5 reasons why you should buy life insurance at the right time and here’s how much you should invest

Life keeps throwing lemons at us and we should be prepared for all the eventualities. To prepare us for tough times financially, there are many products in the financial market and one of the oldest ones is the life insurance.

Many experts have always maintained the benefits of having a life insurance time and again as they protect you and your family financially.

“Life is unpredictable and one never knows when ill fortune may strike. Life insurance products provide financial security to the family and help them maintain their lifestyle and this benefit can be purchased at a very affordable cost,” said Rakesh Wadhwa, Chief Marketing Officer & EVP strategy & retail assurance, Future Generali India Life Insurance.

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Life insurance products are highly effective risk and long term financial planning tool therefore, while there is no particular age to buy a life insurance policy it is advisable to start as early as possible.

“As a thumb rule, one should buy life insurance as soon as you start earning. It is strongly recommended that an adequate amount of life insurance coverage is determined before the actual purchase is made. A simple thumb rule is to have life cover approximately 10 times of the annual salary,” said Wadhwa.

The power of compounding works wonders over longer durations therefore, if one starts savings early, even with small amounts, one can build a sizeable corpus over a period of time and meet the financial goals comfortably.

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Talking of premiums, they depend on age, type of product and the amount of cover chosen. “Still, 5-10 % of the annual income in a combination of products providing pure protection as well as savings or wealth creation should suffice for a start,” he said.

Now that you are aware of the right time and amount to invest in a life insurance, here are 5 reasons why you should start now


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1. Untimely death of bread winner:

1. Untimely death of bread winner:

Life is unpredictable and one never knows when ill fortune may strike. Life insurance products provide financial security to the family and help them maintain their lifestyle and this benefit can be purchased at a very affordable cost.

2. .For achieving their financial goals:

2. .For achieving their financial goals:

By making small and sustained every year in an appropriate life insurance policy, one can ensure that enough money is saved over longer term to successfully meet specific financial goals such as child education, marriage or estate planning. The unique feature of life insurance policy is that once bought, these goals are secured for the family even in case of untimely death of the life assured.

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3. Retirement plans:

3. Retirement plans:

We must think about the longer period of expenses without an active income source. This problem only gets accentuated with inflation and added burden of medical costs at older age. It is critical that retirement planning begins early in our working lives. Life Insurance is a very effective tool to mitigate that risk and ensure enough provisions are made to have a sustained standard of living at older age

4. Cover health contingencies:

4. Cover health contingencies:

As a person ages, health issues arise. This may result in huge monetary outflows either for yourself or your near and dear ones, especially parents. Life insurance products help in overall health scenarios and provide financial protect and erosion of accumulated savings.

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5. Save tax:

5. Save tax:

Life insurance serve as an effective tax saving tool as contribution towards life insurance premium and income from certain life insurance products are tax efficient. Please consult your tax advisor for more details