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Whole life insurance provides lifetime protection and builds cash value within the policy. As long as you pay your premiums on time, your life insurance remains in effect. Term life insurance provides temporary protection for a specific number of years, usually 1-30 years. If you outlive your policy, the life insurance coverage expires. Term life insurance is less expensive than whole life insurance in most cases. Whole Life (WL) is considered "permanent" insurance; that is, it is intended to be kept for one's entire life. WL also builds "cash value", which may be borrowed or used to pay premiums . Term (T) is a non-cash value type of coverage, which runs for a term of time e.g. 10, 20 or 30 years. At the end of the policy term, the contract terminates, and coverage ends.

Whole life insurance will cover you for your whole life, or up to the age of 100. Term life will cover you only for a specified term - 10, 15, 20 or 30 years.

Whole life insurance is more expensive than term life insurance. This is because whole life insurance also acts as an investment and will accrue cash value over the years. These can be utilized by the policy owner whenever needs arise.

In contrast, term life policies do not carry any cash/surrender value. If the policy holder survives the term, there are no returns on premiums paid, unless it is a ROP term policy.

You can learn more about the differences between the two policies at Term vs. Whole Life Insurance.

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