A life insurance policy pays a stated amount to the beneficiaries of the policy in the event the named insured dies. There are two types of life insurance policies: “term insurance” and “permanent insurance” also known as “whole life insurance”.
Term Life Insurance
The death benefit and premium remain the same throughout the term of the policy. The option for renewing Term Insurance is usually in 20 or 30 year
Permanent or Whole Life Insurance
There is no policy term. As long as the required premiums are paid, the policy will pay in the event the insured dies.
There is also a forced savings since a portion of the premium is put into a tax deferred savings account that builds a cash value which the policy owner can borrow funds against. Any amount borrowed and not repaid at the time of the insured’s death reduces the death benefit; also, if you decide to terminate the policy, you will get back the “cash surrender value.”