Ownership of individual life insurance at its lowest level in 30 years
The Life Insurance and Market Research Association (LIMRA) 2013 study shines a light on a developing problem for Canadian households:
- Individual ownership of life insurance was at its lowest level in 30 years;
- 3 in 10 households did not have individual life insurance at all;
Why group life insurance may not be all that you need
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Has it been awhile since you last looked at your insurance portfolio? Are you a little sketchy in your recollection of all the coverage you have and why you have it? Are you uncertain as to whether or not your portfolio reflects your current situation? If this is the case, this might be the ideal time to have an audit of your insurance policies. Circumstances can change over time and making sure your protection keeps pace is a worthwhile exercise.
A comprehensive audit should review the following:
- Is the total death benefit of your life insurance appropriate to your needs? A current capital needs analysis can help to determine this.
Given the problems encountered by some large financial institutions in the United States, how concerned should we be about the state of the life insurance industry in Canada? It is a fact that over the past decade the number of life insurance companies operating in Canada has decreased dramatically. This decrease is mainly due to the mergers and acquisitions of the existing companies. For example, those individuals who maintained policies issued by Maritime Life, Commercial Union, North American Life, or Aetna Life, now find themselves insured by Manulife Financial. Today, insurance is one of the most closely regulated industries in Canada. Unlike the United States, in Canada, there is a government organization that supervises all of the federally incorporated and foreign insurers to ensure that these companies operate in a prudent manner. This organization is the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI). For those companies that are provincially chartered their oversight is provided by the province in which they do business. The major life insurance companies are federally regulated by OSFI.
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