Can You Have More Than One Life Insurance Policy?

Can you have multiple life insurance policies? The simple answer is yes. You can have multiple life insurance policies. You can even have more than one policy with the same insurance company. It’s actually common to have a term insurance policy as well as a whole life insurance policy. 

You may also wonder how many life insurance policies can you have? How many policies you can have depends on your insurer and your insurability limit which is known as your “human life value”. Some people try to get as many policies as possible, but is it beneficial? 

  • Possibility of Holding Multiple Policies: The number of life insurance policies one can have depends on the insurer and the individual’s “human life value,” which is determined by factors like financial assets, debts, and income. However, having multiple policies is often unnecessary and not always beneficial.
  • Considerations for Married Couples: Married couples, especially those with dependents or where one spouse relies on the other financially, might consider having multiple life insurance policies. Consulting a financial advisor or insurance agent is essential for making the best decision.
  • Risks and Costs of Multiple Policies: Acquiring multiple life insurance policies can increase annual fees and reduce long-term guaranteed cash values and potential dividends. Borrowing from one policy to fund another, known as laddering, can lead to financial risks like compounding interest rates, policy lapse, and inadvertent taxation.
  • Advice on Purchasing Life Insurance: When considering life insurance, affordability and comfort with the premium are crucial. It’s important to evaluate the long-term cost-to-benefit ratio before purchasing. Policy loans should be carefully considered, as they carry the risk of inadvertent taxation and financial loss if not managed properly.

Should You Consider Having More Than One Life Insurance Policy?

We just answered your question, “Can you have multiple life insurance policies?” But now the question is: should you? There are those who insist that purchasing multiple life insurance policies, even a couple at a time, is better than purchasing or owning just one.  But our research has proven otherwise.

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  1. Purchasing multiple policies increases the fee(s) you will pay the insurance company annually as there is an annual fee for each policy.
    1. Therefore, purchasing two policies instead of one policy, using the same amount of money for premium, when the insured is the same person for both policies, and the coverage will relatively remain the same, is not logical and is not in your best interest.
  2. Eliminating the paid-up insurance rider on a participating whole life policy for the sole purpose of freeing up premium so you can purchase another policy will;
    1. Increase your cost of insurance.
    2. Increase the annual fee(s) you pay the insurance company.
    3. Reduce your long-term guaranteed cash values.
    4. Reduce the dividends that you could have earned.
    5. Not be as effective as if you kept the paid-up insurance rider on the original policy.
  3. Dropping the paid-up insurance rider to afford an additional policy makes sense if;
    1. You have more money to devote to another policy in addition to the premium you were paying for the paid-up insurance rider.
    2. You are still in good health.
    3. You are still at an age where the cost increase in coverage is comfortable and affordable.
    4. You have a convertible term policy that can be converted at a better class rating than your current rating.
    5. You are leveraging the cash values in one policy and have increased the volume of interest you are earning on those borrowed funds to the point where you have adequate cash flow to make the purchase of another policy comfortable and affordable for you.
  4. Purchasing two policies at the same time on one insured person makes sense if more coverage is needed than what an affordable participating whole life policy provides. In such a case:
    1. Purchasing a convertible term policy to increase the face value for an individual is not only viable, it is the ethical thing for an agent to recommend.
    2. Purchasing two policies of the same kind on one person will cost more but may be beneficial if one policy is being purchased as a key person or to fund a buy-sell agreement.

That being said, borrowing from one policy to fund another policy on a long term or permanent basis is often called laddering. But laddering is imprudent.  Leveraging one policy to fund another policy will create a compounding interest rate that can destroy the first policy or worse yet, create a situation where one or both policies lapse and you end up owing taxes on the growth that was created by the dividend payments.

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People have been led to believe that a policy can sustain itself with an outstanding policy loan against it merely on the internal rate of return and dividends of the policy itself.  That is simply not true! Especially in this age of low interest rates and moderate dividends. But attempting to purchase any life insurance policy without first evaluating the long-term cost to benefits is folly.  And adding additional policies only intensifies that folly.

Policy loans should never be taken against a policy unless the owner knows that the interest and the premium on that policy can be paid out of their pocket.  To do otherwise is risking the possibility of inadvertent taxation, policy lapse and financial loss.

When Should I Consider Getting Life Insurance?

Life insurance is a great way to protect your family and provide peace of mind. The basic rule of purchasing any life insurance should be affordability and comfort.  If a premium is not affordable you can’t purchase the policy. And if the premium is not comfortable then you most likely will not continue to fund the policy and that can be costly to you.

The big news about life insurance today is that it costs much less than most people believe it does.  This is true about both Term life insurance and participating Whole Life insurance. And that means that there is never a better time to see what a policy would cost on your life or the life of a child, spouse or grandchild.

How to Get Life Insurance with McFie Insurance

You can get a free life insurance quote from McFie Insurance here or you can call the office and talk with someone 702-660-7000. 

At McFie Insurance, we’re not just into selling life insurance, we want our customers to be successful and have financial peace of mind. The way we see it, it is our responsibility to stay with our customers and help them use their life insurance to grow their wealth. 

That’s why we’ll not only provide you with a quote, we’ll provide you with the information you need to know to make a good decision about how much coverage you can afford and what type of policies are best for you. If you don’t know what kind of policy is best for you, schedule an appointment with a McFie Insurance expert.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many life insurance policies I have?

You can have more than one life insurance policy. The allowable number typically depends on the total amount of coverage. If life insurance providers think you have excessive insurance, they may refuse additional policy applications. The amount of coverage you’re eligible for is usually influenced by your financial assets, debts, and income. However, having multiple policies is typically unnecessary.

Should my spouse and I have more than one life insurance policy?

It’s advisable for married couples, especially those with dependent children or where one spouse relies on the other’s income, to consider multiple life insurance policies. Some options include purchasing a joint life insurance policy, survivorship life insurance, or two individual policies. Joint life insurance, also called “first to die insurance”, is a permanent policy covering both partners, with the benefit paid to one spouse when the other dies. Survivorship life insurance is a permanent policy covering both partners, with the benefit paid to the heirs only after both spouses have died. Comparing the costs between a joint policy, survivorship policy, and two individual policies is crucial, so consulting with a financial advisor or insurance agent is recommended for the best decision.

Can I apply for life insurance with several companies?

Applying for multiple life insurance policies from different insurers is legal, but it might not always be the wisest strategy. Most insurers use a shared database to monitor applications, and applying to several companies simultaneously could give the impression of attempting to obtain excessive insurance. This could lead to the rejection of some or all applications. To avoid this, working with an insurance agent or financial advisor is beneficial. Additionally, acquiring multiple policies from the same insurer is often more straightforward than getting them from various companies.

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Most Americans depend on Social Security for retirement income. Even when people think they’re saving money, taxes, fees, investment losses and market volatility take most of their money away. Tom McFie is the founder of McFie Insurance which helps people keep more of the money they make, so they can have financial peace of mind. His latest book, A Biblical Guide to Personal Finance, can be purchased here.