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Best Life Insurance Companies That Pay Out

A common question many of the clients we talk to ask “What are the Best Life Insurance Companies That Pay Out”  to ensure my family will be covered if anything were to happen to me? This is why everyone that purchases a life insurance policy wants to have the peace of mind knowing the company they pay their hard earned money for will fulfill its obligation, their end of the bargain, and pay out the money if anything were to happen.   What You Need To Know Here is the truth when it comes to life insurance in the United States.  Life insurance is one of the most regulated industries in the country.  As long as you choose a...

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Largest Life Insurance Companies 2017

There over nine hundred life insurance companies in the United States in 2017 and there are two main ways to determine which are the largest insurers.  The criteria include; by largest writers of premiums, and rank by total assets.  While these are important ways to determine the largest life insurance companies in America it’s not necessarily the best way to choose the right company for your specific situation.  Every life insurance company has their own underwriting guideline which means one insurer may offer a much better rate over another insurer for the same exact policy. For example, Prudential will often have the lowest rate in the entire country in many areas but will not typically have the lowest rate...

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Prudential Life Insurance Review 2017

Prudential Life Insurance Review 2017 Pros:  Prudential Life Insurance Company (also known as Pruco) is one of the largest life insurance companies in the country by total market share in 2017.  Prudential is A+ (Superior) rated by A.M. Best (second highest of 16 ratings).  They have the best rates for certain niches such as cigar and smokeless tobacco users.  Also, Prudential is one of the most popular and well-respected names in the financial services sector.  In addition to their niche of offering non-tobacco rates to chew and cigar users, they offer some of the best rates in the nation for sleep apnea, medical marijuana, travel, and many other health conditions.  They will often have some of the best rates...

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Protective Life Vs. Prudential Vs. AIG Vs. Mutual of Omaha Vs. Allstate Vs. State Farm Vs. Farmers Vs. Primerica

Protective Life Vs. Prudential Vs. AIG Vs. Mutual of Omaha Vs. Allstate Vs. State Farm Vs. Farmers Vs. Primerica Are you in the market for life insurance? Are you looking for the best rate? Well good news, you have come to the right place. There are over eight hundred life insurance companies out there to choose from and selecting the right one can be a daunting task. You may be looking at the top life insurance companies in the country such as; AIG, Prudential, Mutual of Omaha, Allstate, State Farm, Primerica and Protective Life.  I can tell you the best way to choose a life insurance company for term life insurance is based on price.  Why you may ask? ...

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MetLife Life Insurance Review 2017

MetLife Life Insurance Review 2017   Pros:  MetLife used to rank as the #1 life insurance in America in sales and total assets.  Financial strength– MetLife (now Brighthouse Life Insurance Company) is A (Superior) rated by A.M. Best (third highest of 16 possible ratings) and they are one of the most well-known insurance companies in the world in 2017. Well-Known– MetLife used to be one of the most well-known names in life insurance. Cons:  Their prices are competitive but not the rock-bottom lowest. Bottom Line:  MetLife was one of the largest life & health insurer in America.  They had a superior financial rating and have been providing quality life insurance since before the turn of the century.  In 2017,...

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Will Taking Pravastatin Affect My Life Insurance Rate?

Will Taking Pravastatin Affect My Life Insurance Rate? The good news for those that taking Pravastatin is that it will not typically affect your life insurance premiums. Cholesterol medications in general are not seen as a prescription that will affect life expectancy; therefore, most of the top life insurance companies will not penalize you for taking a statin such as Pravastatin.  What Do Life Insurance Companies Look For When Underwriting Cholesterol? Nearly all of the major life insurance companies will look at your actual cholesterol readings to determine your rate. Whether you are taking a cholesterol lowering medication or not will not have any bearing on the rating or underwriting. What Are The Guidelines for Cholesterol When Applying for...

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Brighthouse Life Insurance Company Review

Brighthouse Life Insurance Company Review Pros: Brighthouse is an operating segment of MetLife, one of the most well-known and recognizable names in life insurance. Size– Brighthouse is a major life insurance and annuity company with $240 billion total assets and 2.8 million insurance policies and annuity contracts inforce. Cons: Term life insurance coverage starts at $1 million which may be more than some people need. Bottom Line: MetLife, one of the most well-known and recognizable names in life insurance for well over a century has scrapped its MetLife retail brand name and its famous mascot, Snoopy, for a spinoff company known as Brighthouse Financial.  Brighthouse Financial, (life insurance underwritten by Brighthouse Life Insurance Company) is an operating segment of...

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Lincoln National Life Insurance Company Review Review 2017

Lincoln National Life Insurance Company Review Review 2017  Pros:  Financial strength–  Lincoln National Life Insurance Company (Lincoln Financial Group) has an A+ (Superior) financial rating by A.M. Best (second highest of 16 possible ratings).  Stability– Lincoln Life was established in 1905, demonstrating durability as an insurer having been around for more than 100 years.  Top Insurer– Lincoln Financial is the fourth largest life and health insurer in the country. Smokeless Tobacco Niche– Lincoln is one of a select few companies that offer non-tobacco rates for users of smokeless tobacco such as cigars, chew, dip and marijuana. Height and Weight– Lincoln National Life has favorable underwriting on their build charts for height and weight. No Medical Exam– Lincoln has one...

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Banner Life Insurance Company Review 2017

Banner Life Insurance Company Review 2017 Pros: Price-Banner Life Insurance Company will often have the best rates in the entire country on term life insurance. In fact, in February 2017, Banner lowered their rates again.  Rating– Banner has an A+ (Superior) financial rating from A.M. Best and a 94 out of 100 Comdex score.   Underwriting– Banner Life has great underwriting in many areas; especially for healthy people, diabetics, people with significant health issues including those with substandard or table rated health history. Company History– Banner is a subsidiary of Legal & General which has been in business since 1836 and is one of the oldest life insurance companies in the world.  Size– Banner Life issued $50 billion in new...

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3 Best Life Insurance Companies for Diabetics 2017

The 3 best life insurance companies for diabetics 2017 offer the best prices, favorable underwriting and are highly rated by A.M. Best. These companies view the risk of insuring a diabetic more favorably than the other life insurance companies in way of offering a better health class and in turn a lower rate. Diabetic underwriting for life insurance has come a long way, especially in the last 10 years. In the past, a well-controlled diabetic was given at best a sub-standard rate but today diabetics can receive a better than average health class which means a much lower premium.  What Factors Do Life Insurance Companies Look For With Diabetes? Hemoglobin A1c– The first thing life insurance companies look for...

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Top Rated Life Insurance Companies 2017

Top Rated Life Insurance Companies 2017 Here is a list of the top rated life insurance companies 2017.  We sorted the list by A.M. Best rating which is the leading life insurance rating agency.  The highest rating that is possible is an A++ Superior financial rating, followed by an A+ Superior financial rating, and then an A Excellent financial rating, below that is an A- Excellent rating. Many financial experts say that when choosing a life insurance company make sure the company has an A Excellent financial rating or better from A.M. Best.  This means the insurer was deemed be financially strong and has an Excellent ability to payout future claims.   A.M. Best Life Insurance Rating Table 2017...

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Life Insurance Ratings 2017

Life Insurance Ratings 2017 Are you looking for the current life insurance ratings 2017? Then you have come to the right place.  With so much information on the web it’s difficult to find a resource that has all of the top life insurance companies with their current financial ratings.  This list below has the ratings from the four main rating agencies; A.M. Best, S&P, Moody’s and Fitch.  We’ve also include the Comdex score.  This is the average of the four ratings. Life Insurance Ratings Comparison Table 2017   Company Name State A.M. Best S&P Moody’s Fitch Comdex Ranking 1 Northwestern Mutual Life Ins WI A++ AA+ Aaa AAA 100 2 New York Life Ins Co NY A++ AA+ Aaa...

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Best Life Insurance Companies in 2017

The best life insurance companies in 2017 offer a combination of the lowest prices in the country, a top financial rating, a long trusted company history and solid reputation that your family can rely on.  These are the companies that we put our clients with because they have been proven to be the best. How to Choose One of Best Life Insurance Companies in 2017 There are many different ways to choose a life insurance company.  The most common way is of course is price, followed by three equally other as important criteria factors; financial rating, how long the company has been in business and how favorable their underwriting is for your profile. Price Financial Rating Company History Underwriting...

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Largest Life Insurance Companies 2016

The largest life insurance companies 2016 have more assets than the other insurance 900 + life insurance companies in America.  There are a few different ways to rank the largest life insurance companies in addition to assets.  Other ways include; total written premium, market capitalization, term sales, universal life sales, whole life sales and annuity sales.  Some of the best life insurance companies in America that didn’t make this but are still some of the largest writers of life insurance include Protective Life, Banner Life, SBLI and Mutual of Omaha.   MetLife-Assets $608 billion- Financial Rating A+ Prudential- $551 billion-Financial Rating A+ John Hancock– (Manulife) $272 billion- Financial Rating A+ TIAA-CREF– $272 billion- Financial Rating A+ AIG– $270 billion-...

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GGT and Life Insurance- What You Need to Know

Has GGT Affected Your Life Insurance Application? A common reason for rate increases and declines in life insurance is due to the GGT liver function test.  Most people have never even heard of GGT before.  This is why it’s comes as such a surprise to many when they are notified of elevated levels from their life insurance exam. What is GGT? GGT stands for Gamma-glutamyltransferase, which is an enzyme that is present in many areas of the body including the kidneys, pancreatic cells and most notably the liver.  Elevations in the GGT blood test can indicate liver problems or other potential health issues. The GGT test is currently the most sensitive indicator of liver damage and disease. What Causes...

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25 Year Level Term Life Insurance- Is it a Good Deal?

Many people don’t realize that there is a 25 year level term life insurance policy available as an option.  This is due to the fact that many companies don’t offer a 25 year level term policy product.  However, there are many top life insurers that do and it can be a great choice for certain applicants. The most common term life insurance lengths offered in America are; 10, 15, 20 and 30 years.  Often in lieu of choosing the 25 year term, many people will choose either the 20 or 30 year level term to meet their specific needs and due the pricing differences. For example, let’s take a look at the sample prices below for a forty year...

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Life Insurance: $1,000,000 vs $500,000 vs $250,000 vs $100,000

Most people want the right amount of life insurance to protect their family but don’t know how much it will cost. Fortunately, life insurance companies offer price band discounts at certain policy amounts. These price brands offer a cost-per-thousand price reduction over other policy amounts. The price bands on life insurance in 2016 are at the following policy amounts: $1,000,000, $500,000, $250,000 and $100,000. While the right amount of life insurance one should carry will be different for each person, these price band numbers above are a good place start. How much does a $1,000,000 (million dollar) life insurance policy cost 2016? Company Name Annual Monthly    A.M. Best Ratings as of   2016 United of Omaha Life Insurance Company...

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Esurance Life Insurance Review

Esurance Life Insurance Review 2016 Pros:  Instant Quotes– The life insurance quote engine on Esurance’s website (which is through a third party agency called Efinancial) offers instant life insurance quotes from several of the nation’s top life insurance companies.  Offers Several Highly Rated Insurers– The quote engine on Esurance’s (Efinancial’s) website shows the prices for about a half a dozen of the top life insurers such as: American General (AIG), Voya, Transamerica, Prudential Life and Fidelity Life. Cons:  Esurance Doesn’t Offer Life Insurance– Unfortunately, for those looking for a life insurance policy with Esurance will be disappointed to learn that Esurance itself doesn’t sell life insurance.  When you request a life insurance quote on the Esurance site you get...

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John Hancock Life Insurance Review 2017

John Hancock Life Insurance Review 2017 Pros:  Financial Strength– John Hancock has an A+ (Superior) financial rating by A.M. Best (second highest of 16 possible ratings).  Stability– John Hancock has been in business for more than 150 years proving their strength and durability.  Size– John Hancock is a top ten insurer when it comes to total market share in life insurance sales. Cons:  Their website is a little confusing, especially if you are looking for information on how or whom to speak to receive a quote. Bottom Line:  John Hancock, owned by the Canadian insurance company Manulife Financial, is one of the largest life insurance companies in America by premiums and market share.  They also have an A+ Superior...

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The Best Life Insurance Companies for Sleep Apnea

This article will list the best life insurance companies for sleep apnea in 2016, whether you are compliant and using the CPAP nightly or non-compliant and only using the CPAP machine a few nights a month, or not using it at all. To begin, sleep apnea is a big rating factor when it comes to life insurance. The reason why is that if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to many health issues such as high blood pressure, heart failure, heart attack, stroke, type II diabetes, weight gain, asthma, and even auto accidents from drowsiness. A study published a few years ago showed that those with severe sleep apnea left untreated were three times more likely to have premature...

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Family Plan Life Insurance

A popular request many people have when looking for life insurance in 2016 is for a family plan life insurance policy. A family plan policy would cover everyone in the family; husband, wife and children. While there are many that want a family plan to have everyone insured all on the same policy, the fact is that it’s better to protect the family with separate policies, which can be done with the same company or with different companies. While there are companies that do offer a family plan policy such as Primerica, the rates are typically much less expensive for the husband and wife to have to have separate policies and to add the children on as a child...

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Divorce And Life Insurance 2016

An increasing need for a term life insurance policy in 2016, especially for men is to satisfy a divorce agreement, divorce settlement or divorce decree. This is because in the event of a divorce the court or the attorneys will mandate a life insurance policy be in place to protect the alimony or child support payments in the event of the premature death of the ex-spouse. To secure this requirement many people we talk to are looking for the cheapest term life insurance for a divorce settlement in 2016. Term Life Insurance for Divorce Decree – Settlement In almost all cases the type of life insurance policy that is required by the court for a divorce agreement is term...

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Life Insurance Company Ratings 2016

Life Insurance Company Ratings 2016 Whether you’re in the market for term life insurance, whole life insurance, universal life insurance, no exam life insurance or life insurance for seniors, it’s crucial to know the life insurance company ratings 2016. What are life insurance company ratings and why are they so important? The rating a life insurance company receives is an independent third party evaluation to help determine the ability of the insurance company to meet its financial obligations to the policyholder and be able to pay out future claims. There are four main rating agencies that evaluate life insurance companies; A.M. Best, S&P, Fitch and Moody’s. A.M. Best is the gold standard and the rating that most people use...

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Best No Exam Life Insurance Companies 2016

To make our list of the best no exam life insurance companies 2016 we looked at price, ratings, and approval time. The companies on our list do offer the lowest rates in America on no medical exam term life insurance in 2016. Some of the companies are household names while the others may not be as well-known. However, all of the companies on our list have an excellent financial rating or better from the number one rating agency A.M. Best. Why choose a no exam life insurance policy in 2016? There are two reasons people typically choose a no exam life insurance policy over a fully underwritten policy. First is the exam itself. The life insurance paramed exam is...

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Progressive Life Insurance Review

Progressive Life Insurance Review 2016 Pros:  Instant Quotes– The life insurance quote engine on Progressive’s website (which is through a 3rd party agency called Efinancial) offers instant life insurance quotes from several of the nation’s top life carriers.  Offers Several Highly Rated Insurers– The quote engine on Progressive’s website shows the prices for about a half a dozen of the top life insurers such as: American General (AIG), Voya, Transamerica, Prudential Life and Fidelity Life. Cons:  Progressive Doesn’t Offer Life Insurance– Unfortunately, for those looking for a life insurance policy with Progressive Casualty Insurance Company will be disappointed to learn that Progressive itself doesn’t sell life insurance.  When you request a life insurance quote on the Progressive site you get...

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Best Life Insurance Companies for Diabetics 2016

Best Life Insurance Companies for Diabetics 2016 Until recently, securing an affordable life insurance policy as a diabetic was very difficult to say the least.  Many diabetics would not qualify for life insurance or when they did the premiums would be exorbitant to compensate for increased risk of the condition.  Fortunately in 2016, certain companies have reevaluated their diabetic underwriting guidelines making it much easier and much cheaper for diabetics to secure life insurance. Best Life Insurance Companies for Diabetics 2016 The best life insurance companies for diabetics 2016 offer favorable underwriting guidelines, low premiums and are highly rated by A.M. Best.  These companies have examined the risks associated with diabetes and its impact on life expectancy and have...

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Costco Life Insurance Review

Costco Life Insurance Review 2016 Pros: Pricing– The term life insurance from Costco offered through Protective Life has great rates. Financial Strength– Protective Life Insurance has an A+ Superior rating and has been in business since 1907.   Cons: Not too many cons. However, Protective is only one life insurance company. We recommend comparing rates from multiple companies since each company has their own underwriting guidelines and pricing. Bottom Line: The life insurance product offered for Costco members through Protective Life has great pricing. With term lengths of 10-20 years, great rates and it’s though Protective Life who is one of our top 12 term life insurance companies in 2016, the Costco policy is one worth looking into. However,...

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Top 12 Term Life Insurance Companies in 2016

The Top 12 Term Life Insurance Companies in 2016 have the lowest rates, are highly rated and have great underwriting guidelines to help you get approved at the most favorable health class. The companies that made our list are the ones we trust our clients with to ensure they receive the most amount of life insurance to protect their families with a highly rated company at the best price. Not all term life insurance companies are the same in 2016. Each company underwrites you differently so it’s important to choose the right insurer. Factors such as age, medications being taking or have taken in the past, height & weight, occupation, family history, bankruptcy history, driving history, tobacco use, a criminal...

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Transamerica Life Insurance Company Review 2017

Transamerica Life Insurance Company Review 2017 Pros:  Transamerica is one of the largest life insurance companies in America in 2017.  They’ve have been in business for more than 80 years and have are A+ (Superior) rating by A.M. Best (second highest of 16 possible ratings). Transamerica also has some of the best rates, underwriting and product availability for seniors. Cons:  There aren’t too many cons with Transamerica. Bottom Line:  Transamerica is one of top 10 largest life insurance companies in America.  Transamerica is A+ superior rated and has great rates on term and universal life insurance.  Transamerica also has some of the best rates for seniors and offer longer term lengths than most insurance companies. As with all the...

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New York Life Insurance Review 2017

New York Life Insurance Review 2017 Pros:  Financial Strength– New York Life (NY Life Insurance) has the best financial rating in the country in 2017 with A++ Superior rating by A.M. Best (highest of 16 possible ratings) and a perfect 100 Comdex score (average rating from the 4 major rating agencies). There are only a few other life insurance companies in America that have a perfect financial rating (Northwestern Mutual, Knights of Columbus and Berkshire Hathaway).  New York Life has been financially strong throughout it’s history as evident they accept need bail out money during the financial crisis in 2008-2009.  History and Size– New York Life is one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the country and...

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Voya Life Insurance Review 2016

Voya Life Insurance Review 2016 Pros:  Voya Financial and it’s domestic life insurance company ReliaStar Life Insurance Company is one of the largest life insurance companies in America and top writer of term life in 2016.  Voya (ReliaStar Life Insurance Company) is one of the only insurance companies in the country that do not count family history of cancer into your rating. Voya is also favorable on blood pressure guidelines allowing 135/90 for their best rate class whereas most companies are over 85 for the bottom number. Seniors over age 61 can take be on a blood pressure medication and qualify for the best rate class.  Voya also allows a total cholesterol of 300 and hdl ratio of 5.0...

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Best Life Insurance Companies 2016

The best life insurance companies 2016 offer the lowest rates, are highly rated and have the most favorable consumer underwriting guidelines for 2016. The companies that made are list have been carefully monitored, researched and most importantly; are tried-and-true as they are the ones we trust to place our clients with.  Some of the companies are household names and the others are not as well known but are best life insurance companies in America. When looking for the right life insurance company to protect your family you want to look at price, underwriting, company history and their financial rating.  The companies on our list check all of those boxes.   Best Life Insurance Companies 2016   Prudential Life Insurance...

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Best Life Insurance Companies for High Blood Pressure 2016

Best Life Insurance Companies for High Blood Pressure 2016 High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common health concern in 2016 and many Americans are taking a blood pressure lowering medication such as Lisinopril. So when applying for life insurance in 2016 you want to look at companies that underwrite blood pressure medications favorably. To help you out I put together a list of the best life insurance companies for high blood pressure in 2016. High blood pressure (hypertension) can be a serious health condition if left untreated.  Damage to the arteries, heart, brain, and kidneys are possible repercussions of not controlling hypertension.  Fortunately, with advances in medicine, today high blood pressure is a very treatable condition and for some...

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Primerica (Prime America) Life Insurance Review 2017

Primerica (Prime America) Life Insurance Review 2017   Pros: Financial strength- Primerica has an A+ superior rating in 2017 (2nd highest of 16 available ratings from A.M. Best) and they have a good reputation for paying claims in a timely manner.  Their policies also feature a nice living Terminal Illness Benefit.  In addition, their agents are local and often friends and family. Cons:  Expensive compared to companies with an equal financial rating (See the table below).  Primerica also only offers term life insurance without the option to convert to permanent insurance.  As an alternative you can convert to a decreasing term policy at the initial health rating class you were approved for or choose annual renewable term which is...

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Top 5 Life Insurance Companies for High Cholesterol 2016

For 2016,we listed our top 5 life insurance companies for high cholesterol 2016. These companies allow a cholesterol reading up to 300 and also allow you to be on a cholesterol lowering medication such as a statin and still remain eligible their best health rate class. According to the CDC, about 33% which equates to 71 million of adults in the United States have high levels of bad cholesterol.  Nearly half of those with high cholesterol are receiving treatment and only 23 million have their cholesterol levels in check. The health problems that can result from having high cholesterol are numerous and can be very dangerous. These include the elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and...

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AARP Life Insurance Review 2016

AARP Life Insurance Review 2016 The Good: AARP’s life insurance program which is underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company, has an easy application process- only 3 health questions and no physical exam.  New York Life has an A++ A.M. Best Superior financial rating (the highest available out of 16 categories).  AARP and New York Life are very well-known trusted companies in America in 2016. The Bad:  Rates can be expensive for many applicants.  Also, the premiums increase every 5 years on their term policy and coverage ends at age 80.  In addition, as with many guarantee issue policies from various companies- many people have posted complaints online about being unaware that the guaranteed acceptance life insurance has a...

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State Farm Life Insurance Review 2016

State Farm Life Insurance Review 2016 The Pros:  Financial Strength– State Farm has the highest financial rating available in 2016; A++ (Superior) from A.M. Best.  Size– State Farm is one of the largest life insurance companies in America.  Brand Recognition– With a significant adverting presence, State Farm is a household name when it comes to insurance.  Local Agents– State Farm has local offices that you can stop into to see your agent if you have any questions. The Cons:  State Farm’s life insurance rates are typically more expensive compared to the rest of the market (see rates below).  Also, their underwriting can be more strict than many other top companies which can increase premiums or lead to a decline....

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Thrivent Financial Life Insurance Review 2017

Thrivent Financial Life Insurance Review 2017 Pros: Financial Strength & Ratings– Thrivent Financial has the highest financial rating available from the leading rating agency A.M. Best with an A++ (Superior) grade and possess a 99 out of 100 Comdex score in 2017.  Awards– Thrivent Financial for Lutherans was an honoree for The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation in 2017.  Size– Thrivent Financial is a fortune 500 company (#318) and is the largest fraternal benefit society in America with over two and a half million members. Assets– More than $116 billion. Volunteering– The organization contributed nearly $203 million and its members volunteered more than 9.3 million volunteer hours in 2015. Cons: Not too many cons with this company. Bottom Line:...

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Farmers Life Insurance Review 2016

Farmers Life Insurance Review 2016 Pros:  Local agents- Farmers uses a brick and mortar business model with local agents- which many people prefer.  Well-known- Farmers is very well known thanks to their popular television commercials.  Website- Farmers website is very user friendly and provides instant rate quotes. Cons: Price- Farmers prices are often higher compared to other insurers we reviewed.  (See table below) Bottom Line: Farmers Insurance is a household name and a top 5 auto and home insurer in America.  While their property and casualty is highly ranked, their life insurance (issued by New World Life Insurance Company) rates are higher than many of the other top companies we reviewed in 2016.  Farmers does have local agents, good...

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MassMutual Life Insurance Review 2017

MassMutual Life Insurance Review 2017 Pros:  Financial Strength– MassMutual (Mass Mutual) has the highest financial rating available in 2017 from A.M. Best with an A++ (Superior) rating. Size and Stability– MassMutual is one of the largest life insurance companies in America and have been in business for more than 160 years.  They also have consistently paid dividends to their whole life policy holders since the 1860s. Mutual Company– As the name implies, Mass Mutual is a mutual company meaning it’s owned by the policy holders. Cons:  Price– MassMutual Life Insurance is expensive for term life insurance compared to the other top life insurance companies in America (see price comparisons below).  Underwriting– Since MassMutual is a mutual company their underwriting...

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WAEPA Life Insurance Review

WAEPA Life Insurance Review Pros: The possibility of not having to complete a physical exam, although an exam may be required for some. WAEPA’s rates may be less expensive than FEGLI, for some (see chart below). WAEPA also provides the option to add a spouse for up to $250k and children up to $25k for an additional premium. WAEPA does has an additional Accidental death and dismemberment coverage added into their policies. Cons: Rates can be expensive compared to what is available on the open market, especially if you are in good health (see rates below). Also, the rates increase every 5 years (by age bracket). This is unlike the private market where the rate can be locked in...

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Term Life Insurance Review 2016

Today I wanted to do a review of term life insurance for 2016. Term life insurance is recommended by many of the top financial advisors in the country such as Suze Orman, Dave Ramsey and Clark Howard. First, let’s start off by defining what term life insurance is. Here is a great definition from Wikipedia: term life is life insurance that provides coverage at a fixed rate of payments for a limited period of time, the relevant term. After that period expires, coverage at the previous rate of premiums is no longer guaranteed. The reason why term life insurance is so popular and highly recommend by the preeminent financial advisors mentioned above is that term life insurance provides the...

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Life Insurance: MetLife vs Allstate vs State Farm vs Mutual of Omaha

Life Insurance: MetLife vs Allstate vs State Farm vs Mutual of Omaha   Today, let’s take a look at four very popular insurance companies; MetLife, Allstate, State Farm and Mutual of Omaha and compare which is the best for life insurance. Of course “best” is subjective because it’s hard to quantify the value of having a local agent that has a brick and mortar office in your neighborhood and one that you may have a close personal relationship with but we here we will compare important information such as; financial ratings, prices and length of time in business.   Rate Comparison   ($500k 20 year term) Mutual of Omaha     MetLife      State Farm     Allstate $29.97              ...

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Primerica vs. Prudential vs. MetLife vs. Mutual of Omaha vs. Protective Life

Primerica vs. Prudential vs. MetLife vs. Mutual of Omaha vs. Protective Life Some of top underwriters of term life insurance in America today are; Primerica (Prime America), Prudential, MetLife, Mutual of Omaha, and Protective Life. If you’re are in the market for life insurance and are uncertain which company is best, this article will provide some additional information, including; ratings, prices, and other key facts to assist you in your search for the best term life insurance policy to protect your family and provide you with peace of mind that life insurance provides.   Financial Ratings A.M. Best Primerica    Prudential   MetLife   Mutual of Omaha   Protective Life A+                  A+          A+            A+...

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New York Life vs. MetLife vs. Prudential vs. AIG

New York Life vs. MetLife vs. Prudential vs. AIG           In this article I wanted to compare side-by-side some of the top life insurance companies in America today. Many shoppers in the market for life insurance seek the rates from these four companies in particular; New York, MetLife, Prudential and AIG. This is because the aforementioned companies are some of the most well-known in the United States and have been in business for over 125 years. So which company is best? How are they rated? How do their rates compare? Which one should you choose? Let’s take a closer look.   Financial Rating by A.M. Best New York Life              MetLife         Prudential                  AIG A++               ...

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Prudential Life Insurance Rating 2016

Are you looking for the up to date Prudential Life Insurance Rating 2016? Then you came to the right place. First, a quick overview on life insurance ratings. There are four major rating agencies used to evaluate the financial strength of life insurance companies. Those four are; A.M. Best, Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Services and Fitch. The foremost authority and the main rating agency many insiders and agents use is A.M. Best. As a general rule, as long as an insurer is graded with an (A-) or better from A.M. Best then that company is financially sound and you shouldn’t have to worry about as far as the company being able to payout any future claims. What are...

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MetLife Life Insurance Ratings 2016

MetLife Life Insurance Ratings 2016   There are many different rating agencies in America that assess life insurance companies. The foremost authority in rating agencies is A.M. Best. This is the primary rating you should use in looking how strong the insurer is financially. There are three other “main” rating agencies which I will list below along with MetLife’s life insurance rating.   A.M. Best MetLife Life Insurance Rating 2016 A.M. Best: A+   A.M. Best Ratings Scale Secure Vulnerable A++, A+ (Superior) B, B- (Fair) A, A- (Excellent) C++, C+ (Marginal) B++, B+ (Good) C, C- (Weak)   D (Poor)   E (Under Regulatory Supervision)   F (In Liquidation)   S (Suspended)   Fitch MetLife Life Insurance Rating...

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New York Life Insurance Rating 2016

A.M. Best New York Life Insurance Rating A.M. Best 2016– A++   Secure Vulnerable A++, A+ (Superior) B, B- (Fair) A, A- (Excellent) C++, C+ (Marginal) B++, B+ (Good) C, C- (Weak)   D (Poor)   E (Under Regulatory Supervision)   F (In Liquidation)   S (Suspended)   Fitch New York Life Insurance Rating Fitch 2016- AAA   AAA: Highest credit quality. ‘AAA’ ratings denote the lowest expectation of default risk. They are assigned only in cases of exceptionally strong capacity for payment of financial commitments. This capacity is highly unlikely to be adversely affected by foreseeable events. AA: Very high credit quality. ‘AA’ ratings denote expectations of very low default risk. They indicate very strong capacity for payment...

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Accidental Death Insurance Review

Accidental death insurance pays your loved ones if your death results from an accident. Accidental death insurance will not pay out any money if death results from sickness or natural causes. Many people are not aware of the difference between an accident and a natural cause. Common Causes of Accidental Death: Car crashes Accidental Falls Poisonings Accidental Drowning Assault by Firearm Suffocation Pedestrian accident Machinery Falling Objects Choking on Food   Common Causes of Natural Death: Heart Disease Cancer Stroke Respiratory Disease Alzheimer’s Diabetes Pneumonia Kidney Disease “Old Age” Infections As you can see from the list above, those who are over the age of 40 are statistically more likely to pass away from a natural cause then an...

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Companion Life Insurance Company Review

Companion Life Insurance Company Review   Pros: Price– Companion Life Insurance Company will often have the absolute lowest rate in the state of New York. Rating– Companion has an A+ Superior financial rating from the preeminent rating agency A.M. Best. Stability– Companion Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Mutual of Omaha, a Fortune 500 company that has been in business for over 100 years. Cons: There are not too many cons with this company. Just make sure to compare rates and underwriting qualifications to make sure they are the best company for you. Bottom Line: Companion Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Mutual of Omaha, is a top tier life insurance company with an A+ Superior financial rating....

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ReliaStar Life Insurance Company of New York Review

ReliaStar Life Insurance Company of New York Review (aka Voya Financial Life Insurance New York)   Pros: Rating– ReliaStar Life Insurance of New York (a subsidiary of Voya Financial, formerly known as ING) has an A (Excellent) rating from the preeminent rating agency A.M. Best. History– ReliaStar Life Insurance has been in business since 1885 and the New York office since 1917. $200,000 Price Break– ReliaStar offers price banding discount at the $200,000 face amount, often making them the lowest priced company in the country for those looking for a $200k life policy. Underwriting– ReliaStar offers very favorable underwriting for seniors over the age of 60. Also, ReliaStar will does not hold any family history of cancer against you...

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William Penn Life Insurance Company Review

William Penn Life Insurance Company Review   Pros: Rates– William Penn will typically be in the top 5 lowest priced life insurers in the state of New York, especially for healthy people and those with diabetes or significant health conditions. Table Rates (Substandard)-William Penn uses a standard plus table rate, meaning those in below average health or those that are above normal on the build chart can qualify for lower rates. Rating– William Penn has an A+ (Superior) A.M. Best financial rating and an 94 out of 100 Comdex score making them a top insurer just like their sister company Banner Life. History– William Penn is a subsidiary of Legal & General which has been in business since the...

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US Life Insurance Company Review

US Life Insurance Company Review (Also known as US Life and The United States Life Insurance Company of New York) Pros: Rates and Underwriting– US Life will typically offer some the lowest prices on life insurance in the state of New York. Similar to William Penn, US Life offers favorable rates and underwriting especially for diabetics.  Stability– The United States Life Insurance Company (US Life) is a part of AIG- (American General) which has been in business since 1850. Cons: There aren’t too many cons with US Life. Just make sure you compare rates to ensure you are receiving the best rate. Bottom Line: The United States Life Insurance Company of New York is AIG-American General’s life insurance company...

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Life Insurance Company Ratings 2015

When choosing a life insurance company, one of the first things you need look at is an insurers A.M. Best rating.  Although it just takes a second to do, it’s vitally important to ensure that you’re choosing a life insurance company that will be able to payout any future claims.  A.M. Best is the gold standard in evaluating life insurance companies.  A general rule of thumb when choosing an insurance company is to make sure the insurer has received an A.M. Best rating of A- (Excellent) or better.   2015 A.M. Best Rating Categories   A++, A+ (Superior)– Assigned to companies that have a superior ability to meet ongoing insurance obligations. (per the opinion of A.M. Best)   A, A-...

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Best Life Insurance Companies 2015

The Best Life Insurance Companies 2015 possess all of the attributes that you need in a life insurance company.  How did a company make our Best Life Insurance Companies 2015 list?  We looked at several factors, in combination such as; the best rates in the country, combined with a high A.M Best financial rating, favorable underwriting guidelines and having a great reputation as far as paying out claims in a timely manner.  These companies have been carefully monitored, researched and most importantly; are tried-and-true as they are the ones we trust to place our clients with.    Are All Life Insurance Companies the Same? No. Every life insurance company is different from another.  There are over nine hundred plus...

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CMFG Life Insurance Company Reviews

CMFG Life Insurance Company Reviews Pros: History– CMFG Life Insurance, also known as CUNA Mutual (Credit Union National Association) had been serving credit unions since 1935.  No Physical Exam– With CMFG, Life insurance coverage amounts under $200k typically won’t require a physical exam. Cons: There aren’t too many cons with CMFG Life Insurance Company. Bottom Line: CMFG Life Insurance Company, formally known as CUNA Mutual Insurance after a company reorganization, is a dominant insurer in the niche of serving credit union members.  In 2012, the company launched the TruStage insurance program to better market specifically to credit unions.  In reviewing their rates, CMFG Life Insurance Company does have competitive pricing but won’t have the absolute lowest premium available on...

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Trustage Life Insurance Review

Trustage Life Insurance Review Pros: Size– The number of credit union members served by the TruStage insurance program totals over 15 million which includes; life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) auto insurance and homeowners insurance as well as other insurance products.  Awards– TruStage’s apparent company, CUNA Mutual Group was nominated as one of the worlds most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute.   No Medical Exam– For life insurance policies under $200,000 a medical exam typically isn’t required.  History– TruStage’s apparent company, CUNA Mutual, has been serving credit unions since 1935. Cons: Doesn’t Shop for the Lowest Rates– Trustage which is part of CUNA Mutual, only offers rates from their apparent company- CMFG Life Insurance Company.  While TruStage- CMFG...

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(NSO) Nurses Service Organization Life Insurance Review

(NSO) Nurses Service Organization Life Insurance Review Pros: Convenience– For coverage amounts of $100,000 or less a medical exam typically won’t be required.  Also the application is simple and done online. Cons: Expensive– The rates are typically much more expensive compared what is available on open market (See the price comparisons below).  Limited Amount of Coverage– The maximum size life insurance policy with Nurses Service Organization is $200,000 which may not be enough protection for some families.  Rates Increase– The rates increase every 5 years on the Group Term Life Insurance plan. Bottom Line: The life insurance available through NSO- Nurses Service Organization, underwritten by The United Stated Life Insurance Company is convenient for those looking for a policy...

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Union Plus Life Insurance Review

Union Plus Life Insurance Review Pros: Convenience– The Term-to-70 Insurance product doesn’t require a health exam for coverage amounts under $150,000.  Strike Assistance– Premiums are waived for up to 3 months if the insurered is involved a union-sanctioned strike lasting for 30 days (for eligible states and unions). Cons: Expensive– In most cases, the coverage is more costly than what is available on the open market.  Not locked in– The prices on the Term-to-70 product increase every 5 years. Limited Amount of Coverage– The largest policy available is $250,000 which may not be enough protection. Bottom Line: Life Insurance offered by Union Plus which is underwritten by The Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company is convenient for coverage amounts...

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Physicians Mutual Life Insurance Review

Physicians Mutual Life Insurance Review 2016 Pros: History– Physicians Mutual Insurance Company was founded in 1902 and in 1970, Physicians Insurance Company was established to offer life insurance.  Claims– Physicians Mutual Insurance Company pays out over $302 million in claims annually while Physicians Life Insurance Company pays out $125 million in claims annually.  Customer Service– Physicians Mutual received a 97% customer stratification score from a 2010 survey conducted by Weise Research Associates. Cons: Pricing– Their rates are not the most competitive with some of the other top life insurers on the market. (See price comparison below) Bottom Line: Physicians Mutual Insurance Company has been around since the turn of the century in 1902.  Physicians Mutual is an A (Excellent)...

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10 Year Vs. 20 Year Term Life Insurance Review

10 Year Vs. 20 Year Term Life Insurance Review Many people looking to purchase term life insurance have trouble deciding between a 10 year vs 20 year term life insurance policy.  While there are pros and cons to both, this article we break down and review the advantages and disadvantages of both to assist you in choosing the best term policy for your needs. What is Term Life Insurance? Before we begin to compare and contrast a 10 year vs. 20 year term life insurance, let’s first explain what term life insurance actually is.  Term life insurance provides life insurance protection for a specified period of time.  The coverage amount and price are fixed for the chosen term.  Term...

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Best Life Insurance Companies for Males Over 40

The best life insurance companies for males over 40 are highly rated, offer low rates and have favorable underwriting guidelines.  This will ensure you get the best policy to protect your family. Best Life Insurance Companies for Males Over 40 Once a man reaches the age of 40, most likely he has a family to support and the need for life insurance becomes very apparent.  But with so many life insurance companies out there to choose from which is the best one?  Well, here is an insider tip when it comes to life insurance, you can shop mostly on price.  Life insurance is one of the most regulated industries in America, so as long as you choose an insurer...

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Best Life Insurance Companies for Seniors Over 60

The best life insurance companies for seniors over 60 provide different policy options such as term life insurance, no-lapse universal life, simplified issue and guaranteed issue. They are also highly rated, have favorable underwriting guidelines and provide the lowest rates.  Since the life insurance needs of a senior over the age of 60 may be different than someone just starting out raising a family, it’s important to choose the right life insurance company and policy to make sure your financial obligations are take care of. Best Life Insurance Companies for Seniors Over 60 With so many different policies and companies to choose from, where do you start? We will go over the some of the most popular types of...

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Best Mortgage Life Insurance Companies

The best mortgage life insurance companies provide peace of mind that if you unexpectedly pass away your loved ones will be able to pay off the mortgage balance, erasing the burden of most people’s largest debt. Best Mortgage Life Insurance Companies 2015 While most people are familiar with how a mortgage works, choosing the best mortgage life insurance policy to protect your loved ones is not as well known.  This article will help you navigate the seas of mortgage protection and help you find one of the best mortgage insurance companies in America.   Mortgage Life Insurance Mortgage life insurance is a product typically sold by the mortgage lender or other specialty insurance company that pays off your mortgage...

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Alfa Life Insurance Review

ALFA Life Insurance Review Pros: Competitive Pricing– We found Alfa Insurance to have competitive life insurance rates, specifically on their 20 and 30 year term policies.  Convenience– Alfa Insurance is a full-service insurance company offering auto, home, farm, business, health, dental, watercraft, flood, umbrella, church and life insurance.  Many people find it much more convenient to have all their insurances with one company.  Stable– Alfa has been around since 1946 and has more than 1 million polices inforce. Website– Alfa’s website provides instant rate quotes and is also; simple, clean and easy to navigate. Cons: Their 10-year term rates were not the most competitive in our research. Bottom Line: Alfa Insurance has been around for over a half a...

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Unum Life Insurance Review

Unum Life Insurance Review Pros: History– Unum has been in business since 1848. Market Leader– Unum has been one the nation’s largest disability and voluntary benefits insurance companies for nearly four decades.  Awards– In 2013, Unum made Forbes list of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies. Cons: Unum doesn’t have the least expensive rates for individual life coverage. (See price comparison below) Bottom Line: Unum is the top disability insurance company and the leading provider of employee benefit solutions in the United States.  In reviewing their individual life insurance rates, underwritten by Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company they were not the least expensive available.  The bottom line as with as with all the companies we review, we recommend that...

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Columbian Life Insurance Company Review

Columbian Life Insurance Company Review Pros: Stability– Columbian Mutual Life Insurance Company was established in 1882, making them a company your family can rely on.  Products– Columbian has a wide selection of life insurance products including their popular final expense policy that allows for a rider of level term insurance on the insured’s children, grandchildren or great grandchildren. Cons: We found their term life insurance rates to be expensive compared to what is available on the open market. (See the price comparison table below) Bottom Line: Columbian Life Insurance Company was founded over 130 years ago in Brooklyn, New York.  This longevity from an insurer is reassuring when purchasing a life insurance policy to protect your family.  Columbian Life...

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Security Mutual Life Insurance Review

Security Mutual Life Insurance Review Pros: History– Security Mutual Life was founded in 1886 proving they are a company your family can depend on in the future.  Dividends– For the past 122 years, Security Mutual Life paid a dividend to its policyholders. Cons: Their term life insurance rates are not the least expensive available. (See Price Comparison Table Below) Bottom Line: Security Mutual Life, which is now Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (after a name change in 1960), is a stable life insurance company headquartered in New York that has been around for the past 128 years. They offer a wide selection of insurance products to help their clients meet their financial goals.  As with all...

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Group Life Insurance Review

Group Life Insurance Review Pros: Free Coverage– Most employers offer (1x) your annual salary of complimentary or very inexpensive life insurance as part of the group benefit package.  This type of coverage is a great deal and you definitely shouldn’t turn it down.  Convenience- The additional life insurance beyond the free group coverage (called voluntary life insurance or supplemental life insurance) typically doesn’t require a medical exam.  Minimal Underwriting– The supplemental life insurance through your employer typically has less underwriting making it a viable option for someone who may be uninsurable elsewhere. Cons: Expensive– The additional life insurance through your employer is typically much more expensive compared to what is available on the open market (see price comparison tables...

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MTL Insurance Company Review

MTL Insurance Company Pros: History– MTL Insurance Company has been around for over 100 years proving they are strong, stable life insurance company.  Cons: Their term life insurance rates are not the cheapest available. (See table below) Bottom Line: MTL Insurance Company formerly; Mutual Trust Life Insurance Company is known as “The Whole Life Insurance Company” as its specialty product is participating whole life insurance.  MTL has been around since 1904 and develops, underwrites and services individual life insurance and annuity products.  In comparing their term life insurance rates to the rest of the market they were not the cheapest.  As with all the companies we review, we recommend that you receive a quote from MLT Insurance Company and...

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Baltimore Life Insurance Company Review

Baltimore Life Insurance Company Review Pros: Stability– Baltimore Life has been in business for over 130 years and is the thirty-sixth oldest life insurance company in the U.S.  Cons:  Their term rates are not the most competitive and their A.M. Best rating is not in the A- (Excellent) or better category that see with many of the companies we review. Bottom Line: The Baltimore Life Insurance Company has been around since 1882 and has met their financial obligations (paid out claims) to their policyholders for the past 130 years.  Baltimore Life provides a variety of life insurance products to meet almost any need, including their popular life insurance solutions for seniors.  However, their financial rating of B++ is a...

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Royal Neighbors of America Review

Royal Neighbors of America Review Pros: History– Royals Neighbors of America was has been in business since the late nineteenth century and has a track record of stability. Variety of Products– Royal Neighbors Life Insurance offers an impressive selection of products that include: term life, whole life, universal life, annuities and popular final expense policies that offer an immediate underwriting decision at the point of sale. Cons: Royal Neighbors has competitive rates but often not the absolute lowest. Bottom Line: Royal Neighbors of America was founded by women over one hundred years ago and today is one of the largest women run life insurance companies in America.  RNA has an impressive selection of life insurance product offerings.  The bottom...

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Country Financial Life Insurance Review

Country Financial Life Insurance Review Pros: Size– Country Financial is ranked at #668 in 2014 on the Fortune 1000 list with $3.4 billion in revenues.  Local Agents– Country Financial employs the local agent business model which many people still prefer.  Variety of Products– True to their roots, Country Financial still offers farm and crop insurance in addition to the traditional; auto, home, renter’s, commercial, disability, life and commercial insurance. Rating– Country Life Insurance Company has an A+ (Superior) financial rating from the preeminent rating agency A.M. Best. Cons: Their life insurance rates are not the cheapest compared to what is available on the open market. (See the Price Comparison Table Below) Bottom Line: Country Financial is a highly rated...

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American Family Life Insurance Review 2016

American Family Life Insurance Review 2016 Pros: Discounts– American Family Insurance offers a five percent discount on their auto insurance rates if you or a member of your household has both an auto and life insurance policy with them. Variety of Life Insurance Products– American Family Insurance offers a wide range of life insurance policy options including: no medical exam life insurance, term life insurance, universal and whole life insurance.  Local Agents– American Family Life Insurance still uses a local agent business model.  Many consumers still prefer to conduct business with someone face to face with a brick and mortar office in their community. Size– American Family Insurance is a Fortune 500 company (#373 in 2014) with revenues in...

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National Western Life Insurance Review

National Western Life Insurance Review Pros: Stock Price– National Western Life Insurance Company is financially strong with an A (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best and a current stock price (as of this writing) is $247.83 a share. Advanced Product Offerings– NWL offers a diverse selection of life insurance interest sensitive life insurance products and annuity contracts for asset accumulation and retirement needs. Cons: Their term life insurance rates are not the most competitive available.  (See table below) Bottom Line: National Western Life Insurance Company has been around since 1956 and is a financially strong insurer that has an A (Excellent) rating from the preeminent rating agency A.M. Best.  National Western Life caters more to wealthy individuals as many of...

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