Purchasing a life insurance policy might be one of the most important decisions that an individual makes. Their family’s well being and livelihood can depend upon it. Navigating the insurance industry can prove to be difficult at times though. In this article we will discuss some proven tips for both navigating the system and finding the policy that is right for you.
Make sure and only by life insurance from companies that are in a strong financial position. Rating agencies like Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and others give ratings to insurance companies. Do not work with any company that does not have an “A” rating from these agencies to protect your investments.
Use a financial adviser to purchase life insurance instead of a broker. Brokers will earn a commission from every life insurance policy they sell you. Financial advisers, however, are simply given a flat fee. This will make a financial advisor more willing to be honest about what you need, and they will exert less pressure on you to purchase the policy.
Try to avoid the “guaranteed issue” life insurance policies. These policies are given to almost everyone who applies and they don’t require medical exams. The issue is that the issuing company doesn’t know if the policy holder is healthy, which makes these risky to the company. While this policy could be convenient, these risks mean that they will be more expensive for the customer. They tend to only be beneficial when a person is in poor health and cannot get any other type of life insurance policy.
When you are looking into life insurance, you will want to determine how much coverage you will need. While there are online calculators that will help you find a more exact figure, the easiest way to determine the amount of coverage you need is to take your annual salary and then multiply that number by eight.
If you do not have any major health problems, do not go with guaranteed issue policies. Getting a medical exam will save you money, and the guaranteed issue policies do not need that, and has higher premiums. You don’t need to spend more on life insurance than is really needed.
Save money on your life insurance premium by choosing to pay it yearly. Most insurance companies will also give you the choice of paying your premium on a monthly, quarterly or semi-annual basis. However, when you choose one of these options, you usually have to pay installment fees to cover the company’s extra service costs, as well.
Be careful that you read the fine print on any insurance policy. A lot of policies containing clauses that state the insurance company can raise your rates for anything from a minor discrepancy to no reason whatsoever. They’ve been doing this for years, so make sure you don’t fall victim to it.
As we have discussed in this article, making a life insurance policy decision is both important and at times frustrating. We have reviewed some proven tips that can help and provided methods for making your search easier. Take some time in making your decision and don’t be afraid to ask your agent a few questions. You’ll soon secure a policy that works for you and peace of mind will follow.