Archive for the ‘Insurance’ Category

On Longevity Insurance - Do You Feel Lucky?

On Longevity Insurance – Do You Feel Lucky?

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Insurance

For starters, I hate most insurance products that purport to replace investment products. But I had not heard of longevity insurance until this week, so I decided to check it out. Here’s the concept: Pay a big lump sum to an insurance company now (before retirement), in order to draw on a hefty fixed income [&hellip

Guest Post: Don't Buy Too Much Insurance!

Guest Post: Don’t Buy Too Much Insurance!

By Lars Kroijer | Blog Posts, Insurance, Personal Finance

Editor’s Note:  Lars Kroijer, semi-regular contributor here and author of Investing Demystified, offers one of the two most important principles of Insurance: Namely, don’t buy too much of it. In this post he uses the simple example of auto insurance – which because of state laws in the US we must buy – to argue [&hellip

On Insurance, Part III - Life Insurance Calculations

On Insurance, Part III – Life Insurance Calculations

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Insurance, Personal Finance

I previously argued that insurance is useful for risk transfer, but less attractive as an investment.  I also think that under certain conditions – such as responsibility for minor children or limited savings, you need life insurance.  I thought a quick post using compound interest calculations could help illustrate why life insurance can be an [&hellip

On Insurance, Part II - The Good, The Optional, & The Bad

On Insurance, Part II – The Good, The Optional, & The Bad

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Insurance, Personal Finance

Please see my previous post, on Insurance as Risk Transfer Only Good uses of insurance Car insurance – mandatory and necessary, appropriately transfers risk of sudden damage to car or bodily health away from you to a company that can spread that risk around. Homeowners and renters insurance – similarly transfers risk of catastrophic damage [&hellip

On Insurance, Part I - Risk Transfer Only

On Insurance, Part I – Risk Transfer Only

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Insurance, Personal Finance

Insurance has one purpose, and one purpose only.  Remembering that purpose will keep you from expensive insurance ‘solutions.’  The purpose of insurance is risk transfer. For the rest of your life, insurance salespeople will try to sell you the idea that you can both increase your wealth and protect against risk at the same time. [&hellip