whole life insurance
“Whole life insurance covers an insured for life, during which the insured pays fixed premiums, accumulates savings from an invested portion of the premiums, and receives a guaranteed benefit upon death, to be paid to a named beneficiary. Universal life insurance is term life insurance in which the premiums are paid from the insured's earnings from a money-market fund. Variable life insurance is life insurance in which the premiums are invested in securities and whose death benefits thus depend on the securities' performance, though there is a minimum guaranteed death benefit. Because whole life insurance, universal life insurance, and variable life insurance include a savings component in addition to the their insurance component, they almost always have higher premiums than term life insurance, and they accumulate value that may be removed from the policy either via a loan from the insurance company secured by the policy or a cash withdrawal that reduces the savings component of the policy.” Curcio v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, T.C. Memo. 2010-115, WL 2134321 (U.S. Tax. Ct., May 27, 2010) (Cohen, J.).