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Types of Life Insurance


There are various forms of life insurance products. Although features and benefits may vary, the following is a general description of typical characteristics of various types of life insurance policies.

  • Term Life Insurance. Term life insurance provides coverage for a specified and limited period of time (the "term"). Premiums for most term policies increase with age or at the end of each renewal period. After the policy or term ends, there is no benefit payment if the insured person survives beyond the policy period.
  • Whole Life Insurance. Whole life or ordinary life insurance is a form of permanent life insurance. This means it can provide coverage for the life of the insured. It also can build cash value, which is a savings feature. Premium payments typically remain level for the life of the insured.
  • Universal Life Insurance. Universal life insurance can also provide coverage for the life of the insured while at the same time providing flexibility in premium payments and in insurance coverage. The cost of insurance protection and, in some cases, other costs are deducted from the cash or policy account value.
  • Variable Life Insurance. Variable life insurance, a variation of whole life insurance, offers a fixed premium schedule and a minimum death benefit. But it differs from traditional whole life insurance in that cash values are invested in portfolios of securities in an account separate from the general assets of the insurance company. A policyholder has discretion in choosing the mix of investments the policy offers. The insurance company does not guarantee investment returns and your cash value will fluctuate.
  • Variable Universal Life Insurance. Variable universal life insurance combines features of universal life insurance and variable life insurance.
  • Most variable life insurance policies and variable universal life insurance policies are securities registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Registration requires that investors receive important financial and other significant information concerning the securities being offered for sale.

    This enables investors to judge for themselves if the securities are a good investment. These regulations also provide important remedies to investors if they can prove that there was incomplete or inaccurate disclosure of important information provided to them.


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