Cash Accumulation Method


DEFINITION of 'Cash Accumulation Method'

A mathematical method of comparing the costs of different cash value life insurance policies. The cash accumulation method assumes that the death benefits for the policies are equal and unchanging. The aggregate total difference between the premiums paid into the two policies is then evaluated over time. Ultimately, this comparison is used to rank policies according to cost effectiveness.

BREAKING DOWN 'Cash Accumulation Method'

Under the cash accumulation method, the policy that has the most cash value at the end of the trial period is considered the superior policy. This comparison requires that the same rate of interest be paid into each policy during the comparison.

  1. Cash

    Legal tender or coins that can be used to exchange goods, debt ...
  2. Liquidity

    The degree to which an asset or security can be quickly bought ...
  3. Death Benefit

    The amount on a life insurance policy or pension that is payable ...
  4. Life Insurance

    A protection against the loss of income that would result if ...
  5. Asset

    1. A resource with economic value that an individual, corporation ...
  6. Premium

    1. The total cost of an option. 2. The difference between the ...
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