43 year old Sam needed insurance in order to be seriously considered for a job. He was sure he wouldn’t need the insurance long. It wasn’t a requirement of the job; it was just a way to prove he was serious about the high-risk occupation. He’d need five, maybe ten years’ worth of coverage, he said. He planned to get promoted by then.
Full life insurance didn’t interest him, even though the cost wasn’t much higher, and one that would have worked well in the long run had an investment component. He didn’t need it for decades, he said. Just one. He hadn’t been taking medication for anything and so considered himself to be in good health. A few short weeks later, he had a policy that covered him for $500k for 10 years, and he was happy with the $40/month cost.
Ten short years later, Sam got a notice saying that his policy was going to renew automatically. No big deal – until he saw the price had more than tripled. He’d gotten his promotion, but he had also accrued debt.
Sam liked the freedom of knowing his finances were in order, just in case. He had developed a taste for exotic vacations.
His advisor had retired, so he came to see us.
If his health was good, yes, but to be fair, so could his original advisor. That’s when the truth sank in. Renewal rate hikes are normal for Term policies. Even now, Ten years later, Term insurance would start off low, and renew high at the end of the time he’d chosen. Did he still believe Term insurance was his best choice?
Now 53 years old, he felt insurance meant he could live his life more fully. He could take more risks because his financial obligations would be met in the event something happened. Without it… would his quality of life be reduced? He felt it would.
He simply had to he pass the medical exam again. Now, ten years later, he may not pass to the same standard. That would impact the rate he got, but there were still plenty of attractive options.
To his surprise, the insurance options open to him were lower than the renewal cost of the Term, and the benefits lasted much longer. All he had to do was pass the medical. Again, no problem, he said. He was only taking something for high blood pressure….
I’ll leave the rest of the story up to you….