Monday, January 23, 2012

Is It Time to Review Your Income Protection Insurance Policy?

If you're self-employed, your income relies totally on your ability to work, so if you fell ill or suffered an injury, do you know how you would support yourself financially?

Income protection insurance provides a regular tax free income if you are unable to work because of illness or accident. But having an income protection policy is just the first step. You need to make sure your policy is giving you the benefits you need, so a review may be a good idea.

Ask yourself these five questions to make sure you get the most from your provider:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Top 3 Methods To Get Low Cost Health Insurance Quotes

Insurance companies are less willing to cover incidents as frequently as they once did. If you struggle with receiving insurance coverage there are methods that will make getting lower insurance quotes more affordable.

Health Insurance

    Have your medical bills regularly audited to insure that there are no billing errors. Computer glitches may affect the billing procedure; you may be charged for a service you did not receive. Gather your medical and financial information and explain the details regarding an error. Your health insurance company will be more eager to provide you with lower quotes when they see you attempting to handle billing discrepancies.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mandatory Education for Insurance Producers

Many industries have set certain standards that their professionals must abide by. The financial and insurance industries are no different. These agents deal with large corporations, small corporations and individual families. They affect a lot of lives each year. The advice they give decision makers is crucial and plays a very important role in the overall decision an individual or corporation make. In order to keep up to speed with current trends and state regulations insurance and financial professionals must complete continuing education each and every year. Any agent holding an insurance license must complete their continuing education either online or in a classroom depending on what their state laws are. Insurance continuing education is meant to help agents but also help their clients. The major differences between the two are a final examination. Classroom courses typically do not require the agent to complete an exam.

Agents must be knowledgeable in every aspect of their profession. They must know all of the products available and abide by all state rules and regulations. Insurance education contributes to their overall success. Every state has different rules when completing their education requirements so make sure to contact your state's department of insurance or an approved provider to find out exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it by. The most common requirements are 20-24 of continuing education credits every two years. They are typically due by the agent's birth date.

There are many things to consider when choosing an online school. The first thing is to make sure they are an approved provider in your specific state. If they are not, your continuing education will not count. Then, make sure they offer the courses completely online. Many schools offer this service. Also, take into consideration the price and if there are any type of discounts offered. Finally, make sure the school reports to the state within a reasonable amount of time. Most schools report credit hours at least once a day. This will help ensure you stay compliant and do not incur any late fees or fines from the state.

Once you have chosen the school, ask them what classes you need to complete to meet all of your state's requirements. There may be an ethics course required for example. If so, make sure to include those courses when you make your purchase. If not, feel free to complete which ever course interests you the most. Many choose a course that is most similar to what they do on a day to day basis. Others will choose a new subject they are interested in. This allows them to broaden their knowledge in something they may not know much about. Agents are able to sell different types of products and learn about new subject areas. It never hurts to learn about new products that may not have been available in the past. The more valuable you are to your clients, the better. Referrals are an agent's best friend. Free leads that convert higher than others could really impact an agent's overall success.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Benefits Of Funeral Insurance

There are a few certain things in life and one of those is death. Reason dictates that to prepare for it is a prudent thing to do, since it cannot be foreseen nor prevented. Getting funeral insurance is one way of having that peace of mind, even in death.

Other benefits of being insured are listed below.

Financial security

Funeral insurance does not involve protection against an assumed risk; rather its purchase is tantamount to paying in advance a service to be rendered in a future time. This is a great way to wrap up your finances at the end of your life. This is to ensure that your dependents will somehow be financially stable to the extent of shouldering the funeral costs. Surely, no one wants to be a burden to their beloved, and this is the least you could leave them with if you were to have peace of mind.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Comparing Funeral Insurance Rates

Funeral insurance is one of the many types of insurance that you can purchase to make sure that your death will bring more hardships than necessary to those you left behind. Death is inevitable, so getting this type of insurance is a decision worth thinking over. You can get a policy in the same way that you get other types of insurance policies. However, to make things easier and more smooth sailing, here are some tips to guide you in comparing funeral insurance rates.

Before you even immerse yourself in research about the insurance companies that offer funeral insurance, determine if you really need to have your burial insured. Do some self-evaluation and see if you must do this or not. You can also talk this through with your friends and family because they are the ones who will benefit from it in the future. Also, you can ask the help of financial experts, most especially insurance brokers, in making this major decision.