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12 October 2016

The pros and cons of investing in a whole life insurance

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The pros and cons of investing in a whole life insurance

Insurance is a great way for us to prepare for some of the surprises in life that we have no control over. Many people see it as a great way to have security but it can also be an opportunity to invest in your future. Here’s a few thoughts about life insurance and hopefully they help you decide if its for you or if its not.

A whole life insurance is the most established type of permanent insurance policy that you can get on the market. Its ease of use together with its stability makes it a well-liked option. Under this kind of insurance policy, you will get permanent life coverage throughout your life. The policy doesn’t lapse, provided you are always paying premiums every year to keep it active.

Furthermore, the premiums and the death benefits that are quoted at the beginning of the policy will remain same throughout the coverage period. But, because your insurer will be investing your premiums, the policy can accumulate some cash reserves that you can use as premiums, savings, or another source of investments.

Pros

1. Lifetime policy

The policy will cover you for your whole life. Despite the fact that the premiums are more expensive, there is no worry regarding the possibility of premiums increasing, as it might be the case if you have a term life insurance policy, especially when the first term

expires.

2. The investment/savings feature

In case you are not good at investing or saving your money, then you may want to consider a whole life insurance policy. The money you invest in the stock market or any other investment and even the funds that you will leave in your savings account will earn interest which is taxable by the IRS.

But, the incredible benefit of this insurance policy is that you can take non-taxable loans from it. Besides, unlike other types of insurance, the benefit that is paid to the beneficiaries is also non-taxable.

3. It is guaranteed

The premiums that you pay are always guaranteed. The benefits are also guaranteed. It would take very unusual and extreme circumstances for huge insurance companies to fail.

Cons

1. Expensive policy

This policy will cost you more than what you could have paid in case you had chosen to have a term life policy. This is so since a portion of the premium that you pay is used to cover cash value accumulation feature.

2. Low-interest rates

The interest rate that you get on the cash value accumulation portion can be considerably less compared to if you had invested the money elsewhere. This is more of a long term investment and not a short investment where you see a higher interest rate.

3. It is inflexible

The policy is inflexible compared to other types of policies. You can know how the premiums that you pay are being used. You can`t also know the portion of your premiums that will be applied when determining death benefits.

The above are some pros and cons of a whole life insurance.

James Parton

James Parton

Born and raised in Portland, James is a gentlemen with diverse interests from the great outdoors, to design. He's a freelance journalist and editor-at-large here at Jaribo.

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