Securing life insurance doesn’t have to be confusing. Read…
Life insurance is seen by some as an unnecessary monthly outgoing, but for many, it's essential in securing the future financial stability of loved ones.
However, it doesn't have to be a significant monthly outgoing. There are a number of things YOU can do to save on life insurance, keeping your monthly life insurance premiums low.
When arranging your life insurance policy be smart and don't pay over the odds.
Generally speaking, the shorter the policy term, the cheaper the monthly premium.
Therefore, it's important to consider what you're looking to protect and ensure the term length is appropriate.
For example, you may want your life insurance term to align with your mortgage, securing what's probably your largest asset. Or perhaps until the children have left home and are financially independent.
A higher pay out sum, usually means paying higher premiums.
It's important to find the right balance between having enough cover so that your loved ones aren’t exposed, but not too much cover, so that the cost is unnecessarily high.
Think about how much you have left on your mortgage, the cost of family living costs and any personal debt you may have. Ideally, your policy pay out should cover all this.
Please note: Some employers offer group life insurance (or death in service). If you enjoy this employee benefit you may be able to trim the cost of your own life insurance accordingly. (Remember if you change your employer you could lose this benefit).
Your overall health directly affects the amount you pay, therefore, the healthier you are, the lower your monthly premium.
Therefore, losing weight or quitting smoking, can reduce the cost.
To be classed a non-smoker with regards to life insurance, you must not have smoked or used nicotine replacement products in the past 12 months.
Alcohol consumption is also taken into account when calculating your monthly premium, so cutting down on your intake can also have a positive effect.
Taking out joint life insurance requires you to pay one monthly premium, instead of two.
As a result, it's usually cheaper than taking out two single policies - offering a significant saving over the entire policy term.
One thing to be wary of, however, is that joint life insurance only pays out once. Whereas two single policies offer two separate pay outs.
This means that the remaining partner is left either having to obtain a new policy whilst older (which is likely to bring with it increased premiums) or risk being uncovered.
Therefore, the suitability of joint life insurance is dependent on your individual circumstances and level of life insurance cover you require.
As a general rule, the younger you are when you take out life insurance, the cheaper the premium.
This is due to the increased risk of health implications as you age.
Taking out life insurance in your 20s and early 30s is ideal as health risks are still considered relatively low.
This will allow you to lock in super-low monthly premiums, possibly for many many years.
Offering very affordable cover protection.
Insurers prices may vary for similar levels of cover.
For this reason, it’s best to shop around and compare multiple quotes to see if you can save money on your ideal policy.
You could use a comparison site to do this, but it’s not always easy to understand the different cover types available or the jargon that can come with arranging life insurance.
However, using an FCA-regulated life insurance broker, like Reassured, can help you to save time and money by comparing quotes from top UK insurers in minutes.
(Our no-obligation service is completely FEE-FREE to use).
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When saving plans and life insurance are discussed, people are commonly referring to endowment policies.
Largely speaking this type of policy has been replaced by ISAs but it's still possible to put this type of investment in place, (although unlikely with the majority of mainstream insurers).
Each month you make payments and a certain percentage of this premium covers the cost of your life insurance, whilst the rest is invested.
The typical period for an endowment policy is 10 years+ and it's often used to save for a significant financial goal or to pay off an interest-only mortgage.
At the end of a set period, a guaranteed pay out will be made, although this may be less than the amount paid-in, dependant on the performance of your investment.
If you die during the term of the endowment policy, a lump sum pay out will be made taking into account the current state of your investment.
A minimum lump sum is usually guaranteed but the overall pay out sum is determined by the performance of your investment, which is dependant on market conditions.
Typically, you'll receive a bonus added to the value of your policy each year your policy is in place.
Whilst it's possible to access the funds before the end of the term, this is often not an easy process and there are usually high charges and penalties incurred.
Please note, Reassured don't currently offer endowment policies
The key difference between an endowment policy and life insurance is when/if a pay out is made.
An endowment policy guarantees a pay out whether or not you outlive your cover, meaning the pay out could be received by yourself or your loved ones.
Life insurance, on the other hand, only pays out upon your passing, meaning the key benefit is to your loved ones only, as opposed to you as the policyholder.
If you outlive your life insurance, no pay out will be issued.
With regards to life insurance, the pay out amount is set in stone. Therefore, if a pay out is made within the term, regardless of when this is (in year 5 or year 20) the sum assured remains the same.
Whereas, the pay out amount from an endowment policy can fluctuate depending on the performance of the investment part of your policy.
If you pass away during an endowment policy, the pay out amount will combine the value of your life insurance and investment, but outliving your policy will result in a pay out amount consisting of your investment value only.
Determining whether or not you're best suited to an endowment policy or life insurance will depend on what it is you're looking to secure in terms of protection.
|Endowment Policy||Life Insurance|
|Is a pay out guaranteed?||Yes||No|
|Is pay out amount fixed?||No||Yes|
|Who benefits||Policyholder/ Beneficiaries||Beneficiaries only|
|What does pay out consist of||Sum assured + Investment (upon death). Investment (if outlived)||Sum assured only (upon death)|
Generally speaking, this type of policy has been replaced by ISAs but it's still possible to put this type of investment in place, (although unlikely with the majority of mainstream insurers).
Unfortunately, at Reassured we currently don't arrange this type of protection.
However, if you determine life insurance is the correct option to meet your needs, we can compare quotes from market leaders to secure our best available deal.
Unfortunately, life insurance is not a savings plan in the traditional sense.
Paying into a life insurance policy won't result in a pay out to the policyholder, therefore, making it an ineffective means for saving money for future goals.
However, it can be seen as a means for saving money for your loved ones upon your passing.
A life insurance policy can pay out a sum of up to £1,000,000 (depending on your personal circumstances and budget); a sum most wouldn’t have the ability to provide their loved ones even if they saved during their lifetime.
However, it will only pay out to your loved ones if you die within the policy term, or have a policy which offers whole of life cover.
Therefore, by securing life insurance cover, you can be seen as saving for the financial future of your loved ones after you're gone.
As discussed, life insurance is an ideal means for protecting the financial future for your loved ones if the worst were to happen to you.
The cost and cover can vary significantly between the top life insurance companies, making it essential to compare quotes.
At Reassured, we provide a fee-free service to provide you with quotes to see if we can help you save money on your monthly premiums.
Simply get in touch today to make the most of our award-winning and FCA-regulated brokerage service.
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