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Not 100% confident whether you need term life insurance or whole life insurance? Here are brief descriptions, followed by the major differences to help clear things up.

Term life insurance: This is generally the best option for most families. It’s easy, affordable and can last 10 to 40 years with coverage from $50,000 to millions.

Whole life insurance: Typically, 10-15 times more expensive and mainly beneficial to those with specific long-term needs, such as business continuation or estate tax benefits. But coverage lasts your entire lifetime and it has a savings component.

Differences between whole and term life insurance:

Term life insurance:

  • Lasts for a set amount of time
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Replaces income for set period
  • Guaranteed fixed death benefit
  • Guaranteed fixed payments

Whole life insurance:

  • Lasts your entire life
  • 10-15X more expensive
  • Accumulates cash value
  • May pay dividends
  • Can borrow against value or cash out

Term life insurance is the best option for most families. It’s simple to understand, affordable, and easy to apply for. Whole life insurance is more complex and talking to an agent first to determine your needs is recommended.

You can find a more in-depth look on Whole Life Insurance vs Term Life Insurance here: Term vs Whole Life


About the writer

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Greg Lewerer

Director of Creative Strategy

Greg is Quotacy’s Director of Creative Strategy. He has an eclectic past from working on movie scripts to creating ad campaigns for major brands. His love of creative solutions drove him to strategy, and he now uses his powers to help families protect their loved ones. Outside of work, Greg spends his time off the grid hunting, fishing, camping, biking, hiking, and walking his dogs.