Jun 6, 2008

Life Insurance FAQ

How can I lower my life insurance premium?
Life insurance is based on several different factors. Among them are health, age, avocation, and occupation. In some cases you can do nothing about any of them. For example, you’re a 50 military fighter pilot with high blood pressure. In other cases, lowering your weight and deciding not to jump out of air planes can lower your life insurance rates.

What should I think about when buying life insurance?
There are several factors to consider when purchasing a life insurance policy. They include; 1) How much do you need?; 2) What type of insurance do you need?; 3) How long do you think you will need the coverage?; 4)What if any ‘extras’ do you want included in your policy?; 5) If its term insurance, is it convertible?

How much life insurance should I own?
Opinions vary widely on this subject with some experts saying roughly 6-8 times annual earnings and some experts saying 10-14 times annual earnings. It all depends on your particular situation.

What is cash value?
Cash value is the interest earning section of a whole, variable, or universal life insurance policy. Part of your annual policy premium goes to the cash value and earns interest. It’s actually more complicated than that, but that’s a very simple explanation.

How do I know a good insurance company from a bad insurance company?
Generally, third party rating services and you state insurance commission are your best sources when considering insurance. These organizations have financial records as well as claim paying performance statistics that can help you make an informed decision.

What is the difference between an agent that works for one company versus an agent who works independently?
In most cases, an agent who works for one company is considered exclusive. In order to sell the insurance he/she represents he/she must be employed by the company. An independent agent, on the other hand, is free to represent as many companies as he/she wishes.

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