Term Insurance Rates Cheaper Than Ever

As reported in the March 2012 issue of The Insurance and Investment Journal, 10-year term life insurance rates have reduced in cost drastically over the years. The article cites many examples of companies that have significantly reduced their premiums.

Transamerica Life for example, offered a 40-year-old, male non-smoker $500,000 of Term 10 coverage in 1998 at a rate of $510 per year and that same 40-year-old male non-smoker can now get $500,000 of Term 10 coverage for $365 a year.

BMO Insurance, which previously sold their product under AIG Life of Canada name, would have charged that 40-year-old, male non-smoker $565 in 1998 and now offers the same plan at $380 a year. The downside for consumers, though, is that renewal premiums have risen dramatically in recent years. Ten years ago, insurance companies were charging renewal premiums that were two to three times the initial annual premium, but now many insurance companies offer renewal premiums in excess of seven times the initial annual premium.

Most life insurance companies in Canada offer similar rates among their term 10 lineup, but there can be big differences in the riders or features available on the policies. Additionally, brokers can add value by knowing how each company underwrites risk. Some life insurance companies treat certain conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, more favourably than others. This is why it’s important that you work with a broker who is familiar with the underwriting process.

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  • LSM Insurance
    March 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Hi Shirley,

    Thanks for the note. The rates will depend on the type of plan i.e. a Term 10 plan is less expensive intially than a Term 20 or Term 100 plan but the cost goes up as you get older. We will send you a separate email now.

  • Shirley
    March 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I would like a quote on term insurance for both of us for $100,000.00. We are in good health, … has High blood pressure and acid re flux,which he takes medication for them both. The only medication I take is zoloft for a seasonal disorder. Bruce’s birthday is….. , Shirley’s birthday is November…… . Looking forward to hearing from you.