At long last, we enter into the oft-requested topic of life insurance! Today’s show is an introduction to the economic basis and justification for life insurance and it’s also an outline of some of the uses of life insurance for individuals and families. (We’ll cover business uses another day.)

You also get the joy of a bit of a sales pitch on why I love life insurance planning so much. It’s truly an incredible financial product.

Life insurance is founded on the economic value that each of us provide to others and on our moral obligation to provide for our dependents.

Because each of us has an economic value that can be estimated, we can come up with some formulas to understand how much life insurance is appropriate.

The three major approaches to determining an appropriate amount of life insurance are:

  1. Human life value approach
  2. Needs analysis approach
  3. Rule of thumb approach (most popular is the multiple of income approach)

The best of these methods is the needs analysis approach. It balances the need for precision and the need for simplicity quite effectively.

Life insurance can have many uses for individuals and families:

  • Immediate funds:
    • Cash to meet daily living needs
    • Cash to pay expenses associated with death
    • Cash for emergencies, repairs, or replacements
  • Ongoing income:
    • Spouse
    • Children
    • Parents
    • Nondependents
  • Funds to pay debts
  • Funds for death taxes
  • Funds for dependents’ education
  • Funds for trusts
  • Funds for charities
  • Funds for gifts
  • Funds to supplement retirement income
  • Funds for home health care or nursing home care
  • Funds to transfer assets to a younger generation
  • Funds to discreetly provide for confidential needs

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

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