Is Your Term Life Insurance Rate Locked In?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing the right type of life insurance. There are many different types available, but one of the most popular is term life insurance. This policy provides coverage for a specific period (usually 10, 20, or 30 years). Once that period expires, the policy ends, and you have to purchase a new policy if you want coverage again. One question that many people have is whether or not their term life insurance rates are locked in. This guide will answer that question and help you understand how rates work!

Are Term Life Insurance Premiums Fixed?

The answer to this question is both yes and no. Term life insurance rates are not locked in, but they are often fixed for the duration of the policy. This means that your monthly premium will not increase during the policy’s life, regardless of what happens in the market.

However, your rates will likely increase if you decide to renew your policy at the end of the term. This is because insurance companies base their rates on your age and health at the time of renewal. So, your rates will be higher if you are older or have developed health problems since you first purchased the policy.

Ways To Lock In Your Rate

There are some ways to lock in your rate, however. For example, many insurance companies offer “conversion privileges,” which allow you to convert your term life insurance policy into a permanent policy without having to go through underwriting again. This means that your rates will be locked in at the age and health you were when you first purchased the policy.

Another way to lock in your rate is by purchasing a “level term” life insurance policy. These policies have rates guaranteed to stay the same for the entire policy term, no matter what happens in the market.

Next Steps

So, while term life insurance rates are not locked in, there are ways to guarantee your rate will not increase. If you have any questions about this or other types of life insurance, don’t hesitate to contact us today! We would be happy to help you find the right policy for your needs.

Is Your Term Life Insurance Rate Locked In? (2023)

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Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

I’m a licensed financial professional focusing on annuities and insurance for more than a decade. My former role was training financial advisors, including for a Fortune Global 500 insurance company. I’ve been featured in Time Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, and Women’s Health Magazine.

The Annuity Expert is an online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. My goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning or find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates for you. 

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