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Making the right insurance choices without being fleeced

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 29-05-2006

Insurance policies come in various formats. All of them aggressively publicize their benefits and rewards, while underplaying the disadvantages. In these circumstances, it is easy to overspend and purchase a policy that appears attractive, but does not really address your requirements. How then, can dads make the right decisions regarding purchasing life insurance?

Well, here are some tips:

  • Before purchasing any insurance policy, invest some time and effort in researching it. Get to know the terms of the policy better, read the fine print, weigh the pros and cons, and determine its suitability to your requirements.
  • Consult an insurance broker regarding the best kind of policy you can buy. Or, speak to friends and acquaintances who may have similar requirements as yours.
  • Purchase insurance to suit the specific present needs of your family and vary them as requirements change. Generally, you will need higher coverage while your children are still young, which will reduce as your children grow up to begin earning their own incomes. Term life insurance allows you greater flexibility in this respect.
  • A similar policy, in terms of costs and benefits, may cost more in one company than in another, though both companies may be equally credible. Research costs of similar plans offered by different companies before deciding. This is an area where a little extra time can pay off, especially since the savings accumulate over time.
  • As far as possible, separate your insurance from your investment ventures. This will allow you to buy insurance policies or invest in plans for maximum benefit.