Nearly 56 percent of Americans don’t own life insurance. Among those who do, 40 percent say they don’t have enough. Are you a part of those groups? 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
There are many reasons why people don’t buy life insurance. You may buy into some of those reasons. However, if your death would cause financial hardship for someone else, you probably need some level of protection.
A wide range of different types of policies are available, so you can likely find one that fits your needs and budget. If you’ve been avoiding the purchase of life insurance, you may want to reconsider. 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:
You can’t afford life insurance.
The most popular reason why people don’t buy life insurance is that they think it’s too expensive for their budget. According to LIMRA, 83 percent of those who don’t have life insurance say they believe it’s too expensive. Another study found that most Americans believe life insurance costs more than double what it actually does.1
A term life policy could help you get the coverage you need and stay within your budget. These policies provide temporary protection for a set period of time, such as 10 or 20 years. Because the coverage is temporary, term policies are usually more affordable than permanent insurance. A financial professional can help you find the right policy for your budget.
You don’t need individual coverage if you have it through your employer.
Does your employer offer life insurance? It’s a common element in group benefit packages. Some group life coverage may be free, while additional coverage could be available at a relatively low cost. If you participate in your employer’s group life insurance plan, you may not feel that you need additional insurance.
Group insurance is helpful, but you still may need an individual policy. 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.
You don’t need life insurance if you’re young and healthy.
No one likes to think about dying. If you’re young and healthy, death may not be on your radar. After all, there are probably more pressing risks and needs to consider.
However, when you’re young and healthy is usually the best time to buy life insurance. Your premiums are based on the probability of you dying relatively soon. If you purchase when you’re young, there’s a low probability of that happening, so you get a lower premium. If you wait until you’re older, your premiums could be substantially higher. 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 Jim Lee Financial. We can help you analyze your needs and develop a plan. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
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