Which type of life insurance do you need?
Kinds of life insurance:
Generally the cheapest and simplest option. Sometimes called “protection only”, it guarantees to pay out a set amount if you die within a certain time.
You contribute a fixed premium each month, but the insurance only pays out in the time agreed. So if you live longer than that, the insurance company won’t pay.
At that point, you’ll have to negotiate another deal—and it could be a lot more expensive, as you’ll be older and potentially have more health issues.
This type of insurance increases the level of cover over the years without the need for a medical.
At the same time, the amount you pay also increases.
Decreasing term insurance
Here, the premium remains constant, but the payout decreases over the life of the policy at a predetermined rate.
A short-term policy that can be renewed at the end of the term without having to go through a medical.
It’s often significantly cheaper than other forms of life insurance, because it lasts for a shorter time.
Joint life insurance
Don’t forget that you can insure your partner as well and get a joint policy. Even if you’re the sole breadwinner, the costs of home or childcare will still need to be addressed if your partner or spouse passes away.
It doesn’t make sense to leave just one of you protected. Joint life, or first-death, policies initially cover both parties, but pay out after one partner dies, leaving the other one uninsured.
Joint policies are generally cheaper, but separate policies can be less complicated, especially when it comes to inheritance tax—or if you should divorce or separate.
Many life insurance policies also offer the option of built-in critical-illness cover. This can be very helpful, as there may be times when you are ill yourself and unable to provide for others.
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