rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Getahead » 7 popular lies insurance agents tell you

7 popular lies insurance agents tell you

May 23, 2014 12:20 IST

7 popular lies insurance agents tell you

     Next

Next
A V Suresh

Anything goes when agents sell insurance policies to you. Even lies. Check out which lie did you fall prey to? :-)

We are in an era where we have to lie to make our living. In fact, these things have just become a part of our lives. We see nothing wrong in the tons of lies we speak out. If all of us can lie, then why not insurance agents?

Let me tell you, this is not to target them. They are duty bound and work under tremendous pressure from their bosses to meet targets. It's the insurance companies which push agents to sell various insurance policies by hook or crook.

Here are seven popular lies insurance agents use to sell policies to unsuspecting customers:

Lie 1: This is the best policy for you

Fact

I am sure you must have heard this from all the insurance agents who have approached you to sell insurance policies till date. The moment they see you, they turn into astrologers and without knowing anything about you recommend a policy.

What's worse, they tell you that this is the best insurance policy that you can get. The fact is that they would have recommended this policy in any case.

It could be because they might receive the highest commission for this policy. This is just a typical marketing trick to fool you that they have analysed your situation and hence recommending this policy.

Ideally, any financial advisor should recommend a product only after assessing your goals, age, risk appetite, etc.

Please click NEXT to continue 


Photographs: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com
Tags: 1

     Next

Lie 2: It gives you assured returns of 15 per cent per annum

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Fact

The number might differ (but only upwards) from agent to agent. This is another popular plot laid by agents while explaining (distorted) facts about the policy. They will just give you their lucky number. Whether the policy has achieved such returns or not matters the least to them.

Another disturbing fact is that they state these numbers for traditional policies which invest in government securities. Some of these policies have failed to beat inflation even.

Average returns for these policies are around 5-6 per cent, which is just 3 times lesser than what they promised.

Whenever you hear such numbers, you have to ask for written declaration by the insurance company and the securities that they choose for investment.

Only equities can generate such returns in the long run.

Please click NEXT to continue


Photographs: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com
Tags: 1

Prev     Next

Lie 3: This policy is for a limited period

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Fact

This looks more synchronous with end of season sale. But, this is also used by a lot of insurance agents as a desperate attempt to sell policies.

It's a marketing tactic to sell things by stating that they would vanish after some time. A few LIC agents were seen last year selling popular policies like Jeevan Anand and Jeevan Saral by stating they would no longer be available after a certain period.

If a policy is going to expire soon, let it be.

There are tons of policies in the market waiting for you. You need not rush to buy them now. Always compare and buy insurance.

Please click NEXT to continue


Photographs: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com

Prev     Next

Lie 4: Term insurance is a waste of money as you won't get back anything

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Fact

The moment you talk about term plans to an insurance agent, this would be an instantaneous answer.

He will tell you that you will not get back anything in return after the term is over. Well, that's what it is designed for.

It has been made specifically to serve the insurance needs rather than investment needs.

Online term insurance gives greater sum assured for a cheaper premium. This is a proven fact.

Do not get lured by the 'returns' aspect mentioned by the agent. There are multiple investment products in the market.

Term insurance is your best bet when it comes to protecting your family.

Calculate your insurance needs and then select the policy.

Please click NEXT to continue


Photographs: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com
Tags: 1

Prev     Next

Lie 5: You only need to pay once for this policy

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Fact

This is a trend. Agents have been trying to project regular policies as single premium policies.

Since there are more chances that you would give a skip to reading the big policy document, you will only realise this when you receive a reminder for the second premium.

By the time you search for the agent who sold this policy to you, s/he would have moved to some other company. Unique IDs for agents have been proposed by IRDA, but it could take time to get going.

Be careful in knowing what type of policy you are about to purchase -- pension plan, single premium, money back, etc. Performance comes later.

Please click NEXT to continue


Photographs: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com
Tags: IRDA

Prev     Next

Lie 6: You need to pay premiums only for 3 years

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Fact

This is specialised for ULIPs.

The agent will tell you that you can stop paying premiums after 3 years. The fact is that there is a 3 year lock-in on the ULIP you are about to purchase and you cannot withdraw funds till that period.

In no way it means that you have to stop paying premiums on the policy after this period.

Once again, if you do not read the fine print, you would only come to know about it after 3 years.

Please click NEXT to continue


Photographs: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com
Tags: ULIP

Prev     Next

Lie 7: Online policies have bad settlement records

Prev     More
Prev

More

Fact

Here is the final and the latest.

This applies more to those trying to sell offline term plans.

If you argue that online policies are cheaper and give greater sum assured, they will immediately speak about claim settlement.

The fact is that IRDA publishes claim settlement ratios of insurers who offer online as well as offline insurance. Hence, there is no base to state that online policies have bad settlement record.

Few points to remember:

  • Always do your own research before calling upon an agent
  • Fill up the forms yourself instead of leaving it to the agent
  • Ask the agent for written declarations when s/he speaks about returns
  • Do not distort the facts (for lesser premium) even if the agent says so
  • Check the claim settlement record of the company before hand

Photographs: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com
Tags: IRDA

Prev     More