Term Life Insurance
In summary, do some product research first, using a service like Budget Life, and then get an American life insurance quote online. (For Canada life insurance, get a Canadian quote.) Then select a life insurance agent based on criteria such as trust, experience, and access to a wide selection of policies. Your goal should be to find, and then stick with, an agent who can help you find the best life insurance rates that fit your specific needs.
A whole life insurance quote is for your whole life, as opposed to term life insurance, which is for a specific term, such as twenty or thirty years. That is the primary benefit of whole life: a payout is guaranteed. You will not have to worry about becoming uninsurable later in life, and unable to obtain life insurance of any kind.
Term or Whole Life Insurance?
Term life insurance. also called temporary insurance, covers a person against death for a limited time, the term. For example, the term might be until children are grown, or until college is paid for, or until retirement. You pay for the policy period and at the end of the term, the contract or policy expires. If no claims are made against the policy during the term, you don’t receive any benefits after the policy expires, just like auto or homeowners insurance.
Whole life insurance. also called permanent insurance, is permanent and does not expire (assuming you continue to pay the premiums). It provides coverage similar to term life insurance, but it also provides an investment vehicle. A portion of the premium goes for life insurance, while the rest goes into an investment account. This account can be an interest bearing account or a variable (stocks and bonds) investment account.
Which is better (our opinion)? A young family with large financial obligations is usually better off with a term life insurance policy. The substantially lower premiums enable them to purchase sufficient coverage to protect against loss of income. Any discretionary investment funds can be placed in other vehicles (mutual funds, money market accounts, etc.) that are likely to generate returns similar to or better than a life insurance policy. Whole life insurance is often purchased by people for tax and estate planning purposes. Recently, some advisors have started recommending life insurance as an investment. You should consult with your financial advisor.