What is life insurance?
Life insurance can help ease financial pressure for your family in the event of an unexpected death. Life insurance policies also have features and options that can protect you while you are living, which is why life insurance is a valuable planning tool for your financial future. Policies can be tailored to your specific needs as a part of an overall financial strategy, or as stand-alone protection. With life insurance, you can have peace of mind knowing that your family is protected.
Types of life insurance
There are two basic types of life insurance: Term Life and Permanent Life.
Term Life Insurance
Term life insurance is a less expensive choice that provides death benefit protection for a specific period of time and for a predetermined amount. This type of plan is ideal for a family with kids in the home, someone on a limited budget or to supplement an existing short term insurance need. Term life insurance doesn’t have any cash value for you to access, and essentially only offers your family or beneficiaries protection in the event of your passing.
Permanent Life Insurance
Permanent life insurance offers more flexibility and lifelong protection, but can be more costly. A permanent policy can give you coverage to last a lifetime, tax-advantaged cash-value growth, help with estate, wealth transfer or retirement planning. There are various benefits associated with each type of permanent life insurance, so finding the right fit for your financial plan is important.
Types of Permanent Life insurance:
- Whole Life—A standardized policy that features level premiums, and offers both death benefits and cash-value potential with fixed interest rates.
- Universal Life—Offers more flexibility around the death benefit amount, premium payment amount and investment features.
- Variable Universal Life—Similar to universal life insurance, this plan can allocate premiums among various investment sub-accounts, which offers the potential for more cash-value accumulation.
- Indexed Universal Life—This policy’s cash value accumulation potential is based on positive changes in one or more stock market indexes, and the earnings are typically protected from downside risk.
Talk with one of our insurance professionals to develop a strategy for determining which type of life insurance will be the best fit for your budget and to protect you throughout each stage of life.
This is typically the period of time partners and/or dependents will need your financial support. (Ex: until college graduation, until social security benefits are available, etc.)
These are funeral and burial costs. In 2018 the average North American traditional funeral and burial costs ranged between $7,000 and $10,000.
These may include outstanding liens, medical bills, etc.
This is any cash savings.
This includes retirement funds such as the vested portion of a 401(K), IRAs, or any other holdings (stocks, mutual funds, precious metals, etc.)
This could include the value of recreational property, additional vehicles, valuable art or other items. Note: Only add a value here if the plan is to sell these assets upon your death, essentially adding cash to your savings.
Why First Tech Insurance Services?
First Tech Insurance Services is here to help you protect the things that matter most to you. We are a credit union-owned, full-service independent insurance agency with coverage options for home, auto, life and more.
As an independent insurance agency, we do the work of comparing coverage options from multiple preferred insurance carriers to find best policies to fit your needs and budget. Some of our carriers even have discounts that are only available to First Tech members.
Speak with an agent to learn how we can help you find the right coverage today.