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Stuck with Rs. 1 Crore Life Cover? You Need to Know This

Life insurance has become a necessity in life, especially during the COVID19 pandemic. Keeping that in mind, people rush towards the nearest insurance company’s office or look for suitable types of insurance plans online. In any case, if there is one thing that almost every such individual witness, it is ‘a sum assured of Rs. 1 crore.’

You can easily find this number advertised through various mediums or highlighted in bold when you use online life insurance calculators. Indeed, Rs. 1 crore is a significant amount, and backing your family’s financial security with it can make a big difference in their lives. For instance, if you buy a pure term plan with a sum assured of Rs. 1 crore, the policy nominee will get this amount in case of your untimely demise. This could help the family members plan for their financial well-being without facing a burden. Similarly, you can get this amount back by choosing a term plan with a return of premium option.

At this point, many people ask a common question – ‘Is Rs. 1 crore the only option of sum assured we can select?’ 

This is not true. There are various options available at the time of buying life insurance. A mere glimpse of an online life insurance calculator can tell you what these options are. 

The next important question that comes up – ‘How much sum assured should you choose?’

It is time for you to look at various factors before selecting a sum assured.

1. Your Specific Needs

Everyone should indeed invest in a life cover. But this does not mean people need to choose the same sum assured under their life insurance policies. 
Before making the selection of sum assured, you must consider your financial contribution towards the family income and well-being of your dependents. In case you are the only earning individual in the family, there would not be any other source that your loved ones can depend on except your total income. 

A clear idea of these expenses along with existing debts, if any, can help you decide how much sum assured you should choose. Even using a life insurance calculator is to be considered the next step after need analysis.

2. Your Total Income

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Whether you are a salaried or running a business, you would agree that regular income equals the day-to-day expenses for most individuals. It is one reason why they need to think twice about making an additional investment or fulfilling a sudden, unexpected expense. 

Buying a life insurance plan also means taking the responsibility to pay its premium on time to get its benefits. Your affordability to pay the premium for the chosen policy term does matter in selecting a sum assured. 

Before you purchase any type of insurance, check if it will be easier for you to include the premium in your budget. Use an online life insurance calculator to know how the premium varies with sum assured. As said above, there is no such bound to select the sum assured of Rs. 1 crore only. Choose it only if it feels suitable for your needs.

3. Your Current Life Stage

As you grow old, you will pass through different life stages, each of which requires you to plan for things differently. For instance, if you have recently started the career and other family members are not financially dependent on you, you look at life-planning from a different perspective. However, on getting married and have kids, you will get more responsibilities to handle over time. Accordingly, life goals will change, as well.

The selection of sum assured under a life insurance plan should also be based on the current life stage and goals you may have in mind. Think of it as a crucial part of investment planning in life. Plan for the amount you would need after a certain time and how a life insurance plan can help you achieve that. Use life insurance calculators to arrive at a premium-sum assured combination that is most suitable for you.

Benefits of Using Online Life Insurance Calculators

Next to considering the factors mentioned above, comes the crucial steps of getting a premium estimate online. There are several benefits that you can avail of by using life insurance calculators.

- You can select a specific sum assured and see how the premium varies as per the age parameter.

- You can check the premium variation on changing the policy period, keeping both the sum assured and age same in their respective fields. In case the premium does not seem to fit into your budget, you can increase the policy tenure and spread it over an extended period.

- You can assess the benefits of opting for limited pay or regular pay options while buying life insurance plans.

So, make sure you utilize online life insurance calculators to the fullest and get a life cover that strikes the right chords in various spheres of your life. 

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