Borrowing against your life insurance policy, also known as a policy loan, can be a convenient way to access quick cash. However, before you make any decisions, it's important to understand the pros and cons carefully.


  • Convenience: Policy loans require minimal paperwork and are generally approved quickly.
  • No credit check: Unlike traditional loans, your credit score doesn't typically affect your eligibility for a policy loan.
  • Lower interest rates: Compared to personal loans or credit cards, policy loan interest rates are often lower.
  • No repayment deadlines: Unlike traditional loans, policy loans don't have strict repayment schedules. You can choose to repay the loan gradually or in a lump sum.
  • No impact on death benefit: Your death benefit remains intact even if you take a loan.


  • Interest accrues on outstanding balance: Even though the rates are lower, policy loan interest compounds, potentially reducing your death benefit payout if not repaid.
  • Risk of policy lapse: If you fail to repay the loan and accrued interest, your policy might lapse, leaving your beneficiaries with no death benefit.
  • Reduced cash value: The loan amount is deducted from your policy's cash value, which can affect future surrender values or maturity benefits.
  • Tax implications: In some cases, outstanding policy loans may become taxable income if the death benefit exceeds a certain threshold.

Things to Consider:

  • Only available on cash-value policies: You can only take a loan against a permanent life insurance policy (whole life or universal life) with a cash value buildup. Term life policies don't have cash value and don't allow loans.
  • Loan limits: Insurance companies typically set limits on how much you can borrow, usually around 80-90% of the policy's cash value.
  • Explore alternative options: Before diving into a policy loan, consider other less risky options like personal loans, home equity loans, or credit cards, especially if you need a large sum for an extended period.

Before taking a loan on your life insurance policy, make sure you understand all the risks and alternatives. Consult with your insurance agent or a financial advisor to discuss your specific situation and determine if a policy loan is the right choice for you.

I hope this information helps you make an informed decision. Feel free to ask any further questions you may have about policy loans or life insurance in general.