Not only their fees are high, the cost of having it increases internally. In all universal life policies, the insurance part is always annual renewable term insurance.
Lets say your premiums is $1200/year at the beginning. To keep things simple, lets say your premiums are paid for two things, which is insurance and cash value.
Breaking this $1200/year apart, this is how your premiums will split over time (this is a hypothetical illustration, but you will find a page in the policy that shows you how much is going into each part. It will look similar to the illustration below):
Year 1: $240 goes toward term, $960 goes into cash value.
Year 2: $300 goes toward term, $900 goes into cash value.
Year 3: $360 goes toward term, $840 goes into cash value.
Year 4: $420 goes toward term, $780 goes into cash value.
As you can see, more and more of the premiums is going toward the insurance and less and less is going into the cash value. Eventually, all your premiums is going toward cash value and if you don't pay the full premium, the cash value will be used to pay the difference. In Universal life policies, your premiums are flexible. You can pay the minimum premium or the target premium or you can skip it. If you skip it, the insurance company will use your cash value to pay for it.
Anyway, you want to make sure you get the right length for term insurance. I recommend a 20, 30, or 35 year term insurance. Many insurance companies will sell you an annual renewable term insurance, meaning your premiums goes up every year. Many will sell you a 5 year or 10 year term. These are very short term policies. When the term ends, the agent who sold you this short term policies will sell his point that cash value life insurance is better. If you are not educated, you will fall for his deception and covert your term policy into a whole life or universal life policy. So avoid short term policies. Stick with 20 year and above term policies so you have enough time to build wealth for the future. Remember, no term policy are the same. Every insurance company writes their life policies differently and have different convertible options.
My company doesn't convert term insurance into a cash value life policy. Instead, they let the client make up their own mind when they outlive the term. They can exchange the term policy for a shorter term policy. They can lower the coverage to keep the premiums low. They can cancel the policy. Or they can keep the policy and pay the renewal term.
While you are investing, you want to invest on a monthly basis. If you understand the Dollar Cost Averaging concept, you would see it would be beneficial to invest once a month.
· 1 decade ago