My Investopedia Posts

Do I need term life insurance or whole life insurance?

Term insurance can be a cost-effective way of meeting a single need for coverage. If all you need a policy for is to pay off the mortgage, then term should… Read More

Is an indexed universal life (IUL) policy a good investment?

I appreciate the complexity of this product, and sympathize with all the various confusing messages you’re getting. I take this approach for evaluating the product: 1. The bottom line is… Read More

Should I purchase long-term care insurance, or invest the money to pay for my long-term care?

Here is something for you to think about: I have had four elders in my family die in the last five years – my father, mother, aunt, and uncle.  Each… Read More

Is life insurance a good investment for leaving money to your child?

I think it’s a great idea to leave money to your child with life insurance. Think about it. If God forbid you die tomorrow, you’ll have paid one premium, and… Read More

Should I get indexed universal life insurance (IUL)?

Don’t put the cart before the horse. No financial advisor should be recommending a product until you and he have become clear on your needs, goals, and comfort level with… Read More

If I am using a loan to pay the premiums on a life insurance policy and I surrender the policy to take out the cash value, will I have to pay income tax on the loan and the accumulated interest?

Cash taken out of a life insurance policy is taxed if it is above your cost basis. The quickest way for you get to get an answer is to call… Read More

Is it better for a 34-year-old with a family of three to take a 20- or 30-year life insurance policy if I know that the premiums will significantly increase if I choose the 20-year policy?

If you think there is a possibility you will need life insurance for more than 20 years, then you should buy the 30-year term. You will probably spend less… Read More

Is whole life insurance a good option for my family of three if I have multiple retirement accounts and insurance policies already in place?

It could be a good idea if you want to have a guaranteed portion of your financial portfolio. Whole life insurance gives just about the best guarantees out there. Of… Read More

Does the IRS consider a life insurance payout to a minor, my 6-year-old child, as received income that I have to report?

Truthfully, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this question. Are you saying that your six-year-old child actually received a check from an insurance company? I have never heard… Read More

Is purchasing a $300,000 life insurance policy as a single 53-year-old with no children a good decision?

I think it can be a fantastic decision. Life insurance is a superb way to leave a legacy of caring for someone you love and support. It’s a financial product… Read More