Life Insurance The First Item On Your Bucket List!

A bucket list is defined as a list of the things you would like to achieve before you die, or before you ‘kick the bucket,’ so to speak. The term was popularised by the 2007 film The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Whether it lists one item or 10, a bucket list details your dreams and goals for your time on this earth. Parachuting, climbing Everest or owning your own home, bucket lists are as varied and diverse as the people who draw them up. A bucket list assumes that we will lead full lives, that we will be blessed with the 10, 20 or even 30 years we need to tick off all the items on our list. Sadly, for many people, this is not the case and our lives are often cut tragically short. It is for this very reason that the first item on your bucket list should be to invest in life insurance.

Every plan we make and every dream we have assumes that we will live to a ripe old age. Our career path, our dreams of the time we will spend with our grandchildren and our retirement planning all work on the assumption that we will be granted the biblical ‘three score and 10 years’ or 70 years on this earth. While we all know that death is always just a hair’s breadth away, we very rarely face up to or plan for this reality. As a parent and breadwinner, however, planning for your own death is essential.

As a parent, caring for your children is one of your first priorities. You earn the money they need to survive, you care for them when they are ill and spend hours helping them with their homework. You are their anchor and their shelter in this world, ensuring that they are clothed, fed and sheltered. Your job as a parent is not done, however, if you have not planned for the day that you are not there to look after them, the day that you pass away before they are old enough to look after themselves.

To ensure that your family has the funds they need to stay financially afloat in the event of your death you need to invest in a life insurance policy. Your life insurance payout will help your partner or spouse carry the cost of supporting the family on one salary. It can be put towards living expenses, school and university fees and healthcare. It can even be used to pay off some of your unpaid debt.

While it is important to plan for the future, to list your dreams and goals, it is also important to plan for your untimely death. Invest in a life insurance policy today.

What was the first bank

What was the first bank?

A grocer deals in food, a hardware store in household items, and a banker in money. The main business of banks is to lend money and to handle money which has been deposited with them. Of course, banks today provide many more services than just these, but it all has to do with the handling of money.

Ever since man had a kind of money, it has been necessary for someone to hold it for him safely, or to lend him some when he needed it. For example, in ancient Babylon, even before coins had been invented, there were men who made a business of borrowing, lending, and holding money for other people. They might be called bankers, though they were considered moneylenders. Some of that business was in the hands of the priests in the temples, and there were laws that regulated this business. In ancient Greece, there were moneylenders, too. In Roman times, there were already large banks in existence and they carried on business with firms in widely separated parts of the Roman Empire. There were Roman laws that regulated some of the banking methods. So we might say that the first bank came into existence with the first moneylender, and that banks as such go back at least to ancient Roman times.

In medieval times the business of lending money was no longer thought of as lawful. In many places, laws were passed forbidding it. Those who did continue to lend money often had their places of business on benches in the market place. The Italian word for bench is banco, and this is where we get the word “bank.”

In England, the business of holding and lending money was chiefly in the hands of goldsmiths. These trusted craftsmen received people’s money and valuables for safekeeping and in return gave goldsmiths’ receipts. These receipts passed from hand to hand, much as bank notes did later, for people were willing to take them in payment for goods and for debts.

In 1694 a group of businessmen agreed to lend a large sum of money to the English Government in return for permission to establish the Bank of England, which today is one of the greatest financial institutions in the world.