How much life insurance do I need?


Once you have decided to purchase life insurance, the next question to answer is how much to purchase. Some people select coverage based on an arbitrary amount: $100,000 or $200,000. Others purchase enough to pay off a home mortgage or other major bill. And some stick to the tried-and-true measure of 10 times salary. But there are other methods to consider. You can complete a fact finder/needs list or use a life insurance calculator.

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The premium audit: Calculating a fair price


Insurance coverage you select now covers your business during a future term. The rates you pay for coverage are intended to reflect your business’s actual exposure to risk during that future term. For some lines of insurance, like workers’ compensation, general liability or garage liability, exposure is measured by your payroll and sales and other factors that can be difficult to predict precisely. What happens if you overestimate – or underestimate – future payroll, sales, subcontracting cost or other variables? How can you be sure of paying a fair price?

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