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Term Insurance or Whole Life Insurance?
By Jonas Zamora
March 13, 2007
Jonas Zamora is a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are two main types of insurance – term and permanent/whole life insurance. For many, term insurance is a good route because it is the least expensive life insurance. Some folks like the many bells and whistles that go with permanent insurance along with life time coverage. Of course this makes whole life insurance more costly.
Term insurance is the least expensive. Benefits are payable at death as long as it occurs during the term of the policy. Coverage is purchased at a specific price for a specific period – the length of period can range usually from one year to 30 years.
If you have certain expenses that need to be paid off during a certain period, term is the way to go. Such expenses, like your mortgage or college education for children, are great examples of this. Let’s say you have a 15-year mortgage and your debt is $250,000. You may consider a 15-year policy to protect your family for the amount you owe. Same thing if you have young children. Match up the amount of insurance you buy with your expected tuition bill. Keep in mind that you must adjust today’s college expenses for inflation.
Remember that term insurance is inexpensive because your coverage lasts for a limited time and there is no investment component. The money you save by purchasing term instead of whole life, however, could always go into your own investment account or disability insurance.
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