An Introduction To Life Insurance

Thinking about how your loved ones will manage things after you’re gone?  Your children will need money for college, your romantic partner will probably need help adjusting to the lack of your income stream. Maybe you just want to leave something behind after you go that does a little good in the world. Well, that’s what life insurance is here for. However, it’s a more intricate system than you’d think by just glancing over it. What kind of policy do you want: term, temporary life, or whole life insurance? Do you even know what the differences between those policies are? You also need to take into account the cost versus the premium with regards to your available finances.

You are faced with decisions like whether to get term life insurance or a whole life policy that won’t expire. You must make determinations about the amount how much life insurance you want, and how much you can afford. 

Also consider which type of life insurance you’ll need: term, whole, or universal life. Term only lasts for a specified amount of time – usually 10 to 30 years. You can choose the term, and the amount of coverage, but remember: the longer the term, the higher the price; the higher the value, the higher the price. Term life covers you if you pass away during the term of the policy. However, if you do not, no insurance will be paid out and there’s no accumulated cash value. Although this sounds like a bad deal, term tends to be the cheapest form of insurance and is a good option for those who cannot afford whole life.

Term life insurance is so called because it insures you for a specific term of years. The term is typically between ten and thirty years. There are even some life insurance policies with terms as short as one to five years to meet the specific needs of some customers. The shorter the term, the less expensive the life insurance policy will be. Policies with higher face values will cost more. Term life insurance is usually the lowest in price and helps many people meet their life insurance needs.

These policies aren’t mutually exclusive. You can, if you’re a family man with plenty of responsibilities, take out a long-duration term policy, and then also get a smaller whole life policy as well. This will keep you covered for both the short term in case of disaster and the long term once the term insurance expires.

Finally there’s universal life insurance. Like whole life insurance, it doesn’t have an expiration date. It’s considerably more detailed than the other types of insurance, separating aspects of insurance that are commonly packaged together. Because of this extra layer of organization, some customers will prefer universal insurance to combine insurance with personal savings. Once the insurance builds up enough monetary worth it can be borrowed against, and the face value itself can even go up.  Universal life insurance is sufficiently complex that it would take a whole new article to really explain it, but those are the basics.