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What is an Insurance policy?

What is an insurance policy?

An Insurance policy is a legally binding contract between an insurer and the insured designed to provide financial protection against potential future losses, with insurers promising compensation for certain types of damages or losses that may occur.

In the Canadian market, there are several kinds of insurance policies available catering to both individuals, businesses and other entities. The spectrum ranges from life insurance plans offering financial security after death to property insurance safeguarding your personal belongings against unforeseen events.

 

What are the types of Insurance policies?

You'll find myriad forms of insurance offerings in Canada tailored to suit specific requirements and risks associated with personal and business assets. From life/health/car/auto/travel/business/homeowners' insurances, each serves a unique purpose and offers distinct benefits.  Let's delve into few:

This type provides beneficiaries monetary relief upon the demise insured person, helping them manage funeral expenses and debts left behind.

All these cater different aspects our lives:

  • Life: Life insurance can help your loved ones deal with the financial impact of your death. The death benefit paid from a life insurance policy is a tax-free, lump-sum amount that can be used to: replace your income so your family can maintain their standard of living. provide for your children or dependents.
  • Auto: Covers damages caused auto accidents, theft, etc.
  • Travel: Ensures safety when traveling outside province country
  • Business: Protects businesses possible disasters like fires/thefts etc.
  • Homeowner's: Insures homeowners' properties against theft of natural calamities.

These instill peace of mind knowing they're financially protected should any unfortunate event transpire.

Understanding insurance policies in Canada is crucial for financial security. They offer protection against potential losses, with various types like life, property, auto and business insurances available. Remember: premiums keep your policy active; deductibles are out-of-pocket costs before coverage kicks in; and coverage limits define maximum payouts.

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How do Insurance policies work?

There are many different types of life insurance and the type we are speaking about is participating dividend-paying whole life insurance where you’ll find a unique blend of death benefit coverage and guaranteed cash value accumulation. This combination offers both living and death benefits.

This type of policy stands out due to its financing characteristics and contractual guarantees.  In addition, you also become a Co-Owner of the Life Insurance Company (when dealing with a mutual company) and participate in the form of annual dividends, which once declared, are contractually guaranteed to be paid, cannot be repossessed or lose value, and do not trigger a taxable event when utilize to purchase fully paid up additions to the policy at no additional cost.

Such profit sharing is absent in non-participating policies where surpluses are typically absorbed back into company coffers.

Besides annual dividends, other attractive features are that these policies come with a guaranteed permanent death benefit, and guaranteed daily cash value accumulation, which you can borrow against, on demand, on your terms.

To understand how dividends are generated, the life company considers factors such as mortality rates, expenses incurred, and the overall return on investments. When these result in excess earnings for the insurance company, a portion of the surplus is distributed to participating policy owners as dividends and the remainder becomes “owner’s equity”.

Who are the “Owners”?  When dealing with a mutual life insurance company, the sole beneficiaries of the divisible surplus + owners equity are the participating policy owners.  The term life, disability, critical illness, universal life policy holders do NOT participate in the divisible surplus generated by the Life Insurance Company because they’re not co-owners.

Much like anything, it’s important to work with an expert when evaluating where to begin or when to expand your system of policies.  Since 2008, Ascendant Financial Inc., are Canada's Gold Standard in educating you about the placement of dividend paying whole life insurance and the process of Becoming Your Own Banker using Infinite Banking concept.

Remember, no two policy contracts are alike, hence understanding the specific features associated with yours goes far toward maximizing its advantages.

How much is the average insurance policy premium?

average insurance policy premium

You decide the premium amount to begin with.  That being true, the death benefit must have merit and that is another sharp example of why it’s important to work with an expert.

If you are looking into dividend-paying participating whole life insurance, to decide what works best for you, schedule a time to connect with the right person on our Team who can guide you to a suitable decision.

What is the Policy period of an Insurance policy?

An insurance policy period is a specific duration of time during which a policy is in force and provides coverage to the insured person or entity. This period is defined by the insurance contract. It usually begins on the effective date of the policy and ends at its expiration date. The length of the policy period depends on the type and terms of insurance negotiated between the insured party and the insurance provider.

For example, the period of an auto insurance policy could be one year. The period of a health insurance plan could be a month, or even a calendar year. To avoid gaps in coverage, it's important that the insured understands the policy period. The insured may be able to renew their policy for a longer period of time, depending on the terms and conditions set by the insurance provider.

Since we focus on the placement of participating dividend-paying whole life, the policy period  is sometimes referred to as ‘whole life coverage' or ‘lifetime coverage' because it continues until the life insured passes away. The Life Carrier will pay the death benefit upon the death of the life insured to the designated beneficiaries. The total cash value of the policy is contractually guaranteed to match the total death benefit by age one hundred (100) of the life insured.  This means that everyday the life insured is aging closer to 100, the total cash value increases, and it cannot go backward. 

What are the Policyholder obligations of an Insurance Policy?

Policyholder obligations of an Insurance Policy

In an insurance policy, policyholder obligations refer to the responsibilities that the policyholder must fulfill in order to maintain coverage and receive benefits. These obligations vary depending on the type and amount of insurance. However, some common policyholder duties include:

Payment of the minimum required Premiums: A policyholder's primary obligation is to pay insurance premiums according to the policy. The premiums can be paid at different frequencies, including monthly, quarterly, annual, etc. It is important to pay premiums on time in order to keep your policy active.

When applying for an insurance policy, the policyholder must provide accurate information. This includes information about the policyholder, their property, their health, and any other relevant details that the insurer uses to determine the risk level and set the premium rate.Notifying Changes. If any information relevant changes during the period of the policy (e.g. address, marital status or other factors which may affect the policy), then the policyholder must inform the insurance company immediately.Policy Terms: The policyholder must adhere to the terms and conditions stated in the insurance contract. This includes adhering to any requirements or exclusions specified in the policy.Some insurance policies may require the policyholder to take precautions to reduce risks. In property insurance, for example, the policyholder might be required to take safety measures to avoid damage or loss.Cooperation with Insurance Company: If a claim is filed, the policyholder must cooperate with the insurer during the claims process. This could include providing the necessary documentation, proof, or information in support of the claim.Renewal of Insurance Policy: If an insurance policy is renewable then the policyholder must review the terms and decide whether or not to continue coverage.

Can I cancel or modify my Insurance policy?

Yes, you possess the contractual authority to forfeit / surrender the policy at any time.  While there are certain reasons that might prompt you to cancel or modify your insurance policy, we do not ever recommend canceling participating dividend-paying whole life insurance policies.

There are several flexible options to make adjustments throughout your lifetime without the necessity of surrendering.  Again, we encourage you to work an expert, someone with a high degree of knowledge regarding your options.

With that being said, if you are in a tight financial situation, before taking any action to modify or cancel your policy, we recommend you speak to your Advisor to collaborate on the best way forward.

What are the Policyholder rights on an Insurance policy?

It's essential to understand that Life Insurance companies are highly regulated in order to protect you as the policy owner. In essence, when you buy an insurance product such as this one, it is a unilateral binding contract.  Your obligation is to pay the premium, and the Life Insurance Company’s obligation is to fulfill all of the contractual guarantees and to administer your policy accordingly.  Understanding your rights as a consumer is paramount.

What is the difference between an Insurance policy and a contract?

An insurance policy is a list of terms and conditions that do not relate to a specific person, item, or interest. A contract of insurance, on the other hand, creates contractual obligations. Insurance contracts are governed by contract law. In summary, an insurance policy may set out the terms of the relationship between the parties of an insurance contract. However, it is the insurance contract itself that has legal consequences, and therefore must be interpreted to determine the rights and obligations of the parties.

 

FAQs in Relation to Insurance Policy

An insurance policy is a contract between an insurer and the insured, offering financial protection against potential future losses.

A participating dividend-paying whole life insurance is one type of permanent life insurance that provides both death benefit coverage and cash value accumulation.

he primary purpose of an insurance policy is to provide financial security against unforeseen events or damages, reducing economic uncertainty for individuals or businesses.

The three key components include: premium (the cost), deductible (out-of-pocket expense before coverage kicks in), and coverage limit (maximum amount insurer will pay).

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