How To Choose The Most Desirable And Cheapest Life Insurance Plans

Finding the cheapest life insurance policy is an important consideration in these times of economic uncertainty. If you have children or other dependents you should not think about foregoing a policy as should the worst happen your family may be left with no financial means to support themselves.

There are in fact a number of different options that you could explore when checking out the type of policies that are available. For example there are term premiums that would offer a lump sum to the beneficiaries if you were to leave this mortal coil before a certain amount of time has elapsed. Another option is the whole life plans that can guarantee financial security to your dependents no matter what age you reach.

When exploring the various options you will discover that today there are in fact a huge number of providers who you could sign up with. You will need to make certain that the option you can pick is affordable yet still offers the type of security you would expect from a life insurance plan.

The issue with locating what can be termed a cheap plan is that it should still offer a suitable payout when time dictates. If you are the type of individual that usually seeks out an insurance company that is known to you, the chance of getting a good deal may be lessened. The best option would be to find a company that gives the best policy for your budget and which offers the kind of features that you desire.

Before you put your signature on any contract you should do a background check into the insurer in question. There are many ways this can be done. One option is to contact the Better Business Bureau to find out whether any complaints have been made against the insurer. If there is a long list of unhappy customers you should take your business elsewhere.

The internet has dramatically altered the amount of effort and time that is required when searching for cheapest life insurance plans. You can log on to third party websites that can provide information relating to the best plans and deals that are currently available. When considering all the options it is vital that you provide accurate information as if you do not the policy you sign up for may not be as desirable when it comes to being cashed in and by then it will be too late to make changes.

Over 50’s Life Insurance Plans Good Value?

One of the most popular life insurance plans currently advertised in the press and on televisions are the over 50’s plans or you might sometimes hear them called funeral plans and advertised with the aim of covering the funeral costs on death.

Typically these policies offer a free welcome gift like shopping vouchers when you sign up as a way of encouraging the potential customer to apply and have no requirement for any medicals or medical questionnaires and if you die after one or 2 years depending on the insurer you will get paid on your death the amount your policy is for.

But there is a cost for this, as using the figures for one of the UK’s leading life insurers a 55 year old non smoker taking out an over 50’s life insurance policy paying £6 per month would receive life cover of £1131 life cover. This is where it gets interesting as the same company offers a non over 50’s life plan and the same 55 year old non smoker taking out a life plan over 30 years and paying the same £6 per month would receive £6436 life cover or almost 570% more cover for the same monthly payment!

So if you are in good health it is possible for the same monthly payment your loved ones could receive an extra £5,005 on your death.($8088)

Before jumping to the conclusion that they are not good value for money though a few of things need to be considered.

  1. The over 50’s plan does not require a medical and if you are not in good physical health it is possible you might fail the medical so the over 50’s version might be the only option available to you, and regardless of the state of your health your loved ones will get the money if you outlive the qualifying period.
  2. The over 50’s version continues until the age of 90 and then cover continues for free (If you are lucky enough to live that long it means you have paid out £2,520 premiums but will only receive back £1131)
  3. The under 50’s version stops at 85 so if you die after this date the premiums you have paid will be lost as you will no longer have cover.

So if you are looking for life insurance shop around and consider your options carefully as just because a plan is advertised very heavily on television and in the press does not mean that it is offering good value. The point of all life cover is to provide cash for your loved ones or dependents on your death and the more cover you can get for the same monthly premium the better.

Selecting a Life Insurance Plan

When shopping for life insurance, it seems that most people just look at getting the lowest possible rates for the most amount of coverage. There is nothing wrong with that. But why do some companies charge more or much more for what seems the same plan? And if rates are not the same for the same plans with all companies, why do some people want to pay more for the “same” coverage? Are they just not interested in saving money on their life insurance? Do they know something you do not know? Here are some possible reason.

Convertibility

If you are considering a term life insurance plan, then you should also consider the convertibility option. This option simply allows you to convert you term plan to a permanent life insurance without having to go through more medical underwriting. This is important as even though you may feel that term is all you need or can afford today, in 10 years or more, as your health or needs may change, convertibility may be the most important aspect of your policy. If your policy is not convertible, you may lose your coverage when you need it the most. In addition, the ability to convert your policy is not the only important part of this option. What can your policy be converted to? You need to make sure that your term life plan is convertible to a high quality permanent insurance plan. Many companies offer great whole life and universal life options to convert to. Unless, you are absolutely certain that you will only need your plan for a term period (as with some business loans) make sure to request more information on convertibility.

Term Guarantee Period

With term life insurance, you must make check that your rates are guaranteed for the full period. In other words, a ten year terms may be cheaper with company A than company B but company A may have the option to raise rates at some point before the 10 year is over while company B will guarantee rates for the full 10 years. What may have started as the cheapest rate may end up the most expensive.

Customer Service from the Insurance Company and the Agent

We feel that customer service is of prime importance. You need a company that will keep in touch with you regularly and inform you of new programs that may benefit you. They also need to inform you about your policy. Most people get a life insurance plan and file it away and if you would later ask them about the plan they have they either would say that they have no idea or worst, they think they know but are incorrect. A good company will be easily reachable and answer your questions in a simple manner and tell you about your present plan and possible options available.

Riders

You may not need them today but who knows what your needs will be tomorrow. Riders can be important from the start or at some point in the future. Make sure that you are ware of which riders are available and whether or not they can be added later. Some may include:

  • Guarantee Insurability Rider (allows you to add insurance later with no or limited underwriting)
  • Waiver of Premiums Rider (pays your premiums in case of disability – read definition carefully)
  • Inflation Rider (adjusts or allows you to adjust your policy face amount based on a percentage you pre-select)
  • Disability Income Rider (pays you a disability benefit in case of a covered disability – read definition carefully)
  • Spouse Rider (allows you to add a spouse to your policy – this may be an inexpensive way to cover a spouse)
  • Child Rider (allows you to add a child to your policy – maximum age is usually 21 to 25)
  • Return of Premiums Rider (returns some or all of the premiums you paid to the insurance company)
  • Accident Rider (pays a benefit in case of accidental death)

Value Added Benefits

Value added benefits that are often free can give your extra protection, discount on products you are already using or even such things as scholarships for children and grandchildren. If you are already paying for some of these benefits with other companies then you can save money as your new life insurance will give them to you for free. When buying certain products or using certain services, with some life insurance policies, these products or services can be greatly discounted. In the end, look at the added benefits some companies are just giving you and see if this “more” expensive insurance plan is actually cheaper for you to have.

Other things to consider

  • Cost to have a policy mailed
  • Cost to get a loan on your policy (if you have a cash value policy)
  • Interest rate charged on loan
  • Effect of loans or withdrawal on the death benefit
  • Cash value growth
  • Agent availability
  • Customer service agent availability
  • Company financial rating
  • What other plans besides life insurance do they or they agent offer? – This may be helpful later when you need other coverage and do not want to have to deal with a whole new set of people.

We hope this article has helped you understand why price really is not everything. Sometimes when you think you are saving on premiums, you are actually postponing much higher costs in time and money later. We are always happy to hear from you. Your suggestions and questions are most welcome. Be well!