If you are in your twenties or thirties, then it is generally safe to assume that you will have plenty of years left in your life. Therefore, the thought of getting life insurance might seem like something you can safely postpone for another day.
Still, no one can predict the future, and no one can stop the aging process, regardless of how well you look out for your health. Therefore, your risk of dying at 50 is going to be much higher than your risk of dying at 28. As a result, advancing age might eventually make it harder to get the life insurance that you truly need and deserve. You are therefore much better off getting a life insurance policy early in life.
There are many advantages to getting life insurance while young, and below we have listed just three of them. Let’s take a closer look at how an early investment in a plan could help you save a lot of time and money, and get you better benefits in the end.
Better Policy Rates
You buy life insurance because you want to provide your family with a financial settlement upon your death. Your survivors will be able to use the money offered by the death benefit to cover costs like final expenses, debts, ongoing living costs or other needs that you would have met had you remained alive.
To maintain your policy, you will of course have to pay for it. However, like with all insurance plans, life insurers will base premiums on your risk of filing a claim with them. Since life insurance is going to pay upon your death, then the insurer will naturally view those with a higher risk of dying as those who will pose the highest cost risk to them. Those who do, therefore, will likely have to pay more for coverage.
It’s simple to understand that the younger you are, the lower your risk of death. Therefore, by enrolling in life insurance early, more likely you are to receive a favorable base premium upfront. Plus, though your rates might increase as time passes (and you age), you will still likely receive a lower premium overall compared to someone of the same age who bought their policy later in life.
More Policy Options
As you age, your insurability decreases in the eyes of your insurer. Once again, someone in their twenties has a lower risk of dying than someone in their fifties or sixties.
Therefore, as time passes, you might find your eligibility for certain life insurance policies will decrease. Not only might base premiums become unaffordable but also certain insurers might deem you completely ineligible for certain policies. For example, if you are past 50 when you apply for whole life insurance, then you are attempting to enroll in a policy that will remain in place for the rest of your life.
However, the remainder of your life is much shorter than that of someone thirty years younger. Therefore, the insurer is going to have a higher risk of paying out a lot of money in a short amount of time. As a result, they might deem you ineligible for a full whole life policy, and limit you only to a term policy or one with a lower death benefit. However, even if you apply for coverage later in life, you can still qualify for quality benefits with the help of your agent.
Greater Savings and Earnings Potential
You might mistakenly think that life insurance is only designed to offer financial assistance to those who are left behind after your death. However, you might be wrong.
Whole life policies, which last from the time you enroll until the time you die (as long as you pay for them), will often offer a cash value benefit alongside the death benefit. The cash value benefits is an investment account that is supported by a portion of your premium. Over the years, the account will accumulate value based on stock performance, and in time you can draw on it as a source of income.
Since cash value increases over time, the longer you have your policy, the more money it can accumulate over the years. The more time you have to let the value mature, the more money you might be able to get both while you are still alive, and this can be a vital source of retirement income.