Determining The Amount Of Life Insurance That You Need
To be guided on the decision of which life insurance cover you need there are some factors that must be considered.
Decide the cover amount you need. This guide is especially for those who are doing it on their own without professional assistance. To best explain and calculate these, inflation, time and the value of money will not be taken into consideration.
Consider any financial obligations which must be remitted should premature death, unfortunate incident or permanent or semi-permanent disability happen. These could include loan repayments of mortgage or personal or business debts or loans that should be repaid.
Are there dependants who used to be financially supported? Among them are children, spouses or aged parents. If such persons are there then they should continue to be supported and hence a plan this should be arranged. A 20 year support for spouse, kids and aged parents the annual amount is $20,000 and this is an example only given if the insurer has met his untimely death or been permanently or partially disabled. The sum assured needs is about $400,000 in case the money is needed at this juncture.
A financial gift is the sum of money that a person might feel obliged to give in case they meet with an unfortunate incident. After the person who has taken up the insurance life cover is no more or is rendered completely disability they may have nominated some few people who they would like to be given a financial gift. Sometimes a contribution to a charitable organization. Factoring the above will help a person to decide the type of life insurance cover they would want to take.
There are different opinions of this difficult question of income replacement. To answer why this question is not straight forward is because it involved the full income rate of growth. However there is a thumb rule for this and that is it is important to know the number of years that your income is to be replaced. Replacing income for ten years means that the assured amount is $500,000 with a current salary of $50,000. It will as a result be possible to make a $50,000 per year for ten years.
The market offers various insurance covers all of which are good but before you can decide on the one to take it is important to know the type of insurance cover that you need. It is good to first establish if insurance premiums will be paid comfortable and only then can you calculate the insurance premiums and the length of cover of the insured sum.
This deliberation is a guide or a represention of the insurance market and the intention of this discussion is just for information. Professional or financial insurance advice should be looked for to better guide a lay man.