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A: There are two primary types of Life Insurance, Whole Life and Term Life. The easiest way to remember the difference between them is to think of Term Life as temporary and Whole Life as permanent insurance which remains in force until the day you die, or until you are 120 years of age, whichever comes first. Click on each type of policy below to learn more.
Term Life Insurance is used to protect people for a specified amount of time. Premiums are fixed for the specified amount of time and only increase at pre-determined intervals such as 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, or 20 years. It can be used as protection until Whole Life Insurance, which is generally more expensive, can be afforded. Term Life can also be an effective way to supplement Whole Life insurance during high-need years, such as when family and other financial responsibilities are outpacing income. It carries a guaranteed death benefit but no cash value or other financial incentives.
Whole Life Insurance was designed to provide permanent life insurance protection plus other living benefits, which include cash value accumulation as long as premiums are paid, eligibility to earn dividends, and the access to cash value via loans and partial surrenders. Once approved for coverage, your policy can never be canceled by the carrier as long as premiums are paid when due. It builds cash value that can be used in the future for any purpose via a policy loan. For example, you can borrow cash value for a down payment on a home, to help pay for your children’s education, or to provide retirement income.