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Universal life insurance provides flexibility to a permanent life insurance policy. It’s a low-cost type of protection combining both a term life insurance element with a savings element. The policyholder can alter the premiums, death benefits, and savings annually or whenever circumstances change. Policyholders can also use interest from the savings element to help pay the premiums.
Universal life policies come with three types of premiums: Single, Fixed and Flexible. Each provides a different benefit to the policyholder.
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The cash value or living benefits of the policy allow the owner the ability to borrow against the policy. The benefits include:
These benefits may vary from one policy to another with the most common being the ability to take out a policy loan.
When a policyholder takes out a loan against the policy, they will need to pay interest to the insurance company. If the interest isn’t paid, it will be deducted from the policy’s cash value.
Another benefit of universal life insurance is the ability to surrender or partially surrender your policy and use the cash however you see fit. If you surrender your policy during the first few years, you may pay a surrender fee, however. You will also be relinquishing your death benefit protection, if you use a full surrender of the policy.
You will also need to pay income tax on the gains from the policy. If there is an outstanding loan balance against the policy, you may have to pay additional taxes, as well. After surrendering your policy, it may be harder or cost more to get the same type of coverage.
A universal life insurance policy provides permanent life protection by combining a savings element with a term element. This allows for a lower premium compared to whole life insurance, but you still gain the cash value aspect.
Choosing the right type of life insurance may be tricky. It’s not completely black and white and you may need the help of a trained agent. For those living in the Jacksonville, Florida area, a call to Thomas & Associates will ensure you receive accurate answers for all your questions. We will gladly help you choose the right life insurance for your specific needs. Call us today and speak with one of our local agents.