Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Do You Have A Rainy Day Fund?

We often hear about people who need funds in an emergency. Someone who has a medical emergency, for example, may need some quick cash for hospital bills, deductibles, co-pays. Along with that could be a shortage of money to pay bills while out of work. 

A general rule of thumb has been to make sure you have six months of money saved to pay bills, but many rarely do this. The solution has been to wait until an emergency occurs, then start a GoFundMe page and ask friends or family (or even strangers) to contribute. People who know I sell insurance will ask me "Why didn't you sell that person some insurance?"  My answer is "I tried but they didn't find it important enough at the time."

However, if one owns a permanent life insurance policy that builds cash value, asking friends and strangers to kick in doesn't have to happen. And by overfunding a policy*, building that cash value can happen faster. 

I knew of a gentleman who had quickly built a small fortune in a life insurance policy and would "warehouse" his money until he needed it. If he saw a piece of property he wanted to purchase he would call the insurance carrier and "borrow" against his policy, and within 6-8 months he would have the loan paid off. By using this method he avoided having to fill out loads of paperwork at a bank and, in most cases, he would have the money within a few business days.

The point of this is that life insurance that builds cash value can be used for emergencies, like a critical illness, or many other things. If you have questions about how this works, visit our site and book a short phone appointment to discuss. In the meantime, please stay healthy. 

*There are limits as to how much one can contribute to a policy which are set by the IRS. Tax penalties can apply if the policy isn't structured correctly.

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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