In Singapore, where there is no tax incentive, the commission paid to the adviser is a burden to the consumer. It reduces the net return to the consumer. Some insurance companies do not care about the consumer and are willing to sell "poor value" products to them. They train their agents to "convince" the customer to buy these products. It is enethical to take advantage of the igonorance of the consumer.
All financial products with high upfront fees give poor value to the consumer. They include investment linked products, structured products, endowment and whole life policies.
Without any tax incentive, there is no justification for high commissions to be paid to financial advisers who sell the financial products. There is a pressing need for the regulator to set limits to the commissions that can be paid, so that the consumer's are given a fair deal.
Tan Kin Lian