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Life Insurance Information
Life insurance is protection against financial loss resulting from death. It is an insurance company’s promise to pay your beneficiary a specific amount of money when you die in exchange for timely payment of premiums.
Why do I need life insurance?
Although you may not think about it, your ability to earn income is a significant asset and life insurance helps replace lost income in the event of your premature death. Here are some reasons people buy life insurance.
The death benefit may be used:
- To replace income the family would need to maintain their standard of living after the death of a wage earner.
- To pay off a mortgage loan and other personal and business debts or to create a rent fund.
- To create a fund for children’s education.
- To pay final expenses, such as funeral costs and taxes.
- To create a family emergency fund or a fund for a family member with special needs.
Life Insurance can be the cornerstone of sound financial planning as you and/or your beneficiaries can use it to replace income, pay final expenses, create an inheritance and pay “Death” Taxes for Federal and State “Estate” settlements. You can also create a source of savings over time with Whole Life or Permanent Insurance.
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What are the principal types of life insurance?
There are two major types of life insurance—term and whole life.
Whole life is sometimes called permanent life insurance, and it encompasses several subcategories, including traditional whole life, universal life, variable life and variable universal life.
In 2003, about 6.4 million individual life insurance policies bought were term and about 7.1 million were whole life.
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Life insurance products for groups are different from life insurance sold to individuals. The information below focuses on life insurance sold to individuals.
Term Life Insurance
Term Life Insurance is the simplest form of life insurance. It pays only if death occurs during the term of the policy, which is usually from one to 30 years. Most term policies have no other benefit provisions.
There are two basic types of term life insurance policies—level term and decreasing term.
- Level Term means that the death benefit stays the same throughout the duration of the policy.
- Decreasing Term means that the death benefit drops, usually in one-year increments, over the course of the policy’s term.
Whole Life/Permanent Insurance
Whole Life Insurance, or Permanent Insurance, pays a death benefit whenever you die—even if you live to 100!
There are three major types of whole life or permanent life insurance;
- Traditional Whole Life
- Universal Life
- Variable Universal Life
There are variations within each type of insurance.
In the case of traditional whole life, both the death benefit and the premium are designed to stay the same (level) throughout the life of the policy. The cost per $1,000 of benefit increases as the insured person ages, and it obviously gets very high when the insured lives to 80 and beyond.
The life insurance company could charge a premium that increases each year, but that would make it very hard for most people to afford life insurance at advanced ages. So the company keeps the premium level by charging a premium that, in the early years, is higher than what’s needed to pay claims, investing that money, and then using it to supplement the level premium to help pay the cost of life insurance for older people.
By law, when these “overpayments” reach a certain amount, they must be available to the policy owner as a cash value if he or she decides not to continue with the original plan. The cash value is an alternative, not an additional, benefit under the policy.
In the 1970s and 1980s, life insurance companies introduced two variations on the traditional whole life product—universal life insurance and variable universal life insurance.
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