Making sure that your family is well protected in the event of your death is very important, so make sure that you buy the right kind of life insurance coverage. Before you buy a policy, do your research and find out what is right for you. The advice in this article will help you on your way.
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.
If you have a life insurance policy that is well founded, meaning you have a growing balance, you may be able to borrow against it to get the money that you need for a down payment on a house. If you do not want to borrow against it, you could even cash it out and start over on it again.
Once you have determined you need life insurance, next you need to figure out how much you need. There are several online calculators you can use, and some other formulas an insurance agent can help you with. If you want a ballpark figure quickly, take your salary and multiply it by 8. This will give you an estimate of how much life insurance you need.
Take measures to avoid paying commissions or extra fees for your life insurance. These fees are added to your premiums and go directly to your broker and insurance agent. Policies such as “no load” policies might save you money, because they are bought directly from the insurance company, so the commission to an agent is eliminated.
You need to find out if your life insurance policy is convertible. Some insurance carriers will allow you to transfer your policy to a different policy within a certain amount of time. It is important to always know what options are available to you and to make sure you always have coverage that fits your needs.
If you have an old whole-life policy that you’ve had for several years, you should not attempt to replace it. The reason is because you could lose the premiums you have paid, and you could have to pay new administration fees. If you need more insurance on a whole-life policy, then you should just purchase more instead of discarding your current policy.
Buying life insurance may seem intimidating at first, but if you know what you’re doing, it can be much easier. Don’t let the complexities of the insurance market confuse you so that you end up buying a policy that doesn’t meet your needs. Just remember what you’ve learned in this article, and you’ll be able to protect your family.