When you are planning for your future, what do you think about? You may think about your retirement, enjoying having the time and money to take trips and pursue your interests. Maybe you think about your home, and enjoying the feeling of stability that can come with home ownership. In making these plans, people often find that their long term view involves money, in some fashion.
That said, life also involves risk, and the unforeseen events that can change our plans in an instant. As an example, sudden injury or disability could leave you in a financial bind, unable to work for an extended period of time, if ever again. For this reason, among others, insurance can be an important tool in your pursuit to build and maintain your wealth and help protect it from unforeseen and destructive forces.
Did you know that:
- Sixty-eight percent of American workers have no long-term disability income protection,[i]
- Roughly 70 million Americans aged 18-38 have no life insurance,[ii] and
- About one in eight drivers is uninsured?[iii]
If you ask a homeowner, replacing a roof is probably the least satisfying expense he or she will ever face. While the value of such an investment is obvious, it doesn’t quite provide the satisfaction of new landscaping. Yet, when a heavy rain comes, ask that same owner if he or she would have preferred the nice flowers or a sturdy roof.
Insurance is a lot like that roof. It’s not a terribly gratifying expenditure, but it may offer protection against the myriad of potential financial storms that can touch down in your life.
The uncertainties of life are wide ranging, and many of them can threaten the financial security of you and your family. We understand most of these risks — a home destroyed by a fire and a car accident are just two common risks that could subject you to outsized financial loss.
Similarly, your inability to earn a living to support yourself and your family due to death or disability can wreak long-term financial havoc on those closest to you.
Insurance exists to help protect you from these forms of wealth destruction.
Some insurance (e.g., home or
car) may be required. When it isn’t (e.g., life or disability), some
individuals may be tempted to avoid the certain financial “loss” associated
with insurance premiums and assume the risk of much larger losses that are less
likely to happen.
But insurance premiums aren’t a financial
“loss;” they are designed to help protect you and your family as you build
personal wealth. Keep that in mind as you consider your coverage options and
make decisions about your future; it’s possible that you are making a decision
that could affect the rest of your life.