Life Insurance Can Provide A Stop-Gap While The Market Recovers

Clifford PendellWritten by Clifford Pendell, Managing Partner and Co-founder

In February 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic caused a major sell-off on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly a third of its value in only five weeks.

Thankfully, the stock market recovered within a few months and remained in bullish until the end of 2021.

However, most of 2022 has been just the opposite. Some Americans are worried that a massive market correction is looming on the horizon. But, this doesn't mean you need to be overly concerned.

During times of volatility or uncertainty, life insurance can provide a stop-gap for your loved ones. No one can predict the future, but an insurance policy will build a financial safety net for your family. This guide provides a brief overview of term life insurance and explains how you can purchase a policy that offers full-coverage without taking a medical exam.

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A Brief Overview of Term Life Insurance

Term life insurance is the least expensive type of life insurance that covers any cause of death - even Coronavirus. With a term policy, your death benefit and premiums are guaranteed for a set number of years. During this period, the insurer cannot decrease your coverage or increase your rates.

Most life insurance providers offer 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30-year terms, depending on the applicant's age. While these policies are not intended to provide permanent life insurance protection, they can be invaluable if you pass away before while your loved one's still depend on your income.

For this reason, term insurance is commonly used to secure business debt or a mortgage. A policy can also provide your loved ones with an income if you pass away before you reached your planned retirement age. Life insurance can even be used as a stop-gap during an economic downturn.

How To Buy A Life Insurance Policy Online or Over the Phone

Buying an affordable life insurance policy has never been easier. Dozens of top-rated providers are now offering term and permanent life insurance coverage without a medical exam. Most of these policies also offer accelerated underwriting for a quick approval process.

If you are young and healthy, you can take advantage of a company like "A+" rated Bestow that offers life insurance online in less than 20 minutes. Applicants that are over age 50, or have health issues, will want to shop the market to find their best option.

Companies like Banner, Prudential, and SBLI specialize with applicants who are considered to be a higher risk for life insurance. These policies can be purchased over the phone, and depending on your age and the amount of coverage you need, you might be able to avoid an exam.

To learn more about no exam life insurance, or obtain an accurate quote based on your health, call us today at 855-247-9555. We're here to help you find your best option with or without a medical exam.

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How Life Insurance Can Protect Your Family During an Economic Downturn<

Throughout our lifetime's we've seen the stock market boom and bust. In the last decade alone, we've seen our market crash at least five times. Change is inevitable. This is one of the reasons that breadwinners often decide to purchase life insurance as a financial safety net for their family.

If your stock portfolio has declined, does your spouse still have enough money to support themselves? Could your loved ones continue living their current lifestyle if you were no longer around? If the answer to either of these questions is "No," you might want to consider a life insurance policy.

To provide a stop-gap for your family while the market recovers, a 10-year term should be sufficient. However, most people purchase their coverage around a major life event. Some examples might include; paying off the mortgage, reaching retirement, or your children graduating from college.

Using A Life Insurance Policy to Financially Protect Your Family

To determine the best term length for your situation, estimate how many years you think it will be until you are able to retire, and purchase a term that meets or extends past this timeline. Remember most life insurance providers offer 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30-year term policies.

Here's A Few Examples:

    Current Age: 41

    Planned Retirement Age: 64

    Recommended Term: 25 Years


    Current Age: 52

    Planned Retirement Age: 66

    Recommended Term: 15 Years


    Current Age: 38

    Planned Retirement Age: 65

    Recommended Term: 30 Years

    The idea is that by the time we decide to retire, our children have moved-out and our major debts have been paid-off. At this point, most us of won't need life insurance. But, if you think you'll have debt or dependents after you plan to retire, a longer term may be necessary.

    Most life insurance providers offer term policies that extend until the age of 80, and permanent coverage is also available. Many term life insurance policies also offer conversion options which allow you to convert your term into lifetime coverage.

    If you need help determining your best option, give us a call for a free needs analysis with one of our experts. Toll-Free: 855-247-9555. You can also request a free instant quote online if you're not ready to speak with someone.

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    Sample No Exam Term Life Insurance Rates

    Below we've provided some actual term life insurance rates by age and gender. These rates do not require a medical exam for approval are they are available to qualified non-smokers in excellent health. After the age of 60, taking a medical exam will save you a considerable amount of money.

    Male - No Exam Rates for a 10-Year Term

    Current Age$100,000$250,000$500,000$1,000,000
    35
    $8.74$10.83$14.06$20.38
    40$9.87$12.19$18.37$27.18
    45$12.47$16.81$27.60$45.88
    50$16.01$25.21$42.44$69.97
    55$20.81$40.50$71.41$122.67
    60$31.76$64.05$114.62$207.39

    *Displayed monthly rates are accurate as of 06/13/2022 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

    Female - No Exam Rates for a 10-Year Term

    Current Age$100,000$250,000$500,000$1,000,000
    35
    $7.69$8.98$11.96$17.90
    40$9.16$10.86$15.72$24.22
    45$11.99$15.15$24.30$37.39
    50$14.28$21.77$35.87$57.27
    55$18.17$30.87$53.37$90.37
    60$24.93$44.91$77.00$136.05

    *Displayed monthly rates are accurate as of 06/13/2022 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

    Life insurance rates are determined by a number of factors including the applicant's overall health, age, gender, hobbies, family medical history, and occupation. To obtain an accurate quote based on your risk profile, please give us a call to speak with a licensed agent.

    Is It Too Late To Buy A Life Insurance Policy?

    You can still buy life insurance. And, once your policy is active, your beneficiaries are covered. Some companies are also offering life insurance online or over the phone. These policies do not require a medical exam and most applications are approved within a week or two.

    Here is a current list of life insurance providers that are still offering policies without a medical exam:

    CompanyCoverage AmountIssue Ages
    American General (AIG)$100,000 - $499,999Up to 50
    American National$100,000 - $1,000,000Up to 60
    Assurity$100,000 - $500,000Up to 65
    Encova$100,000 - $500,000Up to 70
    Fidelity$25,000 - $1,000,000Up to 65
    Foresters$25,000 - $400,000Up to 60
    Guardian$100,000 - $3,000,000Up to 60
    John Hancock$100,000 - $3,000,000Up to 60
    Legal and General (Banner)$100,000 - $1,000,000Up to 70
    Lincoln$100,000 - $1,000,000Up to 60
    Mass Mutual$100,000 - $1,000,000Up to 64
    Minnesota Life$100,000 - $2,000,000Up to 54
    Mutual of Omaha$100,000 - $300,000Up to 65
    National Life Group$100,000 - $2,000,000Up to 60
    Nationwide$100,000 - $2,000,000Up to 60
    Pacific Life$50,000 - $1,000,000Up to 69
    Penn Mutual$100,000 - $5,000,000Up to 65
    Principal$100,000 - $1,000,000Up to 60
    Protective$100,000 - $1,000,000Up to 60
    Prudential$1,000,000 - $3,000,000Up to 60
    SBLI$100,000 - $750,000Up to 60
    Security Life$100,000 - $1,000,000Up to 60
    Transamerica$25,000 - $249,000Up to 70

    *Company offerings are subject to state availability, can change at any time without notice, and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

    Please note: Some life insurance providers are beginning to require a statement of good health with each approval. For the latest updates on the life insurance and COVID-19, please see our recently updated article: "Life Insurance Updates on the Coronavirus."

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    Clifford Pendell

    Clifford Pendell

    Managing Partner and Co-founder

    Cliff is a licensed life insurance agent and one of the owners of JRC Insurance Group. He has helped thousands of families of businesses with their life insurance needs since 2012 and specializes with applicants who are less than perfect health. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and the great outdoors.

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