Whole Life Insurance policies are more expensive than the more popular Term Life Insurance policies but with the extra expense comes additional options that make Whole Life policies more attractive to many consumers when compared to Term Life policies. The most glaring advantage of Whole Life Insurance, besides the lack of expiration date, is the ability of the insured to take out a loan with the cash accrued by the policy, so long as the premiums are kept up to date, the policy and its advantages do not expire until the insured does. The term life policy, however, can expire before the death benefit is paid out, thus leaving the previously insured person in a position of attempting to find a new policy or renew the other policy at an older age that brings with it, higher insurance premiums.
Whole Life Insurance policies carry with them additional features that are hard for some people to resist, as well as beneficial riders that most people deem necessary for extra protection for their loved ones. The most popular riders added to the whole life policies are accident benefits and accrued benefits in the case of disability.
It is true that whole life insurance is more costly that term life insurance, but its premium is the same throughout life, as the policy is guaranteed throughout the insured’s life as well. Term life insurance might be cheaper for the first term, maybe twenty years for a policy, but then the renewal will base the insured’s new premium on their new “older” age and mortality bracket. If at this time the consumer decides upon a whole life policy at this older and wiser age, the premium will be phenomenally more than it would have been for the same dollar value policy twenty years earlier. In the end, the consumer ends up paying thousands of dollars more in the long run, having to purchase a more expensive life insurance policy later in life, and additionally, he or she does not have the extra twenty years of savings and investment income from the whole life policy. So, ageing might bring with it wisdom, but it also brings higher insurance premiums as well. In the case of whole life insurance, it pays to do a bit of research in order to make the better choice the first choice.
Those opposed to whole life policies will use the time honored saying, “Keep Insurance and Investments Separate!” However, as good as this idea may seem, it does not go on to explain that the consumers are expected to use the money they save each month with the cheaper term life premium and use that “extra” cash to invest and make money by investing themselves. First, a person must be committed to take an amount of money that is touted as “extra” and invest it each month in whatever they see fit. Second, in this time of financial hardship, people who are short on “extra” money might not really have the excess to invest, and probably wouldn’t know where to start when it came to investments and stock portfolios and the like. So, it might cost more in the beginning, but the whole life insurance carrier knows how to invest that “extra” money the insured consumers so willingly pay into their future and their families’ future every month. Leave investing to those in the loop and remember it is always easier to do things right the first time!