Whether you are single and planning your future, married and starting a family or looking ahead to a debt-free retirement, your life is evolving. And that means your insurance protection should have the flexibility to evolve too. That’s where term life insurance products can help.
Term insurance products are designed to offer affordable protection that can adapt to your changing needs and are ideal for providing income replacement and protecting debt. They can even help pay for final expenses.
Providing for income replacement
Your income has to do a lot for you and your family. Beyond covering day-to-day expenses, your income is paying your mortgage, saving for post-secondary education and helping to fund your retirement. But what would it mean to your family and their future if something happened to you and that income suddenly stopped?
A term insurance policy can help ensure that your family can continue to pay for the things that matter and you can continue to save for the future. Whether you plan on working for another 10, 20 or even 30 years, a term insurance policy can protect against loss of income and secure your family’s future.
Term insurance is an ideal solution to offer protection for short-term or temporary debt like a mortgage or personal loan. With term insurance, you can ensure that your family could comfortably manage any remaining debt if something were to happen to you before your debts, like a mortgage or personal loan, are paid off.
A closer look at protecting your mortgage with term insurance
If you’re thinking that mortgage insurance from your bank has you covered, you may be surprised to learn that if something were to happen to you, your mortgage insurance would pay off your mortgage, but the money would be paid directly to the bank. While any amount owing on your mortgage at the time of your death will be gone, your family will not receive any benefit payment. With term insurance, you own the policy, not the bank, so any benefit payment goes to your beneficiary and they can choose to pay off any debts, or use the money for something else. It’s their choice.
More protection and flexibility for less money
There are two very good reasons for purchasing term insurance instead of mortgage insurance. The first is the cost. The second is the flexibility you get with term.
1. Affordable protection
Simply put, term insurance is more affordable than mortgage insurance. You will often pay significantly less for term insurance than mortgage insurance for the same amount of coverage. Let’s say you need to insure your $300,000 mortgage. From a bank, you could pay 14% more than you would for a 20-year term policy for that same $300,000 of coverage,* and the amount you pay won’t decrease over the life of the mortgage.
Did you know…Coverage for mortgage insurance declines as the amount owing on your mortgage declines? That’s because mortgage insurance is only covering the amount left owing on your mortgage, regardless of what amount of coverage you initially purchased. With term insurance the coverage amount stays the same as long as the policy is in force.
2. You own the policy
Another benefit of a term policy is that you own the policy, not the bank. So if a benefit is paid out, it is to your beneficiary, not to the bank. Your beneficiary will have the flexibility to use the money however they want, which can include paying down debt…or not. This money can be used for other more immediate concerns, like paying tuition and other post-secondary expenses for your children.
Other debt protection
You can match your term policy to cover the length of your debt, so it is ideal for layering with other term policies. For example, you may want a 20-year term policy which will take you to the time when your youngest child has graduated from university or college. Or, you may want coverage to take you to the year when your mortgage will be finally paid off – whether that’s 10, 20 or even 30 years down the road. A term insurance policy, layered, or on its own, can help you feel secure knowing that if something were to happen to you, your family’s quality of life would be preserved.
Help pay final expenses
A term insurance policy can help make sure that your family doesn’t have to worry about finding the money to pay your final expenses. These expenses can include:
- Funeral service
- Probate costs
- Burial or cremation
- Legal fees
- Capital gains
- Final taxes owing
Your family can use the proceeds from a term insurance policy to take care of these and other costs that might come up after you are gone.
If you want to learn more about how term insurance can help you, you can try our LifeScripter® tool at www.transamerica.ca, or talk to your financial advisor today.
- * For a male non-smoker age 30 buying $300,000 of coverage, mortgage insurance from one of Canada’s top 5 banks would range from $27 per month up to $39 per month. A 20-year term policy from Transamerica for the same $300,000 in coverage would cost $23.67 per month.
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