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Permanent Life Insurance or Term Life Insurance: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Each to Decide What's Best for You

Here are the key differences between permanent and term life policies

Financial protection is a prerequisite for every family, regardless of the number of family members.Premium
Financial protection is a prerequisite for every family, regardless of the number of family members.

Financial protection is a prerequisite for every family, regardless of the number of family members. However, the sheer number of plans available in the market can be confusing. So, if you want to choose between a permanent life insurance policy and term plans, this post is for you. Here, we will present the key differences between permanent and term life policies. So, let's learn the details from the points below.

Term Insurance Plan – What Is It?

Term insurance offers coverage for a certain timeframe, such as 5 to 30 years. The policyholder can pay an annual or monthly fee for the insurance.

The beneficiaries will get death benefits from the insurance provider if the insured member passes away before this period expires. It's worth noting that his policy has no maturity benefit. The premiums only cover the insured member for the duration of the policy. As a result, it is less expensive than permanent insurance policies.

Pros-

Presented below are some benefits of investing in a term plan:

  • More affordable premiums make a great fit for individuals who want to get maximum coverage at the lowest cost.
  • If you wish to have a time horizon considering your insurance plan, a term insurance plan offers great benefits (coverage for a specific timeframe).
  • More straightforward to understand than other plans (it does not include any complicated contracts).

Cons-

These are some drawbacks of term life policies:

  • If you survive the policy term, you won't get any cash value (premiums don't include investments or savings).
  • Premiums increase during the renewal period.
  • This type of plan might not be suitable for people who are looking for a dual benefit of savings and flexibility.

Permanent Life Insurance in a Nutshell

As the name suggests, a permanent life insurance plan has no expiration date or set time. It has a higher premium than a term life plan but offers more inclusive coverage.

Also referred to as wholelife insurance, this insurance plan offers coverage for an insured's lifetime. It lasts as long as premiums are paid timely. That means the plan lasts until the insured dies. These insurance plans can accumulate cash value over time as compared to term policies.

Pros-

Here are a few advantages of this policy:

  • Offers lifetime insurance coverage
  • Accumulates cash value over the years

Cons-

The following are the downsides of this plan:

  • More expensive than any other life insurance policies, including term plans
  • More challenging and complex to understand than any other policies

A Table Illustrating the Difference Between Term Life Insurance and Whole Life Insurance

If you wish to learn the difference between term life and permanent life insurance, you must learn the key parameters. Below is the table mentioning the key differences between term life and whole life insurance policies:

A Table Illustrating the Difference Between Term Life Insurance and Whole Life Insurance
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A Table Illustrating the Difference Between Term Life Insurance and Whole Life Insurance

Final Verdict – The Decision Is Yours

Ensuring your loved ones are in good financial health after your sudden demise is crucial. That's the prime reason to invest in a term plan. On the other hand, someone who wishes to offer protection and get investment opportunities may opt for permanent life policies. So, considering your requirements, you can choose the plan accordingly.

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Published: 26 Dec 2023, 07:08 PM IST
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