There is no better time than today to plan for retirement. A sound retirement savings plan is essential for your future financial security, and to enjoy your retirement days to the maximum. Askari Retirement Plan is an effective financial toll to maintain a decent standard of living upon retirement. The contributions to this plan are accumulated to build up substantial capital, which is utilized to provide pension payment to the policyholder from the age of 60 years onwards. The plan can be tailored to one’s needs by adding a range of protection benefits.
Unit Accumulation and Investment Fund
Every contribution paid towards the plan is invested in an internal investment fund of EFU Life selected by the customer. The contributions are utilized to buy units of the Fund at the prevailing offer price. The objective of the funds is to maximize capital growth by investing in a balanced portfolio spread across a wide range of investment experts who adjust the mix of the underlying investments in the light of economic conditions and investment opportunities.
Fund Selection Option
Under this option, the new policyholders of Askari Bank have an option to select a unit fund based on their risk appetite and investment objective at the inception of their policies. The policyholders will have an option (conditions apply) to select from the following three unit funds:
Fund Acceleration Premiums
The is a regular contribution plan but also gives the flexibility to top-up the savings for depositing surplus funds as lump sum contributions in the plan. These lump sum contributions can be made at any time during the policy term.
Access to Savings at all times
The plan provides complete access to the accumulated fun value at all times. After the contributions have been paid for two full years, the Fund can be withdrawn for its full or partial value with specific conditions.
Applicable Ages and Terms
The plan is available for individuals from 18 years to 60 years of age. The minimum savings term available is 10 years while the maximum is 25 years. The savings term has to be selected in such a way that the maximum age of the customer at the end of the savings term is not more than 70 years.
The minimum annual premium under the plan is Rs. 18,000/-.
For Fund Acceleration Premium payments, the minimum contribution is Rs. 18,000/- and the maximum contribution in a year is 5 times the current year’s annual regular contribution.
Range of Benefit Options
The plan allows one to choose from a whole range of options. During the plan term, one may select to withdraw the full or partial fund value. At retirement age of 60 and onwards, there is an option to select a pension option from the options given below:
In case funds are also needed at retirement, 25% of the retirement fund value can be withdrawn as a lump sum amount, and the remaining 75% can be used to provide pension under any of the options selected above.
Guaranteed Loyalty Bonus
The longer the plan is continued, the higher the rewards. The plan offers generous loyalty bonuses in the form of extra units in the Fund, if it is continued without any breaks beyond a period of 10 years. The bonus is allocated to the plan every 5 years and will increase the underlying accumulated fund value rapidly.
Built-In Accidental Death and Disability Benefit
The plan provides immediate fund in case the assured parent dies due to accidental cause or suffers a disability. The amount of payout is up to 10 times the basic annual premium with a maximum payout limited to Rs. 5 Million.
The moment one started saving with the Retirement Plan, he will enjoy life assurance protection. This cover means that in case of death the dependants will receive:
The amount payable at maturity is equal to the fund value at the time of maturity. This amount can be utilized to purchase pension as mentioned in the section “Range of Benefit Options”.
The following additional benefit riders are available, which may be attached to the basic plan to enhance the coverage level:
The proportion of Basic Plan regular contribution allocated to investment is as follows:
|Policy Year||Allocation %|
|4 and 10||100%|
|11 onwards||100% plus Loyalty Bonus allocation|
Loyalty Bonus Allocation
A Loyalty Bonus unit allocation applies every 5 years, starting from the 11th policy year. The bonus allocation is a percentage of the average Basic Plan contribution paid up to the policy year immediately prior to the year in which Loyalty onus is to be allocated.
The extra unit allocation, in addition to the Basic Plan contribution is as follows:
|Policy Year||Extra Unit Allocation|
|And so on in later years|
The following charges apply on the plan:
This is the guaranteed amount payable on death. The sum assured may be selected from a range depending on the age at entry. The sum assured is determined as the Basic Plan annual premium multiplied by the “Protection Multiple” which can be selected from the following table:
|Age||Protection Multiple Range|
|18 – 49||5 – 35|
|50 – 60||10 to (70 – age)|