Topic: Protection

Whole-of-life assurance

Guaranteed financial protection that lasts for the rest of your life

As the name suggests, whole-of-life policies are ongoing policies that pay out when you die, whenever that is. Because it’s guaranteed that you’ll die at some point (and therefore that the policy will have to pay out), these policies are more expensive than term assurance policies, which only pay out if you die within a certain timeframe.

Term assurance

Choose the amount you want to be insured for and the period for which you want cover

The most basic type of life assurance is called ‘term assurance’. With term assurance, you choose the amount you want to be insured for and the period for which you want cover. If you die within the term, the policy pays out to your beneficiaries. If you don’t die during the term, the policy doesn’t pay out and the premiums you’ve paid are not returned to you.