What is Life Insurance?
Life insurance pays out a sum of money either on the death of the insured person or after a set period of time.
Common Types of Life Insurance
Term Life Insurance
- Provides coverage at a fixed rate of payments for a limited period of time. After that period expires, coverage at the previous rate of premiums is no longer guaranteed and the client must either forgo coverage or potentially obtain further coverage with different payments or conditions. If the life insured dies during the term, the death benefit will be paid to the beneficiary.
Whole Life Insurance
- A type of permanent insurance that remains in force for the insured’s whole life and requires (in most cases) premiums to be paid every year into the policy.Final Expense and some Single Premium products are whole life policies.
Universal Life Insurance
- A type of permanent insurance, the excess of premium payments above the current cost of insurance is credited to the cash value of the policy. The cash value is credited each month with interest, and the policy is debited each month by a cost of insurance (COI) charge, as well as any other policy charges and fees which are drawn from the cash value. Interest credited to the account has a contractual minimum rate of 2%. When an earnings rate is pegged to a financial index such as a stock, bond or other interest rate index, the policy is an “Equity Indexed Universal Life” contract.
In sum, the type of life insurance that is right for you and your situation will depend on your financial goals. Is the insurance for covering debts for your beneficiaries, such as a mortgage or college expenses or is it for building cash value to take out policy loans?
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