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While your focus may be on accumulating assets, safeguarding your wealth is equally important. Death, disability, divorce, creditors and civil litigation all pose a potential threat to your family’s financial security. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to protect yourself.

Four core insurance needs


To protect your entire family against everyday out-of-pocket medical expenses as well as hospitalizations and/or catastrophic medical costs.  


To ensure your family’s financial security through income replacement and funds for other important goals (such as education funding) if you were to die unexpectedly.


To replace enough of your earned income to cover monthly expenses if you’re unable to work for an extended period of time due to illness or injury.


Includes auto, homeowner’s and additional liability coverage for property damage or injuries to others that you are responsible for.

Additional coverages you may require based on your personal circumstances include boat/aircraft insurance as well as specialized liability policies such as malpractice, employment practices insurance for business owners, excess liability, and umbrella coverage.

Health insurance basics

Take advantage of your employer’s group health insurance. It’s usually much less expensive than purchasing coverage on an exchange since employers usually subsidize a significant portion of the premium payments and offer several plans with a range of benefits, coverage and costs.

Fund a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Healthcare Spending Account (HSA) if offered by your employer. They allow you to contribute pretax dollars (like a retirement plan) that can be used for eligible medical expenses.1

Know your rights under COBRA. If you lose your job, you may be able to remain on your former employer's group policy for 18 months at your own expense. This can afford you time to research and obtain coverage elsewhere. COBRA also allows 36 months of coverage if you get divorced and your spouse provided healthcare coverage.


If you get married, compare your spouse's plan to yours. One may offer benefits that better fit your family’s needs. And generally, you could pay less with a single-family plan versus two individual plans.

Life insurance basics

If you’re married and have children, life insurance takes on increased importance — replacing lost future income or providing added financial support for your dependents if you or your spouse prematurely die. And typically, the younger you are when purchasing a policy, the lower the premiums.

Term life insurance


  • Only in force for a pre-determined number of years


  • Paid annually and may increase substantially at later ages

Death benefits

  • Fixed

Cash value

  • Policy doesn’t accumulate any cash value


  • Coverage may not be renewed after a specific age (such as 75 or 80)

Permanent life insurance


  • Intended to be held for your entire lifetime


  • More expensive than term insurance.  May be a single lump sum, paid annually for life or for a specific period of years

Death benefits

  • Will typically vary based on premiums, investments and other factors

Cash value

  • Policy may accumulate cash value over time. Others are not designed to accumulate cash value.

Policy Types

  • Whole life: fixed premiums, guaranteed death benefit, death benefit and cash value may not be guaranteed fully when whole life is blended with term insurance.
  • Universal life: flexible premiums, variable death benefits and variable cash value
  • Variable life: flexible premiums, self-directed investment choices, variable death benefit

Deductibles vs. premiums

There's a broad range of insurance products to choose from. Most have flexibility, so you can customize coverage to fit your individual needs and budget. In many cases, you can manage your premium costs by balancing coverage (and deductible where applicable). 

With your financial advisor, you can discuss how to balance your insurance needs and levels of coverage with your budget. One size does not fit all.”

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