There are two main types of life insurance: term life insurance and permanent life insurance. Term life insurance provides coverage for a set period of time, while permanent life insurance provides coverage for your entire life. Permanent life insurance policies typically have a cash value component, which is what we'll be discussing here.
The cash value component of a permanent life insurance policy is like a savings account that you can access during your lifetime. The money in the account grows tax-deferred, which means you don't have to pay taxes on it until you withdraw the money. You can use the money in the account for anything you want, such as supplementing your income during retirement, paying for your child's education, or meeting other financial goals.
The cash value component can also be a great way to build wealth over time. You can take out loans against the cash value of your policy, and as long as you repay the loan, the interest you pay is typically tax-deductible. You can also withdraw money from the account, but if you do so before you reach age 59½, you'll generally have to pay taxes on the withdrawal, as well as a 10% early withdrawal penalty.
Cash value life insurance can be a great way to grow your wealth over time and provide financial security for your loved ones in the event of your death.