The financial stability of a life insurance company is very important. When shopping for term life coverage, don’t just look at the lowest cost premium from an insurance company you recognize. Make sure you look at the ratings by A.M. Best, Moody’s and other rating agencies. Consider the Comdex ranking also. The Comdex ranking is a composite of all the ratings that a company has received relative to all other insurance companies. The Comdex ranks companies on a scale of 1 to 100.
There are lots of knowledgeable, experienced life and health agents in Georgia. However, there are many, many more unexperienced agents in the marketplace. I would venture to guess that the ratio is 1:10 at best. With our current recession and high unemployment rate, there has been a huge influx of people entering the insurance industry. There is an extremely low barrier of entry compared to other business start-ups. It’s almost too easy to get licensed to sell insurance. In a sense,
I received an email from a client last year asking me to contact his investment advisor. My client’s investment advisor had referred him to another life insurance agent, but the rates he received were not the same as the rates I quoted him. Below is an excerpt from the email (I was copied on the email).
“Tim, Greg Sanders is the agent I have been using and his rates seem a little better than Tony’s….Greg has been very responsive and professional in my dealings with him…..always good to have options …
Generally speaking, people are comfortable shopping online for most items. The Internet is a great tool for gathering information and advice prior to making a purchase — and this especially holds true for life insurance. There are numerous sites online that provide instant quotes and solid, basic information about life insurance. Some sites are more “salesy” than others, but it doesn’t take long to sift out those sites and focus on the ones that are professional and helpful.
The popular mega-sites have call centers that make it very easy to ask questions and apply for coverage.