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Whole life insurance has a definite period during which premiums are paid. This will be specified in the policy.

When first purchased, in addition to the amount of insurance selected, the purchaser selects the period of time that premiums will be paid. The amount of premium will depend both upon the amount of insurance and the length of time that premiums will be paid. Once the selections are made, assuming that the insurance company issues the policy on the terms that you have requested, the policy will state those. Once premiums have been paid for the stated period of time, the policy is considered to be "paid up", and no further premiums need to be made.

A whole life policy also accumulates "cash value". This can be considered to be a sort of savings account within the policy. Every premium is allocated between the cost of the protection (the insurance itself) and the cash value. A point may be reached where the accumulated cash value, and the interest or dividends that it accrues, is enough to pay future premiums. If that happens, the obligation to pay premiums may end before the time stated in the policy.
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