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Northwestern Mutual Survey Reveals That Most Americans Are Putting Their Income at Risk
Date:12/1/2009

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- For most working-age Americans, their greatest asset is the ability to earn an income. It is this ability to earn an income that makes it possible to not only pay today's mortgage but also to plan and save for tomorrow's college and retirement costs.

Yet, according to a Northwestern Mutual survey, only 10 percent of adults age 21 and over have taken measures to protect their income by insuring it in the event of disability, and only 30 percent have disability coverage through their employer. This despite nearly 80 percent of Americans stating they would be devastated if a disability prevented them from earning a living.

"There is a startling disconnect for Americans who recognize the devastating impact of a disability, yet aren't doing anything to protect against that risk," said Stephen Frankl with Northwestern Mutual's Disability Insurance division. "Disability insurance is an important element of an individual's long-term financial security. People insure their homes, cars and valued belongings, yet neglect their most important asset: their income."

From October 23 - 27, 2009, Harris Interactive asked more than 2,100 consumers about their perceived likelihood of potential situations happening, the emotional impact of those potential situations and types of insurance they have purchased or currently own. The situations included a house fire destroying all personal belongings, having credit card information stolen and false charges made to the account, having one's car destroyed in an accident, having a vacation cancelled due to bad weather and becoming disabled and unable to work for a living.

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