What does the term Insurance mean?
Insurance is like a financial guard or protection against any possible event or a range of events. It is an arrangement or coverage by which the insurance company or insurer provides a guarantee of compensation for some specified loss, death of breadwinner, some kind of permanent disability, property damage, critical illness, or in return for payment of a specified premium. In any of such above mentioned occurrences, the insurance company or insurer from whom we bought our policy will have to pay us an agreed amount to cover some of our losses. It is the work of an Insurance Agent or Financial Adviser to look after our policy from the beginning and guide and help us throughout the period when we hold the policy to him.
Why do we need Insurance
We all work for a good life and to fulfill our dreams and live for our loved ones. Naturally, because insurance is all about providing financial safety to ourselves and our family, protecting business from financial loss or liabilities etc it is such an important component of our financial planning. That is why we need to insure our life and our assets. This helps us to enjoy financial security, reduce stress during hard times and also secures the financial future for our family members after the death of the breadwinner.
Types of Insurance –
- Life Insurance – Life insurance also known as life cover or life assurance is a policy or a contract between the policy holder and an insurer or where the former chooses the amount of coverage, time period and pays his premiums either monthly or annually. In return, his family has the reassurance from the insurer to pay the designated beneficiary a sum of money upon the death of an insured person when a valid claim is made. With this money the grieving family will get some financial help like they can pay the household bills, take care of the child-care costs or pay any debt if there were any etc.
- Health Insurance – An unexpected event like critical illness, disability, trauma or accident, may leave us with some financial loss. Health insurance covers the risk of a person incurring medical expenses in whole or in part. It covers the cost of the insured’s medical and surgical expenses. However, depending on the type of health insurance coverage the person have he will either have to pay the costs out of his pocket and later he will be reimbursed or the insurer makes payments directly to the respective authority i.e hospital etc.
- General Insurance – General insurance is the insurance that covers tangible assets that are susceptible to damages like fire, marine, damages to car, accident, damage to house. Hence it is called as non-life insurance policies too. General insurance products are bought as they provide protection against unforeseeable contingencies. In this type of insurance too, products come at a price in the form of premium. If any of the above mentioned events happens, then the insurance company have to pay the client an agreed amount to cover some or all of the losses. In such cases, it is the duty of the Insurance Agent or Financial Adviser to help and guide us throughout the process.
- Vehicle Insurance – A vehicle is often expensive and we all want to protect it. Vehicle insurance is insurance for different types of road vehicles like – our cars, bikes, trucks, motorcycles. This gives financial protection against physical damage after an accident or damages due to traffic collisions etc. Hence depending on what coverage we select, vehicle insurance will be paying to repair for our vehicle.
- Critical illness insurance – This is an insurance to cover expenses of any critical illness. As per the contract the Insurance Company has to make a lump sum cash payment if the policyholder is diagnosed with one of the specific illnesses as mentioned in the predetermined list of policy papers. Such illness includes paralysis, stroke, severe burns, heart attack, any surgical procedure, cancer, coma etc.
- Home Insurance – This insurance is also called homeowner’s insurance. It gives coverage to the losses and damages of the policy holder’s house and the assets in his home. It is a type of property insurance that covers a private residence. Such damages include which are caused by fires, theft, explosion, lightning strikes, household apparatus etc. However, all natural disasters are not covered by home insurance like damage caused by earthquakes and floods mostly does not fall under the coverage.
- Travel Insurance – Today many people feels it safer to be covered while travelling. We can opt for the travel insurance at the time of the booking of a trip to cover us during the duration of that trip. Travel Insurance usually covers trip cancellation cost, cost of lost, stolen or damaged baggage, medical expenses, delayed baggage, flight accidents etc.
- Pet Insurance – Insurance for our pets is a form of property insurance. Under this category, veterinary treatment, accidents, illnesses, injuries, rehabilitation, surgery or if the pet is lost or stolen are mostly covered.
Saying all these, let’s understand why we need an Insurance Agent or Financial Adviser. They are the best person to rely on as they have proper knowledge of the market. They are like our personal advisers who understand our individual needs and accordingly make sure that we are adequately covered. Since they are licensed insurance professionals their advice can give us the maximum protection which we might miss out if we search on our own.
Most importantly they are right around the corner and ready to help be it with home related insurance matters or auto policy or anything related to business coverage. So let’s make our future secured, by investing on Insurance while let the Insurance Agent or the financial advisers do their part to provide us the ultimate benefits from our investment.
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