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[31 Mar 2006 | No Comment | 460 views]

Comparison shopping for term life insurance coverage is just a click away. However, before you go around clicking on websites, there some basic information you should be prepared to provide to get preliminary quotes:
Aside from the obvious underwriting information such as your name, age and gender, you will have to provide more detailed information such as:
Weight: If your height weight ratio is not within certain limits (in other words you are overweight) it may affect your rate.
Do you smoke? Smokers pay a higher rate than non smokers. Rates can be as much as three times higher. However if you have quit smoking for at least a year prior to submitting your application, you may save some money.
Health: Companies want to know how much you exercise and what type of lifestyle you live. Do you participate in risky activities like racing, scuba diving, sky diving, rock climbing?
Type of work: Is your …

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[31 Mar 2006 | No Comment | 489 views]

OK, thinking about your own mortality is not a topic anyone enjoys, but our own death is one of the few certainties in life. So why do 35% of Canadians not insure their own life to make sure their family or loved ones are financially protected? While the number of reasons likely match the number of people not insured, the following are the most commonly heard.
Reason #1 – I don’t have a need for life insurance: Let’s be honest, this reason is by far the most common and for most people untrue. Unless you are an individual who does not have children, has money on hand to cover all debts and funeral expenses, and does not feel the need to offset the loss of their income to a spouse, leave any additional money to family, or to a charity, then it may be true, you don’t need life insurance. But …

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So you’ve made the decision to get some life insurance, and you’re looking to buy term life insurance online. Luckily the Internet is one of the best places to buy any form of insurance, and term life insurance is no different.
You can often get discounts on insurance online, because this is the preferred purchase method for both customers and insurance companies. Before you do purchase online however, do take some time to go over the small print of the policy, and make sure you are aware of everything involved.
Getting plenty of quotes is an excellent way to ensure that you get the best term life insurance deal, and there are plenty of websites that allow you to compare the rates of various policies. You should be careful to note any costs that might be hidden. The Internet is a great place to simplify things, but don’t get carried away by …

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Veteran Universal Life Insurance is insurance that works for veterans to aid them in their post military endeavors. Universal life insurance means that you can vary or even suspend your premium payments depending on the financial pressures you face. Unlike typical life insurance, which pays out only on the demise of the policy holder, or at a nominated age, veteran universal life insurance is an investment scheme as well as life insurance.
This means that you build up a balance which you can borrow against or from to finance various purchases. The flexibility that is built in with payments is unparalleled in the insurance world, and can really help you and your family financially. If the policy is performing well, your beneficiaries may even receive more than the nominated death benefit.
You can also borrow on the balance of the insurance, for things like post retirement income. These withdrawals are deducted from …

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Whole Life Insurance is insurance that stays in place for the duration of your life. There are several advantages of whole life insurance that make it a preferred insurance choice for many people. The first is that whole life insurance accrues a cash value, which can be paid out upon death, or at a certain age. Whole life insurance is not just insurance, it is an investment which can be borrowed against, and as long as you keep up with the premiums, will stand the beneficiaries in good stead.
While whole life insurance may initially be more expensive than term life insurance, in the long run it can be less expensive. Whole life insurance is regarded as an investment, and as such, may pay dividends throughout the life of the policy. These dividends can be used to pay down the premiums, or in other nominated ways that can mean that you …

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Long Term Life Insurance is term life insurance that is taken out for an extended period of time. Most term life insurance tends to be for a period of between one and seven years, but some people prefer a longer term cover. Insurance companies have responded to this demand by offering a new range of products that fall somewhere between whole life insurance and traditional term insurance.
Normally when people want long term cover, they purchase whole life insurance, which covers them for the duration of their life, and also builds a cash value. However, if you do not wish to pay the extra premiums that are associated with the investment, then perhaps long term insurance rather than whole insurance may be the way for you to go.
These policies may be referred to as “Permanent Life” policies, and can be set up so that they are payable on demise, or at …

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If you’re looking for an affordable life insurance rate, you’re inundated with choice. There are so many companies competing for your business with various terms and rates and conditions that it can be difficult to find the best affordable life insurance rate.
Simply put, your best option is to shop around. Using the Internet to get quotes will save you a lot of hassle and telephone calls. You may also get a better rate if you purchase your insurance online, simply because it saves the insurance company time and hassle as well as you.
Other ways to ensure that you get affordable life insurance rates are to make sure that you keep yourself in good health, and especially do not smoke. Smoking can send your insurance rates through the roof.
Aside from personal factors, the other aspect of insurance that will effect your rate the most is the type of insurance you choose. …

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There has been a noticeable change in homeowner rates in Pennsylvania. The natural disasters of recent years have caused some shortages in the necessary supplies and materials to repair homes. The homeowner rates in Pennsylvania are affected because there is a higher demand for these materials and so the rates have increased. The homeowner policy was at one time one of the most affordable insurance policies on the market. In fact, it may have been under priced.
The increase in rates can be offset if you use the concept of self-insuring. Self insuring is nothing more than assuming more of the risk on your homeowner policy by taking a higher deductible. The lower deductibles no longer justify the higher premiums. There are a lot fewer claims submitted on a homeowner policy as compared to the auto policy. You will save thousands of dollars over the life of your homeowner policy by …

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Automobile insurance is one of those things in the budget that is always going to be there. There are very few places in America that permit you to drive vehicles without insurance and so it behooves each and every one of us to get a better handle on our own auto insurance coverage. The industry is changing a bit because the competition is strong. There are new and creative auto policies on the market today. The trend that has gained the most momentum is the self-insuring concept. Higher deductibles is the weapon that the customer can use to lower rates significantly. Higher deductibles means that the policyholder has decided to take on more of the risk for the automobiles insured. The day of low collision deductibles is all but gone. Lower deductibles no longer warrant the high premiums. There is too much money to be saved with higher deductibles.
Lowering the …

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Group health insurance rates have been increasing year after year and employers have been forced to make some drastic changes in their employee benefit programs. Many employers have changed their health insurance to high deductible plans. Dental Insurance has been discontinued by some companies as well as vision care. Disability programs have been trimmed down as well as group life insurance. This has created gaps in coverage and employees have had to look for alternatives for coverage that has been omitted or decreased in their benefit package. The answer to this problem has come in the form of supplemental health insurance. Supplemental health insurance companies will enroll employees with these products and the premiums are paid through payroll deduction.
Supplemental health Insurance Products
1. Disability Insurance – Supplemental disability insurance is sold to employees to fill in gaps or replace lost benefits. Long term and short term disability insurance can be purchased …