Life insurance policies are not all created equally. Each type of policy tends to have positives and negatives. In this article, we take a look at the positive aspects of a policy that maintains a cash value growth element.
What is a cash value? It is a provision in a policy that acts as an additional savings element. A certain part of the premium that you pay is allocated to it and this percentage grows the longer you pay the premiums. On top of this, the money in the policy accumulates at, typically, a set interest rate agreed to up front when buying the policy. This is particularly advantageous since the growth happens tax free, an aspect that is going to become more important as tax rates increase in the future. All this being said, there are some other more subtle advantages to buying a policy with a cash value.
The last few years have been very tough financially for millions of people. Given cash constraints, many people have been forced to abandon their policies because they can’t afford the premiums. This is not the case for people who have policies with cash values. Why? One huge advantage of this policy is you can use the cash value to pay the premiums when times are tough. Instead of losing years of premium payments by abandoning a policy, you can keep it going till things turn around.
Let’s take it one step further. What if you run into severe cash flow problems? Millions of Americans have lost their jobs. Unemployment benefits don’t amount to much. How do you avoid going belly up? If you have an insurance policy with a cash value provision, you can take loans against the money accumulated. There is no tax consequence to this, but the money must be repaid at some point. If it isn’t, it will be taken out of any death benefit paid on your passing.