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Our agency offers a wide range of insurance products designed to provide you with the flexibility you’ve been searching for. Our Financial Professionals make choosing the right products for your unique situation easier than ever before. Backed by years of industry experience, and with access to a network of provider resources, our agency is well-equipped to guide you through a complex, changing world of risk and opportunity.
Life insurance can be the foundation of your financial security and can provide comfort and stability for your family. The purpose of life insurance is to help provide your loved ones with financial protection after you die, in exchange for the premiums you pay to your insurer during your lifetime. Some life insurance policies can provide you with financial protection for a specific duration, while others accumulate cash value, offering a living benefit that can be used for any purpose such as to help supplement retirement income, funding for a child’s education, or cash for emergencies.1
Term Life Insurance
Term life insurance provides coverage for a set period of time at a generally lower cost than permanent insurance. Many term life insurance products allow you to convert to a permanent policy, such as whole life insurance. The cost of insuring oneself increases over time, so it’s important to understand your short- and long-term needs for financial security when you select a policy.
Permanent Life Insurance
Permanent life insurance provides you with financial protection for your entire life, as long as the policy remains in force. Because of the flexibility permanent life insurance offers, there are several types of policies you can purchase.
1 Distributions under the policy (including cash dividends and partial/full surrenders) are not subject to taxation up to the amount paid into the policy (cost basis). If the policy is a Modified Endowment Contract, policy loans and/or distributions are taxable to the extent of gain and are subject to a 10 percent tax penalty if the policyowner is under age 59½.
Access to cash values through borrowing or partial surrenders will reduce the policy’s cash value and death benefit, increase the chance the policy will lapse, and may result in a tax liability if the policy terminates before the death of the insured.
2 Guarantees are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing company or companies.
For most of us, it is unpleasant to envision a time when performing routine tasks may become difficult as the result of injury, illness or aging. If the time comes when you need substantial assistance performing daily tasks, it is unlikely you will want cost to be the primary decision-making factor for your long term care. Long term care (LTC) services can be expensive and costs generally continue to rise. Planning early can help ensure that you have more control in receiving the type of care you want — in the setting you choose, should the need arise.
What is Long Term Care?Long term care includes a variety of services and supports to help meet personal care needs over an extended period of time. The services include help performing Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as: bathing, continence, using the toilet, transferring to/from a bed or chair, dressing and eating. Long term care services are generally not covered under personal health insurance or Medicare because they are not intended to cure, improve or treat a specific medical condition. Medicaid may help individuals with income and assets below state requirements.1Whether long term care services occur in a nursing home, assisted living facility or your own home, the costs can be a huge expense. The average stay in a nursing home is 835 days (2.3 years) and $183,700.2 The national median hourly rate for a home health aide is $20 and that can add up quickly.3
Potential Ways to Pay for CareA variety of sources may be used when expenses do not qualify under Medicare or personal health insurance.
In some cases, family members and friends may be able to help with some of the care you need — preparing meals, providing transportation; helping with housework, bills or medication for example. Caregiving can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful. It’s important to recognize when family caregivers need a break and/or can no longer provide the care you require.When professional long term care is necessary, one option is paying with your own resources such as savings, investments, income (pension, Social Security, annuities) or even your home or home equity. Consider how long these sources might last and what other goals may be unfulfilled if these funds were used for care.Another option is insurance designed for long term care expenses, or with the option to use the policy’s primary benefits for long term care if needed. For example, your existing life insurance or annuity may contain provisions to utilize benefits early in the event you need long term care. It is important to have an insurance professional review your existing policies and carefully explain the differences in the types of coverage available today.Finally, you may be able to qualify for your state’s Medicaid program. Medicaid only pays after you meet eligibility requirements, including specific restrictions on income and assets.1
Making it WorkAs you can see, there are many alternatives to consider when preparing for the possibility that you may need long term care. Generally, beginning early has advantages. First, at younger ages, you are more likely to be healthy and qualify for various types of insurance. Second, starting early means you may be able to meet your goal with lower installment savings amounts or annual premiums.
You don't have to prepare for long term care expenses alone. Our Financial Professionals can review a variety of solutions that may help you meet your goals.1 For more information regarding benefits provided by Medicare or Medicaid (Medi-CAL in California) visit www.cms.hhs.gov. Medicaid guidelines vary by state. Contact your local Medicaid office for details.2 National Nursing Home Survey 2014, National Center for Health Statistics.3 Cost of Care Survey, Genworth, June 2015.
A sudden interruption of income—due to an extended period of sickness or injury—can have serious financial consequences for many of today’s employees. If you are lucky, you may receive group disability benefits through your employer. However, you will need to make sure the benefits available through your group disability coverage are adequate for your needs. Group disability benefits are taxable if your employer pays the premiums, may be capped at a relatively low amount, and may not cover variable income such as bonuses or commissions. As such, these benefits may not be enough to maintain your lifestyle or pay all your bills if you become too sick or injured to work.
An individual disability income insurance policy can help supplement your group long term disability benefits and protect a larger portion of your income. An individual disability income insurance policy you purchase on your own is fully portable, meaning you won't have to worry about losing coverage if you change jobs, and the benefits are generally paid are tax free if you are the premium payor.1 In addition, an individual disability income insurance policy is non-cancelable by the carrier (as long as the premiums are paid), and with a guaranteed renewable policy, your premiums will never change for the life of the policy. Disability income insurance policies have exclusions and limitations.
1 The information provided is not written or intended as tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for purposes of avoiding any Federal tax penalties. We are not authorized to give tax or legal advice. Individuals are encouraged to seek advice from their own tax or legal counsel.
Disability income insurance policies have exclusions and limitations.
People are living longer and that means more time and savings will be spent in retirement. If you need a tax-deferred product to provide a guaranteed1 stream of income for life 2 or a specified number of years, it might be worth considering a fixed annuity. An annuity is a contract between an insurance company and an annuity owner. In exchange for a purchase payment, or series of payments, the insurance company guarantees1 to pay a stream of income in the future.
There are two types of annuities—Immediate and Deferred.
An immediate annuity is usually purchased with a single premium and begins a stream of income within the first 12 months from the date of issue. You decide when payments will begin within that period and how long to receive income.
A deferred annuity is specifically designed to help accumulate assets for retirement. It also offers the ability to turn those assets into a guaranteed stream of income at some point in the future. You decide when payments begin and how long to receive income.
1 Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing company.
2 One would need to annuitize and select a lifetime payout option in order to receive income they can’t outlive.
Annuities do not provide any additional tax advantage when used to fund a qualified plan. You should consider buying an annuity to fund a qualified plan for the annuity's additional features, such as lifetime income payments and death benefit protection.
You know what it takes to build a successful business. It takes vision, preparedness, skills and desire – not to mention a focused dedication to achieving your goals. If you are like most business owners, you’ve worked hard and made many sacrifices to grow your business. That’s why you should put just as much energy into protecting it as you did building it.
Ask yourself these important questions:
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you may want to consider implementing a formal business planning strategy. Proper planning can help you protect your business, attract, and retain key employees, and help ensure that your business transfers in the manner in which you choose.
No business plan is complete without a financial strategy for the unexpected. Start by exploring all your protection options. Then develop a long-term strategy that can help protect the continuity of your business should you, a partner, or key employee decide to retire, leave the business, or unexpectedly dies or becomes disabled.
Most business owners spend the majority of their time working in their business instead of on their business. We can help ensure that the business protection needs that are critical to the long-term success of your business are taken care of.
In today's highly competitive marketplace, it's becoming increasingly difficult for business owners to attract and retain top talent. Salary is no longer the sole compensation driver. Employees are also looking at an employer's overall benefits package and its potential to help address their real concerns of financially protecting their families in addition to adequately planning for retirement.
You probably already have a standard benefits package in place, one that includes medical and dental coverage, disability income insurance, and a retirement plan. However, your competitors more than likely offer a similar benefits package. These days, employees are looking for benefit plans above and beyond the standard packages that most employers already offer. These benefits often provide the primary incentive for key employees to join and remain loyal to your company.
Designing an attractive employee benefits package may seem expensive, but the tax considerations1 can help offset the overall cost, and its impact on current and prospective employees could be rewarding. Through our network of Financial Professionals, we can help you provide an attractive employee benefits package for the employees that are most valuable to the success of your company.
Consider a few of the following options for your employee benefits program.
Annuities Establishing individual retirement arrangements funded by annuities is easy for a small business. Offering this type of benefit may help you retain and motivate your company's employees.
Disability Income Insurance Provide employees with income protection that supplements your company’s group long term disability plan in the event of a disability.
Executive Benefit Programs We offer solutions that are designed to assist in recruiting and retaining executives.
Executive Group Life Insurance Gain a competitive edge by providing valuable life insurance benefits to your executives and senior professionals.
Long Term Care Insurance Help retain your employees and enhance your company’s benefits while taking advantage of possible tax savings.
Retirement Plans Offering your employees a retirement plan is a way to help them save for the future and is a great incentive as part of an employee benefits package.