Monday, September 7, 2020

September Is Life Insurance Awareness Month

The life insurance industry has designated September as Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) , which is when we in the business do our best to educate people about the different type of policies and the many ways they can be used.

For instance, did you know that the cash growth inside a permanent life (universal or whole life) is tax-deferred?  Or that traditional life universal life policies' growth is based on interest rates?

As part of the promotion, Brooke Shields is once again the spokesperson for LIAM. She saw firsthand the unique challenges that arise when someone passes away without life insurance when she served as an executor of a friend's will. 

And now, with the reality check provided by the pandemic, Brooke's message is that there is no time to wait. People need to protect their families with life insurance now. But don't just take my word for it. Check out the video. 

With this in mind, it makes sense that the theme for this year's LIAM is "Reality Check: The time for life insurance is now!" Life changes quickly and priorities shift. Life insurance can help you protect your loved ones financially-now and for the future. Get it now. 

How many friends and family members would you guess have life insurance? Do you have it? The answer is that only 54% of households have life insurance. And 44% of people believe they would struggle to pay living expenses within six months if a primary wage earner died. (Alarmingly, 28% said they would feel the strain within one month and 11% would feel it within one week, according to a 2020 Insurance Barometer Study/LIMRA. 

Knowing the benefits of life insurance, as well as the risks of going without it, why do so many households remain underinsured? Maybe it is because so many people just do not understand how life insurance works, the cost and the benefits. 

The perception: They think life insurance is expensive.
The reality: It really isn’t. Many people can be insured for the price of a daily cup of coffee.
The recommendation: Book a phone appointment to one of our representatives at Surf Financial to get a free life insurance quote. Or check out our free quoting tool in the upper right of this page. We’ll work within your budget to develop a plan that’s right for you.

The perception: I don’t need life insurance.
The reality: Life insurance has more uses than you might think. It can cover bills, pay for funeral costs, replace income in a household, serve as an inheritance for a loved one, fund a child’s education, provide an important donation to a charitable organization and so much more.
The recommendation: Everyone could benefit from life insurance. Consider the impact you make- providing wages, caring for your family members and friends, volunteering for local causes and more. What would happen if it stopped? Life insurance can help your loved ones avoid a financial burden

If you have questions about the types of life insurance or the ways to use it for estate planning, tax strategies or other uses, please let us know. With all the crazy things going on in the world right now, the one thing you can depend on when it comes to the financial security of your family is having a proper life insurance policy in place. Covering you, as well as your family, could be one of the greatest gifts you can provide for you loved ones. 

Chris Castanes is the president of Surf Financial Brokers, helping people find affordable life and disability insurance coverage. He's also is a professional speaker helping sales people be more productive and efficient and has spoken to professional and civic organizations throughout the Southeast. And please subscribe to this blog!

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