Many people find choosing a life insurance policy to be stressful, but as long as you do your research you will comfortable with the decision you make. As you know, not having a life insurance policy can be even more stressful due to the fact that no one can predict when they will need it.
It is important to have sufficient life insurance. You should have enough insurance to cover at least five years of your current salary if you are married. If you have children or many debts, you should have upwards of ten years salary’s worth of life insurance. Insurance will help your loved ones to cover expenses when you are gone.
Familiarizing yourself with some common life insurance terms can help you determine which type is best for you, as well as how much coverage you want to purchase. Cash value refers to the portion of your policy that is available for you to withdraw as loans for various purposes, such as education costs or credit card debt. A premium is simply the periodic payment that you make to keep the policy active. Another term you might see is dividends, which refers to the money you may receive back on your premiums if the insurance company overestimated their expenses and ended up with a surplus. A dividend is not guaranteed.
Consider a convertible policy if you cannot decide between term or permanent life insurance. This type of life insurance policy starts out as term life insurance, and if they choose to before the term expires,the insured can convert the policy to permanent insurance without having to take a new medical exam.
Try to get life insurance through a financial adviser, instead of a broker. The brokers make commissions off of life insurance policies, while financial advisers charge flat fees. The adviser will be more helpful with finding the best policies for their customer’s needs, while the broker will want to suggest policies that will provide them a higher commission. This isn’t every broker, but it could be if no good relationship is formed with them and the customers.
If you intend on getting life insurance in the future, start planning for it, now. Take steps to improve your health, such as, quitting smoking. You can begin a fitness routine and try to reach your optimal weight. Have all the recommended health screening tests for someone of your age and gender. Work on getting your cholesterol and blood pressure to acceptable levels. Not only will you look and feel better, you’ll save a bundle on your life insurance policy.
It’s important that you understand that term life insurance is only for protection and not for investing. There is no savings component in term life insurance, so your best bet here is to simply pay for this type of insurance and invest elsewhere. Your policy payments aren’t collecting interest or anything.
While the process of choosing a life insurance policy may seem stressful, it is sure to be a relief once the process is completed. Once you have used the advice given in this article you will feel confident that you are making the right decision for you and your family.