What is the difference between ordinary and whole life insurance?
Term life is “pure” insurance, whereas whole life adds a cash value component that you can tap during your lifetime. Term coverage only protects you for a limited number of years, while whole life provides lifelong protection—if you can keep up with the premium payments.
What are the characteristics of ordinary whole life insurance?
Compared to other forms of permanent coverage, a whole life policy has three defining characteristics: The level premium remains the same for life. The death benefit is guaranteed as long as the guaranteed premiums are paid. The policy includes guaranteed cash values that grow at a guaranteed rate.
What are the types of ordinary life insurance?
Whole life 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, and variable universal life, and there are variations within each type.
How long do you have to pay premiums on whole life insurance?
Payment period: You can choose to pay for the entire policy in a short time frame, such as 10 or 20 years. The premium would rise substantially given the front loading of payments. Guaranteed return rate: Some companies offer a higher guaranteed return, which can result in higher annual premiums.
How do I know if my life insurance has cash value?
Simply let your insurer know and they will pay you the life insurance policy’s net cash value. The net cash value is the “actual” surrender value of the policy. You will typically find it listed separately in your life insurance statements.
Do I get my money back if I outlive my life insurance?
If you outlive the policy, you get back exactly what you paid in, with no interest. The money back is not taxable, as it’s simply a return of payments you made. With a regular term life insurance policy, if you are still living when the policy expires, you get nothing back.