Tips for first-time life insurance buyers

Mar 11, 2011

First-time life insurance buyers should do their research and speak with industry professionals before committing to a policy.

Life insurance can be a daunting subject to research for first-time buyers who are unfamiliar with the industry. To assist new buyers with their search for a life insurance policy, a leading insurance provider has offered some tips to guide shoppers through their search.

The first thing a life insurance shopper needs to do is determine what kind of coverage they need. Policies range from whole, universal and term life plans, each of which can benefit a buyer depending on his or hers lifestyle. A term life policy may be a good choice for younger buyers who are concerned about price and may not be interested in committing to a permanent plan. Whole and universal policies are considerably more expensive, but provide more benefits and include investment opportunities.

Potential buyers should also consider how much insurance is necessary for them. Older applicants who have a spouse or children may be interested in purchasing larger plans that can be used to pay for a mortgage, college or retirement in the event of their passing.

Finally, quality is key. Shoppers should research insurers before committing to a plan so they can be sure their investment will be secure, something that can be easily done through major rating services like Standard & Poor's and AM Best.

The rocky economy has caused some people to seek financial security in a life insurance policy, according to Insurance Networking News, which said sales of policies through banks have doubled since the beginning of the recession.  

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