Life insurance is a financial resource for your loved ones in the event of your death. You enter into a contract with an insurance company, which promises to provide your beneficiary(ies) with a certain amount of tax-free money upon your death. In return, you make periodic payments, known as premiums. The amount of the premiums generally depends on factors such as your age, gender, occupation, medical history and whether you intend to build up cash value in your policy. Some policies may require a medical exam, or other medical test as part of the application process. There are many other reasons to consider life insurance as well.
Certain types of life insurance may also provide benefits for you and your family while youâ€™re still living. Such policies accumulate cash value on a tax-deferred basis that can be used for future needs such as supplementing your retirement income or helping provide for a childâ€™s education.