The Importance of Insurance

Unlike the usual scenario of hiding from insurance agents, my case was the opposite. I was the one who actually hunted my agent. After reading several books about financial planning, the urge to have an insurance quickly came into the picture. Maybe because before, I am not aware of the real importance of life insurance. Maybe because before, my impression of life insurance is something that you can only get when you die, so I won’t really benefit from it. In which case, you didn’t really get any unless you pass away. And maybe before, it was just an expense on my part.

InsuranceBut after I got married and now soon to be a daddy, everything started to make sense. I now feel that I really need get a life insurance. Why? Simply because, I need to protect my family. Let me elaborate on that. Insurance from the word itself is the assurance that you can still provide for your family in case anything unexpected happens (when you die to be specific) especially when you are the breadwinner.

My Case

Let’s take my case. As a soon-to-be father, it is my responsibility to assure that my child gets to school and have a good education. As long as I’m working and earning, that’s not a problem. But that would suddenly change if in any case something happens to me. Not only will my wife cry for my loss but also for the fact that she has to shoulder everything on her own. But with insurance, life insurance in particular, that scenario is no longer a problem. In case of death, an instant cash will be provided by my insurance policy, therefore my wife only need to cry once. Their future is covered and can easily continue at the loss of the income earner.

Here’s a real story that I myself had sadly witnessed.

Jerry was a well-off man. Having a wife and a daughter who is in high school at that time. He is a top agent in one of the non-life insurance company and you can easily say, at the top of his game. Money is not a problem. He got cars and even his own chauffer (driver).

In his mid 40’s,  the unexpected happened. Heart attack struck him and that cause his death. The least that you can expect, he wasn’t able to secure a life insurance of his own. Now, his wife worries coz as a plain housewife, she doesn’t know anything about business or at least work. Plus the fact that her daughter will soon enter college. Yes, they may have the property that can be liquidated for the temporary survival. But If only he got himself a life insurance, an instant cash will be provided by the insurance company. Then life can easily continue. It would have been enough to at least cover for her family’s expenses for a year or more so, their lifetime.

Always prepare for the unexpected. In life, only 3 things are constant – change, tax and death. We just don’t know when and how.

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Garry Zaldy de Castro is an advocate, Financial Advisor, Certified Investment Solicitor (Mutual Fund Representative), blogger, IT practitioner, husband to Aileen and a dad to Jacob and JohnD. He started Financial Planning Philippines in 2008 just to share his financial learning to friends, relatives and anyone who wishes to be financially independent.

15 comments

  1. For me, the best insurance that I can give to my family is financial intelligence. Giving them money will only means an installment to solve the problem if not use properly. Better teach them how to do something out of nothing than giving them everything that they will do nothing.

    1. Knowledge is good but I’m not sure if you can call it insurance. What if something happens to you while your kids are still young, will it be sufficient to help them thru life and finish their studies?

  2. Mitch, even though there are companies that folded up, there are still companies that are still standing straight. Probably, you were referring to the pre need companies that closed down. They are actually different from insurance companies. If you want to be on the safe side, I’d say you stay on the top 5 insurance companies.

  3. But the question now is finding an insurance company that’s stable and secure. People are now afraid of investing their money after hearing news of insurance companies closing down and leaving their clients penniless.

    1. Just stick with the big companies like the top 10 Life Insurance companies. It’s like putting your money in the bank. Would you rather choose a small bank over big banks? I’m not sure about you but I’ll put my money on the top banks.

  4. Hi Tina. Exactly my sentiments. The good thing about insurance nowadays is that, there are also investment components (in the case of VUL). So, you’re not only protected, but can expect an investment return that can be used for retirement.

  5. when i was younger, i thought life insurance was a rip-off you’ll be benefitting from only when you die. my dad and mom doesn’t believe in in too, and maybe that thinking led me to awareness when i started to have a family of my own. my hub, works as an ofw in the middle east. when he got back, we talked about ways to protect our family’s future and we ended getting insurance for ourselves. we only have to pay for ten years.at least if one of us dies (no one knows what the future holds), we can be assured that the kids will continue with their lives uninterruptedly for a certain period of time.

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