Tuesday, October 16, 2012
MetLife, in conjunction with major retailer Wal Mart, has started to offer a new type of life insurance. This type of life insurance is a prepaid financial product. By offering this pre-paid product, MetLife hopes to expand the number of customers that it will reach and lower the costs associated with using brokers to sell insurance policies. Unlike long-term life insurance, this prepaid life insurance policy will only provide insurance for one year and has a value cap at $25,000. Some argue that this move by MetLife is a good business move in light of their past troubles. The business policy of combining financial products with major retailers has made providers of financial products a great deal of money, especially when one takes into consideration the success of pre-paid debt cards. The reason for its success was its expansion to a wider audience who may not otherwise be afford the product that was offered, which is what MetLife hopes to capitalize on.
See Amanda Alix, Prepaid Life Insurance Hits the Big Time, TheMotleyFool, Oct. 9, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.