuring his financial plan. There is no one-size-fits-all investment strategy that can be prescribed for anNRI as such and an ideal financial plan should have an optimum mix of various asset classes. However, we would like to lay stress on the role of insurance as an asset class for an NRI in meeting his and his family's financial goals. Life insurance products can help to address an array of financial needs and goals of an NRIas they can be customized for specific purposes.

To take an illustration, Ashok is a 40-year old NRI based in London working as a senior project manager in a software company. He has two children aged 5 and 9 years old, and his wife Asha is a home-maker. His parents are retired and live in Pune. They have no source of income and rely on their son Ashok for their regular expenses. Ashok can build a portfolio ofinsurance products that can help address his following important financial goals:

Life cover for the financial security of his family

Provision for his children's education

Regular guaranteed income for parents

Wealth creation for himself and his spouse

Life cover for financial security of family

Ashok has five dependents and therefore it is crucial that he is adequately covered. Pure term insurance plans are ideal for this purpose. Currently online term plans that are available are competitively priced and are convenient to purchase. A term insurance plan will ensure that Ashok's family is financially secure and their financial aspirations are not compromised in case of the unfortunate event of Ashok's demise.

Provision for children's education

Provisioning and creating a corpus for children's education must ensure the following:

Wealth creation over the long term to ensure cash payouts at key educational milestones of his children

Financial security to ensure that the education of the child does not get compromised in case of an eventuality to the bread winner of the family

In case anything happens to Ashok, the investment for his children's future should continue and the children should get the benefits when required. Hence, investing in child plans designed by insurance companies will ensure that the financial plan for the child remains unhindered even in the face of an eventuality to meet cash payouts on key educational milestones. In such plans, upon the death of the parent, the family gets a lump sum amount and the life insurance company pays all future premiums on behalf of the policy holder.

Regular guaranteed income for parents

Ashok's parents need a guaranteed income to meet their day-to-day expenses. The product that addresses this goal is the Immediate Annuity plan offered by life insurance companies. Ashok can purchase an Immediate Annuity product which will then generate regular income for his parents in India. Additionally, he has the option of choosing the frequency of the payouts. Upon the death of the last surviving parent, Ashok will get the entire investment amount back which he can repatriate to his country of residence.
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