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What is Insurance?

In simple terms, insurance allows someone who suffers a loss or accident to be compensated for the effects of their misfortune. It lets you protect yourself against everyday risks to your health, home and financial situation.

Insurance are broadly categorised as :

  1. Life Insurance
  2. General Insurance

Life insurance is insurance on human beings. Though Human life cannot be valued, a monetary sum could be determined which is based on loss of income in future years. Hence in life insurance, the Sum Assured (or the amount guaranteed to be paid in the event of a loss) is by way of a ‘benefit’ in the case of life insurance. Life insurance products provide a definite amount of money to the dependants of the insured in case the life insured dies during his active income earning period or becomes disabled on account of an accident causing reduction/complete loss in his income earnings.

An individual can also protect his old age when he ceases to earn and has no other means of income – by purchasing an annuity product.

There are a number of life insurance products which offer protection and also coupled with savings.  Choose the ones that suits your need best.

Insurance other than Life Insurance falls under the category of General Insurance. General Insurance comprises of insurance of property against fire, burglary etc, personal insurance such as Car Insurance, Accident and Health Insurance, and liability insurance which covers legal liabilities. There are also other covers such as Errors and Omissions insurance for professionals, credit insurance etc.

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Shweta Misra
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3 thoughts on “What is Insurance?

  1. Insurance is very compulsory nowadays and especially it is necessary for those who suffers a loss or accident to be compensated for the effects of their misfortune.

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