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The Value of Insuring Against Life's Risks

| December 20, 2018
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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:

  1. Sixty-eight percent of American workers have no long-term disability income protection,[1]
  2. Roughly 70 million Americans aged 18-38 have no life insurance,[2] and
  3. About one in eight drivers is uninsured?[3]

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.

This material contains only general descriptions and is not a solicitation to sell any insurance product or security, nor is it intended as any financial or tax advice. For information about specific insurance needs or situations, contact your insurance agent. This article is intended to assist in educating you about insurance generally and not to provide personal service.

These are the views of Platinum Advisor Strategies, LLC, and not necessarily those of the named representative, Broker dealer or Investment Advisor, and should not be construed as investment advice. Neither the named representative nor the named Broker dealer or Investment Advisor gives tax or legal advice. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. Please consult your financial advisor for further information.

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 [1] www.ssa.gov/news/press/factsheets/basicfact-alt.pdf

[2] www.ajc.com/business/personal-finance/free-term-life-insurance-yep-thing-and-here-how-you-can-get/zzoBg0QQqRgjoBMAN1QfWM/

[3] www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2018/03/15/483414.htm

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