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Borrowing Against Whole Life Insurance

Many whole life policies come equipped with a cash value component that can be borrowed against, though it’s important to note that they could lapse if loan interest and balance accrued exceeds their death benefit.

Whole life insurance provides lifetime protection with an accruing cash value component, yet can result in income taxes being assessed against it.

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Cash Value

Cash value life insurance policies offer an innovative solution to cover expenses without going through an extensive employment verification or credit check process, typically providing funds within days. Like all features, however, this one carries its own set of advantages and disadvantages so it is wise to research its impact before using it.

Be mindful that any time you borrow against life insurance, interest must be paid on it. In addition, if the loan balance plus interest exceeds the cash value, your policy could lapse and terminate without prior notice to you. In addition to paying interest charges on borrowed amounts, income tax penalties will also apply on amounts borrowed against life insurance policies. For advice about borrowing against life insurance policies contact an experienced financial professional.

Loans against permanent life insurance policies that accumulate cash value – like whole or universal life policies – may only be available against permanent policies that accumulate it, like whole and universal life policies. Because term life policies don’t accumulate any savings, loans against them may not be considered eligible.

Most insurers and policies allow borrowers to borrow up to 90% of the cash value. Exact loan amounts depend on both parties involved. When borrowing against your life insurance policy, minimum interest payments must be made regularly in order to keep coverage intact and prevent it from lapsing altogether. Before borrowing against it however, be sure to discuss terms with a financial or tax professional.


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Death Benefit

Borrowing against your life insurance policy is an efficient and relatively low-cost way of accessing cash. The interest rate may be lower than with personal loans, plus it does not require income or credit checks for approval. Each insurer sets their own minimum loan amounts based on policy type and duration; how much money can be borrowed usually varies with type and amount borrowed depending on this minimum threshold threshold amount.

The death benefit is the portion of whole or universal life insurance policies that provides cash to beneficiaries upon the policy owner’s passing, typically used to cover funeral costs and provide financial security for loved ones left behind. It could also help with mortgage repayment or retirement income supplement, among other expenses.

Loaning against your life insurance reduces its death benefit to pay back any outstanding balance and accrued loan interest, and may force it into lapse – along with possible tax obligations on both.

As well, borrowing amounts will reduce your cash surrender value, potentially leading to it falling below a predefined minimum level and your policy being cancelled altogether or at least necessitating higher premium payments in order to stay active.

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Whole life insurance provides both death benefits and cash value accumulation over the life of their policy, making it an excellent way for individuals to cover funeral costs or send their children to college. Furthermore, its cash value grows tax-deferred; meaning you can borrow against it tax-free without incurring fees or taxes; however it should be remembered that borrowing against it comes with risks: failure to repay loans could cause your life insurance policy to lapse and incur substantial interest charges as well.

Whole life insurance offers several key advantages over term life policies, including lifetime coverage and guaranteed death benefit payments, higher premium payments and potential expense; however, whole life does have many other advantages that make the investment worth your while.

Whole life policies feature not only death benefits, but also tax-deferred cash value savings that accumulates. This cash value can be used for loans or withdrawals – you could even borrow against it to cover unexpected expenses or supplement income – should more cash be withdrawn than what was attributable to premiums; otherwise you’ll owe income taxes on it.


Collateral is used by borrowers as proof of their commitment to repay a loan and protects lenders in case the borrower defaults on his debts. An example would be using one’s home or car as collateral when applying for a mortgage loan – in such instances should repayment fail and property such as this may be repossessed from them by lenders.

Life insurance policies may serve as collateral if they meet certain criteria, and many insurers allow you to borrow up to 90% of the cash value of your life policy as collateral for loan purposes. Most policy loans don’t have set repayment schedules and typically boast lower interest rates than bank loans; additionally, your cash value in your life policy continues to accumulate while it’s being borrowed against.

There are three primary forms of life insurance collateral loans:

  1. Insurer-funded loans offer fast and easy solutions without an application or approval process or taxes to worry about – however the interest charged could exceed dividend income of your life policy!
  2. Individual-funded loans offer more financial flexibility. They don’t require loan applications or approval processes but the accrued interest can exceed dividend income on some policies; these types of loans should not be taken lightly!
  3. Bank-funded loans. These are often more complex, require a credit check, and may not be the ideal solution if a borrower has poor credit or is having difficulty meeting premium payments.  Broker-funded loans offer lower risk but do not come tax free.