Life Insurance 101 – American Income Life Answering Your Questions

American Income Life insurance tips When you get down to it, life insurance is like a nice leather jacket. You have to find one that’s a perfect fit for you. There are different types of quality, and they seem to come in every size and shape under the sun. But once you find the right fit, you get an overwhelming sense of comfort. Unlike leather jackets though, life insurance can potentially stay with you for the rest of your life.

That being said, not all people need the maximum amount of coverage. If you’re single with no dependents, you won’t need as much life insurance as a person who supports a large family. People with families have more expenses to worry about such as mortgage protection or college expenses for their children. As you can see, life insurance needs aren’t static; they change depending on your circumstances.

There are two main types of life insurance: cash value products and term life. Factors that may contribute to the cost of life insurance include:
• Age
• Gender
• Health
• Family history
• Hazardous activities (parachuting, vehicle racing, bungee jumping, etc.)
• Criminal record

Term life insurance provides coverage for a limited period of time. Term life periods of insurability usually range from five to 30 years. Because of this, term life insurance is usually less expensive than whole life. Premiums can increase due to changes in health, age, or other criteria.

Cash value products are exactly what they sound like; they build cash value tax-free. Potentially, you can borrow against them as long as you’ve met the product requirements. There are several varieties of cash value products including:
• Whole life
• Universal life
• Variable universal life

Whole life insurance provides coverage for your entire life and can also build cash and loan value with premium payments. Whole life has lifelong guaranteed premiums and includes death benefit and cash value.
Universal life is identical to whole life policies, but has greater flexibility in premium payments, guaranteed death benefit, and cash value accumulation.

Variable universal life, often called adjustable life, allows you to invest the cash value part of your life insurance into stocks, bonds, or other programs which may increase your cash value. However, if the investments don’t do well, your cash value could diminish.

Here are some additional tips about life insurance:
• Term life policies can be converted to whole life policies
• Insurance should not be purchased as an investment tool
• If there is misleading information on an application for insurance, the insurance company isn’t obligated to provide full coverage

American Income Life has additional life insurance products and services that you may be interested in. When you think of life insurance, make sure you research the companies you plan to deal with. Look for financial strength ratings to make sure the company is stable and can pay claims. American Income Life has earned the A+ (Superior) Financial Strength Rating from A.M. Best Company (as of 6/11). To learn more about life insurance, visit American Income Life. Our Representatives would be happy to talk with you about the products and services we offer.


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