The transition to adulthood is an exciting time that marks true independence. You may have graduated from college, started a job, or even rented your first apartment. With this new freedom comes some real responsibility, including protecting yourself from the financial risks that life can present. For many young professionals, striking the right balance between parental aid and stepping out on your own is the hallmark of this life stage.
Consider the following guidance as you review your insurance strategy and decide how to protect your financial future.
Once you are no longer on your parent’s policy, you’ll need to purchase coverage in your name. Auto insurance is often expensive for young drivers, so consider shopping around for the best rates. You can also explore the myriad of ways to reduce your costs, such as: 1
• Completing a defensive-driver course
• Asking for all available discounts
• Driving a car that is more affordable to insure
Renting on your own can open you up to new financial risks, such as a water line breaking and damaging your belongings. Renters insurance can help you fill these gaps. You may not think you’ve accumulated much in value, but when you add everything up, the totals can be surprising. Take a moment to calculate what it would cost to replace everything you own, such as: a computer, clothes, phone, furniture, collectibles or other valuables.
Depending on the value of your possessions, the losses from a household emergency such as a fire or broken pipe can easily cost you thousands. Purchasing renter’s insurance can help you cover your belongings in the event that you need to make a claim. The good news is that renters insurance can be inexpensive. In fact, the average renter’s insurance policy costs less than $170 a year.2 When shopping for a policy, ask whether it includes liability coverage. This protection may help cover you if someone injures themselves in your home and sues you.
You may have access to health insurance through your employer, but if not, you have two choices for obtaining coverage:
Option 1: Stay on your parent’s insurance. This choice may be relatively inexpensive. Right now, adults can stay on their parent’s health insurance until they’re 26 years old. This coverage option exists even if you are married, a parent, in school, or able to have insurance through your job. If you are under 26, consider asking your parents about what the monthly premium is to add you to their plan.3
Option 2: Purchase a plan. If you can’t or don’t want to be on your parent’s insurance, you can purchase a policy directly. Plans are available through:
• Private insurers
• Federal health insurance exchange (HealthCare.gov)
• A state exchange, if available where you live
Just over 25% of 20-year-olds will experience a disability by age 67.4 As you launch your career, your most valuable asset is your future earning power. However, having a disability — even for a short period of time — can have substantial economic consequences, making disability insurance critical at this life stage. And the financial stakes are higher than you might think. In fact, 62% of U.S. bankruptcies are at least in part a result of medical problems.5
This coverage isn’t just for injuries on the job, either. Illnesses are responsible for 90% of disabilities. If you would have a hard time paying your bills without the income you earn at work, you may want to consider disability insurance.6 Research both short- and long-term disability options to find the coverage that fits your current budget and potential needs.
Right now, you may not have anyone else relying on your income (e.g., children, dependent parents). As a result, you might think you don’t need life insurance. However, now can be a good time to prepare for the future. Coverage can be helpful if you have debt, such as student loans, that you don’t want someone to be responsible for in the event of your death.
Several factors will affect the cost and availability of life insurance, including age, health, and the type and amount of insurance purchased. Life insurance policies have expenses, including mortality and other charges. If a policy is surrendered prematurely, the policyholder also may pay surrender charges and have income tax implications. You should consider determining whether you are insurable before implementing a strategy involving life insurance. Any guarantees associated with a policy are dependent on the ability of the issuing insurance company to continue making claim payments.
For many young professionals, extended care insurance is not a priority, given their limited financial resources and stage of life. Even if you choose not to purchase this insurance for yourself, you may want to talk to your parents about their own extended care insurance to learn how they are preparing to protect their financial health in retirement.
Becoming an adult brings new responsibilities, and many decisions that can affect you for decades to come. By preparing yourself for both the good and challenging times that may lie ahead, you can help lay a path toward the future you’ve imagined.
While you may not have the budget to purchase every insurance option available, your youth can make many policies more affordable than they will be later. Take the time now to consider all of the insurance coverage that you may need, so you can build your adult life on a solid foundation. And remember, as you enter new stages — like getting married or having children — you may need to revisit your insurance plan, too.
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1. Investopedia.com, June 15, 2021
2. NerdWallet.com, July 8, 2021. Average estimate is based on a policy for a 30-year-old with $30,000 in personal property coverage, $100,000 in liability coverage, and a $500 deductible.
3. Healthcare.gov, 2021
4. SSA.gov, 2021
5. TheBalance.com, April 30, 2021
6. III.org, September 28, 2020