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Life Insurance Claims and COVID-19 | Will Your Claim Be Paid?

COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread around the world with nearly 500,000 infected and more than 20,000 deaths to date. Although Canada appears to be escaping the brunt of the impact, our country is still affected with over 3,000 cases and 30+ deaths as of March 25, 2020. With numbers rising sharply in some countries such as Italy (~ 75,000 cases / ~7,500 deaths) and America (~70,000 cases / 1,000 deaths), and with no vaccine in place ...
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Term 100 : Everything You Need to Know

What is Term 100 life insurance? Even though it says “Term” in its title, Term 100 is actually a permanent policy. That means the premium doesn’t increase and the policy is in force for the life insured’s lifetime. Unlike other permanent policies, however, Term 100 does not have a cash value (cash savings that build up when you pay the premium). Think of Term 100 like a stripped-down whole life policy – you get lifelong protection, but since there are no extras, the premium is much ...
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Life Insurance and Coronavirus (COVID-19) | What You Must Know

What is Coronavirus and why is it so scary for life insurers? The entire insurance business is based on risks and the ability to evaluate them. At the same time, life insurance companies do not like situations where they do not have enough information and statistics about risks related to their potential customers. People who have or had Coronavirus (also called COVID-19) represent this case. The current outbreak of Coronavirus has already infected over 70,000 worldwide resulting, so ...
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Infinite Banking – Everything You Must Know

Introduction Infinite banking is a very interesting financial concept that uses whole life insurance to execute on a number of financial operations that are typically available only through a bank. This is why the infinite banking concept is sometimes called “being your own banker.” The concept won some popularity in the U.S. and also in Canada. In this article, we asked one of the leading Canadian experts on this topic, Glen Zacher, to share his experience and knowledge. What is infinite ...
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Explained by an Expert: What Is Face Amount of Life Insurance?

I’m going to talk a little bit about the face amount of a life insurance policy and how it works. Generally, the face amount of a life insurance policy is the death benefit of the policy, so the higher the face amount, the higher the premium. There are a lot if things that influence a life insurance premium: the person’s gender, the person’s health, the person’s age, the type of plan; but the face amount is a big element because obviously a $100,000 policy is going to be less than a ...
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Explained by an Expert: What is a cash surrender value?

 I’m going to talk a little bit now about cash surrender value and how it works in terms of a life insurance policy. Generally, cash surrender values apply to permanent policies, and permanent policies can be whole life coverage, can be Term-100, or can be universal life. Most Term-100 policies don’t have a cash surrender value, but whole life policies and most universal life policies do. A whole life policy can either be participating or non-participating. Participating policies have a ...
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Explained by an Expert: What is an accidental death benefit?

 We get a lot of questions about the accidental death benefit and how it works in terms of life insurance. An accidental death benefit is generally something that pays out, or a type of insurance that pays out, if the person dies in an accident. Now, keep in mind that probably less than 2 per cent of all life insurance claims are related to an accident. A lot of people think it’s a higher figure, but most of the life insurance claims are going to be caused by some type of illness—cancer, ...
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A Breast Cancer Survivor Discusses the Impact of Critical Illness Insurance

LSM Insurance Independent Broker, Beirong Xiong has learned to take the good with the bad when life’s surprises come knocking at her door. After finishing her Master’s in Agricultural Economics and Business at the University of Guelph, Beirong moved to Ottawa (Ontario) to pursue a career in financial services. It was on a daily elevator ride that she met her future husband for the first time. “Something as random as that changed my life for the better,” she says. “Six years later David ...
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Explained by an Expert: What Is an Irrevocable beneficiary?

I’m going to talk a little bit about an irrevocable beneficiary and how it works in terms of a life insurance policy. Irrevocable beneficiaries are unique in that the policy owner needs the consent of the beneficiary to change that beneficiary. Irrevocable beneficiary designations are often set up as part of a marital breakup. The ex-spouses want to know, as part of the settlement, that the policy owner is going to keep that ex-spouse on as a beneficiary, and that they can’t change that ...
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Explained by an Expert: Grace Period on a Life Insurance Policy

We received a question asking what the grace period on a life insurance policy is. Generally, the grace period applies if you miss a payment and you want to make sure the policy doesn’t lapse. That’s where the grace period kicks in. If you had an annual premium on a policy—let’s say it was $700 a year, or whatever the annual premium was—and the payment wasn’t sent in, the insurance company will generally give a 31-day grace period. That could be different, so you always want to make sure ...
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