Forethought Life Insurance Company Review

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Global Atlantic Financial Group

Global Atlantic

Investopedia’s Rating
1.7

Our Take

Even if you’ve decided to purchase a preneed agreement, Forethought may not be the best choice. The NAIC has received a high number of complaints about the company relative to its size in the individual life category, which indicates issues with customer satisfaction. On the other hand, the company does have a really great complaint index overall, across all product categories. What’s more, a different type of policy could be cheaper and provide more customization and flexibility. Before you purchase preneed insurance from your local funeral home, consider other options, such as guaranteed issue life insurance.

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Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Financially strong

  • Available at funeral homes nationwide

  • Online payments

Cons
  • Preneed is the only type of life insurance Forethought issues

  • Doesn’t provide details online

  • High complaint index for individual life


Company Overview

Forethought Life Insurance Company began issuing life insurance in 1985. It sells preneed life insurance policies and annuities for Global Atlantic Financial Group. Global Atlantic, founded in 2004 at Goldman Sachs, became privately held in 2013 and acquired Forethought with its parent company in 2014. Global Atlantic also provides indexed universal life insurance, which is issued by Accordia Life and Annuity Company. 

Forethought Life Insurance Company is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and is licensed to issue life insurance in all states, except New York and the District of Columbia.

specifications
AM Best Rating
A
NAIC Score (avg.)
N/A
Years In Business
N/A
Policy Types
N/A
Accepts Credit Cards
Yes
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Global Atlantic Financial Group

Global Atlantic

Investopedia’s Rating
1.7

Forethought is not one of our top-rated life insurance companies. You can review our list of the best life insurance companies for what we think are better options.

Pros Explained

  • Financially strong: Forethought received an A (Excellent) financial strength grade from AM Best and is also the only preneed provider to be named a Ward’s 50 top life and health insurance company for 13 straight years.
  • Available at funeral homes nationwide: The Global Atlantic website notes that you can find Forethought preneed products at a funeral home near you. 
  • Online payments: Global Atlantic offers a convenient online payment platform, and credit card payments are accepted for a fee. 

Cons Explained

  • Preneed is the only type of insurance Forethought issues: You can’t get any other type of life insurance, such as term or whole life, from Forethought. However, its parent company offer indexed universal life through with another subsidiary as the issuer. Even taking this into account, your options are very limited making Forethought and its parent company not suited to most life insurance customers.
  • Doesn’t provide details online: Costs and requirements aren’t available online, so you’ll need to visit your local funeral home for more information. 
  • High complaint index for individual life: During the past three years, Forethought had extremely high NAIC complaint indexes in the individual life category. On the positive side their overall complaint indexes are consistently low. This indicates issues with satisfying customers of individual life insurance.

Complaint Index

Forethought Life Insurance Company received many more complaints than expected in the individual life segment with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) over the last three years, raising concerns about the company’s life insurance customer service. Each year, the NAIC reports a complaint index for every insurance company that indicates whether the number of complaints the company received was high or low relative to its market share. 

An index of 1.00 represents the number of complaints expected, while an index below 1.00 is ideal. Over three years, Forethought routinely had a high index for individual life, coming in at 3.55, 3.07, and 4.18 in 2021, 2020, and 2019 respectively. On the other hand the company consistently had impressively low company-wide complaint indexes which were 0.06, 0.08, and 0.04. Perhaps this disconnect between the two groups of scores indicates potential customer service problems with regard to individual life insurance, but an overall well run and reputable company.

Most of the top life insurance companies we reviewed didn’t score higher than 1.00 in any given year. Forethought’s complaint index for individual life is associated with poor customer satisfaction and should make you think twice about working with the company. 

Third-Party Ratings

Forethought Life Insurance Company is rated excellent for financial strength by AM Best, an independent credit ratings agency that evaluates the financial stability of insurance companies. However, some of the top insurers we reviewed have even higher grades. Forethought received an A (Excellent) financial strength rating from AM Best, which is the third-highest available grade. We typically don’t recommend any insurance providers that score below the A bracket. 

Policies Available

Preneed Life Insurance

Preneed life insurance is a type of permanent policy intended to cover your funeral expenses. You can purchase Forethought’s preneed life insurance directly from your local funeral home, which will become your beneficiary. Therefore, your loved ones won’t have access to the money. 

The death benefit is just large enough to cover funeral costs, and preneed policies aren’t typically refundable or transferable to another funeral home. You may have the option of paying premiums in a lump sum or in installments. Details about Forethought’s policies aren’t available on Global Atlantic’s website and may vary by state or funeral provider.

Preneed agreements are tied to a specific funeral home. It’s important to understand that they’re unlike other types of life insurance, which allow you to name your loved ones as beneficiaries and allow them to use the death benefit to cover any financial need. You’re also likely to get more coverage per premium dollar with other types of life insurance. 

Available Riders

Riders are coverage add-ons used to customize an insurance policy. For example, some riders provide living benefits or access to the death benefit during illness while the insured is still alive. 

Forethought doesn’t offer any riders with their policies. If you want to customize your coverage, we recommend opting for final expense insurance or traditional whole life insurance from another company instead. Some providers offer riders with these policies, and you can name your loved ones as beneficiaries.

Customer Service

You can contact Global Atlantic by phone or email. Call 800-331-8853 or email ask.us@gafg.com. There are additional numbers and email addresses on the website for various departments. Global Atlantic also offers a convenient online payment platform for paying your premiums. 

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