Welcome!

News Feed Item

BMO Study: Three-Quarters of Canadians Have Some Form of Life Insurance, But Most Not Confident with Their Level of Coverage

- Seventy per cent of Canadians are not fully confident with their amount of life insurance coverage

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/16/14 -- BMO Insurance today released a study revealing that while 74 per cent of Canadians have life insurance either through coverage they have bought themselves or through work, 70 per cent are not fully confident that their life insurance policy will provide enough money to take care of loved ones in the case of death.

Further, the study revealed that 88 per cent of Canadians are not very familiar with the different types of life insurance options available to them. This finding could play a role in the low levels of confidence that Canadians feel towards their amount of life insurance coverage.

"Learning about the various kinds of life insurance and choosing which is best for you and your family can be a challenge," said Rocco Casullo, Head, Direct to Consumer Insurance, BMO Insurance. "While there are many choices available, it's critical that you take the time to learn what is out there and go through your options step by step. Canadians need to make sure that they are well protected with life insurance coverage that suits their specific needs."

Mr. Casullo noted that there is no magic number for the dollar amount of life insurance coverage needed. There are many factors that determine this, including age, family status, health, level of debt and income. For those who are unsure of the amount they need, it is important to start with the basics. For instance, BMO Insurance offers a variety of easy-to-use online resources to help customers understand coverage levels and product options specific to their situation. For those who would like a bit more help, convenient over-the-phone guidance and sales support from a Licensed Insurance Advisor is available.

It's never too early

When asked when they think is the 'right time' to buy life insurance, 63 per cent of respondents stated that the best time to buy is as soon as one can afford it, to take advantage of low premium rates.

The study also examined the top reasons why Canadians get life insurance:

--  They do not want to burden their family financially after death (53 per
    cent)
--  They have a sense of responsibility to buy it (49 per cent)
--  They were told by family and/or friends that they should have it (16 per
    cent)

"We can't control unexpected life events, but we can control if we have developed a plan," said Mr. Casullo. "BMO Insurance offers an array of affordable coverage options to fit your needs. We have suitable coverage for everyone, from new parents who want to protect their growing family to retirees looking for that added sense of security."

How to choose the policy that's right for you

Mr. Casullo provided the following insights to Canadians who are considering purchasing a life insurance policy:

--  Understand your options: Take the time to learn and understand the types
    of insurance available.
--  Work within your comfort zone: Whether buying online or with the help of
    an Advisor, there is no shortage of resources and purchase options
    available.
--  Know what is important to you: Insurance is not only about making sure
    that you have enough coverage to take care of financial commitments, it
    is also about ensuring that the plans you made for the future are still
    achievable.

Regional Breakdown

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Region                                                        % who think it
                             % who are not    % who are not   is best to buy
             % who have a   confident with    very familiar   life insurance
           life insurance          current    with types of    as soon as it
                   policy         coverage   life insurance    is affordable
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
National               74               70               88               63
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Atlantic               72               63               90               72
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Quebec                 85               72               94               69
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ontario                71               66               85               63
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Prairies               84               64               82               57
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alberta                70               77               85               61
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
B.C.                   62               74               95               55
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

For more information on BMO Life Insurance: www.bmo.com/insurance/life-insurance.

Get the latest BMO press releases via Twitter by following @BMOmedia.

The BMO Life Insurance Survey was conducted by Pollara between July 2nd and 4th, 2014, with an online sample of 1,005 adult Canadians. Data has been weighted using the latest Canadian census information to be representative in terms of age, gender and region.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization based in North America. The bank offers a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers. BMO Financial Group had total assets of $582 billion and more than 45,500 employees at April 30, 2014.

Contacts:
Media Contacts:
Jennifer Feeney, Toronto
416-867-3996
[email protected]

Ronald Monet, Montreal
514-877-1873
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settl...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, presented the findings of a series of six detailed case studies of how large corporations are implementing IoT. The session explored how IoT has improved their economic performance, had major impacts on business models and resulted in impressive ROIs. The companies covered span manufacturing and services firms. He also explored servicification, how manufacturing firms shift from se...
"I will be talking about ChatOps and ChatOps as a way to solve some problems in the DevOps space," explained Himanshu Chhetri, CTO of Addteq, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of bus...
For better or worse, DevOps has gone mainstream. All doubt was removed when IBM and HP threw up their respective DevOps microsites. Where are we on the hype cycle? It's hard to say for sure but there's a feeling we're heading for the "Peak of Inflated Expectations." What does this mean for the enterprise? Should they avoid DevOps? Definitely not. Should they be cautious though? Absolutely. The truth is that DevOps and the enterprise are at best strange bedfellows. The movement has its roots in t...
Learn how to solve the problem of keeping files in sync between multiple Docker containers. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Aaron Brongersma, Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Modulus, discussed using rsync, GlusterFS, EBS and Bit Torrent Sync. He broke down the tools that are needed to help create a seamless user experience. In the end, can we have an environment where we can easily move Docker containers, servers, and volumes without impacting our applications? He shared his results so yo...
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examin...
Kubernetes is a new and revolutionary open-sourced system for managing containers across multiple hosts in a cluster. Ansible is a simple IT automation tool for just about any requirement for reproducible environments. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Patrick Galbraith, a principal engineer at HPE, discussed how to build a fully functional Kubernetes cluster on a number of virtual machines or bare-metal hosts. Also included will be a brief demonstration of running a Galera MyS...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
Digital transformation has increased the pace of business creating a productivity divide between the technology haves and have nots. Managing financial information on spreadsheets and piecing together insight from numerous disconnected systems is no longer an option. Rapid market changes and aggressive competition are motivating business leaders to reevaluate legacy technology investments in search of modern technologies to achieve greater agility, reduced costs and organizational efficiencies. ...
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready.” If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your data center will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, posited that disruption is inevitable for comp...
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
When you focus on a journey from up-close, you look at your own technical and cultural history and how you changed it for the benefit of the customer. This was our starting point: too many integration issues, 13 SWP days and very long cycles. It was evident that in this fast-paced industry we could no longer afford this reality. We needed something that would take us beyond reducing the development lifecycles, CI and Agile methodologies. We made a fundamental difference, even changed our culture...