Buying a life insurance policy can ensure a secure financial future for your family after your death. The proceeds from an insurance policy can provide for living, housing, and college expenses for your spouse and children. You should look into several aspects of this form of coverage before making your choice.
Term life coverage is bought for a certain amount of time only. The payout upon death is the face value of the policy if you die while the policy is in effect. You may be able to buy another policy after the term ends, but the company may charge higher premiums. This type of policy is best for healthy, young adults with small children.
Whole life form of coverage is like term policy except it remains in effect for a lifetime of the purchaser. The premiums for this type of policy are generally higher than for the term life policy. All the terms and conditions of the policy are set at policy issue time and cannot be altered afterwards.
Whole coverage lasts for an entire lifetime and can be cashed out at any time or left as is until you die. If you cash it out before you die, you will receive cash value, not the face value of the policy. Cash value is the amount, plus interest, of what has been paid in premiums.
Universal form of coverage is a policy that guarantees a set benefit, usually at retirement, no matter how badly the stock market performed. During the time you are making your premium payments, the money is invested in stock, bonds, and money-market accounts.
A viable cover is a policy that you can invest your money. Your family will be guaranteed a minimum death benefit if you did not do well in your investments. The US Security and Exchange Commission oversee this form of investment.
Medical and funeral costs can be covered if a child dies using the Child coverage. A majority of firms allow the child continue with the insurance to adulthood. A lot of this builds cash value though there could be a few term policies which could be bought for the child.
One can also attach certain existence insurance riders to a life insurance cover. These include the one that waives term premium when one is disabled for a period that is more than six months, the one that pay more cover if one was about to die during an accident and the one that allows one to collect all or a portion of the death benefit when one becomes terminally ill.