Term life Insurance
Term life insurance is designed for healthy individuals, typically is cost effective for short to mid term coverage. This coverage is suited for young to mid age individuals who need to replace lost income if they should die prematurely.
Term insurance is significantly cheaper than other forms of life insurance that carry cash value because the policy pays death benefits only for a specific period of time and doesn’t hold any cash value that permanent insurance policies carry.
The older you get the more expensive term life insurance becomes so the earlier you purchase the cheaper the coverage. The term of the policies typically run from one year upward to thirty years.
If you are in the market for life insurance shop around to get the best coverage for your dollar. I would suggest you start by searching the internet using term life insurance for your keyword.
Depending on the company you purchase from, you may have the ability to convert your term policy into a whole life insurance at a later date, but before the term policy expires.
As with any insurance product, makes sure you understand what you are buying. The more you know that better informed you will be as to making a wise buying decision.
Discuss with the company you are considering what additional riders may be available such as accelerated death benefits and guarantee renewals.
The older you get the costly the coverage and the more likely you will be required to take a health exam, of course the amount of coverage also plays an important part as well. As you get older you may find the cost prohibitive because of your age or current health issues.
Since term insurance is much cheaper than permanent, you could use the extra savings compare to whole life policies and invest the difference. That is assuming you have the discipline to invest the difference regularly for life.
An excellent investment strategy would be to invest the difference between term and permanent life cost with a no load mutual fund. Most mutual fund families sell their mutual funds with a minimum amount at $2,500 though there are other firms that allow $1,000 to start.
Daniel Iuculano, AAMS CMFC
Accredited Asset Management Specialist
Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor