Friday, August 06, 2010

Markets in Everything: Divorce Insurance

NY Times -- "Here’s a new option for those worried they’ll end up on the wrong side of the statistics that show so many marriages ending over time: divorce insurance.  SafeGuard Guaranty Corp., an insurance start-up based in North Carolina, recently released what it’s billing as the world’s first divorce insurance product.

Here’s how its WedLock product works.  The casualty insurance is designed to provide financial assistance in the form of cash to cover the costs of a divorce, such as legal proceedings or setting up a new apartment or house. It is sold in “units of protection.” Each unit costs $15.99 per month and provides $1,250 in coverage. So, if you bought 10 units, your initial coverage would be $12,500 and you’d be paying $15.99 per month for each of those units. In addition, every year, the company adds $250 in coverage for each unit.

Then, if you get divorced and your policy has matured (see below for the maturation rules), you would send WedLock proof of your divorce. In return, you’d receive a lump sum of cash equivalent to the amount of coverage you had purchased."

HT: Joe Armendariz


At 8/07/2010 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why buy insurance only to lose half to your ex?

At 8/07/2010 11:02 AM, Blogger morganovich said...

anybody else here seeing the opportunity here? head to vegas, quickie marriage, quickie divorce.

seriously though, this product looks like a wipeout.

what's the 5 year divorce rate in the US, 50%?

5 years of premiums = 60 X $15.99= 959, but many get divorced more quickly, so let's use 4 years instead.

$767 in premiums (pre investment return) which means about $800 after.

expected policy payout (including the $250 increments) is 50% x 1250 + (4*250) = 1125.

there is no time period in which this policy seems to have a positive rate of return if we use 50% incidence. and i have a sneaking feeling that adverse selection will drive the worst risks to them and the safest marriages away.

this policy doesn't seem to make actuarial sense for the issuer.

At 8/08/2010 9:15 AM, Blogger insurance_guy said...

You'd be surprised to see the actuarial studies. We've been vetted by the best in the industry including a Chief Actuary from a State DOI. The short answer is that the math works. And for those trying to figure out what the economics of the schedule of benefits on a policy, I suggest you visit the website ( model a policy for yourself. It's free and it'll certainly answer your questions. There's even a button that will show you exactly what your benefits would be at any point in time in the life of the policy. And let me point out that if both spouses had an identical policy there would be no argument about who gets paid and how much. These are individual policies that pay off only AFTER the divorce is finalized and legal precedent set in Michigan will defend against it being considered marital assets even if only once spouse benefits AFTER the divorce decree.

At 8/08/2010 10:21 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Could a well written 'prenuptial agreement' be considered divorce insurance?


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