September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, and we want to provide the best tips we can to help you prepare. Here’s a little-known fact that may help you save money on life insurance: when it comes to underwriting, insurance carriers typically rate clients to their closest birthday.
What does that mean? It means that if you are 39 years and 5 months old, you will be rated as a 39-year-old. If you are 39 years and 6 months old, you will be rated as a 40-year-old. And so on.
So if you are looking to lower the cost of life insurance, one way to potentially save some money is to buy it before you are within 6 months of your next birthday – especially one of those “milestone” birthdays at which you enter a new rate bracket.
New marriage, new baby, new job, or just the desire to put things in good order for your family – these are all reasons to buy, upgrade or change your life insurance coverage. Additionally, there is so much that life insurance can potentially accomplish for a business owner, a couple or a family.
Several factors will affect the cost and availability of life insurance, including age, health, and the type and amount of insurance purchased. Life insurance policies have expenses, including mortality and other charges. If a policy is surrendered prematurely, the policyholder also may pay surrender charges and have income tax implications. You should consider determining whether you are insurable before implementing a strategy involving life insurance. Any guarantees associated with a policy are dependent on the ability of the issuing insurance company to continue making claim payments.
A helpful tip is to learn more when you can – review or look into life insurance coverage before another 6 months pass with the real possibility of premiums going up. If you have any questions, consulting your wealth advisor is the best way to help prepare through and through.
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