Life Assurance And Insurance


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Life assurance is technically a different type of policy to life insurance. The difference could become quite important to you as time passes.

Life assurance provides an assurance that eventually you will be paid out on death. Life assurance is the correct expression for a policy that lasts for your whole life. You cannot live longer than the term as the policy is designed to continue until to eventually die.

Life insurance on the other hand does have a defined term at outset, say 20 years. If you die during the term of the policy that would be within the 20 years then the policy pays out. If you die after the term has expired, for example after 21 years then nothing would be paid out as the policy would have finished.

Most term life insurance policies don’t pay out as the customers live longer than the set number of years on the policy whereas all whole of life assurance policies where the premiums are maintained are guaranteed to payout. This explains why in the table below the whole of life assurance premiums are higher than the term life insurance premiums.

It’s always best to compare life insurance vs.assurance quotes before buying to check you are getting the best deal.

Male and Female £100,000 Single Life Insurance Rates for Non-Smokers
£100,000 Life Insurance10 Year Term15 Year Term20 Year Term25 Year Term30 Year Term35 Year Term40 Year Term45 Year Term50 Year TermWhole Of Life
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Male and Female £100,000 Single Life Insurance Rates for Smokers (that’s if you’ve used tobacco or e-cigarettes within the last 12 months)
£100,000 Life Insurance10 Year Term15 Year Term20 Year Term25 Year Term30 Year Term35 Year Term40 Year Term45 Year Term50 Year TermWhole Of Life
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Policy Types

Level Term Life Insurance

Level term life insurance provides a fixed pay-out on death if death occurs within a fixed number of years that you select at outset. For example if you are 35 and you buy a 20 year £100,000 policy, then should you die between the ages of 35 and 55 the life insurance will payout £100,000. If you die aged 56 then nothing would be paid as the policy would have expired.

As you become more likely to die with age, the longer the term of the policy, the older you are when the policy finishes, the more likely the insurer might be to pay-out and hence the higher the premium.

Term life insurance has a very real chance that it will not pay-out, which means (good news) you’re unlikely to die during the term.

Whole of Life Insurance

Whole of life insurance means that once the policy starts (at a fixed premium forever), you carry on paying the premiums until either you decide you don’t need the insurance any more or you die. The insurance can never be withdrawn by the insurance company no matter how old you are.

Interestingly the oldest person yet to have lived died aged 122 years. Had they had a whole of life insurance it would then have paid out, (unlike a term life insurance).

Uses of Term vs. Whole of Life Insurance

Term life insurance is usually used to insurance shorter term risks which can include loans and mortgages which should be repaid immediately on death. Term insurance is also used to protect children who (in theory) become independent adults eventually and less reliant on Mum and Dad for emotional and financial support. In the same way term insurance is used to protect maintenance payments to divorced couples where children are being supported.

Whole of life insurance is used where the primary motive is to protect a partner for life which includes your wife or husband. Secondary uses of whole of life are for estate protection where there is a possibility of inheritance tax becoming due.

In summary there is no substitute for obtaining a personal quote which will be based on your own date of birth and using today’s most up to date rates from a wide panel of the UK’s top insurers.