How Does a Whole Life Insurance Policy Work?

It is quite common knowledge that you have a life insurance paying out when the insured person passes away. While there are different kinds of life insurance policies, a whole life insurance policy has stark differences as compared to a term or a universal policy. So, how does it work and what are the big advantages?

A whole life policy does not have a predefined term that is defined during the insurance policy. While it does provide a death benefit and a strong protection over the entire life period of the person that is insured, the policy is deemed valid only as long as the premiums are paid in full. Hence, this kind of policy serves as both an investment package as well as an insurance package. The idea of utilising such a policy comes to good effect when you accumulate a strong cash value towards the policy and this can be used as collateral to borrow or even withdraw during the insurance period.

Quite obviously, there would be a lower return rate as compared to other popular insurance policies. The obvious benefits that comes with this kind of a policy is that there would be a fixed premium and you are aware of the costs that you have to pay. On the flip side though, you are not going to be able to claim flexible premiums as supported by other insurance policies. At the same time, a big advantage offered by a whole life policy is that you have lifetime coverage and you have the option of calling it quits at any time with a surrender fee to be paid. Even though there would be a lower rate of return as opposed to other investments, one good point is that you have tax deferred cash accumulation; which gives you a higher rate.

While there are fixed term insurance policies available today, they do not cover a person for an entire life time and since they are generally long term polices, the risk coverage reduces as the cash value increase over a period of time. Hence, in the event that you pass away, the beneficiary would get a total of the policy amount and the total premium value.

A life insurance policy is definitely a great idea today. It would keep your family secure in drastic events and it could give your family that much needed financial support during a crisis. It would be a strong supplement as it would be expectedly a larger insured value. Make the right choice by choosing the right insurance policy for you and your loved ones. Life insurance is the perfect way to be prepared for the worst.

Term Life Insurance Companies, Their Ratings And More

There are countless term insurance life insurance companies. As someone who’s been a life insurance professional for more than 20 years, I can honestly say that the best term life insurance companies, the top rated term life insurance companies, and the best rated term life insurance companies are very similar. It’s not to say they are all exactly alike but they are usually similar. To compare term life insurance companies is really a matter of what’s important to prospective insurance client.

Your priority

My experience has been that what most people are concerned with when it comes to term insurance is what it will cost them.

Clearly some term life insurance companies are more highly rated by companies such as A.M. Best, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor.

Some of the factors that determine a company’s rating are:

  • Financial strength
  • Financial stability
  • Ability to pay claims
  • Claims paying expediency

If any of these factors, among the others that are used, are important to you when you compare term life insurance companies, how important are these factors to you in comparison to price?

What if one company is considered one of the best term life insurance companies in the industry but the premium cost is double that for the same amount of coverage by one that is not considered one of the best rated term life insurance companies?

What’s your priority?

Ratings

Similar to being in school, term life insurance companies and all insurance companies are rated on an A-F basis.

Seems easy to understand, right?

Did you know that and “A” rated company can be rated anywhere from A++ to A-?

Did you know that different ratings companies, including those mentioned above use different criteria to determine ratings?

Did you know that an insurance company can be rated differently by the different ratings companies?

If an insurer receives a favorable rating from one rating company and a less favorable one from another rating company, which one do you think they’re going to make sure you’re aware of?

Underwriting

Insurance companies use the term underwriting to determine who pays how much for what. Different companies have different underwriting guidelines. Its name literally means that someone in the company places a signature on the policy saying a particular person meets the company’s underwriting guidelines.

There are three main methods used for underwriting life insurance policies:

  • Fully underwritten-most common-may involve medical exam (blood/urine specimen/attending physician statement).
  • Simplified issue-less common-no medical exam-decision regarding issue usually swift
  • Guaranteed issue-anyone who applies and meets certain conditions is guaranteed that a policy will be issued-(includes accidental death insurance and graded death benefit policies)

There are also different underwriting classifications. The most common:

  • Preferred-best rates
  • Standard-most common
  • Sub-standard, also known as rated or table

Some companies subdivide the classifications. For example:

  • Super preferred
  • Ultra preferred
  • Standard plus

Table can be in the form of a number (usually 1-6) or a letter (usually A-G) – the higher the number or letter, the higher the premium.

Convertibility

Some companies allow for conversion of a term policy to a permanent policy at a later date without proving insurability.

Other companies allow for conversion but require proof of insurability.

Some companies do not offer convertibility at all.

If convertibility is offered, it is often within certain time limits.

If you’re sure you want term and nothing else, then this is not something you need to consider.

Price

The main factors that affect price:

1. Health

2. Age

3. Life style

They are numbered as such because that is generally the order of priority companies use to classify prospective clients.

Poor health can and will exclude someone regardless of age and lifestyle and no amount of money will buy insurance. On the other hand excellent health can go a long way in reducing premiums.

A person’s age is the next factor. The age is compared to mortality rates. Different companies have different charts for mortality rates.

Another way to describe mortality rate is how many years someone of their age is away from death.

Statistically speaking, insurance companies know pretty accurately how many people of a certain age will die before their next birthday.

Life style is the third factor. The most common consideration is whether someone smokes but there are others as well, such as what someone does for a living. Certain professions are more hazardous than others.

A person’s hobbies have an effect as well. Sky diving, and speed racing are often frowned upon, and may not result in denial of coverage, but could result in higher premiums.

Regardless of all factors, female rates are nearly always lower than male rates.

Fully underwritten vs. simplified issue vs. guaranteed issue

All things being equal, fully underwritten is going to result in the best priced premium. However, often times all things are not equal.

Are you sure your health is as good as you think it is or is it possible a blood/urine sample, saliva swab, or doctor’s report could reveal something you’re not aware of, or if you’re not the most ethical person, perhaps something you simply don’t want to reveal?

A fully underwritten policy takes much more into consideration when determining rating class and price than a simplified issue policy.

Depending on your point of view, that can be an advantage or a disadvantage.

Assuming you’re being honest and there’s not already information reported about you to the medical information bureau (MIB), your chances of a policy being issued as applied for are as high as 9 out of 10 if you apply for a simplified issue policy.

On the other hand, there is about a 60% chance you will not qualify for a fully underwritten policy as applied for.

A guaranteed issue policy will definitely be issued. You will know if you qualify before actually signing the application. It’s either yes or no. However because it’s guaranteed, the price is usually much higher, unless it is a conditional policy such as an accidental death policy.

Conclusion

Unless you know the ropes and/or can take the time to weigh all the factors when comparing term life insurance companies, an experienced professional can steer you the best term life insurance companies for you to consider.

Having said that, if you want to be absolutely sure that you’ll get the insurance you want, it’s best to buy a guaranteed issue policy.

If you’re pretty sure you’re in good health but don’t want to go to the trouble of a medical exam or paramedical exam (blood/urine), or you don’t want to reveal certain matters that could affect your ability to obtain insurance, you should consider a simplified issue policy.

Once you qualify for a policy, assuming no fraud is involved, the only one who can cancel the policy once it’s been issued is you. The insurance company cannot cancel you as long as the premiums are paid.

Perhaps it makes sense to apply for a guaranteed or simplified issue policy first. Once issued then shop for the best price and/or the best rated term life insurance companies.

Reasons to Buy Term Life Insurace

We all have different needs and wants in our lives, but one thing that most of us need is some type of life insurance policy. We all want to believe we are invincible and nothing will ever happen to us. And I hope nothing bad ever does, but according to Guinness World Records, (this is straight from their site) “the greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment (France). Born on 21 February 1875 to Nicolas (1837 – 1931) and Marguerite (neĆ© Gilles 1838 – 1924), Jeanne died at a nursing home in Arles, southern France on 4 August 1997.” This just illustrates that we are not invincible and we only get to enjoy this lifetime for a relatively short period of time so we might as well be prepared.

There are generally 3 types of life insurance: Term, Whole Life and Universal. I’m going to talk a little about term today. It’s what my wife and I personally have (as well as some whole life) and it’s what I believe the most in. Why buy life insurance? Here’s the short answer highlighting some of the main reasons of why you should consider buying life insurance:

  1. Pay the mortgage for your spouse
  2. Replace your income so your spouse can pay the monthly bills
  3. Pay any debt you may have so your spouse doesn’t have to worry about it
  4. Pay for funeral costs
  5. Finance future needs such as a child’s education or spouses retirement
  6. Continue a family business

Term Life Insurance

Today I’m going to go over term life insurance. It is what it sounds like. It is designed to last a specific period of time. At the end of that time, or when the term is up, the policy is finished. Typically at the end of the term the policy is expired and you pay no more premiums and you do not get any money back. There are variations of a term policy that allows you to get money back and renew it etc., but I’m only going to talk about a straight term. The different variations should be discussed with your agent to see what fits your needs. Term policies can be 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 years long. You get to choose the period of time you want the policy in force based on your personal situation.

Term policies are also the most affordable policies mainly because they expire at the end of the term and you get nothing back when it expires. I know that doesn’t make it sound like a smart choice, but it can be. For example:

Say you are 30 years old, are married, have a house with 20 years left on the mortgage and a 5 year old child. One option would be to get a 20 year term policy to last as long as the mortgage and long enough to get your child through college. After that you might not have a need for as much life insurance. Let’s say your mortgage is $100,000 and you want your spouse to be able to pay off the mortgage and have $20,000 a year to raise your child if something were to happen to you. $20,000 a year for 20 years plus $100,000 mortgage totals $500,000. That’s a lot of money, but that is a realistic number that your spouse would need if you didn’t make it home the next day.

A lot of people see that $500,000 and think there is no way they can afford that kind of insurance policy. You can. A healthy 30 year old non-smoking male or female should be able get a policy like this for less than $25 a month. I am willing to spend $25 a month for myself and $25 a month for my wife to make sure that we are financially taken care of is something happens to one of us. I probably spend more than $50 a month between food spoiling that I don’t cook in time or snacks at the gas station. If I can afford to do that then you better believe I will find $50 to make sure my family will be taken care of. If you are wanting to get a policy that gives you money back when it expires you will have to pay a little more, but you at the end of the term you will get back all your premiums that you paid. That’s why term policies are so attractive. A lot of coverage for a low premium.

Many people still don’t have life insurance to take care of their families. There are a variety of reasons for this. Below I’ve listed 3 of the most common excuses people give me when I talk to them. Remember, life insurance is one of many tools designed to help your family prevent a financial catastrophe.

1. I can’t afford it.

  • I already showed you it can be affordable. You don’t even need to get the exact amount you need. Just by having some insurance to make it a little easier for your family is better than nothing at all.

2. I don’t need it

  • Do you have a spouse and/or child? Do you think you may someday pass away? Then you should at least talk to an agent about options out there. Even if you’re single, someone will have to pay your funeral expenses if you pass away so you might want to look into getting some insurance as well.

3. I don’t have time to meet with an agent.

  • Really? You don’t have a half hour? How long is Chicago Fire or whatever your favorite show is? An agent will go to you and is willing to work evenings and weekends. Most of us can find a little time. Now there are even term policies that can be issued within 24 hours and don’t require a medical exam. The policies with no medical exams will save you all kinds of time.

Now, let’s go back to being invincible. We’re not. None of us are. We probably all have been to a benefit for a family that had a premature death that created not only an emotional hardship, but a financial one as well. That’s why there was a benefit in the first place, because the family didn’t have life insurance.

The bottom line, talk to an agent about life insurance. Just start the conversation. Find an agent you trust that has access to all the different options so you get what you need.

Finding Life Assurance Quotes That Fit Your Needs

Your finances and life security are two important things you shouldn’t neglect. It’s vital that you find a good, yet inexpensive life assurance that fits your needs. It all starts by searching for life assurance quotes.

Realise that there are many kinds of policies for life assurance. Know what these policies are, and then figure out which policy value is best for you before you set out to compare rates to get the cheapest quotes.

The reality is that life insurance types don’t differ much from each other; they just have slight differences that you need to pay attention to.

These differences include the duration of the policy coverage and the paying mechanisms for the premiums, among others.

It isn’t that difficult to get the intimate details about a low cost quote, but trust that you do have to do your homework in order to fully understand the range of products offered today and which one is best for you.

When you’re ready, take the time to evaluate the policy values closely. As much as you want to get the biggest one (so you get the biggest coverage and perhaps a higher return of investment), you have to factor in the other things in your life that you pay for.

These include any mortgages, loans, credit cards or other debts that you’re currently committed to and how many dependants you have right now.

All of these “little extras” are day-to-day costs that can add up to a significant sum and could very well determine how much of a budget you should allocate for your life assurance. In addition, factor in the inflation rate in the coming years; simply round up some estimates to get a good idea.

Relevant Life Assurance Quotes

When you’re searching for life assurance quotes, get in touch with companies that offer life assurance plans that are relevant to your needs. Each quote should show you exactly how much you’re going to pay and what you’ll get in return.

It pays to investigate at the right place for life assurance quotes. You can apply at insurance company websites, this is probably the fastest and easiest way to get a life policy these days.

A quick online application were you can briefly enter your details and what your budget is will do the work for you then get back to you with different policy quotes that meet your criteria.

It pays to enter your details just once at a site that will compare multiple insurance policies rather than multiple times at none comparison websites because the right site can likely find good policies that you wouldn’t have found on your own.

Try to get the life assurance quotes you need right away – because the younger you are, the better the rates of the premiums will be for you.

A Financially Secure Future With Life Insurance Quotes

Nowadays, most people know that by taking out the right life insurance coverage they can provide complete financial protection for their loved ones or family members in case of their death or future risk that may occur. So this is the main reason why buyers think about life insurance plans; moreover, increasing awareness about its importance of correct coverage is leading people to consider insurance as an essential product – not a luxury product!

This is because agents assure buyers that in accordance to their T&C as given in any plan selected via the policy buyer, death benefits are immediately provided to the beneficiary selected by the policy buyers. This means their chosen insurance company will protect insured person’s family’s future risk by providing need funds.

Therefore, a lot of individuals are thinking about taking out life coverage policies in younger days in their career, or if their company does not provide them life coverage under worker’s life insurance plan. For example, a businessman cannot have the benefit of getting low-cost life coverage plans similar to multi-national company’s employee. But, they also know the significance of providing monetary support to their loved ones or family members for their future monetary needs after cautiously estimating the current responsibilities, their financial plan for deciding an affordable insurance plan so they can buy the correct policy easily.

For getting the right life insurance plan, knowing the basics is the greatest way to start any type of learning. So similarly, if you will know basics of life insurance before buying a policy you’ll get the right plan. Because of this, financial specialists suggest insurance buyers to start their search and compare their chosen insurance company’s rate, T&C features with other insurance companies.

By requesting quotes about policies from various insurance providers one can become a smart life insurance buyer. By doing this, buyers will be empowered to contrast and compare the advantages of every scheme, according to their financial plan for an affordable premium and thus, be able to provide financial protection to their family in future.

Many times, obtaining quotes from different coverage insurers before one’s eyes is only the step that is required to calculate premiums monthly. By knowing the fixed rates for current life coverage plans, persons can decide a provisional budget and determine which plan is practical for them. By extending the budget’s limit, death benefits can be made extensive for the beneficiary; or buyers can judge exactly if by lessening the premium, they are able to pay the premiums more easily.

This handy guide will help you buy the right life insurance. If a policy buyer wants to achieve an affordable plan and avail peace of mind then policy buyer needs to follow all these aspects from above given guidelines for providing financial protection to their family, in case of insured person’s death But, keep in mind, the primary step towards availing this aim of a protected financial future risk for the loved ones or family is beginning with getting current life coverage policy quotes.

Getting Life Insurance Quotes Online

If you happen to find a good life insurance agent, they could be the better person to appraise your situation. They will need to identify what your financial situation is and subsequently will be able to recommend you of the best choices. If you comprehend what type of insurance you want will assist in obtaining a life assurance rate quote. At the same time as in anything, you will want to shop around for the best quote that you can get.

The problematical facts of life will always push us to get insured. There is simply one thing that is guaranteed to take place and that is we all die. And to the majority people the first thing they would like to identify is how much does life insurance price. To complete this you have to calculate and do several mathematical calculations if you want do it manually. But there are a lot of sites where you can visit and find the quotes.

It is the insurance premium or the amount of money that you will disburse when you buy a policy or plan. Having a quote will assist you figure out if you can afford to buy it or not. The act of giving the amount on an insurance plan is referred to as an insurance quote, thus when the quote is provided online it is recognized as an online quote.

Obtaining online life insurance quotes could be very useful to anyone that is planning on finding an insurance policy or plan. You can utilize the quotes to contrast the different policies before you decide the one that is best for you. Therefore, obtaining quotes online is certainly a smart move because it can assist you get the best policy for you at a cost that you can afford.

The majority companies will have links to online quotes request forms. Consumers seeking life insurance quotes will be required to accomplish the form and submit it online in order to accept quotes. The online forms are commonly simple, frequently taking simply 5-10 minutes to accomplish.

Once the form is complete it can frequently be submitted online to the life insurance company. A number of insurance companies will come straight back to you with an instant quote, others will revert back with a quote in 24-72 hours, either by e-mail or by telephone. A lot of companies also back their insurance quotes up with a representative quotation by post.

It is significant to contrast online life insurance quotes because this is the simply way that you can obtain the best price for the life indemnity you want to get. Now, when you are seeking a quote online you need to know that there is more than one type of life assurance. It is essential that you take a look at all of your different choices before you begin looking for quotes.