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An insurance policy is a safeguard against the uncertainties of life. Read about information on insurance policy in India.

Insurance

Life is a roller coaster ride and is full of twists and turns. You cannot take anything for granted in life. Insurance policies are a safeguard against the uncertainties of life. Insurance is system by which the losses suffered by a few are spread over many, exposed to similar risks. Insurance is a protection against financial loss arising on the happening of an unexpected event. Insurance policy helps in not only mitigating risks but also provides a financial cushion against adverse financial burdens suffered.

What Is Insurance?
Insurance is a contract between two parties, the insurer or the insurance company, and the insured, the person seeking the cover. Within this contract, the insurer agrees to pay the insurer for financial losses arising out of any unforeseen events or risk in return for a regular payment of premium. Thus, these insurance plans are also called as a Risk Cover Plans, which means to financially compensate for losses that occur uncertainly through accident, illness, theft, natural disaster. As you can not fight against these man-made and natural calamities, so at least be prepared for them and their aftermath by taking insurance policies.

Insurance - Kind of Investment
Insurance is an attractive option for investment but most people are not aware of its advantages as an investment option. Remember that first and foremost, insurance is about risk cover and protection. By buying life insurance, you buy peace of mind. Insurance also serves as an excellent tax saving mechanism. The Government of India has offered tax incentives to life insurance products in order to facilitate the flow of funds into productive assets.

Types of Insurance
Insurance policies cover the risk of life as well as other assets and valuables, such as, home, automobiles, jewelry et al. On the basis of the risk they cover, insurance policies can be classified into two categories: Life Insurance and General Insurance. As the term suggests, Life Insurance covers the risk involved in a person's life, while General Insurance provides financial protection against unforeseen events, like accident, flood, earthquake, disease, etc.

Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority
Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority is regulatory and development authority under Government of India in order to protect the interests of the policyholders and to regulate, promote and ensure orderly growth of the insurance industry.