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What is 'Equity-Indexed Universal Life Insurance'

A permanent life insurance policy that allows policyholders to tie accumulation values to a stock market index. Indexed universal life insurance policies typically contain a minimum guaranteed fixed interest rate component along with the indexed account option. Indexed policies give policyholders the security of fixed universal life insurance with the growth potential of a variable policy linked to indexed returns.

BREAKING DOWN 'Equity-Indexed Universal Life Insurance'

Indexed universal life insurance differs from variable universal life insurance in that indexed policies follow a stock market index, while variable policies can allow policyholders to allocate funds to a variety of investment vehicles, such as stocks, bonds and equity funds. Indexed policies tend to be less expensive than variable policies, and offer greater security against stock market declines.

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