Recently LIC declared the bonus rates for the year 2020 – 2021 (As per March 2020 valuation). Let us see the complete details about LIC Bonus Rates for 2020 – 2021 and how they affect your life insurance returns.
LIC of India has declared the latest bonus rates for the valuation period 1 st April 2019 to 31st March 2020.
Meaning of bonus for LIC policies
When you buy a traditional with profit product from LIC, then your returns from such policy mainly depends on what will be the rate of bonus. LIC declares bonus on the yearly basis. Usually, you will not find any such drastic change. But it is always better to track the bonus rates.
Let us say you bought LIC’s Jeevan Anand for the term of 20 years and the sum assured as Rs.5,00,000. If LIC declared a bonus as Rs.45 for this product, then the calculation will be as below.
The bonus rates will be based on three criteria.
# Term of policy-Higher the tenure means higher the rate.
# Sum Assured-LIC bonus depends on per Rs.1,000 of Sum Assured. Hence, if you bought higher sum assured policy, then your bonus accumulation will be at the higher end.
So from above example, if LIC declared you Rs.45 as bonus per Rs.1,000 sum assured for 20 years policy, then the bonus accumulation for that year will be as below.
Rs.22,500=(Rs.45 x Rs.5,00,000)/Rs.1,000.
Remember this Rs.22,500 will not be payable to you. But it will be with LIC and you receive this amount during the time of death claim or maturity. The most important point to note that they will not add any amount on this Rs.22,500. It will remain same till the period of death claim or maturity date.
There are various types of benefits LIC policies offer you like Bonus, Loyalty Addition or Final Additional Bonus.
Types of LIC benefits
# Simple Reversionary Bonus
LIC will declare this on yearly basis and added to your policy account. You will get it either at maturity or if there is a death claim. If you decide to exit from the policy during the policy period by surrendering it, then a certain portion of such accrued bonus will be payable to you. Do remember that this type of bonus does not compound every year and hence it is called a simple reversionary bonus.
# Final Additional Bonus (FAB)
Final Additional Bonus (FAB) is a one-time additional bonus, which is paid along with the maturity amount. It is an additional one time bonus along with the simple reversionary bonus and added to the policy account. As I told, it is a one-time payment you will receive at maturity, death claim if you surrender it (one year preceding the date of maturity).
# Loyalty Bonus (LA)
Based on the policy features, certain LIC policies are eligible to avail this LA. LA is also a one time payment kind of benefit. Unlike the simple reversionary bonus, which becomes a part of the policy benefits as and when it is declared, loyalty additions shall be available to the policyholder only at the time of exit from the policy. Hence, they became the part of policy benefit at once during the policy exit (due to maturity, death or surrender)
How to calculate returns for your LIC policy?
In simple, I explained how to calculate bonus for a year. But LIC offers different products like the endowment, limited endowment or money back plans. In such a situation, you may find it difficult to calculate returns on your LIC plan. Hence, I created a video about this.
This below video will explain you about how to calculate returns on your LIC plans using excel sheet. It is too simple and convenient for you to calculate.
LIC Bonus Rates for 2020 – 2021 for closed plans
Hope you got clarity about the importance of bonus rates for your traditional plans. Now let us concentrate on recently declared LIC Bonus Rates for 2020 – 2021
The below reversionary bonus rates are applicable for policy year entered upon during the inter valuation period i.e. 01/04/2019 to 31/03/2020 and in force for full sum assured as on 31/03/2020. It would apply to policies resulting into claims by death or maturity (including those discounted within one year of maturity) or surrendered on or after 01/01/2020.
The interim bonus rates are applicable to policies in respect of each policy year entered upon after 31/03/2020 and result into claims by death or maturity (including those discounted within one year of maturity) or are surrendered during the period commencing from 01/01/2020 and ending 9 months from the date of next valuation.
This time, I separated the plans in two ways. One for the old policies which are closed and another list for the new policies which are currently available for purchase.
The above list is for the basic policies. In the below list, I am sharing with you the remaining special products which are closed.
LIC Bonus Rates for 2020 – 2021 for new plans
Let us now look into the bonus rates of new plans.
Final Additional Bonus for 2020 – 2021
As I mentioned above, FAB is a one-time additional bonus payable to policyholders. The minimum term of the policy to be eligible for FAB is 15 years and above. LIC maintained the same FAB rates which are available for the last year. You can refer the last year’s FAB rates at the LIC website.
his Final (Additional) Bonuses are applicable In the case of Plans of Groups 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10 mentioned below.
- (Group 1) Whole Life type (Plans 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 28 (Before Conversion), 35, 36, 37, 38, 49,77,78, 85 & 86)
- (Group 2) Endowment type (Plans 14, 17, 27 (After Conversion), 28 (After Conversion), 34, 39 40, 41, 42, 50, 54, 79, 80, 81, 84, 87, 90, 91, 92, 95, 101, 102, 103, 109, 110 & 121)
- (Group 8) Jeevan Mitra (Double Cover plan), Jeevan Saathi (Plans 88 & 89)
- (Group 9) Jeevan Mitra (Triple Cover Plan: Plan 133 )
- (Group 10) Limited Payment Endowment (Plan 48)
LIC Loyalty Addition Rates 2020 – 2021
Few plans like Jeevan Saral or Jeevan Shree have additional beneficial features like offering you the LA. I will try to share the LA rates for Jeevan Saral, Jeevan Shree and for few popular plans. .
LIC Jeevan Saral Loyalty Addition Rates for 2020 – 2021
Let us now look at the LA rates for most popular product of LIC Jeevan Saral.
Conclusion:- It is evident that LIC policies even though invested heavily by Indian investors, are low in returns and the returns may vary anywhere around 5% to 6%. For long term goals, relying on such debt products and also illiquid products may not be a prudent idea of wealth creation. It is up to you to judge whether you want to go ahead and buy such low yielding products are not. At the same time, those who already invested may continue if you feel 5% to 6% tax-free returns are best for your long term goals.