Return of Premium is a refund.
Return of premium term life is a kind of term life insurance that refunds your paid premiums upon maturity of the term.

What is Return of Premium Term Life Insurance?

If term life insurance is like paying rent or fee for service, return of premium term (ROP term) is like getting your payments back. It’s that simple. Only a handful of life insurers in the market offer this coverage. The only downside is that you are going to pay higher premium for the right to receive a refund. The upside is that you would lose nothing at the end of the term.

How much does Return of Premium term cost?

Click here for a sample PDF illustration of ROP term life insurance.

 

Return of Premium Term Rates

Coverage Amount:$500,000
at Preferred Risk
Length of Term: 30
Return of Premium
Term
[Cost]
Return of Premium
Term
[Cost]
AGEMALEFEMALE
35$75.69$59.60
40
$119.63$92.22
45$187.05$139.20
50$312.77$230.12
All rates are subject to age and state availability. Subject to underwriting.

As you can see the cost involved in buying a ROP term life insurance is definitely higher than the the traditional term life. So, is it worth it? I think it depends upon your affordability, risk tolerance and individual tax-bracket.

Get real-time Quotes for Life Insurance

Go to SinglePremiumPlans.com and choose the kind of life insurance plan you are looking for. Return of Premium Term plans have ROP in the end.

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Here is a quick comparison of premiums between term life and whole life or guaranteed permanent life insurance like universal life. 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 Premiums

MALE | AGE: 35 | RISK CLASS: SUPER PREFERRED | NON-SMOKER 
Insure in MInutesReal-time Life Insurance Rates

Face amount: $1000,000
10 Years Term
(convertible to guaranteed universal and whole life)
$19 monthly
20 Years Term
(convertible to guaranteed universal and whole life)
$34 monthly
30 Years Term
(convertible)
$64 monthly
30 years
Refund of Premium Term
$132 monthly
Universal Life (pay only till 65)
(Lifetime of coverage without cash values)
$583 monthly
Whole Life (pay only till 65)
(Lifetime of coverage with cash values)
$1,446 monthly
Please note: The rates quoted are estimates and are subject to underwriting by the insurance carrier.
Rates do not include optional riders. For a no-obligation consultation, call us at 1.866.526.7264.
The lowest premium term life plan may not be the best option for you.

When you see an ad on TV promising hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of term 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.

BOTTOMLINE

The premium difference is obviously huge. While there is no right or wrong life insurance plan, it is what you need and afford that dictate the kind of life insurance plan you should go for. Life insurance can work as a mortgage protection vehicle, something to protect a loan, or a estate planning tool. Term life insurance plan can hardly take care of the death tax or estate tax issue. To care of that, you must look into a guaranteed permanent life insurance option as a guaranteed financial legacy. Limited premium or single pay whole life and universal life insurance plan are very useful for those looking into covering estate tax through life insurance.

FOUR BASIC RULES OF LIFE INSURANCE
  • 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.
CONCLUSION

Purchasing life insurance is a major financial decision. Let’s not a few sleek TV ads or aggressive marketing sway you. A quick comparison of premiums, and what a life insurance plan can or cannot do for you is very important. Talk about your current and future family protection needs to a professional before you buy one. In a remote work environment, always ask for a virtual meeting.

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A lifetime of life insurance

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 to a whole life or guaranteed universal life 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.

Conclusion

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. If purchased at the right time in life, a lifetime of life insurance coverage can be surprisingly affordable.

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