Life Insurance Calculator
How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?
If you re thinking that a death benefit of, say, five times your annual income is enough, it might be as long as you don t plan to be dead more than three to five years!
All kidding aside, if you come up short on this one, you don t get a second chance. It s critical to get this death benefit/face amount question right, up front.
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Life Insurance Calculator
Annual income before tax: $
% of income needed by dependents: %
Number of years benefits are needed:
Annual inflation rate (estimate): %
of life insurance to replace your income for the next years.
Take a look at the chart below. Each year s income is adjusted to keep pace with inflation. And notice in the final year there is just enough money left to provide the final year of income for your family.
Assuming a % inflation rate and % earnings, it will require to provide an annual indexed income of to your family for years.
This number is a reflection of what you plan on providing for your family over the next years and is the single most important number to consider when purchasing insurance. It s also the number that is underestimated the most often. Why? Because most people fail to realize how much they contribute to their families financially and seldom do they consider what it would actually take to replace their income. And let s be honest- replacing your income is really what life insurance is all about!
Any good news here? Life insurance rates have fallen dramatically over the past 20 years and the cost of coverage is actually 60% LOWER than it was in the mid 1990 s! So while you probably need a whole lot more coverage than you may have thought, the cost will likely be a lot less than you thought it would be.
Anyway, here s how the numbers work:
You start with the policy s full benefit amount of . In the first year, is taken out for the purpose of replacing your income for your family. The remaining is invested, and earns money at the rate you specified ( %). In the first year, you d earn in interest, which would put you at to start the second year. In that second year, you d take out (due to inflation) for your family as income. You d earn interest again, on the remaining amount- you can likely see the pattern developing already.
We feel an ethical obligation as experienced professionals to make you aware of the numbers. But of course, in the end, the decision regarding the face amount is a personal one and we will obviously respect whatever decision you come up with as it relates to how much coverage to buy!
You can find out about the other components you need to consider on our How Much Life Insurance Is Enough? page.
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Call 800-442-9899 today and we’ll help you figure out what kind of policy makes the most sense for your needs. You can also click the “Get Started” button to get a free life insurance quote. It’s quick and easy.