What is the Difference Between Term and Whole Life Insurance?

Life insurance provides financial protection by protecting your lost income if you were to unexpectedly die.

Term life insurance serves the sole purpose of providing a death benefit to your chosen beneficiaries if you were to pass away in a given period of time.

Term Life Insurance  Pros and Cons


Term life insurance policies usually come with a much more affordable price tag, making this a good option if you are only looking for coverage for a certain amount of time.


Term life insurance expires, so once your coverage time ends, your policy ends as well. This means that you would then need to re-apply for a new policy (which may be harder and more expensive at that time) if you still needed coverage.

Whole Life Insurance  Pros And Cons

Whole life insurance never expires. So you can keep the policy as long as you need without the price increasing, despite aging or having any health issues arise. This can be comforting for some people who worry about their health deteriorating.



The cost of whole life insurance is one of the biggest drawbacks to purchasing this type of policy. As noted, it is much more expensive than term life insurance because of the added cash-value component of the policy.


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