Friday, May 6, 2011

Life Insurance to Compensate for Detrimental Impact of Earthquakes

In the aftermath of the earthquake near the Japanese islands and the devastation it brought into the country of the rising sun, we looked into the exposure of Canadians to earthquakes and the ways we can protect ourselves.  The events in Japan make us feel very strongly for survivors and victims alike.

Quakes are lethal and emotionally disturbing.  This is most certainly the case in Japan, where the Sendai quake registered a 9.0 reading on the Richter scale and thus was the 5th strongest quake recorded in the history. The magnitude, however, is not really the most important either, because even a less momentous earthquake originating within an inhabited area may come to be more serious than a forceful occurrence happening in the middle of the Pacific.  The last earthquake in Canada could be noticed not that long ago, taking place just a few months ago on June 23rd, 2010 between Qu├ębec and Ontario.  The thing nobody wants to worry about after living through something like an earthquake is paying for picking up the shattered pieces – this is where life insurance coverage can come in very handy.

We enquired five chief Canadian insurance companies and all of these will cover death in the event of a disaster.  The insured, however, mustn’t be hit by the disaster while visiting specifically prohibited locations.

The prevalence of natural disasters of huge significance steadily rises.  It was hardly a few weeks prior to the quake in Sendai that swaths of Australia were under water.

While no more than 75,000 lives were lost yearly during the 1990s, compared to 86,328 each year during the eighties, an average of 211 million people were directly affected by natural disaster in the 90s – up from 147 million in the eighties.

The number of natural disasters has tripled since the 60s and, even worse, the monetary effect has amplified by a factor of nine in that same time.

Death due to an earthquake is increasingly possible all the time, so in Canada, life insurance that helps when someone dies in an earthquake is only a natural choice.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cremation as an Alternative to Burial and Your Life Insurance Coverage

The cost of cremation is by far smaller than that of a burial in Canada.  Nonetheless, the cost of cremation still vary widely.  Much depends on the complexity of the cremation ceremony that you select, the region you are home in, and the funeral provider that you use.  If you have been hesitant to ask thus far, according to a article on cremation, a direct cremation normally comes at about $700.  With an obit, holy service, transportation and catering, decorations and viewing, the total expense may climb up to $2,700.  Although much cheaper than the burials worth thousands of dollars, this is still a significant item in the budgets of most of us.

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) claims that the ratio of cremations to traditional funerals in Canada, from about 5.89% in the seventies to over 68% in 2009. An article on the funeral “business” from Sun Media asserts that last year, cremation amounted to a slight majority of all funerals in Canada.  The climbing "popularity" of incineration in the recent years can be credited to one thing – inexpensiveness.

LSM Insurance is aware that many of us are interested in substitutes of the traditional funeral to save some money.  In Canada, life insurance can be a very effective strategy for doing away with the wide range of outlays associated with cremation.

Life insurance proceeds are paid out tax-free and, in most cases, the coverage can be taken out for a quite reasonable monthly fee.  Life insurance policies usually fall under one of the following three groups:

  1. Traditional Life Insurance, where the client is required to subject her- or himself to a medical check-up and answer a comprehensive list of health questions.
  2. Simplified Issue Life Insurance that does not require medical tests and the insured has to complete anywhere from 3-twelve health-related questions.
  3. Guaranteed Issue Life Insurancewithout health check-ups and the insured needen’t complete any questions.  Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance is also referred to as No Medical Life Insurance

One trouble with guaranteed issue as mentioned above (and certain simplified issue insurance plans) is the contractual limitation of the payout to a return-of-premium and applicable interest in case the insured passes away within the first two years due to non-accidental causes.  This safeguard is in place to prevent insurance policies from becoming a speculative form of investment for otherwise uninsurable applicants.