A savings program that allows employees to set aside tax-deferred income for retirement, thereby reducing current federal taxes.
A retirement savings program, similar to a 401(k), offered to employees of certain employer groups, such as public education institutions or nonprofit organizations.
A retirement savings program that allows state and local government employees to set aside tax-deferred income for retirement.
Accelerated death benefit
A life insurance policy benefit that allows policyholders to receive part of their death benefit in advance if they're diagnosed with a terminal illness. Also called terminal illness benefit.
The amount of an investment plus any interest earned by the money.
The period when contract owners make contributions to their annuity and build up its value.
The amount of money left after federal income taxes have been withheld.
A person entitled to receive payments from an annuity.
The conversion of money in an annuity into a stream of regular lifetime income payments.
A financial product designed to pay out a series of periodic payments in exchange for the owner's payment of a premium.
The person or legal entity named to receive a death benefit.
Cash surrender value
The amount the holder of a life insurance policy or annuity may receive if the policy or annuity is surrendered before the insured's death or before it matures. Also called cash value and surrender value.
See cash surrender value.
Certificate of insurance*
A document that is provided to each person insured by a group insurance plan that describes (1) the coverage that the master group insurance contract provides and (2) the group insured's rights under the contract.
(1) A provision in a medical expense insurance policy requiring the insured to pay a percentage of all allowable expenses remaining after the insured pays the deductible. (2) A basic type of proportional reinsurance, suitable for life, annuity, health, disability income, and long-term care coverages, in which a direct writer and a reinsurer proportionately share the obligations of a policy, including paying the death benefit and the nonforfeiture values, and establishing the policy reserve.
Convertible term insurance policy
A term life insurance policy that can be converted to permanent insurance.
A specified, fixed amount that managed health care plan members must pay for specified medical services at the time the services are received.
The amount of money paid to a beneficiary when a person insured under a life insurance policy or the owner of an annuity contract dies.
A flat dollar amount of eligible expenses that an insured must pay before the insurer begins making any benefit payments under an insurance policy. (1) In medical expense insurance policies, the deductible usually applies to the total of eligible medical expenses incurred during a period of time, such as a year. Other types of policies, such as property-casualty coverages, may have a per incident deductible. (2) In stop-loss insurance, the dollar amount of claims that an employer must pay for any individual in a stated period of time before the stop-loss insurer reimburses the employer for any excess amount. Also known as an individual deductible or a specific deductible.
A type of annuity that delays payments until the contract owner chooses to receive them.
Disability income insurance (DI insurance)
Insurance designed to compensate an insured person for a portion of income lost because of a disabling injury or illness. Benefit payments are made either weekly or monthly for a specific period during the insured's disability.
Payments made from deferred annuities during the distribution period.
Dollar cost averaging
An investment strategy that seeks to minimize risk by investing a fixed amount at regular intervals, regardless of the market's ups and downs.
Withdrawals from a deferred annuity made before the owner reaches age 591/2.
Electronic funds transfer (EFT)
The transfer of funds between accounts by electronic means, such as wire transfer, ATM and computer.
Evidence of insurability
Documentation of an insurance applicant's physical fitness.
Explanation of benefits (EOB)*
In medical expense insurance, a document that may be sent by an insurer to a patient explaining what was covered for a medical service, and how payment amount and patient responsibility amount were determined.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)*
Federal legislation in the United States that requires companies with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius to grant eligible employees an unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks for family and medical emergencies, including childbirth, adoption, and illness of a child, spouse, parent, or the employee.
An investment professional who helps clients achieve their long-range financial goals.
A 12-month accounting period over which a company budgets its spending.
An annuity that guarantees to pay a fixed amount of money for a specified period of time.
A premium payment method that allows the amount and frequency of payments to be varied at the payer's option.
The length of time following the premium due date that payment may be made without penalty.
Guaranteed death benefit
The minimum amount that will be paid upon the insured's death regardless of the policy’s cash value at that time.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)*
U.S. federal legislation that sets forth requirements that employer-sponsored group insurance plans, insurers, and managed care organizations must meet in providing individual and group health insurance.
Health savings account (HSA)*
A tax-advantaged account in which an individual can accumulate money to pay for qualified medical expenses.
See income annuity.
An annuity purchased with a lump sum designed to provide a guaranteed income stream for a certain number of years or for life. Also called immediate annuity.
Individual retirement arrangement (IRA)
A tax-deferred savings plan used by individuals to earmark a portion of their income for retirement.
A term used in the United States to describe medical care providers in a managed care plan who have a contract with the insurer to accept rates discounted from the "usual and customary" charges the insurer pays to out-of-network providers.
The person or organization for which an insurance policy is issued.
The insurance company that promises to pay losses or benefits to the insured.
See individual retirement arrangement.
Joint life insurance
Insurance that covers the lives of two or more persons with the death benefit payable on the first death, the second death or upon each death.
Any person who possesses a unique ability essential to the success of a business and whose death or disability would cause the business a significant financial loss.
Insurance that a company purchases to protect itself from financial losses that occur when a key employee dies or becomes disabled.
The termination of an insurance policy because of nonpayment of premiums.
Level term life insurance
An insurance policy with a premium amount that remains the same throughout the term.
Limited benefit medical insurance
A medical plan that offers a limited or reduced set of benefits compared to major health plans.
Long-term disability income insurance
Insurance that provides disability income benefits after short-term disability income benefits terminate.
A single payment for the total amount due, as opposed to several smaller payments or installments.
See required minimum distributions (RMDs).
A plan under which an employer or employee organization makes regular contributions into an account to provide covered employees with income that begins at retirement.
An annuity that guarantees benefit payments for a designated period of time, regardless of whether the annuitant lives or dies.
Permanent life insurance
Life insurance that provides coverage throughout the insured’s lifetime, provided premiums are paid.
In group insurance, the employer or other organization that decides what kind of coverage to purchase for the group, negotiates the terms of the group insurance contract, and enters into the group insurance contract with the insurer.
The period of time during which a term life insurance policy provides coverage.
The ability of employees to retain insurance coverage when they leave the previous employer's benefit plan.
A collection of investments owned by an individual or organization designed to meet their financial goals.
(1) For purposes of individual health insurance, an injury or sickness that occurred or manifested itself within a specified period before the policy was issued and that was not disclosed on the application for insurance. (2) For group health insurance, a condition for which an individual received medical care during a specified period, such as three months, immediately prior to the effective date of coverage.
(1) In insurance, a specified amount of money an insurer charges in exchange for the coverage provided by an insurance policy or annuity contract. (2) In reference to bond prices, the amount by which a bond's current market price exceeds its par value.
Contributions to a tax-advantaged account made with money on which income taxes haven't yet been paid.
The amount an insurance company pays to settle an insurance policy.
A legal document used by companies offering securities for sale that contains most of the information included in the issuer’s registration statement.
Qualified retirement plan
A retirement plan established by employers for their employees that must meet complex legal requirements to be eligible for federal income tax benefits.
Required minimum distributions (RMDs)
The minimum amount the IRS requires be withdrawn each year from qualified retirement plans and traditional individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) once the owner reaches age 70½.
An amendment or addition made to a contract that expands or limits its benefits. Also called an endorsement.
The degree of financial risk that an investor is willing to handle.
An individual retirement arrangement (IRA) featuring nondeductible annual contributions and tax-free growth.
A life insurance policy or annuity contract purchased by payment of a lump sum.
Stop loss insurance
Insurance purchased by employers with self-funded health plans that protects them against potentially catastrophic medical claims.
Surrender charge or withdrawal charge
A charge imposed for prematurely withdrawing all or part of an annuity.
See cash surrender value.
Investment income on which taxes aren't paid until money is withdrawn.
Terminal illness benefit
See accelerated death benefit.
Term life insurance
Life insurance that provides coverage for a specified number of years.
Third-party administrator (TPA)
An organization that administers group benefit plans for employers.
Universal life (UL) insurance
A form of permanent life insurance that offers flexible premiums, adjustable death benefits and the ability to make withdrawals from the cash value.
An annuity under which the accumulated value and periodic payments fluctuate according to the value of underlying investments.
Variable life insurance
Life insurance with payment amounts based on the performance of the underlying investments chosen by the policyholder.
Variable universal life (VUL) insurance
Life insurance that combines aspects of variable life insurance and universal life insurance. The death benefit and cash value can fluctuate based on the performance of the underlying investments.
See surrender charge.
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