Life vs. Term
A simple illustration can be used to show the basic difference
between Whole Life and Term Life.
Whole Life is like owning a home.
Term Life is like renting a home.
Term Life guarantees a level death benefit and level premium
for a limited time (1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years). Term
Life does not build cash value, just as tenants do not build
equity in a rented home.
Due to the low premium, Term Life allows you to purchase
the most insurance for your money.
Whole Life guarantees a permanent death benefit. Dividends
are paid in addition to the guaranteed cash value.
The cash value may be used to lower the premium or to pay
for education, supplement retirement, etc.
Only Whole Life and Universal
Life offer a guaranteed permanent death benefit with a
ROP (Return Of Premium) is an attractive compromise*
since all premiums are refunded tax-free at the end of the
* Term with ROP cannot be compared with
Universal or Whole life insurance since no cash value is accumulated
and the death benefit is only temporary. However, term with
ROP will refund all premiums paid at the end of the term.