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Permanent Life Insurance: 3 Ways You Can Use Your Cash Value

Permanent life insurance provides many benefits. In addition to protecting your loved ones upon your death, it also provides financial living benefits you can use as you see fit.

Permanent Life Insurance Cash Value Advantages

Cash value benefits

The benefits of having a permanent life insurance policy are many. Whether it's whole or universal life, your policy will continue to provide coverage for as long as you live, as long as premium payments are timely made. Moreover, there is the potential to build cash value over time, providing you with living benefits that you can use while you're still alive.

While you can use the money in your policy for anything you like, this article looks at three not-so-common ways to use the cash value cash value that may have built up in your whole or universal life policy over the years. *

  • College expenses.

    Financial aid and scholarships will only go so far, and may not be enough to cover additional costs associated with higher education such as room and board, transportation, books, and lab fees. Any cash value in your policy could be used for these and other educational expenses.

  • Getting a new business off the ground.

    For some, it's the American dream, right? Unfortunately, starting a new business venture often requires having the readily available cash to cover startup costs. Unfortunately, many lending institutions aren't as eager to lend money to businesses that aren't well-established. The cash value in your policy may be an easier way to help fund startup costs without having to ask friends and family, or getting turned down by a bank.

  • Time off to care for someone you love.

    If you had to take time off from work to care for a loved one, would you have enough sick or vacation time to keep your paychecks coming? For example, you may need an extended amount of time to be with an aging parent or sick child. The cash value in your life insurance policy can be a way to keep the bills paid during a difficult time.

These are just three ways that you can use the cash value in your permanent life insurance policy.

*Money that is borrowed from a life insurance policy and is not paid back can result in a reduction of benefits and reduce the policy's death benefit. Policy loans accrue interest.

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Life Insurance Cash Value

Whole life insurance and Universal life insurance are two types of permanent life protection. For as long as you pay your premiums, permanent life insurance will always be there for the people you love.
But did you know that a permanent life insurance policy has benefits that you can use while you're still alive? This article looks at three not-so-common ways to use the cash value that may have accumulated in your permanent life insurance policy. For more information, visit the Protective Life Learning Center.


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