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Life Insurance

Protect the life you love.

You've worked hard to build a life you enjoy with the people you love, now it's time to protect it all. But it can be tough to know how much, or what type of life insurance you need. And life insurance can be more than a safety net. Depending on the type you get, it can be the foundation for a sound financial plan. At Northwestern Mutual, our recommendations are based on your priorities and what you can afford – so you get only the life insurance you need, and nothing you don't.

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Term Whole Universal

Financial benefits for your loved ones

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Insurance protection for your entire lifetime (unless you cancel or stop paying your premiums)

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Premiums that are guaranteed to never increase

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Cash value that grows over time (taxes deferred)

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The opportunity to earn dividends6 (payouts to policyholders)

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Cash value that can be used at any time and for any reason during your lifetime

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Lower premiums at the beginning of your policy

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Flexibility to change the amount of life insurance protection you want (within limits)

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Ability to control the amount and frequency of your payments (subject to policy minimums)

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*Level premium term policies provide a level premium for the life of the policy, however, not all term policies have level premiums.
**Certain product designs combine term insurance and whole life insurance, and may be subject to premium increases.

*Level premium term policies provide a level premium for the life of the policy, however, not all term policies have level premiums.
**Certain product designs combine term insurance and whole life insurance, and may be subject to premium increases.

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The Northwestern Mutual difference

  • A++

    AAA, Aaa, and AA+ the highest financial strength ratings of any life insurer FROM ALL FOUR MAJOR credit RATING AGENCIES4

  • No 1

    in quality of products and services in insurance FORTUNE® Magazine, 20175

  • $5.6B

    in dividends expected
    to be paid in 20196

1The claim to providing coverage for your whole life assumes that all premiums are paid.

2Your policy's cash value typically becomes a useful source of funds only after several years of premium payments, which allows the cash value to build up. Each method of utilizing your policy's cash value has advantages and disadvantages and is subject to different tax consequences. Surrenders of, withdrawals from and loans against a policy will reduce the policy's cash surrender value and death benefit and may also affect any dividends paid on the policy. As a general rule, surrenders and withdrawals are taxable to the extent they exceed the cost basis of the policy, while loans are not taxable when taken. Loans taken against a life insurance policy can have adverse effects if not managed properly. Policy loans and automatic premium loans, including any accrued interest, must be repaid in cash or from policy values upon policy termination or the death of the insured. Repayment of loans from policy values (other than death proceeds) can potentially trigger a significant tax liability, and there may be little or no cash value remaining in the policy to pay the tax. If loans equal or exceed the cash value, the policy will terminate if additional cash payments are not made. Policyowners should consult with their tax advisors about the potential impact of any surrenders, withdrawals or loans.

3Subject to limits and policy minimums.

4Northwestern Mutual continues to have the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any U.S. life insurer by all four of the major rating agencies: A.M. Best Company, A++ (highest), April 2018; Fitch Ratings, AAA (highest), December 2018; Moody's Investors Service, Aaa (highest), September 2018; S&P Global Ratings, AA+ (second highest), June 2018. Third-party ratings are subject to change. Ratings are for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

5Awarded in the Insurance: Life & Health industry, FORTUNE® Magazine's annual survey, 2017.

6Dividends are reviewed annually and are not guaranteed. Some policies may not receive dividends in a particular year or years even while other policies receive dividends. For universal life products, in lieu of dividends, experience is reflected through changes to nonguaranteed charges and credits.

All guarantees are based solely on the claims-paying ability of the insurer.

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