Life insurance and retirement insurance are two important financial steps to take to provide security and financial solidarity for yourself and your family. Though retirement plans suffered a great hit this past year, as well as social security, arming yourself for retirement is necessary and possible. In order to choose the life insurance policy that’s right for you, you will need to consider what you’re hoping to accomplish with the policy. After all, the insurance never benefits you, it’s there to provide for your loved ones in the event of your death.
It’s important to assess what type of financial situation your death will put those closest to you. The beneficiary of your life insurance policy will most likely be your spouse, though there are cases in which you might want to make a parent or sibling the beneficiary. If you’re in your peak wage earning years, your death could cause a significant financial hardship on your spouse, who may not be in the position to replace your income. Your life insurance policy will protect them from a crisis.
How much will you need to provide? It doesn’t hurt to be generous. Aim for an amount that will cover expenses for your spouse for a few years, or that will pay off the amount of your mortgage and any serious debts. If you’ll be leaving behind assets that will require a heavy tax to be paid in order to obtain it, be sure to provide for that as well.
In situations where no one will suffer financially at your death, life insurance may not even be necessary. You may still purchase it, of course. You could even have the amount paid to a charity close to your heart. Retired couples may consider not having life insurance if their retirement money is not paid only while the person is living.
The first place to begin retirement insurance is at the workplace. Many employers offer a 401K plan to help you save for retirement. If they do, you should take advantage of it. You will save money more quickly than you might think.
Independent savings for which you are personally responsible is vital in this new retirement age we’re living in. Regular IRA’s, 401k plans and 403b plans are critical for saving. Even if your employer doesn’t offer a retirement fund for you to invest in, you can contribute to one on your own. If you’re self-employed, look into your ability to invest in an SEP-IRA. There are potential advantages to investing in the SEP-IRA and the resulting retirement savings is comparable to the more traditional 401k.
The Roth IRA is a powerful retirement tool, and has a distinct advantage in that it is tax free. Max it out so that you can tap into it when you’re retired without having to worry about being penalized by tax. You can open a Roth IRA at virtually any bank. Your contribution amounts will be limited by your income but you can contribute at any age.
Nick Messe is president of Lead Frog LLC. In Maryland, Kiefer & Colbourne Insurance provide a wide variety of homeowners insurance to protect and manage the risks of life. Call for a free Maryland homeowners insurance quote. 1-800-649-3114