Rob West

Who Needs Life Insurance?

December 11, 2020
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1 Timothy 5:8 says, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” This verse speaks to the wisdom of having life insurance, but does everyone need it? Today, host Rob West and Steve Moore discuss the necessity of life insurance.


·      If you’re the breadwinner of the house, you’ll want a term policy that covers your working years, usually with a death benefit 10 to 12 times your salary. The term of the policy should cover the years when children are still at home or away at school.


·      A stay-at-home parent needs a term policy to cover the cost of paying someone else to do what they do to care for their children, during the years when children need care at home.


·      A divorced parent would need a term policy if they’re making child support payments, in order to cover the years of child support and provide for the child.


·      You need life insurance if you cosigned a loan for someone or if someone cosigned a loan for you. The benefit should cover the cost of that debt, and a term policy is best as you can time it to end when the debt is paid off.


·      Someone with a mortgage would need a term policy because the death benefit would pay off the mortgage, so your family won’t have to move if you die.


·      Someone who’s made the maximum contributions to all of their qualified retirement plans, but still has money left to invest, could use a whole life policy because it builds value over time and can add to your retirement savings.


·      Individuals who haven’t saved for their funeral expenses could get a small whole life policy to cover it.


·      The parent of a special-needs child can benefit from whole life insurance because their child will need financial support after they die, and a whole life policy can provide for those needs without you having to worry about the term ending.


Here are a couple of questions we answered from our callers on today’s program:


·      I recently retired unexpectedly and I’m going to be selling my home. I should get about $150k out of it. Should I wait until January to sell it because it’ll put me in a higher tax bracket if I do it sooner?


·      I have two young ladies in my office who need to know more about budgeting. What resources would you recommend that I can get them started on? (Rob recommends the MoneyWise app).


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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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