Hi Mr Tan,
I've been reading your website with interest recently, and I noticed that you do not believe in the need for life insurance after the age of 65. I understand your point of view that as the kids have probably grown up already and you are retired with your nest egg funds and no need for the coverage.
However, I have the following view. If I have already saved up enough money for my retirement without the need to surrender my life plan which I started at a young age (thus high coverage and cash value), wouldn't you think it would be better for the family to have that whole sum? I'm assuming life plans cover death up to age 99.
Example, I buy a whole life plan since I'm 21, with death coverage of $200,000. Upon age 65, cash value may be another $200,000. If I do not need the money, I could just leave it there, paying my insurance charges, and assuming I die age 70, my family will have sum assured $200,000 + cash value $200,000, therefore = $400,000 instead of me terminating the policy at age 65, withdraw the money and place in fixed deposits for the next 5 years until iIpass away at age 70?
Please correct me if I'm wrong in any of the assumptions I've made, but what I'm trying to say is that, leaving the money for my next generation through insurance may be another way to look at it instead of the simplistic approach of terminating all my policies once I reach age 65. It should all depends on individuals.
Thanks for your time, and hope to hear your point of view.
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As you have already taken a whole life policy, you can continue with it and leave the proceeds to your children, especially if you have sufficient money to meet your own needs. For young people who are not so well off, it is better to buy term insurance for 20 to 30 years, and invest their savings in a low cost investment fund.
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