Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance launches Shubh Labh

Shubh Labh is a unit-linked non-participating endowment life insurance plan that helps customers meet their protection and investment needs.

August 06, 2013 4:30 IST | India Infoline News Service

Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance announced the launch of its first single premium plan – Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Shubh Labh. Shubh Labh is a unit-linked non-participating endowment life insurance plan that helps customers meet their protection and investment needs. The plan provides a life cover and helps the customers generate wealth by investing in the funds of choice. It caters to the diverse financial goals various people have, depending which stage of life they are in – it could be starting a family, planning retirement, or then simply wanting financial freedom.


Speaking at the launch, John Holden, Chief Executive Officer, Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance, said, “We are pleased to offer Shubh Labh, our first single premium plan, to the customers of our partner banks who have an investible surplus and prefer a one-time payment to meet their financial goals.”


Holden further added, “Based on consumer insights, Shubh Labh offers flexibility and enhanced value through several features. The Safety Switch Option enables the policyholders to move funds systematically to a relatively low risk Liquid Fund for stable returns and the Auto Fund Rebalancing option helps in maintaining a level of safety in the portfolio by investing specific proportions across funds. The loyalty additions start from the 5th policy year and partial withdrawal is available to meet any contingency. There is an absolute cap on both premium allocation and policy administration charges which reduces the effective cost of owning a policy and provides the customer with very competitive potential returns, with life cover.”

With the launch of Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Shubh Labh Plan, the Company has further strengthened its product suite to help the customers of partner banks find the right solution for protecting their family and saving for future financial needs.


The new life insurance plan is available pan-India in around 6000 branches of Canara Bank, HSBC, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Shreyas Gramin Bank, Kerala Gramin Bank (formerly known as South Malabar Gramin Bank) and HSBC InvestDirect Securities (India) Limited.

Product Parameters
Particular Minimum Maximum
Entry Age (as per last birthday) 7 years 70 years
Policy Term 5 years 40 years
Premium Paying Term Single premium only
Premium 3,00,000 No Limit
Life  Cover  (Sum Assured) 1.25 times the Single Premium for age below 45 years;  1.10 times the Single Premium for age 45 years and above 10 times the Single Premium (Subject to underwriting)
Death Benefit Higher of the Fund Value or Sum Assured (less applicable partial withdrawals) or 105% of Single premium
Maturity Benefit Fund Value
Fund Options Equity II Fund Growth Plus Fund Balanced  Plus Fund Debt Plus Fund Liquid Fund


Key Features of Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Shubh Labh Plan

Auto Funds Rebalancing: Helps the policyholder maintain the allocation of his investments in a specific proportion across funds, irrespective of market movements; Once opted, after every 3 policy months, it automatically rebalances the allocation of the policyholder’s investments in various funds to the allocation proportions chosen by him.

Safety Switch Option: As the policy nears maturity, the policyholder may want to avoid market movements and safeguard his funds; The Safety Switch Option enables the policyholder to move his funds systematically to a relatively low risk Liquid Fund in the last four policy years. The following table shows the proportion of investment in Liquid and other funds, for the last four policy years:  

Beginning of… Allocation in Liquid Fund Allocation in Funds other than Liquid Fund
Fourth last policy year 30% 70%
Third last policy year 60% 40%
Second last policy year 90% 10%
Last policy year 100% 0%

Loyalty Additions: Starting from 5th policy year, the policyholder’s fund value will be enhanced by loyalty additions as per table below. The loyalty addition will be added at the end of each policy month and will be a percentage of the fund value.

Policy Year Loyalty Additions per month
5thPolicy Year Onwards 0.06%of Fund Value

Partial Withdrawal: The policyholder can make partial withdrawals for any unforeseen contingency, from 6th policy year onwards. The minimum amount that the policyholder can withdraw is Rs 10,000 and the maximum is such that the fund value after withdrawal does not fall below 25% of the single premium.

Fund Switching: The policyholder can switch some or all of his investment from one fund to another any number of times at zero charge. The minimum amount that he can switch is Rs 10,000.

Settlement Option: At maturity, the policyholder may avail the Settlement Option, wherein he can receive his money in installments as per the frequency chosen by him over a maximum period of 5 years. There will not be any life cover during this period. Units from the applicable funds will be cancelled at the time of installment payouts. Fund management charges shall be deducted as applicable on the remaining funds.

Modification of Sum Assured: There is flexibility to increase or decrease the sum assured from the 6th policy year onwards. This facility is available once in every policy year subject to a maximum of 3 times during the policy term.

Tax Benefit: The policyholder is entitled to tax benefits under Section 80C and Section 10 (10D), as per the Income tax Act, 1961. Tax benefits under the policy will be as per the prevailing Income Tax laws and are subject to amendments from time to time.

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