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A traditional insurance plan pays out a lump sum assured in the event of the death of the policyholder. The beneficiaries/dependents/nominees of the life insured receive a benefit (called a death benefit) if the worst should come to pass for the insurance holder.
An endowment plan works the same way, but has an additional clause that states that a lump sum payment will be made to the insurance holder if he or she survives till the end of a specified period known as the “maturity period”, “endowment policy term” or “survival term”.
There are variations to the payout clause in endowment policies – some companies have a lump sum payout on the detection of a critical illness, or other life changing events.
There are 3 types of basic endowment policies which one can choose from.
Unit Linked Endowment : Under Unit Linked policies, the insurance premiums are directed into multiple units held under a specific investment fund which can be chosen by the policyholders.
Full Endowment : Under this policy, the basic amount ensured to be provided will be equal to the death benefit, right from the start of the policy. Depending on the speculated market-based appreciation, the final payout provided is comparatively higher.
Low Cost Endowment : This endowment plan has been introduced with the intention of allowing individuals to accumulate the funds which have to be paid after a specified time period, usually mortgage.
In order to apply for an endowment policy, customers will mostly be required to submit basic documentation such as the following:
Most endowment policies offer add-ons to enhance the protection provided by the policy. Some of the riders commonly available with endowment policies are as follows.
Note : Policy details offered are indicative, not exhaustive. Please contact your nearest Arunaya office for further details.