{ros and cons of term life insurance

pros and cons of term life insurance


Term life insurance is perhaps the most sold life insurance plan in America. One of the biggest reasons is that term life offers you the highest death benefit for the lowest premium.


It covers you for only a specific period of time at a level premium and works like renting or leasing. Usually, the time spans are 10,15, 20, 25 and 30 years. If you happen to die within that time, your beneficiary will receive the life insurance proceeds federal income tax-free.

But if you live through that period, the premiums you paid for those years are gone.
To counter that disadvantage, a few carriers offer a return of premium term life insurance options. These plans cost you more, but at the end of the term, you get a refund of all the premiums you paid, minus any loans. No matter which type of term life insurance you take, at the end of the term you have no coverage on yourself. Now, most term life insurance plans are annually renewable. But most people cannot renew their term insurance because the renewable rates are exorbitantly high. For example, a 40 years old male can pay as little as $105.75 per month or $1,269 annually for 30-year term insurance for a $1000,000 coverage. At the end of 30 years, if he wants to renew his policy, his premium jumps from $1,269 to $44,264 per year. Also, the premium keeps increasing every year thereafter. So renewability of a term insurance policy is really a joke. Refer to this image below for details.

Term Life Insurance Illustration

For some people, this product works like a charm. It protects the family’s ability to keep on paying the mortgage on the house or any other loan in case of sudden death of the income provider. It also provides much needed financial protection to the family when children are growing up. Basically, term life insurance works well when you want to cover temporary financial obligations.


I recently met someone who purchased a $1M, 20-year term life insurance with a thought that after twenty years he will not need any kind of life insurance because he will by that time make it financially. The guy is a 42-year old realtor and is not my client. I really hope and wish that everything works out for him the way he has planned. BUT…what in case it doesn’t?

He has a mortgage, a young 11-year old daughter, and a non-working wife.

What if his wife outlives him by 10 years much later in life when he has no life insurance on him? If his financial gains are strong and the income is going to continue even after when he is gone, the spouse will do just fine. Otherwise, she will have to go through a financial hell that the realtor has not anticipated.

In the last 20 years, I have talked to a number of people who bought term life when they were young and later in life wanted permanent coverage that could last until the end of life.

By the time, they come to this realization; many of them cannot afford to buy a permanent life insurance plan (coverage beyond age 100) or end up paying very high premiums. Your premium at this stage is based on your current age. The older you are, the higher you pay.


Most term life insurance plans come with an option to covert the entire or partial amount of death benefit to a permanent life insurance plan (coverage beyond age 100). The time period within which you can convert depends on what the carrier offers.

The biggest advantage of conversion is that the insured doesn’t have to go through a medical exam to qualify. You may have any number of illnesses or diseases but you cannot be clinically disabled. Just agree to pay your new premium and you are set. Also, you can mostly convert the entire term policy or part of the policy into a permanent plan.
The biggest disadvantage is that the longer you wait to convert, the higher you pay.

I always suggest my clients to layer their life insurance plans, depending on what they can afford and what their needs are today and also their anticipated needs in the future.

It is important to mention that one can have multiple life insurance policies to take care of various kinds of needs in life.

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Here is a quick comparison of premiums between term life and guaranteed permanent life insurance products. To create these quotes, carefully selected, highly competitive carriers are used. This table below is able to offer some clarity on what to expect from various guaranteed life plans.  I offered these options to a real client of mine. See the rounded premiums below.

A quick comparison of life insurance rates

As a rule, always keep the affordability in mind before taking a life insurance policy.

When you see an ad on TV promising hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of life insurance for a ridiculously low price, you need to keep in mind that they are only throwing a bone at you to call them. These ads only promote a 10-year term plan for those in perfect health (super preferred risk class). Obviously, the low premium quoted makes it look like a breeze to buy life insurance. There a lot of good life insurance advisers out there to serve your best interest. It is important to talk to them in detail before taking a life policy.

A bulk of our business is over the phone and on the internet (email etc.) By now, we almost mastered the art and skill of serving our clients in multiple states. It is always easy to serve more effectively those who help us help them; don’t mind spending a few minutes talking over the phone. However, if you are certain that you only need a term life insurance plan, InsureInMinutes.com is specifically designed to serve someone like you.


  • Premiums always remain level during the duration of a term in term life plan.
  • Universal life and whole life plans are usually custom-designed to suit your need and affordability.
  • All quotes are subject to underwriting, age and state availability.
  • Always ask for optional riders that may enhance the value of your life insurance policy.


In this brave new world, if you love somebody who depends on you financially, you shouldn’t be walking around without a life insurance policy.

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Sometime back a potential client in average health called me from New Jersey. At 41, he had suffered through a history of high blood pressure and depression for quite a while. A non-smoker and otherwise in good shape, this family law attorney got married a couple of years back and now his wife was pregnant with their first child.

He wanted a guaranteed lifetime of life insurance coverage of $1,000,000 on himself. At the same time, he did not want to pay premiums for the rest of his life. I offered him had a 30-year term, a 30-year return of premium term, a universal life insurance plans without cash values with the last premium to be paid at age 65; and participating whole life insurance with cash values (pay only till 65).
Of course, I looked into multiple insurance carriers to find him the best options. Here is what I found. His 30-year term was for $228 monthly; return of premium term for $446; universal life plan (pay only till 65) for $850 monthly; and whole life for $1,786 monthly. A 30-year term for $228 monthly premium made the most sense to him at this point in life.

But his heart was set on a policy with a lifetime of coverage. He also wanted to come back in a few years when his practice would begin to do better and convert the term policy into a permanent life insurance plan.  This is where it becomes tricky. Since there are always multiple insurance carriers fighting for your business, it is not always a good idea to go with the one that offers the lowest premium. In his case, for a few dollars more, I found him an A+ rated solid carrier with excellent options to convert in future.

The lowest premium term life insurance policy may not be the best option for you.

In my experience, most people who buy a term life insurance policy do it because they could not afford the higher premium of a permanent policy. Since our needs and affordability change over time, it is always a good idea to talk to your insurance advisor before accepting a life insurance carrier. You want to make sure that if you cannot purchase a lifetime of coverage today, you do have reasonable options to pick one in future.


Since most of us do not live beyond the age of 120, a permanent life insurance policy guarantees a financial cushion or in many cases a financial legacy for your loved ones.

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