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How to Choose a Life Insurance Agent

by Stacy Brasher on Jun 21, 2018

Buying life insurance usually starts with trying to determine how much and what type you should buy. You will probably need some help making those decisions, so following is some insight on how to choose an agent who can help you make a smart life insurance buying decision.

All life insurance agents are required to be licensed by the state where they intend to make sales and to take continuing education courses. Agents selling variable life or variable universal life insurance must also have a Series 6 and a Series 63 license due to the investment nature of those products.

Annuities and Retirement Planning

by Stacy Brasher on Jun 18, 2018

The growing demand for more predictability and security planning for retirement income has led an increasing number of retirees and pre-retirees to look to annuities as way to provide more stability in their investment portfolios. They are also looking to annuities as a way to replace the third leg of the retirement income stool as a guaranteed lifetime income. Retirement planning occurs in different phases and at different stages of peoples’ lives. Depending on what stage of life a person is in, there are different kinds of annuities that can be best suited for various situations.

How Your Social Security Survivorship Benefit Affects Your Life Insurance Needs

by Stacy Brasher on Jun 14, 2018

Generally speaking, conversations about life insurance revolve around whether you should buy term or permanent insurance. However, every decision to buy life insurance begins with deciding what is the right amount of life insurance. And, integral to determining the right amount of life insurance is understanding the role of your Social Security Survivorship Benefit (SSSB).

Health Insurance 101

by Stacy Brasher on Jun 11, 2018

Health insurance used to be a fairly simple process. But today, whether obtaining health insurance privately or through an employer, we’re being offered a variety of insurance plans with varying benefit levels, making the choice more difficult.

Before you enroll in another health insurance plan, here are some common terms you need to know – and understand:

Renter's Insurance

by Stacy Brasher on Jun 7, 2018

There were 43 million renters in the U.S. in 2017, the highest number of renters in the last 50 years.  Yet according to the Insurance Information Institute, only 37 percent of those currently renting have renters insurance, leaving 27.1 million renters without protection should catastrophe strike.

It’s important for renters to understand that while their landlord’s homeowner’s policy would cover structural damages to an apartment or home, it will not protect the renter’s personal belongings.

Do Spouses Need the Same Amount of Life Insurance?

by Stacy Brasher on May 28, 2018

Pat and Kelly, new parents, made a couple monthly budget adjustments upon the arrival of their first child. First, due to the added cost of day care and dependent health insurance, they decreased the amount they were saving for a house. And second, they agreed to review their life insurance needs. Pat’s sister suggested they buy $500,000 life insurance policies like she and her husband did when their child was born.

Given the disparity in their incomes, Pat and Kelly were not convinced they each needed another $500,000 of life insurance.

Retirement

by Stacy Brasher on May 24, 2018

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for retirement. However, in the U.S., when it comes to retirement savings, later seems to be the standard. According to RothIRA.com, only 56% of today’s workers in the U.S. are currently saving money for their retirement, and 38% of those currently saving have less than $10,000 saved. With one-third of Americans admitting that they have no retirement savings at all, it’s clear that many U.S. workers will reach retirement age with little to no resources to count on.

Everything you Need to Know About Buying a Life Insurance Policy

by Stacy Brasher on May 23, 2018

Education, Insurance, Family

If you are at the point where you are asking how to buy a life insurance policy, then you have already made the most important financial decision, which is to take the steps to  insure your family’s or loved one’s financial security.  For many people, that is most likely a critical decision that has long been procrastinated.

Using Cash Value Life insurance to Increase Portfolio Returns While Reducing Risk

by Stacy Brasher on May 23, 2018

Finance, Insurance

Life insurance has existed for nearly two centuries as essential planning tool that protects dependents from the risk of a breadwinner’s untimely death. However, given the unique investment properties of life insurance, financial planners are finding a number of ways it can be used in other ways to enhance portfolio returns while reducing risk.