- West Coast Life
- Genworth Life and Annuity
- ING ReliaStar
- American General
- Banner Life
- Transamerica Life Insurance
- United of Omaha
- North American Company for Life and Health Insurance
- Union Central/Ameritas
- Aviva Life and Annuity
- Lincoln Benefit Life
- American National
- Prudential Finincial
- Lincoln National
Friday, December 24, 2010
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Are You looking for an Online Term Insurance Quote?
Please read this article first.
Going online to get insurance quotes has become very popular in recent years. You visit a term quote site, fill out your information and wallah, an instant quote. Well, sometimes you get a quote and sometimes not. Basically, what your doing is giving these sites your personal information, so they can sell it to insurance agents as leads.
After filling in your information you may get an instant term quote, but then you are bombarded with phone calls from life insurance agents who bought your information from the site you visited. See, these sites take your information and sell it to agents as a lead for a life insurance sale. And to make things worst they sell it many time over to different agents. So, this is why you get all these phone calls.
Another disadvantage of going online to get a term quote is that these quotes you actually get many times are for preferred graded people. Meaning top of the line health. Most people don't fall into this category. The average person falls under a standard grade.
If your looking for an easy way to get a term insurance quote then do yourself a favor and contact a local agent and ask for a free, no obligation term quote.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Term life insurance is the original form of life insurance and is considered to be pure insurance protection because it builds no cash value. This is in contrast to permanent life insurance such as whole life, universal life, and variable universal life.
Term life insurance is temporary, as it covers only a specific period of time, the relevant term. If the insured dies during the term, the death benefit will be paid to the beneficiary. Because the term expires the insurer often does not have to pay out making term insurance the most inexpensive way to purchase a substantial death benefit on a coverage per premium dollar basis.
Because term insurance is temporary in nature its primary use is generally to provide for covering temporary financial responsibilities of the insured. Such responsibilities may include but are not limited to consumer debt, dependent care, college education for dependents, and mortgages.
Annual renewable term
The simplest form of term life insurance is for a term of one year. The death benefit would be paid by the insurance company if the insured died during the one year term, while no benefit is paid if the insured dies one day after the last day of the one year term. The premium paid is then just the expected probability of the insured dying in that one year plus a cost and profit component for the insurer. Since the likelihood of dying in the next year is low for anyone that the insurer would accept for the coverage, purchasing one year of coverage is not generally done, nor cost effective. The main problem with this type of coverage is that the insured could acquire a terminal illness within the year, but not die until after the term expires. Because of the terminal illness, the purchaser would likely be uninsurable after the expiration of the initial term, and would be unable to purchase a new policy. A variant that is commonly purchased is annual renewable term (ART). In this form, the premium is paid for one year of coverage, but the policy is guaranteed to be able to be continued each year for a given period of years. This period varies from 10 to 30 years, or occasionally until age 95. As the insured ages the premiums increase accordingly and later becomes financially unviable as the rates for a policy would eventually approach the face amount. In this form the premium is slightly higher than for a single year's coverage, but is much more likely for the insured to have the benefit paid.
Much more common than annual renewable term insurance is insurance where the premium is the same for a given period of years. The most common periods being 10, 15, 20, and 30 years. In this form, the premium paid each year is the same, and is the cost of each year's annual renewable term rates averaged over the term, with a time value of money adjustment made by the insurer. Thus the longer the term the premium is level for, the higher the premium, because the older, more expensive to insure years are averaged into the premium.
Most level term programs include a renewal option and allow the insured to renew for a maximum guaranteed rate if the insured period needs to be extended. This would be used if the health of the insured deteriorates significantly during the term.
Term offers coverage will pay a death benefit which is usually income tax free, as long as the policy is in force and premiums are current (Death benefits of both Term and Permanent coverage are usually income tax free).
Insurance industry studies show that it is very unlikely that the death benefit will ever be paid on a term insurance policy. One study placed the percentage as low as 1% of policies paying a benefit. That is the reason term insurance is able to be so inexpensive. The low payout percentage is a combination of there being a low likelihood (in the aggregate) of a random, healthy person dying within a short period of time. Because of this low likelihood of an insurer having to pay a death benefit, term insurance is by far the most inexpensive way to purchase a death benefit on a coverage per premium dollar basis.
Permanent life insurance offers coverage for the entire life of the insured and therefore will pay a death benefit which is usually income tax free, as long as premiums are current or there is enough cash value to cover the premiums in some cases. This high payout likelihood, though, increases the cost per premium dollar substantially. Permanent coverage allows certain tax advantages, including tax deferred growth of cash value. This tax deferred growth is similar to that of a Roth IRA, however, if the policy is canceled any cash value growth above premium payments is taxable.
Some people may need to take advantage of the benefits offered by permanent programs, but may not be able to attain the proper coverage or higher premiums, many term policies offer a conversion privilege for a certain period of years, allowing the insured to convert to a permanent policy regardless of health condition at the time of conversion. In this way a person can obtain the necessary coverage for a young family, for instance by purchasing the inexpensive term insurance, but be able to utilize the benefits of a permanent policy as cash flows increase or as coverage needs decrease.
Conversion generally allows the policy holder to convert a term program to a permanent program with an equal or lesser death benefit without proof of insurability.
Source: Wikipedia online
Term life insurance (term assurance in British English) provides for life insurance coverage for a specified term of years for a specified premium. The policy does not accumulate cash value. Term is generally considered "pure" insurance, where the premium buys protection in the event of death and nothing else. See Theory of Decreasing Responsibility and buy term and invest the difference.
The three key factors to be considered in term insurance are: face amount (protection or death benefit), premium to be paid (cost to the insured), and length of coverage (term).
Various (U.S.) insurance companies sell term insurance with many different combinations of these three parameters. The face amount can remain constant or decline. The term can be for one or more years. The premium can remain level or increase. A common type of term is called annual renewable term. It is a one year policy but the insurance company guarantees it will issue a policy of equal or lesser amount without regard to the insurability of the insured and with a premium set for the insured's age at that time. Another common type of term insurance is mortgage insurance, which is usually a level premium, declining face value policy. The face amount is intended to equal the amount of the mortgage on the policy owner’s residence so the mortgage will be paid if the insured dies.
Guaranteed renewable is an important policy feature for any prospective owner or insured to consider because it allows the insured to acquire life insurance even if they become uninsurable.
Term insurance is a straightforward protection business. A policy holder insures his life for a specified term. If he dies before that specified term is up, his estate or named beneficiary(s) receive(s) a payout. If he does not die before the term is up, he receives nothing. Policies typically contain exclusions for where a policy holder has a pre-existing condition of which he later dies. In the past these policies would almost always exclude suicide. However, after a number of court judgments against the industry, payouts do occur on death by suicide (presumably except for in the unlikely case that it can be shown that the suicide was just to benefit from the policy).
Source: Wikipedia online