This is a type of life insurance whose value is invested in the stock market. Therefore, if the market is perofmring well, you'll get more for your premiums.
Variable life insurance differs from whole life insurance and universal life insurance in that policy owners direct the distribution of their premium payments among several different accounts or funds rather than of the company's choosing. Typical account choices are: common stock, bond, mortgage, and money-market accounts. With a variable policy, the death benefit and cash value benefits vary in relation to the value of the investments underlying the policy. If the value of the accounts increases, so will the benefits; if the value of the account decreases, so will the benefits, subject to a minimum guarantee. Variable life insurance is more risky to the policy owner than the other forms of cash value insurance, but there is a possibility of greater returns. In fact, variable life insurance is so much like "normal" investing that agents offering it must be licensed securities dealers and registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For Insurance � a free service that connects consumers with insurance agents and policies � recommends that variable and variable-universal policies are most suitable suitable for long term obligations and those who are more active investors and for estate growth and death tax liquidity. In Response to Chris' prior response. "Variable" means it is not a fixed account, but in subaccounts directed according to the policy owner's wishes. These subaccount include, but not always, popular funds like the ones offered by Fidelity Investment. They all have there field of investments. Some are Blue Chip stock funds, Over-seas funds and even more simple Government Bond funds. Money Market is a choice. The choices can be endless and the owner picks % of the net premium paid after expense to go to each Sub-Account. Your Death Benefit will stay the same if you choose the Level Death Benefit option. Your benfit will be payable as long as premiums are paid and there are funds in the accumulation account connected to the subaccounts. You can also choose an Increasing Death benefit that includes the Face ammoun, the amount of insurance on your life, plus the value of your funds. You have choices but get a good agent licensed to sell Variable Contracts. he will need his Series 6 and usually series 63 securties license.
Variable universal life insurance is not an account. It is a policy that invests in separate accounts in an attempt to earn higher returns than a fixed policy. A variable universal life insurance policy can be converted into a different type of life insurance policy but not a different kind of account.
What's special about variable universal life insurance is that it builds cash value. You can read more about this type of insurance online at the Wikipedia website. Once on the page, type "Variable universal life insurance" into the search field at the top of the page and press enter to bring up the information.
Variable annuity is good for a person looking for long term invesment options if they are wanting to retire in the future. It is a great option for that, but it may not be the best option for a life insurance policy. However, there are some reliable variable annuity life insurance companies like Valic.
When making a decision about an investment I would always reccommend you look at guarantees! Whole life....Guaranteed. Variable Whole Life.....? If you are going to make investments in variable then why would you not buy Mutual Funds? You still need life insurance for protection and as a plan of completion, I would just look closely at Variable. EVERYONE needs whole life.
Prudential offers a variety of life insurance policies. Some of the different life insurance policies that they offer are Term Life Insurance, Universal Life Insurance, Variable Life Insurance&as well as Survivorship Life Insurance. bAlong with these different types of policies they also offer retirement planning, annuities and long term care insurance.
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