Retirees and Life Insurance: 2 Common Myths

September 25, 2018

 

Approaching retirement? If so, you may be in the process of evaluating your financial strategy and making adjustments. Perhaps you’re making changes to your investment portfolio or developing a retirement budget. Maybe you’re planning on when to file for Social Security or whether you should work part time in retirement. The years before retirement are often a busy but exciting time.

 

You may want to review your life insurance policies as part of this strategy. If you’re like most people, you’ve acquired various policies over the years. Many people purchase life insurance to protect their spouse, kids and other loved ones in the event of their death.

 

In retirement, you may feel like you no longer need life insurance. In fact, many retirees cancel their policies for a variety of reasons. However, there may be good reason to keep your life insurance or even increase your coverage. Below are two common reasons why retirees ditch their life insurance, and why these reasons may not be correct. If these ideas sound familiar, you may want to reconsider.

 

My kids are grown, so I no longer need life insurance.

 

Many people buy life insurance primarily to protect their dependents. What happens, though, if you no longer have any dependents? If your children have grown and moved out, you may be in this position. If you’re an empty nester with significant assets and little debt, life insurance may seem unnecessary.

 

However, you may not want to cancel those policies just yet. Life insurance can still serve a useful purpose in retirement, especially if the policy has accumulated cash value. You can use that cash value as an emergency reserve or supplemental income source. You may even be able to take tax-efficient loans or withdrawals from the policy in retirement.

 

You can also redirect the purpose of the death benefit. Just because it was originally intended to protect your young children doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Consider using the policy to fund college for your grandchildren or to leave a charitable legacy.

 

My spouse will have plenty of assets after I pass away.

 

If you’ve been saving for retirement for several decades, you may currently have more assets than you’ve ever had in your life. Surely those assets will be sufficient for both you and your spouse. If that’s the case, there’s no need to leave life insurance for your spouse, right?

 

Not necessarily. Retirement can span several decades. It’s very possible that your assets may not last as long as you expect. You may spend more than you’d planned, or the financial markets could take a downturn. You may face significant medical and long-term care costs in the final years of your life, and those costs could deplete your assets.

 

Life insurance gives your spouse a boost in assets upon your death. He or she can use that money to fund living expenses, provide gifts to family or pay for his or her own long-term care. If you pass away relatively early in retirement, your spouse may need to support himself or herself for many more years. Life insurance could help your spouse overcome that challenge.

 

Ready to review your life insurance as you head into retirement? Contact us at Bridgeriver Advisors for more information. We can help you analyze your policies and your needs and develop a strategy. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.

 

 

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