At the risk of contradicting the popular belief, I truly think that life is not a series of accidents waiting to happen. Life is full of certainties – the certainty of marriage, having a child, educating the child, retiring, etc.

Instead of worrying about things that most likely won’t happen, it’s important to focus on life events that certainly ‘will’.

 

 

Life Insurance plays a crucial role in achieving financial goals during each of these ‘certain’ life stages. What truly sets life insurance apart is the fact that financial goals are met even in the absence of the individual.

In an unfortunate event of an untimely demise, it does not dismiss oneself from financial commitments and a life insurance product ensures exactly, that.

Life insurance products are arguably the only investment option that effectively help meet long-term financial goals during each life stage. A few important ones have been listed below:

 

1. You Will Certainly Enter the Workforce

 

During this phase, you’re young and have just started working. At the same time, parents are excited that their investment in children is about to reap the returns.

This is the time to protect yourself and protect parent’s dreams by investing in a long-term pure protection plan. The early entry age will ensure that you pay low premiums.

 

2. You Will Certainly Get Married and Have Children

 

This is the most important phase of financial planning because your income has increased during this phase and so have your dreams and responsibilities. It is important to wisely utilize the surplus funds available for various life events.

Do not plan sequentially for one life event at a time. The need of the hour is to intelligently list all critical, high-cost financial goals and simultaneously allot money while increasing the contribution as income rises.

Child plans can help you here by offering regular guaranteed payouts for financing your child’s dream.

 

3. You Will Certainly Retire

 

At 50, it is important to channelize all that surplus and the future savings into a retirement plan. Post-retirement, make sure you buy the right annuity that meets your specific need.

2/3rd of the corpus should necessarily be invested in an annuity plan; the balance 1/3rd should be parked in a low-risk, short-term investment for any emergencies that may arise.

In summary, the life-stages may differ from person to person but being financially smart through each life-stage is critical. While I understand that some people may choose to have children later in life, a few others might want to retire early.

But understanding your financial goals in relation to how you see your life pan out, is essential so that you are equipped to take on the new responsibilities that come with each life stage.

It is important that one doesn’t ‘fail to plan’ unless, of course, one ‘plans to fail’.


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Rushabh Gandhi

A traditionalist who enjoys questioning conventions, Rushabh Gandhi is a veteran in the Indian banking and insurance sector.

After spearheading the company’s Sales & Marketing department for three years, Rushabh went on to become the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of IndiaFirst Life.

Prior to joining IndiaFirst Life, he was Director – Sales at Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance.

His expertise in sales, business development and distribution strategy, led him to contribute significantly to the establishment of successful sales models for all the brands he was associated with.

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