Life insurance is something that is vital for every adult, and some children. Life insurance provides a death benefit when one is needed most, when someone has died. There are multiple types of life insurance including term, universal life and whole life. Within those broad categories there are certain subsets like annual renewable term insurance, variable universal life insurance, indexed universal life insurance, blended whole life insurance etc. I try to help people understand how much and what kind they might need to research.
Warning this post might be considered too morbid for some people.
I had an interesting conversation the other week with one of the financial planners in my office that got me thinking. There was a client who was in the midst of buying life insurance on a young child (about 5 years old), I had never seen this so I asked the planner, “What up wid dat?” (I may have been more professional than that). The Child obviously had no income to replace.
The planner, responds, “Evan, do you think you would be able to work if you lost your child?” I thought for a second and remembered the emotional sucking of losing a baby, nevertheless a child (I think there is a distinction there, but not the point here). I quickly said, “Nope, there is absolutely no chance I could work after losing a child!” The Planner’s response, “Exactly”
I just told my wife about this post and she called me morbid and told me I was sick for even discussing insurance on a child’s life, and I get that the death of a child is a subject that most parents’ stomach can’t handle, but this is a legitimate protection gap that I think most people have.
I am not talking about one of those stupid $25,000 Gerber insurance contracts. Rather, I am discussing that if your family spends $100,000/yr, then insure your child for $100,000 or even $200,000 so you don’t have to work until you are ready.
Cost of Life Insurance on a Child
But, Evan, how much does it cost to buys life insurance on a child? First and foremost, it should be noted that I work for one of the big guys, think Fortune 100 notshady Internet company, so there may be cheaper options out there:
- A $100,000 Whole Life Policy on a 5 year old would cost less than $40/month (This contract would have a guaranteed $4,500 of cash in it at age 18 and about $6K at current dividend rates); and
- A Guaranteed Universal Life Policy (A permanent policy with no cash; think Term forever) costs less than $15/month for $100,000
Before I get the angry buy term and invest the difference comments – the company I work for does not sell 20 year term for anyone under the age of 18; I am not sure if other companies do, but I don’t have access to their illustration systems. Would $15 to $40 bucks a month be worth the option not to work for a long time in case your child dies?
Too Morbid? Good Point? Anyone have insurance on their kids?