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Determining Your Life Insurance Needs

Life insurance can help provide you with a measure of comfort and peace of mind, knowing that your loved ones will remain financially secure in the event of your death. But how do you determine your life insurance needs?

Who needs life insurance?

Life insurance can be a helpful tool for anyone who wants to protect their loved ones, but roughly 40% of Americans don’t have life insurance[1].

You might strongly consider getting life insurance if any of the following apply to you:

You have a spouse

  • Your family depends on you financially You provide care for another person You hold a significant amount of debt
  • You’d like to secure money for your children’s education You’ve bought or rebuilt a home
  • You took on a new job, or you want to add to the coverage you receive from an employer You’re looking to diversify your investments
  • You’re planning your estate

Once you’ve determined that life insurance is a good choice for you, it’s important to find the right type.

What kind of life insurance is right for you?

There are generally two basic kinds of life insurance policies: term and whole life insurance.

Term life insurance offers coverage for a set amount of time or “term.” This may be a span of 5 years, 10 years or more. One of the underlying ideas here is that you’re seeking protection for a set amount of time, which might correspond to when your children are growing up and taking off for college, etc.

Whole life insurance, a kind of permanent life insurance, builds value over the entirety of your life, and remains in effect as long as you pay your premiums according to your plan. These kinds of plans can be used as an investment vehicle, since their value increases over time.

AIG Life Insurer Companies offers four different types of term life policies to meet your individual needs:

  • Level term
  • Renewable term
  • Convertible term
  • Return of premium (ROP) term

You choose the term — between one and 30 years — and the benefit amount. Enjoy peace of mind during times in your life when you need it the most.

If you need help determining your life insurance needs, speak with a licensed agent at 866-971- 4232.

[1] Source:

Agency services provided by AIG Direct Insurance Services, Inc. ("AIG Direct"), CA license # 0B57619 and AR license # 0100105378, a subsidiary of American General Life Insurance Company ("AGL"), Houston, TX and an affiliate of The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York ("US Life"), New York, NY, all members of American International Group ("AIG").

Policies issued by: American General Life Insurance Company (AGL), Policy Forms: ICC15-15532, 15532, 15532-5, 15532-10. Rider Numbers: ICC15-15200, ICC15-15201, 15200, 15200-10, 15200-35, 15201, 15201-9, 15201-10 and 15201-35except in New York where issued by The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York (US Life), Policy Form Number: 15532N. Issuing companies AGL and US Life are responsible for financial obligations of insurance products and are members of American International Group, Inc. (AIG).

Products may not be available in all states and product features and rates may vary by state. Guarantees are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Each issuing insurance company is responsible for financial obligations of their respective insurance. For all companies mentioned, their financial professionals and other representatives are not authorized to give legal, tax or accounting advice. For advice concerning your individual circumstances, consult a professional attorney, tax advisor or accountant.

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