Are you one of the 56 percent of American consumers without life insurance? Or are you among the 40 percent who own life insurance but not enough? Life insurance ownership has been on the decline for decades. In fact, LIMRA, an insurance industry organization, estimates that Americans as a group are underinsured by more than $15 trillion.1
A wide range of reasons can explain why people don’t buy life insurance. However, the truth is that if your death would cause financial difficulty for others, you likely need some level of protection. You may need insurance to provide for your spouse and children after your death. Perhaps you need a policy to benefit your business partners. Or maybe you care for an elderly parent or other family member.
Whatever your reason, there’s likely a policy out there that fits your goals and your budget. If you’ve been putting off life insurance, you may want to think about why. It’s possible that you’ve bought into false ideas. Below are a few common myths about life insurance and why you shouldn’t believe them:
I can’t afford life insurance.
By far, the most common reason why people don’t buy life insurance is that they think it’s not affordable. According to LIMRA, 83 percent of those who don’t have life insurance say they believe it’s too expensive. In fact, a study found that most Americans believe life insurance costs more than double what it actually does.1
If you’re worried about fitting life insurance into your budget, consider a term policy. These policies provide protection for a limited amount of time, such as 10 or 20 years. Because the coverage doesn’t last forever, a term policy is usually far more affordable than a similar, permanent policy. A financial professional can help you find the right policy for your budget.
I have life insurance at my work, so I don’t need an individual policy.
Many employers offer life insurance as part of a group benefit package. Some coverage may be free, while additional coverage could be affordable for a discounted cost. If you participate in your employer’s group life insurance plan, you may not feel that you need additional insurance.
While group life insurance is a helpful benefit, it doesn’t mean you don’t need your own protection. If you leave your employer, you’ll likely lose your insurance. If your health has declined, you may not be eligible to purchase insurance after leaving your job. Of course, you can avoid that risk by purchasing an individual life insurance policy today.
I’m too young and healthy to worry about life insurance.
Life insurance provides protection against the financial fallout from your death. If you’re relatively young and healthy, you may not be concerned about passing away. While it’s possible at any age, there may not be a high likelihood of death for you.
However, the best time to buy life insurance is when you’re young and healthy. Life insurance premiums are based in large part on the probability of your death. The older and unhealthier you are when you purchase life insurance, the higher the premiums will be. You can save yourself significant money over the course of your life by purchasing life insurance at a young age.
Ready to find the right protection for your needs and budget? Let’s talk about it. Contact us today at Stoll and Basler Financial Services. We can help you analyze your needs and develop a plan. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
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