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*Personal Financial Literacy Resource Guide*

Chapter 12 Introduction

In this chapter, we explain the meaning of life insurance; describe its purpose and principle.  We present the four general methods for determining the amount of life insurance needed.  Then we stress the importance of life insurance companies—mutual and stock—and distinguish between participating and non-participating life insurance policies.  Next, we describe types of life insurance policies—term life, whole life, limited payment life, adjustable life, and universal life are discussed in detail.  In addition, other types of life insurance policies; such as group life, credit life, and endowment life insurance are covered.  Next we focus on major and important provisions contained in a life insurance contract.  We emphasize the need for comparing insurance policy costs and examining a policy before and after the purchase.  Various settlement options are also presented in this section.  Finally, we conclude the chapter with a discussion on how annuities provide security to individuals.

LO 12.1: Identify the most important features of common and preferred stock

LO 12.3: Analyze the numerical measures that cause a stock to increase or decrease in value

LO 12.5: Explain the trading techniques used by long-term investors and short-term speculators

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