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Zach Tan

15 Jul 2020



Should I buy a whole life plan 25 years term from an agent around your age or an agent whose age is 20 years more than yours?

Hi guys. I am 30 yo and I have my own trusted agent around my age who I believe strongly that he will stay in the business for a very long time. My friend is 28 yo and is planning to buy a WL from his dad's agent (around 50 yo). No disrespect at all but I feel that his policy might not be well taken care off when the current agent retires because the one who would take over will not enjoy any benefit from handling the policy right?

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Pang Zhe Liang

15 Jul 2020

Financial Advisory Manager at Financial Alliance Pte Ltd (IFA Firm)

You should consider getting your insurance policies from a trustworthy agent. In detail, I have highlighted some key criteria here (Step 3): Orphan Clients Insurance: What You Should Do

Unfortuantely none of these criteria is restricted by age and here is a reason why: an older agent may retire and not take care of your needs anymore. In like manner, a young agent may realise that this career is not right and leaves the industry. Or, a misfortune happens and both agents passed away. In case you feel that I am joking, I can assure you that it is not. This is because I have been in this industry for almost a decade now and I have seen too many of such cases.

Therefore, the most reasonable way to do this is to work with someone whom shares mutual respect and trust. At the end of the day, no partnership is forever. Of course, it is a bonus if you manage to find a trusted agent that has done proper succession planning. This will ensure your long-term welfare.

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Nigel Tan

14 Jul 2020

Executive Senior Financial Planner at Great Eastern Life

One way to go about it is to make sure the transfer of agent in the future is responsibly done. His dad's agent has been around for awhile so he probably would stay for as long as he could. The downside is that the agent would proably retire before a claim would be made.

The downside of having a younger agent on the other hand is that they may leave the industry midway. The upside of having an agent similar to your age would be that he or she more likely understands your needs since both are in similar life stages.

At the end of the day, its all about who you are comfortable with. ​​​

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Tan Li Xing

14 Jul 2020

Financial Consultant at Prudential Assurance Company (Singapore)

Hi Zach,

Actually when the agent retires, what happens is that the client details would be passed t...

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