Dear Mr Tan,
Thank you for referring your readers to my "Orphaned Insurance Policy" poll. The 2-minute-only poll is still open and they can help out if they haven't. The updated results, charts, and comments are available at:
Below is my take on results from the first 40 respondents.
(1) Respondents are mostly over 35 years old with 3-8 policies.
(2) More than 4 out of 5 Singaporeans have at least 1-2 orphaned policies.
(3) Most orphaned policies came from AIA, Prudential, and NTUC Income - the most established insurance companies in Singapore.
(4) Original financial advisor usually left without giving reason, joined another insurance company, changed career or retired - fair enough, this happens in any company and industry.
(5) Out of those Singaporeans with orphaned policies, only about 1 out of 4 of their new financial advisors have contacted them. 1 out of 8 have assisted them before and to very little satisfaction. In my opinion, this is an unacceptable service level. Policy holders don't seem to care… only until something rare but dramatic happens…
(6) Usefulness of financial advisors is questionable
"It's good to know about what you bought. I've no problem living without an adviser as I have find out more than enough information / procedures should I need any form of service or claims. It makes no difference with or without an insurance adviser."
"This is to be expected. No stepmother will treat you better than your real mother. It is wishful thinking that the orphaned policies will get better treatment from the new agent since the bulk of the commission is already given to the original agent. It is time that a separate channel be made available for people to buy policies without going through agents since they do not add value anyway nowadays."
(7) Commission-only incentives for financial advisors are evil
"It is a shield (medical) plan, the company could have assigned a new advisor but didn't. probably because the premium is small and the new advisor will not get renewal commission."
"The new financial advisor is only interested to generate new sales for herself."
"Commission-based selling is the culprit!"
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