Insurance companies range from industry giants to small companies. So once you’ve made the decision to purchase a policy, how do you know if the company you choose is the right one.
Here are some tips to help you choose:
Doing some homework.
You want to be sure you can rely on the company you choose. Even though insurance companies are required by law to maintain large reserves to guarantee they can meet their future obligations, it’s always smart to do some homework before making a choice.
Check out a company’s ratings.
Several companies conduct financial analyses of insurance companies and their reports can be accessed online. Remember that a company’s rating is just one of several factors to look at before making a choice. Don’t automatically assume you should buy from the higher-rated company. If the policy from another company has more of the features you’re looking for, it might be the better choice.
Does size matter in your choice?
Most of the largest insurance companies have been in business for decades. When a company has been in business that long, you can be fairly certain that it understands the complexities of the insurance business, knows how to manage risk and grow assets, and has a history meeting long-term financial obligations. It will be a good choice, but many small companies have also been around for a long time.
Seek assistance from an insurance professional.
Most people buy life insurance through agents or brokers, and for good reason: Determining how much and what kind of insurance to buy is one of the most important financial decisions you’ll ever make, but it’s also one of the most complicated. A qualified insurance professional will conduct a thorough insurance needs analysis and provide you with policy and choice of company recommendations that are based not just on knowledge of company ratings, but on personal dealings with the companies.
The Bottom Line.
The “right company” for you to choose, is the one that provides you with appropriate recommendations, products and prices, has a record of outstanding customer service, and the financial capacity to meet its financial obligations to you and your beneficiaries when they come due.