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Do You Have Enough Life Insurance?

Earlier this year, Louise and I came across this forum thread about a family and their life insurance situation. ?It’s a sobering conversation for sure, but one that inspired us to increase the amount of life insurance we have. ?Before we read that thread, we were content with our relatively small face value term life insurance policies. ?They would be enough to pay off the mortgage with some left over, but we weren’t really looking at the big picture. ?We have a toddler now, and if one of us were to die young, it’s important to us that the surviving parent would be able to focus primarily on raising our son, rather than scrambling to make a living while taking care of him at the same time.

If you have life insurance through your employer, be sure you know how much coverage it provides and how far that would go. ?If you need to add additional life insurance coverage, a basic term policy of 20 or 30 years will probably do the trick. ?Premiums are based on age at issue, so the younger you are when you get your policy, the less you’ll pay for the life of the policy. ?And since life insurance policies are medically underwritten, the healthier you are, the better rate you’ll get. ?The time to make sure that your family is protected is today.

Extreme Sports And Life Insurance

Many Americans get life insurance as a benefit from their employers, but the amount provided is often not enough to really provide for a family. ?For this reason, a lot of people seek out additional life insurance coverage on their own. ?Term life insurance policies are very inexpensive, especially when compared with the cost of things like health insurance and long term care insurance, but those prices can increase dramatically if a person is unhealthy or participates in anything that life insurance companies deem to be risky activities.

As an example, if you’re a very healthy 35 year old, you’ll probably find it relatively easy and inexpensive to secure several hundred thousand dollars worth of term life insurance. ?But if one of your hobbies is rock climbing, the premium on the life insurance policy can easily be tripled or quadrupled by most carriers. ?The standard underwriting action in a case like this is to bump the rate from “preferred best” to “preferred” and then to add an additional annual amount ($2 – $2.50, for example) for every thousand dollars in life insurance coverage. ?So a half million dollar policy can easily increase in premium by more than $1000/year if the applicant participates in “risky” activities.

However, underwriting does vary from one insurance carrier to another, and some are more lenient than others for specific activities and health conditions. ?If you’ve applied for a life insurance policy in Colorado and received a rate increase because of health or lifestyle, there may be other options that would allow you to purchase the same amount of insurance for a lower premium. ?We can compare options for you and help you find the best value for your insurance dollars, and there is never a charge for our services.

Aflac Enhancing Life Insurance Benefits

Aflac is enhancing its life insurance policies in response to consumer interest. ?Most Aflac coverage is purchased by employees through their workplaces, and Aflac is now making it possible for employees to take their life insurance policies with them if they change jobs. ?Many Americans have only the life insurance that they get through their employer (through a program like Aflac, or as an add-on to their group health insurance policy), so the ability to take their policy with them if they change jobs will provide some much-needed security.

Aflac is also adding to their coverage options, with higher face value policies available than they had in the past.

We work with an Aflac representative here in Colorado, who can provide life insurance as well as a range of other products for you and your employees. ?Please contact us if you would like additional information.

Job Loss Often Means Loss Of Life Insurance

The recession seems to have a lock grip on our economy right now, and employment numbers get worse by the day.? The loss of health insurance that goes along with the loss of a job is a common subject in the news right now.? Most people can’t afford COBRA when they’ve lost their jobs, and even individual health insurance premiums are out of reach for some families struggling to get by on unemployment.

But what about life insurance?? 66% of Americans get their life insurance through an employer.? It’s typically inexpensive, just a few dollars per paycheck, or in some cases completely funded by the employer.? But for a person who gets laid off, life insurance is often just one more thing to add to the list of benefits that are lost in addition to the job.

Basic term life insurance is much less expensive than health insurance, but it might not be something that a family thinks about in the face of a job loss.? Unfortunately, that leaves a family – that might already be facing some of their most trying economic times – with much more potential financial risk.

It is possible to continue group life insurance under COBRA, but I don’t think it’s an option that most people know about.? And while individual life insurance premiums are quite low, it’s easy to procrastinate on the application process.? Although most Americans understand the importance of life insurance, it might be pretty far down on the list of priorities in the event of an unplanned job loss.?? Here in Colorado, unemployment reached 6.1% in December – the highest in five years.? And nationwide, job loss numbers are not encouraging.? While it’s not particularly enjoyable to think about being laid off, it’s a good idea to think of the benefits your job includes, and get an idea of the options that are available for continuing or recreating those benefits on your own if necessary.

Why Use Insurance Shoppers?

Why Use Insurance Shoppers to Buy Life Insurance?

about We are independent life insurance brokers, with no allegiance to any particular company. This gives us the freedom to help our customers choose the life insurance that truly fits their financial situation and risk tolerance. We can look at a wide variety of Colorado life insurance companies and get quotes on many types of insurance and different risk classes. By letting us know your health, driving, and family history up front, we can let you know what life underwriting class you will be classified into and get you the right quotes the first time.

We have a relationship with each of the life insurance companies that we represent. This allows us to serve as advocates for our clients, and help them get in touch with the right person when they have a question about their policy.

We have a very good working knowledge of the companies we represent:

  • benefit options
  • stability of the life insurance companies
  • underwriting and health class guidelines for each company in Colorado . Each company has a different set of underwriting guidelines to determine what classification you will be. From preferred plus, ultra preferred, preferred, standard, and many different smoking classes, we will know what company will benefit you the most based on your health history. This can save you a lot of time and frustration getting this figured out before actually applying and jumping through the hoops for each company.

We’re free. We get paid commissions by the insurance companies so the quotes are the same if you use a broker or go directly through the insurance company. Most life insurance in Colorado is done with the help of brokers because there is no disadvantage and there are many advantages to using a knowledgeable broker to guide you in the right direction. You will always get the lowest premium for the same coverage by purchasing your Colorado life insurance through us because we can shop for the life insurance plan that fits your financial situation and tolerance for risk using our expert knowledge of how each company grids pricing, underwriting guidelines, and takes risks with their money. We will also give you more personalized attention, and a balanced perspective about the advantages of choosing one policy over another. We can also act as a liaison between you and the insurance company if you ever have any questions or problems.
The Colorado Division of Insurance polices the pricing of life insurance, so no insurance company or agency is allowed to sell at a price that is any different from the price set by the commission. So we can find the best plan for you at no cost. For years, we have been highly recommended in Colorado as a no hassle agency able to find the best life insurance for your financial plan.

We continue to be there for our customers after their policy is in force. We can always analyze different options as your financial needs change and keep you current. This will always help you know that you are getting the best deal available and that you have the best coverage you can get for your family.

We have designed this interactive web site where our customers can compare prices, get details on various Colorado life insurance policies, download applications on their own, and even apply online. We shop over 75 companies such as American General (AIG), Zurich/Chase, Banner Life, Empire General, First Colony, Transamerica, Lincoln Benefit Life, MONY, Protective, Prudential, Transamerica, Travelers, West Coast Life, United of Omaha, Fidelity & Guaranty, and many more. Get as far as you like by yourself until you would like our assistance. We will always be there to answer questions or help with applications if needed. but we have the web site in order to provide a no-pressure setting for clients to compare options that are available for them. Colorado Life Insurance disclaimer

How Much to Buy

Do You Know How Much Life Insurance You Require?

dad1 We analyze a client’s life insurance requirements using either an income replacement method, or a needs fulfillment method, or both. We also combine this with a clients individual budget for life insurance to determine what type, and how much Colorado life insurance the client requires. The income replacement method of a needs analysis is to determine how much life insurance is required if the purpose is to replace the income that your family would require to survive. The needs fulfillment method determines how much life insurance is needed to cover future family needs like paying off debts and mortgages, saving for college, etc.

Term Life Insurance

Term Life Offers the Best Value

A term life policy pays out its face value only if you die during the selected term. Normally, if you have not used the death benefit when the term runs out, the policy expires. However, return of premium policies are becoming very popular as an alternative to typical term life insurance and even whole life and universal life policies. Building cash value with a permanent policy means paying high premiums (2 to 3 times as much for the same coverage). While an unused term policy can feel like a waste. Return of Premium (ROP) term is an easy and effective new solution that splits the problem down the middle. It starts out like term life insurance with one extra promise from the carrier: If you pay your premiums and you live, we’ll give you your money back. On a normal 20 year level term Colorado life insurance policy the ROP benefit may cost about 30% more, but that extra premium will effectively earn you a 6-7% return over the 20 years — just enough to earn you back everything you’ve invested. What’s in it for the life insurance company? Your loyalty. Colorado life insurance companies spend a lot of money to get your business, and only start making a profit if you stick around more than five years or so. ROP gives an incentive for their customers to stay for the full term. And, for those that don’t, the carrier made an extra 30% on those guys — and used some of it to pay you a solid return on your money for sticking around and living. So if you know that you are going to be insured for the entire term, then think about paying a little more for the ROP benefit and getting it all back in the end. We would be happy to give you the price of a term life policy and compare it with the same amount of ROP term and do the math to see if ROP term would be a good investment.