10 reasons you need life insurance

10 Reasons You Need Life Insurance

Despite the fact that many know they need life insurance, nearly half of consumers do not have insurance, according to a 2021 LIMRA study. The most common reasons are that they think it is too expensive, they have other financial priorities, or they aren’t aware of what they need and what type to purchase. To help you overcome the hurdles and make decisions to shrink your life insurance coverage gaps, we’re sharing the top 10 reasons you need life insurance.

So, if you have life insurance needs, doubts, interests, questions, or even fears, and you want straight-talk, no-nonsense answers… tune in now!

Why Do People Need Insurance?

[1:50] “I really just think it comes down to [the fact that] people do not want to face their own mortality. I think I said this once before on a podcast—we all know we’re going to die, we just don’t believe we’re going to die.”

It’s almost an evolutionary development because if we were constantly obsessing over our mortality, the world would be a much different place. Even so, people think about their deaths the more they have to protect: families, estates, etc. Life insurance is the product that protects your family and estate if you die. Knowing that that protection is in place, you can sleep easier at night knowing that what matters to you will be taken care of no matter what. 

How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

Unfortunately, many families in the US are underinsured. Life insurance is perhaps one of the only insurance categories where this can happen. You can’t underinsure your car or your house, nor would you want to. Yet people underinsure themselves all the time. 

One way this happens is because many people calculate their insurance by using a “needs analysis.” In other words they count out how much money they’d need to pay off their home, car, and other debt if they passed away. Sometimes they include the cost of their children’s education. However, this doesn’t account for any income. While this is of course a better approach than having no insurance, there’s an even more effective way.

It’s called the human life value approach, or HLV. This is a way of calculating all the income you’d earn over your working years so that your insurance can act as a full income replacement. So if you’re 30, you may multiply your annual income by 30 to get your HLV. If you’re 50, you’d multiply it by about 10 or 20, depending. 

While this number seems shocking to many people, it’s realistic. Insurance companies won’t overinsure you, and they calculate HLV to determine the maximum amount of insurance you are entitled to. Many people don’t start out with enough liquidity to pay the premiums for their full HLV. However, just by knowing what that number is, you can feel more confident in the amount of insurance you do choose to purchase. 

10 Reasons People Buy Life Insurance

We don’t want to tell you what you “need,” because everyone has different circumstances. However, what we can do is share with you why people buy life insurance, and why they keep it. Hopefully, these can help you decide for yourself whether life insurance will be a benefit to you.

The Benefits Outweigh the Costs

[17:10] “Instead of painting in your mind ‘It’s too expensive, I can’t do it,’ just check it out first. And then figure out if it’s too expensive.”

The problem with “too expensive” is that it means something different to different people. For some, it may mean that they can’t fit it into their monthly expenses. For others, it may be expensive if the cost outweighs the benefits. 

To the former, there may be a way that we can help you find some wiggle room. That may include rearranging some of your expenses or paying down some debt. Or, you could get a smaller whole-life policy, and fill in the gaps with cheaper term insurance. 

For the latter mindset, we encourage you to think about the benefits. Protecting your family, having a non-correlated asset, the ability to leverage your dollars, and contractual guarantees—these are just a few of the benefits of whole life insurance.

Income Protection

Insurance pays out to your loved ones in the event that you pass. This could mean your spouse, your children, or anyone else of importance to you. The loss of your life will be one of the most difficult things your family can experience. That time is made significantly harder by financial troubles of any kind. When you have life insurance in place, those troubles disappear for a time. This gives family the space to grieve and regroup without other stressors. 

With life insurance money, families can keep food on the table, have a roof over their heads, pay funeral costs, hire childcare, and otherwise keep the house running. Your family won’t have to start a GoFundMe or file for bankruptcy. And if you have a policy on your spouse, you can have the comfort of knowing that you won’t have to worry if something happened to them.

Peace of Mind

Knowing that your family is going to be protected can ease a huge burden off your shoulders. And how much easier will it be to live your life knowing that no matter what, things will be okay? That your family will continue to be cared for the way they would if you were still alive. It provides a sense of absolute certainty that’s hard to find in life. 

When you have certainty, you act with much more confidence and joy. If you can have peace of mind knowing your family will be looked after, the way you live your daily life will be completely transformed. 

[29:00] “If you don’t believe in this principle, then just cancel your car insurance and drive across town. You will drive completely differently and inefficiently because you’re worried about your speed, you’re worried about how you make your turns. You’re worried about everything, and you can’t be efficient in your driving.”

Tax Advantages to Grow Wealth Faster

Whole life insurance is a very tax-advantaged asset. When you access your cash value via a policy loan, you get tax-free access to your money. (With some caveats). The death benefit is also passed to your heirs completely income-tax-free (no caveats). 

This is a significant advantage because accounts like a 401k are tax-deferred. Many people love that they can contribute to their qualified plans with pre-tax dollars. However, that tax bill has to come due eventually. This can translate to a significant tax bill in retirement when you least want to pay those taxes. 

While you may pay your whole life insurance premiums with after-tax dollars, you’re getting the benefit of virtually tax-free access to your cash reserves when you want to use them. The stipulation is that if you overfund your policy so that it becomes a MEC, you lose tax advantages. You must also pay taxes if you withdraw funds (rather than borrow against) beyond the cost basis from the cash value.

Additional Retirement Income Strategies

When you have a whole life insurance policy, you open yourself up to additional income strategies in retirement. Cash value is guaranteed not to drop because it’s not exposed to the whims of the stock market. This means you can use it as an income buffer to increase the longevity of your investment accounts. Dr. Wade Pfau calls this the Volatility Buffer. 

Whole life insurance tends to make all assets work a bit better. By virtue of having it you have access to new strategies that will take your money further in almost every circumstance. Even if you elect to use other assets for future income, whole life insurance can be a good addition to your portfolio.

Automatic Savings

When you open a whole life insurance policy, you’re creating a system of automatic savings for yourself. 

[40:20] “This is extremely beneficial because many people think about saving if there’s money left over at the end of the month. It’s a side strategy.” 

When you open a life insurance policy, your premiums feel like a bill. You’ve got to pay them each month in order to keep your policy in good standing. However, for every single premium payment, you’re contributing to your cash value. Just like your mortgage builds equity in your home, your premiums build equity in your policy. 

You can then leverage this equity at any time for any reason because it’s not controlled by the banks. And when you do leverage it, your cash value stays intact, so it continues to compound uninterrupted. In this way, you can save money in an extremely efficient way. 

Excellent, Efficient Cash Storage

When you save money into a whole life insurance policy designed for Infinite Banking, you get safety, liquidity, and growth. Most assets only have two of those three qualities, so for life insurance to have all three is incredibly valuable. 

A bank savings account, for example, may be safe and liquid, but it’s not growth-oriented. A rental property may have growth and is sort of liquid, but it’s got some risk. 

Whole life insurance is safe because it’s backed by guarantees and isn’t dependent on the stock market. It’s never going to lose value unless you directly withdraw from it. It’s liquid because you can access it at any time for any reason. And finally, it earns interest and dividends, even when you leverage it via a policy loan. 

Ability to Capitalize on Opportunities

Nelson Nash, the founder of IBC, said that “opportunity seeks liquidity.” This means that when you’re in a position of liquidity, you’re able to recognize more opportunities. And because you see and identify them, you can capitalize on them. When you’re not in a position of liquidity, you either have to watch on the sidelines as opportunities fly by, or you’re not in the mindset to see them.

Even though you’re going to see a lot more opportunities available to you when you’re in a position of cash, you don’t have to deploy those dollars. Even when you’re not investing that money, it’s growing in a safe way. It’s providing a death benefit and providing you with peace of mind. So even if you’re not choosing to invest, or you haven’t found the right opportunity, that money is doing a lot of heavy lifting for you. It’s not sitting stagnant.

Velocity of Money

When you leverage your cash value, your dollars are actually doing multiple jobs. For example. Say you take a policy loan to buy real estate. Then you rent out that property and get monthly cash flow. Your cash value is earning interest and dividends, while also helping you to create the cash flow. You can even use some or all of that cash flow to pay back the policy loan. Once that’s paid off, you’ll get that cash flow free and clear. Then you can use the cash value all over again for something new. All the while, you’ve got a death benefit in place. 

If you used a bank mortgage for the property instead, you wouldn’t get the benefit of cash value growth and death benefit. The more you can do with a single dollar, the more efficient your banking system is. 

Generational Wealth

The final benefit on this list is that you can use life insurance to build generational wealth. Generational wealth is wealth designed to transfer more than one generation beyond you. You can achieve this by creating a system of policies, and educating your children about legacy and life insurance. 

If you leave your life insurance to your children, the death benefit is going to pay out more to them than you put in, no matter what. This transfers to them tax-free. If you educate them about wealth and how to be good stewards, they’re likely going to contribute much of this to their own life insurance. They can then use that to continue the family bank, and share their knowledge with their children. Ideally, as long as the values and education are there, this wealth can be transferred for many generations to come. 

Life insurance doesn’t have to be the only part of a financial strategy, however, it should be the foundation.

[1:00:45] “Money does not have the power to corrupt or to improve. Money is like a magnifier. It magnifies what already exists. If there’s selfishness and greed and backstabbing… more money is going to make that person a lot worse to be around. But if you have good-hearted people who have good values, who prefer others over themselves, who are serving others, who are looking for opportunities to benefit each other person… more money is going to allow them to have a tremendously greater impact and a greater reach.”

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Do you want to coordinate your finances so that everything works together to improve your life today, accelerate time and money freedom, and leave the greatest legacy? We can help!  Book an Introductory Call with our team today https://themoneyadvantage.com/calendar/, and find out how Privatized Banking, alternative investments, or cash flow strategies can help you accomplish your goals better and faster. That being said, if you want to find out more about how Privatized Banking gives you the most safety, liquidity, and growth… plus boosts your investment returns, and guarantees a legacy, go to https://privatizedbankingsecrets.com/freeguide to learn more.

Rachel Marshall

Rachel Marshall is the Co-Founder and Chief Financial Educator of The Money Advantage and President of Marshall's Insurance and Financial Services. She is known for making money simple, fun, and doable. Rachel has built a team of licensed professionals (investment advisors, insurance agents, attorneys, tax strategists) to help her clients create time and money freedom with cash flow strategies, Privatized Banking, and alternative investments. Rachel is the co-host of The Money Advantage podcast, the popular business and personal finance show. She teaches how to keep more of the money you make, protect it, and turn it into cash-flowing assets.
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