A Guide to Life Insurance
Death can be considered a morbid subject to discuss. But making an important decision regarding your life insurance - and which type of life insurance - might turn out to be one of the most important talks of all.
Three out of five people own some type of life insurance, and another 34% report a likelihood of making a purchase within the coming year. If you don’t yet have a policy in place, consider this: 100% of Americans have a 100% chance of death at some point in their lives. So a life insurance policy stands apart from others, in that the policyholder has a certain need for the benefits at some point in time.
Your needs will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your family, the nature of your financial obligations, your career stage, and your goals. For example, when you're young, you may not have a great need for life insurance. However, as you take on more responsibilities, and your family grows, your need for life insurance increases.
There are many other types of life insurance policies available. The bottom line is that life insurance protection is important. It may be time to consult an insurance professional who can help you assess your life insurance needs, and offer information about the various types of policies available.
The two basic types of life insurance are term life and permanent (cash value) life. Term policies provide life insurance protection for a specific period of time. If you die during the coverage period, your beneficiary receives the policy's death benefit.
If you live to the end of the term, the policy simply terminates, unless it automatically renews for a new period. Term policies are typically available for periods of 1 to 30 years and may, in some cases, be renewed until you reach age 95. With guaranteed level term insurance, a popular type, both the premium and the amount of coverage remain level for a specific period of time.
Permanent insurance policies offer protection for your entire life, regardless of your health, provided you pay the premium to keep the policy in force.
Many different types of cash value life insurance are available, and with so many types, you're sure to find a policy that meets your needs and your budget.
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