Why You Should Purchase Life Insurance While You Are Young

While it may not seem like it, life insurance is an extremely relevant financial decision for young professionals and homeowners. Though life insurance specifically deals with end-of-life situations, there are a number of benefits to purchasing a policy early into a career or just as you are starting your family. Understanding some of these benefits can help you decide if you should talk to an insurance broker about purchasing a plan for you or your family members.

Financial Protection 

While this may seem obvious, the most important reason to purchase life insurance is because of the financial protection that it offers you and your family. If a member of your family suffers a tragic accident early in life, before your spouse and children have had the chance to get financially established and settled into careers, it can cause a financial disruption that has ramifications for years, if not decades. Purchasing a life insurance plan ensures that your loved ones will be well taken care of in the event of an unlikely accident, and that their futures won't be financially affected by your absence.

Lower Rates

One of the most important reasons to purchase a life insurance policy early in life is because doing so can lock in monthly payments at a rate that is low and affordable for a very long time. This is because you are likely the healthiest you'll ever be when you're young: without long term health problems, and if you're still in relatively good shape, you can enjoy the same amount of coverage for a fraction of the price that someone twice your age is paying.

Build Equity

While still a financial consideration like the above point, you should also invest in a life insurance policy early in your career because doing so allows you to grow the equity that the plan holds over a longer period of time. This can form part of your long-term financial plan. Life insurance policies can be cashed in at a later date for a large payment, or can be used as a lending source, at a lower interest rate than would be available through commercial banks, to fund a down payment on a house, a college fund, or other large purchases. Be sure to inspect multiple plans to see what terms they come with, the interest rates they can be borrowed against, and if they can be cashed in for their full policy value (and what tax considerations come with all of these terms as well).