Life Insurance is love insurance.
Life insurance is a way to provide protection and financial support to your loved ones in their most vulnerable times. It acts as a safety net for your family, ensuring that they receive a predetermined sum of money, known as a death benefit when you pass away. This money can help cover many expenses such as funeral costs, outstanding debts, and mortgage payments, while also providing financial stability during a difficult time.
• Guaranteed coverage for a set period of time or until a specified age, as long as premiums are paid
• Typically renewable once the time period has expired, although premiums are likely to increase
• Provides a death benefit if you die within that defined period of time – it does not accumulate cash value
• Generally allows you to purchase a higher death benefit for your premium dollars; frequently the most affordable coverage
WHOLE LIFE INSURANCE
• Also known as “permanent” insurance because it remains in force for your lifetime as long as you pay the scheduled premiums
• Premiums are designed to remain level over the life of the policy
• You have the potential to build cash value that is tax-deferred and you may be able to access these funds on a tax-advantaged basis
• Upon your passing, your beneficiaries will receive the amount of the death benefit, minus any outstanding loans and loan interest that may be due on the policy
UNIVERSAL LIFE INSURANCE
Universal Life is another type of permanent life insurance that has flexibility built into it:
• The flexibility allows you to adjust the face amount of your policy, and the premiums you pay
• Build cash value without paying current income taxes on the increases and you can potentially access the funds using tax-free loans and withdrawals
• Flexibility also allows you to stop paying premiums if there is enough accumulated value in your policy to cover the cost of insurance each month.
•You can also then pay additional premiums to build back up accumulated cash value
• You may be able to increase or decrease your death benefit depending on your life insurance needs.
- An increase may require additional underwriting
- Two of the most popular types of Universal Life policies are Fixed Universal Life and Indexed Universal Life.
- One of the main differences between them is how the policy’s interest is credited. Both offer you varying degrees of guarantees and returns, based on your appetite for risk.
• Fixed Universal Life – interest rate is declared by the company
• Indexed Universal Life – interest is based on the changes in value of a major market index
THERE'S MORE TO LIFE
What Are Living Benefits?
Life insurance can do more than pay a death benefit. With powerful riders you may be able to accelerate the death benefit due to a qualifying illness or injury and potentially provide a guaranteed source of retirement income if you live too long.
Accelerated Benefits Riders are optional, no additional cost riders that can allow you to access all or part of the death benefit while you are living if you experience a qualifying terminal, chronic, or critical illness or critical injury.
You can use the benefit for any purpose, with the exception that ABR proceeds for chronic illness in the state of Massachusetts can only be used to pay for expenses incurred for Qualified Long-Term Care services.*