How Your Credit May Affect Your Life Insurance Premiums

Does your credit history partly determine the cost of your life insurance?

It may. The potential for such a relationship may surprise you – and the relationship is not without controversy.

Some insurers believe a good credit history implies several things

Many insurance providers believe a strong credit history is characteristic of a consumer who is mature and routinely lives up to financial responsibilities. Some insurance providers may even consider “maturity” to be an indicator of good health and a long life.1

Other types of data may also be evaluated

In addition to credit history, insurance companies may also look at a consumer’s driving record, criminal history, use of prescription medicines, and applications for life insurance coverage submitted in past years. All this may affect life insurance coverage and premiums.2

Why are life insurance providers interested in all this information?

They want to make their business models more efficient. Insurance providers know that life insurance underwriting usually takes weeks or months and includes a medical exam. They believe that by basing it on partially predictive models, insurers remove a psychological hurdle that stands in the way of some policy sales. This sort of underwriting can take as little as 48 hours.3

So, yes, your credit history may affect what you pay for life insurance

While it may not be a prime factor, it does exert an influence. That is another good reason to keep your credit score high.

  1. Nerdwallet, 2018
  2. Nerdwallet, 2018
  3. Investopedia, 2018

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