The DIME Method
Apr 19, 2017
“It’s very easy to see the leaders in the current market are in a fairly tenuous or precarious position right now,” Gilbert says. “That’s evident by how quickly they’re innovating on each new device type.”
In 2007, Apple released the first iPhone: a full touchscreen phone, complete with its own virtual keypad. To many, Apple had done something new, something never seen before. They had made the first touchscreen phone. But this was incorrect: Apple did not make the first touchscreen phone, nor was the touchscreen a new invention.
Debt: Add up any of their outstanding debts and future funeral expenses.
Income: Figure out how many years their family would need financial support. Take that number and multiply it by their income. We prefer this method because the rule of 10 can be limiting. Some families would require financial support for longer than 10 years. This way, you are customizing their coverage based on their family's specific needs.
Mortgage: Add the amount they still owe on their mortgage.
Education: Calculate the amount of money it would cost to provide their children with higher education. Keep in mind, this doesn’t just mean tuition. Do not forget to include cost of books, housing, and meal plans.