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Life Insurance for the Young and Single

Posted by David Ross on Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Young people need life insurance too! Buy it while rates are low. Contact us for life insurance in Philadelphia, Reading, Lancaster, Allentown, Pittsburgh, Erie, PA and beyond.You’re young and single. You have the world at your feet as you begin your adult life. You’re probably thinking about college or your first job or your first apartment. You’re certainly not thinking about the end of your life! And you don’t have a spouse or children depending on you financially, so why should you think about life insurance?

While it’s true that not everyone needs life insurance, there are three reasons why life insurance may be a smart financial move for you:

  1. It's more affordable when you start young – Life insurance tends to be very affordable when you’re young and healthy, and purchasing it now allows you to protect your insurability if/when you need it in the future, like when you have children or a spouse depending on you financially.

    And you can always add more insurance as you need it. Don’t wait until a health issue or age restricts you from purchasing affordable (or possibly any) life insurance.

  2. You have student loans or other debt – You may assume that when you die your debt dies with you. That applies to loans taken out through the federal government. Those loans are discharged or forgiven in the event of your death.

    However, personal loans with a cosigner are not usually discharged upon your death, which means that if your parents (or anyone else) co-signs a loan through a bank for you, they will be responsible for repaying the loan if you’re unable to. Sometimes the bank will even require the loan to be paid in full upon your death. Do you want to leave your parents dealing with both grief and your loan payments?

  3. Access to money – Permanent Insurance provides lifelong protection; it stays in effect as long as you continue to pay your premiums and provides a death benefit to your beneficiaries. Permanent Insurance can also accumulate a cash value (Aka cash-surrender value) that you can borrow on a tax-deferred basis. This can come in handy when you need money for emergencies or opportunities that come your way.

    You can borrow money from your policy, and use the policy’s cash value as collateral. The interest rates are usually quite low, and the loan isn’t dependent on credit checks or other restrictions that may prevent you from getting a loan from a bank. It’s important to note that it does take a little bit of time for your policy to accumulate a cash value.


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Contact us to buy life insurance - we'll help you get the best price.Purchasing a life insurance policy while you’re young is a great way to start on the road to financial responsibility and security now and well into the future.

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5 Events that Should Trigger a Life Insurance Review

Posted by David Ross on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Milestones in life that should trigger a life insurance review in Reading, Philadelphia, Allentown, Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, PA and beyond.When you have a milestone in your life, do you ever consider the financial consequences of it? You should because these changes have an impact on every part of your life, from the emotional to the financial.

Any major life event should trigger a review of your life insurance to make sure it aligns with your new situation.

If you’re experiencing one of these notable events, consider reviewing your policy now, and if you’re not sure why you need to do a review or aren’t even sure what constitutes a significant milestone, here are five for you to think about:

#1. Birth, death, divorce, and marriage

  • Birth:
    It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or fifth child, your life insurance must protect each one’s financial future. If you die, how will your spouse provide for the children? You should have enough coverage to get them through high school and college.
  • Death:
    If your spouse dies, you are left with the financial responsibilities of the entire family. More life insurance for you is probably in order.
  • Divorce:
    A divorce could have a substantial effect on your life insurance. If your ex-spouse dies, will there be enough to support the kids? Life insurance must be one of the things to settle in the process.
  • Marriage:
    After the wedding, it should be a priority to make sure that each of you is protected from financial adversity if one of you dies.

#2. Buying a home

When you purchase your first house, it’s probably the biggest financial commitment you’ve made so far. If either you or your spouse dies, the surviving partner will need to replace the other’s income to be able to pay the mortgage and maintain the same lifestyle.

And if you decide to buy a more expensive house—with a larger mortgage--in the future, you’ll need to review your life insurance once again.

#3. A change in your financial situation

Some changes to your financial condition prompt you to make adjustments to your life insurance coverage. The loss of a job might make whole life insurance prohibitively expensive, so you switch to term life to lower your premiums. A substantial increase in pay, on the other hand, would require more insurance to replace your paycheck if you die.

If you are fortunate enough to come into a large amount of cash—selling your business or property--you may not need as much life insurance.

#4. Retirement

When you retire from your job, that group insurance policy that your employer paid for you stays behind. You will still want to protect your family if you die, so you’ll need to determine if your retirement savings are enough to provide that security. If not, you’ll need to look at replacing at least some of the lost coverage.

#5. Two years have passed since your last review

The most important trigger for a life insurance review is time. You can’t predict the future, yet insurance is meant to protect you against future risks. The best way around this is to re-evaluate your situation every two years and make adjustments to your coverage based on that. If you always wait until a major trigger prompts you, it might be too late because changes in your health may have rendered you uninsurable.

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Contact us for a life insurance review.If you’ve experienced any of these life events, contact American Insuring Group online or give us a call at (800) 947-1270 or (610) 775-3848 for a free life insurance review.

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Young Family? 3 Life Insurance Myths to Reject

Posted by David Ross on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Helpful life insurance tips for young families in Reading, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Allentown, Pittsburgh, Erie, PA and surrounding areas.Young families have a lot to think about--having children, buying their first house, and getting themselves established in their careers top the list. Because of these, money is often not plentiful, and there isn’t much time to look into the future and try to predict what surprises life might have in store, let alone to think about life insurance options.

If you are a spouse or partner in a young family, you may not have considered what would happen if you were to die unexpectedly. With life insurance in place, your family would be able to remain in their home and maintain their standard of living. It also gives your grieving survivor some time to make decisions without financial pressure.

The necessity for life insurance in young families may be apparent, but persistent misconceptions can keep those families from purchasing the coverage they need.

Here are three life insurance myths that can prevent your young family from receiving the protection it deserves:

Myth 1: Only the primary breadwinner needs life insurance.

If something happened to the breadwinner in your family, that paycheck would be missed. And the first myth addresses the importance of replacing the largest paycheck but without considering the value of the stay-at-home parent.

The costs of caring for your children, managing the household, and paying for all other domestic duties can be substantial. The parent who chooses to pass up a paying job and stay at home is providing an enormous service that has real value.No matter the size of the paycheck, your family counts on you and your income to maintain its quality of life, and either would be missed if something were to happen to you.

Myth 2: I can buy term insurance now, and if I still need protection at the end of the term, I can always renew the policy.

That is true if your policy is renewable, but not all policies are, and renewable premiums can be expensive. Why? When you come to the end of a 10 or 20-year term policy, you are ten or twenty years older, which guarantees a higher premium.

And think about this: If your policy isn’t renewable, you must once again qualify for the insurance. If your health has changed over the years, you might be uninsurable. Even if you can qualify for it, you will be paying much more.

Term insurance is popular with many young families, and there’s a good reason for it. The policies give the most coverage at the lowest cost. And it comes at a time when money is tight, and the need for coverage is highest.

But term insurance is just that—coverage for a relatively short time. It’s an excellent policy to provide for any needs that may disappear over time, including a mortgage or college expenses, but there are other plans designed to meet your longer-term needs.

Myth 3: Term insurance is sufficient. 

Term life insurance has its place in your overall financial planning, and it certainly makes sense for young families. Permanent life insurance, on the other hand, provides a death benefit along with other features such as lifelong protection and tax-advantaged cash accumulation within the policy.

You can access the cash value in your plan to pay for a business opportunity, your child’s education, or an emergency. Just remember that any funds you withdraw from the policy will reduce the death benefit and cash value if you don’t repay them.

Although permanent life insurance is more expensive than term insurance in the short term, there are long-term cost advantages to permanent coverage. So, you might consider buying a term policy with a large face amount, which gives you the immediate protection you need, and combine it with a smaller permanent policy.

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6 Reasons Why Singles Should Have Life Insurance

Posted by David Ross on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Why singles need life Insurance. Contact us for the best life insurance in Philadelphia, Allentown, York, Erie, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, PA and beyond.You’re single and have many things on your mind—moving up the ladder in your career, investing for the future, relationships, and the list goes on. Something that you might not be thinking about, but should be, is life insurance.

If you’re like many single people, you likely assume that life insurance is for married couples and those with kids. While it is true that not all single people need life insurance, here are six reasons why life insurance could make good sense for you:

  1. Student loan debt
    While it’s true that student loans through the federal government are discharged if you were to die, personal loans that have a cosigner are usually not. If your parents co-signed your loan through a bank, they would be responsible for paying the rest of the loan if something happened to you. The bank may even call for the loan to be paid in full immediately after a death, leaving your parents to deal with grief and loan payments.

  2. Living with your significant other
    Living together means sharing the financial responsibilities. You probably need two incomes to pay the rent (or mortgage), utilities, taxes, and other living expenses. Think ahead to the possibility of one of you dying prematurely. Would the other partner be able to maintain a similar lifestyle on one paycheck? Or would the apartment have to be abandoned or the house sold? Life insurance may be the only way to create an estate immediately, offering an easy answer to those questions.

  3. Lock in a low price now
    You’re young and healthy. Your age and your health will mostly determine how much you’ll pay for life insurance. It makes good financial sense to lock in a low price if you have both of these right now. A healthy 30-year-old non-smoker can get a 20-year $250,000 term life insurance policy for about $20 a month. Remember, if you wait until you believe life insurance is a necessity, your age and any health issues that have developed will make the insurance more expensive—or impossible - to get.

  4. Lock in your insurability now
    You plan on having kids in the future. Statistically, it costs nearly $250,000 to raise a child to age 18. And that’s not factoring in the cost of college. You may not be thinking about this right now, but when the kids arrive, they bring with them additional bills and expenses. Purchasing life insurance now means you have coverage in place for when you do have a child, and you have protected your insurability for the future.

  5. Others may need your support
    You know now you’ll be taking care of family members in the future. You may need to provide financial support to aging parents or a special-needs sibling. Think about what would happen if your support disappeared with your death. Life insurance can ensure that there is money in place to fund those needs into the future. In cases like these, permanent life insurance, as opposed to term insurance, might be a better choice. Talk to an agent for details on the difference between the two policies.

  6. It can pay for your funeral
    With the average cost of a funeral at over $7,000, you don’t want to leave the burden of paying for it to your parents, partner, or other family members. No one, especially young and single adults, likes to think about such things, but the truth is if you die without life insurance, someone you care about will likely end up paying for your funeral.

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Extreme Sports? Life Insurance? Maybe not!

Posted by David Ross on Thu, May 12, 2016

Extreme sports may disqualify you from obtaining life insurance. Contact us for help in getting life insurance if you are involved in extreme sports.Extreme sports can make it difficult or even impossible for you to get life insurance. Surprised?

Statistically, a coin collector will likely live longer than someone who enjoys bungee jumping. So, if you thrive on the adrenaline rushes that only extreme sports can give you, be aware that your chance of getting life insurance at preferred rates (or maybe at all) will be diminished if you engage in certain pastimes.

Whether you get your thrills on earth, water, snow, ice or air, insurers will take into account your risky hobbies and your level of competence when determining premiums or even if they want to accept the risk of taking you on as a customer.

Life Insurance Red Flag Activities

While there are many ways to push your fun to the limit—mountain climbing, skydiving and scuba diving will always raise red flags—there are some sports that push right on by those limits and create a risk that few insurers will be willing to take on.

Here are a few others you’ll want to avoid if affordable life insurance coverage is important to you:

Ice-climbing: Self-inflicted puncture wounds from crampons, those metal plates with spikes fixed to the bottom of the hiking boot, are not the only danger from this sport. There is always the threat of cracked ice breaking free and taking the unlucky climber with it.

Cliff diving: Think about the consequences of diving from a ledge that is 80 or 90 feet above the sea. Even if you survive the jarring impact from a perfect dive, you may have to contend with rocks below the surface. And this assumes that you didn’t hit the side of the cliff before you reached the water. Or maybe you weren’t able to execute the dive and have hit the water awkwardly, breaking bones or injuring your spine. It’s no mystery why insurers frown on this activity.

Freerunning: An acrobatic and athletic discipline, freerunning is an urban activity in which participants leap from roof to roof, negotiating any obstacles, at maximum velocity. No parachutes, no ropes, no nets—and, understandably, no insurance!

Street luge: Street luge was created when downhill skateboarders found they could reach higher speeds by lying down on their skateboards. Riders on street luge boards can reportedly top out at 70 to 80 mph, making it almost impossible to get life insurance if you choose to participate in this extreme sport.

Heli-skiing: This type of downhill skiing is done at remote locations accessible by helicopter only. Skiers board the helicopter and are carried to a landing zone on the mountain. Risks include those of any back country skiing, including avalanches, tree wells, and the inherent risks of helicopter flight. Not surprisingly, this sport is banned in Germany and France. 

Huge-wave surfing: Every surfer dreams of catching and riding that 50-foot monster wave. Many are willing to journey to the ends of the earth to find one. Unfortunately, they may find more than they hoped for—broken bones, shark bites, drowning, and life insurance denial can also be part of this adventure.

Base jumping: Parachuting or wingsuit flying from a fixed structure or cliff is known as base jumping. It’s also known as a surefire way to be denied life insurance. Because of the lower altitudes of the jumps, base jumping is significantly more dangerous than skydiving from a plane. Base jumping is prohibited in many locations, including the United States. So, if you decide to try it anyway, you stand to lose your life insurance and your freedom! 

It Doesn't Pay to Cheat on Your Life Insurance Questionnaire!

Honesty is the best policy—especially when it’s a life insurance policy. Be honest about your extreme sports hobby when you apply and be prepared to pay a higher premium if you engage in extreme sports. The most common reason life insurers deny a death claim is because of "material misrepresentation" on an insurance application. If you should be killed in an extreme sport accident, your loved ones might be hurt. That’s a risk you should not take.

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Denied Life Insurance? Take These 3 Steps!

Posted by David Ross on Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Being denied life insurance can be scary...

3 steps to take when your life insurance application has been denied. Serving Reading, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, PA and beyond with cost effective, high quality life insurace.Life insurance offers the peace of mind of knowing your family will have a financial safety net if you’re no longer there to provide one. While most people think obtaining coverage is as simple as filling out a few forms, that’s not always the case.

What should you do after you try to buy life insurance coverage but end up being denied? It can be a scary situation. You ask yourself why this happened and where you go from here. 

First of all, don’t get too upset. You’re not out of options. Begin by trying to find out why you weren’t approved. Next, take some steps toward a better outcome.

Reasons you may have been denied life insurance coverage

  • You have a specific health condition: If you have elevated cholesterol or glucose levels, or previously had a heart attack or cancer, you may be denied coverage.

  • You participate in high-risk activities: Sky diving, mountain climbing, and flying as a recreational pilot are considered risky hobbies that could get you turned down.

  • You’ve been caught driving under the influence: Most companies won’t insure you if you’ve had multiple DUI’s. If it’s only been once, you might be able to shop around and get insurance coverage.

  • You are overweight or obese: The red flag pops up for these conditions because they often lead to severe health complications, particularly cardiovascular issues.

  • You use drugs: Life insurance companies will want to know about any kind of drug use--both legal and illegal. Illegal drug use is an obvious reason for denial. But the regular use of legal medications may point to an underlying medical condition and could hurt your case as well.

This is not an exhaustive list, but it can give you an idea of some of the factors that are considered after a life insurer receives your application.

What to do if you’ve been denied life insurance coverage

  1. Learn why you were denied.  Before an insurance company denies an application, they collect lots of data from several sources to evaluate your risk. If the risk is high, you will be rated, postponed or denied. In any of these circumstances, you are encouraged to ask the life insurance company for the specific reason of denial for your application. A denial stemming from a current exam tends to be the most disturbing, since you may not have known about an illness or disease beforehand. But stay positive and be thankful that the issue was discovered, so that you can take steps to resolve it.

  2. Confirm the results. You signed an authorization for the underwriter to pull your medical records. If poor exam results were cited as the cause of denial, order these records and check with your doctor to verify their accuracy. Sometimes, mistakes are present in the medical records and need to be fixed. In other cases, you could be denied for recreational hazards, criminal records and even financial issues. If these records haven’t been updated or are lacking in detail, they can lead to postponement or denials because the underwriter simply can’t properly assess your risk profile. Make sure all of your records are accurate and notify the insurer if any discrepancies are discovered.

  3. Work with an independent life insurance agent. After you uncover the reason and fix the errors, you should work with an agent to find coverage. Every insurance company has its own criteria for assessing the risk of its applicants, and independent agents know which companies are more likely to approve you based on your health and your lifestyle.

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Trusted Choice Independent Life Insurance Agents near Reading PA, serving Philadelphia, Reading, Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, PA and beyond with qualiity life insurance.Knowledge is power, so find out why you were denied. Then, straighten out all of your records and work with an experienced independent life insurance agent to obtain the coverage you need.

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Is 10x Your Salary in Life Insurance Right for You?

Posted by David Ross on Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Question: How much life insurance do you need?

Answer: It all depends…

How much life insurance you need depends on several factors. Contact us for all your life insurance needs in Philadelphia, Reading, Lancaster, Allentown, Harrisburg, York, Pittsburgh, Erie, Lehigh Valley, PA and beyond.This answer implies that there is work ahead. There is no standard lump-sum figure or, at the very least, a formula that can be used to arrive at the right amount of life insurance for you. In the past, traditional schools of thought have suggested that seven to ten times a person’s annual salary should be sufficient coverage.

But, does this one-size-fits-allapproach apply to your situation? Maybe, maybe not.

What Factors Go Into Determining How Much Life Insurance You Need?

First off, be aware that the amount of insurance that you need today may change dramatically in the future. For instance, the single, carefree young man--whose need for life insurance today is minimal--might become a married homeowner with a couple of kids in a few years. The responsibilities that have been added into his life will considerably increase the amount of insurance that he should carry. Here are some of the factors that must be taken into consideration in deciding how much insurance coverage is right for you:

  • Money for final expenses (funeral, burial plot, etc.)
  • Replace lost income
  • Pay off a mortgage
  • Pay off other debt (auto loan, credit cards)
  • Provide an education fund for your children

And remember, just because you are a stay-at-home parent without income doesn’t mean you can forego life insurance. Childcare is expensive and hiring someone to take over your household responsibilities could put a sizable strain on your family’s budget.

Replacing Income: Vital to a Family’s Financial Survival

If you have long-term financial goals, now is the time to think about how those plans would be affected by the loss of your paycheck. If your children are young, your life insurance might be needed to support them for quite a few years in your absence. In the case of a special-needs child, it will probably be for a lifetime.

In addition to your income, your family will likely be losing your employer-provided health insurance, which would amount to thousands of dollars in premiums each year to replace it. Consider that your family will have to trade in an aging vehicle at some point or that a teenage driver might need a car for school, a part-time job, or commuting to college. If these and other long-term goals are part of your planning today, it is important to provide for them in your life insurance estimates.

Coming Up With an Insurance Protection Estimate

Once you have determined how much lost income you will need to replace, you can add that amount to any mortgage, debts, final expenses and education funds you want to cover. This is your life insurance number. From that figure you can subtract:

  • Personal life insurance policies that you already own
  • Life insurance you have through work
  • Liquid assets your family can use

One important consideration about life insurance at work is that it is only a benefit as long as you are working at that company. If you change jobs, you might end up with less coverage or none at all. For that reason, it might make sense to exclude this coverage from your calculations.

Underestimating your future financial needs will leave you underinsured. And if you believe that you can buy more insurance in the future, understand that will only work if you are as healthy then as you are now. Unexpected illnesses could make your future life insurance premiums prohibitively expensive—if you can get coverage at all.

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Business Insurance in the Event of a Death or Disability

Posted by David Ross on Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Do you know your business insurance needs in the event of death or disability? We're a PA business insurance agency who can help. Serving Reading, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Pittsburgh, Erie, PA and beyond.When you start a business, you’re full of hope and dreams. The last thing you want to think about is what would happen to your business if you, a co-owner, or a key person within the business were to become disabled or – God forbid – die.

But, as a business owner it is your responsibility to think about these things and plan how you will protect your business, your employees, and your family in the event of one of these tragedies. In order to do that, you need to ask yourself these two questions and then get the proper business insurance to meet your needs:

What will happen to my business and family if I die or become disabled?
What will happen if certain key employees die or become permanently disabled? 

Here are 4 Types of Business Insurance to Consider:

Disability Buy-Out Insurance

You may think that if something were to happen to you that your family could jump in and run the business or hire someone to handle the day-to-day management of your business. Unfortunately, that rarely happens. Usually, they don’t have the skills or the where-with-all to make that happen. So, it’s important to create a buy-sell agreement - a contract that would allow remaining owner or owners to buy a deceased, disabled, or retired owner’s share of the business (at a pre-determined agreed upon price). A properly structured and funded buy-sell agreement will ensure that your business partners know exactly what needs to be done and that your family is fairly and promptly compensated.

There are several ways to fund this type of agreement in the event of such a tragedy. You (or your remaining partners) can use cash (assuming you have access to enough cash), pay in installments from current earnings (which could become a financial burden to the business for years to come), take out a loan (assuming you could obtain a business loan after an owner’s death or disability), or use disability buy-out insurance (the only way to guarantee that the cash will be available when needed).

Business Overhead Insurance

If an owner were to become disabled, this insurance would reimburse the business for overhead expenses – such as salaries, taxes, employee benefits, rent, mortgage, utilities, etc. – for one or two years. This often means the difference between a business surviving or closing until the owner can get back on his or her feet.

Individual Life Insurance

What if you or one of the owners were to die? What would happen to your business? You might assume that your family or remaining owners could sell or liquidate the business to ensure their financial security. Unfortunately, this doesn’t usually work. First, who wants to think about selling a business while grieving for the loss of a loved one? Second, when the family is forced to sell the business quickly, they may have to sell at a discount or during market conditions that make the business less attractive. In other cases, the business may be worth very little without the proprietor or partner. Individual life insurance can protect your family by providing funds to cover debts, ongoing living expenses and future plans, in the event that something happens to you. Life insurance can also be structured to fund a buy-sell agreement.

Key Person Insurance

This is another essential component of a smart business continuation plan. Key person insurance is life or disability insurance purchased by the business on an employee/owner that is essential to the running of the business. It is payable to the business. When a key person dies or becomes disabled, insurance can help make up for lost sales or earnings or cover the cost of finding or training a replacement.

Need Help Finding the Right Business Insurance?

Contact us for help in finding the best PA commercial insurance for your business in Philadelphia, Reading, York, Lancaster, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Pittsburgh, Erie, PA and beyond.Don’t take chances. It’s your responsibility for protecting your family, employees, and your business. Make sure that you plan for the unexpected with the right business insurance and individual life insurance.

Contact us at (800) 947-1270 or (610) 775-3848; we can help you determine the right insurance to protect your assets. As independent insurance agents, we'll shop among competing insurance providers to find you the right insurance at the best price. Call or click today.

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5 Surprising Things Life Insurance Can Do While You’re Alive

Posted by David Ross on Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The right life insurance policy can benefit you during your lifetime. Serving Reading, Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, PA and beyond.Life insurance is a key component in any financial plan. Its death benefit creates an immediate estate for beneficiaries that will provide them with income, cash for college or other capital needs, and funds to pay taxes, funeral expenses, or administrative costs. It can pay off a mortgage or retire other debts.

In its simplest form, it pays cash when an insured individual dies, but did you know that a life insurance policy can be set up in such a way that it is beneficial during a policyholder’s lifetime?

Two Types of Life Insurance

Term life insurance pays a predetermined amount of money when a person dies. It is in force for a specified period (term) and may be renewed if needed. It provides a death benefit only.

Permanent life insurance, as the name implies, is set up to last a lifetime. Like term insurance, it too provides a death benefit, but that is where the similarity ends. Whole life insurance (the more common designation for permanent insurance) accumulates tax-sheltered cash values that can be accessed by the insured. Although not guaranteed, there may also be dividends that are similar to those paid to stock owners. Also, unlike the premiums on term insurance, which increase at the end of each term, the premiums for whole life remain level.

How Can the Accumulated Cash From a Life Insurance Policy Be Used?

The short answer is that it can be used for anything. After cash has accrued inside a whole life policy, it is available for withdrawal as a policy loan. While it is not a requirement to pay the loan back, any amount that is not repaid will be subtracted from the death benefit. That said, here are some creative ways in which others have used the living benefits of their whole life policies:

  • Help with college tuition. If the cash value is large enough, all of the hassles of applying for bank loans or filling out financial aid forms can be eliminated. Using the money in your policy is probably preferable to tapping retirement savings or home equity, but it’s best to consult your agent to be sure.

  • Start your own business. Starting a business may be your dream, but your bank may see it as their nightmare. If your savings and private borrowing from friends and family aren’t enough to get your venture moving forward, using your cash value might be sufficient to fill the gap.

  • Take time off to attend to family matters. An untimely accident or illness to a family member may require you to take an unpaid leave of absence from your job. Aging parents are especially vulnerable and may need help for weeks or even months during their recovery. The accumulated cash in your whole life policy can replace lost income.

  • Get funds to sustain you during a chronic illness. If you are chronically ill and unable to perform all of the activities of daily living, some permanent policies will allow you early access to your death benefit. If yours doesn’t, the accumulated cash value can still be used until you recover sufficiently. Whether you access your death benefit or cash value, the money taken out will reduce the amount your beneficiaries receive.

  • Use your cash value to fund the early years of retirement. Your 401(k) and IRA can continue to grow tax-deferred if you live off your cash value early in retirement. The relative safety of your insurance money allows you to take on more risk and growth potential in your other sheltered accounts for several more years.

Finding the Life Insurance Policy That's Right for You

Contact us to find the best term or whole life policy. Serving Reading, Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, PA and beyond.These examples are not appropriate for everyone. A professional insurance advisor from American Insuring Group can analyze your circumstances and help you find the term or whole life insurance policy that's right for you.

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Life Insurance Tips for the Mother-to-be

Posted by David Ross on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Tips for selecting the right life insurance before, during, or after pregnancy. Serving Philadelphia, Lancaster, Reading, Allentown, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Erie, PA and beyond.Did you recently get married?  Have you started thinking about having children?  Are you already pregnant?  Congratulations!  This is a very exciting time in your life! 

Next question…Have you thought about life insurance?  Your life insurance needs will probably change significantly once your baby is born.  The task of regular feedings and diaper changes will probably have you struggling to sneak in some shut-eye, and I can pretty much guarantee that preparing for the "what-ifs" in life will move to the bottom of your to-do list.  

Whether you become a stay-at-home mom or work outside the home, it’s important that you plan for the “what if” something were to happen to you.  Life insurance helps ensure that your child can be properly cared for and that your family doesn’t face financial hardship.

Can Pregnancy Affect Life Insurance?

Sounds like a crazy question, right?  Pregnancy isn’t a disease; it’s the way children have been brought into the world since the beginning of time. 

In the vast majority of cases, pregnancy has no effect what-so-ever on life insurance rates.  If it’s early in your pregnancy and there are no medical complications, your life insurance should be unaffected. 

However, on rare occasions, pregnancy can affect your policy rate and/or your ability to obtain life insurance.  If you’re farther along and there are medical issues, some insurance companies may force you to wait until after your child is born to purchase life insurance. 

Life Insurance Risk Factors During Pregnancy

The most common medical issue for pregnant women is gestational diabetes.  Between 3 and 10 % of all pregnant women experience gestational diabetes at some point during their pregnancy.  While this issue usually disappears upon the birth of the baby, there are instances when it can lead to other forms of diabetes, such as type I or type II diabetes. 

Another risk is if the mother gains excessive weight during her pregnancy.  This can cause preeclampsia, which can affect the liver, kidney, and even brain function.  If she is unable to lose the excessive weight after childbirth, she can develop other conditions, such as high blood pressure, that can also affect insurance premiums. 

In some cases it makes sense to wait to apply for life insurance until well after the delivery so the new mom has time to deal with the after effects of pregnancy.  The lower premium rates will allow her to save money and/or enable her to buy a larger amount of life insurance.

This is fine if you already have a life insurance policy in place.  If not, you could have inadequate coverage, leaving your family vulnerable to financial hardship.  Therefore, we recommend that you look at your life insurance needs prior to planning for a family. 

Term vs Permanent Life Insurance

Term life insurance costs less than permanent, making it more affordable for young families who may not have a lot of disposable income, but if you live beyond the period of the policy, you and your beneficiaries receive nothing.  Permanent insurance (often referred to as whole life insurance) is more expensive initially, but it will provide lifelong coverage and a cash accumulation feature, which can help supplement your retirement plan.  

Sometimes, the best solution is a combination of both term and permanent life insurance.  The term policy can give you extra coverage during the years when the children are at home and the permanent policy can provide life-long coverage.

How Much Life Insurance Should I Purchase?

Both working and stay-at-home moms need life insurance.  While a stay-at-home mom may not contribute an income, it would be expensive to replace all the things she does if something were to happen to her.  If the income that a working mother contributes is important to the family financially, she needs to replace that income if something were to happen to her.

Don’t be tricked into thinking the group insurance you have through your employer is adequate coverage.  Usually, that coverage is given in a lump sum of money – maybe $50,000.  That may sound like a lot, but think about how long that money would actually last.   Plus, if you leave that employer, the policy is normally terminated.

Estimating Your Life Insurance Needs 

For an estimate of your life insurance needs, check out this life insurance calculator.

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