Protecting your family with the right amount and right type of life insurance is an important responsibility. The first step is to determine how much life insurance you need to fully protect your loved ones. Once you know how much you need, the next step is to decide what type of coverage is right for you.
There are two basic types of life insurance to choose from:
- Permanent insurance offers lifetime protection, which means that your beneficiaries will receive a death benefit no matter how long you live. Whole life insurance is one type of permanent coverage that also accumulates guaranteed cash value which can be used to help address life’s opportunities and challenges. For example, people may buy homes because they need places to live. However, during the latter part of their lives, the equity in their homes may help them address other financial needs, such as helping to pay for their children’s college educations or providing additional funds for retirement.
- Term insurance provides temporary coverage for a specific period of time and only offers death benefit protection. Consequently, the initial premiums for term insurance may be lower than for a comparable amount of permanent coverage. In addition, there is no cash value component with term life insurance.
Many people find that a combination of both permanent and term coverage helps provide the protection and accumulation they need, at a price they can afford.
Douglas W. Greene CFP® CLU®
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