I recently ran across a yellowing sheet of paper with a typewritten letter; it was a copy of a note I had sent to my son. The date on the letter was Nov. 21, 1989, and my son was just four months old at the time. As I read it again after so many years, I realized something: Although I was telling him about the life insurance policy we had just purchased for him, it was, in fact, a love letter.
Without long-term care insurance to help meet the cost of needed long-term care services, you run the risk of depleting a lifetime of savings. With long-term care insurance, you’re in a better financial position to make the choice of what long-term care services you receive and where you receive them.
In addition qualified long-term care insurance receives favorable income tax treatment. The benefits from qualified long-term care insurance, for the most part, are not taxable income to the recipient, up to a daily limit ($330 for 2014).
I think managing investments for retirement income in the “distribution” phase is much scarier than figuring out how to invest during the “accumulation” phase. At least in the accumulation phase you have some time on your side. At distribution, there is no make-up time for investment mistakes or market downturns.
The study revealed a link between the discipline an individual brings to financial planning and their happiness in retirement. Retirees who identify themselves as “highly disciplined” planners are much more likely than non-planners to say that they are happy in retirement (91% vs. 63%).
There is facial recognition software that will name your friends and ask you if you want to tag them on your social media profile. You can text someone a message from half a world away, and you can play a video game with a complete stranger on another continent. Technology has accomplished so many amazing things in the past 20 years, but there’s still no way to bypass our own mortality.
While it’s never pleasant to discuss, your death is inevitable. It is easy to forget this when you’re young. Everything seems to be going as planned and most young people have little connection to the heartache of death, outside of the passing of their grandparents.
But early adulthood is an advantageous time to purchase life insurance. The benefits to doing so are many. If you’re not sure whether you need insurance or not, consider the following.