Life insurance
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What are the key things to consider before getting a life insurance plan?

Life insurance is a critical element of our financial planning, offering protection to family members in the face of life’s uncertainties. However, before embarking on this crucial step, it’s imperative to consider your needs, understand the policy types, determine the coverage limit, evaluate the reputation of the insurance companies in settling claims, review policy riders and reassess the policy periodically. Consider these key factors to ensure that your policy aligns with your needs and objectives.

Dr Pradeep Mishra

How often should we consider our insurance needs?

Life insurance needs should be reviewed annually or whenever significant life events occur, such as marriage, the birth of a child, or career changes. Regular assessments ensure that your coverage aligns with your current financial obligations and family circumstances.

Is it advisable to buy multiple policies from one insurance provider?

Buying multiple policies from one insurance provider can offer convenience and potential cost savings through bundled discounts. However, it’s advisable to explore options from multiple insurers to ensure competitive rates and comprehensive coverage tailored to your specific needs.

Term, whole life and savings — how to decide on the right product?

Deciding on the right life insurance product depends on factors such as financial goals, risk tolerance, and long-term objectives. Term life insurance offers life coverage at lower premiums, suitable for short to long-term needs like mortgage and income protection. Whole life insurance provides lifelong coverage with a cash value component, serving as both protection and investment. Savings-oriented policies, such as endowment life insurance or unit-linked insurance plans, offer flexibility and potential cash accumulation. Consider your financial situation and objectives carefully to determine which product aligns best with your needs. Consulting with a qualified financial advisor can also provide valuable guidance in making this decision. ■