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Life Insurance - Deciding What You Need & Policy Information Ankeny IA

Most financial planners will say that you should have life insurance, 5 times your annual salary. Those with more dependents may need more life insurance. Other financial planners say that you should look at the total amount of income that you want to replace between now and retirement.

Mr. Gene Mock (RFC®), CEP, CSA
(515) 270-9736
12345 University Ave Ste 319
Clive, IA
Company
Retirement Benefit Administrators
Qualifications
Years of Experience: 30
Membership
IARFC, NICEP
Services
Invoice, Estate Planning, Retirement Planning, Medicaid Planning, Mortgage Loans, Annuities, Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Asset Protection

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Bill Elson
3705 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Company
Company: Spectrum Financial Services
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Hourly Financial Planning Engagements,Fee Only Portfolio Management,Pension for Highly Compensated Owners,Stock Market Alternative,Wealth Management,Medicaid,Life Insurance,Investment & Portfolio Management,Long-Term Health Care Planning,Business Succession & Liquidation Planning,Estate Tax Planning,Asset Protection Strategies & Planning,Individual Income Tax Planning,Wealth Engineering,IRA, 401k, Roth IRA, QDRO Rollovers,CD Alternative,Medicare Planning,Health Care Insurance,Retirement Planning

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Mr. R. John Badger (RFC®), CFP, CHFC, CLU
(515) 224-0596
936 8th Street
West Des Moines, IA
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Chartered Financial Services, Ltd.
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Education: BS, MS other professional designations
Years of Experience: 37
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IARFC, MDRT, FPA, NAIFA
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Invoice, Estate Planning, Business Planning, Portfolio Management, Pension Planning, Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits, Stocks and Bonds, Mutual Funds, CD Banking, Annuities, Life Insurance, Disability Income Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Medical Insurance, Group Insurance, Charitable Planning, Education Plan, Healthcare Accounts, Charitable Foundations, BuySell, Compensation Plans

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Bill Elson
3705 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA
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Company: Spectrum Financial Services
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Hourly Financial Planning Engagements,Fee Only Portfolio Management,Pension for Highly Compensated Owners,Stock Market Alternative,Wealth Management,Medicaid,Life Insurance,Investment & Portfolio Management,Long-Term Health Care Planning,Business Succession & Liquidation Planning,Estate Tax Planning,Asset Protection Strategies & Planning,Individual Income Tax Planning,Wealth Engineering,IRA, 401k, Roth IRA, QDRO Rollovers,CD Alternative,Medicare Planning,Health Care Insurance,Retirement Planning

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Ms. Janice Y. LaBonne (RFC®), LUTCF
(563) 582-2855
2355 JF Kennedy Road
Dubuque, IA
Company
Honkamp Krueger Financial Services
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Education: BS North Dakota State University : BusinessAAS Northland Community College : Legal Assistant
Years of Experience: 19
Membership
IARFC
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Invoice, Business Planning, Portfolio Management, Pension Planning, Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits, Stocks and Bonds, Mutual Funds, CD Banking, Annuities, Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Education Plan, Healthcare Accounts, BuySell

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Dirk M. Dixon (RFC®), EA
(515) 285-5546
8033 University Blvd
Clive, IA
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Baker & Associates, LLP
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Education: Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Grand View College 1997.
Years of Experience: 15
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IARFC, NAIFA
Services
Invoice, Estate Planning, Business Planning, Portfolio Management, Pension Planning, Executive Compensation Planning, personal Coach, Retirement Planning, Tax Planning, Tax Returns, Mutual Funds, CD Banking, Annuities, Life Insurance, Disability Income Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Medical Insurance, Business Coach, Charitable Planning, Education Plan, Healthcare Accounts, Asset Protection, BuySell, Compensation Plans

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T. Scott Nevitt
2928 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA
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Title: President/Trusted Advisor
Company: CORE Asset Management
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Investment Advisor Rep: Yes
Years Experience
Years Experience: 10
Service
Medicare Planning,Health Care Insurance,Retirement Planning,Real Estate Investment Planning,Annuity Ideas & Strategy Planning,Planning For Personal Finances & Budgeting,Retirement Income Accumulation Planning,Hourly Financial Planning Engagements,Disability Insurance,Annuities,Alternative Asset Class Planning,Investment Consulting & Allocation Design,Insurance & Risk Management Planning,Retirement Income Distribution Planning,Education Funding & Financial Aid Planning,Medicaid,Life Insurance,Inv

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The Bryton Companies
(515) 226-7605
4902 University
West Des Moines, IA
Alternate Phone Number
515 226-7605
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Life Settlement Broker, Viatical Broker

T. Scott Nevitt
2928 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Company
Title: President/Trusted Advisor
Company: CORE Asset Management
Type
Investment Advisor Rep: Yes
Years Experience
Years Experience: 10
Service
Medicare Planning,Health Care Insurance,Retirement Planning,Real Estate Investment Planning,Annuity Ideas & Strategy Planning,Planning For Personal Finances & Budgeting,Retirement Income Accumulation Planning,Hourly Financial Planning Engagements,Disability Insurance,Annuities,Alternative Asset Class Planning,Investment Consulting & Allocation Design,Insurance & Risk Management Planning,Retirement Income Distribution Planning,Education Funding & Financial Aid Planning,Medicaid,Life Insurance,Inv

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Dirk M. Dixon (RFC®), EA
(515) 285-5546
8033 University Blvd
Clive, IA
Company
Baker & Associates, LLP
Qualifications
Education: Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Grand View College 1997.
Years of Experience: 15
Membership
IARFC, NAIFA
Services
Invoice, Estate Planning, Business Planning, Portfolio Management, Pension Planning, Executive Compensation Planning, personal Coach, Retirement Planning, Tax Planning, Tax Returns, Mutual Funds, CD Banking, Annuities, Life Insurance, Disability Income Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Medical Insurance, Business Coach, Charitable Planning, Education Plan, Healthcare Accounts, Asset Protection, BuySell, Compensation Plans

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Life Insurance - Deciding What You Need & Policy Information

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Life Insurance - How do I decide what I need?

This is a big question. In general, most financial planners will say that you should have life insurance equal to at least 5 times your annual salary. Some folks with more dependents (older parents, children and spouse) may need more life insurance.

Other financial planners say that you should look at the total amount of income that you want to replace between now and retirement. While the numbers can be big and scary if you are young, your actual life insurance needs will decrease over time.

Let's look at an example. If I'm 25 and make $35,000 a year and I want to replace the income I'd make between now and retirement age, I'd be looking at life insurance for $848,000. Whew! Well, there are a number of concerns with that:

  1. First and foremost, can I afford the premium?
    At this age, you may be able to. The risk to a life insurance company is low.
  2. Does my spouse work?
    If my spouse does work I may not have to replace my total salary.
  3. If I have a stay-at-home spouse, would they consider going back to work after a certain period?
    If you think your spouse may want to retrain for another career you may actually need to consider more money. Or perhaps, if the total amount of the life insurance policy paid out the mortgage and put some money in the bank, your spouse could return to the workforce on a part-time basis.
  4. Am I trying to leave my family 'set for life' or am I trying to get them over a tough time?
    This is entirely up to you. Balance it out against the amount of the life insurance premium.
  5. Is it overkill?
    (Excuse the pun.)

These are questions which must be considered. At a minimum, your life insurance coverage should:

  • Fully pay out your mortgage
  • Fully pay for funeral costs
  • Allow for supplementary childcare for at least 2 years (if you have children)
  • Fully pay out any other debts, like car loans, outstanding bills from credit cards or utilities, etc
  • Leave a little something in the bank for emergencies

Does 5 times your salary meet these requirements? Great. If not, you might have to consider up to 8 times your salary. Then consider all the factors which might affect your spouse's ability to handle the situation - perhaps you've died in an accident in which they were hurt too, or perhaps you have a family of 9 children and your spouse couldn't return to work - and add additional money as required.

What about college for the kids?

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