People have the greatest need for life insurance early in their adult lives when there are minimal financial assets coupled with high costs, such as child care, and significant debt, such as a mortgage. The unexpected death of a spouse at this stage of life would be financially devastating.
There are two main types of life insurance: term insurance and permanent insurance. Term insurance has a guaranteed premium (cost) for a fixed term, usually 10, 20 or 30 years. After the term has expired, the premium goes up, often substantially. If the insurance planning was done well, your life insurance need at the end of the term will be minimal, and you can cancel the policy instead of paying the higher renewal rates.
There are multiple forms of permanent insurance. The simplest form is Term 100, which is like a term-insurance policy that has a fixed premium until the age of 100. Whole-life insurance is similar in that it is payable with a fixed premium until 100, but it also has a cash value building up in the policy over time. You can borrow against the cash value, or use it as collateral for a loan, and you keep the cash value if you cancel the policy. Limited-pay whole-life is similar to whole life, but the premiums only need to be paid for a fixed number of years, and then the policy is guaranteed until death.
Based on the lower cost of term-life insurance, and the typically declining need for life insurance over time, term-life insurance tends to be the most sensible solution for most people.
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