Universal life insurance gives you lifelong protection and cash value you can use for anything, anytime, plus the flexibility to adjust your policy along the way as your life and needs change. It lets you choose the amount of your death benefit and how much you pay in premiums, as well as when you pay them.
You can start off with a specific amount to meet your current needs, but if things shift down the road, you have the option to increase or even change the type of death benefit (within limits) to fit your situation.
You get to choose how much you pay, and when, which can be helpful if your cashflow fluctuates. Keep in mind, premiums will increase with age (based on the difference between the death benefit and cash value) and as long as there's enough cash value to pay your policy's monthly fees, your coverage will continue.1
Use it for anything, anytime, usually without owing taxes. You can help pay for an emergency, home repair, college tuition, even invest in your business, whatever you need.2 However, your policy could lapse if the net accumulated value of the policy is less than the monthly fees.
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Universal life gives you protection for the people you love, as well as the flexibility to choose the amount of your death benefit, how much you pay in premiums, and when you pay them (within certain limits). Cash value earns interest every day, and expenses are taken out monthly. As long as there is enough cash value to pay your policy's monthly expenses, your coverage will continue. It will also build cash value that can be used for anything, anytime.2Find out more about how Universal life works..
How they're similar:
Both are types of permanent life insurance.
Both build cash value.
How they're different:
Whole life comes with a guaranteed death benefit, while universal life comes with a flexible death benefit.
Whole life comes with set premiums, while universal life comes with flexible premiums.
The best one for you depends on your goals. Both universal life and whole life insurance give you lifelong coverage3 and build cash value over time that you can use for anything you need throughout your life.2 Universal life comes with flexible premiums, while whole life comes with set premiums. Plus, whole life can earn dividends (while not guaranteed, we've paid them every year since 1872) that can be taken as cash, used to pay premiums, or increase your coverage (and cash value). Find out which is right for you. Connect with an advisor.
You can take money out of your policy as a withdrawal up to the amount of the premium you've paid in so far without paying taxes. You can also take a loan against your cash value or use the policy's cash value as collateral for a loan from a bank. If you choose to surrender your entire policy, you can take all of its cash value, but you'll also be surrendering your coverage.2 One of our advisors can give you more details. Get matched with one today.
Your policy's cash value is an asset that you can use for anything, anytime. It can be used for unexpected emergencies, like a home repair or a business investment. You can take money out of your policy as a withdrawal up to the amount of the premium you've paid in so far without paying taxes. You can also take a loan against your cash value or use the policy's cash value as collateral for a loan from a bank. If you choose to surrender your entire policy, you can take all of its cash value, but you'll also be surrendering your coverage.2 Ready to get started on your policy? Connect with an advisor.
At the time of the insured's death, the beneficiary will receive the death benefit. The value of the death benefit will be greater than the policy's cash value. Still have questions? Connect with an advisor.
Yes, this is pool of money is called cash value. The cash value of a policy is an asset that you can use for anything, anytime. It can be used for unexpected emergencies, like a home repair or a business investment. You can take money out of your policy as a withdrawal up to the amount of the premium you've paid in so far without paying taxes. One of our advisors can give you more details. Get matched with one today.
Yes. You can take a policy loan. Interest is charged on the loan, but there is no financial underwriting, so you can borrow at any time against your policy, and the repayment terms are flexible. You can repay on your own terms or allow the loan interest to be added to the loan. It's important to know that your death benefit will be reduced by the amount of the loan until it's repaid,2 and the loan must be carefully managed to avoid any tax consequences. Want to find out more? Connect with an advisor.
No, it cannot. However, whole life insurance does. While not guaranteed, we've paid them every year since 1872. You can take the dividend as cash, use it to pay premiums, or buy more coverage. Ask an advisor which insurance is right for your needs and goals. Get matched today.
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What types of universal life insurance policies does Northwestern Mutual offer?
Custom Universal Life
Custom Universal Life gives you flexibility when it comes to choosing the amount of your death benefit and your premium payment schedule. This type of policy insures one person and builds cash value, tax deferred.
Survivorship Universal Life
Survivorship Universal Life is similar to Custom Universal Life, except that it insures two people and pays the death benefit upon the death of the second person.
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When you work with Northwestern Mutual, we listen to the goals you have and design a financial plan tailored specifically to your life. Universal life insurance is a flexible tool that could be an important part of your plan, giving you lifelong protection while helping you meet more of your financial goals. Find out more about how we plan.