This is the least expensive type of coverage, at least initially, and the simplest to understand. These policies do not build up a cash value. Coverage is in effect for a fixed term or period of time â€“ usually one to 30 years â€“ and usually can be renewed. The policy pays your beneficiary a fixed amount of money if you die during the term of the policy. The premiums are lowest when you are young and increase upon renewal as you age. Be sure to check your policy for age or other renewal restrictions.