Understanding the Different Types of Life Insurance

Understanding the Different Types of Life Insurance

August 31, 2022
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Ever wonder what type of life insurance is best for you? It depends on various factors, including how long you want the policy to last, how much you're willing to pay, and if you wish to use the policy as an investment vehicle. Let's look at some options.

 Term Life Insurance

  • Pros: It's often the cheapest option for buying life insurance
  • Cons: If you outlive your policy, your beneficiaries won't receive a payout

Whole Life Insurance

  • Pros: It covers you for your entire life plus builds cash value
  • Cons: It's typically more expensive than term life and some other permanent policies

Guaranteed Universal Life Insurance

  • Pros: Due to the minimal cash value, it's cheaper than whole life and other forms of universal life insurance
  • Cons: Missing a payment could mean the policy lapses and could be costly to reinstate

Indexed Universal Life Insurance

  • Pros: You can access cash value, which grows over time, and you may see considerable gains if the stock market performs well
  • Cons: Due to interest rate caps, participation rates, and other limitations, the cash value doesn't take full advantage of stock market gains

Variable and Variable Universal Life Insurance

  • Pros: There's potential for considerable gains on your investments, and you can take partial withdrawals from the cash value or borrow against it
  • Cons: It behooves you to be diligent at managing your policy as the cash value can change daily based on the market, and any administrative fees are deducted from your payment before going toward the cash value

Simplified Issue Life Insurance

  • Pros: There isn't a medical exam required for coverage
  • Cons: Despite no medical exam, you'll have to answer some questions and could be turned down based on those answers

Guarantee Issue Life Insurance

  • Pros: You can't be turned down for coverage if you're within the eligible age range, which is typically 40 - 85
  • Cons: This is an expensive way to buy life insurance, and coverage amounts are generally low

Adapted from Nerd Wallet1

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1 https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/insurance/types-of-life-insurance

2 https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/06/15/7-tips-on-how-to-survive-a-recession/

3 https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/swamp

4 https://youtu.be/pmERi1Ofj8A