Your Money Can Grow and You Can Use It
Some life insurance plans, such as whole, universal or variable life insurance can accrue cash value that can be withdrawn or lent out in case of emergencies or to pay life insurance premiums. A typical cash accrual period can be as short as 2 to 5 years, after which the money may become accessible, depending on the policy. More time is needed to see a significant return, however. Some policies may include the potential to collect dividends on your investment which can be paid out in cash.
A cash value plan may be a good idea if you can afford to spend a little more up front and you expect a longer runway to accrue more value (like starting the policy in your thirties rather than later on). There are drawbacks to this type of policy, including its expense, so it’s best to speak to an advisor first.