Protecting that valuable asset is just as important as insuring your home or your car, when it comes to your family’s safety and security.

What’s your most valuable financial asset?

“My home” is a common response. But for many people, the answer is their future income. Protecting that valuable asset is just as important as insuring your home or your car, when it comes to your family’s safety and security.

Life insurance: Will it meet your loved one's income needs? 

Saving for retirement, college for children, all can be undone in a moment without the stability life insurance provides. That’s why life insurance should be the foundation of every family’s financial plan.

If you’re married, it’s crucial to have enough life coverage on each partner to complete the family’s financial goals, pay off any debts, provide any needed child care and maintain the family’s standard of living. The total amount of coverage you need is different for every family and every budget.

You may already have some life insurance, perhaps through your job, or that you bought on your own.

To make sure your coverage does what you need it to, ask yourself a few questions:

  • How did you determine the total amount needed?
  • Is it enough to pay off any debt (your mortgage, car loans, credit cards, etc.)?
  • Is it enough to cover college costs for children?
  • Will it provide enough to replace your income, so your family can stay in their home and maintain their lifestyle?
  • Does your spouse agree that you have the correct amount?
  • Does your spouse also have enough coverage? (Many families have little or no life insurance on stay-at-home spouses, ignoring the need to pay for child care in the event of an untimely death of the caregiving parent.)
  • Will the surviving spouse currently working outside the home want to spend more time with the children at least temporarily, with a resulting decrease in income?
  • Have your needs changed since you bought your life insurance?

Disability insurance: Does it replace enough income? 

Another crucial piece of your financial foundation should be disability insurance. Many people have disability coverage as part of their employee benefits package. However, it may not be enough.

Take a careful look at your benefits, as most of corporate-provided disability plans replace 60% of your net income in the event of a disability.

For example, an employee earning $120,000 per year would see their income decrease to $80,000—and that’s before taxes. Is 40 cents of every dollar you currently bring home disposable income?

For many families, a reduction in income like that would cause significant financial hardship, plus seriously disrupt planned savings for college and retirement.

Disability insurance: How long will you be covered? 

Another thing to consider is how long you could live with a disability. Advances in medical care can often save a life from situations that were typically fatal just a few years ago.

This positive can have a downside: You may have a temporary disability that prevents you from working for an extended period of time. Or you may even be permanently disabled.

Individual disability income insurance is a valuable solution to this problem.

It can vastly reduce the gap between group coverage and your current income. In some instances, it will even provide a benefit if you can’t do the job you are experienced at and trained for, whether or not you can do other (lower-paying) work. In addition, for those with no disability coverage at all (including the self-employed), individual coverage is a critical base to your financial plan.

How your financial advisor can help 

Your Janney Financial Advisor can design an insurance plan, including disability and life insurance coverage, to help protect your family if life throws you a curve ball.

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Robert Wheeler

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