If you think you need an economics degree to understand Insurance you’re not alone. Companies are coming out with more and more complex products and what was once a relatively simple purchase is now complex. How do you choose the right life assurance?
First, let’s go over a few basics. Life annuities is like ice cream. It comes in a variety of flavors. But it’s still ice cream. Regardless of the form of life annuities, it is basically a contract between the owner of the policy and the insurance company, whereby the insurance company will make a payment of some amount upon the death of the insured. Life security has a variety of characteristics. Most importantly, the proceeds of a life annuities policy are generally tax-free to the beneficiary or beneficiaries – often a spouse, child, business partner or charity. Secondly, the payment is an amount certain at a time certain. The amount is the amount of coverage in force when the insured dies and the timing is immediately upon presentation of a death certificate. This provides certainty during a time of loss, unlike other investments such as real estate, precious metals, stocks or bonds.
When selecting a Insurance company, you should consider their financial strength rating and history. When considering the right life annuities product, you should consider whether you have a short-term need for coverage or limited funds, when term life annuities may be the appropriate choice. Or if you are seeking permanent coverage with tax-advantaged savings and growth features, you may consider universal life insurance. A popular product in the marketplace today is indexed universal life insurance, which has growth linked to the performance of an index, such as the S&P 500 index (representing 500 large-capitalization growth companies traded on U.S. markets).
Another popular product gaining momentum with financially savvy parents and grandparents is juvenile or child life insurance. Although a child does not have an insurance “need” in the classic sense, a parent or grandparent is able to take advantage of the low cost of juvenile life insurance for a healthy child and look forward to decades of tax-advantaged growth accessible to the policy owner and eventually the child can receive a fully paid policy when he or she has an insurance need of his or her own.
Regardless of what product you select you should speak to an experienced insurance adviser and understand your options.