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Decision making on buying term insurance til 65 or 75? Amt for TPD/Death up to 600k or 1mil? And whether to terminate ILP bought 10 years ago?

I'm torn between buying til the age of 65 or 75. I also noticed that some Insurers only cover TPD until 70 even if buy til 75. 1 advisor recommended to buy til 65 another recommended til at least 75. Seems like 65 is some kind of 'magic number', wonder why.
And whether should I cover for TPD/Death up to 600k or 1mil? Any advice? Again 2 advisors gave me 2 recommendations. My ECI is 100k, Advanced CI is 300k.
Also if I should surrender my ILP or premium holiday after term policy takes effect?

Discussion (5)

What are your thoughts?

Tan Li Xing

Tan Li Xing

02 Feb 2020

Level 9·Financial Consultant at Prudential Assurance Company (Singapore)

Hi Ming Shu,

In regards to whether to buy 600k or 1mil, I think it would be better if you could see the comparison in cost as due to 'banding' of coverage, sometimes 1mil coverage might be of better value as compared to 600k.

I think why 65 is chosen as a 'magic number' is because due to retirement age, as most of us might choose to already stop working at that age, thus we are no longer making an income by then, which I believe most have mentioned that TPD is mainly in the event we are still alive, however are unable to make an income. So if you do think that you will work beyond 65, I do think you can extend till then, however I do believe that with the longer term, premiums will increase accordingly as well.

I think for the ILP, it depends on whether it has substanial cash value and based on your age band's mortality charges, how long will it sustain on it's own? Cause the ILP is life policy actually, so you do have a life time coverage there as well. Or you could leave it as a investment product and take the earnings for your own use and other investments in future

Pang Zhe Liang

Pang Zhe Liang

30 Jan 2020

Level 14·Senior Financial Services Consultant at AIA Singapore Private Limited

According to Life Insurance Association, Total & Permanent Disability coverage is used to provide for income loss. With retirement age set at 65, most insurance companies will offer coverage till then. As the society move towards a later retirement age, some insurance companies like AIA Singapore extend the coverage to age 70 accordingly.

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Hariz Arthur Maloy

Hariz Arthur Maloy

29 Jan 2020

Level 15·Independent Financial Advisor at Promiseland Independent

Buying a term policy for longer just allows you to keep the policy for longer. Buying a term to 75 d...

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