Rob West

4 Ways to Buy Term Life Insurance

November 4, 2020
00:00 24:57

When you’re buying a car, you probably look at everything in your price range. Having a wide selection is usually a blessing, but it can be confusing when you’re buying term life insurance.

There are several ways to buy term insurance that protects your loved ones and the Internet has added another layer of complexity. Today, financial planner and teacher Rob West walks us through the selection process. Then it’s your calls at 800-525-7000. 


•          We almost always tell people to choose term over whole life policies, but now we want to share the different ways you can do that. 

•          One way is buying directly from a company. This is for folks who like to deal with an older, established insurer and most of the big name insurance companies would fit into this category. Many of these companies have been around for more than a century and have great stability. When you buy through them you’ll probably have to deal with an agent on the phone who’ll take you through the process.

•          Another way would be to use a comparison site. This would be for folks who want to price shop “in a hurry.”

•          You can also buy a policy through a new company or brand that’s associated with one of the bigger, legacy insurance companies. They’re for folks who don’t want the hassle of talking to an agent and would rather apply for a policy online.

•          The last way is great for people who want life insurance without having a medical exam. It’s called “Simplified Term” or “Instant Issue.” Several smaller companies specialize in this type of policy, but several of the larger, legacy insurers offer at least one simplified term policy. These are great for people with pre-existing conditions who want access to life insurance.

•          You need life insurance if someone else, usually a spouse or children, need your income. It’s intended to replace lost income should something happen to you. If you don’t have any dependents, you don’t need life insurance.


Here are some questions we answered from our callers on today’s program:


•           My wife and I are getting married in April. Should we buy a condo with savings, or rent for a while and save some more?

•           I have 15K in debt, 80K left on my mortgage. Should I take money out of retirement to pay off debt?

•           My wife and I are debt free. We have chosen to not have homeowner’s insurance. Is this wise?

•           I am about to receive a settlement. Should we pay off our home or invest?


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About Rob West

Rob West is the host of the nationally syndicated radio programs MoneyWise and The MoneyWise Minute heard on more than 900 radio outlets each day. Rob also serves as the President of Kingdom Advisors, an international community of financial professionals who are specialists in delivering biblically wise financial advice. Rob serves as primary spokesperson for the organization and gives leadership to organizational strategy.

A radio veteran, Rob previously co-hosted a live, call-in, financial radio program with his father from 1998 through 2008 at WAFG, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rob has dedicated his professional career to working at the intersection of faith and finance having led a successful faith-based financial services firm, serving as the host of several radio programs on a biblical approach to finance, and speaking frequently on the topic. Rob and his wife, Julie, live in Marietta, GA with their four children.


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