What different policies will do for you
Though it seems there is a bewildering array of policy types and names, they all boil down to two basic forms of life insurance: permanent and term.
As a rule, permanent needs should be covered with permanent insurance, temporary needs with term insurance. Often, a combination of policy types does the best job for you.
So, what is a temporary need? A mortgage; high needs for continuing income when your children are young; some business obligations; and so on.
Permanent needs? Funeral expenses; supplementing a survivor’s income; covering capital gains taxes at death, especially if family property is to be passed on to the next generation; and children who remain dependent for their lifetimes, often due to a disability.