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July 08, 2018

Insurance – Promise Of Reimbursement


The word insurance, on a broader sense means ‘Promise of reimbursement in the case of loss; paid to people or companies so concerned about hazards that they have made prepayments in the form of premium to an insurance company’.

In principles, insurance dwells on assumptions such as
1.The losses and consequences are uncertain
2.Rates of losses are fairly quantifiable and predictable
3.Losses are not calamitous
4.Losses are substantial

This unambiguously infers that speculative risks such as those involved in stock investments and gambling are not covered.

Very broadly, insurance can be said to be having two categories; one: Life Insurance and two: Non Life Insurance.

Life Insurance
Life insurance is generally meant to be covering the risk of ‘life insured’s’ life for a predetermined sum, which is called the ‘sum assured’ to be paid either upon death occurring within the term of the insurance or upon expiry of the term itself. As a matter of fact, most of the life insurance policies are based and developed on this premise.

Non Life Insurance
The instrument non life insurance refers to insurance policy for anything other than life insurance. However, the principles are pretty much the same and sum assured and premium values are estimated in the similar way. Nevertheless, there exist two major differences between life insurance and non life insurance. They are:

1. The premiums payments are calculated on the basis of depreciating value of the insured property, each time. This invariably means that premiums get increased every time to cover up for the depreciation in the value of insured property.

2. The premiums paid over the period of the insurance are generally not guaranteed to be accumulated for payback at the end of the term unless otherwise explicitly expressed in the policy document.

A Few Non Life Insurances
Take a few examples for non life insurances here.

1.Unemployment insurance against job loss
2.Celebrity insurance against their intangible assets (teeth, legs etc.)
3.Health and dental insurance
4.Employees group insurance by their employers
5.Vehicle, house owners’, machineries insurance
6.Insurance for goods in shipment

Why Life Insurance
This is especially important to understand as many people tend to disregard insurance as something not of high importance. But in reality, insurance always covers your dependents when you are no more. It indemnifies your kin from your liabilities, such as, particularly, home loans. As a matter of fact, wiser step would be, higher the liability, greater is your insurance cover. Insurance are also instruments of tax deductible investments.

No matter the insurance companies are making huge profits, they are covering your life which is all the more important.


July 08, 2018

Individual Health Insurance Quotes


Health is one of the most important issues for us. Taking care of health is not just about curing various diseases, or even merely preventing various maladies that might have an adverse effect on the general health of the people. The first step for an individual who wishes to take good care of himself is to have a comparative evaluation of health insurance quotes from a considerable number of health insurance plan providers. This facilitates the individual to make informed decisions about the exact kind of health insurance plans into which he or she wants to enter.

Individual health insurance quotes are available in various health insurance companies whose work is based on a large-scale area. These individual health insurance works are conducted throughout the cities of The United States.

Individual health insurance quotes that are up to one’s expectations can be found in various ways. They are often available through an employer. Sometimes you can even find them on the web.

Although the business is quite crucial as it involves the issue of people’s health, various types of laws and acts of regulations have to be inflicted on these and their activities. Therefore an individual does not have to worry about the various formalities and technical problems if he or she wants to get a quote on the health insurance. There are a number of different types of rules depending on the type of the individual health insurance one wants to make use of. These rules depend on the insurance coverage purchased directly by individuals or on behalf of an employee-based health insurance plan.


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July 08, 2018

The Best Kept Secret About Life Insurance


o you love someone enough to spend your hard earned dollars on a life insurance premium -- month after month?

Because the real benefit of a life insurance policy isn't for you.  It's for those you love... but after you've gone.

Life insurance is money paid to those who rely on you right now to provide a secure standard of living.  They can lose this in a heartbeat.

Life insurance is money when needed the most... with no income tax or publicity.

Buying a life insurance policy is challenging because it isn't an easy subject matter to begin with.

Most people get confused about how it works and whom they can trust enough to make the purchase.

And there's a large number of companies and sales agents all clamoring for your attention.

This article will help to clarify a huge misconception about term life insurance. Also, I'll introduce you to what many knowledgable professionals consider to be the best kept secret in a life insurance policy.

Buy term and invest the difference is a phrase touted by those ... including many life insurance agents ... who have absolutely no idea how much harm it's implementation can cause.

The principle theory is you no longer need life insurance when you reach a certain age such as 55, 60 or 65.

Supposedly your kids have finished school and are doing just fine earning their own income. And you and your spouse are living comfortably on retirement savings and social security.

On the surface and to the naive, this might appear reasonable.

Now, it's easy to pick apart this hypothesis, but let's focus instead on the real problem with this scenario.

We are living longer than ever before.  We may not be enjoying it very much due to poor health but, nevertheless, we're hanging on.

Life insurance companies know this better than anyone.  In fact, most of them now use age 115 has a factor when calculating life insurance policy premiums.

You hear about retirees who are forced to find work at McDonald's or Wal-Mart.  Have you ever joined a seniors chat room on the Internet and witnessed the concerns most of them have about running out of money before they die?

Many of these seniors are frightened to death.  And what about the millions of babyboomers right behind them.

An intelligently purchased life insurance policy can be the saving grace for those you love the most.

Now, let me set the record straight.  I have nothing against term life insurance.  For over 24 years I've personally sold millions of dollars worth.

What bothers me ... and what I believe to be criminal ... is when term life insurance is sold under false pretenses.

Let's use a simple example.

A 35 year old nonsmoking male in excellent health can buy a $500,000 term life insurance policy for about $700 per year.

The premium is guaranteed to be $700 for 30 years.  Some companies will be a little cheaper and some a little more expensive.

The buy term and invest the difference advocate would compare this to a $500,000 whole life insurance policy at $3,650 per year.  Once again, some companies will be higher and some lower.

Theoretically, you have $2,950 to invest each year for 30 years.  I say theoretically because in the real world you would never consistently invest $2,950 each year.

Not the same way you would commit to a life insurance policy premium.

How do I know this?  Call it human nature based on lots of experience.

But, let's give you the benefit of the doubt and say you actually do invest according to this hypothetical plan.  What rate of return are you going to make over 30 years?  5% ... 8% ... 10 percent?

By the way, this question opens up another can of worms.  The psychology of investing.  But, we'll save that controversy for another time.

For arguments sake let's assume you get an 8% compounded rate of return each year for 30 years.  This comes to $360,920.41.

Okay... so now you're 65 years old and you have $360,920.41. But guess what?

When you reach 66 your $500,000 term life insurance policy will lapse without value because the annual premium becomes $21,180.

Yep, you read that right!  It jumps from $700 to over 21 thousand dollars.

At age 70, it's $31,430.  At age 75, it's $52,970.

There's no way on earth you'll pay this premium.  Problem is... you aren't dead yet!

You have paid $21,000 over a 30 year timeframe to have a $500,000 life insurance policy during a period of time when the odds are you would never die anyway.

Under normal circumstances you will die somewhere around age 80 -- give or take.  Your loved one's investment account still won't be worth $500,000.

What's more, she will have to pay income tax on the investment gains.  Remember, life insurance proceeds are income tax free.

Permit me to repeat myself.  I am not against term life insurance ... as long it's purchased with an eye towards the reality of future expectations.

If your term life insurance policy is issued by a highly rated company with a broad selection of products, you will have ample opportunity to convert the term into something more permanent over the course of the 30 years in our example.

Keep in mind your age determines the length of time the term policy will have a guaranteed level premium.

You may not be able to get more than a 10 year guarantee if you are over 50 years of age.

So, exactly what is the best kept secret in a life insurance policy?

It is a universal life insurance policy that <b>guarantees</b> the death benefit regardless of investment performance.

Universal life is the most flexible type of policy on the market.  The premium is higher than term, but lower than whole life.  There are several on the market, so you must be careful.

If you decide to buy term because of budget constraints, then be certain to buy from a company that also offers universal life.

This gives you the chance to slowly convert the term into universal with the same company over the length of the term guarantee.

As your budget permits convert term into universal.

One word of caution.  Long term interest rates are critical to the performance of universal life insurance.

Because they've been depressed for several years and will likely continue so, you must get the universal life with an unconditional death benefit guarantee.

Here's an example using our 30 year old male.  The $500,000 universal life insurance policy premium is $2,871 per year.  This compares with the already discussed $700 term and $3,650 whole life premiums.

Let's say you really do decide life insurance isn't important when you reach 65.  By that time, you would have paid $86,130 in total premiums.

Down a rat hole like the term plan?  Nope!

The cash surrender value would be at least $85,501.  It might well be over $100,000 based on the actual competitive interest rates credited to the policy over the 30 years.

When you buy the right type of universal life you guarantee the death benefit for as long as necessary... plus you have the ability to recover your expense if you wish to cash it in.

You can benefit from the best of both worlds when you use the best kept secret in a life insurance policy.


July 08, 2018

The History and Principles of Insurance


Whenever I conduct a workshop or give a talk to a group of agents, I ask how many of them are in the business of selling insurance. Inevitably about 25% raise their hands. My response to them is, “If you’re in the business of selling insurance you’ll have a hard time succeeding because NO ONE WANTS TO BUY INSURANCE!”

No one wants to buy insurance. Not homeowner’s, auto, life, health or disability… They only want what the insurance provides. They only want the benefit. Believe me, if people could get the benefits they wanted in some other way, they would. So,… if you “sell insurance” success will be tough. On the other hand, if you’re in the business of helping people it’s a different story. Now, you might protest that the distinction is simply a matter of semantics, but there are fundamental differences between having a sales focus and having a helping focus.

This difference affects pretty much everything a person does along with how they do it. If they have a sales focus, their focus is on making the sale! Everything from the initial contact to the presentation to the close to the follow-up is done from a sales perspective. Marketing, contacting, presentation, and follow-up are from a product and/or company perspective. On the other hand, a person who is focused on helping rather than selling will understand that the service they provide (helping) is what matters and the insurance they offer is simply the means to achieve the solution they create.

Let me illustrate what I mean. Here’s how a sales-focused person contacts: “Mr. Jones, my name is Bob Smith and I am with the ABC Insurance Company. We have a full line of products to meet your needs. I’d like to set up a time to show you our products and explain how they can solve your problems.” The focus of the entire exchange is on selling their insurance products. In contrast, a person focused on helping, contacts this way: “Ms. Jones, my name is Sue Smith and I help people protect their assets/reduce employee turnover/leverage their financial security. Is that something of interest to you?” They understand that they are a professional offering help, rather than a salesperson selling products.

There are many other distinctions related to taking a professional, helping approach over a selling approach, and they have significant implications. Professionals help rather than sell. They have clients instead of customers/policyholders. They build relationships instead of conducting transactions. They offer solutions instead of sales. They attract clients instead of pursuing customers. People buy from them instead in being sold. They find cooperative opportunities instead of competitive obstacles. Think of the implications from these distinctions. We’ve always heard that people do business with people they like, and people like people who help. You’ve heard the term “trusted advisor”? This is what we’re talking about. It occurs when you shift from selling to helping. Imagine having clients who are eager to refer others to you.

When you adopt the attitude of a professional and take the focus off the products, guess who the focus falls on? You! You become the service that clients buy. You become valuable. You become a resource. You become an expert. Clients don’t look to insurance policies for answers, they look to you! One of the greatest challenges in arriving at this mindset is becoming clear as to what makes you unique so you can communicate it effectively to your prospects and clients. I often work with my clients on clarifying their purpose and identifying their unique strengths so that their marketing and leadership is effective. An interesting challenge we face is that we tend to downplay our strengths, especially if they come easily to us. We tend to take them for granted and we tend to assume that everyone has the same (or better) abilities. A very revealing exercise I often ask clients to do is to ask five people they know for five traits that make them excellent at what they do. (My suggestion is to ask people who aren’t family. Ask clients, friends, and associates.) You may be surprised at the results. I find that the responses fall into three categories. 1) You’ll hear things about you that you and everyone else already knew and will thereby get confirmation, 2) You’ll hear things that you already knew but didn’t think anyone else noticed, giving you new insights as to what people notice and value, and 3) You’ll hear things that you never knew about yourself; things that never occurred to you to be a trait that others would value. These traits and insights are the things that set you apart from all the others out there. These are the things that cause people to do business with you. These unique traits will help you be more effective as you contact new prospects, present your ideas, and generate referrals.

I find that when people aren’t clear about what sets them apart and aren’t clear about their purpose (Inotherwords, why they do what they do) they end up leading with their products and their company. They rely on the strength and credibility of others instead of leading with themselves. The goal of every professional should be to become credible in their own right. That doesn’t necessarily becoming the foremost expert in their field, but it does mean becoming excellent at what they do as a professional – helping others. It means finding new ways to help. It may even mean helping in ways other than with insurance. You can become a resource for information or a networking source of contacts within your community. You can offer advice in other areas of business or life (other professionals are more than happy to provide you with article and insights you can pass on).

The whole point of this is to stop selling insurance and start helping people. It’s been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, and it’s true. The interesting consequence is that when you take your focus off of selling and place it on helping, you’ll attract more clients, generate more referrals, and sell more insurance. Life is good…


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July 08, 2018

The Top 10 Ways to Lower Your Health Care Costs


If your medical expenses are increasing, you’ll want to know how to lower them and keep them low. Here are 10 easy ways to reduce your health care costs.

1. Maintain a health lifestyle — it sounds basic, but it really works. If you take advantage of available wellness programs, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, stop smoking, and have regular checkups, you can greatly reduce your medical expenses.

2. Take advantage of free health screenings —if your health insurance doesn't provide adequate health screenings, or if you don't have any health insurance coverage at all, look into free health screenings. Local clinics and hospitals often provide a variety of screenings, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and mammograms.

3. Compare your health insurance options — you’ll need to get your own coverage if you don’t have employer-sponsored health insurance. Shop around. Because premiums vary widely, you'll probably save money if you get quotes from several companies. Evaluate each plan's coverage and features, taking into account exclusions, limitations, and the freedom to choose health-care providers. Also find out how much you'll end up paying out of pocket in the form of co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles, because even relatively small amounts of money can really add up if you make frequent visits to your doctor.

4. Reduce the costs of your prescription drugs — if you take prescription drugs regularly, you know they can eat up a large portion of your budget. To save money, order your prescriptions though the mail by using a traditional or online pharmacy. If you belong to a prescription drug plan through your health insurance plan, you may be able to get a three-month supply of your prescription drug through the mail for the same price you would pay for a one-month supply at your neighborhood pharmacy. You can also ask your pharmacist or doctor to recommend a less-expensive generic drug whenever possible.

5. Always check your medical bills for errors — taking a few minutes to go over the charges can save you money in the long run. Check to make sure that the bill accurately reflects the procedures you have undergone and takes into account any applicable insurance coverage you may have. Some errors, such as wrong computer codes, are common, and you may be billed for health care you never received. Contact the appropriate billing office if you think you've found a mistake. If you've received an explanation of benefits from your insurance company that you believe is wrong, ask the company to review your claim.

6. Keep track of your medical expenses — at tax time, you may be able to deduct certain medical expenses if you itemize, and your total medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. Allowable medical expenses include everything from health-care services to medical aids such as eyeglasses and hearing aids. Keep track of these expenses during the year.

7. Consider joining your spouse's health plan — review both your coverage and your spouse's coverage to see if it makes sense for either of you to join the other's plan. Keep in mind that most plans allow you to add a spouse to your plan within a certain time period after you get married. Otherwise, you may have to wait for the plans' annual open enrollment period.

8. Negotiate a discount with your healthcare provider —you can sometimes negotiate to lower your medical bills. While it may not always work, it doesn't hurt to ask your doctor, hospital, or pharmacy if they're willing to come down in price. Before you begin to negotiate, do a little research to find out what other healthcare providers in your area are charging. You can also ask your healthcare provider if they'll lower their price if you pay in cash up front.

9. Contribute to a flexible spending account — check to see if your employer offers a flexible spending plan that will allow you to put pretax dollars in an account. If so, consider participating. You will be reimbursed for your out-of-pocket medical expenses, such as prescription drugs, dental care, and co-payments. Because flexible spending contributions are taken out of your pay before federal and state taxes are calculated, you get to use pretax dollars to pay your medical bills.

10. Understand your health insurance benefits — your health insurance may cover more than you think. Many insurance companies now provide services that are designed to help you stay safe and healthy. For example, you may receive discounts on vitamins, alternative medicines, health club memberships, or bike helmets. You may also be surprised at the range of coverage your health plan offers. For instance, it may cover dental care for young children, chiropractic care, and acupuncture. Read your plan membership materials to find out what products and services are available through your health plan before you pay for them on your own.

Staying healthy is the best way to reduce your health care costs. Getting a quality health insurance policy and understanding its benefits will also go a long way to keeping your medical bills as low as possible.


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July 08, 2018

The Salvage Truth - Boat Insurance Buying Tips


The water may be your element. You may find the sea quite stirring yet in here you find your own serenity. Yes, the mere sight of the vast sea may stir in you quite a number of various emotional responses. Not a few of people from all walks of life are motivated to build their dream houses near the beach where an overlooking view of the sea is possible. Of course, there are also those who truly enjoy riding on a boat. Some would even resort to buying and owning their own craft such as a yacht or motor boat. These sea vessels are not only bought and owned for the sole purpose of joyride or sea adventures but they are also employed for business reasons.

1. Boat Insurance - Just Like Car Insurance

It is wise to secure boat insurance for security reasons. You may never know what may happen to you and your boat’s occupants when it fares out into the vast sea. Cases of theft, salvage, and natural disasters are some of the problems you may be faced with and they can be truly irritating on one’s part. It may be a real challenge to be looking for the best boat insurance that will cover all of your needs and demands. Remember to be smart. Be inquisitive. Make the right choice with your boat insurance.

2. One Size Does Not Fit All

Each of the types of the sea vessels requires different boat insurance policies. It is best for you to conduct a thorough research before contacting any insurer. Go for the advice of friends and colleagues. Ask them which boat insurance provider will best satisfy you.

3. Know Your Insurer Well

Boat insurance can be procured from either an independent insurance agent or from a direct marine insurance specialist. The purchase of boat insurance from either of the two proves to be a good and wise move. It is necessary to be buying the boat insurance policy from none other than a reputable agent or provider in order to save yourself from the annoying possibilities of scam.

4. Use the Laymen’s Terms in All Business Affairs

Always listen well to the boat insurance agent. Treat the conversation as you would to a daily discourse. And if you come across some unfamiliar terms, ask for an explanation in the language you will best understand. It is important to know what your boat insurance policy will cover as well as those that will not be covered. If you see some loopholes, then be inquisitive.

5. Look Over Coverage Closely

It is best to secure that your boat insurance policy will work out to be not just fine, but it will be perfect to cater to all your claims. Essential coverage includes salvage recovery, accidental damage, fire, flood, and storm damage, theft, vandalism or malicious acts, liability cover, and most importantly, an easy access to a 24-hour helpline in case of emergency.

6. The Agreed Value versus the Actual Cash Value

These two are the choices in terms of the mode of payment on the boat insurance policy that a boater will want to avail. However, it is the depreciation that sets the difference between the two. For the Agreed Value Policy, the boater will have to pay more for the boat insurance. In the event of total loss, the insurer will not only pay you but will also replace most items with new ones. On the other hand, the Actual Cash Value costs less yet in the event of loss, the insurer will only be paying the actual cash amount that is at hand during the time of the property’s loss. This mode is best for clients who don’t really give a deal about total loss and for least expensive purchased boats.

7. The Salvage Truth

In case you have decided to stick with the Agreed Value boat insurance policy, then make sure that you do stay away from those that limit salvage coverage. Salvage coverage policy ensures the payment to the salvor for saving the boat from danger or by bringing it to a repair yard. You would want a handsome amount to fix the damages done to your property and surely enough you would not want some deductions from the agreed value just because some payments are to be made to the salvage costs. Definitely, this scheme of payment will leave your budget short for some of the repairs that you will need.
July 08, 2018

Ten Golden Rules to Save on Auto Insurance


Auto Insurance is a bouquet of different covers like liability insurance; collision insurance; comprehensive insurance; medical insurance; uninsured motorist insurance; rental reimbursement; towing and labor cost coverage; as well as gap coverage.

What is essential and what will protect a car owner from problems varies from state to state. It is advisable to insure for a little more than absolutely necessary. Insurance premiums can be prohibitively high so, as an informed consumer you must do your research thoroughly.

Golden rules:

Access consumer information available on the state’s insurance department web site. Read all the guidelines and determine what coverage is required by you. Be sure to read the sample rates listed. This research will give you a fair idea of what the premiums are likely to be.

Ask for quotes from at least three big players in the auto insurance business. Companies like Geico http://www.geico.com/ ; Amica http://www.amica.com/ ; State Farm http://www.statefarm.com/ ; and Allstate http://www.allstate.com/ .

Find out what is the highest deductible permissible and if you can afford it. Generally increasing a deductible from US$ 200 to US$ 500 can reduce premiums payable by as much as 30 %.

Evaluate the worth of your car. If it is old and worth less than US$ 2000 then you can consider opting out of collision and comprehensive coverage for the car. The premiums paid will be much higher than what you will collect. Ask the insurance companies to evaluate the market value of the car. Find out the worth of you car by using http://www.kbb.com/ the site of Kelley Blue Book.

Use common sense when buying a car. Be sure to choose one that does not require higher insurance premiums. It is important to not just consider buying costs but cost of insurance too.

Find out if the insurance company has a scheme that offers discounts on the basis of lower usage or mileage. Some companies offer discounts if you utilize public transport to go to work. They require you to submit proof that you do.

Ensure that your insurance credit history is accurate. Many insurers use credit history as a basis to calculate premiums.

Study the laws of the state where you live. Find out whether any further adjustments in premiums can be made because you car if fitted with: airlock brakes, air bags, and other safety features. Find out from the companies as well as your agent.

Find out whether membership to organizations like American Automobile Association makes you eligible for any discounts. Ask about trade, professional associations, and corporate benefit’s program. Some companies offer: student’s discounts for students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher; retirement discounts; loyalty discounts and more.

Be sure to ask the insurer if they have schemes to insure mare than one car under a group scheme. Such schemes referred to as multiline discounts have a huge umbrella of options, home insurance, safety features, accident free driving, driver over 50 years old, anti-theft devices fixed, and so on.

For ready reference see:

Insure.com at http://info.insure.com/auto/autosave.html  has useful information, a privacy policy in place, is updated daily, has links to over 200 companies that sell various kinds of insurance, a toll free line, and an option to buy insurance online.

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America at http://www.iiaa.org/na/default?ContentPreference=NA&ActiveTab=NA&ActiveState=0  is one of the largest associations of independent insurance agents and brokers. According to experts buying auto insurance from agents can get you a good deal as it cuts out the middleman.

InsWeb at http://www.insweb.com/  a site dedicated to the lowering of insurance costs. Offers competitive quotes from big players in the market like The Hartford, GMAC, AIG, Travelers, Amica, and Liberty Mutual.

Remember insurance premiums are higher for high performance cars. The premium depends on how high repair costs are, ready availability of parts, and what the chances of car theft are. Buy a car that does not require higher insurance premiums and explore the market for the best deals.


July 08, 2018

The Major Task of Insurance Brokers


Undoubtedly, the insurance industry has carved its niche in the business sector. More and more insurance companies have surfaced over time. Also, with the relative increase in the world’s population, the insurance industry has achieved a greater opportunity to heighten its popularity. Insurance companies specialize in a lot of fields such as health insurance, auto insurance, motorcycle insurance, life insurance, real estate insurance, and many more. To further disseminate the service they render to the public, insurance companies hire insurance brokers to handle the job.

Who is an insurance broker?

Insurance brokers or insurance agents act in behalf of their potential customers or those who act in the place of a principal. They handle all matters in the negotiation. In a selling business, when the agent acts in behalf of the buyer, the insurance broker is called a buyer agent. On the other hand, if the insurance broker acts in behalf of a seller, then he is termed as a seller agent. Moreover, an insurance broker is the representative of the insurance firm who tackles the selling of insurance policies to a number of third parties who are interested with the deal.

No matter what role the insurance agent plays for, there still remains the fact that the insurance brokers are paid with an ample amount for his or her fee. An insurance broker may work full time as compensated with a fixed wage, a salary added with the rightful commission, or solely for a commission alone. Likewise, an insurance broker may work for
various insurance firms based on his field of expertise. It is in the onset of the Insurance Brokers Act 1977 which highlighted the regulation of the term insurance broker. Such scheme had been designed to put a stop to the spurious custom of insurance companies who more than enough term themselves as insurance brokers when in fact they do merely act as representatives of even a chain of preferred insurance firms.

The Real Score of a Broker

Insurance brokerage basically covers general insurance forms such as autos, house, land, and so on. It is not much related to the field of life insurance although there are some firms who continuously adhere to such technique. Moreover, insurance broking is handled by a myriad of corporations which include telephone companies, web-based industries, traditional brokerages, and the chain of Independent Financial Advisers or IFAs.

Why the need for an insurance policy?

Regardless of the type of insurance policy which you as a potential buyer want to avail of, you cannot deny the fact that such insurance policies are important. You never know what may happen in the near future and if you would like to secure yourself and your loved ones, getting an insurance policy is the best option.

Your life and your property can be insured. We all live in a world filled with uncertainty. There are numerous news outbreaks about the natural calamities such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and other deluges. Plus the fact that any moment problems may arise, make you lose your possessions and leave you broken in the end. Life is utterly precious so you’ve
got to be rest assured that you and your loved ones are always on the safe side.

Basic Responsibilities of an Insurance Broker

It is the primary job of an insurance broker to attract potential customers and convince them to have themselves or their properties insured. As an insurance broker, it is also his task to collect the rate of the premium as the insured party issues the payment.

Selling of various insurance policies whether it be for the home, for a vehicle, for medical or life needs and assisting the insured parties when it is time to claim their benefits during any disaster are among the basic responsibilities of an insurance broker.


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July 08, 2018

The Different Types of Life Insurance Explained


There are numerous companies existing today that offer life insurance policies. Though the crux of the policy (to ensure a safe and sound life of an individual’s survivors as well as to the individual) does not alter yet companies try to differ with each other by making different classifications or bifurcations.

Broadly the life insurance is divided into two parts.

1. Term Life Insurance Policy- Anyone can opt for a term life insurance. This type of policy is basically meant to cover a person’s short term requirements. For instance if the policyholder unfortunately meets with a grave accident, he can claim for the insurance amount. But it also compensates the bereaved in the case of death of a family member. All in all it is a policy that helps in covering potential need for life insurance in the short run.

Term life insurance is usually a renewable and convertible program. It ranges from one to hundred years. If it is a one year program then the cost of its coverage increases after every one year till the time it expires. Generally the expiry is at the age of 75. While if the policy is term to the age of 100 along with cash value it subsequently becomes a part of the insurance for ‘whole life’. Quite often it is noticed that it is cheaper to buy a whole life insurance policy than a non-cash one in value Term 100 policy.


2. Permanent Life Insurance- this is life insurance for the entire life of the individual. The value of this policy increases throughout the time one participates in the program. Terms such as Par and Non-Par are widely used in this context. Par whole life coverage generates dividends that are a partial return of the premium paid for coverage and investment growth. The amount of dividends keeps on changing from annually. On the other hand the non-par whole life insurance policies offer no dividends. The future cash values in these cases are not projected but assured or guaranteed.

Besides this whole life-quick pay premium policies are also available. In these there is a fixed premium that one has to pay for quit a short interval of time till the time it is entirely paid up. The death benefit in this policy is leveled and paid up at the time the premium ceases.

Whole life insurance policy can also be fractured in terms of premium payable for 15 years, 20 years and 65 years of age. The terms and conditions in these cases remain more or less the same.


Universal life insurance policy is meant for people who require a life insurance, have a big marginal tax bracket, have big RRSP and pension contributions, paying a good tax on investment income, want to have an additional future income and have an investment prospect for at least 10 years. These policies are considered to be most difficult of all the insurance contracts.


July 08, 2018

Term Insurance


Term insurance is a level term life insurance product that pays out a lump sum when the insurance policyholder dies or becomes terminally ill. It provides peace of mind to the insurance policyholder that loved ones left behind after their death will be financially secure. Term life insurance can be configured to pay off all existing loans - including the mortgage - and leave a cash sum in the bank to support your spouse and children. If you don't want your family to have to cope with financial pressures during their bereavement, or struggle to find the funds to pay for your funeral then term insurance is the life product to have.

Term insurance is different to mortgage insurance
It is important to realise that term insurance is a different life product to mortgage insurance. Term insurance is a long-term insurance product that can be taken out over a lifetime of 50 years. During this time the insurance premium remains the same as does the amount paid out in the event of death or terminal illness.

Mortgage insurance on the other hand mirrors the life of your outstanding mortgage loan. The insurance premiums remain the same throughout the life of the product, but unlike term insurance the amount paid out upon death or terminal illness reduces in line with the outstanding mortgage loan. So, if you were to die at the point that you owe only £2000 on your mortgage, then the mortgage life insurance product would only pay out £2000.

Terminal illness
Terminal illness cover generally comes as standard with term life insurance polices. The terminal illness clause tends to trigger pay out if the insurance policyholder is diagnosed with a terminal illness named on the term policy and is given 12 months or less to live. Pay out in these circumstances allows the policyholder themselves or someone with power of attorney for the policyholder to receive the full lump sum from the term life insurance policy. They are then free to enjoy the final months of their life with their family free from financial constraints.

When a term life insurance policy pays out for terminal illness the policy will end. Therefore the life insurance company will not be liable to pay anything further upon death of the policyholder.

Term life insurance restrictions
As with most insurance policies there are restrictions and exclusions that apply to term life insurance policies. The main restriction is on pay outs to term life insurance policyholders who become critically ill, yet are not diagnosed as terminally ill. In this case, a standard term life insurance policy will not make a payment, unless a critical illness policy has been added to the term life insurance.