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Life Insurance

Determining what life insurance you may need — including benefits, costs and the time to buy — can be challenging. Deepen your understanding of whole, term and universal life insurance and how these solutions could help increase security for you and your loved ones. 

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How Long Does It Take to Get Life Insurance

There is a waiting period between the time you purchase life insurance and when coverage takes effect. Here's a look at the overall timeline. 
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5 Reasons Why Life Insurance Is Important

Helping to replace lost income is just one of the reasons why having a life insurance policy can be important.
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Have You Lost a Life Insurance Policy Contract? Here's What to Do Next

There are a few risks associated with losing a life insurance policy, but it's possible to find a lost contract. Here's how.
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The 3 Main Benefits of Term Life Insurance

When considering term life insurance options, understanding the features and benefits of each can help find you the right choice for your needs.
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How Does Long-Term Care Insurance Work? 5 Common Questions Answered

While it's hard to predict the future, it's possible you or a loved one may need long-term care at some point. Here's what to know.
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Is Life Insurance Through Work Enough?

An employer-provided life insurance policy might protect you, but there could be problems with relying solely on getting life insurance through work. 
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How Does Life Insurance Work?

From purchasing coverage to how the death benefit works, this guide will help you understand how life insurance works.
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How to Choose Life Insurance: Explore Your Options in 5 Simple Steps

Purchasing life insurance doesn't have to be complicated. We've broken down the research process into five steps to help you get started.
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Are Life Insurance Premiums Tax-Deductible?

Life insurance premiums usually aren't tax-deductible but they may be in certain situations. 
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What Is Overfunded Life Insurance?

Paying extra into a permanent life insurance policy is called overfunded life insurance. Here's some information to consider.
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Can You Take Out a Life Insurance Policy on Anyone?

If you would suffer a financial loss as a result of another person's death, then there may be coverage options available. 
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Just Married: When Should You Get Life Insurance?

Consider making life insurance your "something new." If you're a newlywed, here's why life insurance could be something to think about.
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What Happens to Life Insurance in Divorce?

If you're wondering what happens to life insurance during divorce, here's some information to consider.
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Is Convertible Term Life Insurance Right for You?

With convertible term life insurance, you could switch your term policy to permanent coverage without passing a health exam.
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9 Factors That Could Affect the Cost of Life Insurance

Knowing some of the factors that can impact the price of your life insurance premium can help you get an idea of what to expect before you apply. 
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How to Spot 5 Common Online Life Insurance Scams

Buying and managing life insurance online can be both helpful and precarious. Learn how to help avoid some of the most common online life insurance scams.
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What Are Your Life Insurance Settlement Options?

There are several payout options that are often available to beneficiaries of life insurance policies.
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4 Potential Advantages of Life Insurance

There are a number of potential benefits that come with purchasing a life insurance policy. Here are a few to consider. 
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How Many Life Insurance Policies Can You Have?

Here's a look at the rules for using multiple life insurance policies, along with the pros and cons of setting up more than one. 
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Understanding Term vs. Permanent Life Insurance

Learn the differences between term life and permanent life insurance before choosing the right policy for you and your beneficiaries. 
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What Is a Guaranteed Insurability Rider?

A guaranteed insurability rider can help keep future insurance options open. Here's insight into when this feature makes sense.
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Is the Cash Value of Life Insurance Taxable?

Here's how to find out whether you might owe taxes on the cash value of a life insurance policy.
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What Is a Waiver of Premium Rider?

Here's some information on how a life insurance waiver of premium for disability works and when it may make sense to purchase one.
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What Are the Different Types of Life Insurance?

Life insurance policies are unique to fit the needs of individuals and families. Learn about the different types of life insurance and which could be right for you.
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Life Insurance for Stay-at-Home Parents

The work stay-at-home-parents do is valuable, which is why life insurance can be essential for them. 
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What Is Cash Value Life Insurance & How Does It Work?

This guide explains some of the fundamentals of cash value, including how it works, its potential benefits, and how it's taxed.
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Who Needs Life Insurance?

This guide will help give you a better understanding of who may need life insurance and why they may need it. 
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9 Reasons People Purchase Life Insurance

There are plenty of reasons why people buy or increase a life insurance policy that you might not have considered.
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The Benefits of Life Insurance for Young Adults

As a young adult, you may not have thought about the potential benefits of purchasing a life insurance policy. Here's what to consider.
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What Are Life Insurance Riders?

Life insurance riders, such as a waiver of premium rider and conversion rider, are a way to personalize your coverage.
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What Is a Revocable Beneficiary?

Here's some information on how a revocable beneficiary differs from an irrevocable beneficiary.
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What Is a Life Insurance Beneficiary?

Before you choose a life insurance beneficiary, it's important to understand how they work.
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What Is a Life Insurance Premium?

A life insurance premium is the payment you make to an insurer in exchange for the company agreeing to pay your beneficiary a death benefit. 
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Life Insurance for Women: How a Policy Could Help You Build a Financial Legacy

Fewer women have life insurance than men, but it could help them just as much.
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A Guide to Life Insurance for New Parents

Life is unpredictable, so purchasing a life insurance policy may be the right move for new parents.
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Guide to Buying Life Insurance for Parents

Buying your parents life insurance might be a good way to for you to help them leave a financial legacy.
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Life Insurance for Single Parents

Whether you're widowed, divorced or a single parent, life insurance can help provide your family financial protection.
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Life Insurance for Seniors

Here are some of the basics about life insurance for seniors including types of policies, reasons to buy coverage and the application process.
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Life Insurance for Pregnant Women

Expectant mothers don't necessarily need to wait until after their child's birth to purchase life insurance.
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What Is a Death Benefit Rider?

Death benefit riders on variable annuity and life insurance contracts could lower risks. Here's what you should know.
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Do Single People Need Life Insurance?

You might be surprised how many people can be affected by the loss of your income.
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How to Buy Life Insurance: From Quote to Coverage in 5 Simple Steps

Once you know which policy is right for you, you could enter the next phase of the process: buying life insurance. Explore the basics here.
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What Is a Contingent Beneficiary?

If you have a life insurance policy, you've likely named your primary beneficiary. But what happens if they're unable to receive the benefit?
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How Is Life Insurance for Veterans Different?

As a veteran transitioning to civilian life, it's important to understand what life insurance options are available to you.
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5 Questions to Ask About Life Insurance Before You Buy a Policy 

Are you about to purchase a life insurance policy? You may want to ask yourself and your financial representative these questions. 
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Is Life Insurance Taxable?

In many situations, life insurance is not taxable. Knowing the exceptions can help you and your beneficiaries plan ahead. 
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Insurance for the Self-Employed: 3 Policies to Consider

More and more U.S. workers are joining the "gig economy." If you're one of them, you may want to consider these insurance options.
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5 Common Life Insurance Myths

If you're unclear about what life insurance is — and what it isn't — here's how to separate common myths from the facts.
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5 Overlooked Reasons for Life Insurance

Life insurance can do more than cover your funeral costs. Here are five of the overlooked financial reasons to buy life insurance.
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What Is a 1035 Exchange?

If you're considering changing your insurance policy or annuity contract, a 1035 exchange could help you avoid paying taxes on the surrendered funds. 
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What Is a Modified Endowment Contract?

A modified endowment contract (MEC) is a life insurance policy in which funding has exceeded federal tax law limits. Here's what else you should know. 
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Discussing Life Insurance for Your Spouse

Whether or not you both earn a salary, expanding life insurance coverage for your family might still be worth it — and it starts with a conversation.
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What Is a Life Insurance "Free Look Period"?

An extra window of time to review your policy and ask questions could make a big difference in helping you remain satisfied with your coverage.
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What's the Difference Between Whole Life Insurance & Universal Life Insurance?

Considering a permanent life insurance policy? You can start by understanding the differences between whole and universal life.
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What's the Difference Between Accidental Death Insurance & Life Insurance?

Life insurance and accidental death insurance might sound similar, but they're meant to serve different needs — here's how they could fit with yours.
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Should You Keep Your Life Insurance Policy During Tough Times?

If money's tight, chances are you'll be looking to cut costs. But canceling your life insurance coverage might be more complicated than you think.
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What Is Dividend-Paying Whole Life Insurance?

Dividend-paying whole life insurance offers you the opportunity to indirectly participate in an insurance company's financial performance.
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Health Conditions That May Affect Life Insurance Coverage: What to Consider

Some insurance companies require a physical before granting a policy. Here are some possible outcomes and options for next steps.
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The Life Insurance Medical Exam: What Can I Expect?

If you're wary of the life insurance medical exam, here's some helpful information on the process — and how to prepare — to help put you at ease.
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Is It Time to Review Your Life Insurance Needs?

Change is a part of life, but is your life insurance policy keeping up? Learn how a life insurance review could help you plan for the road ahead.
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Options for Cash Value Life Insurance Before Retirement

In addition to a death benefit, permanent life insurance policies offer cash value. However, do you know about some of many benefits of cash value?
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Options for Cash Value Life Insurance in Retirement

Permanent life insurance provides a death benefit and may help give you peace of mind. But do you know about the benefits of cash value for retirees?
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How Life Insurance With Living Benefits Could Help Protect Your Future

You may know life insurance offers a death benefit, but did you realize many policies also offer living benefits? Learn more here.
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Life Insurance for Children or Grandchildren? Consider the Benefits

Life insurance could provide many rewards — and life insurance for children or grandchildren is no exception. Explore the benefits here.
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Employer Life Insurance Coverage — Is It Enough?

You might be protected by an employer-sponsored life insurance policy, but there might be problems with relying solely on life insurance through work.
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On Your Own? Why Personal Insurance Plans Could Be a Good Choice

Explore the ins and outs of personal insurance plans and learn why they could be a suitable choice for your needs.
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How Life Insurance Helps Protect a Mortgage

Life insurance could help you keep your loved ones where they belong: at home. Learn more about mortgage protection with life insurance.
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Could Life Insurance for Babies Make the Perfect Gift?

Rattles and onesies are nice, but life insurance could also make an excellent gift for newborns. Learn about the benefits and available policy types.
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What Is Permanent Life Insurance & Is It Right for You?

Permanent life insurance is just that — permanent. But there's so much more to this type of life insurance. Explore the ins and outs here.
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Is Single-Premium Life Insurance Right for You?

In a world full of insurance choices, could a single-premium life insurance policy be right for your needs? Explore the ins and outs here.
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Think You Don't Need to Buy Life Insurance?

Life insurance may not be on your current radar, but you could actually benefit from a policy. Learn why life insurance can be a good idea.
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Seeing the Benefits of Whole Life Insurance

Is a whole life insurance policy right for you? Sometimes it helps to start with the benefits, which could help you decide.
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Why I Bought Whole Life Insurance in My Early 20s

One writer shares his story about what inspired him to buy a whole life insurance policy in his early 20s.
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Why I Bought Term Life Insurance

Learn about one woman's experience with term life insurance, including why she decided on a policy and finds value in it for her needs.
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Can You Have Multiple Life Insurance Policies?

Life insurance could help you protect your loved ones from financial uncertainty, but are you certain that one policy is enough for your needs?
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How to Choose a Life Insurance Beneficiary

Choosing a life insurance beneficiary could be one of the most important decisions you make. Discover how you could make this choice.
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Life Insurance 101: Your Quick & Easy Guide

Life insurance comes in many forms, so explore the available options — and discover which could be right for your needs.
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Retirement: When Should You Get Life Insurance?

After decades of hard work, you've finally walked out of your job and into retirement. Now, is life insurance on your radar?
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Career Change: When Should You Get Life Insurance?

Whether you are thinking about a career change — or have just put in your two weeks' notice — here's why life insurance may be something to consider.
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What Is the Difference Between Term & Whole Life Insurance?

Explore the difference between term and whole life — and understand when each policy type might make sense.
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Do I Need Life Insurance?

Life insurance could be a smart choice — no matter where you are in life. If you're asking yourself this important question, here are some scenarios that could help you understand if life insurance is a good choice for you.
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10-Year Term Life Insurance: Is It a Good Fit for You?

Explore 10-year term life insurance, and learn if it's the best choice for your needs and goals.
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15-Year Term Life Insurance: Is It a Good Fit for You?

Explore 15-year term life insurance, and learn if it's the best choice for your needs and goals.
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20-Year Term Life Insurance: Is It a Good Fit for You?

Explore 20-year term life insurance, and learn if it's the best choice for your needs and goals.
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30-Year Term Life Insurance: Is It a Good Fit for You?

Explore 30-year term life insurance, and learn if it's the best choice for your needs and goals.