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2012-05-01 20:10:32
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Yes, Whole Life Insurance policies are designed to build cash value over time. The cash accumulated can then increase the death benefit, or can be borrowed as a loan against the policy, and re-paid back to the policy.


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Cash value of whole life insurance is referred to as the "Cash Surrender Value". The cash surrender value is money the policyholder is supposed to receive from the insurance company when surrendering the whole life insurance policy with cash value. The cash surrender value amount due is the sum of the cash value stated in the whole life insurance policy minus any surrender charge and any outstanding loans and interest due on the loans.

Not all insurance policies have cash value. Term life has no cash value. Whole life does have cash value. You will have to talk to your insurance company and tell them what you want. If you have a whole life policy with cash value, then withdrawing that cash is essentially like taking money out of a bank account; very simple.

Some types of life insurance develop cash value; these are called whole life policies. Term insurance has no cash value. So it depends upon the kind of life insurance you have, and it may also depend upon how long you have been paying premiums.

There are some types of life insurance, known as whole life, which in addition to paying a benefit when the insured person dies, also develop a cash value over time, as you pay premiums, which you can withdraw if you like, so they are really a combination of a savings account and a life insurance policy.

If you have a permanent type of policy such as whole life or universal life there may be some cash value to recover.If it is a term insurance policy there is no cash value so there is nothing to "cash out".

No. Only whole life insurance policies (sometimes called "permanent insurance") accumulate cash value. Policy loans are generally available from the accrued cash value. Since term insurance does not gather cash value, policy loans are unavailable.

Cash value insurance can be "whole life insurance" or "universal life insurance". There are few differences on how the funds are invested and if dividends can be paid that would increase the cash value, but both types of permanent life insurance can accumulate cash value. There is also a type of term insurance that has a "return of premium" feature that will return all premiums back at the end of the term. This type of term life policy is not actually accumulating cash value because you only get back the premiums you paid.

Yes, if your life insurance policy has accumulated cash value. Not all life insurance policies will accumulate cash value: for example, term life insurance policies will not accumulate any cash value. Whole Life and Universal life policies can accumulate cash value and the policy owner can take loans in the limit of the cash value (some companies limit loans to 70 - 80% of the cash value).

Term insurance may or may not have cash value at some point. It has no value when it expires. For example, If a person bought term insurance at 30 which would expire at 70, it could have some cash value when that person was between the ages of 40 and 60. Term life starts losing cash value when people start dying. It becomes worthless when it expires. If you want to use your term life insurance policy, you will need to die before it expires.

Protection (term insurance), Accumulation (cash value insurance) and Distribution. You are making sure you protect your investments, family etc... You are making sure you have money to retire in the future with a cash building life insurance such as custom whole life, or whole life.

don't know what to do with it, you should phone the insurance company and ask if the policy is still in force and if so, if it has any cash value. You might either want to cash it out, or to keep it as life insurance. It's up to you. If it has lapsed and has no cash value, then it is irrelevant.

== == * Whole Life Insurance policies lapse due to non-payment. Usually there is a provision that is called the Automatic Premium Loan that takes money out of the cash value to pay premiums if you stop. This is safety becasue most people do not conciously stop paying especialy when there is a cash value. Your policy lapsed which means you cash value is empty, sorry, no money for you. == == * Was it term or whole (permanent) life insurance? Do you have a copy of the policy? Was there cash value in it? Did you get statements showing the amount of cash value?

Yes, the types of permanent insurance policies - whole life and universal life - are designed to build cash value. There are permanent life insurance policies that offer guarantees over cash value accumulation, therefore staying in force until age 105, 115, 121, etc - and build very little cash value. The cost for this type of permanent insurance is often much lower than those that will build significant cash value.

No. Term Life insurance does not have any cash value and expires at the end of the term, usually age 70.You can borrow against a permanent or whole life insurance policy however, but whatever amount is borrowed may reduce its cash value.

Initially, it is important to understand that cash value is a feature of whole life insurance only, not term life. The simple answer to the question is that cash value comes from premiums paid. The structure of a whole life policy is such that a portion of the premium is allocated to the actuarially determined cost of "protection", and the rest is allocated to an account that develops cash value. You can analogize cash value to a savings element within the policy, but it does differ in important ways from true savings and should not substitute for it. Whether whole life or term, life insurance should be purchased principally for the financial protection that it provides to survivors.

Yes, if you have a policy with cash value. Term policies have no cash value. Permanent policies designed to develop cash value probably have no value if they are newer than 3 years old. Contact the insurance company for a surrender value. Also ask what other options you have (loans, stop premiums, etc).

A whole life insurance provides coverage for an individual's whole life. A savings components which builds overtime and can be used for wealth accumulation. Whole life is the most basic form of cash value insurance.

Most term life insurance policies do not have cash value unless the are "return of premium" type policies. Cash value is generally a part of whole life and some universal life policies. The latter policies are designed to accumulate cash for use as the policy matures. Generally, whole life endows at age 100 when the cash equals the death benefit. Cash value policies should be examined by your financial adviser (CPA) to make sure they will accomplish their goal.

The key difference between life insurance and whole life insurance is that regular life insurance carries a fixed term while whole life insurance covers one's entire lifetime. Whole life insurance also accumulates a cash value that one can borrow money against.

Assuming that you are speaking of whole life insurance. the answer depends upon the rate of accumulation of cash value. Cash value is the "savings" element that is built into a whole life policy. That is, a portion of each premium is applied to the cost of the insurance protection, and a portion is credited to cash value. Depending upon the kind of whole life policy that is involved, the "savings" portion of the premium can be invested in a mutual fund or some other sort of investment vehicle. Therefore, the growth of that amount can depend upon market forces such as the stock market. If the market flourishes, cash value can increase quickly; if it does not, cash value will suffer. Other kinds of whole life policies exist that promise only a minimum cash value accumulation that are specified in the policy. In those, cash value usually accumulates more slowly. The answer also depends upon whether premiums were paid all during the life of the policy. Again, using a whole life policy as an example, it may provide that if premium payments stop, the insurance company may keep the policy "alive" by taking future premium payments from the cash value. This would reduce the cash value proportionately, depending upon for how log it is done. If you are referring to term insurance, no cash value accumulates at all. It provides a death benefit only, which is payable when the insured dies. The premiums paid are lower than those for whole life insurance because there is no savings element built into the policy.

The cash value of something is the value before taxes. Net or Netto cash value is after taxes.

A life insurance policy may have cash value if it is a "whole life insurance policy". This is a kind of life insurance, distinguished from "term" life insurance, that accumulates cash value for the period that it is in force and premiums are paid. Each premium paid goes to pay the cost of "indemnity" (the death benefit), the administrative costs incurred by the insurer, with all or a portion of the remainder going into the cash value. The cash value element of the policy is SOMEWHAT like a savings account within the policy. It grows slowly at first but faster as the policy matures. When a sufficient amount of cash value has accumulated, policy loans from the cash value are usually allowed per the terms of the policy. The loans bear interest at a rate provided for by the policy. Term life insurance does not accumulate cash value.

The face value is what your beneficiaries will collect. The cash value is the excess of your premium payments over the cost of the insurance. Click here for more about life insurance cash value.

The difference between whole and life term insurance is that a term policy is life insurance only whereas the whole insurance combines a term policy and a investment component so one can build cash value and borrow against it.

No, generally speaking, no term life insurance policies have cash value.

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