The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Irda) has announced an overnight ban on all universal life insurance plans (ULPs). The regulator has told insurance companies that all current universal life plans will cease to exist from October 22.
Business has been a bit slow in September. But it was expected. ULIPs were withdrawn. New ULIPs were introduced. It takes about two weeks to train, explain the features and changes to the agents and distributors. For us, even pre-September, there was not much spike. We grew at a normal pace only. We did not sell our policies to people saying that unit-linked policies will not be available before September. We have introduced two ULIPs post-September. Each of them has a regular premium and a single premium option.
Amid a planned issue of Rs 5,000 crore in infrastructure bonds by LIC, sector watchdog Irda today said there are regulatory concerns on such instruments and favoured imposing restrictions on them.
More than 60 new unit linked insurance policies (ULIP) have been filed for approval with the insurance regulator during the past two days by the Indian life insurers.
Insurance regulator IRDA has imposed a penalty of Rs 5 lakh each on two life insurers, state-run Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and HDFC Life Insurance, for failing to meet rural and social sector obligation in 2008-09, Parliament was informed.
Life insurance majors like SBI Life Insurance, HDFC Standard Life, Reliance Life and ICICI Prudential may be able to launch initial public offers in the current fiscal itself as the insurance regulator IRDA and capital market regulator SEBI, fresh out of a turf war, have resumed the process for listing these companies. The necessary guidelines are under preparation.
Following Insurance Regulatory Development Authority’s move to allow insurance companies to offer “Health plus Life” products, Future Generali India Life Insurance, the insurance joint venture between Future Group and Generali of Italy, is planning to launch a combo plan in the next two months.
Insurance regulator IRDA today sought to assure customers that their policies would remain valid despite the withdrawal of licences of over 4,200 corporate entities, including HDFC Bank, Indiabulls Insurance Advisors and Indian Overseas Bank.
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Irda) has now proposed to streamline the promotion of insurance products through distance sales channels, such as the telephone and the internet.