Women and Life Insurance
Today, women have more financial responsibilities than ever before. In fact, according to a Regions Bank study, more women feel they are solely responsible for household finances than men.
In another study, more than half of women said the thought of running out of money in retirement keeps them awake at night — their biggest fear other than losing a spouse. About the same amount of women who responded said they fear losing all their money and becoming homeless.
Given this concern that women feel, whether single, married, employed, or a stay-at-home mom, you most likely need life insurance. At the very minimum, life insurance can aid in paying for the costs of funeral and burial services, estate administration, outstanding financial obligations, estate taxes, and the uninsured expenses of a final illness.
The hard truth is that death is inescapable, short of someone discovering a way to reverse aging permanently, and life insurance is not like other types of insurance. It’s the only kind of insurance where the policyholder is guaranteed to need it at some point in time.
“This distinction is important to understand,” notes David Lerner Associates, Vice President of Insurance Services, Dan Gardella. “When viewed through this lens, life insurance isn’t an expense — it’s an asset that will eventually provide a return on your investment. As long as you pay the premiums and maintain the policy, your beneficiaries will eventually receive the death benefit.”
Who needs life insurance? The short answer is everyone.
Life insurance types and options:
Life insurance comes in many different sizes and shapes, and determining the policy that meets your needs, may depend upon a number of factors. Understanding the basic kinds of life insurance can help you discover the policy that's appropriate for you.
Term life insurance provides a simple death benefit for a specified period of time. If you pass away in the course of the coverage period, the beneficiary you name in the policy receives the death benefit. If you live past the term period, your coverage ends, and you get nothing back.
Whole life insurance is permanent or cash value insurance that provides insurance coverage for your entire life. With most whole life policies, part of your premium is added to the cash value account, which earns interest. Some whole life policies also pay a dividend, which represents a portion of the company's profits made during the prior year.
The cash value grows tax deferred and can either be used as collateral to borrow from the insurance company or be directly accessed through a partial or complete surrender of the policy. It is essential to note, however, that a policy loan or partial surrender will decrease the policy's death benefit, there could be income tax implications, and a complete surrender will terminate coverage entirely.
There are many other types of life insurance policies available. The bottom line is that life insurance protection for women is equally as important as it is for men. It may be time to consult an insurance professional who can help you assess your life insurance needs and offer information about the various types of policies available.
It was found recently that people don’t buy life insurance because of competing financial priorities or because they think they cannot afford it. Interestingly, it was also found that consumers overestimate the cost of life insurance by as much as three-fold.
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