Which Type of Life Insurance Fits Me Best?

Scarsdale CPA Paul Herman has all the answers to your personal finance questions! As we pass lifetime milestones such as getting married, having children and starting a business, the need for life insurance grows increasingly important. However, choosing a specific type of life insurance can be a tricky process. Discover which type of life insurance is the best match for you:

There are 7 major types of life insurance:

  • Term
  • Renewable
  • Re-entry
  • Level
  • Decreasing
  • Cash Value
  • Whole Life
  • Universal Life
  • Variable Universal
  • Variable Whole Life
▼ Term

Term insurance is best described as a policy for which you pay over a specific amount of time. In the event that you die within that period of time, your beneficiaries will receive a payoff.

Types of Life Insurance from Scarsdale Tax Preparers

Get to know the different types of life insurance available to determine the best match for you.

People that are under the age of 40 will find this package less costly than a whole life policy. These policies generally do not build in cash value. However, they can convert over to a whole life policy without a mandatory physical.

▼ Renewable

The policy which is bought most frequently is the Renewable Term Policy. This policy renews every year without you having to do anything, and there is no need to input any new information or take physicals. This can continue every year until you are in your 70s. The policy will increase incrementally every year, along with your age.

▼ Re-entry

With this life insurance policy, you will have to periodically take physicals for the company to judge your rate of risk. If you don’t, you will be subject to paying an extra premium.

▼ Level

In the Level Term policies, you will be locked into a given rate of premium and you will stay there during a certain period (although not necessarily during the entire period of coverage).

▼ Decreasing

A Decreasing policy is one which decreases in face value with time while the premium remains the same.

▼ Whole Life

Whole Life is the most traditional policy given; this has a cash-value build up, sometimes offers dividends, and provides death benefits. This is not a policy that needs to be renewed constantly, as long as the payments are made, the policy will continue until death.

▼ Universal Life

This policy is similar to the whole life policy. However, it offers more flexibility in many ways; you will have different options in cash value growth and the payment of premiums.

 Variable Universal

Variable Universal policies will give you the option to choose the investments for your cash value. This is more risky, but simultaneously gives you more control over where this money is invested.

 Variable Whole Life

This is the same as the previous in regards to control over the investments that are made. The difference between these two is the same as the difference between Whole Life and Variable.

Our Scarsdale tax preparers here at Herman & Company CPA’s are here for all your financial needs. Please contact us for all inquiries and to receive your free personal finance consultation!

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