With Return of Premium (ROP) term life insurance, you can get a 100% refund of the premiums you paid if you are still alive at the end of the term.
For example, imagine that you’re buying a $1,000,000 policy with a 30-year term. Let’s say your premiums may cost $10,000 per year; your actual premiums will vary depending on your age, health and other factors. At the end of the 30th year, the insurance company will pay the policy owner $300,000, tax free! That’ll be a pretty good addition to your retirement savings!
If you die during the term, your beneficiaries would collect the $1 million death benefit in the same way as a traditional policy. The following video gives a quick overview of how ROP policies work.
ROP life insurance costs more than a traditional term life policy. The extra cost is invested by the insurance provider to be paid back to the owner of the policy when it expires. Is the possibility of a full refund at the end of the term worth the extra expense? Many consumers think so.
Consider this: a traditional 30-year term policy with a $1,000,000 face amount (similar to the example above) might cost $6,000 per year. That equals $180,000 over the course of the term. If you live beyond that 30 years, you can purchase another policy at much higher rate or simply go forward uninsured. With a return of premium plan, you’ll pay more in premiums, but if you outlive the term, you’ll get it all back. That can help pay for your new policy, if you decide to buy one. Or you can use it however you like.
Return of premium life insurance policies are available in 15, 20 and 30 year terms.
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