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

ming disabled and unable to work ranked only below one's home burning down and destroying all of their belongings (78 and 85 percent respectively). Ironically, only 10 percent of Americans said they have insured their income, compared to 73 percent who have insured their homes or rental property. An additional 88 percent say they have auto insurance, despite the fact that less than 50 percent consider having their car destroyed in an accident as 'devastating.'

"Many people believe that disability won't happen to them, or believe that employer- or government-sponsored disability plans will cover their needs," continued Frankl. "But 3 in 10 of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching age 67(1), and people need to ask themselves whether they are equipped to handle the emotional and financial consequences of that disability."

About the research

Northwestern Mutual commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct national consumer research on issues related to disability insurance. A nationally representative sample of more than 2,100 adults age 21 and over was surveyed online from October 23 - 27, 2009. More information about the research can be found on the Northwestern Mutual website.

About Northwestern Mutual

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company - Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. As a mutual company with over $1 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual seeks to share its gains with policyowners and deliver consistent and dependable value to clients over time.

Northwestern Mutual is an industry leader in total individual life insurance and disability insurance dividends paid to participating policyowners. Though dividends are no
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