Life Insurance, LTD, & Annuities
Life insurance can help provide financial security for you or your loved ones by replacing lost income and covering various expenses after your death or when the policy’s term is up. If you’re looking for life insurance, we’re here to help. Our agency is ready to discuss your life insurance needs and help find a policy that’s right for you.
What Is Life Insurance?
Life insurance is a contractual agreement between you (the policyholder) and the insurance company. In exchange for paying the insurer a regular premium, your beneficiaries will receive a lump-sum death benefit when you pass away or after a specific amount of time has passed.
What Are the Types of Life Insurance?
There are two primary types of life insurance, including:
- Term life insurance—A term life policy provides a death benefit to your loved ones if you die during the policy’s term. This term might be a period of 10, 20, 30 or more years, depending on the expiration date of the policy. If you do not die during this time, the policy does not pay and will expire when the term ends. You will also have to reapply for a new policy if you want to continue to have coverage.
- Whole life insurance—A whole life policy will last for the remainder of your life once you enroll. It will not expire unless you stop paying for it. Additionally, such a policy offers cash value investment opportunities. This cash value component can enable you to receive a source of income during your lifetime (in addition to the eventual death benefit).
An annuity can help secure a stream of payments to use as a form of retirement income. When you purchase an annuity, you may get tax breaks or be able to receive income at regular intervals in exchange for a one-time lump sum payment to an insurance company.
Types of Annuities
There are three main types of annuities:
- Fixed annuities pay a guaranteed amount during each payment period. Fixed immediate annuities start paying right away, while fixed deferred annuities start paying at some pre-determined point in the future. In general, fixed annuities have a moderate rate of return.
- Variable annuities allow the account owner to choose from a menu of mutual funds and can produce a higher return. Payments are based on the performance of the mutual funds. There is some risk associated with variable annuities.
- Indexed annuities generally provide a higher return than fixed annuities but are less risky than variable annuities. There’s a guaranteed minimum payout, and a portion of the interest earned is tied to a market index, such as the S&P 500.
The amount of money you receive from an annuity is based on the type of account you choose, the insurer’s terms and the amount of money you invest.
The best way to determine how much income your annuity investment may generate is to get an individualized quote from your insurance agent.