The best reads in personal finance, investments and insurance from the week of Dec 14-20, 2013.
Ten reasons why mortgage life insurance is not a good deal for you. After you read this post, you'll have a better understanding of what kind of deal you will be getting with mortgage life insurance. If you already bought it from your lender, it's not too late to make a change. An individual policy, whether term or permanent, is an ideal replacement for mortgage life insurance.
The best reads in personal finance, investments and insurance from the week of Dec 7-13, 2013.
If you are one of the millions of Canadians whose employer offers a group benefits plan with life insurance coverage, you may be thinking if individual life insurance is still needed to protect your family. In this post I'll outline some of the basic differences between the two products so that you will have a clearer picture on whether or not you should buy individual life insurance.
The best reads in personal finance, investments and insurance from the week of Nov 30-Dec 6, 2013.
Most people with a family dependent on their income know that life insurance is an important part of their overall financial plan, but few know how much coverage they actually need. Some life insurance agents swear by a formula, such as 8 times of salary, or a flat rate of half a million for everybody. But it’s most likely that these ‘methods’ of determining your life insurance needs are inaccurate. Instead, they are fabricated by the agent to simplify his life by not having to perform the calculations manually. So what is the right amount? Thanks to software provided by the life insurance companies, all it takes is a few minutes to determine the life insurance coverage that you need. They are typically all very similar, prompting you to input cash and income needs at death, and sources of cash at death. It then adds these amounts together to output your total coverage required.
The best reads in personal finance, investments and insurance from the week of Nov 23-29, 2013.
The main argument against term insurance is that premiums often increase dramatically at renewal, becoming up to five times as expensive at the first renewal and up to one hundred times the initial premium at the final renewal. The premium increases do not reflect the increase in an individual’s income. On the other hand, permanent insurance is likely to be too expensive initially, beyond the means of the average consumer. There appears to be room for an intermediate product that has neither the outrageous renewal increases of term nor the staggering initial costs of permanent insurance. PPI Solutions, along with Assumption Life, came up with a solution, called LifePhases and LifePhases Plus.
When it comes down to purchasing life insurance to protect your family in case anything should happen to you, it really comes down to two options: term and permanent. While the last couple of posts focused on what the common uses of each are, this one will apply an objective view to pit term versus permanent life insurance to see which one is most suitable for you. The debate between term versus permanent life insurance continues here.
Permanent life insurance has long been compared to term life insurance in terms of suitability and usage. While some favour term, permanent has its own set of benefits and uses. In this post we highlight permanent life insurance and its 5 most common uses: final expenses, investment/insurance hybrid, legacy, estate equalization, business applications.