Maggie Leyes

Maggie Leyes is VP of content strategy for Life Happens. She has been working in the insurance and financial services industry for more than 15 years.

April 27, 2015

Are Your Financial Priorities Out of Wack?

Since when does paying for a cell phone, a vacation or going shopping trump taking care of your loved ones long term? Here are some astonishing facts we found in our new 2015 Insurance Barometer Study, plus an easy and affordable “fix” called life insurance.

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April 14, 2015

The No. 1 Reason People Don’t Buy Life Insurance and Why They Are Wrong

“It’s too expensive!” is the common refrain when Americans are asked why they don’t get the life insurance protection they need. But—and it’s a big but—80% overestimate how much it costs.

For the fifth year, Life Happens partnered with LIMRA to produce the Insurance Barometer Study, which looks at consumer trends and consumers’ perceptions regarding life insurance, retirement and their financial well-being.

“We’ve consistently seen over the last five years that consumers think life insurance is more expensive than it really is,” says Marvin Feldman, CLU, ChFC, RFC, president and CEO of Life Happens. “We need to help educate the public about how affordable life insurance can be.”

Here are more findings:

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February 26, 2015

Use Just a Tiny Percent of What You Already Spend to Protect Your Kids

Do you know how much it takes to raise a child these days?

Are you sitting down?

That would be almost a quarter of a million dollars.

It cost $245,000 to raise a child born in 2013 until they hit 18, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

This is not about a luxury upbringing. This is no Kardashian-esque baby outfitted in cashmere onesies. This is not about a privileged college education, because these numbers do not include the cost of college. That’s extra. Add on about $14,000 a year of public and $41,000 for private college.

This number, $245,000, is a place to live, food, clothes, health care—the basics.

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December 17, 2014

All the Best

As a parting gift for 2014, here are a few of our top posts that spurred the most comments, shares and likes. Enjoy!

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October 29, 2014

10 Reasons to Consider Life Insurance (and When!)

We asked insurance professionals on our LinkedIn pages to share their best tip on life insurance and getting coverage, and here is some of the great advice we got:

1. Start young. Just because you don’t have a family, mortgage and larger financial obligations doesn’t mean that you have to wait to get life insurance coverage. Lock in your rates while you are young and healthier. You can always add more later in life.

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