Life insurance is a vital financial tool that provides peace of mind, security, and protection to your loved ones in the event of your passing. However, navigating the world of life insurance can be overwhelming due to the wide range of options available. In this guide, we’ll break down the various types of life insurance based on their features and underwriting methods to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your financial goals and needs.
Types of Life Insurance by Features:
- Term Life Insurance
Term life insurance offers coverage for a specified period of time, usually ranging from 10 to 40 years. It provides a tax-free death benefit to your beneficiaries if you pass away during this term. It’s a straightforward and affordable life insurance option, making it ideal for those who want to ensure financial security for their loved ones during a specific period, such as when raising children, paying off a mortgage or until retirement age. In the vast majority of cases, this is the type of life insurance we recommend for our LCLI clients.
- Whole Life Insurance
Whole life insurance, also known as permanent life insurance, covers you for your entire lifetime. It combines a guaranteed death benefit with a savings component known as cash value, which grows over time at a guaranteed rate. Whole-life policies tend to have higher premiums than term policies while also offering a cash value that can be borrowed against or used for various financial purposes.
- Universal Life Insurance
Universal life insurance is another type of permanent coverage that provides flexibility in premium payments and death benefits. It allows you to adjust the amount and frequency of premium payments and, similar to whole life, offers a cash value component. While universal life insurance does combine life insurance coverage and a fixed investment element from within the same product, universal life generally does not provide a contractually guaranteed lifetime level premium and death benefit like a whole life policy does.
- Variable Life Insurance
Variable life insurance combines a death benefit with investment options. Policyholders can allocate their premiums among various investment options, such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. This type of policy carries more investment risk and potential for higher returns than traditional whole or universal life insurance but also does not generally provide a guaranteed lifetime level premium and death benefit.
- Burial Insurance
Burial insurance, also known as final expense insurance, is designed to cover the costs associated with funeral and burial expenses. It is usually a smaller policy amount ranging from $10,000-$25,000 which makes it affordable for seniors or those with this type of specific financial need.
Types of Life Insurance by Underwriting
- Fully Underwritten Life Insurance
Fully underwritten life insurance involves a thorough evaluation of your health and lifestyle factors by the insurance company. This “traditional” underwriting process is what you may be most familiar with and typically includes a medical exam, blood tests, and a review of medical records. Your premium rates are determined based on the results of these assessments. Individuals in good health may qualify for more favorable rates.
- Simplified Issue Life Insurance
Simplified issue life insurance requires less extensive underwriting compared to fully underwritten policies. While there may still be health-related questions, medical exams are usually not part of the underwriting process.
- No Medical Exam Life Insurance
As the name suggests, no medical exam life insurance generally doesn’t require a medical examination. This option has the potential for you to apply for coverage up to $2,000,000 and be approved, pay the initial premium and receive your new life insurance policy within 24 hours. This is a relatively new underwriting platform offered by a variety of different life insurance companies and provides your desired coverage at the same price as a fully medically underwritten policy.
- Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance
Guaranteed issue life insurance has no health-related questions or medical exams. It is designed for
individuals who have difficulty obtaining traditional life insurance due to age or health conditions.
While it provides coverage, it usually comes with much higher premiums and lower death benefits
ranging between $5,000-$10,000.
Let Low Cost Life Insurance Help Guide You
Choosing the right life insurance policy involves careful consideration of your financial situation, goals, and risk tolerance. The wide array of options, from term to whole, universal to variable, and various underwriting methods, provides a solution for everyone’s needs. To make an informed decision, assessing your current circumstances, future objectives, and budgetary constraints is crucial. Low Cost Life Insurance can help you navigate this complex landscape and find the policy that best aligns with your unique situation. Remember, the right life insurance policy can provide you and your loved ones invaluable peace of mind.