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  • Writer's pictureJoel Hyde

Life Insurance

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

I am getting to the age where I am thinking a bit about my mortality. Will my family be financially okay if I were to die? Life insurance can be complicated, but it is an important piece of a holistic financial plan.

There are various types of life insurance, each designed differently. The two most common types are:

1. Term Life Insurance: Term life insurance covers a specific period, typically 10 to 30 years. It pays a death benefit if the insured person dies during the policy term. Term life insurance is generally more affordable than other types of life insurance but does not accumulate cash value.

2. Whole Life Insurance: Whole life insurance is aptly named as it provides coverage during your whole life. It includes both a death benefit and a cash value component. Premiums are generally higher than those for term life insurance but remain level throughout the policy's life. The cash value grows over time and can be borrowed against or withdrawn by the policyholder.

Other life insurance options include:

1. Universal Life Insurance: Universal life insurance provides additional flexibility while combining a death benefit with a cash value component. Premium payments and the death benefit can be adjusted within certain limits.

2. Variable Life Insurance: Variable life mixes life insurance and investment options such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. The cash value and death benefit fluctuate based on the performance of the chosen investments. Higher risk, higher potential reward.

If you have any questions about the best type of coverage for you or how that fits into your overall planning, I would love to help.

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