In order to buy a suitable life insurance policy there are a few things to understand first.
At its core, life insurance will payout a lump sum to the chosen beneficiaries of a policyholder if they die or are diagnosed with a terminal illness while the policy is active. However, there are many additional options available and a lot of different insurers and policies to choose from. This can make the process of finding the right option a whole lot more complex than it really is.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Instead, try asking a few questions to help you find policies that are good for your situation and rule out the ones that aren’t.
Choose the right level of cover
Your level of cover refers to the total sum of money that you are insured for and will receive in the event of a claim. The higher your sum insured, the higher your premiums. Finding the right amount is therefore a balancing act between too little and too much.
Decide what type of life insurance you need
There are more life insurance options than there used to be, and an increasingly competitive marketplace is leading brands to offers more deals and extras, like packaged trauma insurance and income protection. These are also available individually, but bundling them with life insurance can sometimes be more cost-effective. Simplify the situation by breaking it down into a few key questions.
Decide which extras you want
You can choose extras in the form of additional built-in policies like those above, but will also have other additions and flexibilities to choose from. These vary between insurers and policies, but can provide useful features. Some are automatically included in most policies while others are not.
- Advance benefit payment: Many life insurance policies include advance benefit payment of up to $15,000 to cover funeral and other costs that may arise immediately following death.
- Benefit indexation: Benefit indexation for inflation is an option you can select to have your benefits increase with inflation, usually to a maximum of 5% per year.
- Adjustment to sum-insured: Not all policies will let you freely adjust the sum insured or other terms of your policy. If you expect changing circumstances in the future and anticipate the need to top up or increase your cover later on, then you may wish to look for this option. At the very least confirm with your insurer whether or not you are able to make adjustments later before signing a policy.