Most people put off on getting life insurance. It isn’t something they are going to see any benefits for within their lifetime, so why bother? If there is anyone that you care about who might suffer financially when you are gone, you might want to reconsider. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
When you are planning on purchasing a life insurance policy, select an independent broker. Independent brokers can generally offer more selection in terms of policy and cost than a broker who works exclusively for a specific insurance company. Company brokers are limited to the products their company sells, and may also be pushed by the company to recommend a particular product.
When shopping for life insurance, be sure to know the differences between the two main types: term life and permanent. Term life is a chosen amount of years that your benefactors are eligible to receive your insurance money. If you outlive these years, then the plan is void. Permanent life insurance stays with you until you die, but rates will generally be higher.
When you are thinking about how much life insurance to purchase, it’s a good idea to get at least eight or ten times the amount of your annual income. With this amount, if something happens to you, your dependents will be able to invest wisely and continue to take care of their living expenses in the long term.
Many people buy term life insurance when they’re younger because it’s cheap. Others are persuaded to buy whole life insurance, which, unlike term, has a cash value and can presumably be viewed as an investment. If you’re in good health, term is generally the best value. Try to lock in term insurance for the longest possible timespan you can find. When it runs out, if you’re still in good health, keep looking for term. Most of the time, whole life will be more expensive, but as you age, term life will also get quite expensive to cover the inevitable health issues that will crop up. Remember: term life as long as it makes sense ratewise, then switch to whole life.
Term life insurance is a more affordable option for life insurance. It only covers you for a set period of years; it is usually sold for 10, 20, or 30 year periods. A term life insurance policy is usually much less expensive than a whole life insurance policy per month.
Life insurance comes in many different variations that can fit just about any budget. Once you know the amount of coverage you need, decide whether you want insurance that provides permanent coverage, or just need term insurance to cover you until large expenses are paid off. Once debts are gone and the kids move out, you may decide to self-insure and won’t need life insurance coverage anymore.
Hopefully, these tips have given you some food for thought. The future is uncertain. It never pays to put off things like life insurance. Don’t wait until you are ill and won’t be able to afford what it would cost you. Your loved ones could end up paying the price, further down the line.