What is the role of insurance? In simple terms, insurance is the tool that is designed to protect you and your family against what might happen. When you have the right level of insurance coverage in place, you are transferring the risk to another entity (an insurance provider) and you pay a premium for that risk transfer. If you think about it, insurance works like an umbrella works when it rains. The umbrella does not stop the rain, but it keeps you from getting wet. Likewise, having the proper insurance won’t stop an event, but it will help you weather the storm and minimize the impact to your finances. So what types of insurance do you need?