Your life insurance needs are dependent on your personal and financial circumstances. With that said, there are some general guidelines you can follow.
The first is simple—you can get a rough estimate of your coverage needs by multiplying your current income by 10.
You can also use the DIME formula for a more in-depth breakdown. Add up the four areas below to get a better idea of your needs.
You’ll also have to evaluate how long you want coverage for. If you’re looking for coverage for the duration of your life that doesn’t expire, permanent life insurance might be your best bet.
If you want coverage over a specific time period, especially a financially demanding one, term life insurance is a good choice. You may want a term that lasts until:
If you passed away unexpectedly, it is key that your life insurance policy is large enough to help your family cover big expenses like a home mortgage, debt, college tuition, and more. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’ve got the right coverage amount to give your family enough protection.
As your family life and financial goals change and evolve, you should reevaluate your current life insurance coverage annually and decide whether you have enough, or if you should apply for more.