What Is The Value Of Human Life?

You may not want to put a price tag on it.  But if we really had to, most of us would agree that the value of a human life would be priceless.

“It is established that the protection of one’s family, or those near to him, is the one thing most to be desired, and there is no medium of protection that is better than life insurance.”     Calvin Coolidge

Yes, life insurance.  Americans are purchasing less and less life insurance as a means of thrift, the tradeoff, lack of protection for their loved ones.  Large portions of Americans are doing their financial planning and risk management in reverse.  Most risk management and asset protection strategies focus on protecting the golden eggs (autos, homes, possessions, etc.) rather than protecting the golden goose (the human life).

Ideally and for most practical purposes, we purchase life insurance to replace intrinsic or economic value, not to meet our actual needs and goals.  Why is it then we get so far off track when it comes to insuring the economic value of our lives, the greatest asset of all?  There are many reasons, such as:

No one wants to talk about the greatest risk of them all:  premature death.  Yet it is the greatest risk we all face.

Few people understand the versatility of life insurance as a multifaceted financial product, which is not just a death benefit, but also a wonderful financial tool being actively used by the country’s banks, corporations, and wealthy individuals.  Permanent life insurance is being consistently used throughout the strongest sections of our national economy.

The majority of people do not reject the value of human life concept or the wonderful economic benefits of permanent life insurance once they understand it.  The problem comes down to cost and education.  It behooves you to work with a high-end life insurance planner for viable strategies, which enable them to structure the correct cash flow techniques to purchase it.  Most often, it is just a question of repositioning wealth transfers to maximize the efficiency for the consumer.  The benefits being; liquidity, safety and rate of return as well as potential tax advantages with no strings attached (this has, is, being used by many wealthy and more recently financially minded middle-class in the United States as an legacy, estate and tax planning strategy.)

“If I had my way I would write the word insurance over the door of every house because I am convinced that for the sacrifices which are inconceivably small, families can be secured against catastrophes which could otherwise smash them up forever.”     Winston Churchill

Are you confused about life insurance?  There are many types of life insurance:  whole life, permanent life, term life, universal life and of course the dreaded variable life insurance.  Some life insurance policies have cash values while others don’t.  Some invest that cash value in the stock market while others pay a fixed rate of interest.  Some insurance policies combine all of these ideas.

Historically, permanent life insurance maximizes economic benefits better than any other financial product in the marketplace.  Life insurance is the only financial product with feelings.  That is right, feelings.  It contains emotion and deep seated expressions of love.  Your need answer is different than your want answer when you consider what you want to leave your most cherished loved ones.  Wouldn’t that be true?

If you have not reviewed the benefits of life insurance as a living benefit as well as a death benefit, then your policy may not be structured properly.

“A man who does not believe in life insurance deserves to die once without it.”     Will Rogers

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About Paul Nichols

Paul is the founder of Financial Abundance, a Registered Investor Advisory firm and EDI, an Estate Planning Firm with offices in State College and Lewisburg. He has been working with individuals, families and businesses for over twenty years, including many Fortune 500 companies. He has educated tens of thousands of people through seminars, workshops and various international speaking engagements where he shared the stage with many notable individuals such as Ronald Reagan, Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad), Mike Ditka, General Schwarzkopf, and Newt Gingrich to name a few.

In 2000, after many years of traveling to consult companies and individuals, Paul decided to relocate from Colorado to State College, PA (his wife’s hometown) to develop a local advisory firm.

Paul operates under the core belief that education plus understanding leads to clarity and confidence; resulting in peace of mind. He is a proud father of three and devoted husband of 20 plus years.

Some of Paul’s accomplishments:
Regular contributor to the Centre Daily Times, via the “It’s Your Money” blog
Featured in the movie Navigating the Fog of Investing
Regular contributor to Town & Gown as the publications Investor Coach
Host of the weekly iTunes Podcast, It’s Your Money
Member of the Western PA Better Business Bureau
Member of the Centre County Chamber of Business and Industry