Life Insurance: Find Reputable Providers

Finding the right life insurance can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be!

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Trusted Life Insurance Providers

Life Insurance Providers Comparison

Company Year Founded Financial Strength Rating Life Insurance Product Offered
Mutual of Omaha
1909 AM Best: A++ Term, Whole, Universal, and Index
Forester 1878 A.M. Best: A+ Term, Whole, Universal and Burial
Midland National 1906 AM Best: A+ Term, Whole, Universal, and Index
United Healthcare 1974 A.M. Best: A- Term

Additional Notes:

  • This table only compares a limited selection of features. Please contact us for more comprehensive information.
  • Financial strength ratings are subject to change.
  • Product availability may vary by state.

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  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Forester
  • Midland National
  • United Healthcare

What is life insurance?

At its core, life insurance is a financial agreement with an insurance company.

Essentially, you pay regular premiums, and in return, the company guarantees a set sum of money (death benefit) to your chosen beneficiary if you pass away.

While offering peace of mind for your loved ones, life insurance also carries tax implications in the United States.

Life Insurance Terminology
Term Definition
Death Benefit Amount paid to beneficiary upon death
Cash Surrender Value Accumulated value you can access
Beneficiary Person receiving the death benefit
Premium Regular payment to maintain coverage
Policy Period Length of coverage duration

Title 26 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), specifically Section 7702, defines what qualifies as "true" life insurance for tax purposes. It outlines two key requirements:

1. Legitimate Insurance Contract: The policy must adhere to your state's insurance regulations, ensuring it functions as genuine insurance, not just an investment disguised as such.

2. Death Benefit Focus: The death benefit paid to your beneficiary upon your passing must hold significantly more value than any cash value accumulation within the policy (if applicable). This ensures the policy primarily serves as insurance, not just an investment tool with tax advantages.

In simpler terms, Section 7702 prevents purely investment-driven products from masquerading as life insurance and enjoying its tax benefits. It safeguards the fairness and stability of the tax system while protecting consumers from potentially misleading products.

Our company specializes in crafting tailored cash-building life insurance policies that are designed to meet the requirements of Section 7702. This means you can feel confident that our policies offer both the insurance protection you seek for your loved ones and the potential for cash value growth you desire, while remaining compliant with relevant tax regulations.

Please note that we cannot offer specific tax or legal advice. However, we are happy to connect you with one of our experienced representatives who can discuss your financial goals and guide you towards a customized life insurance solution that meets both your needs and Section 7702 requirements.

Types of Life Insurance

Life insurance comes in various forms, each catering to different needs. Here's a breakdown of the most common types:

Life Insurance Choices

Types of life insurance Cash Value Premium Cost Policy Length
Term Life
No Lowest Temporary (10, 20, 30 years)
Whole Life Yes Highest Lifetime
Universal Life Yes Moderate (Flexible) Flexible
Index Life Yes Moderate (Flexible) Flexible
Variable Life Yes Highest (Variable) Flexible
Burial Insurance No Highest Lifetime

Term Life Insurance

What it is: Affordable coverage for a specific period (e.g., 10, 20, 30 years). Pays a death benefit if you pass away within the term.

Ideal For:

  • Covering temporary needs like debts, mortgages, or young children's education.
  • Budget-conscious individuals who prioritize affordable coverage for a specific period.
  • Those wanting basic death benefit protection without long-term commitments.

How it works: Premiums are typically lower than other types of life insurance, but coverage ends after the term. Some term policies may offer convertibility to permanent coverage.

  • Pros: Affordable option for temporary needs, flexible coverage lengths.
  • Cons: No cash value, coverage ends or becomes more expensive after the term.

Disclaimer: It's important to understand the limitations of term life and consider your future needs before choosing this option.

Whole Life Insurance

What it is: Permanent coverage lasting your entire life. Builds cash value over time, accessible through loans or withdrawals.

Ideal For:

  • Individuals seeking guaranteed lifetime coverage and building cash value over time.
  • Parents wanting to leave a financial legacy for children or future generations.
  • Those who value stability and predictability in their life insurance plan.

How it works: Premiums are higher than term life, but the policy builds cash value that can grow over time.

Ideal for:

  • Pros: Guaranteed lifetime coverage, cash value accumulation.
  • Cons: Higher premiums than term life, cash value growth may be slower than other options.

Disclaimer: While whole life offers permanent coverage and cash value, it's important to compare costs and features with other options before making a decision.

Universal Life Insurance

What it is: Permanent coverage with flexibility in premium payments and death benefit adjustments. May offer a cash value component.

Ideal For:

  • Individuals seeking flexibility in premiums and death benefit adjustments throughout their life.
  • Those needing both death benefit protection and potential cash value growth.
  • People comfortable with managing variable premium payments and understanding policy features.

How it works: Premiums and death benefit can be adjusted within limits, offering some flexibility.

  • Pros: Adjustable premiums and death benefit, potential for cash value growth.
  • Cons: Costs can vary based on premium choices, potential for lower cash value growth compared to other options.

Disclaimer: Universal life offers flexibility, but understanding the different features and potential costs is crucial.

Index Universal Life Insurance

What it is: Permanent coverage with a cash value component linked to a stock market index, potentially offering higher growth than traditional options. Often includes downside protection to limit potential losses.

Ideal For:

  • Individuals seeking higher potential cash value growth than traditional life insurance with some protection against market downturns.
  • Those comfortable with some investment risk but want limitations on potential losses.
  • People who understand complex features and are comfortable with professional guidance.

How it works: The death benefit remains guaranteed, while the cash value growth is tied to the performance of a chosen index, typically with caps and limitations.

  • Pros: Potentially higher cash value growth than other options, downside protection features.
  • Cons: Costs can be higher than other permanent life options, performance is linked to the market, and understanding the complex features is crucial.

Disclaimer: Index life offers unique features, but careful consideration of the risks and complexities involved is essential.

Variable Universal Life Insurance

What it is: Permanent coverage with a cash value component invested in the market, potentially offering high returns but also carrying investment risk.

Ideal For:

  • Individuals with a high risk tolerance and strong investment knowledge seeking potentially high returns through market investment.
  • Those comfortable with significant investment risk and potential fluctuations in the death benefit and cash value.
  • People who actively manage their investments and have access to qualified financial advisors.

How it works: You manage the investment portfolio within the policy, potentially influencing cash value growth but also exposing it to market fluctuations.

  • Pros: Potential for high returns, investment control within the policy.
  • Cons: Significant investment risk, complex features demanding financial expertise, death benefit and cash value can fluctuate.

Disclaimer: Variable universal life offers investment opportunities but carries substantial risks. Only invest if you understand the market and have a high risk tolerance.

Burial Insurance

What it is: A specific type of life insurance designed to cover final expenses like funeral costs. Typically offered with smaller death benefits and lower premiums.

Ideal For:

  • Older adults or individuals with pre-existing conditions who may have difficulty qualifying for traditional life insurance.
  • Those wanting to ensure their final expenses are covered, simplifying financial burdens for loved ones.
  • People seeking an affordable option focused solely on covering final expenses.

How it works: Premiums are typically lower than traditional life insurance, and the the death benefit is guaranteed.

  • Pros: Affordable way to ensure final expenses are covered, simplifies planning for loved ones.
  • Cons: Limited amount of death benefit, no cash value build-up.

Disclaimer: Burial insurance offers a specific solution for final expenses but doesn't provide broader financial protection. Consider if it aligns with your overall financial goals.

How Does Life Insurance Work?

This infographic from Eternal Insurance Agency provides a visual explanation of how life insurance works. It begins by illustrating the core concept: paying regular premiums in exchange for a guaranteed death benefit payout to chosen beneficiaries. Different types of life insurance are then introduced, including term life (temporary coverage with lower cost), whole life (lifelong coverage with cash value build-up), and universal life (flexible coverage combining elements of both). Key factors influencing policy cost are presented, such as age, health, coverage amount, and term length. The infographic also touches on the potential for cash value accumulation in certain policies and its various uses. Finally, the claims process is simplified, showcasing steps from beneficiary notification to payout options (lump sum, installments, or annuity).
This infographic breaks down life insurance. For a deeper dive, contact our licensed advisors.

The Contract: You enter into a legal agreement (policy) with an insurance company. You agree to make regular payments (premiums) in exchange for their promise to pay a predetermined amount, the death benefit, to your chosen beneficiaries if you die within the coverage period.

Financial Security for Your Loved Ones: This death benefit acts as a safety net, helping your beneficiaries cover final expenses, pay off debts, or maintain their financial well-being during a difficult time.

Personalizing Your Policy: Your basic coverage can be adapted to your specific needs with add-ons and adjustments:

  • Riders: Think of these as upgrades, offering extra benefits. They often come with an additional cost.
  • Endorsements: These fine-tune your existing features and may be free.

Accessing the Cash Value: Some policies build "cash value" over time, offering you additional financial options:

  • Withdrawals: Access your own contributions (up to a limit) tax-free.
  • Loans: Borrow against the cash value with interest, but remember unpaid loans can affect your death benefit.

What Affects Your Policy Cost?

Several factors determine your premium and overall policy structure:

  1. Age and Health: Younger and healthier individuals typically pay less.
  2. Type of Coverage: Different options like term life or whole life have varying features and costs.
  3. Death Benefit Amount: The bigger the payout, the higher the premium.
  4. Coverage Period: Longer coverage periods (like term life with longer terms) generally cost more.

Claim Payment: When you pass away and your beneficiaries file a claim, the insurance company verifies it and pays out the death benefit, minus any outstanding loans or fees. This money can be received as a lump sum or spread out through installments.

Remember: Life insurance is a complex product with various options. Consulting a financial advisor helps tailor a policy that best meets your unique needs and goals.

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